Privacy Policy


At the Port of Plymouth Canoeing Association (PPCA), we are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

This Policy explains when and why we collect personal information about people who register on our website and/or join PPCA by whatever means, how we use it, the conditions under which we may disclose it to others, how we keep it secure, and your rights in relation to your personal data.

By registering on our website or by becoming a PPCA member, you are agreeing to be bound by this Policy.

This Policy may change from time to time. Any questions regarding this Policy and our privacy practices should be sent by email to

Who are we?

Port of Plymouth Canoeing Association, affiliated to British Canoeing.

How do we collect information about you?

We obtain information about you through these specific actions:

  • Membership applications and renewals
  • Boat storage applications and renewals
  • Session registers
  • Newsletter mailings
  • Booking club equipment
  • Booking courses, sessions and other events

What type of information is collected about you?

The personal information we collect includes:

  • Name
  • Address
  • E-mail
  • Telephone number
  • Date of Birth
  • Gender
  • BritishCanoeing member number
  • Canoeing qualifications
  • Emergency contact name
  • Emergency contact number
  • Parent / Guardian details
  • Car registration
  • Your boat details
  • Any special requirements affecting safety on the water
  • Signature

How is your information used?

We may use your information to:

  • Process your membership and associate membership of British Canoeing
  • Carry out our obligations arising from your membership
  • Notify you of changes to our Club
  • We will also enter events on your or your child’s behalf. We will only use personal data relevant for administering the event entry with the event organiser.
  • Send you communications which you have requested and that may be of interest to you.

How long do we retain your information?

We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is necessary to carry out our obligations in relation to your membership, or as long as is set out in any relevant agreement between us. Where an individual’s PPCA membership lapses your information will be securely kept for a period of 3 years for the purposes of maintaining achievement scheme records, after which your information will be deleted.

Who has access to your information?

  • Nominated Committee members only
  • British Canoeing
  • We will not sell or rent your information to third parties.
  • We will not share your information with third parties for marketing purposes.

Sharing with British Canoeing

We may share your details with British Canoeing if you are not already a British Canoeing member. This is to provide insurance for your club activities. If this is the case British Canoeing will provide you with access to an online portal to administer your details.

British Canoeing will contact you to invite you to sign into and update your Go Membership portal. Among other things, the portal allows you to set and amend your privacy settings, and also sign up to the member newsletter if desired. You can also request your account is deleted at any time.

Further information on British Canoeing’s approach to privacy and data protection, including their privacy notices, policies and contact details can be located in their Privacy Centre:   If after viewing the British Canoeing privacy centre, you have any further questions about the continuing privacy of your personal data when it is shared with British Canoeing, please contact or

How you can access and update your information?

The accuracy of your information is important to us. You can check the information we hold is correct by emailing

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites run by other organisations. This privacy policy applies only to our website‚ so we encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit. We cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of other sites even if you access them by using links from our website.

In addition, if you linked to our website from a third party site, we cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of the owners and operators of that third party site and recommend that you check the policy of that third party site.

What are your rights?

  1. the right to access:
    You have the right to confirmation as to whether or not we process your personal data and, where we do, access to the personal data, together with certain additional information. That additional information includes details of the purposes of the processing, the categories of personal data concerned and the recipients of the personal data. Providing the rights and freedoms of others are not affected, we will supply to you a copy of your personal data. The copy will be provided free of charge.
  2. the right to rectification:
    You have the right to have any inaccurate personal data about you rectified and, taking into account the purposes of the processing, to have any incomplete personal data about you completed.
  3. the right to erasure:
    In some circumstances you have the right to the erasure of your personal data without undue delay. Those circumstances include: the personal data being no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which the data was collected or otherwise processed, you are no longer a PPCA member and wish the data not to be held for our standard 3 year period. Please note a request for data erasure for a current member would require that member to forfeit membership. The data is required for the PPCA to fulfil its obligations.
  4. the right to restrict processing:
    In some circumstances you have the right to restrict the processing of your personal data. Those circumstances are: you contest the accuracy of the personal data; processing is unlawful but you oppose erasure; we no longer need the personal data for the purposes of our processing, but you require personal data for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; and you have objected to processing, pending the verification of that objection. Where processing has been restricted on this basis, we may continue to store your personal data. However, we will only otherwise process it: with your consent; for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; for the protection of the rights of another natural or legal person; or for reasons of important public interest.
  5. the right to object to processing:
    You have the right to object to our processing of your personal data for direct electronic communications purposes. If you make such an objection, we will cease to process your personal data for this purpose.
  6. the right to data portability:
    To the extent that the legal basis for our processing of your personal data is:
  • consent; or
  • that the processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are party or in order to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract,

and such processing is carried out by automated means, you have the right to receive your personal data from us in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format. However, this right does not apply where it would adversely affect the rights and freedoms of others.

  1. the right to complain to a supervisory authority:
    If you consider that our processing of your personal information infringes data protection laws, you have a legal right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office:
  2. the right to withdraw consent:
    To the extent that the legal basis for our processing of your personal information is consent, you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. Withdrawal will not affect the lawfulness of processing before the withdrawal.

You may exercise any of your rights in relation to your personal data by written notice to PPCA or via email to

Further Policy with regards to the PPCA Website

Use of ‘cookies’

  • Like many other websites, the PPCA website uses cookies. ‘Cookies’ are small pieces of information sent by an organisation to your computer and stored on your hard drive to allow that website to recognise you when you visit. They collect statistical data about your browsing actions and patterns and do not identify you as an individual. For example, we use cookies to store your country preference. This helps us to improve our website and deliver a better more personalised service.
  • It is possible to switch off cookies by setting your browser preferences. If you’d like to learn more about cookies in general and how to manage them, visit org(opens in a new window – please note that we can’t be responsible for the content of external websites). Turning cookies off may result in a loss of functionality when using our website.
  • Main Cookies used on our site:
    • Google Analytics
      • These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site.
      • The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited
      • For more information on Google Analytic’s privacy policy visit here –
    • Google Maps
      • These are Google Maps third party cookies, which are unique identifiers to allow traffic analysis to Google Maps.

Security precautions in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of your information

 When you give us personal information, we take steps to ensure that it’s treated securely. Any sensitive information (such as credit or debit card details) is encrypted and protected with the following software 128 Bit encryption on SSL. When you are on a secure page, a lock icon will appear on the bottom of web browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer.

  • Non-sensitive details (your email address etc.) are transmitted normally over the Internet, and this can never be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your information, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems. Where we have given (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our websites, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share your password with anyone.


 We may analyse your personal information to create a profile of your interests and preferences so that we can contact you with information relevant to you. We may make use of additional information about you when it is available from external sources to help us do this effectively. We may also use your personal information to detect and reduce fraud and credit risk.

Transferring your information outside of Europe

 As part of the services offered to you through this website, the information which you provide to us may be transferred to countries outside the European Union (“EU”). By way of example, this may happen if any of our servers are from time to time located in a country outside of the EU. These countries may not have similar data protection laws to the UK. By submitting your personal data, you’re agreeing to this transfer, storing or processing. If we transfer your information outside of the EU in this way, we will take steps to ensure that appropriate security measures are taken with the aim of ensuring that your privacy rights continue to be protected as outlined in this Policy.

If you use our services while you are outside the EU, your information may be transferred outside the EU in order to provide you with those services.

Review of this Policy

We keep this Policy under regular review. This Policy was last updated in January 2020.