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Privacy Policy

At The Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland, we take your data privacy seriously.  In order to provide you with our services we collect and use personal data which means that we are a ‘Data Controller’ and we are responsible for and committed to protecting your privacy and complying with the UK General Data Protection Regulations (UK GDPR), Data Protection Act 2018, the EU General Data Protection Regulations where applicable and any subsequent laws or regulations applicable.

In this Privacy Notice, we want to inform you about what information we collect, how we use it and what rights individuals have in relation to the collection and processing of their personal data.

Our Contact Details
Name:  The Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland
Address:  23 St. John Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8DG
Tel:  0131 556 6687

If you have any questions in respect of this Privacy Notice or how we manage your personal data, please contact us using the contact details above.

Whose information do we collect?
We collect personal data in the course of delivering our services.  This can belong to our members, chapter contacts, enquirers, consultants, contractors and suppliers.

What personal data do we collect and process?
We collect the following types of data:

  • General contact details such as, name, address, email address, telephone number.
  • General communications between you and us.
  • Meeting minutes to which you are a party.
  • Financial Details – such as payment or bank details.
  • Location Details.
  • Application and membership details.
  • Chapter details.
  • Information obtained through our use of cookies (please see our Cookie Policy)
  • Your marketing preferences

Special Categories of Personal Data that we collect:
We do not request any special category data, however in some cases, you may voluntarily share additional information during discussion with us. Where this is the case, we collect this only with your consent and retain it for as long as strictly necessary.

How we collect your information
In most cases we collect your data directly from you.  We collect data and process it when you:

  • Complete an online ‘contact us’ form.
  • Speak to us on the telephone to discuss a general enquiry, an application or membership.
  • Email us.
  • Make a website enquiry.

We also receive your data indirectly from the following sources:

  • Social Media Sites including LinkedIn.
  • Public Sources – demographic data, market research.
  • Referral from a personal or business contact.

Please Remember: Where you provide any of this information relating to or on behalf of another individual such as a nominated contact, you must remember to ensure that you have the consent of the individual and provide them with a copy of or access to this Privacy Notice.

 Why we do we collect your information?

Where we collect and process personal data, we identify both the purpose and legal basis for doing so.  There are 6 possible legal bases which are:

Consent – where we have consent from the individual to the processing of his or her personal data for one or more specific purpose.

Contract – where the processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is party or in order to take steps at the request of the data subject prior to entering into a contract.

Legal Obligation – The processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject.

Vital Interests – Where the processing is necessary in order to protect the vital interests of the data subject or another natural person.

Public Interest – Where the processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller.

Legitimate Interests – Where the processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the controller or by a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject which require protection of personal data, in particular where the data subject is a child.

Our purpose and legal basis for the information we collect, and process allows us to:

Our Purpose for Processing

Our Lawful basis

To understand your requirements prior to entering into a membership with you.

The processing is necessary for the performance of an anticipated Contract

To understand all requirements to ensure that any information submitted as part of our membership is accurate

The processing is necessary for the performance of a Contract


To fulfil our membership obligations with you

The processing is necessary for the performance of our Contract

To manage our operations, have appropriate chapter oversight and comply with any internal policies and procedures

It is in our legitimate interests to use your personal information to ensure that we provide and adapt our membership services

To notify you about changes to our membership services or chapters

It is in our Legitimate Interests to use your personal information to keep you informed about any changes that may affect you

For Electronic Marketing of similar services to existing client or previous clients or enquirers

It is in our legitimate interests to use your personal information for marketing purposes where the services being marketed are similar and  relevant to you.

For Electronic Marketing of services to potential new customers

We rely on Consent for direct marketing to previously unknown individuals

To comply with our legal obligations, law enforcement, court and regulatory bodies requirements

To comply with our Legal Obligations

Where we rely on your consent you have the right to withdraw this consent at any time by contacting us using the details at the beginning of this notice.

Legitimate Interests – Where the processing of personal data is based on our Legitimate Interests, it is to improve on our service, security and prevent fraud or illegal activity in favour of the wellbeing of our customers, employees and shareholders. 

Direct Marketing
We may send you details of membership services and benefits similar to those you have enquired about or signed up for previously.   You can opt out of receiving this information from us at any time by contacting us at the above address or clicking ‘unsubscribe’ on any messages you may receive.

We will never share or sell your information to any other party for marketing purposes.

Who do we share your information with?
From time to time, we may share your personal information with the following third parties for the purposes set out above:

  • Our Accountant or Payment Service Providers
  • Software, App and Cloud storage providers.
  • Payment Services and Software Facilities.
  • Regulators and governing bodies where required.

International data transfers
With today’s modern technology including Cloud Storage and Software, some recipients of your personal data can be located outside your country or have offices in countries where data protection laws may provide a different level of protection than the laws in your country.

Where this is the case, we make sure that additional safeguards are in place such as ensuring that those countries have a decision of adequacy under the UK GDPR, or those firms have entered into standard contract clauses with us in their terms to support the ongoing protection of your data.

Automated decision-making or Profiling
We do not process personal data for automated decision making or profiling.

How Long do we keep personal data for?
We will retain personal data in accordance with legal and regulatory requirements and for no longer than is necessary to fulfil the purposes set out in this privacy policy. 

The following details the criteria used to establish the retention period set out within our policy:

Where it is still necessary for the provision of our Services
This includes the duration of any contract for services we have with you for 10 years after the end of membership with a view to maintaining and improving the performance of our chapters, keeping historical records and to keep our systems secure.  It is also intended to support maintaining appropriate business and financial records.  Most of our retention periods are determined on the basis of this general rule.

Where required by statutory, contractual or other similar obligations
Corresponding storage obligations may arise, for example, from laws or regulation. It may also be necessary to store personal data regarding pending or future legal disputes. Personal data contained in contracts, notifications and business letters may be subject to statutory storage obligations depending on national law.  Where this is the case will retain the data in accordance with our obligations.

Your Rights as a data subject 
As a data subject, you have rights in relation to your personal data.  These are:

The Right to Access – You have the right to request details of personal information held or processed and to copies of this data.  We do not usually charge for this service.

The Right to Rectification – You have the right to request that any information be corrected that you believe is inaccurate or to complete any information that you believe is incomplete.

The Right to Erasure – You have the right to request that we erase your personal information under certain conditions.

The Right to Restrict Processing – You have the right to request that we restrict the processing of your personal data under certain circumstances.

The Right to Object to Processing – You have the right to object to our processing of your data, under certain conditions.

The Right to Data Portability – You have the right to request that we transfer the data that we have collected to another organisation or directly to you, under certain conditions.

You also have the Right to Withdraw Consent where you have previously provided this at any time. 

To exercise any of these rights, or if you have a complaint, please contact us using the contact details at the beginning of this notice.

You also have the right to complain to the Supervisory Authority.  In the UK, where you wish to report a complaint or feel that we have not addressed your concern in a satisfactory manner, you may contact the Information Commissioner’s Office at:

The Information Commissioner’s Office – Scotland
Queen Elizabeth House
Sibbald Walk

Telephone: 0303 123 1115

Contractual Obligations and Consequences
In some circumstances, the provision of personal data is partly required by law (for example, tax regulations, employment and legal obligations) or can also result from contractual provisions.  This means that it may sometimes be necessary to conclude or fulfil a contract, that the personal data be provided.  In those circumstances where the data is not provided or where certain rights are exercised, (Erasure, Object) there is a possible consequence that the contract could not be fulfilled or concluded and may be cancelled. 

 Cookies & similar technologies

When you visit our Website, we use cookies and similar technologies to provide you with a better, faster and safer user experience or to show you personalised advertising. Cookies are small text files that are automatically created by your browser and stored on your device

when you visit or use the Website.   For full information on our use of cookies and how to manage them, please see our Cookie Policy.

 To learn more about how to manage your browser cookie settings in general please see

Remember: When clicking on external links via our website or when you find us via social media platforms, you are visiting or redirected to the domain of those websites.  We have no control over the privacy settings on these websites or the cookies they set, so please bear in mind that you should set your preferences in line with their own policies and cookie controls separately.

Data security

We aim to protect your personal data through technical and organisational security measures to minimise risks associated with data loss, misuse, unauthorised access and unauthorised disclosure and alteration.

We store member records in secure, locked physical locations which have controlled and restricted access.  We also operate internal policies and procedures detailing physical security, cloud storage security monitoring, access control and password security measures. 

Changes to our Privacy Notice
All businesses change from time to time.  At The Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland we keep our Privacy Notice under regular review. 

This Privacy Notice was last updated on 20th October 2023.

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