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The European Society of Coloproctology (or ESCP) (We) are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. We recognise that many visitors and users of this web site are concerned about the information they provide to us and how we treat that information. This privacy policy has been developed to address those concerns.

This policy (together with our terms of use and any other documents referred to on it) sets out the basis on which any personal information we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us. Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal information and how we will treat it. Your use of this web site indicates that you have read and accept our privacy practices as outlined in this privacy policy.

For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998 the data controller is the European Society of Coloproctology, a company incorporated in Scotland under company number SC205553 and having its registered office at The Coach House, 7 St Albans Road, Edinburgh EH9 2PA.

Information we collect

When you visit our site (our site), you may provide us with two types of information:-

  1. personal information that you knowingly choose to disclose, which is collected on an individual basis and
  2. general user information that does not contain personally identifiable information, which is collected on an aggregate basis as you browse our site.

In some cases, if you choose not to provide us with the requested information, you may not be able to access all of our site’s contents and services.

Personally identifiable information you choose to provide

We may ask for certain personal information from you for the purpose of providing to you content and/or services that you request. For example:-

  • You may provide us with details about yourself so that we can send you information about our services. This includes information provided at the time of registering to use our site, subscribing to our service, posting material or requesting further services, including signing up to an email newsletter. The details we ask for vary with the products and services that you request. The relevant on-line entry page will give you more information about how we might use and share those details and your choices.
  • If you wish to purchase a membership of the ESCP through our site, you may need to provide us with information so that we can complete that transaction, including your debit or credit card information.
  • You may be asked to disclose personal information to us so that we can provide assistance and information to you. For example, we may collect personal information from you (such as an e-mail address, system information and problem descriptions) in order to provide online technical support and troubleshooting.
  • We may also ask you to complete surveys that we use for research purposes, although you do not have to respond to them.

Non-personally identifiable information we collect: Cookies

For the same reasons, we may obtain information about your general internet usage by using a cookie file which is stored on your browser or the hard drive of your computer. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive. They help us to improve our site and to deliver a better and more personalised service. Some of the cookies we use are essential for the site to operate.

Cookies are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

CookieNamePurpose htmltemplate If you register with us or complete our online forms, we will use cookies to remember your details during your current visit, and any future visits provided the cookie was not deleted in the interim.

Please note that our advertisers may also use cookies, over which we have no control.

You block cookies by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be to access all or parts of our site. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies as soon you visit our site.

Except for essential cookies, all cookies will expire after 24 hours.

Where we store your information

The information that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the European Economic Area (EEA). It may also be processed by staff operating outside the EEA who work for us or for one of our suppliers. Such staff may be engaged in, among other things, the fulfilment of your order, the processing of your payment details and the provision of support services. By submitting your personal information, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing.


We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your information is treated securely and in accordance with this privacy policy. We do so by limiting the number of people who have physical access to our database servers, as well as installing electronic security systems that guard against unauthorised access. However, no system and no data transmission over the internet can be guaranteed to be completely secure.

All information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers. Any payment transactions will be encrypted using SSL technology. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share a password with anyone.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of your information transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

How we use your information

We use information held about you in the following ways:-

  • To ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer.
  • To provide you with information, products or services that you request from us or which we feel may interest you, where you have consented to be contacted for such purposes.
  • To carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and us.
  • To allow you to participate in interactive features of our service, when you choose to do so.
  • To notify you about changes to our service.

We may also use your information, or permit selected third parties (including, without limitation, companies within our group) to use your information, to provide you with information about goods and services which may be of interest to you and we or they may contact you about these by post and telephone.

Where we permit selected third parties to use your information, we (or they) will contact you by electronic means only if you have consented to this.

If you do not want us to use your information in this way, or to pass your details on to third parties for marketing purposes, please tick the relevant box situated on the form on which we collect your information (the membership registration form).

How to access and/or modify your information or choices

If you visit our site and volunteer personally identifiable information, you may modify, correct or update such information at any time by visiting where you will have the opportunity to access and revise certain of your personally identifiable information and to update your preferences regarding what information you want to receive from us. You can do this by editing your profile through logging onto the site.

Disclosure of your information

We may disclose your personal information to any member of our group, which means any subsidiaries, or ultimate holding company and it’s subsidiaries, as defined in section 1159 of the UK Companies Act 2006.

We may disclose your personal information to third parties:-

  • In the event that we sell or buy any business or assets, in which case we may disclose your personal information to the prospective seller or buyer of such business or assets.
  • If we or substantially all of our assets are acquired by a third party, in which case personal information held by us about our customers will be one of the transferred assets.
  • If we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal information in order to comply with any legal obligation, or in order to enforce or apply our terms of use or Member Network Rules or Acceptable Use Policy and other agreements; or to protect the rights, property, or safety of the European Society of Coloproctology, our members, customers, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organisations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.

Your rights

You have the right to ask us not to use your personal information for marketing purposes. We will usually inform you (before collecting your information) if we intend to use your information for such purposes or if we intend to disclose your information to any third party for such purposes. You can exercise your right to prevent such processing by checking certain boxes on the forms we use to collect your information. You can also exercise the right at any time by contacting us at the European Society of Coloproctology, The Coach House, 7 St Albans Road, Edinburgh EH9 2PA or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Our site may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of partner networks, advertisers and affiliates. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal information to these websites.

Changes to our privacy policy

From time to time, we may change our privacy policy. If we make a change, it will not affect the choices you have made about any information you gave us before that change. Any changes we may make to our privacy policy in the future will be posted on this page and, where appropriate, notified to you by e-mail.

How to reach us

We are committed to working with your to answer any questions or address any issues you may have about your privacy.

You have the right to request details of the information held by us about you. Any such request may be subject to a fee of £10 to meet our costs in providing you with details of the information we hold about you.

At any time you may ask us to correct or update any of your information.

You can contact us by calling +44 131 624 6040 or emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or writing to us at:

Data Protection Compliance Officer
The European Society of Coloproctology
The Coach House
7 St Albans Road

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