Privacy & Cookies Policy


Privacy Statement

Unless you register with this site, it does not store or capture personal information, but merely logs the user's IP address that is automatically recognised by the web server. Other than when you are making purchases through the secure shop site, we do not use cookies for collecting user information and we will not collect any information about you except that required for system administration of our web server. 

Data Protection

The Medical Council on Alcohol is a privacy conscious organisation and is strongly committed to your right to privacy. That is why we have drafted a ‘Privacy and Data Protection Statement’, which follows guidelines set out in the Data Protection 1998. 

The Data Protection Act 1998

The Data Protection Act 1998 set rules for processing personal information and applies to structured paper records as well as data held on computers. With the Freedom of Information Act 2000 which came into force on 1 January 2005, the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 apply to all records, including those structured other than by reference to the data subject, and completely unstructured files. 

The Medical Council on Alcohol’s Use and Storage of Data 

The Data Protection Act states that those who record and process personal information must be open about how the information is used and must follow the eight principles of ‘good information handling’.

These principles state that data must be:

 * Fairly and lawfully processed
 * Processed for limited purposes 
 * Adequate, relevant and not excessive 
 * Accurate 
 * Not kept for longer than is necessary 
 * Processed in line with your rights 
 * Secure, and Personal data will not be transferred outside the European Economic Area unless that country provides an adequate level of protection. 

If you believe in any way that The Medical Council on Alcohol is not processing your personal data in accordance with these principles, please contact us ( 

How does The Medical Council on Alcohol collect data?

There are several means by which The Medical Council on Alcohol collects personally identifiable data, for example:

 * Through membership application forms; 
 * Acceptance for inclusion on a mailing list or database; 

All personally identifiable information provided to The Medical Council on Alcohol is processed in accordance with the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998. 

Is information passed to third parties?

It is the MCA’s policy to only disclose information to third parties if explicitly required to do so by United Kingdom law.

The MCA will obtain your consent before passing on any information to any third parties.

The MCA does not collect or compile personally identifying information for dissemination or sale to external parties for marketing purposes.



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