Privacy Policy

Personal Data and the Reading Geological Society (RGS)

An individual’s confidentiality is protected by the Data Protection Act and, from 25th May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2016 (PECR). Personal information supplied by members to the RGS will be kept on file and stored securely. Unless requested otherwise, contact details of past members will be kept in a secure archive so that we can contact them concerning special events.

Paper copies of Membership Application forms will be destroyed once the member has left the society.


The Membership Application requests some Personal Data and the applicant’s preferred means of communication.

Personal Data

This data includes title, name, address, post-code, telephone number (optional), and email address (optional). This information is required to provide the service that is expected by an RGS member. This data will be stored securely.


Photographs sent to RGS for our use and publication remain the copyright of the owner but the owner grants a licence to RGS in perpetuity to publish, retain and grant licence to them providing this is lawful and within current regulations. Photographs of identifiable minors must have written parental consent supplied before they can be accepted.

Photographs of minors submitted and retained by RGS prior to May 2018, where written parental consent may not have been recorded, can be requested to be removed from the records by writing to the RGS Data Controller by post at our postal address as published on our website or by using the link Contact RGS

Access to RGS data

The RGS will not share members’ information with any other company or organisation, without the explicit permission of individual members, unless required to do so by law.

Members have the right to access a copy of the information the RGS holds about them (a subject access request) obtainable, subject to proof of identity, from the RGS secretary by using the link Contact RGS or by post at our postal address as published on our website.

Members have a right to object to the ICO (Information Commissioners Office) if they feel that the RGS is not handling their data in a satisfactory manner.


The RGS will ask members to provide their formal consent to receive their communications either by email or by hard copy through the post or at lecture meetings. These emails will not show recipients email addresses through the use of blind copy in the address book.

We will use a member’s personal data to send:

Note: With the exception of notices for General Meetings (AGM, SGM) members can opt out of any/all of RGS communications at any time by contacting the RGS secretary by using the link Contact RGS or by post at our postal address as published on our website.


You may not, except with our permission, distribute or commercially exploit the content of the website nor post the content on another website.

Approved by the Reading Geological Society committee - April 2018.

To be reviewed in 2023 or earlier if required.

To obtain a pdf copy of the RGS privacy policy use this link: RGS Privacy Policy