Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy
The BFTA assumes the following responsibilities:
I. Protecting all data generated by and provided to us by our users from being stolen, compromised, or used in violation of this policy.
II. Never selling user-provided and user-generated data for financial gain or competitive advantage.
III. Providing transparency for our users into what data we collect and what we do with it including what access third parties have to user data and for what purpose.
IV. Informing users if their data is compromised, either by failure to protect data or by order to surrender data to a legal authority, to the fullest extent we are lawfully able.

What We Know About You
If you register an account with The BFTA, we’ll have access to your e-mail address and any additional contact information you choose to provide us.

If you browse thebfta.net, with or without a login, we know for a limited time that a user at your IP address has visited pages on the site.

We collect data on what content you browse to see which products/content are the most useful to you.

When and How We Send Email
We send email to users when bookings are placed.

We will send you an email to verify your email address or if you request a password reset.

We will notify users if we believe their privacy has been compromised if it is within our power to do so. For example, if we discover a customer’s account user login information has been exposed elsewhere on the web, or if we are compelled to disclose information to law enforcement.

We offer a set of opt-in email subscriptions for things such as newsletters.

All new accounts are not signed up to our main newsletter by default, and The BFTA may at any time add all new and all existing accounts to existing and new newsletters lists at our discretion, however, we are unlikely to do so.

We may occasionally send you an email that you did not request or triggered with an action of any kind in order to promote a certain aspect of our site, products, or services.

However, we will not spam you and will probably not do more than 12 newsletters per year if you’ve signed up for that service.

When you talk to our support teams
If you email us, chat with us, or call us on the telephone for support we can and most of the time will record the interaction.

Logging and Log Retention
In order to understand traffic to our sites and diagnose technical problems, we log individual web requests. These logs include time of the request, individual IP address, referer, and user agent strings. We may retain these logs for up to 90 days. In order to prevent fraud and detect malicious behaviour, we log IP addresses for specific actions, such as creating an account and booking in. This information is automatically deleted after no more than 90 days.

Except in the case of malicious traffic, we will not share log data with any third party, unless compelled by legal process to do so.

Cookies, Tags, Tracking Pixels, and HTTPS
We use cookies, tags, and tracking pixels to know when users are logged in to The BFTA services and to track preferences such as display currencies and the rendering of product menus.

Our analytics software, Google Analytics, use tags/tracking pixels to help keep track of how many unique visitors we’re getting, where they come from, and how they navigate our site unless you’re browsing with Do Not Track enabled. We use this information to inform site improvements.

We do our best to serve all content securely over HTTPS.

Third Party Services: Do Not Track
Do Not Track is a standard for telling sites that you don’t want to be tracked. It’s aimed at sites you don’t visit directly, like advertisers and social media platforms.
The BFTA supports the Do Not Track standard. While third-party plugins with access to visitor browsing data are limited on thebfta.net, all are disabled for visitors passing a Do Not Track HTTP header. This includes third party tools for analytics, live chat, and web optimisation (described below).

Email
We use GMail, and mail sent to or from thebfta.net addresses generally passes through Google’s servers.

Promotional and informative mail sent to mailing lists, such as the newsletter, is sent using MailChimp. All users with accounts can manage all subscriptions via the MailChimp. All users can opt out of these lists by clicking Unsubscribe in the emails. By signing up you acknowledge that the information you provide will be transferred to MailChimp for processing in accordance with their Privacy Policy and Terms.

Analytics
The BFTA uses Google Analytics to track the aggregate behaviour of visitors on thebfta.net.

Google Universal Analytics is a service hosted on Google’s servers and is our primary analytics tool. It is activated by a JavaScript snippet that loads on every page to send visitor behavioural information to Google. The BFTA uses this information to understand how visitors use our site. Visitors who have Do Not Track enabled will not have any information sent to Google’s servers for use in analytics.

The BFTA also utilizes Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting. This means we combine personally identifiable information about your The BFTA account, browsing, and shopping habits and merge it with Google’s tracking cookies, all of which goes to Google. This is enabled by default for all visitors to thebfta.net. You can opt out of this by enabling Do Not Track headers in your browser or installing and enabling the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-on.

Content Hosting
We serve image files (like product images) and other resources from Amazon’s CloudFront and S3 and our own server hosted with DVA Group.

We serve some data and results via Google Docs and Google Drive.

Social Media
We maintain accounts on various social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Google+,  and Instagram. While some of these platforms are themselves invasive of user privacy, we will do our best to apply the principles outlined in the rest of this policy to our use of social media.

Event Booking
By registering for a BFTA Event you state that;

You and anyone you register on behalf of have read and agreed to the BFTA Rules for that event.

You and anyone you register on behalf of gives permission to be photographed during the event and for permission for that image to be used by the BFTA for the promotion of the sport in perpetuity.

You and anyone you register on behalf of gives permission that we may publish your personal information as part of the results of the event and may pass such information to the governing body or any affiliated organisation for the purpose of insurance, selection or for publishing results either for the event alone or combined with other events. Results may include (but not be limited to) name, any club affiliation, region, scores and age category. All Results will be published in perpetuity.

Whilst the BFTA endeavours to ensure that all events occur according to the schedule published on the BFTA website, in the event of an event being cancelled, for whatever reason, the liability of the BFTA extends to a refund of entry fee only. The BFTA accepts no further responsibility and will not be liable for any consequential, indirect or direct loss or damage.

The BFTA strongly advises that competitors who book accommodation for BFTA events take out cancellation insurance.

Links to other websites
Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Questions?
If you have any questions or feedback regarding this privacy policy, including if you feel The BFTA or someone within The BFTA community has violated it, or if you are concerned about The BFTA’s general philosophy toward user privacy, please contact us at [email protected] or post a public comment below.