Privacy Policy

BMC Privacy Policy

Information we collect about you

The BMC collects data from users of its websites. This data may have been entered into an online form, or by tracking what you access on our website. The data may subsequently be stored in a database, and/or may be used by cookies. This page advises you on how we protect the data we gather.


We collect information that you provide by filling in forms on (the “site”).  This includes information provided at the time of registering to use the site, becoming a member of the British Mountaineering Council (the BMC), subscribing to our service, posting material or requesting further services. We may also ask you for information when you report a problem with the site. If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence. The BMC may also ask you to complete surveys that we use for research purposes, although you do not have to respond to them.


We may collect information about your computer, including (where available) your IP address, operating system and browser type. This data is used to help improve your experience with our online communications and to report aggregate information to our advertisers.

You may refuse to accept cookies by changing the settings on your browser. However, if you select this setting you may be unable to access certain parts of the site. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies when visit the site. Find out more about which cookies are collected here.

How we store your information

The BMC takes all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this privacy policy.

Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of the site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share a password with anyone.

Every effort is taken to protect your personal data, however, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to the site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

How we use your information

The BMC will only use personal information to provide you with services relating to the BMC. Personal information will not be passed to third parties. Information may be shared with ‘Data-Processors’ (anyone that handles your data that isn’t a BMC employee e.g. the mailing house) on behalf of the BMC who shall at all times remain responsible for the confidentiality of the data. Any Data-Processor, will be vetted to the highest standard, and sufficient contracts will be in place to protect the integrity and privacy of your data.

Where possible data will remain on servers within the EEA, however, we may store data on servers within the United States if the company is part of the approved ‘Safe Harbour’ scheme for example; our emailing platform MailChimp holds its data on servers in the US.


Children aged 16 or under wishing to provide personal details to the BMC should get their parent/guardian's permission to do so.

Your rights

You can ask us to stop sending you direct mail, or emails, or ask us to stop processing your details. Finally, if, despite our best endeavours, there is a misuse of your information you can request compensation for any distress you are caused or loss you have incurred. You can find out more information from the ICO’s website.

You are entitled to request all personal information we hold about you, although we can ask for a small fee of £10.00 to cover the costs of collating and sending this to you.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

Any changes we may make to our privacy policy in the future will be posted on this page and, where appropriate, notified to you by e-mail.

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