Privacy Policy

Who we are

The Directory of Professional Falconers is maintained by Raptor Awards Community Interest Company.

The Directory lists falconers and other bird of prey specialists who are members of the International Register of Bird of Prey Professionals and subject to the membership conditions which can be reviewed at  Also listed are Approved Providers, Instructors and Assessors recognised by Raptor Awards Community Interest Company who provide bird of prey related courses and education.  More information about Raptor Awards can be found at

Our website address is:

Raptor Awards is registered with the Information Commissioner to process personal data under the terms of the General Data Protection Act  (ICO reference: ZB038183). All personal data is processed strictly in accordance with the principles of the Act.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

We provide a contact form.  Use of the contact form results in an email communication that is stored in our email system until deleted.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Analysis of website use is based on anonymous data which is stored by third party service providers.  Such data is non-attributable’

Who we share your data with

We are compliant with GDPR.

We do not share data with other service providers except where this is necessary for the safe and effective use of this web site, or to provide a user-friendly we experience.  (see ‘cookies’ above)

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Our contact information

To contact us either use the contact form, or email directly to

Additional information

How we protect your data

Your data is stored on commercial host servers including but not limited to ‘IONOS’ and ‘SHOCK HOSTING’.  We rely on their security systems to keep your data safe.

What data breach procedures we have in place

We rely on the data breach procedures of our professional hosting providers.  

What third parties we receive data from

We may receive automated cookies or other data from third party service providers.  This data is non-attributable within our systems and is not visible to staff

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

We use cookies (see above) to deliver parts of the web experience

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements