Visitor Safety Group Website Privacy Notice  

New Data Protection law – GDPR
GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation.? It’s the biggest change to UK data privacy law for 20 years and creates a single set of rules that better protects personal information for people across the EU. All organisations must review how they manage all personal data, such as customer addresses and staff details to ensure they meet GDPR requirements. 

What we are doing at VSG 
Your data is safe in our hands and we are implementing a number of new practices and processes to ensure: 

  • We use your data to provide an even better service which includes tailoring the information we share with you to help ensure its relevant, useful and timely 
  • We respect your privacy and work hard to meet strict regulatory requirements 
  • We go the extra mile to protect your data 
  • We don’t sell your data to third parties 

How we use your personal information
Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland is a not-for-profit organisation whose role is to develop, manage and promote outdoor recreation across Northern Ireland.? This is achieved through working in partnership with a wide range of organisations which have an interest in, or involvement with, outdoor recreation.?This privacy notice is to let you know how we promise to look after your personal information. This includes what you tell us about yourself, what we learn by having you as a customer and member, and the choices you give us about what marketing you want us to send you. This notice explains how we do this and tells you about your privacy rights and how the law protects you. 


This privacy notice provides you with details of how we collect and process your personal data through your use of our websites is listed below: 

This includes any information you may provide through our site when you sign up to a e-newsletter, apply to become a member, register for an workshop or webinar or purchase a subscription.  

By providing us with your data, you warrant to us that you are over 13 years of age. 

The Visitor Safety Group is the data controller and are responsible for your personal data (referred to as “we”, “us” or “our” in this privacy notice). 

We have appointed a data processor – Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland who are in charge of privacy related matters for us. If you have any questions about this privacy notice, please contact:  

Chris Scott
Outdoor Recreation NI
The Stableyard
Barnett Demesne
Malone Road
BT9 5PB  

If you are not happy with any aspect of how we collect and use your data, you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues ( We should be grateful if you would contact us first if you do have a complaint so that we can try to resolve it for you. 

It is very important that the information we hold about you is accurate and up to date.  

Please let us know if at any time your personal information changes by emailing . Each e-newsletter we send you will provide the option to unsubscribe or update your contact preferences. 


Personal data means any information capable of identifying an individual. It does not include anonymised data. 

 We may process certain types of personal data about you as follows: 

  • Identity Data?may include your first name, maiden name, last name, username, marital status, title, date of birth and gender. 
  • Contact Data?may include your billing address, delivery address, email address and telephone numbers. 
  • Financial Data?may include your bank account and payment card details. 
  • Transaction Data?may include details about payments between us and other details of purchases made by you. 
  • Technical Data?may include your login data, internet protocol addresses, browser type and version, browser plug-in types and versions, time zone setting and location, operating system and platform and other technology on the devices you use to access this site. 
  • Profile Data?may include your username and password, purchases or orders, your interests, preferences, feedback and survey responses. 
  • Usage Data?may include information about how you use our website, products and services. 
  • Marketing and Communications Data?may include your preferences in receiving marketing communications from us and our third parties and your communication preferences. 

We may also process Aggregated Data from your personal data but this data does not reveal your identity and as such in itself is not personal data. An example of this is where we review your Usage Data to work out the percentage of website users using a specific feature of our site. If we link the Aggregated Data with your personal data so that you can be identified from it, then it is treated as personal data. 


 We collect data about you through a variety of different methods including: 

  • Direct interactions:?You may provide data by filling in forms on our site (or otherwise) or by communicating with us by post, phone, email or otherwise, including when you: 
  • order our products (including events) or services; 
  • subscribe to our service or publications; 
  • request resources or marketing be sent to you; 
  • enter a competition, prize draw, promotion or survey; or give us feedback through surveys and questionnaires. 
  • Automated technologies or interactions:?As you use our site, we may automatically collect Technical Data about your equipment, browsing actions and usage patterns. We collect this data by using cookies, server logs and similar technologies. We may also receive Technical Data about you if you visit other websites that use our cookies. Please see our?cookie policy?at for further details. 
  • Third parties or publicly available sources:?We may receive personal data about you from various third parties and public sources as set out below: 
  • analytics providers such as social media platforms, Google based outside the EU; 
  • Contact, Financial and Transaction Data from providers of technical, payment and delivery services [such as Paypal, Eventbrite based inside the EU. 
  • Identity and contacts data from third party recruitment portals including NI Jobs. 
  • Identity and Contact Data from publicly availably sources such as publicly available websites, Companies House and the Electoral Register based inside the EU. 


We will only use your personal data when legally permitted. The most common uses of your personal data are: 

  • Where we need to perform the contract between us. 
  • Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests. 
  • Where we need to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation. 
  • Where you consent to us using your personal data. 

Generally, we do not rely on consent as a legal ground for processing your personal data, other than in relation to sending marketing communications to you via email or text message. You have the right to withdraw consent to marketing at any time by emailing us at? Each e-newsletter we send you will provide the option to unsubscribe or update your contact preferences. 

Purposes for processing your personal data 

We are committed to protecting your personal data. 

The only data we collect from you is as submitted by you on a new membership application or annual renewal of membership, event booking or e-newsletter sign. 

We will use your non-sensitive personal data to (i) register you as a VSG member, (ii) to manage our relationship with you, (iii) send you details relating to VSG. 

Our legal grounds for processing your data are in relation to points (i) to (iii) above are for performance of a contract with you. 

We will not share your details with third parties except with your express consent? 

Marketing communications? 

You will receive marketing communications from us if you have: 

  • requested information from us or purchased goods or services from us; or 
  • if you provided us with your details and ticked the box at the point of entry of your details for us to send you marketing communications; and 
  • in each case, you have not opted out of receiving that marketing. 

We will get your express opt-in consent before we share your personal data with any third party for marketing purposes. 

You can ask us or third parties to stop sending you marketing messages at any time by updating your contact preferences via links in our e-newsletters or by emailing us at? 

Where you opt out of receiving our marketing communications, this will not apply to personal data provided to us as a result of a product/service purchase, warranty registration, product/service experience or other transactions. 

Change of purpose 

We will only use your personal data for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose. If you wish to find out more about how the processing for the new purpose is compatible with the original purpose, please email us at? 

If we need to use your personal data for a purpose unrelated to the purpose for which we collected the data, we will notify you and we will explain the legal ground of processing. 

We may process your personal data without your knowledge or consent where this is required or permitted by law. 


We may have to share your personal data with the parties set out below for the purposes set out in the table in paragraph 4 above: 

  • Service providers who provide IT and system administration services. 
  • Professional advisers including lawyers, bankers, auditors and insurers who provide consultancy, banking, legal, insurance and accounting services. 
  • HM Revenue & Customs, regulators and other authorities based in the United Kingdom and other relevant jurisdictions who require reporting of processing activities in certain circumstances. 
  • Third parties including Sport NI (or other key funders), local authorities, governing bodies and service providers to whom we work with to deliver contracts and services. 

We require all third parties to whom we transfer your data to respect the security of your personal data and to treat it in accordance with the law. We only allow such third parties to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions. 


We do not transfer your personal data outside the European Economic Area (EEA). 


We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal data to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need to know such data. They will only process your personal data on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality. 

We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected personal data breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach where we are legally required to do so. 


We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements. 

To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements. 

By law we have to keep basic information about our customers (including Contact, Identity, Financial and Transaction Data) for six years after they cease being customers for tax purposes. 

In some circumstances you can ask us to delete your data: see below for further information. 

In some circumstances we may anonymise your personal data (so that it can no longer be associated with you) for research or statistical purposes in which case we may use this information indefinitely without further notice to you. 


Under certain circumstances, you have rights under data protection laws in relation to your personal data. These include the right to: 

  • Request access to your personal data. 
  • Request correction of your personal data. 
  • Request erasure of your personal data. 
  • Object to processing of your personal data. 
  • Request restriction of processing your personal data. 
  • Request transfer of your personal data. 
  • Right to withdraw consent. 

 You can see more about these rights at: 

If you wish to exercise any of the rights set out above, please email us at  

You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal data (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with your request in these circumstances. 

We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access your personal data (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is a security measure to ensure that personal data is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. We may also contact you to ask you for further information in relation to your request to speed up our response. 

We try to respond to all legitimate requests within one month. Occasionally it may take us longer than a month if your request is particularly complex or you have made a number of requests. In this case, we will notify you and keep you updated. 


This website may include links to third-party websites, plug-ins and applications. Clicking on those links or enabling those connections may allow third parties to collect or share data about you. We do not control these third-party websites and are not responsible for their privacy statements. When you leave our website, we encourage you to read the privacy notice of every website you visit. 


You can set your browser to refuse all or some browser cookies, or to alert you when websites set or access cookies. If you disable or refuse cookies, please note that some parts of this website may become inaccessible or not function properly. For more information about the cookies we use, please see our?cookie policy. 

VSG Cookie Policy  

What is a cookie? 

  • A “cookie” is a piece of information that is stored on your computer’s hard drive and which records how you move your way around a website so that, when you revisit that website, it can present tailored options based on the information stored about your last visit. Cookies can also be used to analyse traffic and for advertising and marketing purposes. 
  • Cookies are used by nearly all websites and do not harm your system. 

If you want to check or change what types of cookies you accept, this can usually be altered within your browser settings. You can block cookies at any time by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site. 

How do we use cookies? 

  • We use cookies to track your use of our website. This enables us to understand how you use the site and track any patterns with regards how you are using our website. This helps us to develop and improve our website as well as products and / or services in response to what you might need or want. 
  • Cookies are either: 
  • Session cookies: these are only stored on your computer during your web session and are automatically deleted when you close your browser – they usually store an anonymous session ID allowing you to browse a website without having to log in to each page but they do not collect any personal data from your computer; or 
  • Persistent cookies: a persistent cookie is stored as a file on your computer and it remains there when you close your web browser. The cookie can be read by the website that created it when you visit that website again. (We use persistent cookies for Google Analytics.) 
  • Cookies can also be categorised as follows: 
  • Strictly necessary cookies: These cookies are essential to enable you to use the website effectively, such as when buying a product and / or service, and therefore cannot be turned off. Without these cookies, the services available to you on our website cannot be provided. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet. 
  • Performance cookies: These cookies enable us to monitor and improve the performance of our website. For example, they allow us to count visits, identify traffic sources and see which parts of the site are most popular. 
  • Functionality cookies: These cookies allow our website to remember choices you make and provide enhanced features. For instance, we may be able to provide you with news or updates relevant to the services you use. They may also be used to provide services you have requested such as viewing a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect is usually anonymised.