Cookie & Privacy Policy


Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile device by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work more efficiently and provide information to the owners of the site. It allows a website to remember things like your user preferences or what’s in your shopping basket.

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit

How long will cookies stay on my device?

The length of time a cookie will stay on your computer or mobile device depends on whether it is a “persistent” or “session” cookie. Session cookies will only stay on your device until you stop browsing. Persistent cookies stay on your computer or mobile device until they expire or are deleted.

Cookie Name Purpose
Google Analytics _ga
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.Google’s privacy policy can be found at opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit
Session PHPSESSID This is a strictly necessary cookie that is used by this website to allow it to run correctly.

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how ‘The British Display Society’ uses and protects any information that you give us when you use this website.

The term ‘The British Display Society’ or ‘us’ or ‘we’ refers to the owner of the website. The term ‘you’ refers to the user or viewer of our website.

We are 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 British Display 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 1st July 2016.

As the profession’s top training body, the British Display Society processes personal data and/or sensitive personal data in the provision of our services – both data about members as well as students. This processing is conducted in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and all feasible security measures are in place. Part of our compliance with the legislation is the registration of the purposes for which we process data with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) – the “Notification”. This Notification is available on the Public Register of Data Controllers on the ICO website at .

We may share data with third parties in the provision of our services – this may include (but is not restricted to) colleges who, in turn, provide our courses. These data may include “sensitive personal data” (for example, race and/or ethnicity) – in providing such information your consent for such processing is implied. We may also share data with third parties if we are required to do so by law. We cannot accept any liability for processing conducted by any third party outside our remit. We have audited our website in line with the Guidance from the ICO with regard to the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 – Amendment 2011. None of the above affects your rights to request access to any of your personal data we may hold. Should you wish to make such a request under the legislation, please do so in writing – email is acceptable. Please note that we may charge a £10 administration fee for requests which is payable in advance and non-refundable.

What we collect

We may collect the following information:

  • information submitted by you via our online forms to apply for the approval scheme, BDS membership or centre of excellence award.
  • information on how you use the site, including demographic information

See terms for more detailed information.

What we do with the information we gather

We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

  • Internal record keeping
  • We may use the information to improve our products and services
  • We may periodically send promotional emails about new products, special offers or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided
  • For the approval scheme, centre of excellence and the BDS membership.


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.