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Privacy

  1. This website is owned by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (“RCSEd”), Nicolson St, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW, United Kingdom. RCSEd is a registered charity with charity number SC005317 and a Royal Charter company with company number RC000466.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh operates as a Group through its Faculties, subsidiary companies and related entities, and this Privacy Statement applies to all Faculties, subsidiaries and related entities within the Group.

  1. RCSEd is committed to protecting your privacy and maintaining the security of any personal information you provide to us. We are a Data Controller and registered on the Data Protection Register of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) with registration number Z5731683. Our entry may be viewed at https://ico.org.uk/ESDWebPages/Entry/Z5731683.
  1. RCSEd’s Data Protection Officer (DPO) is Mr Anthony Oxford. You can contact RCSEd’s DPO by emailing him at dataprotection@rcsed.ac.uk.
  1. The purpose of this statement is to explain to you what personal information RCSEd collects about you and how RCSEd may use this information via the following services:
  • Any RCSEd website or application/registration form that references this privacy policy
  • Official RCSEd digital communications channels
  • Telephone, letters and other correspondence
  1. RCSEd does not collect sensitive/special category information about you except when you specifically and knowingly provide it. RCSEd collects data to uniquely identify you as an individual in relation to applications for Membership, Examinations, Courses or other events you apply for. RCSEd also collects data to allow analysis and evaluation regarding the equality and fairness of its service provision and offerings.
  1. RCSEd collects data directly from you in order to carry out its activities. The data collected falls within the following categories:
  • Membership data (for example name, date of birth, election data, contact details etc.)
    • We will retain this information for the duration of your membership + 7 years. Thereafter, only a small part of the data will be kept as a core archival record.
  • Examinations data (for example data about your exams applications, submissions and results)
    • We will retain this information for the duration of your membership + 7 years. Thereafter, only a small part of the data will be kept as a core archival record.
  • Course, events and webinar data (for example data about your course application and attendance)
    • We will retain this information for the duration of your membership + 7 years.
  • Equality Monitoring Information (ethnicity, religion, etc.)
    • This data will be held to generate required monitoring reports and will be retained for the duration of your membership.
  • Professional information (speciality, grade, place of work, etc.)
    • We will always retain this data in an anonymised format to understand trends over time. We will only hold it in a way that connects it to you for the time you are engaged with us and our services and for up to 7 years afterwards.
  • Financial records
    • We will never retain credit card details. We will retain financial records for 7 years after they were made and thereafter only record that a payment was made. Financial records are securely destroyed once the standard retention period has elapsed.
  1. RCSEd has legitimate business interests to collect and process the categories of data mentioned above. RCSEd’s legitimate interests allow RCSEd to provide Membership services, operate examinations and run courses in the interests of the data subject, as well as using anonymised data to monitor trends, service use to improve its services, etc. RCSEd will only use this data in ways that you would reasonably expect, and will not use this data in an intrusive manner. We will always provide the option to opt-out when it is possible to do so.
  1. RCSEd may sometimes rely on your consent to process your data. Where your express consent has been obtained, RCSEd will only use your data for the purposes for which your consent was given. You can withdraw your consent at any time by contacting us using the contact details below (section 11).
  1. If you register for an account with RCSEd’s websites, the information you provide will be used to allow you to log into and use the advanced features of the website.
  1. RCSEd uses cookies to collect user information from the website. This is information from you, such as but not limited to, your browser type and your Internet Protocol (IP) Address. RCSEd uses this Information to track, evaluate, and improve the use of its website. Read more information about cookies here.
  1. Unless you tell us otherwise, RCSEd may occasionally advise you of new activities or website features. RCSEd may alert you electronically by e-mail to important surgical or medical information. RCSEd may offer services on a limited basis to demographically identified groups of users. You may opt-out of this at any time by following the instructions in the marketing communication that you receive, by setting your preferences in your profile, or by contacting us. You may choose not to allow RCSEd to use your information like this in the first place by checking the appropriate box when providing your information on your initial registration.
  1. Subject to the other clauses in this Privacy Statement, RCSEd does not provide or release names, website addresses, email addresses or exam data of users to any third party without your permission.
  1. RCSEd does on occasions and when relevant only share limited information with constituents of its Group (e.g. subsidiary companies or Faculties). RCSEd will only do so in accordance with UK data protection legislation.
  1. RCSEd will occasionally transfer personal data outside the EEA and will do so in accordance with UK data protection legislation and this Privacy Statement. RCSEd will transfer information to its Malaysian subsidiary, RCSEd Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. for the purpose of carrying out RCSEd activities within the ASEAN region. Information will concern solely RCSEd’s Fellows, Members and Affiliate members within the following countries:
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Indonesia
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Thailand

Personal data transferred may include:

  • Name and First Name
  • Nationality
  • Gender
  • Address
  • Email Address
  • Telephone Number
  • Specialty
  1. RCSEd may also disclose your personal information to prevent an emergency, to prevent harm to others, to respond to legal requirements (for instance requests from the General Medical Council), to protect or enforce its rights, to protect or enforce the rights of a third party, or as required or permitted by law (including, without limitation, to comply with a subpoena or court order).
  1. RCSEd may use your information for market research and statistical analysis, and may use reputable partners, suppliers or agencies to process limited personal information on our behalf to help us provide our services to you. When doing do so, strict instructions will be given on the processing of data and the security of it and they will not use your data for their own business purposes.
  1. RCSEd may disclose your details to prospective or actual purchasers of part or the whole of the business or the company (or their professional advisors). RCSEd may also disclose your details to its professional advisors for other purposes connected with the operation of the business.
  1. RCSEd follows strict security procedures in the storage and disclosure of information which you have given, to prevent unauthorised access in accordance with UK data protection legislation.
  1. RCSEd’s hosting site is located in the United Kingdom. All systems are firewall-protected. RCSEd also uses encryption techniques and authentication procedures to maintain the security of your personal data and prevent unauthorised access to your account and to RCSEd systems. You are responsible for keeping your account login details confidential.
  1. In order to maintain the accuracy of RCSEd’s database, you can check or update your personal details on your profile page or by contacting us.
  1. You are entitled to receive a copy of the information we hold. Please contact us at dataprotection@rcsed.ac.uk for further details, or to make a request.
  1. You can choose to stop receiving marketing communications from us at any time by following the instructions in the marketing communication that you receive, by setting your preferences in your profile, or by contacting us.

You have a right to raise concerns or make a formal complaint by contacting the ICO’s Office at https://ico.org.uk.

  1. As part of RCSEd’s commitment to providing the best possible service to its members and constituents, RCSEd may monitor and record telephone calls initiated and answered in its Edinburgh and Birmingham business offices.
  1. Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although RCSEd will do its best to protect your personal data, it cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to or from RCSEd Website(s) via the internet.
  1. The RCSEd Privacy Statement was updated on 22 May 2018. By using this site, you consent to the collection and use by RCSEd of your information, in the manner specified in this Privacy Policy. RCSEd reserves the right to change or amend this Privacy Policy prospectively at any time by posting the revised Privacy Policy. We encourage you to review periodically this Privacy Policy to be informed of how RCSEd is protecting your information.

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