Membership Privacy Notice

Overview

1. This Privacy Notice relates to the collection of your personal data for the purpose of CIPR Membership. By sharing your personal data with us, you can access information that will support you and your career development as a public relations practitioner.

Who we are 

2 .The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (‘CIPR’) advances professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public through a code of conduct and searchable public register, setting standards through training, qualifications, awards and the production of best practice and skills guidance, facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status (Chart.PR).

What are the legal grounds for processing your personal data?

3. The legal basis on which we collect, store and process your personal data in order to fulfil the contract of membership. 

4. The contract of membership, in terms of storing your personal data extends beyond the point at which your membership may come to an end.

What personal data do we collect to support your CIPR membership?

5. In order to manage your CIPR membership plan, we ask for your current contact details (which you should update on MyCIPR when they change). We also ask for your date of birth, which helps differentiate between members with similar names, and identify members eligible for the retired subscription rate.  We ask for your gender in order to set up the salutation in our correspondence with you.

6. We will record payments you make for your membership subscriptions.  If you pay by Direct Debit, details of this will be held in paper and on our database.  If you pay by credit card, we will use those details only once and destroy any record of them. 

7. We will add notes to your member record if you contact us to indicate that you don’t wish to renew your membership, or to realise other queries.  This means that we know what you’ve contacted us about when you get in touch again.  

How will we use your personal data?

8. We will use your data to fulfil the membership contract.  This includes some elements that you can opt-out of if you prefer (and can opt back into again if you want to). You can change your options by logging in to MyCIPR.

9. We will send you regular member emails every week.  You can opt not to receive any of these if you prefer.  (However you may not opt out of receiving membership renewal correspondence)

10. We will send you a copy of Influence magazine every three months, unless you choose not to receive it.

11. We will send you details of how to vote in CIPR elections, unless you choose not to receive these. 

12. If you decide to opt in to CIPR Groups, you will also receive emails from them.

13. We will email you quarterly with information on our Recommend a Friend scheme so that you can earn financial rewards when you refer your friends to membership.

Sharing your personal data

14. In order to fulfil the contract of membership, we need to share your data with a number of suppliers.  All of the suppliers we deal with, and any subcontractors they use, are required to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation.

15. For the following elements of data sharing, it is only possible to opt out by terminating your membership. 

  • We hold our member data on the OpenEngage database, held on a hosted server operated by Advanced.
  • When we take payments from you, we process them through Sagepay
  • We share your contact data and membership number with a firm which produces your membership card and sends out your welcome pack (Latcham CGL). This data is used once and destroyed.
  • We share your data with a firm which contacts those whose membership is about to lapse to encourage them to renew (John Hall Associates, JHA). This data is used once and destroyed.
  • If you choose to pay your subscription by Direct Debit, we share your data securely with AccessPay. This data is used once and destroyed.

If you renew your membership online, the data you provide will be used on the FormAssembly platform with payment taken via Paypal. We use FormAsssembly only to collect your data for our membership database. Once this has been done, the FormAssembly record is destroyed. It is not possible for the CIPR to destroy historic transaction records from Paypal.

16. For the following elements of data sharing, it is possible to not receive the specified information by contacting membership@cipr.co.uk .

  • We share your contact data with our publishers (Think), who use it to mail out your copy of Influence magazine. This data is used once and destroyed.
  • We share your contact data and membership number with the firm which organises CIPR elections (UK-engage). This data is used once and destroyed.

17. Recommend a Friend referral scheme

  • If you successfully refer a new member to us under our Recommend a Friend scheme (or you are referred to us by a friend), we will share your data with our rewards card supplier, Their Perfect Gift. They will send your MasterCard gift card to you and send you an activation code by email. Once the card and email are dispatched, your data will be destroyed.

Managing your communication preferences

18. You can change your consent in www.cipr.co.uk/mycipr.  This includes preferences for weekly CIPR Member News emails, CIPR groups, election information, Influence magazine, weekly Influence emails and information about other products and services offered by the CIPR, which includes the Recommend a Friend scheme.

After you leave CIPR Membership

19. You might expect that the contract ends when you leave membership, but this is not the case. Our regulations allow us to hear a complaint against a member up to seven years after the event which is being complained of.  Our regulations also allow us to hear complaints against former members.  In order for the CIPR to hear such complaints, it is necessary for us to retain your membership record even after you are no longer a member. When you join as a CIPR member and agree to the Code of Conduct, this is part of the contract you agree to.

Contact

To discuss any concerns about your personal data with the CIPR membership team, please contact:  membership@cipr.co.uk