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Bedford U3A Privacy Policy 

Bedford U3A treats your privacy rights seriously. This privacy policy sets out how we will deal with your ‘personal information’, that is, information that could identify, or is related to the identity of, an individual.
What personal information do we collect?
When you express an interest in becoming a member of Bedford U3A you will be asked to provide certain information. This includes:
your name
home address
email address
telephone number (s)
your subscription preferences
Gift Aid information
Next of Kin information (should you wish to provide it)
How do we collect this personal information?

All the information collected is obtained directly from you. This is usually at the point of your initial registration. The information will be collected via membership forms or online contact forms. The lawful basis for collecting and storing your information is due to the contractual relationship that you, as a member, have with the U3A. To inform you about the groups, activities and events that you can access as a member we need to store and process a certain amount of personal data.

We may also take photographs at U3A meetings, events and on trips. 
How do we use your personal information?
We use your personal information: 
To provide our U3A activities and services to you
For administration, planning and management of our U3A
To communicate with you about your group activities
To monitor, develop and improve the provision of our U3A activity
We’ll send you messages by email, post, other digital methods and telephone to advise you of U3A activities. 
We use photographs to promote Bedford U3A and our activities. We may publish them in the Bulletin, on our web-site or display them at Open meetings. Members will be asked to step out of shot should they not wish to be included in a photograph.

Who do we share your personal information with?
We may disclose information about you, including your personal information
Internally - to Committee Members and Group Leaders/Contacts – as required to facilitate your participation in our U3A activities; 
Externally – with your consent for products or services such as direct mailing for the Trust magazines – Third Age Trust and Sources;
If we have a statutory duty to disclose it for other legal and regulatory reasons.
Where we need to share your information outside of the U3A we will seek your consent and inform you as to who the information will be shared with and for what purpose.

How long do we keep your personal information?
We need to keep your information so that we can provide our services to you. In most instances information about your membership will not be stored for longer than 12 months from the renewal date. Gift aid information will be kept as legally required, currently 7 years. The only exceptions to this are instances where there may be legal or insurance circumstances that require information to be held for longer whilst the issues are investigated or resolved. Where this is the case member/s will be informed as to how long the information will be held for and when it is deleted.
How your information can be updated or corrected?

To ensure the information we hold is accurate and up to date, member's need to inform the U3A as to any changes to their personal information. You can do this by contacting the Membership Secretary on 07940074488 or . On an annual basis you will have the opportunity to update your information, as required, via the membership renewal process. Should you wish to view the information that the U3A holds on you, you can make this request by contacting the Membership Secretary in writing. There may be certain circumstances where we are not able to comply with this request. This would include where the information may contain references to other individuals or for legal, investigative or security reasons. Otherwise we will usually respond within 14 days of the request being made.

Should you wish at any time to remove your consent and to have a photograph removed from display then you should contact the Secretary or e-mail

How do we store your personal information?
We have in place a range of security safeguards to protect your personal information against loss or theft, as well as unauthorised access, disclosure, copying, use or modification. Security measures include technological measures such as Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption, which creates a secure connection with your browser when you register and login into our online services. Your membership information is currently held on the national U3A secure database and accessed by Committee Members and Group Leaders/Contacts – as appropriate.
Availability and changes to this policy
This policy is available on-line and in hard copy from the Secretary. This policy may change from time to time. If we make any material changes we will make members aware of this via the Bulletin, on the web-site and at Open meetings.  
If you have any queries about this policy, need it in an alternative format, or have any complaints about our privacy practices, please contact the Secretary at or using the contact details provided in the Bulletin.

Bedford U3A                                                    Registered Charity No. 1042458