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Privacy Statement

This Privacy Policy sets out the ways in which SCI collects, retains and uses personal data on Members, customers, partners and visitors (Users) using the SCI digital channels including the SCI website and blog and YouTube channel.

SCI takes care to protect the privacy of Users of the SCI digital channels.

SCI's Policy regarding the collection, retention and use of your Personal Information is as follows.

What Personal Information do we collect about you?

SCI is interested in delivering services and information of direct and useful relevance to its Members and Non-Members. Such services or products may include newsletters/bulletins, email alerts, correspondence, surveys, podcasts or blogs.

When using the website to join as a member or register for an event you will be asked to submit personal information such as your name, contact details and organisation details. This information will be used to administer your website account and to provide you with the full benefit of SCI membership, our products and services. SCI will seek the appropriate permissions from you at the time you create your website account.

We will only collect and retain personal data to the extent that it is strictly necessary for our purposes.

How we collect and use information about you

The most common way SCI collects information online is when you complete a membership application form, renew your fees or register as a delegate for an event or complete other forms online. We also collect information when you voluntarily complete surveys, provide feedback, or participate in competitions.

Usage information is collected based on the device used or how you have entered the SCI digital channel. Further details are provided under Data capture and analytics.

Marketing Preferences

SCI will seek the relevant permissions from you when we collect Personal Information from you. You may at any time opt out of any SCI communications.

If you wish to opt out of receiving postal, electronic, text, or telephone communications please contact the SCI Membership Department (contact details as shown below). If you wish to opt out of email communications please use the 'Unsubscribe' link provided in all email communications sent.

Access to your information and correction

You have a right to request a copy of the information we hold about you.

SCI aims to keep the information it holds about you accurate and up to date. If at any time you want to verify, update or amend any information we hold about you or if you become aware of possible errors or inaccuracies please send your request to: membership@soci.org or SCI Membership Department, 14/15 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8PS, UK.

If you have an account on the website, the personal information that we hold on you is available to you via the ‘My Personal Details’ page which you can edit yourself.

Your right to be forgotten

You have the right to be forgotten. If at any time you want SCI to evoke this right on your behalf, please let us know and we will make sure we action this as soon as possible.

Occasionally, we may ask to maintain some information about you, where there is a historical reason to do so, for example when you have previously received an award from SCI.

Data capture and analytics

The website content management system captures information based on how SCI’s digital channels are accessed. This information is collected anonymously until you sign into the account or provide any information to the website.

Please note that if you access the website based on a link in an email communication, this will enable the website to identify you.

The system can:

  • identify the first and last pages visited and your total number of visits to the website
  • see how long you spend on any page on our website or viewing our blog or video content
  • see how you have accessed the channel i.e. what web browser you have used, what device etc.
  • find out how you came to access the website including any keyword searches, search engine information or other sites you linked from.

By allowing SCI to capture information on your usage of the digital channels, we can offer a more user-centric experience of our website. By understanding how you use the SCI website and digital channels, as well as what interests you, we will be able to share the latest updates on your preferred topics, in an appropriate format, each time you visit the SCI website.

SCI Members' Directory

The information added into the SCI Members' Directory will be available to all SCI members as stipulated under the Members’ Terms and Conditions.

The Directory allows members to give their consent to only information they wish to share with other SCI Members being made available.

Your details will not be shared with anyone other than the SCI membership.

Other websites

As a convenience to you, the SCI website contains links to other sites, which SCI has reviewed and feels are appropriate for our Membership.

You are under no obligation to use these sites, but if you choose to do so, please be aware that these sites have separate content, privacy and data collection policies. Please refer to these before interacting with the site. SCI cannot accept responsibility for any use of your personal information by these sites.

Social network links:

Facebook privacy policy Click Here
This notice explains the Facebook online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used.

LinkedIn privacy policy Click Here
This notice explains the LinkedIn online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used.

Twitter privacy policy Click Here
This notice explains the Twitter online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used.

Tumblr privacy policy Click Here
This notice explains the Tumblr online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used.

YouTube privacy policy Click Here
This notice explains the YouTube online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used.

Changes to our privacy policy

We reserve the right to modify, alter or otherwise update this Policy at any time and users are encouraged to review this policy from time to time. Any changes to the Policy will be highlighted on the SCI homepage.

How to contact us

Please contact us if you have any questions about our privacy policy or information we hold about you:
By email: web@soci.org.
Or write to us at: Website Department, SCI, 14/15 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8PS, UK.

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