This website and its owners take a proactive approach to user privacy and ensure the necessary steps are taken to protect the privacy of its users throughout their visiting experience. This website complies with all UK national laws and requirements for user privacy.
Cookies are small files saved to the user’s computer / device hard drive that track, save and store information about the user’s interactions and usage of the website. This allows the website, through its server, to provide the user with a tailored experience within this website. Users are advised that if they wish to deny the use and saving of cookies from this website onto their computer / device hard drive they should take necessary steps within their web browsers security settings to block all cookies from this website and its external serving vendors.
Other cookies may be stored to your computer / device hard drive by external vendors when this website uses referral programs, sponsored links or adverts. Such cookies are used for conversion and referral tracking and typically expire after 30 days, though some may take longer. No personal information is stored, saved or collected.
The Duck Specialist Group holds personal data in order to maintain contact with members so that they can fully participate in the fulfilment of the DSG’s objectives. Personal data are not held for any other reasons, no automated processing of personal data is carried out, and no personal data are held for anyone that is not a member of the DSG. Membership is renewed every four years, following the IUCN SSC 4-year programmes. Name and email data for all members are shared with our affiliate organisations, Wetlands International and IUCN SSC, and all DSG members are enrolled to the DSG forum (an email based forum operated through Mailman for which an unsubscribe option is available).
Individual members can update or withdraw their consent at any time, for individual channels of communication, or for all channels, by contacting the DSG Secretariat. Individuals have the right to request at any time the information DSG holds about them, as subject access requests. Depending on the nature of the request, DSG may seek a form of identification to verify the identity of the person making it. The information will be supplied within 30 calendar days of the request or the verification, whichever is the later. If individuals believe the information DSG holds about them is incorrect or incomplete, they have the right to ask for it be corrected. DSG must respond within one month of the request being received. Individuals have the right to ask DSG to stop processing their personal data, and to have personal data erased. If individuals believe they have suffered damage because DSG has behaved in breach of Data Protection law, they are entitled to claim compensation. This right can only be enforced through the courts. The law allows DSG to defend a claim for compensation on the basis that the organisation took all reasonable care in the circumstances to avoid the breach, that is, by complying with Data Protection legislation when processing data.
Contact & Communication
Users contacting this website and/or its owners do so at their own discretion and provide any such personal details requested at their own risk. Your personal information is kept private and stored securely until a time it is no longer required or has no use, in compliance with Data Protection legislation. Every effort has been made to ensure a safe and secure form to email submission process, but users using such form to email processes do so at their own risk.
This website and its owners use any information submitted to provide you with answers to any questions or queries you may have submitted. Your details are not passed on to any third parties.
Although this website only looks to include quality, safe and relevant external links, users should always adopt a policy of caution before clicking any external web links mentioned throughout this website.
The owners of this website cannot guarantee or verify the contents of any externally linked website despite their best efforts. Users should therefore note they click on external links at their own risk and this website and its owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.
Social Media Platforms
Communication, engagement and actions taken through external social media platforms that this website and its owners participate on are custom to the terms and conditions as well as the privacy policies held with each social media platform respectively.
Users are advised to use social media platforms wisely and communicate / engage upon them with due care and caution in regard to their own privacy and personal details. Neither this website nor its owners will ever ask for personal or sensitive information through social media platforms and encourage users wishing to discuss sensitive details to contact them through primary communication channels such as by telephone or email.
This website may use social sharing buttons which help share web content directly from web pages to the social media platform in question. Users are advised before using such social sharing buttons that they do so at their own discretion and note that the social media platform may track and save your request to share a web page respectively through your social media platform account.
Shortened Links in Social Media
This website and its owners, through their social media platform accounts, may share web links to relevant web pages. By default some social media platforms shorten lengthy urls [web addresses] (this is an example: http://bit.ly/19YGNX8).
Users are advised to take caution and use good judgement before clicking any shortened urls published on social media platforms by this website and its owners. Despite the best efforts to ensure only genuine urls are published, many social media platforms are prone to spam and hacking and therefore this website and its owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any shortened links.