1 The Mission of the British and Irish Region of the International Society
1.1 The British and Irish Region (henceforth, BIR) of the International Biometric Society exists to promote quantitative biology in all its aspects.
2 BIR as a region of the International Biometric Society
2.1 By becoming a member of BIR, members automatically also become members of the International Biometric Society.
2.2 By becoming a member of BIR, members consent to having their details (at a minimum: name, e-mail address and membership status – full, retired, honorary life, student; additional information, e.g., affiliation, postal address, can be optionally provided) shared with the International Biometric Society.
2.3 The transfer of personal data (see 2.2) between BIR and the International Biometric Society is encrypted.
3 Communication with members
3.1 BIR achieves its mission, in part, by organising scientific meetings on themes relevant to quantitative biology. By becoming a member of BIR, members consent to being contacted by email about these meetings.
3.2 Occasionally, the BIR Committee may decide to circulate (by email) to its members details of other events, not organised by BIR, deemed of relevance to its members.
3.3 Members can opt (by paying a higher subscription fee) to receive printed copies of the International Biometric Society’s Journals. Members who do so are assumed to consent to these journals being posted to the postal address the member has provided, e.g., a home or work address. Since this is done through the International Biometric Society, members who opt to receive printed copies of one or more of the Journals are assumed to consent to the sharing of the postal address they have provided with the International Society in accordance with 2.2 and 2.3.
3.4 Members are emailed a newsletter twice per year reporting on the activities of the BIR.
3.5 Members can request that all communication from BIR be terminated by emailing the BIR Membership Secretary (details can be found on the BIR website).
4 Storage of personal data
4.1 Our members’ personal data are held on servers which employ industry standard security practices to safeguard all the personal data held.
4.2 Members have the right to request a copy of some or all of the information that BIR holds on them. This request can be made by emailing the BIR Membership Secretary (details can be found on the BIR website).
4.3 Members can request that their personal data be amended or removed, either via the “Members Management Area” on the BIR website, or by emailing the BIR Membership Secretary (details can be found on the BIR website). Members should be aware that if they request that their name be removed, then their membership of BIR will be automatically terminated, and if they request that their email address and/or postal address be removed, then they will lose out on some or all of the benefits of membership of the BIR (see 3.1–3.4).
4.4 Members’ personal data will be retained while their membership is active, and for a period following any lapse in membership (to enable membership to be easily resumed). Members may request that their data be removed immediately following a deliberate termination of membership by contacting the Membership Secretary.
5 Sharing of personal data
5.1 Except for passing on data to the International Biometric Society (see 2.1–2.3), personal data are only collected to provide services that contribute towards meeting the BIR’s mission (see 1.1, 3.1–3.4), and are never provided to other organisations, except where necessary to provide or administer the service (for example infrastructure providers, accounting systems) or where required by law.
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