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Privacy Policy

BIOS takes the issue of privacy and data protection seriously.

  • It keeps NO information relating to its members' and customers' credit cards, debit cards, or bank accounts, beyond what appears on statements from its bank and card payment provider.
  • It stores securely the personal data submitted by members when applying for or renewing membership; this data is available for review or amendment by the member at any time, by logging into the BIOS website.
  • It keeps the personal data of its members confidential at all times and does not share it with any external organisation for any purpose other than the International Orthoptic Association; and then only where the member's explicit consent has been given.
  • It holds archived records of ex-members for seven years from the end of their last year of active membership (required for professional indemnity insurance purposes); BIOS keeps membership list data only - first name, last name, internal ID nos., and years & levels of membership - beyond that date.

In the performance of their duties, BIOS officers at Society and branch level may from time to time require reports on the membership roll which include personal information. Such reports are necessary for the functioning of the Society and all members give their consent to this use of their own personal information by accepting the Society's terms and rules when starting or renewing membership.

Online card payments occur on the secure website of BIOS's card payment provider; BIOS has no access to the card details provided at the time of transaction. When card payments are made by phone, the payer's card details are entered directly into a form on the secure website of BIOS's card payment provider: BIOS keeps NO record of the card details given by the payer.

BIOS's card payment provider is currently PayPal: please examine its Privacy Policy (United Kingdom version) if you have any queries about its attitude to your privacy. 

BIOS is regulated in respect of the UK Data Protection Act and Privacy & Electronic Communications Regulations by the Information Commissioner's Office.

British and Irish Orthoptic Society

0203 853 9797

Salisbury House · Station Road
Cambridge · CB1 2LA
United Kingdom