IAFL Privacy Policy

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International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL) are committed to protecting all personal data provided to us. This policy describes what information we collect and how it is used and shared. It also tells you how you can view, correct and control the use of your data and how we keep it safe.

What personal data we collect

The information that we collect from you depends on how we know you:

  1. If you are a Fellow of IAFL, we collect your name, photograph, date of birth, business address and contact details, languages spoken, profile for our website, practice areas, class of fellowship and chapter, financial information about dues paid, join date, certificate number and spouse/partner name
  2. If you attend an IAFL meeting or symposium as a Fellow or Lawyer Guest, we collect your name, e-mail address, practice location, guest name(s) dietary requirements, hotel booking information and tour and event booking details. From May 2018 we will ask non-Fellow delegates whether they would like to be informed about IAFL open events in the future
  3. If you attend an IAFL meeting or symposium and we need further information from you (for example if you choose to visit a military base or if we have to register you as a speaker) then we will explain fully how that information will be stored, shared and destroyed at the point of collection
  4. If you apply to join IAFL, we collect your name, date of birth, nationality, home address, business address and contact details, education history, career history, prizes and awards, languages spoken and contact details of your referees and references. We may also collect information about you from the public internet, from our Fellows who may have knowledge of you and your practice and from bar and professional associations that you may be a member of
  5. IAFL do not store your credit or debit card details since all transactions are made through our e-commerce partner authorize.net. IAFL staff do not have access to card details through this system although they are able to re-charge (with your permission) or refund to your card if required. 

How we use your personal data

  1. To publicly acknowledge that you are the one of the most experienced and skilled family law specialists in your respective country (Fellows only): unless you have chosen not to, we list your profile on our public website and in our in our “Certified List of Fellows” which is available to Fellows only
  2. To enable you to easily contact other IAFL Fellows: details of all of our Fellows, Judicial Fellows, Associate Fellows and Non-Practising Fellows are visible to other Fellows when they are logged in to our website
  3. To manage your membership of IAFL: to request and record receipt of dues payments, record attendance at meetings, offices held, etc
  4. To keep our Fellows informed: we e-mail you about IAFL meetings and symposia, vacancies, referrals, newsletters and blogs. We may also occasionally e-mail you about events of other family law organisations
  5. To enable IAFL leadership to plan for the future: we provide management reports to the IAFL Executive Committee and Board of Governors although most of the information in these reports is anonymised
  6. To ensure an enjoyable experience at IAFL meetings: we use conference booking and hotel booking data to answer your queries and summarise your registration details to you; to provide conference papers, name badges for lawyers and guests and delegate lists; to cross check hotel and meeting registrations to ensure that nothing has been forgotten; to organise the conference education programme, tours and dinners and make sure that any special needs are catered for; to keep you updated about meeting arrangements; and to provide confirmation of attendance where required to obtain CPD points
  7. To manage applications to join IAFL: we use application data to provide you with information about the IAFL application process; to request references; to record receipt of payment; to process the application through the review and decision process; to inform you of the outcome of your application; and to report to IAFL leadership on recruitment and expansion of IAFL
  8. To inform those with an interest in IAFL about forthcoming events: If you have previously attended an IAFL open meeting or applied to join IAFL, we believe that there is legitimate interest to invite you to attend our open conferences. These conferences are a great way to learn about international family law, to get to know IAFL and for us to get to know you and to network with other international family lawyers. 

Who we share your personal data with

IAFL take great care of your data and, other than the data that we publish on our website, will not share with any one outside of our organisation except where necessary to deliver our services or to comply with the law.

Information shared with the public through the IAFL website
  1. IAFL Fellows’ profile pages as defined by the Fellow with the option not to list
  2. Conference delegate lists are currently available at times through our website. We will be reviewing this matter and may decide to restrict access in the near future
Information shared with IAFL Fellows only through the IAFL website
  1. IAFL Associate, Judicial and Non-Practising Fellows’ profile pages as defined by the Fellow with the option not to list
  2. IAFL Certified List
  3. Membership Reports are included with the papers for the IAFL Annual Meeting and the annual meeting of the Board of Governors
Information shared with our partners
  1. Best Meetings Inc in the US work as IAFL staff on behalf of the IAFL USA Chapter. Best Meetings are committed to fully comply with IAFL policies and standards in their work for us
Information shared with service providers
  1. IAFL meetings and conferences: we work with hotels, destination management companies and conference management companies to deliver the conference and social programmes
  2. Information technology service providers: we use a number of systems and tools to manage our organisation, for example our website, membership management system, e-mail service and e-commerce system

Your rights to view or change your personal data or to object

IAFL Fellows may make amendments to the personal data that we hold about them by logging in to the IAFL website and using the “Edit Profile” option under “Member Options”.

Recipients of IAFL e-mails may view or amend their mailing list data using the “update your preferences” link in the e-mail footer and unsubscribe from the mailing list using the “unsubscribe” link in the e-mail footer.

IAFL will be happy to answer any queries or concerns about your personal data. Please contact our Executive Director, Donna Goddard by e-mail at donna.goddard@iafl.com or by phone on +44 1245 380010 if you would like to:

  • Enquire about the personal data that we hold about you
  • Request an amendment to the personal data that we hold about you
  • Request that we erase the personal data that we hold about you
  • Request the restriction or suppression of your personal data
  • Request the personal data that we hold about you in machine readable form
  • Object to our processing of your personal data.

How we keep your data safe

IAFL take great care to protect your data and to ensure its accuracy:

  1. We use industry-standard tools, such as firewalls and Secure Socket Layers to safeguard our systems
  2. Our data management systems are password protected and all IAFL staff have individual accounts for these systems
  3.  We make every effort to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control
  4. We ensure that our partners and service providers (who may be within or outside the European Economic Area (EEA)) comply with data protection standards equivalent to the European GDPR
  5. We ensure that all payment processing to IAFL and in association with IAFL events is done securely and in accordance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)
  6. We only collect the minimum data required for our IAFL purposes
  7. We only retain data for as long as it is needed.

Changes to this policy

IAFL may amend this policy from time to time. We will notify our Fellows before we make any significant changes to this policy and give them the opportunity to review and comment on the revised policy before continuing to use our services. The up-to-date version of this policy will always be available on this web page.

If you feel that IAFL are not abiding by this privacy policy, please contact Executive Director, Donna Goddard immediately either by e-mail at donna.goddard@iafl.com or by phone on +44 1245 380010.