Africa Scotland Business Network Privacy Policy

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The Africa Scotland Business Network (‘ASBN’, ‘we’ or ‘us’) is an independent, international business network based in Africa. It is driven by membership and corporate, social and governmental partnerships. ASBN was created to formalise, promote and manage the Scottish business diaspora in Africa whilst facilitating and nurturing meaningful high level relationships between Africa and Scotland.

This policy explains how we will protect any personal information you provide to the ASBN, in accordance with applicable data protection law and industry best practice.

Why do we collect your personal data?

We respect your privacy and your personal information and for this reason, we take care to protect your personal information and to keep it confidential. Whenever you use this website, contact us electronically or use any of our services or tools provided on the ASBN website, we will collect your personal information. Your personal information will be collected for the following purposes:

  • To keep in touch with you;
  • To provide services and other membership benefits to you;
  • To keep you informed of ASBN activities and developments;
  • To keep you informed of activities and developments concerning ASBN’s partnerships;
  • To identify programmes which may be of interest to you; and
  • For audit and compliance purposes.

Except as provided above, we do not share personal information with third parties unless the person who has submitted the information has authorised us to do so or if we are required to by law.

You accept that we may store your personal information outside of the region or country that you may submit or use it in.

Your information

ASBN maintains a record of members, partners and sponsors. We also record personal information that you give us during your interaction with ASBN e.g. registering for an event, sponsoring an event, professional activities or updating your details. The data we hold includes:

  • Name, job title, gender and date of birth;
  • Contact details including postal address, email address, phone number and links to social media accounts;
  • Your career highlights and other life achievements;
  • Your recreational and interests outside of your business life; and
  • Family and spouse/partner details and your relationships to other ASBN members;
  • Records of communications sent to you by ASBN and records of correspondence received from you.

Sensitive personal data (e.g. data relating to physical disabilities) will only be held if it has been provided by you for a specific purpose (e.g. event planning);

Updating your contact details

We value our relationship with you and we will use your personal data to ensure we contact you in the most relevant and appropriate way, to improve our services and ensure we work efficiently and effectively.

In order to keep your details up to date, we will check against publicly-available sources to verify whether the contact details we have for you are correct, and, where appropriate, update them. We appreciate you letting us know when you have moved, changed job or have a new phone number or email address.


We want to communicate with you in a way that meets your needs. Communications may be sent by post, telephone or electronic means, depending on the preferences you have indicated. You have the right to choose not to receive these communications at any time, and clear and unambiguous opportunities to do so are included with all communications.

If you wish to alter how you receive communications or you wish to stop receiving communications altogether, you can change your preferences by contacting ASBN at any time. You can ask us for access to, or rectification or erasure of your data. You can also object to certain types of communications or direct marketing.

The security of your data is important to us. ASBN will never sell your data. We will also never share your data with anyone to use for their own purposes unless disclosure is permitted or required by law.

Where necessary, to assist with the organisation and security of an event we may pass attendee names and details to suppliers to fulfil the professional execution of the event.

How we protect your data

Your personal data will be managed securely. Access will be restricted to only those staff or authorised agents who require it to serve our members and partners and the operations of the business.

We work with carefully selected partners who carry out work on our behalf. These partners will be acting on behalf of ASBN and its members, for the purposes set out in this privacy policy. Partners working on behalf of the network will never use your data for non-ASBN purposes.

We do not store any paper credit/debit card details after any transactions have been processed via our website or at events.

Digital technology may be used to monitor the impact of our communications and improve the effectiveness of the ASBN communications, such as email tracking to record when an email is opened and which links are clicked. We monitor website visits and use tools such as Google Analytics to improve our website and services.

We will publish any changes we make to this policy on our website



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