USSCC Caving Club takes your privacy seriously. We are a “controller” of the personal information that you provide to us and this privacy notice sets out how, why and for how long we will use your personal data, as well as who it is shared with. It also explains your legal rights as a data subject and how to exercise them.
What we need from you
When you register as a member of USSCC Caving Club or renew your membership, we may ask you for some or all of the following personal information:
Contact details – eg. name, address, email address and phone number.
Date of birth – to calculate membership category and eligibility for events and courses.
Participation details – other clubs, existing caving membership number.
Equality information – sex, gender, disability, ethnic group and religion.
Safety and emergency details – eg. next of kin, relevant health conditions.
If you do not provide us with all of the personal information that we need this may affect our ability to offer you our membership services and benefits.
Why we need your personal information – contractual purposes
We need to collect our members’ and customers’ personal information so that we can manage your relationship with us. We may use our members’ personal information to:
Provide you with core member services, including confirmation of membership, membership card, end of year renewal.
Set up an online membership account enabling you to manage your membership and communication preferences.
Organise club activities and manage risk and safety if you attend a meet.
Register your membership with the representative body, SUI, to provide you with insurance cover, magazine subscription and other benefits they offer to members of clubs, including access to courses and competitions.
Share contact details with other club members but only with your permission.
Why we need your personal information – legitimate purposes
We also process our members’ personal information in pursuit of our legitimate interests to:
Provide you with news and updates about the activity of the club, opportunities to get involved in club meets, training, general meetings or other events.
Raise awareness of the club’s activities by capturing photos, videos, or live streaming at events. We will use this for promotion, education and development purposes.
Respond to and investigate your questions, comments, support needs, complaints, concerns or allegations.
Why we need your personal information – legal obligations
We are under a legal obligation to process certain personal information relating to our members for the purposes of complying with obligations under:
The Equality Act 2010, which requires us to process personal information to make reasonable adjustments where necessary.
Other uses of your personal information
We may ask you if we can process your personal information for other purposes. Where we do so, we will provide you with an additional privacy notice explaining how we will use your information for these purposes.
Who we share your personal information with
When we register your membership with SUI we pass on your personal data and SUI become a controller of your personal data. SUI provides full details of how it uses your personal data in its own privacy notice (www.caving.ie) and will not use it for any other purpose.
We share personal details with other USSCC Caving Club members by sending out membership lists. Your own details of the list will only contain information you have agreed to share with the USSCC Caving Club members.
We may be required to share personal information with statutory or regulatory authorities to comply with statutory obligations. Such organisations include the Health & Safety Executive. We may also share personal information with professional and legal advisors for the purpose of obtaining advice.
Third party suppliers with access to members’ personal data
The USSCC Caving Club may use third party suppliers to provide services. These suppliers may process personal data on our behalf as “processors” and are subject to contractual conditions to only process that personal information under our instructions and protect it.
In the event that we share personal information with external third parties, we only share such information strictly required for the specific purposes and take reasonable steps to ensure recipients shall only process the disclosed personal information in accordance with those purposes.
Wix.com provide our membership database.
Starling Bank & PayPal process payment transactions securely on our behalf.
Gmail distribute some of our email communications.
Instructors, coaches and event organisers receive details of training or competition participants.
How we protect your personal information
Your personal information is accessed by our Committee Members only for the purposes set out above. It is stored by our club on wix . Wix requires a login and password to access personal data of club members. In some cases, committee members keep personal information on password protected excel spreadsheets. Your personal data is transferred to SUI by inputting it directly into an email or via a password-protected spreadsheet.
How long we keep your personal information
We only keep your personal information for as long as necessary to provide you with membership services. Unless you ask us not to, we will review and delete your personal information where you have not renewed your membership with us for 2 years.
You have a right to:
Change your communication preferences or restrict the processing of your personal data for specific purposes.
Request that we correct your personal data if you believe it is inaccurate or incomplete.
Request that we delete your personal information.
Access the personal data that we hold about you through a “subject access request”.
You can contact us at
If you are dissatisfied, you have a right to raise a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office at