Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

British Society for the History of Mathematics

Privacy Policy

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a law with effect from 25th May 2018, requires all Societies, Charities, Companies and other Organisations who keep personal information about their members and supporters to account for their privacy procedures, and to obtain written consent from those members and supporters to store and use that information.

This Privacy Statement explains what personal information we hold about you, why we hold it, how we share it, how we obtain it, how we protect it for you, how long we keep your data and how we remove it, and how you can access or correct your information or have it removed from our files if you so wish.

What information we hold:

We hold the following information about BSHM members: Title, Name, Postal address, Email address, Telephone number, Year of birth (if under 25 years old). For members who pay their subscriptions by Direct Debit we also hold details of Bank or Building Society name and address, branch sort code, account name and number. For competition entrants we also hold name and address of School attended (Schools Plus Competition), and University/College name, Title of degree (Undergraduate Essay Prize). For Grant Scheme applicants we also hold name and contact details of Referee.

We do not hold any information supplied by you to other agencies (such as Paypal or Eventbrite) when paying membership subscriptions or booking online to attend BSHM or non-BSHM events. Such agencies may store your data outside the EU. These outside agencies have their own privacy policies.

Why we hold this information:

The information we hold enables us to communicate with you by post or by email. It enables you to receive BSHM journals and e-Newsletters, and the journals of other organisations according to the selections you made when you applied for BSHM membership. For members who pay their subscriptions by Direct Debit the information we hold enables your payments to be processed.

How we share this information:

We share your personal information only with trusted third parties. We share your Name, Address and BSHM ID No with the publisher Taylor & Francis to enable them to send you the BSHM Bulletin. For those members also subscribing to Historia Mathematica (publ. Elsevier) and/or requiring reciprocal membership of CSHPM (Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics) we share your Name, Address and BSHM ID No with those organisations; CSHPM also receive your email address. This information supplied to Taylor & Francis and to Elsevier is protected by them according to their Privacy Policies.

Your personal information may be transferred to, and stored and processed, outside the European Economic Area, if you have chosen to subscribe to Historia Mathematica or to take reciprocal membership of CSHPM.  We ensure that measures are in place such that it is managed in compliance with Data Protection Law.

We do not share any other information we hold about you.

How this information is obtained:

The information we hold about members is obtained from the BSHM Membership Form you completed when applying for or renewing your BSHM Membership. The information we hold about grant applicants or competition entrants is obtained from the application/submission form you completed when applying/entering.

How this information is protected:

The information we hold about you is held in a secure password-protected database on a password-protected computer. In the unlikely event of a data breach, the member concerned will be notified immediately.

How long we keep your information:

We keep your information for as long as we need it for the purposes for which it was collected. If your membership ceases, owing to your resignation from the Society or non-renewal of your annual subscription, then we shall delete your information from our database. If you entered a competition or applied for a grant, then we shall delete your information from our database once the award process has been completed.

If you request us to remove the information we hold about you, then we will do so. However we shall then be unable to communicate with you or to send you the journals that you have subscribed to.

How your information is removed:

If we have to remove your data from our database we will delete it securely and permanently.

Links to other websites: 

We may provide you with links to other websites. We cannot be held liable to you for any issues arising in connection with their content, services or use of your information. We recommend that you review the privacy policy on each website in order to understand how they might process your data. 

Lawful basis for processing:

We are required to obtain your written consent as a lawful basis to hold and to use your personal information to communicate with you. Consent for children must be given by the child’s parent or custodian. This consent must be explicit for data collected and the purposes the data is used for. We seek this consent from you by email or on the Membership, Prize and Grant Forms. Only on receipt of your consent can we continue to communicate with you. You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time, using our website Contact form: http://www.bshm.ac.uk/contact .

Your rights:

You have the right to see copies of the personal information that we hold about you. You also have the right to ask us to stop or limit the processing of your data, to correct or update your data, to transfer your personal data from one electronic processing system to another, or to delete your data. In such cases we will ask for proof of identity before passing on any information to ensure your confidentiality. You can submit a request to us using our website Contact form: http://www.bshm.ac.uk/contact .