The Royal College of Ophthalmologists champions excellence in the practice of ophthalmology. We are the only professional membership body for medically qualified ophthalmologists and for those who are undergoing specialist training to become ophthalmologists.
The confidentiality of your information is of paramount concern to The Royal College of Ophthalmologists. We comply with Data Protection Legislation, Data Protection Guidelines for Charities and Medical Confidentiality Guidelines. You may wish to review our Data Protection Policy and explanation of legitimate interests document.
We may amend this Policy from time to time and you are advised to check this site regularly to see if there have been any changes.
1. What data does the RCOphth collect?
We may ask for data when you register for an event, an examination or an account with RCOphth. This data is stored on our databases in order that we can identify you as an individual and provide the services requested. This data will also enable us to manage our relationship with you as an RCOphth member or other party (such as health care professional, patient or member of the general public) and update and improve the accuracy of our records.
We refer to any information that may identify you as an individual such as your name and address, as personal data or personal information. For example, we may collect the following personal information:
- name and job title
- age and date of birth
- contact information including email address
- information relevant to applications and booking of events and examinations
- information relevant to enquiries from patients and the public
Sometimes you may be asked to submit personal information which is of a more private nature, which we refer to as sensitive personal information, and is required in order that we can, for example generate reports about the services we provide and reporting on the equality and diversity of our membership. We restrict access to any individual data to nominated ‘data-controllers’. All other general reporting is anonymous aggregated data. We may collect the following sensitive personal information if you decide to give it to us:
- gender reassignment
- ethnic origin
- sexual orientation
- employment information if you are applying for a job
- other lifestyle information
2. How does the RCOphth use this information?
We use your personal information to provide information, services and transactions you have requested as well as for administrative purposes as part of your membership contract with the RCOphth.
We will ask you to indicate your consent for the College to keep you informed of our membership services, activities and events that we consider may be of interest to you via email. If at any time you no longer wish to receive such information, you have the right to withdraw your consent. You may also edit your preferences in the secure members’ area of the website.
The lawful reason for sending you information about membership services and transactions is called ‘legitimate interest’.
3. Does the RCOphth share your data with third parties?
Sometimes we need to share your information with carefully selected third parties in order to administer membership services, such as distribution of College publications. We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties and any other organisations to use for their own purposes unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so.
We may disclose your personal information to third parties if we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation,. or for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.
4. How does the RCOphth protect personal information?
We are committed to protecting the privacy of your personal information. In an effort to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place strict physical, electronic and operational procedures intended to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.
RCOphth may use third parties to process data on its behalf. Such processing, which may be outside the European Economic Area, is subject to contractual restrictions with regard to confidentiality and security, in addition to the obligations imposed by the Data Protection Act 1998 and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPRMay 2018.
If the URL of a web page starts with HTTPS or you see a locked/green padlock symbol, your data should be encrypted when it is sent from your computer to our server. However, we cannot ensure the security of your data when it is being transmitted to our website or other digital sites from other pages and all transmission of personal information and other data is done at your own risk.
Information submitted to us over the RCOphth website is normally unprotected until it reaches us. In addition, you are requested not to send confidential details or credit card numbers, for example, by email.
5. Can I see the information the RCOphth holds on me?
You may request details of personal information that we hold about you by exercising your right of ‘data subject access” under data protection legislation. Please review our Subject Access Request Policy to request a copy of the information held about you.
6. How do I change the information the RCOphth holds on me?
You can at any time ask us to correct or remove information you think is inaccurate.
If your personal details change, please help us to keep your information up to date by going to the secure members’ area, logging into your profile and updating your details. Alternatively, you may contact [email protected]
How long does the RCOphth hold personal and sensitive information?
We will only hold personal information for as long as it is necessary to do so, having regard to the purposes for which it was collected and the purposes for which it is to be further processed.
We may use non-personal data in order that we can learn more about online behaviour to improve our website, mobile website, apps, general marketing and to provide a better user experience.
2. What are cookies?
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3. The Cookies we use
You can choose to manage the cookies we use on our website through your internet browser settings at any time. Certain cookies may be set as soon as you visit our website, but you can remove them using your internet browser settings.
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4. Setting Cookies on your device
6. What happens if you disable Cookies from our site?
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