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Privacy Policy

Who we are

The Gay Outdoor Club Ltd is a Company and Charity registered in England and Wales.  Our website address is:  Our registered address is BM GOC, London WC1N 3XX (for official correspondence only).

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

If you submit a message through our contact forms your name, email address and current IP address will be logged.  These details, along with your message, will also be disclosed to the recipient of your message.  If you are logged in when you submit a message, then your account name and email address will be logged and shared.


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 have an account and you log in to this site, 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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


We use Google Analytics to track website usage.  Google will save a cookie in your browser which contains a unique identifier.

Payment Details

We do not directly collect or store payment information.

If you choose to pay for membership by Credit or Debit card, your payment details will be processed and stored by Stripe.  Stripe provide us with a token that identifies your payment method for future payments.  We also store the card type, last four digits and the expiry date of your payment card so that the card can be easily referenced.

If you choose to pay for membership by Direct Debit, your payment details will be processed and stored by GoCardless.  GoCardless provide us with a token that identifies your payment method for future payments.

For all payment details we also store your full billing address


This site utilizes caching in order to facilitate a faster response time and better user experience. Caching potentially stores a duplicate copy of every web page that is on display on this site. All cache files are temporary, and are never accessed by any third party, except as necessary to obtain technical support from the cache plugin vendor. Cache files expire on a schedule set by the site administrator, but may easily be purged by the admin before their natural expiration, if necessary.

Who we share your data with

Data is shared with:

Google  (for analytics)

Stripe – payment processing by credit or debit card

Go Cardless – payment processing by Direct Debit

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, 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

Contact form data will be sent to the selected recipient.  Other form data, such as comments and forums, may be checked through a spam identification service.

Additional information

How we protect your data

We do not store any payment information in our databases.  Passwords used on this site are all stored using a one-way encryption

What third parties we receive data from

We do not make use of any purchased data, or receive data to use from any third party.

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

No automated decision making or profiling is undertaken using the data collected.

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