About the STS
The Scottish Thoracic Society is the professional society for respiratory medicine in Scotland, representing physicians, specialist nurses, pulmonary function physiologists, respiratory physiotherapists, and those in training. Our focus is to improve respiratory health in our patients.
We are committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.
What data do we collect
We may collect the following information in the course of your use of this website
- anonymised site usage data including demographic information such as location, preferences and interests
- contact information including email address through completion of our contact form
- application data required for STS membership and STS events
We use this information to assist with making improvement so our website and STS membership services, to fulfil requests for membership application.
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 collect and hold online.
Where is your data stored?
Any data collected through this website for STS is held at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. The STS is the data controller for any data relating to STS membership, travel grants and events. If you have any concerns or queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Scottish Thoracic Society, 9 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JQ in the first instance.
Accessing your data
To make an informal request for any personal information we may hold you should in touch with the STS administrator at the contact details provided below.
Additionally you can find out which personal information we hold by making a ‘subject access request’ under the GDPR. Where we hold information about you we will provide:
- A description of what we hold.
- An overview of why we are holding it.
- Details of who it could be disclosed to.
- A copy of the information in a suitable format within 30 days.
If you agree, we will try to deal with your request informally, for example by providing you with the specific information you need over the telephone.
If you would like to lodge a complaint about the STS regarding your personal data you can do so by contacting the Information Commissioner. Their information can be found at https://ico.org.uk/.
Automated decision making & profiling
The STS do not have any automated system in place which involves decision making and profiling.
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Links to other websites
Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites 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.
Changes to the privacy notice
The STS from time to time may make amendments to the privacy notice therefore we encourage you to review the notice on a regular basis.