Privacy Notice

This privacy notice tells you what to expect when the BCA collects personal information.

We may change this notice by updating this page. You should check from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This notice is effective from 4 Jan 2020.

BCA is committed to process any personal information it holds only in ways that are fair, transparent and meet its legal obligations, in other words, in accordance with the Data Protection Act and its successor the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

BCA will take particular care over email addresses which in addition to the GDPR are subject to the Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulations (PECR).

Data protection principles

The legislation sets out various data protection principles. These include that personal information is:

  • used fairly and lawfully
  • used for limited, specifically stated purposes
  • used in a way that is adequate, relevant and not excessive
  • accurate
  • kept for no longer than is absolutely necessary
  • kept safe and secure
  • not transferred outside the European Economic Area without adequate protection

Your rights

The legislation conveys various individual rights. These include the following:

  • The right to be informed
  • The right of access
  • The right to rectification
  • The right to erase
  • The right to restrict processing
  • The right to data portability
  • The right to object
  • Rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling.

The sections towards the end of this Privacy Notice let you know how you can exercise your rights.

You can read more about your rights at

The following sections describe the information that BCA collects and how it is processed. The sections are split according to the type of information.

The legislation requires that there is a clear legal basis for processing personal information. In general BCA relies on the individual’s consent in order to process their data. Where there are exceptions such as a legal obligation, contractual agreement or BCA’s legitimate interest, they will be noted below.

Please note that if consent is withdrawn the level of service that we can offer might be severely curtailed.


We collect contact and membership details in order to provide membership services.

That includes, but not limited to, the administration of joining and renewals, distribution of publications, organising event and training courses, access to the training qualifications service, insurance.

Email addresses

If an email address is provided we will use it for administrative purposes of membership (e.g. notification of membership renewal, notification of AGM or ballot, etc.). BCA relies on legitimate interest as the legal basis for this.

Newsletter and E-news items

By default members will be emailed the Newsletter and items of news that we believe will be of interest to them. Members can opt-out of such emails at any time by following the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email or by setting their email preferences at BCA-Online. BCA relies on the “soft-opt-in” as the legal basis for this.

We gather statistics around email opening and clicks using industry standard technologies including clear gifs to help us monitor and improve our e-news items.

Caving Clubs, Regional Councils and BCRA

If you are member of a caving club(s), regional council(s) or BCRA as part of administering your membership we will share your membership details, contact details and insurance status with them and the other clubs that you are a member of.

Data Retention

Once a member lapses, we retain sufficient information to identify the previous member. This allows the previous membership number to be used again if the member re-joins. BCA relies on legitimate interest as the legal basis for retaining this information.


We collect and hold information to administer the taking of qualifications and issuing of certificates to successful candidates. We will hold the certificate information indefinitely so that we can confirm it is genuine to any interested party.

Data retention

BCA relies on legitimate interest as the legal basis for retaining certificate information.

Website visitors

When someone visits one of our websites (e.g.,,, we use a third party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone.


There are various forms on the website used to collect information. That information is only used for the stated purposes which are described in the relevant sections of this Privacy Notice.


Nochex is used to take payments. Only sufficient information to complete the payment is shared with Nochex. For more information see the Suppliers / 3rd Parties section of this Privacy Notice.

This Privacy Notice does not cover the links within this site linking to other websites. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit.

Suppliers / 3rd parties

Use of data processors

Data processors are third parties who provide services for us. They cannot legal do anything with your personal information unless we have instructed them to do it. They will not share your personal information with any organisation apart from us. They will hold it securely and retain it for the period we instruct. The following is a list of our main data processors. There may be others from time to time.


When sending letters, publications and purchases we will share your postal address with the delivery service (Normally Royal Mail).

Mass Emailing

When emailing items such as the Newsletter, E-News or ballot papers we may use a third party delivery service such as MailerLite. Only sufficient information to deliver the emails is shared with the provider.

Website hosting

We use a third party service, Memset Ltd to host our website. Memset are contractually obliged to treat any information on our private website as confidential and only use such information for the purpose of providing BCA with web hosting.

Payment Service Providers (currently PayPal, Nochex)

Where an online Payment Service Provider (PSP) is used to take payments, only sufficient information to complete the purchase is shared with the PSP.

BCA does not see nor retain your credit card details since these are handled by the PSP.


In the event of a ballot, we may use a trusted third party to administer the ballot. We will supply them with a membership list and email addresses so that they can verify the ballot papers.

Once the ballot is completed the supplied membership list and email addresses will be deleted.


In the event of a claim we will share your membership details, contact details and insurance status with our insurance company, currently Howden Broking Group Ltd.

Your personal information will be stored in the EU and in accordance with the GDPR.

The GDPR applies to EU residents. If we share personal information of EU residents with suppliers or 3rd parties outside of the EU we will ensure that they meet the requirements of the GDPR.

We are committed to complying with the data regulations of non-EU residents according to their jurisdiction.

BCA has implemented technical and organisational security measures to protect your personal data against unauthorized access, loss or misuse.

BCA tries to meet the highest standards when collecting and using personal information. For this reason, we take any complaints we receive about this very seriously. We encourage people to bring it to our attention if they think that our collection or use of information is unfair, misleading or inappropriate. We would also welcome any suggestions for improving our procedures.

This privacy notice was drafted with brevity and clarity in mind. It does not provide exhaustive detail of all aspects of BCA’s collection and use of personal information. However, we are happy to provide any additional information or explanation needed. Any requests for this should be sent to the address below.

Confidentiality will be preserved during the investigation of a complaint to safeguard the interests of everyone concerned unless disclosure is necessary to progress the complaint.

If you want to make a complaint about the way we have processed your personal information, please contact us in writing to the address provided below.

BCA tries to be as open as it can be in terms of giving people access to their personal information. Individuals can find out if we hold any personal information by asking. This is formally known as a ‘subject access request’ under the Data Protection Act 1998. If we do hold information about you we will:

  • give you a description of it
  • tell you why we are holding it
  • tell you who it could be disclosed to
  • let you have a copy of the information in an intelligible form

To make a request to the BCA for any personal information we may hold you need to put the request in writing to the address provided below.

If you agree, we will try to deal with your request informally, for example by providing you with the specific information you need over the telephone.

If we do hold information about you, you can ask us to correct any mistakes.

We may make a charge of up to £10 for a request.

Except as described in this Privacy Notice we will not disclose personal data without consent.

We may disclose your information to governmental agencies or entities, regulatory authorities, or other persons in line with any applicable law, regulations, court order or official request.

How to contact us

Email the Secretary (details at or write to:

Data Protection
British Caving Association
The Old Methodist Chapel
Great Hucklow
SK17 8RG