As data controllers we adhere to the Data Protection Act 1998 and Notification is made each year to the Data Protection Register. Our compliance relates to the integrity that is applied to the management of information, in any format, about a person or persons. A significant aspect of the activity relates to the need to provide a reasonable degree of confidentiality for information about people, and to respect their privacy. However, data protection does not only entail managing information to guard personal privacy, it also embraces concepts such as ensuring the reliability of any information used, together with its fair and legitimate use by everyone. Data protection implies the existence of a management regime that ensures that whatever is done with information about people meets stringent standards of performance, both in terms of systems and operations. It also ensures that information is gathered, processed, used, disclosed and even disposed of, in such ways that are appropriate safeguards regarding confidentiality, data accuracy and legitimate behavior observed. We cannot assume that a data subject has consented to any processing unless he/she has given consent. Although this is not a requirement of the Act, it would be dangerous to assume that a lack of action by a data subject implies consent.
Each new member is required to complete a Genetics Society Data Protection Form. We are carrying out this mailing to ensure that we fully comply with the Data Protection Act. The form states the type of data held by the Society regarding its members and offers you the opportunity to opt in/out of specified data usage, which may be considered direct marketing.
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