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Data Protection, Data Processing, and Privacy

The Field Studies Council takes its data protection responsibilities seriously. The FSC is committed to data security and protecting your privacy. We have been working on our systems and processes to ensure we are prepared for the new data protection legislation known as GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) as well as ensuring we continue to comply with the ongoing Electronic Communications and Privacy Regulations.

Part of our work for  GDPR has been to ask our existing customers who visit an FSC centre or fieldwork location on an individual course program, family activity program or Real Family Holiday to “opt-in” for marketing communications. This is due to a change to the rules which govern how we can communicate with our individual customers/supporter. We now rely on the ‘consent’ of our individual and family-based customers, and this means that they have a clear choice as to whether they want to receive marketing information and further communications from FSC beyond their booking or not, and in choosing what they wish to receive, the method by which they will receive such communications (e.g. by post or email).

For our school/group focused customers/supporters our marketing and communications focus on the organisation and not the individual and therefore we have assessed that we have a ‘legitimate interest’ to continue to market to this customer/supporter base and this forms our legal basis for performing this processing.

It is also important to stress that we will never sell your personal data, and FSC will only ever share it with organisations we work with where necessary as part of our day to day operations and only if its privacy and security are guaranteed.

If you wish to know more about our data protection and privacy work in relation to the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), our key documentation is listed below and accessible (in PDF format) by following the links.

If you have any queries or questions related to FSC’s data-protection/data privacy arrangements, please contact FSC’s Data Protection Officer at the following email address:

[email protected]

Data Protection & GDPR – Key Documentation:

FSC Data-Protection Policy

FSC Data-Processing Statement (Full)

FSC Data-Processing Statement (Customer Focus)

FSC Privacy Statement

FSC Compliance Agreement Form (FSC as a third-party data processor)

Data Protection - Other Links:

FSC's Website Privacy & Cookies Statement

Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) Website