Privacy Policy

General Information about Privacy – The Cruising Association (CA)

This section of the website sets out how we process (collect, store, use and share) people's personal information (as defined by UK data protection laws). We have a web privacy policy including cookie policy for users of this site, and an overarching privacy policy for our members and others with whom we have a contractual relationship. The web privacy policy and, if you are logged in, the overarching privacy policy, can be found below.

The Cruising Association

This site is owned and managed by the Cruising Association. We have a long history - going back more than 100 years. We are a unique, mutually supportive association dedicated to those who cruise on small boats. Our information is collected and shared by members, backed up by a small team of dedicated staff. We have information of unequalled quality, quantity, breadth and relevance; we share experiences, knowledge, and fun to get the most out of cruising. We share online, at rallies, seminars and social events around the UK and across the world.

Web Privacy/cookie policy

This privacy policy sets out how we use and protect any information that you give us when you use this website. We are committed to ensuring your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

We may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page to ensure you are happy with any changes.

What we collect

We may collect the following information if you choose to provide it:

  • name and job title
  • contact information including email address
  • demographic information such as postcode, preferences and interests
  • other information relevant to customer surveys and/or offers
What we do with the information we gather

We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

  • Internal record keeping.
  • We may use the information to improve our products and services.
  • Where you have subscribed, we may periodically send promotional emails about new products, special offers or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address you have provided.
  • From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you for market research purposes. We may contact you by email, phone, fax or mail. We may use the information to customise the website according to your interests.

We are committed to ensuring your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

How we use 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 may 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.

If you interact with any social media buttons on our website, a cookie will be used to remember your actions.

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.

This website assumes implied consent for cookies and meets the ICO's guidelines on the EU e-Privacy Directive.

Recording of IP addresses

In order to maintain and improve security and data protection connections to this page may have their IP address logged. The data will be shared with our IT providers and legal services. The data will not be transferred outside the United Kingdom. The data is normally deleted after 24 months But could be retained longer if it was in active use.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites. These sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Controlling your personal information

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:

  • whenever you are asked to fill in a form on the website, uncheck any box that requests you to join a mailing list / newsletter or use your details for direct marketing purposes
  • if you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by writing to or emailing us

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting if you tell us that you wish this to happen.

You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. A small fee will be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to us.

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

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