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Bentham Footpath Group: Privacy policy

This website is operated by The Bentham Footpath Group

We can be contacted by email using the Contact Us link on the website.

The Bentham Footpath Group (“We”) are committed to protecting and preserving the privacy of our members and visitors when visiting our site or communicating electronically with us. This policy sets out how we process any personal data we collect from you or that you provide to us through our website.

  • Our aim is to keep the minimum amount of personal data required to allow the website to work
  • We confirm that when we do gather data, we will keep your information secure and that we will comply fully with all applicable UK Data Protection legislation and regulations.
  • You can ask us to permanently delete any data we hold in respect of yourself at any time

Please read the following carefully to understand what happens to that personal data you choose to provide to us, or that we collect from you when you visit this site.

By visiting our website you are accepting and consenting to the practices described in this policy.


Types of information we may collect from you

Information you supply to us

We may ask you for simple contact details such as name address, email etc.

  • We do so only when absolutely necessary to make enable the website to deliver the walking guides we produce.
  • We will collect the minimal amount of data.
  • It will always be done explicitly – you will know you are giving us data because there is a form to fill in.
  • If you join the group, we will keep such contact information and will share it ONLY with other members of the group, and then ONLY where you have given your permission.

Information our website automatically collects about you

With regard to each of your visits to our website we may automatically collect information including the following:

  • Technical information, including a truncated and anonymised version of your Internet protocol (IP) address, browser type and version, operating system and platform.
  • Information about your visit, including what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got to the site (including date and time); page response times, length of visit, what you click on, documents downloaded and download errors.
  • Our policy is to minimise data gathering.


Cookies are small items of data that can be stored to record things that websites designers need to remember about your use of the website. This can be useful to enable your preferences to be stored so that you don’t need to enter the same choices every time you visit

Our site is very simple though, so we do not believe that any such data needs to be stored.

Our cookie policy is therefore simple: We do not use any that store data about YOU.

How we use the data we collect

Information you supply to us

We will treat your data with care and respect. Our aims are to;

  • Ensure that the website works smoothly and delivers the results we expect.
  • To ensure that the service we provide is what you want and need.
  • To enable us to contact members regarding membership matters such as meetings and social events
  • To enable us to contact members when changes in walk schedules or locations happen.

Information our website automatically collects about you

Although you did not explicitly provide this data we will treat it with equal respect. Our aims are;

  • To administer our site, this includes troubleshooting and statistical analysis.
  • To improve our site to ensure that content is presented in the most effective manner for you and the devices you use.
  • To enhance security and eliminate “bugs”.

This kind of information is collected anonymously and is not linked to information that identifies you as an individual.

Disclosure of information

Any information you provide to us will  be stored on a secure server own by a UK based web hosting service (“Web Host”)

We will ensure that our Web Host meets high data protection and security standards and that they are bound by contract to keep any information they process on our behalf confidential. Any data that may be collected through this website that our Web Host processes, will be kept secure and only processed in the manner we instruct.

Our Web Host cannot access, read, modify or delete any data that they store on our behalf without our permission.

We do not, and never will, rent, sell or share personal information about you with other people, organisations  or commercial companies. 

We will use all reasonable efforts to ensure that your personal data is not disclosed to any institutions or authorities, unless required by law or other regulations.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data 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.

Third Party Links

Our website may contain links to third party websites. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites are legally required have their own privacy policies

We do not accept any responsibility or liability for their policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to third party websites.

Your data - Your rights

You have the right to ensure that your personal data is being processed lawfully. This is referred to as “Subject Access Right”.

Your subject access right can be exercised in accordance with data protection laws and regulations. Any subject access request must be made in writing (i.e. email) via the Contact Us link on the website.

We will provide your personal data to you within the statutory time frames. To enable us to trace any of your personal data that we may be holding, we may need to request further information from you.

If you have a complaint about how we have used your information, you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Changes to Policy

We reserve the right to amend this policy to ensure that we remain compliant with all laws and provide the best possible service.

Any changes we may make to our privacy policy in the future will be posted on this page. Please check back to see any updates or changes to our privacy policy.