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Privacy policy

Boulder UK (“Boulder UK”, “we”, “us”) (registered company Lancashire Bouldering Company Limited, company number 10567748 is committed to protecting your privacy. At all times we aim to respect any personal information you share with us, or that we receive from others, and keep it safe. This Privacy Notice (“Notice”) sets out our data processing practices and your rights and options regarding the ways in which your personal information is used and collected (including through our website –

This notice contains important information about your personal rights to privacy. Please read it carefully to understand how we use your personal information.

The provision of your personal information to us is voluntary. However, without providing us with your personal information, your use of our services or your interaction with us may be impaired. For example, you may be unable to sign up as a member or make an online booking.

Contents of this policy:

  1. How we collect personal information about you
  2. What personal information do we use?
  3. How and why will we use your personal information?
  4. Lawful bases
  5. Communications for marketing / fundraising
  6. Children’s personal information
  7. How long do we keep your personal information?
  8. Will we share your personal information?
  9. Security/ storage of and access to your personal information
  10. International Data Transfers
  11. Exercising your Rights
  12. Changes to this Notice
  13. Links and third parties
  14. How to contact us
  1. When we collect personal information about you:

a) When you give it to us directly – For example, personal information that you submit through our website by making a booking to use our facilities, registering as a member; or personal information that you give to us when you communicate with us by email, phone or letter.

b) When we obtain it indirectly – For example, your personal information may be shared with us by third parties including, for example, the Association of Climbing Walls (Britain) Limited (“ABC”), an organisation established to promote safe management practices in climbing walls of which we are a member; third party service providers; analytics providers and search information providers. To the extent we have not done so already, we will notify you when we receive personal information about you from them and tell you how and why we intend to use that personal information.

c) When it is available publicly – Your personal information may be available to us from external publicly available sources. For example, depending on your privacy settings for social media services, we may access information from those accounts or services (for example when you choose to interact with us via Facebook).

d) When you visit our website – When you visit our website, the following information is collected:

  1. The IP address used to connect to our site.
  2. Browser type and version.
  3. Time zone setting.
  4. Browser plug-in information.
  5. Operating system used.
  6. URL clickstream to, through and from the website (including date and time).
  7. Services you viewed or searched for.
  8. Page response times.
  9. Download errors.
  10. Length of visits to certain pages.
  11. Referral sources.
  12. Page interaction information.

This data is used to track website usage and monitor website activity as well as troubleshooting, testing and research purposes.

Cookie information

This site uses cookies – small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience, the reasons are outlined below:

• To distinguish you from other users of our website.
• Retain user preferences.
• Store information for things like shopping baskets.
• Provide anonymised tracking data.

As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site you may either though the pop up or in your browser.

We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers.

Please note this privacy notice does not cover any external links within our website.

e) When you connect to our free Wi-Fi – If you connect to our free Wi-Fi, data will be collected regarding: your device (device name, MAC address etc., this is used to identify your device on the network), the quantity and type of data used (used for monitoring network usage), and your usage by access time and frequency. This data is used for administrative and analytical purposes and is beneficial to the Wi-Fi network. We do not share these details with any other company.

  1. What personal information do we use?

We may collect, store and otherwise process the following kinds of personal information:

  1. Your name, your date of birth, gender, and contact details including postal address, telephone number, email address, emergency contact details.
  2. Where applicable, social media identity.
  3. Your financial information, such as bank details and/ or credit/ debit card details.
  4. Information about your computer/ mobile device and your visits to and use of this website, including, for example, your IP address and geographical location.
  5. Personal descriptions and photographs.
  6. Details of your qualifications/experience.

and/or any other personal information which we obtain as per paragraph 1.

Do we process special categories of data?

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) recognises certain categories of personal information as sensitive and therefore requiring more protection, for example, information about your health, ethnicity and religious beliefs.

In certain situations, Boulder UK may collect and/or use these special categories of data (for example, information on climbers’ medical conditions relevant to their use of our facilities). We will only process these special categories of data if there is a valid reason for doing so and where the GDPR allows us to do so.

  1. How and why will we use your personal information?

Your personal information, however, provided to us, will be used for the purposes specified in this notice. In particular, we may use your personal information:

  1. To register you as a member of the Wall.
  2. To allow you to make a booking to use our facilities.
  3. To otherwise provide you with services, products or information you have requested.
  4. To provide further information about our work, services or activities (where necessary, only where you have provided your consent To receive such information).
  5. To assist you with certification schemes.
  6. To answer your questions/ requests and communicate with you in general.
  7. To allow you to apply for a job or volunteer role with us.
  8. To manage relationships with our partners and service providers.
  9. To analyse and improve our work, services, activities, products or information (including our website), or for our internal records.
  10. To keep our facilities safe and secure.
  11. To run/administer the activities of the Wall, including our website, and ensure that content is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your device.
  12. To audit and/ or administer our accounts.
  13. To satisfy legal obligations which are binding on us, for example in relation to regulatory, government and/or law enforcement bodies with whom we may work (for example requirements relating to the payment of tax or anti-money laundering).
  14. For the prevention of fraud or misuse of services, and/or
  15. For the establishment, defence and/ or enforcement of legal claims.
  1. Lawful bases

The GDPR requires us to rely on one or more lawful bases to use your personal information. We consider the grounds listed below to be relevant:

  1. Where you have provided your consent for us to use your personal information in a certain way (for example, we may ask for your consent to use your personal information to send you email newsletters or to collect special categories of your personal information. Special categories of personal information are explained in paragraph 2 above).
  2. Where necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are a party or to take steps at your request prior to entering a contract (for example, to provide you access to our facilities in return for your booking fee).
  3. Where necessary so that we can comply with a legal obligation to which we are subject (for example, where we are obliged to share your personal information with regulatory bodies which govern our work and services).
  4. In case of an emergency situation (for example, in case of medical emergency suffered by a climber).
  5. Where there is a legitimate interest in us doing so.

The GDPR allows us to collect and process your personal information if it is reasonably necessary to achieve our or others’ legitimate interests (as long as that processing is fair, balanced and does not unduly impact your rights as an individual).

In broad terms, our “legitimate interests” means the interests of running of Boulder UK as a commercial entity and ensuring the best possible user experience.

When we process your personal information to achieve such legitimate interests, we consider and balance any potential impact on you (both positive and negative), and on your rights under data protection laws. We will not use your personal information for activities where our interests are overridden by the impact on you, for example where use would be excessively intrusive (unless, for instance, we are otherwise required or permitted to by law).

  1. Communications for marketing/promotional purposes

We may use your contact details to provide you with information about our work, events, services and/or activities which we consider may be of interest to you (for example, about services you previously used, or events involving our, or other walls’, facilities).

Where we do this via email, SMS or telephone (where you are registered with the Telephone Preference Service), we will not do so without your prior consent (unless allowed to do so via applicable law).

Where you have provided us with your consent previously but do not wish to be contacted by us about our work, events, services and/or activities in the future, please let us know by email at

  1. Children’s personal information

When we process children’s personal information, where required we will not do so without their consent or, where required, the consent of a parent/ guardian. We will always have in place appropriate safeguards to ensure that children’s personal information is handled with due care.

  1. How long do we keep your personal information?

In general, unless still required in connection with the purpose(s) for which it was collected and/or processed, we remove your personal information from our records six years after the date it was collected. However, if before that date (i) your personal information is no longer required in connection with such purpose(s), (ii) we are no longer lawfully entitled to process it or (iii) you validly exercise your right of erasure (please see Section 11 below), we will remove it from our records at the relevant time.

If you request to receive no further contact from us, we may keep some basic information about you on our suppression list in order to comply with your request and avoid sending you unwanted materials in the future.

  1. Will we share your personal information?

We do not share, sell or rent your personal information to third parties for marketing purposes. However, in general, we may disclose your personal information to selected third parties in order to achieve the purposes set out in this Notice.

These parties may include (but are not limited to):

  1. The ABC and the ABC Training Trust.
  2. Local government agencies.
  3. Funding bodies such as Sport England and NGB.
  4. Awarding bodies such as Mountain Training.
  5. Other members of the ABC.
  6. Healthcare professionals.
  7. Suppliers and sub-contractors for the performance of any contract we enter into with them, for example, IT service providers such as website hosts, cloud storage providers, sending of marketing emails via a marketing platform, gaining customer reviews and feedback.
  8. Professional service providers such as accountants and lawyers.
  9. Parties assisting us with research to monitor the impact/effectiveness of our work, events, services and activities; and
  10. Regulatory authorities, such as tax authorities.

In particular, we reserve the right to disclose your personal information to third parties:

  1. In the event that we sell or buy any business or assets, in which case we will disclose your personal information to the (prospective) seller or buyer of such business or assets.
  2. If substantially all of our assets are acquired by a third party, personal information held by us may be one of the transferred assets.
  3. If we are under any legal or regulatory duty to do so, and/or
  4. To protect the rights, property or safety of Boulder UK, its personnel, users, visitors or others.
  1. Security/storage of and access to your personal information

Boulder UK is committed to keeping your personal information safe and secure and we have appropriate and proportionate security policies and organisational and technical measures in place to help protect your information.

Your personal information is only accessible by appropriately trained staff, volunteers and contractors, and stored on secure servers which have features to prevent unauthorised access.

  1. International Data Transfers

Given that we are a UK-based organisation we will normally only transfer your personal information within the European Economic Area (“EEA”), where all countries have the same level of data protection law as under the GDPR.

Unfortunately, no transmission of your personal information over the internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure – however, once we have received your personal information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try and prevent unauthorised access.

  1. Exercising your Rights

Where we rely on your consent to use your personal information, you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. This includes the right to ask us to stop using your personal information for marketing or fundraising purposes or to unsubscribe from our email list at any time. You also have the following rights:

  1. Right of access – You can access your personal information via our website by logging in to your personal area using our cloud based storage provider. Or you can write to us to request this information. Provided we are satisfied that you are entitled to see the personal information requested and we have successfully confirmed your identity, we will provide you with your personal information subject to any exemptions that apply.
  2. Right of erasure – at your request, we will delete your personal information from our records as far as we are required to do so. In many cases, we would propose to suppress further communications with you, rather than delete it.
  3. Right of rectification – if you believe our records of your personal information are inaccurate, you have the right to ask for those records to be updated or you can amend these records yourself by logging in to our cloud based storage through our website. You can also ask us to check the personal information we hold about you if you are unsure whether it is accurate/up to date.
  4. Right to restrict processing – you have the right to ask for processing of your personal information to be restricted if there is disagreement about its accuracy or legitimate usage.
  5. Right to object – you have the right to object to processing where we are (i) processing your personal information on the basis of the legitimate interests basis (see paragraph 4), (ii) using your personal information for direct marketing or (iii) using your information for statistical purposes.
  6. Right to data portability – to the extent required by the GDPR, where we are processing your personal information (that you have provided to us) either (i) by relying on your consent or (ii) because such processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are party or to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract, and in either case we are processing using automated means (i.e. with no human involvement), you may ask us to provide the personal information to you – or another service provider – in a machine-readable format.
  7. Rights related to automated decision-making – you have the right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing of your personal information which produces legal or similarly significant effects on you, unless such a decision (i) is necessary to enter into/perform a contract between you and us/another organisation; (ii) is authorised by EU or Member State law to which the Wall is subject (as long as that law offers you sufficient protection); or (iii) is based on your explicit consent.

Please note that some of these rights only apply in limited circumstances. For more information, we suggest that you contact us using the details in paragraph 14 below.

We encourage you to raise any concerns or complaints you have about the way we use your personal information by contacting us using the details provided in paragraph 14 below.  You are further entitled to make a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office – For further information on how to exercise this right, please contact us using the details below.

  1. Changes to this Notice

We may update this Notice from time to time. We will notify you of significant changes by contacting you directly where reasonably possible for us to do so and by placing an update notice on our website. This Notice was last updated on 16th May 2018.

We link our website directly to other sites. This Notice does not cover external websites and we are not responsible for the privacy practices or content of those sites. We encourage you to read the privacy policies of any external websites you visit via links on our website.

  1. How to contact us

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about this Notice or about the way in which the Wall processes your personal information by contacting us at the channels below. Please ask for / mark messages for the attention of Neil Mawson (Data Manager).


Telephone: 01772 337 447

Post: Boulder UK Unit 3B, Carnfield Place, Bamber Bridge, Lancashire. PR5 8AN

Or create a request to exercise any of your rights please complete the below form.