Privacy Notice

At the Reading and District Model Aircraft Club, hereafter referred to as “the club”, we’re committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

We have not appointed a Data Protection Officer to oversee our compliance with data protection laws as we are not required to do so, but our Data Protection Compliance Manager (Club Secretary) has overall responsibility for data protection compliance in our club.  Contact details are set out in the “Contacting us” section at the end of this privacy notice.

This notice explains when and why we collect personal information about people who join the club by whatever means, how we use it, the conditions under which we may disclose it to others and your rights in relation to your personal data.

We may change this notice from time to time so please check the website at occasionally to ensure that you’re happy with any changes. By becoming a member of the club, you’re agreeing to be bound by this notice.

Any questions regarding this notice and our privacy practices should be sent to the club via the ‘Contact Us’ section on the club website ( ).

How do we collect information about you?

We obtain information about you when you apply to become a member of the club either online with the British Model Flying Association (BMFA), via telephone, or in person.

What type of information is collected about you?

The personal information we collect is your name, date of birth, telephone number email address and postal address.

The basis for the processing of your personal data is to enable the club to provide membership services and to communicate with you regarding membership and other club-related matters.

How is your information used?

We may use your information to:

  • process your membership;
  • to carry out our obligations arising from your membership;
  • seek your views or comments on matters relating to the club and model aircraft flying
  • notify you of changes to our services;
  • send you communications which you have requested and that may be of interest to you. These may include information about club events and contests and other club related matters, also information from the BMFA that may be of interest.

How long do we retain your information?

We hold your personal membership information for the year of your membership plus the first month of the new membership year. We refresh the information at each new membership year so that if an individual persons club membership lapses, their information is deleted. Membership/Renewal forms in hardcopy are scanned and stored electronically. The hardcopy form is destroyed once documentation is returned from the BMFA. The club Googlegroups are also refreshed at the end of January of the new membership year based on your preferences for membership of a group which will form part of a revised Membership/Renewal form.

The club Incident Reports are retained for 3 years, in the event of a query from the landlord regarding our flying safety, and then deleted. The only personal information on these documents is the name and telephone number of the member submitting the form. We are in the process of scanning the last 3 years forms onto electronic media at which point the hardcopy versions will be destroyed.

Who has access to your information?

We will not sell or rent your information to third parties.

We will not share your information with third parties for marketing purposes.

All members of the club must also be members of the BMFA. If you choose to join/renew your BMFA membership via the club, you give consent for your personal data to be shared with the BMFA to enable provision of BMFA membership services. Please see the BMFA privacy policy at

All members of the club must be registered with the CAA and have a valid CAA Operator I.D. If you have chosen to register/renew registration with the CAA via the club, you give consent for your information to be shared with the CAA. Please see the CAA privacy policy at

The club stores your personal data in a Dropbox service which is secured via log in and password and only accessible to the chairman, treasurer, secretary and membership secretary. No personal data is held on committee member personal computer, laptops, tablets etc.

The club also stores your email addresses in one or more of the club Google Groups which are managed by club committee members. You have the ability to unsubscribe from these groups via the unsubscribe process outlined at the end of each email sent via Google Group

Please be reassured that we will not release your information to third parties beyond the club unless we are required to do so by law, for example, by a court order or for the purposes of prevention of fraud or other crime.

How you can access and update your information?

The accuracy of your information is important to us. You can check the information we hold is correct on the members’ dashboard area of the BMFA website and update the information if necessary directly through the website, or request that this is done by the club via the membership secretary using the website membership contact form ( ).

What are your rights?

  • the right to access;

You have the right to confirmation as to whether or not we process your personal data and, where we do, access to the personal data, together with certain additional information. That additional information includes details of the purposes of the processing, the categories of personal data concerned and the recipients of the personal data. Providing the rights and freedoms of others are not affected, we will supply to you a copy of your personal data. The first copy will be provided free of charge, but additional copies may be subject to a reasonable fee. You can access your personal data by visiting your members dashboard when logged into our website.

  • the right to rectification;

You have the right to have any inaccurate personal data about you rectified and, taking into account the purposes of the processing, to have any incomplete personal data about you completed.

  • the right to erasure;

In some circumstances you have the right to the erasure of your personal data without undue delay. Those circumstances include: the personal data being no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which the data was collected or otherwise processed or you are no longer a club member and wish the data not to be held for our standard period.
Please note a request for data erasure for a current member would require that member to forfeit membership as the data is required for the club to fulfill its obligations.

  • the right to restrict processing;

In some circumstances you have the right to restrict the processing of your personal data. Those circumstances are: you contest the accuracy of the personal data; processing is unlawful but you oppose erasure; we no longer need the personal data for the purposes of our processing, but you require personal data for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; and you have objected to processing, pending the verification of that objection. Where processing has been restricted on this basis, we may continue to store your personal data. However, we will only otherwise process it: with your consent; for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; for the protection of the rights of another natural or legal person; or for reasons of important public interest.

  • the right to object to processing;

You have the right to object to our processing of your personal data for direct electronic communications purposes. If you make such an objection, we will cease to process your personal data for this purpose.

  • the right to data portability;

To the extent that the legal basis for our processing of your personal data is that the processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are party and such processing is carried out by automated means, you have the right to receive your personal data from us in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format. However, this right does not apply where it would adversely affect the rights and freedoms of others.

  • the right to complain to a supervisory authority;

If you consider that our processing of your personal information infringes data protection laws, you have a legal right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office.

  • the right to withdraw consent.

To the extent that the legal basis for our processing of your personal information is consent, you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. Withdrawal will not affect the lawfulness of processing before the withdrawal.

You may exercise any of your rights in relation to your personal data by written notice to us OR by using your BMFA member dashboard when logged into the BMFA website

Contacting Us

The club Data Protection Compliance Manager is the club secretary who can be contacted via his email address or, if you do not know this, via the ‘Contact Us’ section on the club website ( ).