BOC Privacy Statement
This privacy statement sets out how the British Ornithologists’ Club (“BOC”) complies with data protection legal requirements. This applies to the entire website. You can access this privacy statement by clicking on the appropriate link in the navigation menu.
BOC is committed to respecting the privacy of all visitors to its website. In general, the BOC website is structured such that you can visit it without identifying yourself or revealing any personal information. If you choose to provide us with any information by which you can be identified, we will only use it in accordance with this privacy statement.
When you use this site and have not advised us to the contrary, you are agreeing that we may use your personal information for the purposes set out in this statement. We will not sell, distribute or lend your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required to do so by law.
We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. The shopping cart service that BOC uses for membership signups, donations, and publication sales implements encryption when collecting or transferring sensitive data such as credit card information.
The BOC website may contain links to enable you to visit other websites of interest easily. This privacy statement no longer applies once you click on external links that take you away from the BOC website to other websites. We are not responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites.
BOC Cookies Policy
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device. In turn, this can help the BOC to provide a better service to website users. You can find more information about cookies at AboutCookies.org or ICO.org.uk, or view a video about cookies at Google.co.uk.
A list of the types of cookies by category, including those used by the BOC website is set out below. The categories are based on the ICC UK Cookie guide (PDF).
Category 1: Strictly necessary cookies
These cookies are essential in order to enable users to move around the website and to choose to use certain features, such as accessing secure areas of the website and using shopping carts or e-billing. For example, these cookies allow the BOC website administrators to log in and carry out updates and site maintenance, and BOC members to renew membership online, make a donation, or make purchases using the online shopping cart facility. No consent is required for these types of cookies.
Category 2: Performance cookies
Category 3: Functionality cookies
Category 3 cookies are currently not used on the BOC website. These cookies allow a website to remember some information you share or choices you make (e.g. your user name, language, location) in order to provide enhanced, personalized features. For example, a website may use a cookie: to store information about your current location to provide you with local weather reports or other local services; to remember your preferences in text sizes or other web page customizations; to enable you to view videos or comment on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
Category 4: Targeting or advertising cookies
Category 4 cookies are not used on the BOC website. These cookies are used to deliver more relevant advertising tailored to your interests, limit the number of times you view an advertisement, and provide a way to measure the effectiveness of an online advertising campaign. Such cookies are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission.