'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.
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 sites and your use of our sites may be restricted. Further information on deleting or controlling cookies is available at www.AboutCookies.org.
If you provide information when getting in touch with us, for example the details contained in a medical query, we will not ask for any other unnecessary personal information, and your question and reply will be temporarily stored securely in the BTF files.
The BTF may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should therefore check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from February 2018.
What we collect
If you complete a membership application form we will collect the following information:
- name and address, or the name and age of your child, if you are joining on their behalf
- contact information including email address
- demographic information such as postcode and type of thyroid disorder
What we do with the information you send
We require this information so we can send you our members' newsletter, and to keep in touch with you with urgent updates e.g a cancelled local meeting, and also to help us understand your needs. In particular it helps us:
- to manage internal record keeping
- to contact you for research purposes, such as surveys (if you have given permission for us to do this)
- to understand members' needs and concerns and to provide a service e.g respond to any medical query you may have, which might also be published in the newsletter
We are committed to ensuring that 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 have stored.
Links to other websites
Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. Please note, however, that once you have used these links to leave our site, we do not have any control over the information contained on other websites. Therefore we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information you provide whilst visiting other websites and such 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 that you have either downloaded from the BTF website or filled in online, you can click to indicate that you want the BTF to contact you. If the box remains unticked we will not contact you
- if you have previously agreed to us contacting you, you may change your mind at any time by writing to or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to a third party. If you have opted in to agreeing to the BTF contacting you, we may use your personal information to send you BTF promotional information or surveys which we think you may find interesting.
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 email@example.com. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.