Privacy policy

What we collect

The types of personal information we collect may include your title, first name, surname, gender, date of birth, your qualifications, home and work contact details (telephone, fax, street address, email address, credit card details or bank details) and your mailing address. We may also collect information relating to your employment, including where you are currently employed, your job title, areas of interest/expertise and your job function if this is relevant to your membership. In applications for some categories of membership we ask you to identify a referee and to provide contact information for them. When purchasing a product, your credit card details are also collected, and are temporarily stored until we have processed your order.

How we handle your personal information

Cate-araceae respects the privacy of its members and website users, and aims to act consistently with the Data Protection Act, and the 8 principles of data protection.

Generally, cate-araceae collects personal information directly from you when you:

  • Deal with us in person, by telephone, letter, fax or email
  • Fill out and submit a membership application form
  • Submit any other information in connection with your application for membership or the purchase of products and services
  • Register for a publication subscription
  • Make an enquiry
  • Apply for a bursary or grant
  • Register to attend an event

Why we collect information

We collect personal data to administer our activities, products, services or grants and bursaries.


Information that you supply to the Royal Society of Biology is held securely and strict security procedures are followed to prevent unauthorised access or use.

Information to improve our site

We also collect information automatically about your visit to our site. This information is used to help us follow browsing preferences on our site so that we can regularly improve our website and enable more advanced features of our website.

Cookies on our site

A cookie is a text-only string of information that a website transfers to the cookie folder of the browser on your computer’s hard disk so that the website can remember who you are. The law relating to cookies changed on 26 May 2011. The new rules require that cookies can only be placed on machines where the user has given their consent.

The Royal Society of Biology website uses cookies for essential functions such as login and account management. We also use Google analytics to monitor website usage and to make relevant improvements. If you do not want to be tracked by Google analytics then please follow Google’s opt-out instructions. More information about cookies and how to opt out of using them is available at