Privacy Policy


Privacy Policy

We value your privacy, and know how important it is to you. This page explains our online information practices and the choices you can make about how information about you is collected and used by the Royal African Society (the RAS) here on this website and in other electronic communications networks.

The RAS is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy online. This privacy policy is not intended to, and does not, create any contractual or other legal rights in or on behalf of any party.

We may amend this privacy policy at any time by posting changes on this page. Amendments will automatically take effect upon publication. The last date of revision will always appear on the privacy policy.


By completing any detailed on-line registry you give your consent to the collection and use of your personal information in accordance with this Privacy Policy each time you use this website.
Web pages covered by this policy

This notice applies to all information collected or submitted on the RAS domain and its subdomains, as well as parts of the website, where you can create an account, comment on blogs, sign up for newsletters, enter competitions and book tickets for events as well as information collected automatically by cookies, if enabled.

The Royal African Society is not responsible for the privacy policy of services on third party websites (for example FacebookTwitter,YouTube, etc). You should refer to the appropriate privacy policies of each individual third party website for further information about them and their terms.

The way we use information

You can browse the RAS website without telling us who you are or revealing any personal information about yourself or your location. The websites collect some anonymous information about you automatically as you move through the site. We use this data to inform the development of our service, for example, we like to know from which parts of the world and what internet browsers our visitors use. The information collected automatically in this way does not contain anything that can identify you personally. It provides data about what users do on the site, but not who they are.

Privacy as a Site User

Once you submit information to us you are no longer anonymous. Any personal information that you choose to give to us will be stored in a safe, confidential and secure environment.

We use the personal information you give us as a research tool to develop the content of the RAS website, to improve our understanding of our visitors, provide you with news and updates on our activities and to determine better ways to serve you.

We use return e-mail addresses to answer e-mails we receive. Such addresses are not used for any other purpose and are not shared with outside parties.

User ID and web contributions

When you register to be a user and/or a member on the RAS website, you can opt to be visible to other members of the site; other members will be able to contact you using details you choose to provide. You can access all your personal identifiable information that we collect online and maintain them  by logging in to your account and viewing your profile page. You can correct factual errors in your personally identifiable information within your account via your profile page or by sending the webmaster a request that credibly shows error. To protect your privacy and security, we will also take reasonable steps to verify your identify before granting access and making corrections.


Further information that you post on any message board is visible to the public. If you disclose personal information publicly, including your email address, it can be collected and used by others which may result in unsolicited messages from other parties. The RAS cannot guarantee the security of your information although all reasonable measures will be taken to stop this falling into the wrong hands. As a registered user or subscriber you are responsible for the secrecy of your password(s) and/or any account information.

Cookie Policy

Some sections of the RAS website use cookies. Cookies are small, text-only strings of data which store information on the hard drive of your local computer or mobile device when you visit some websites. Our cookie policy details what cookies we use and the options you have when visiting this website.

When we may use your details to contact you

If you do opt to provide us with any personal information we use this in various ways, such as:


Winners of competitions are notified directly by the RAS unless stated otherwise in the competition terms & conditions.


All users who agree to be sent an e-newsletter via the web are sent through automatically to the web subscription page. The data you provide when signing up is stored securely and for RAS use only. You can unsubscribe from email newsletters at any time by clicking on the link that appears at the bottom of every newsletter.

Social networks

Where we are active on third party sites which feature social networking or sharing (FacebookTwitterFlickr etc) we may from time to time contact you directly in relation to activities we are running on those sites.


Links to non-RAS websites

The RAS accepts no responsibility or liability for content on third party websites. Users clicking on links to external sites should check the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy of the site they are visiting.

Our commitment to data security

To prevent unauthorised access, maintain data accuracy and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Who we share data with

We will not share your personal information with others for marketing purposes unless you have given us your permission. With your permission we will share your information only with carefully chosen third parties.

How to contact us

If you have any questions or concerns about our privacy policy and cookies policy, please  email us.

11 October 2012