Privacy Policy

The British Sociological Association takes seriously the privacy of those that visit our web site. We have established this Privacy Policy to communicate what information we collect and how that information is used and safeguarded.

By accessing this website ( you acknowledge the terms and conditions expressed herein. We reserve the right to change this policy at our sole discretion and without notice.

What information is collected, and why?

When a user visits our website, we collect information about the visit that does not identify the user personally. We track information such as the domain from which the user is visiting and the user's browser type. We also collect specific information regarding the user's session on our website. This includes items such as the date and time of the visit and the pages viewed.

Sometimes we ask a user to voluntarily provide personally identifiable information (PII). This information generally includes, but is not limited to, name, e-mail address, postal address, and telephone number. We request this information when the user requests one of the following

  • To register to attend an on-line seminar or demonstration

  • To receive specific information from us such as a whitepaper or code sample

  • To sign up for a mailing list

  • To correspond with us

  • Or any other such activity that we deem necessary

The British Sociological Association does not collect any personally identifiable financial or health-related information. We do not intentionally collect information from children under the age of 13.

How is the information used?

Non-personally identifiable information (non-PII) is collected to allow us to analyze how our website is used and to improve the content and service the website provides.

Personally identifiable information is collected for analysis to improve the content of the website and the services we provide the user.

The British Sociological Association owns the collected information and will not sell, trade, or rent the information to others. We may use the information to continue contact with the user. This may include contact such as follow-up calls, e-mail correspondence, or mail correspondence to follow-up on the contact or to provide marketing information about promotions, new services, or important website changes. British Sociological Association may share this information with its business partners for the specific purpose of a promotion or service offering.

What Are Cookies

As is common practice with almost all professional websites this site uses cookies, which are tiny files that are downloaded to your computer, to improve your experience. This page describes what information they gather, how we use it and why we sometimes need to store these cookies. We will also share how you can prevent these cookies from being stored however this may downgrade or ‘break’ certain elements of the sites functionality.

We use cookies for a variety of reasons detailed below. Unfortunately in most cases there are no industry standard options for disabling cookies without completely disabling the functionality and features they add to this site. It is recommended that you leave on all cookies if you are not sure whether you need them or not in case they are used to provide a service that you use.

The Cookies We Set

This site uses Google Analytics which is one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solution on the web for helping us to understand how you use the site and ways that we can improve your experience. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the site and the pages that you visit so we can continue to produce engaging content.

The site additionally includes a number of third party cookies that are used to enhance site content. These include, social media buttons that allow you to connect with your social networks and video which may be included within articles on the website.

For these to work third parties such as Twitter, YouTube or Vimeo will set cookies through our site, which may be used to enhance your profile on their site, or contribute to the data they hold for various purposes outlined in their respective privacy policies.

Managing Your Cookies

Use our cookie banner to select your cookie preferences. You may ‘Accept All’, ‘Reject All’, or select ‘Preferences’ to identify which individual cookies to accept or reject. Should you wish to change your selection at a later date, you can access your cookie preferences here or by using the ‘cookie preferences’ link at the base every page on this website. Some essential cookies cannot be rejected as they are necessary to the functionality of this website.

Disabling Cookies In Your Browser

You can prevent the setting of cookies by adjusting the settings in your browser. For more information on how to do this, see your browser Help or consult these guides for popular browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. Be aware that disabling cookies will affect the functionality of this and many other websites that you visit. Disabling cookies will usually result in also disabling certain functionality and features of the this site. Therefore it is recommended that you do not disable cookies.

How is personally identifiable information safeguarded?

The British Sociological Association utilizes industry standard methods and mechanisms such as firewalls, intrusion monitoring, and passwords to protect electronic information. Multiple physical security methods such as locking devices and 24 hour premise monitoring are also employed. Finally, access to PII is limited to a small number of personnel and on a need-to-know basis.

Links to other web sites

The British Sociological Association’s Discover Sociology web site may contain links to other internet web sites. The British Sociological Association neither controls nor endorses external sites and is not responsible for the content of such sites. This policy does not cover the privacy policies and data collection practices of non- British Sociological Association web sites.

How to opt out of correspondence

Based on the information a user has provided, The British Sociological Association may send e-mail correspondence to the user. Each correspondence will contain an easy means to opt out of further correspondence.