Privacy and Security
The Scottish Ornithologists' Club (SOC) is committed to protecting the privacy and security of any personal details that we hold. We will meet or exceed the requirements of all current UK and EU legislation on data protection and privacy of communications.
Our website and app can be used without the need to disclose any personal information. Personal data, such as names, addresses and email details are only gathered in order to fulfil specific information requests or subscriptions to our products and services.
Use of Personal Data
Personal data that we hold on members is used for:
• Administration and fulfilment of membership
• Notification of Club news, events and activities
• In-house analysis
Disclosure of Personal Data
Retention of Personal Data
We will retain minimal personal details of cancelled and lapsed members for a period of 12 months in order to monitor free gift allowances (where these available to first-time joiners only) as well as for internal analysis. The cancellation of SOC membership does not automatically cancel the delivery of SOC promotional emails, where consent has been obtained by individuals for the Club to send these communications (see ‘Consent’ below). In this case, contact details will be retained until recipients unsubscribe from SOC mailing lists, which can be done easily at any point.
We require members and non-members to give specific consent to be contacted by email and SMS text messages for the delivery of what are deemed promotional communications (Club news and events notices and third party information). Members can visit www.the-soc.org.uk/members-area for more information. Non-members can follow the links on the website to Sign up to receive Club news. You can contact us to update your preferences at any time on 01875 871 330.
Push notifications – SOC’s Where to Watch Birds Scotland App
On installing the SOC’s Where to Watch Birds Scotland app for the first time (referred to as ‘Where to Watch’), you can choose to consent to SOC sending you (via the app) generic, non-personalised, notifications. Notifications may include alerts (e.g. new sites being added to the app, seasonal birdwatching tips, events announcements and sightings information), sounds and icon badges. You may switch off notifications for the app at any time in the Settings area of your device.
Geographical Tracking - SOC’s Where to Watch Birds Scotland App
Certain services we provide through the App will make use of location data sent from your devices. SOC does not gather IP addresses, however this information may be collected by Google. You can switch off this functionality at any time by turning off the location services settings for the App on the device. If you use these services, you consent to our transmission, collection, retention, maintenance, processing and use of your location data and queries to provide and improve location-based products and services.
Cookies and Tracking
Our website and app may contain links to third party websites that we think may be of interest. This information will be supplied in good faith but it is up to the user to check the security and privacy of these sites.