Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy sets out how the Design Research Society (DRS) uses and protects any information that you give the DRS when you use this website. Any personal data you provide to DRS is regulated by the Data Protection Act 1998.

The Design Research Society is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

The Design Research Society may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 6 March 2016.


What we collect

We may collect the following personal information from members:

  • Name and job title
  • Contact information including email address
  • Demographic information such as postcode, preferences and interests
  • Other information relevant to membership

We may also collect the following data from all web users:

  • Click stream data (type of computer, browsing software, address of referring website, etc.)
  • HTTP protocol elements (server address, domain name, date and time of visit, etc.)
  • Search terms


What we do with the information we collect

For purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998, the Design Research Society, is the “data controller”.

Unless we are obliged or permitted by law to do so, and subject to any third party disclosures specifically set out in this policy, your Data will not be disclosed to third parties. This includes our affiliates and / or other companies within our group. All personal Data is stored securely in accordance with the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998. For more details on security see the clause below. Any or all of the above Data may be required by us from time to time in order to provide you with the best possible service and experience when using our Website.

We require this information to understand our membership and web site visitors and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

  • Internal record keeping.

  • Membership administration.

  • Improvement of our service to members.

  • Completion and support of the current web site activity.

  • Website and system administration.

  • Research and development.

  • To comply with our Constitution with regard to member networking.

Web access logs are used for statistical purposes only (e.g. to measure the use/performance of the site) except in the event of a security breach when they could be used for the purpose of tracing the breach. No information gathered from web logs is given or sold to any third party.


Data and Information Security

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.


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.


Controlling your personal information

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:

Logging into the website and updating your preferences, particularly with respect to receiving emails and newsletters which we send from time to time.

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so.

You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. A small fee will be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, you are able to check this against your membership profile on this website. You are also welcome to write to us as soon as possible, at the following address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.