The Society for the Study of Addiction aims to comply with the principles of the Data Protection Act, 1998, in the processing of all personal data. Any personal information, such as your name or email address, that you supply, is stored securely and will not be disclosed unlawfully to any other person or organisation.

What information do we collect?

When you use services on the site we will require information about you to fulfil your request. This information may include, but is not limited to, details such as your name, your address and your credit card details. In order to process financial transactions such as membership fees we may ask to enter your bank or card details. This is done through a secure area of our site, and your card details are not stored on our systems. When you view our site by linking from another web page we may store the name of that web page for purposes of internal administration.  We also collect general data about how visitors use the site, but this does not use any person-identifiable information. It is used to improve web site structure and content.

What are cookies and how do we use them?

Cookies are small amounts of information that are sent from a web server to your browser, stored on your computer's hard drive and contain basic information relating to an internet site you have visited.  We may use cookies to store information about you in order to personalise your contact with us.  Most web browsers automatically accept cookies but you can usually change your browser to prevent this.

Google Analytics ( is used to allow us to track site visits and to record usage trends over time. Google Analytics uses a cookie to help track which pages are accessed. The cookie contains no personal identifiable information, but it does use your computer’s IP address to determine where in the world you are accessing the site from, and to track your page visits within the site.

Security of personal data

All the data we collect from you on our site is protected against unauthorised access. In addition the information you give us is held on a database in an encrypted system. Appropriate security measures are in place in our physical facilities to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of information that we have collected from you at our site. You may request a copy of the personal information that the SSA holds about you and have any inaccuracies corrected by contacting:

How do we use your information?

We will use the information you give us within the Society for the Study of Addiction only and

To notify you occasionally about important changes to our site, and new services that may be of interest to you. If you would rather not receive this information, please contact us at

We use return email addresses to answer the email we receive. Such addresses are not used for any other purpose and are not shared with outside parties.

We do not sell, trade or rent the information we get from you on this site to others.

Where there are links on our site to other sites, the content of those linked sites is not covered by this privacy policy. These other sites will have separate privacy and data collection practices. We do not have responsibility or liability for these independent policies.

We may disclose information in special cases when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is reasonably necessary to comply with the law, enforce or apply our terms of business, or protect our rights and those of our users.

Your consent

By using our website you consent to the collection and use of the information you provide to us. If we change our privacy policy we will highlight the changes on this page.

If you feel that this site is not following its stated privacy policy, you may contact us at the above address or phone number. If you are not satisfied with this response, you may appeal to the Information Commissioner at

Feb 2015