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Website and email privacy policy

We believe it is very important to respect the privacy of individuals, and to make only safe and ethical use of the information that is provided through electronic channels.

Where we collect information we are doing so in order to offer you better services, both on the website and in the rest of our operations.

If any of the information we hold about you is inaccurate we will do our best to correct it quickly once you notify us. You can update your contact details yourself online.
We will hold some of the information you give us in databases. We will ensure that these are secure and can only be accessed by authorised people.

This privacy policy covers:

  • the information we collect and how we use it
  • who will have access to the information
  • technical information, including the use of Cookies
  • access to your personal information
  • other websites
  • data protection
  • how to contact us

Our website staff are fully trained in the privacy policy and are aware that it should always be fully implemented.

The implementation of the privacy policy is directly supervised by our senior managers.

The information we collect and how we use it

To use this website, you only need to give your membership number/student number/other identification ID (provided by us) and password.

We do not collect any financial information on this website. If you make a debit or credit card payment online eg, to pay subscriptions or fees, to join a Faculty or Community, or to purchase any of our services or products, you will be taken to a secure payment service provider who will take your payment on our behalf and return you to this website when your order has been completed.

We may ask you to complete surveys, questionnaires or comments on the website from time to time. These will always be voluntary, but we may use the information from them to personalise the website and to target marketing to relevant users. This policy should be read in conjunction with our Community terms and conditions.

We will ask you for your email address if you want us to contact you in this way, to receive email update information and newsletters, or if you wish to pay online. You can delete or change your email address at any time or unsubscribe to particular types of email.

We may collect management information on our email campaigns, such as whether you have read an email sent by us, when and how many times. We will use this information to improve content and services and to inform groups of users about relevant products and services.

The website gives you the opportunity to change your preferences about receiving conventional postal mailings. To change preferences, login and select yourname account from the top horizontal menu.

If you have a web chat conversation, we will record a copy of that conversation and hold it against the membership number/student number/other identification ID you used to log in to this website.

We will use any or all of the personal information we collect about you to build up a profile of your use of the website and its facilities. We will store this information under your name on ICAEW's system.

Who will have access to the information?

Any information you give will be available to ICAEW, including our faculties and district societies. We may transfer your information outside the European Economic Area (EEA) eg, to one of our offices. These countries may not have similar data protection laws to the EEA. So, if we do transfer your information we will take the necessary steps to ensure that your privacy rights are still protected.

We may need to share your information with our service providers and agents for the purposes set out in this privacy policy, but we will ensure that it is protected. Other than this, we will not give information about you or your use of this site to any other organisation without your consent, unless it is necessary to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation.

We will give anonymous usage statistics to other organisations, but these will not include information about domain names or IP addresses.

We also occasionally work with external organisations to carry out market research about ICAEW on our behalf. We may share your email address with these organisations so that they can contact you directly and carry out this research independently from ICAEW. We only use organisations that adhere to the Market Research Society code of practice. Other than this, we won’t give your email address to any third party.

Information you give in response to surveys and questionnaires on the website will be used in two ways:

  • by ICAEW itself to help determine policy and to help improve our services to members; or
  • by third parties that ICAEW may give the information to for market research; in this case, the information will only be made available as anonymous statistical reports

This website compiles user profiles automatically to help us improve the content, design and performance of the site. We will only use these profiles for this purpose and will not release them to any other organisation.

Technical information

Like most websites, our server gathers limited information about you during a session, including the IP address and domain name from which you are accessing the server. We use this information to help us improve the content, design and performance of the site. We do not give the log files or the information they contain to any third parties.

Our website software can recognise the configuration of the computer you are using and the browser software you are using. This will help us to provide you with an optimised experience.

This information is collected with your name, email address and, if appropriate, membership number if you complete a 'contact us' feedback form.

If you provide feedback via an online feedback form we will collect your name, email address and, if appropriate, membership or student number.

This site uses Google Analytics, and specifically Google Analytics Demographics and Interests reporting. Should you wish you can opt-out of the Google Analytics advertising features used for demographics and interests reporting using. Google have provided more information and a simple plugin to allow you to do this on any website.

Use of cookies

A cookie is a tiny file that is saved by your browser when you visit a website. It enables certain information about your visit to be stored by the site. We have set out full details about our use of cookies on a separate page, where you can find out which cookies we use, why we use them, and what you need to do if you don’t wish to accept some or all them.

Access to your personal information

You have a right to request a copy of the personal information we hold about you and to amend or update any inaccuracies. We charge a £10 fee for this service.

Please contact:

Data Protection Officer
Metropolitan House
321 Avebury Boulevard
Milton Keynes

Email: data.protection@icaew.com

Other websites

Our website and emails may contain links to other websites. We are not responsible for the content or practices of these other sites and we recommend that you check their own privacy policies.

Data Protection

This privacy statement forms part of ICAEW's commitment to the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998.

You can get a full copy of our data protection policy from ICAEW's Data Protection Officer by email on data.protection@icaew.com, by phone on (+44) 1908 248 250 or in writing at the address below.

Alternatively, you can read the data protection policy online.

Contact us

If you have any questions or concerns about this policy or the way we operate it, please contact:

Data Protection Officer
Metropolitan House
321 Avebury Boulevard
Milton Keynes

+44 (0)1908 248 250

Last reviewed May 2017