Privacy Policy

The British Society of Lifestyle Medicine Privacy Policy

1: Introduction

The British Society of Lifestyle Medicine (BSLM) takes privacy seriously. This privacy policy sets out how BSLM uses the personal data we collect from individuals when they use our website.

2: The data we collect

2.1 We use a third party service, Google Analytics, to collect information on how you use the site, using cookies and page tagging techniques.

The information we – and Google – collect doesn’t identify anyone, and is kept for a maximum of 38 months. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through the site, we will be up front about it.

2.2 Email alerts
We collect your email address, name and subscription preferences when you sign up to our email alerts. We also track how our emails are used – for example whether you open them and which links you click on.

If you’ve signed up for email alerts, you can unsubscribe or change your settings at any time by selecting the ‘unsubscribe’ link that appears in every email.

Once you have unsubscribed, your details will be deleted immediately from the system.

2.3 Feedback
If you contact us asking a question or giving feedback, we collect your email address and any other personal data contained in your message. If you contact us asking for information, we may need to contact other government bodies to find that information.

2.4 Blogs and discussion sites
We collect names or usernames, and email addresses with each comment. This data is kept as long as the blog post or dialogue remains published.

3: How we collect personal identifiable data

3.1 You directly provide BSLM with most of the data we collect. We collect and process data when you:

  • Become a member online
  • Register online for any of our events or products and services
  • Voluntarily provide feedback through our member surveys or provide feedback on any of our message boards or via email
  • Use or view our website via your browser’s cookies

3.2 BSLM may also receive your data indirectly from our event management system, Eventbrite or Eventdex.

4: How we use personal identifiable data

4.1 BSLM collects data from individuals in order to:

  • process and manage membership applications
  • process and manage registration for events we run
  • email individuals about events and send out regular newsletters
  • process applications for the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine Diploma

4.2 BSLM will not share your data with our partner organisations unless you have given your consent for this.

5: Marketing

BSLM sends out information on our events and resources that we think may be of interest to you, as well as those of our partner organisations. They are listed here:

Lifestyle Medicine Global Alliance

Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine

American College of Lifestyle Medicine

European Lifestyle Medicine Organization

If you have agreed to receive marketing, you may always opt out at a later date.

You have a right at any time to stop BSLM from contacting you for marketing purposes.

If you no longer wish to be contacted for marketing purposes please click here.

6: Your data protection rights

BSLM would like to make sure you are fully aware of all your data protection rights.

Every member and user of our services is entitled to the following:

6.1 The right to access – you have the right to request BSLM provides you with copies of your personal identifiable data free of charge.

6.2 The right of rectification – you have the right to request that BSLM corrects any information which is inaccurate. You also have the right to request BSLM to complete information you believe is incomplete.

6.3 The right to erasure – you have the right to request that BSLM erase your personal identifiable data, under certain conditions.

6.4 The right to restrict processing – you have the right to request that BSLM restricts the processing of your personal identifiable data, under certain conditions.

6.5 The right to object to processing – you have the right to object to BSLM’s processing of your data, under certain conditions.

6.6 The right to data portability – you have the right to request that BSLM transfers the data that we have collected about you to another organisation, or directly to you, under certain conditions.

If you make a Subject Access Request (SAR), we have one month to respond. If you wish to exercise any of these rights, please contact us at our email: office@bslm.org.uk

Call us on: 0131 235 2789

Or, write to us at: BSLM, 9-11 Lodge Street, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 3DX.

7: Cookies on our website

Cookies are small text files that can be used by websites to make a user’s experience more efficient. The law states that we can store cookies on your device if they are strictly necessary for the operation of this site. For all other types of cookies we need your permission.

For further information, visit www.allaboutcookies.org

8: How we use cookies

BSLM uses cookies in a range of ways to improve your experience on our website, including:

  • Keeping you signed in
  • Understanding how you use our website

You can at any time change or withdraw your consent from the Cookie Declaration on our website.

9: The types of cookies we use

There are a number of different types of cookies, however, our website uses:

Functionality cookies – BSLM uses these cookies so that we recognise you on our website and remember your previously selected preferences. That could include what location you are in. A mix of first-party and third-party cookies are used.

Advertising cookies – BSLM uses these cookies to collect information about your visit to our website, the content you viewed, the links you followed and information about your browser, device and IP Address.

10: How to manage your cookies

You can set your browser not to accept cookies, and the www.allaboutcookies.org website tells you how to remove cookies from your browser. However, in a few cases, some of our website features may not work as a result.

11: Privacy policies of other websites

BSLM website contains links to other websites. Our privacy policy applies only to our website, so if you click on a link to another website, we recommend you read their privacy policy.

12: Changes to our Privacy Policy

BSLM keeps its privacy policy under regular review and places any updates on this web page. This privacy policy was last updated in May 2020.

13: How to contact us

If you have any questions about BSLMs privacy policy, the data we hold on you, or you would like to exercise one of your data protection rights, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Email us at: office@bslm.org.uk

Call us on: 0131 235 2789

Or write to us at: BSLM, 9-11 Lodge Street, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 3DX.

14: How to contact the appropriate authority

Should you wish to report a complaint or if you feel that BSLM has not addressed your concern in a satisfactory manner, you may contact the Information Commissioner’s Office at:

Email: Scotland@ico.org.uk

Telephone: 0303 123 1115

Address: The Information Commissioner’s Office – Scotland, 45 Melville Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7HL

(For review in 2022, or earlier if there is a major change in Data Protection Legislation)

Frances Elliot

10 August 2020