IFBSO Privacy Policy


This privacy policy lets you know what happens to any personal data that you give to us, or any that we may collect from or about you. It applies to all services and instances where we collect your personal data.

This privacy policy applies to Personal Information processed by or on behalf of IFBSO.

Who are we?

This policy covers how we (International Federation of Boat Show Organisers - IFBSO) collect, use, disclose, transfer and store your data.

IFBSO was founded in 1964 to help the development of boat shows and marine trade exhibitions worldwide. Today IFBSO represents and works with and on behalf of many of the world’s leading boat shows whilst, at the same time, helping to establish new member shows via its candidate member mentoring scheme. 

Our website www.ifbso.com provides information to the general public and provides IFBSO members with the opportunity to upload information about their events and/or to download members only information via individual and private log-ins.

How we collect information from you

We collect information about you when you use our website ‘contact us’ form to enquire about members or services, or when you meet with or contact an IFBSO member or the secretariat.

What type of information is collected?

The Personal Information we collect might include your name, address and email address, as well as that of your company, show details or anything else that may be appropriate to provide you with the most appropriate advice or service you require.


The IFBSO website uses cookies - small text files that are stored on your computer or in your browser - to help us to monitor how visitors use our site and allow us to maintain the optimum experience for website users. The website does not store or capture Personal Information about you when you visit it, it merely records traffic information about all of our visitors collectively, for example the number of visits the website receives. In order to respect our visitors' rights of privacy, this information is anonymous and no individual visitor can be identified from it.

You can disable and delete cookies by changing the appropriate setting within your browser's 'Help', 'Tools' or 'Settings' menu. Please note that by disabling cookies you may not benefit from some of the features of our site.

How we use your Personal Information

We use Personal Information about you in connection with the following purposes:

Provision of services and account management:

  • to provide you with the information, products and services that you have requested from us;
  • to manage your Federation membership, including sending you emails, newsletters and account information relating to your membership;
  • to meet a legal or regulatory obligation.

Service improvements:

  • to ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for you;
  • to administer our site and for internal business administration and operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research, statistical and survey purposes;
  • to notify you about changes to our service;
  • as part of our efforts to keep our site safe and secure.


  • to provide you with information updates about the services we offer.

Your individual rights

The accuracy of your information is important to us. We’re working on ways to make it easier for you to review and correct the information that we hold about you. In the meantime, if you do not want us to use your Personal Information in the manner set out in this Privacy Policy, need to advise us of any changes to your Personal Information, or would like any more information about the way in which we collect and use your Personal Information, please contact The Secretariat at IFBSO LTD, Cherry Tree House, Main Street, Levisham, North Yorkshire, YO18 7NL, United Kingdom, by email [email protected], or by telephone on 01751 460032.

Opting out

You have a choice about whether or not you wish to receive information from us.

We will not contact you for marketing purposes unless you have given your prior consent. You can change your marketing preferences at any time by contacting IFBSO (see above).

Requests for access to Personal Information

We are happy to provide you with details of your Personal Information that we hold or process. To protect our members' Personal Information, we follow strict storage and disclosure procedures, which mean that we will require proof of identity from you prior to disclosing such information. Please direct any such request to IFBSO LTD, Cherry Tree House, Main Street, Levisham, North Yorkshire, YO18 7NL, United Kingdom.

Raising a complaint about how we have handled your personal data

If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you can contact IFBSO as set out above, who will then investigate the matter.

If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are not processing your personal data in accordance with the law you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) - details can be found here: www.ico.org.uk/concerns.

Sharing your Personal Information

We may pass your information to our members or third party service providers, and other associated organisations for the purposes of completing tasks and providing services only if you have expressly asked us to do so.

When we use third party service providers, we disclose only the Personal Information that is necessary to deliver the service requested and we seek their assurance that they keep your information secure and not to use it for their own direct marketing purposes.

We may transfer your Personal Information to a third party as part of a sale of some, or all, of our business and assets or as part of any business restructuring or reorganisation, or if we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation. However, we will take steps to ensure that your privacy rights continue to be protected.

Keeping your information safe

At IFBSO, we take our responsibility to look after your Personal Information and privacy seriously. In today’s world, we have all seen a growing trend in cybercrime and security breaches. We have a number of security measures in place to help prevent fraud and cybercrime.

If we become aware that a personal data breach has occurred and is likely to result in a high risk to the rights and freedoms of our members, partners or employees, we will inform them without undue delay.

We educate and train our members, partners and employees on their information security, fraud prevention and privacy obligations annually and they must agree to adhere to the Data Protection Act and our own Information Security Policy that are designed to keep your information safe.

When you log-in, or send us information on the internet we protect the security of this information while it is being transmitted by encrypting it using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).

Transferring your information outside the UK or the European Union

We operate internationally and as part of the services offered to you by IFBSO, the information which you provide to us may be transferred to countries outside the European Union (“EU”).

This may happen if any of our servers are located in a country outside of the EU. If we transfer your information outside of the EU in this way, we will take steps to ensure that your privacy rights continue to be protected as outlined in this Policy.

If you use our services while you are outside the EU, your information may be transferred outside the EU in order to provide you with those services.

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses cookies (text files placed on your computer) to help the website operators analyse how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

In addition, we use Google's remarketing technology to advertise online. In doing so, Google will place or read a unique ad-serving cookie on your computer and will use non-personal information about your browser and your activity on our sites to serve ads on their content network. Please click here for more information about remarketing or to opt-out of the Google remarketing cookie.

We will only collect Personal Information about you if you send us an e-mail enquiry via the 'contact us' facility or contact us directly by phone or email.  In order for this to happen, you will need to fill out the on line 'contact us' form or complete the registration details. The type of information being collected for an enquiry will be apparent from the layout of the 'contact us' form, which also tells you how this information will be used.

We take all reasonable precautions to protect our visitors' information, both on and off line. If your Personal Information changes, please let us know and we will correct, update or remove any information that we hold about you on our active databases. We may however need to retain archive copies of that personal information for legal or audit purposes. If you have any queries regarding the way in which IFBSO handles data collected from you on this website, please visit the contact us page.

By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out in the above four paragraphs.


We may provide hyperlinks from this web site ('the Site') to web sites of other organisations including websites of associated companies. Please note that this Privacy Policy applies only to this site and that St. James's Place will not liable for the contents of linked web sites or any transactions carried out with organisations operating those web sites.

Review of this Policy

We may make changes to this Privacy Policy from time to time, including as part of the new European data protection legislation which comes into effect on 25 May 2018 (the “General Data Protection Regulation”) - we will update the Privacy Policy and we will publish on our website any new version of this Policy.

This Privacy Policy was last updated in May 2018.