Here at CRDARS, we try to keep our use of your personal data to an absolute minimum. What follows is a short and simple summary of what data we’re gathering, and why:
- Any cookies set by crdars.org,uk are purely to enable website functionality. We don’t use them to track visitors, we don’t run any advertising on the site.
- Our web host logs visitor IP addresses, along with some basic browser information. We may occasionally view aggregate data regarding visitor numbers or search terms to find us. We may also view this data if we suspect our site is under attack or being used for illegal activity. We’re not bothered about anonymous, well behaved visitors, but we need to retain information regarding the inevitable bad actors.
- We use Google’s reCAPTCHA service to protect our contact form against the automated spam bots that would otherwise make our lives miserable. reCAPTCHA gathers hardware and software information, such as device and application data, sends the data to Google for analysis, and (hopefully) determines that you are not a spammer. This information is used only for improving reCAPTCHA and for general security purposes. It will not be used for personalised advertising by Google.
- Our news page may occasionally embed content from 3rd party websites, such as YouTube. Viewing these items may expose you to tracking by these 3rd parties. For further details, you’ll need to view the privacy policies of the 3rd party sites, as they’re not something we have any control over.
If you decide to join the club, we’ll need store some basic additional information about you, such as:
- Your name.
- Your callsign (if you hold an amateur radio licence).
- Your contact details.
- Whether or not you have paid your membership subs for the current year.
We’ll need to retain the above information for as long as you’re a member of CRDARS.
If you subsequently decide to part ways with the club, we’ll normally retain your information and keep you informed about the club’s activities unless you request otherwise. If you would rather not hear from us again, just let us know, and we’ll ensure you’re removed from our records.
This stems from us being a small, close-knit group. The line between being an organised society and a group of friends playing with radios tends to get quite blurry in a small club, and most of our former members remain in close contact with current members, even if they’re no longer regular participants at meetings.