The Committee of the Southern African Bulb Group (SABG) understands the importance of security when it comes to personal data. This policy sets out what we do with your information and how we keep it secure. It also explains where and how we collect your personal information and what rights you have over any information that we hold about you.
We only collect and store the personal information you explicitly give us in connection with your membership of the SABG. We will never ask you for any personal information that is not required to carry out the specific service requested.
If you make payments to us, such as the member’s joining fee, monetary donations to the Bulb and Seed Exchange, or any other payments, we do not request, obtain or store any information about any means of payment you might use. Such payments might be made in cash, by cheque, by PayPal or directly to the SABG bank account managed by the Treasurer or another Committee member. In no case is any personal financial or account information received by us.
We store information about SABG members in three ways:
The information that we collect may be used to:
In common with many other web sites, we use the following open-source software:
In future we plan to add an online discussion system to manage questions and answers from users, which may use DokuWiki or a separate online forum software.
The use of open-source, rather than proprietary, software means that the software is independently developed, inspected and reviewed, and should therefore be relatively free of undetected or concealed security concerns.
We use the public-domain open-source software listed above to provide these services. No members’ personal information is provided to the originators of this software.
We may provide your personal details to outside organisations or individuals if required to by law or by due legal process, for example in response to requests seeking to protect the legal rights of members or others. As a voluntary organisation with no legal foundation, we will attempt to comply with applicable law.
We will not transfer your personal information to any individual or organisation outside the United Kingdom.
We may in future use a third-party analytics service to collect information about website performance and how users navigate through and use our site, to help us design better interfaces. We will not use this to track you individually or collect personal data.
You have various rights of access and control over your personal information, as stipulated in the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Contact us via one of the methods shown below if you wish to exercise any of these rights.
By law, you can request access to the information that we hold about you. If we agree that we are obliged to fulfil the request, we will provide it free of charge and within 30 days of receiving the request. Before doing so we may ask for further information or proof of identity so that we can correctly identify you.
If any of the information that we retain is incorrect or out of date you may ask us to correct it, or if you have a question or complaint about this policy, please contact us by one of the methods below.
You have the right to request that we stop using and/or delete your personal information if we are not entitled to use it any more or are keeping it too long, if this does not conflict with any data retention regulations.
We retain your personal information for as long as required, to provide you with membership services whenever you contact us regarding your membership or our activities. Your information is retained in accordance with the relevant laws and regulations, and not longer than necessary.
When you interact with our online forum or other social media accounts (e.g. writing posts or adding comments) please note that your information may be visible to the providers of the social media account, as well as other users. It is your responsibility to ensure your privacy settings are set to an appropriate level that you are comfortable with.
You can amend your preferences or unsubscribe by email to a member of the SABG Committee named on our Contacts page, or by post to
You also have the right to lodge a complaint with the UK regulator, the Information Commissioner. Go to https://ico.org.uk/concerns to find out more.
We are always looking to make improvements to our website to try to improve the clarity of our information policy and the quality and usefulness of your visit. We would welcome your feedback and suggestions, so please do not hesitate to email our web editor with your comments.
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