Data Protection Act

This article was published in 2002, in Newsletter 43.

A new Data Protection Act came into force last year. As a voluntary group, Cambridge Cycling Campaign does not have to register under this Act. But because we store data about you, our members, we still do need to observe the Act. The committee recently adopted a policy on data protection to make sure that individual committee members handle the information you give us properly.

One requirement of the Act is to define how we use the information you give us. We use your details to (a) maintain your membership and (b) further the Aims of the Campaign.

If you don’t want us to store your information at all, please tell us (though this means we won’t be able to send newsletters and other communications to you). If you do not want to receive campaigning-related messages from us, please also let us know, and we will send only membership-related material to you: newsletters (if you want them) and membership reminders etc.

We will not pass your information on to anyone else (except where they need to know, for example to set up a standing order or to insure you). If you gave us an e-mail address, we will only use it sparingly to keep you in touch with the Campaign.

The whole policy is available at www.camcycle.org.uk/about/dataprotection.html ; or let us know and we will send a copy to you.

David Earl