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This privacy policy states how the Open Photographic Society (OPS) uses and protects information passed to the Society when you use our website.

OPS is committed to ensuring that your privacy is properly protected. Any information provided by you when using this website, and by which you can be identified, will be used only in accordance with this OPS privacy statement.

We may collect the information listed below, although we will not do this routinely. Personal information is collected only where it is required to satisfy a particular request made by you - usually following a distinction application, booking or purchase of some description.:

  • Name and job title;
  • Contact information including email address, telephone numbers and postal address (including post code or zip code);
  • Information required to process orders for products or wedding photography bookings, or for award/distinction applications;
  • Preferences and interests;
  • Other statistical information relevant to surveys or offers (such as the number of visitors to the site from a particular country, or to a particular website page).

Such information is collected only where it is needed to understand your needs (eg for distinction applications or wedding photography bookings) and to develop our website with the objective of providing a better service. We do not use contact information to send spam or make unsolicited telephone calls, and do not sell or pass on such information to any other organizations or persons. We make all reasonable efforts to protect personal information from hackers and those who might wish to obtain it but, given the nature of the internet, cannot provide a 100% guarantee that illegal intrusions into the Society's records might take place. However, at the time of writing this has never happened.

The Society does not collect or have access to any debit or credit card details, or to details of your Paypal account or records. Neither does the Society maintain any form of membership list - ie there is no list of people who use our website. The personal details of distinction applicants, whether successful or unsucessful, are not disclosed to others. however, the names of some successful applicants may be identified should their successful award or distinction panels be published on the Society's website.

The Society's website incorporates links to other websites over which we have no control, and which may have quite different privacy policies. The Society cannot therefore be held responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide as a consequence of visiting such sites.

We will not release, sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your specific permission or are required by law to do so.

You may request details of personal information which the Society holds about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. A small fee will be payable. If you would like a copy of the such information, or believe any information held may be incorrect, please email the Society's Admin Office.

This privacy policy is subject to change at any time without notice. Last updated on 28 February 2013.

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