This page explains how www.soe.org.uk, which is managed by Society of Operations Engineers, uses any information you give to us, and the ways in which we protect your privacy.
The Data Protection Act
Under the Data Protection Act 1998, we have a legal duty to protect any information we collect from you. We use leading technologies to safeguard your data, and keep strict security standards to prevent any unauthorised access to it. We do not pass on your details to any third party unless you give us permission to do so.
What information do we collect?
We collect information from visitors to the website for various purposes, members who update their personal details, non-members who register on the website to access application forms, technical guides or to use the discussion forum, and registration details for attendance at events and financial details from those paying their subscriptions online or making purchases. We do not retain any information submitted through email a friend.
Register for access to restricted content – non-members
If you register on the website to apply to join or use any of the other restricted website services (discussion forum or technical guide downloads) the information we collect is: your title, forename, surname, postal address and email address.
A copy of this information is kept securely by SOE and will be held until such time you inform SOE otherwise. This information is stored to allow us to contact you with offers and services you might be interested in, and will not be shared with any other party. This information is also stored on back-up tapes to avoid loss of data.
Register for access to restricted content – members
To access all restricted areas of soe.org.uk, you are required to be a member of SOE. To obtain a username and password, the information we request is: membership number, surname, date of birth and email. This information enables the site to query the SOE database to ensure you are a member.
This information is stored within the SOE database and will not be shared with any other party. A copy of this information is kept securely by SOE and will be held until such time you inform SOE otherwise. This information is also stored on back-up tapes to avoid loss of data.
Server log files
Log files allow us to record visitors' use of the website. SOE's website hosting partners put together log file information from all our visitors, which we use to make changes to the layout of the site and to the information in it, based on the way that visitors move around and interact with it. Log files do not contain any personal information.