Privacy Notice For Parents

The Marine Society & Sea Cadets (MSSC) is subject to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) along with all other organisations in European Union. GDPR strengthens your privacy rights on the collection and use of your personal data and makes it easier for you to access the information which we hold and to which you may be entitled.

This privacy notice lets you know what happens to any personal data that you give the Marine Society & Sea Cadets, or any that we may collect from or about you. It tells you what rights you have over your personal data and what you can do about it if you wish to exercise any of those rights. This forms part of the set of specific privacy notices for different categories of data subjects, such as parents, cadets or volunteers or for particular purposes such as communications, fundraising or events which have been prepared and published in order to provide easy access, tailored to the needs of each group.

Contact details

Should you wish to discuss data protection issues, report a breach of personal data or exercise a data subject right, in the first instance, please contact your Unit’s Data Controller who will normally be the chairperson. The MSSC’s Data Controller is the Director of Policy and Young People Support and can be contacted on The Data Protection Officer is the MSSC’s solicitor and can be contacted through Alternatively, you can write to them at MSSC HQ, 202 Lambeth Road, Lambeth, SE1 7JW.

Collection of personal data

MSSC will only require you or your child to provide personal information appropriate for the completion of specific tasks or activities or to manage their time in Sea Cadets.

Personal information is collected directly from you and your child, initially when you complete and send in the joining application form to the Sea Cadet unit your child will be joining.

The information which we collect in this way will typically include your name, postal and email addresses plus basic medical information to ensure your health & safety when your child takes part in Sea Cadets activities. We will also sometimes obtain contact information indirectly from third parties.

collect this information in order to keep in touch with you and your child. This is because your Sea Cadet unit and MSSC headquarters need to be able to supply you with information relating to your child’s Sea Cadets experience. collect your contact details to tell you about activities we run for your child and also for parents and also in case we need to contact you quickly such as if there is a change in arrangements for activities or child needs picking up or they became ill or get an injury.

Your information is stored on a secure Ministry of Defence database called Westminster. Access to this is restricted and only certain trained people have permission to see or use your or your child’s data and only for Sea Cadet purposes.

Sea Cadets at headquarters or your unit may use your information to send you news about activities, events or services and, in the event of Sea Cadets working in partnership with other organisations, details of those third-party associates. In joining Sea Cadets we believe that you would want your child to take advantage of all the opportunities, events and activities we can offer cadets as part of becoming a Sea Cadet and that you would expect to be told of these.

You will only be required to provide sufficient personal information for the MSSC to safely manage and safeguard young people within the organisation, process organisational business, manage transactions and contact you in the event of a problem or issue arising. You may provide the MSSC with additional information at your own discretion.

Purposes of processing personal data

We process personal information to enable us to provide a voluntary service for the benefit of the national public as specified in our constitution; administer membership records; to fundraise and promote the interests of the charity.

Types/categories of information processed

We process information relevant to these purposes. This may include:

  • Personal data
  • Family details
  • Membership details
  • Goods and services
  • Financial details
  • Education and employment details
  • Visual images, personal appearance and behaviour

We also process sensitive classes of information that may include:

  • Physical or mental health details
  • Racial or ethnic origin
  • Religious or other benefits of a similar nature
  • Offences and alleged offences
  • Criminal proceedings, outcomes and sentences

Who the information is processed about

We process personal information about:

  • Members
  • Staff, volunteers
  • Supporters
  • Complainants, enquirers
  • Advisers
  • Representatives of other organisations
  • Individuals captured by CCTV images

Who the information may be shared with

We sometimes need to share the personal information we process with the individual themselves and also with other organisations. Where this is necessary, we are required to comply with all aspects of data protection legislation.

  • The types of organisation that we may need to share some of the personal information we process include:
  • Members
  • Family, associates or representatives of the person whose personal data we ae processing
  • Employees
  • Current, past and prospective employers
  • Healthcare, social and welfare organisations
  • Providers of goods and services
  • Educator and examining bodies
  • Financial organisations
  • Employment and recruitment agencies
  • Survey and research organisations
  • Business associates and professional advisers
  • Police forces
  • Local and central government
  • Other companies in the same group as the data controller
  • Other voluntary and charitable organisations

Use of your information and your preferences

The MSSC will use your information to provide and personalise its services. Your details will be used to communicate with you on MSSC business only. Personal information is collected directly from you about your child when you complete and return forms as part of our communications within the MSSC.

We collect this information in order to keep in touch with you and supply you with data relating to our work and how you can support us. This includes keeping you informed about issues that might potentially be of interest to you. The information which we collect in this way will typically include your name, postal and email addresses, and your bank details if you are supporting us financially. We will also sometimes obtain contact information indirectly from third parties.

The MSSC may use your information to send you news about activities, events or services and, in the event of the MSSC working in partnership with other organisations, details of those third-party associates, only when you have opted-in to receive such communications. Remember, you can change the way you hear from us or withdraw your permission for us to process your personal details at any time, by following the process in the documents we send you or emailing: either or depending on the issue.

Please note that there may be instances where it may be necessary for the MSSC to communicate with you, in any event, for administrative or operational reasons relating to the running of Sea Cadets.

Disclosures of your information

The MSSC will only disclose your information in the manner permitted by our registration with the Information Commissioner’s Office or where required to do so by law. In particular, information may be disclosed to other parts of the MSSC, its affiliated Units and to current business associates.

We will not sell your child’s information to third party organisations, and we do not share personal information with third parties for their benefit.

We do sometimes ask third-party organisations to contact you on our behalf as part of our fundraising activities, but the information gathered in this way remains our legal responsibility and we ensure that data is treated with the same level of care as if we were handling it directly. We will only do this if we have your explicit consent to do so. We may use data to profile our users and research the charity’s impact on those who use its services.

Data subject rights

You have certain rights under GDPR, which you can ask the Data Controller at the unit to deal with. To make things easy for you, there are forms to explain how you can do this.

  • You have the right to be informed about processing r personal information which we hold about you and your child
  • The right to restrict processing of personal information which relates to both of you
  • The right to have personal information about you and your child erased
  • The right to request access to personal information which we hold about you and your child and to obtain information about how we process it
  • The right to move, copy or transfer personal information which relates to you and your child.
  • Rights in relation to automated decision making which has a legal effect or otherwise significantly affects you

You can also write to the MSSC’s Data Controller at

Your right to object

You have the right to object to certain purposes for processing, in particular to data processed for direct marketing purposes.

Transfer of data outside the European Union

The MSSC has affiliated Units in the Bailiwicks of Guernsey, Jersey and in the Isle of Man, each of which is outside the European Union. Information provided through this website may be provided to Sea Cadet Units in those territories and also stored in data retrieval systems in those territories.

These territories, however, are obliged to comply with GDPR when they process data from or to EU and EEA states.

How secure is the information which I give to you?

MSSC (Marine Society & Sea Cadets) takes the care of your data seriously and undertakes to protect your personal information in a range of ways. These measures include implementing specific technologies and procedures designed to protect your privacy, such as secure servers, firewalls and SSL encryption. We follow payment card industry (PCI) security compliance guidelines when processing credit card payments.

Any personal information transferred between locations will be both encrypted and password protected.

How long will you keep my information for?

will retain your information for as long as you or your child have an active relationship with MSSC (Marine Society & Sea Cadets). If you cease to have an active relationship with us or request to receive no further contact, we may retain some basic information in order to avoid sending you unwanted materials in the future, and to ensure that we do not accidentally duplicate information.

If you volunteer with us, we will retain a limited amount of personal information when you leave – this will be name, date of birth, unit(s) attended, attendance records and qualifications and any safeguarding files. This is for law enforcement purposes for the prevention or detection of crime and will only be provided to third parties under a legal authority. Cadet data, unless it relates to a safeguarding concern will be retained for two years from leaving cadets, unless your child volunteers with Sea Cadets during this period. If it relates to a safeguarding concern we will retain a limited amount of personal information when your child leaves – this will be name, date of birth, unit(s) attended, attendance records and qualifications and any safeguarding files. This is to make sure we keep Sea Cadets a safe organisation.

Other websites

The MSSC website may contain links to other websites, which are outside the control of the MSSC and are not covered by this privacy policy. If you access other sites using the links provided, the operators of these sites may collect information from you, which will be used by them in accordance with their privacy policy.

Use of cookies

The MSSC website uses cookies in three ways:

  1. To maintain information about your session on the MSSC server. For example, keeping track of items in your shopping basket or remembering who you are if you leave and then return to the MSSC website during the same browser session. This cookie is removed automatically when either you close your web browser, or 15 minutes after you last accessed a page on this site.
  2. To allow the site to recognise you when you return to MSSC pages or if you login whilst you are on the site, to remember you until you close your web browser. The cookie only remains on your computer if you elect to store it in the user information page. The cookie the MSSC puts on your computer only contains a reference so that the MSSC can access your personal information. No personal information is contained within the cookie.
  3. To provide tracking of your activity on the website - see website tracking below. This cookie is not linked to any personal information about you and is used to provide generic statistical information about patterns of activity on the MSSC website.

Please note you must allow the use of cookies for this website in order to carry out any online financial transactions with the MSSC

Website tracking

Whenever you visit the MSSC website, the web server automatically records your IP address and each page you visit. It also records information including your route to this site and your operating system and web browser type.

This information is not linked to any personal information the MSSC holds about you.

Privacy of personal data

The MSSC aims to protect the security of your personal data at all times. The MSSC will accomplish this by using a combination of methods including, but not limited to:

  • Ensuring your personal information will only be displayed on the screen if you are within a session for which you have provided your password.
  • Ensuring that whenever your personal information is exchanged between your web browser and the MSSC web server, highly effective methods of encryption are used - this is currently 128 bit SSL (secure sockets layer) encryption. This makes it extremely difficult for someone to intercept and read the information being passed between your web browser and the MSSC web server.

Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)

ICO is the UK’s supervisory authority responsible for providing guidance, direction and enforcement of data protection laws. ICO website provides a wealth of information and guidance. website is: You have the right to lodge a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Changes to this privacy notice

We may need to change or update our privacy notices from time to time to reflect ICO guidance or the law. Changes will be reflected on Sea Cadet Unit websites.

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