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IAT Privacy Policy and Cookies

A. Privacy policy

1. Introduction
The Institute of Animal Technology (IAT) Privacy Policy sets out the ways in which the IAT processes personal data. This Privacy Policy only relates to personal data collected by the IAT via the IAT website, membership forms, emails and telephone calls.

This Privacy Policy does not apply to personal data provided to the IAT by any other means or via any other website. Users should be aware that if they access other websites, using the links provided, these are outside our control. If they provide personal data to other companies, the privacy polices of those companies determine the uses to which that information is put and the IAT’s Privacy Policy will no longer apply.

2. The Data Protection Act 1998 / General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018

The IAT makes every effort to comply with the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998 and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the European Union’s new privacy law, which came into effect on May 25th, 2018

3. Use made of personal information
Personal information provided to the IAT via The IAT website, membership forms, emails and telephone calls will be used for the purposes outlined at the time of collection or registration in accordance with the preferences you express.

Personal data collected and processed by The IAT may be used, when applicable, for the purposes of furthering the work of the IAT through the following mechanisms:

Administration of email membership list.

We keep this data to ensure that we can communicate effectively with you. You submit this data via membership application forms, application forms for events and activities and education application forms. This data is kept and maintained securely on our membership database until such time as you inform us to remove it. You can do this at any time by completing the online consent form

Administration of Membership and qualification status
We keep this data as a record of your IAT membership and qualification status. Your education record is important to maintain as it proves your status as an animal technologist and your membership entitlement. We keep this data for up to 40 years should you wish to review you qualification status or request certificates. You can ask us to remove this data at any point by completing the online consent form


Administration of educational status

We keep this data as a record of your progress through the education system. As an awarding body we are required to maintain and share this data by OFQUAL and the Department of Education. Our accredited providers will be provided with your data in order for them to progress with your learning. This data is maintained for up to 5 years on a secure database. You may ask us to remove this data at any point by completing the online consent form, however by doing so we will be unable to maintain your education and qualification status.

Distribution of news and information relevant to IAT Members

We keep your email address so that we can send you the latest news and updates from the IAT. This data is kept securely on our membership database and mailing software. You can ask us to remove this data at anytime by clicking the links at the bottom of any newsletters we send you or by completing the online consent form


Invitation to CPD Workshops, meetings and conferences managed solely by the IAT

We keep your contact details to invite you to events run by the IAT or jointly with other similar organisations. This data is kept securely on our membership database and our conference organising solution, CVENT. You can ask for this data to be removed at anytime by completing the online consent form


Processing personal data for the above purposes may entail sharing the information with employees, contractors, agents and professional advisors of the IAT and other carefully selected organisations including Government Education Bodies.

4. Consent
By providing personal data to the IAT you consent to the processing of such data by the IAT as described in this Privacy Policy. You can alter your preferences as described below.

5. Use of data for email 
At each point of data collection or registration you are given the option to opt-in to receiving email communications from the IAT. Where you do opt-in to such communications, the IAT may provide information on its activities.

If at any time you want to alter your preferences or request that the IAT stop communicating with you in this way then you should contact the IAT or complete the simple online Opt-out form

6. Accessing your personal data held by the Institute of Animal Technology
You have the right to ask the IAT, in writing, for a copy of all the personal data held about you (this is known as a 'subject access request'). If you would like to access your personal data held by the IAT, please contact the IAT.

7. Verifying, updating and amending your personal information 
If, at any time, you want to verify, update or amend your personal data or preferences please contact the IAT.

Verification, updating or amendment of personal data will take place within 28 days of receipt of your request.

If subsequently you make a data protection instruction to the IAT which contradicts a previous instruction (or instructions), then the IAT will follow your most recent instruction.

8. Cookies
'Cookies' are small pieces of information sent by a web server to a web browser, which enables the server to collect information from the browser. Essentially it takes the form of a small text file deposited on your computer's hard drive.

The IAT uses cookies to ensure that you can interact with our website successfully, to identify you when you visit our website and to keep track of your browsing patterns. The use of cookies does not give us access to the rest of your computer. Please read our Cookie policy below.

If you want to prevent our cookies being stored on your computer in future, you may do so by referring to your internet browser's instructions. You can do this by clicking on the ‘Help' menu.

Please note however that if you disable our cookies you may not be able to access certain services or facilities on our site and your use of our site may be restricted. Further information on deleting or controlling cookies is available at

9. Links to third party websites 
This Privacy Policy applies solely to the personal data collected by the IAT and does not apply to third party websites.

The IAT is not responsible for the privacy policies of third party websites. The IAT advises users to read the privacy policies of other websites before registering any personal data.

10. Security 
The IAT holds your personal data in accordance with the security provisions of the UK Data Protection legislation. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, the IAT cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems.

If you have any questions about security please contact the IAT.

11. Notification of changes 
If the IAT decides to change its Privacy Policy, it will post such changes on its website under the section entitled 'Privacy Policy'


B. Intellectual Property

All copyright, trademarks, design rights, patents and other intellectual property rights (registered and unregistered) in and on the IAT website and all content (including all applications) located on the site shall remain vested in the IAT or its contributors. You may not copy, reproduce, republish, disassemble, decompile, reverse engineer, download, post, broadcast, transmit, make available to the public, or otherwise use the IAT content in any way except for your own personal, non-commercial use. You also agree not to adapt, alter or create a derivative work from any IAT content except for your own personal, non-commercial use. Any other use of IAT content requires the prior written permission of the authors. To request this permission please contact the IAT.

The names, images and logos identifying the IAT or third parties and their products and services are subject to copyright, design rights and trademarks of the IAT and/or third parties. Nothing contained in these terms shall be construed as conferring any licence or right to use any trademark, design right or copyright of the IAT or any other third party.


C. Limitation of Liability

The IAT is not responsible for the availability or content of any third party sites that are accessible through the IAT webpages. Any links to third party websites from the IAT do not amount to any endorsement of that site and any use of that site by you is at your own risk.

The IAT, including the information, names, images, pictures, logos and icons regarding or relating to the IAT (or to third parties and their products and services), is provided "AS IS" and on an "AS AVAILABLE" basis. To the extent permitted by law, the IAT excludes all representations and warranties (whether express or implied by law), including the implied warranties of satisfactory quality, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security and accuracy.

The IAT does not guarantee the timeliness, completeness or performance of the website or any of the content. While we try to ensure that all content provided by the IAT is correct and accurate, no responsibility is accepted by or on behalf of the providers of the IAT for any errors, omissions or inaccurate content on the website.

The providers of the IAT website shall not be liable for any of the following losses or damage (whether such damage or losses were foreseen, foreseeable, known or otherwise): (a) loss of data; (b) loss of revenue or anticipated profits; (c) loss of business; (d) loss of opportunity; (e) loss of goodwill or injury to reputation; (f) losses suffered by third parties; or (g) any indirect, consequential, special or exemplary damages arising from the use of the IAT website regardless of the form of action.

The providers and administrators of the IAT website do not warrant that functions available on the IAT website will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected, or that the IAT or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or bugs. You acknowledge that it is your responsibility to implement sufficient procedures and virus checks (including anti-virus and other security checks) to satisfy your particular requirements for the accuracy of data input and output.

D. General terms

If any of these terms are determined to be illegal, invalid or otherwise unenforceable by reason of the laws of any state or country in which these terms are intended to be effective, then to the extent and within the jurisdiction in which that term is illegal, invalid or unenforceable, it shall be severed and deleted from these terms and the remaining terms shall survive and continue to be binding and enforceable.

The failure or delay of the IAT's website administrators to exercise or enforce any right in these terms does not waive their right to enforce that right.

These terms shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of England and Wales which shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any disputes.


Cookies in use on this site
Cookies and how they benefit you

Our website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience we can. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites

Our cookies help us:

  • Make our website work as you’d expect

  • Remember your settings during and between visits

  • Improve the speed/security of the site

  • Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook

  • Continuously improve our website for you

  • Make our marketing more efficient


We do not use cookies to:

  • Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)

  • Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)

  • Pass data to advertising networks

  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties

  • Pay sales commissions


You can learn more about all the cookies we use below

Granting us permission to use cookies

If the settings on your software that you are using to view this website (your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site you can learn how to do this below, however doing so will likely mean that our site will not work as you would expect.

More about our cookies
Our own cookies

We use cookies to make our website work including:

  • Remembering your search settings

  • Showing you which pages you have recently visited

  • Allowing you to add comments to our site

  • Remembering your preferences such as colours, text size and layout

There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site.

Third party functions

Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. A common example is an embedded YouTube video. Our site includes the following which use cookies:

Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties

Social website cookies

So you can easily “Like” or share our content on the likes of Facebook and Twitter we have included sharing buttons on our site.

The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.

Anonymous visitor statistics cookies

We use cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows which helps to identify when our site isn’t working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. These so called “analytics” programs also tell us if, on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before helping us to put more money into developing our services for you instead of marketing spend. We use Google Analytics.

Turning cookies off

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies (Learn how here). Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of our’s and a large proportion of the world’s websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites

It may be that you concerns around cookies relate to so called “spyware”. Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive. Learn more about managing cookies with antispyware software.

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