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WHAM Data Protection and Privacy Policy

At WHAM, we are committed to keeping your data safe and compliant with all relevant legislation.

Members’ Information

Information on Member Associations or affiliated organisations retained by the WHAM Secretary and Treasurer is:

names, addresses, email information and telephone numbers of Treasurer & Secretary given to WHAM by Member Associations or affiliated organisations.

The information is used only for internal communications. No information on Members’ Data will be passed to third party organisations. Should you wish your contact details removed from our internal members list please notify WHAM secretary.

Correspondents’ Information

Information on Correspondents retained by the WHAM Secretary is:

name, address, telephone number and email information of Correspondent given to WHAM by the Correspondent.

The information is used only for internal communications for the duration of the correspondence and any consequent investigation. No information on Correspondents’ Data will be passed to third party organisations except with the approval of the Correspondent.

Should you wish your contact details removed from our internal members list please notify WHAM secretary.

Your Rights in relation to your Personal Data

Under certain circumstances, by law you have the right to:

  • Request access to your personal data (commonly known as a “data subject access request”). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal data we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.
  • Request correction of the personal data that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate data we hold about you corrected.
  •  Request erasure of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal data where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal data where you have exercised your right to object to processing (see below).
  • Object to processing of your personal data where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal data for direct marketing purposes.
  • Request the restriction of processing of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of personal data about you, for example if you want us to establish its accuracy or the reason for processing it.
  • Request the transfer of your personal data to another party.
  • Request that a decision made using automated processing of your personal data which significantly affect you, be reviewed by an individual to whom you may make representations and contest the decision. This right only applies where we use your information with your consent or as part of a contractual relationship with you.  
  • Withdraw your consent to our use of your personal data for a specific purpose at any time where our use of your personal data for the purpose relies on consent as a legal condition for that use.

If you want to exercise any of these rights, please contact our Data Protection Officer at WHAM secretary.

You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal data or to exercise any of the other rights. However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request for access is clearly unfounded or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with the request in such circumstances.

We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and to ensure your right to access your personal data or to exercise any of your other rights. This is another appropriate security measure to ensure that personal data is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it.

Further information about your rights under Data Protection Law can be found at the website of the UK Information Commissioner’s Office.

Complaints

If you have any concerns or complaints about the way we handle your personal data, you have a right to raise a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office. Their website contains details of how to make a complaint. However, we would welcome an opportunity to deal with the issue in the first instance, if you wish to contact us at WHAM secretary.

Policy approved WHAM committee 6/10/2018

Cookies

Cookies are text files sent to your computer and used by your web browser to store information. The cookies we use allow your browser to remember whether you've visited our site before and what your preferences are.

As with most websites, we use cookies to improve your user experience by enabling our website to 'remember you', either for the duration of your visit (using a 'session cookie') or for repeat visits (using a 'persistent cookie'). There are also use two different types of cookies - first party (which we own) and third party (where we allow a third party, such as Google, to set cookies on your computer or mobile device).

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences, and generally improving your experience of a website. Cookies make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier. If a website doesn't use cookies, it will think you are a new visitor every time you move to a new page on the site - for example, when you enter your login details and move to another page it won't recognise you and it won't be able to keep you logged in.

How to refuse or withdraw consent

Although the cookies we use on this website are quite harmless and do not reveal your identity, not everyone wishes to have text files downloaded onto their computer or mobile device. If you prefer, it is possible to block some or all cookies, or even to delete cookies that have already been set; but you need to be aware that you might lose some functionality on this website.

You can manage how cookies engage with your computer or mobile device via your browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Android), so you are alerted when cookies are sent or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies which have already been set.

There is also a very useful website explaining how to control your interaction with cookies - please visit this site for more information: About cookies .

Cookies on our website

On this website we use only a small number of cookies. They are:

Google analytics cookies

  Name       Owner        Lifespan       Purpose

__utmv     Third party     2 years      This is used for user-custom variables in Google analytics

__utma     Third party     2 years      This stores each user's amount of visits 

__utmb     Third party     2 years      This stores how long a user stays on the site 

__utmc     Third party     Session      This stores how long a user stays on the site 

__utmz     Third party     6 months   This stores where a visitor came from (e.g. search engine)

Site specific cookies

We only store one cookie, named 'PHPSESSID'. It is a first party cookie, lasting for the user's session (i.e. until they close their browser window). We do not use this cookie to store any personal information, it is used exclusively for basic user preferences when browsing the site.