The Society of Maritime Industries Limited ("the Society") - Website Privacy Policy 

The following statement reflects the information gathering and dissemination practices for this Website as well as any information services related to this Website.

The Society gathers only the information which is essential to providing good service to its members, registered users, advertisers and Web Site visitors. The Society does not sell, lease or license confidential information to third parties except for those third parties directly involved in the delivery and service of the Society’s products and services. Any sharing of information is fully disclosed and done with the permission of all necessary parties.

The Society uses your Internet Protocol (IP) address to help diagnose problems with its server and to administer our Web Site. This site also collects the referring URL for tracking Web traffic referred from other sites. Details of how the Society collects and uses information related to individual Web users and companies, including use of cookies, are described below.

Personal Information
The Society collects and uses your personal information to operate this Web Site and deliver the services you have requested. The Society also uses your personally identifiable information to inform you of other services available from us and its Service Providers. The Society may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.  When personal information (such as credit/debit card information) is transmitted to other Web Sites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

The personal contact information will be kept in an active database and will be used for future communications from the Society only with explicit permission from the individual.  The Society does not disclose personal information without the consent of a data subject, as those terms are defined in the Data Protection Act 2018. Such data also will not be sold, leased or combined with other data to create personal user profiles.

The Society does not sell, rent or lease its data to third parties. The Society may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you.  In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (e-mail, name, address, telephone number) is not transferred to the third party.  In addition, the Society may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, or provide support. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to the Society, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

Email Links and Web-Based Forms
The Society uses email links and web-based forms to allow you to contact the Society directly with questions, comments or to register an interest in joining, become a registered user or for booking an event. This information is used to respond directly to your questions or comments.  The Society may file your comments for the purposes of evaluating how to improve the Web Site or services, or it may review and discard the information.

Outbound Links
This site contains links to other sites. The Society encourages partner sites to comply with the current best practices for the electronic collection of personal and confidential information. However, the Society is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of these other sites or their associated companies and partners. The Society recommends that you review the privacy policy on other sites to ensure that you understand how they address issues related to the use of your personal information.

Use of Cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site.  Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual.  The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used.  This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs.  We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not.  A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

 You can choose to accept or decline cookies.  Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer.  This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Choice / Access
The Society requires user consent before collecting or using any personal information. Users may review, modify or remove from active use their information in the Society’s database, choose to no longer receive communications or service at any time by contacting the Society.

This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control. Employees of the Society are made aware of the security and privacy practices, and where appropriate, their obligations under the Data Protection Act 2018 as amended from time to time, through periodic training as needed.

The current version of the privacy policy will be that displayed at any particular time. The Society will not necessarily automatically inform subscribers or visitors to the Website of any change to this privacy policy, and accordingly users are responsible for checking prior to use of the Website.