The British Blockchain Association (“The BBA”)
Principles of the Code of Ethics & Conduct and Terms & Conditions of BBA membership:
The British Blockchain Association (“The BBA CLG – Company Limited by Guarantee, registration number 11091328) is a not-for-profit organisation that has been set up to promote the comprehensive adoption of blockchain technology across the public and private sectors in the United Kingdom. Our mission is to work in strategic collaboration with organisations and individuals in the blockchain space by innovating best practices and adopt promising blockchain solutions to benefit wider community. We have a vision to accelerate progress and collaboration of blockchain based projects in the United Kingdom.
The British Blockchain Association’s Code of Ethics & Conduct sets forth the principles and ethical standards that underlie BBA members and Advisors’ professional responsibilities and conduct. These principles and standards should be used as guidelines when examining everyday professional activities. Membership of the BBA commits Members and Advisors to adhere to the BBA Code of Ethics and are advised of this obligation upon joining the Association and that violations of the Code may lead to the imposition of sanctions, including termination of membership. Personal activities having no connection to or effect on BBA performance of their professional affiliation are not subject to the Code of Ethics.
All members (Individual and Corporate) and Advisors are expected to abide by the BBA “Code of Conduct” outlined in this document. Association members are expected to adopt the highest standards of dignity, fairness and integrity. No member shall act in a manner detrimental to the interests of the public, their employer or the BBA. In performing their duties, no member of the BBA shall transgress any laws. It is incumbent on members of the BBA to abide by this Code. The purpose of this Code of Conduct is to bolster public confidence in the integrity and professional standards of the British blockchain Association executives. Abiding by this Code is essential for membership of the BBA.
The code is based on key principles outlined below:
1. Responsibility & Accountability
All members and advisors should be aware of their ethical, legal and professional responsibilities incumbent to the specific community in which they work and also to the BBA. All individuals/corporations should avoid personal and professional misconduct that might bring the British Blockchain Association into disrepute.
Members and Advisors are encouraged to advance public knowledge and understanding of the Blockchain technology to the wider community.
Members and Advisors shall encourage and support fellow members in their professional development and, where possible, engage with and mentor new entrants to our Association.
Members and Advisors shall not speak in the name of the association, its Advisory board or Founders without authorisation of the Founders or Executive Board.
2. Integrity & Honesty
All members and advisors should be:
Honest and accurate in representing their professional affiliations and qualifications, including such matters as knowledge, skill, training, education and experience.
Take reasonable steps to ensure that their qualifications and competencies are not misrepresented by others and to correct any misrepresentation identified. Members must recognise and clarify the limits of their knowledge, skills, training, qualifications, educations and experience.
Be honest and accurate in conveying professional conclusions, opinions, and research findings, and in acknowledging the potential limitations.
Members and advisors must understand that should a clear infringement of this Code or the principles it contains come to the attention of the BBA, it would be fully investigated- If the outcome of such an investigation confirmed that a member was in breach of the Code it would lead to a disciplinary hearing – One possible outcome of such a disciplinary hearing would be a withdrawal of Membership, which the association reserve the right to make public.
Members and Advisors must not use their BBA membership as a means of conveying a level of competency as BBA is not an accrediting body and there is no assessment of competency to attain/retain membership.
3. Respect and Fairness
The BBA is committed to maintaining and promoting a professional environment within which its members and advisors treat each other with dignity and respect. All members will not discriminate against, bully or harass others on the basis of: cultural and role difference, including (but not exclusively) those involving age, disability, education, ethnicity, gender, language, national origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sexual orientation, marital or family status and socio-economic status. Respect the knowledge, insight, experience and expertise of fellow members and advisors, (regardless of career stage and length of BBA membership) relevant third parties, and members of the general public.
4. Privacy and Confidentiality
All members respect the individual and collective rights to privacy and maintain confidentiality in compliance with UK and International law and regulations or the laws of their usual residence/incorporation.
5. Avoidance of Personal Gain
Any activities undertaken in the BBA name must be consistent with BBA’s vision, strategic objectives and the principles outlined in this guide. If a conflict of interest does arise, the individual must inform the BBA Executive board. Failure to do so, may lead to the imposition of actions and ultimately termination of their BBA membership.
Collaboration with external learned societies and organisations is encouraged in order to develop the transfer and sharing of knowledge and to help disseminate learning and good practice. However, any formal offer of inclusion to the association as a member or advisory board must be discussed and approved by the executive committee before such a position is offered. If members or Advisors put in place barriers or are obstructive to such collaboration or acts in a way that brings
BBA into disrepute through these collaborations they maybe in breach of this code and may face termination of their membership.
Membership and renewals:
The BBA membership is open to all. We welcome applications from individuals and corporates that are keen to advance their knowledge, skills and expertise in the Blockchain space and like to benefit from this cutting-edge technology to implement innovative changes in their practice. In order for your BBA application to be considered you must agree to the Terms and Conditions of the BBA code of conduct outlined above. In general, membership runs for 12 consecutive months from the date when a member has applied and their application has been approved. You will be asked if you would like to remain a member of the BBA (every 12 months from your membership start date). A member of BBA who has subscribed to BBA membership can cancel their membership anytime by contacting us in writing at [email protected] Members who cancel their membership are removed from membership with effect from the date on which their resignation is received by the BBA and all their member benefits and rights cease at that time. Please note that membership fee is non-refundable, after the initial 14 days “cooling off” period. (See Refund Policy for more details)
Members’ names and contact details will be stored on a database so that we can send you information and offers relating to membership. By agreeing to our T&C, you agree for these details to be shared with the relevant bodies/our collaboration partners. We may also use your details to send you information relating to BBA activities (which you may choose opt out of at any time). The BBA reserves the right to refuse or terminate a membership at any time.
Membership benefits, discounts, communication & updates:
All updates and membership information will be sent via our Newsletter and mailing list. Please ensure you are subscribed to our mailing list, the details of which are available on our website:
We can accept no responsibility if you do not subscribe to our mailing list or do not provide us with your current email address or(because of the nature of email communications) if these emails do not reach you for some other reason. We are continually seeking to improve the membership service. We reserve the right, at our discretion, to make changes to any part of the membership service provided that it does not materially reduce its content or the benefits under it.
Individual Members may state on their website and publicity/marketing materials that they are members of the British blockchain Association, but they must not use the BBA logo, or any other BBA branding, without our prior written consent. If you exercisethis permission, you must do so in a way that is fair and legal and doesnot damage our reputation or take advantage of it, or suggest any formof association, approval or endorsement on our part where none exists.We reserve the right to withdraw any permission given in this Clause on notice to you.
We reserve the right to change the benefits that apply to the BBA membership at any time and without prior notice. From time to time, The BBA may change, suspend or withdraw any services, privileges or offers without warning and at its sole discretion. Members will be notified of any such changes via the BBA website and ]such changes will be effective as soon as they are published. Although we aim to offer you the best membership experience possible, we make no promise that membership will meet all your requirements.
We may update our membership terms and conditions from time to time, including for legal or regulatory reasons, to allow the proper provision of the membership services, or to allow the proper operation of our websites. Furthermore, our total liability to you in respect of all causes of action arising out of or in connection with these terms and conditions and your membership shall not exceed the membership fee paid by you.
Members are entitled to discounts on places at BBA events. However, membership discounts can only be applied if the delegates are members at the time of booking and at the time of the event. Membership discounts cannot be applied retrospectively to bookings. All discounted places are allocated on a first come first served basis. Any external providers of a benefit included within your membership package will have absolute discretion in relation to the provision of services, and membership of BBA does not guarantee that the external provider will fulfill their obligations. Services supplied from an external provider will be subject to the provider’s own terms and conditions, and we do not accept any liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of a fault, error or omission in the provision of these services outside of the control of the British Blockchain Association.
We reserve the right to change our external providers without prior notice and our decision on services provided is final.
Governing Law and Jurisdiction
These BBA terms and conditions are governed by English law. You hereby irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts notwithstanding the jurisdiction where you are based. If any court or competent authority decides that any of the provisions of these terms are invalid, unlawful or unenforceable to any extent, the term will, to that extent only, be severed from the remaining terms, which will continue to be valid to the fullest extent permitted by law.
Please visit our official website for more details and latest updates:
This code of conduct establishes the principles for all BBA members to adhere to; however, it may not cover every issue that may arise. This code encourages trust and respect from its members, Advisors and non-members involved in our activities. By agreeing to become a member (Corporate and/or Individual) or an Advisor, you agree to the Terms & Conditions of the BBA code of Ethics as per our Constitution outlined in this document.
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Last updated May 25, 2020
Thank you for choosing to be part of our community at The British Blockchain Association, doing business as The BBA CLG Ltd. (“The BBA CLG Ltd.”, “we”, “us”, or “our”). We are committed to protecting your personal information and your right to privacy. If you have any questions or concerns about our policy, or our practices with regards to your personal information, please contact us at [email protected]
- WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT?
Personal information you disclose to us
In Short: We collect personal information that you provide to us such as name, address, contact information, passwords and security data, and payment information.
We collect personal information that you voluntarily provide to us when registering at the Sites expressing an interest in obtaining information about us or our products and services, when participating in activities on the Sites (such as posting messages in our online forums or entering competitions, contests or giveaways) or otherwise contacting us.
The personal information that we collect depends on the context of your interactions with us and the Sites, the choices you make and the products and features you use. The personal information we collect can include the following:
Name and Contact Data. We collect your first and last name, email address, postal address, phone number, and other similar contact data.
Credentials. We collect passwords, password hints, and similar security information used for authentication and account access.
Payment Data. We collect data necessary to process your payment if you make purchases, such as your payment instrument number (such as a credit card number), and the security code associated with your payment instrument. All payment data is stored by our payment processor and you should review its privacy policies and contact the payment processor directly to respond to your questions.
All personal information that you provide to us must be true, complete and accurate, and you must notify us of any changes to such personal information.
Information automatically collected
In Short: Some information – such as IP address and/or browser and device characteristics – is collected automatically when you visit our Sites.
We automatically collect certain information when you visit, use or navigate the Sites. This information does not reveal your specific identity (like your name or contact information) but may include device and usage information, such as your IP address, browser and device characteristics, operating system, language preferences, referring URLs, device name, country, location, information about how and when you use our Sites and other technical information. This information is primarily needed to maintain the security and operation of our Sites, and for our internal analytics and reporting purposes.
Like many businesses, we also collect information through cookies and similar technologies.
Information collected from other sources
In Short: We may collect limited data from public databases, marketing partners, and other outside sources.
We may obtain information about you from other sources, such as public databases, joint marketing partners, as well as from other third parties. Examples of the information we receive from other sources include: social media profile information; marketing leads and search results and links, including paid listings (such as sponsored links).
- HOW DO WE USE YOUR INFORMATION?
In Short: We process your information for purposes based on legitimate business interests, the fulfillment of our contract with you, compliance with our legal obligations, and/or your consent.
We use personal information collected via our Sites for a variety of business purposes described below. We process your personal information for these purposes in reliance on our legitimate business interests (“Business Purposes”), in order to enter into or perform a contract with you (“Contractual”), with your consent (“Consent”), and/or for compliance with our legal obligations (“Legal Reasons”). We indicate the specific processing grounds we rely on next to each purpose listed below.
We use the information we collect or receive:
- To send you marketing and promotional communications.We and/or our third party marketing partners may use the personal information you send to us for our marketing purposes, if this is in accordance with your marketing preferences. You can opt-out of our marketing emails at any time (see the “WHAT ARE YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS” below).
- To send administrative information to you.We may use your personal information to send you product, service and new feature information and/or information about changes to our terms, conditions, and policies.
- Fulfill and manage your orders.We may use your information to fulfill and manage your orders, payments, returns, and exchanges made through the Sites.
- Deliver targeted advertising to you.We may use your information to develop and display content and advertising (and work with third parties who do so) tailored to your interests and/or location and to measure its effectiveness.
- To protect our Sites.We may use your information as part of our efforts to keep our Sites safe and secure (for example, for fraud monitoring and prevention).
- To enforce our terms, conditions and policies.
- To respond to legal requests and prevent harm.If we receive a subpoena or other legal request, we may need to inspect the data we hold to determine how to respond.
- For other Business Purposes.We may use your information for other Business Purposes, such as data analysis, identifying usage trends, determining the effectiveness of our promotional campaigns and to evaluate and improve our Sites, products, services, marketing and your experience.
- WILL YOUR INFORMATION BE SHARED WITH ANYONE?
In Short: We only share information with your consent, to comply with laws, to protect your rights, or to fulfill business obligations.
We may process or share data based on the following legal basis:
- Consent: We may process your data if you have given us specific consent to use your personal information in a specific purpose.
- Legitimate Interests: We may process your data when it is reasonably necessary to achieve our legitimate business interests.
- Performance of a Contract: Where we have entered into a contract with you, we may process your personal information to fulfill the terms of our contract.
- Legal Obligations: We may disclose your information where we are legally required to do so in order to comply with applicable law, governmental requests, a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process, such as in response to a court order or a subpoena (including in response to public authorities to meet national security or law enforcement requirements).
- Vital Interests: We may disclose your information where we believe it is necessary to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding potential violations of our policies, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the safety of any person and illegal activities, or as evidence in litigation in which we are involved.
More specifically, we may need to process your data or share your personal information in the following situations:
- Vendors, Consultants and Other Third-Party Service Providers. We may share your data with third party vendors, service providers, contractors or agents who perform services for us or on our behalf and require access to such information to do that work. Examples include: payment processing, data analysis, email delivery, hosting services, customer service and marketing efforts. We may allow selected third parties to use tracking technology on the Sites, which will enable them to collect data about how you interact with the Sites over time. This information may be used to, among other things, analyze and track data, determine the popularity of certain content and better understand online activity. Unless described in this Policy, we do not share, sell, rent or trade any of your information with third parties for their promotional purposes.
- Business Transfers. We may share or transfer your information in connection with, or during negotiations of, any merger, sale of company assets, financing, or acquisition of all or a portion of our business to another company.
- Third-Party Advertisers. We may use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit the Sites. These companies may use information about your visits to our Website(s) and other websites that are contained in web cookies and other tracking technologies in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you.
- Business Partners. We may share your information with our business partners to offer you certain products, services or promotions.
- Other Users. When you share personal information (for example, by posting comments, contributions or other content to the Sites) or otherwise interact with public areas of the Sites, such personal information may be viewed by all users and may be publicly distributed outside the Sites in perpetuity. Similarly, other users will be able to view descriptions of your activity, communicate with you within our Sites, and view your profile.
- WHO WILL YOUR INFORMATION BE SHARED WITH?
In Short: We only share information with the following third parties.
We only share and disclose your information with the following third parties. We have categorized each party so that you may be easily understand the purpose of our data collection and processing practices. If we have processed your data based on your consent and you wish to revoke your consent, please contact us.
- Advertising, Direct Marketing, and Lead Generation
- Content Optimisation
Google Site Search
- Data Backup and Security
Google Drive Backup
- Retargeting Platforms
Google Analytics Remarketing
- Web and Mobile Analytics
- Website Hosting
- Website Testing
Google Website Optimizer
- HOW LONG DO WE KEEP YOUR INFORMATION?
When we have no ongoing legitimate business need to process your personal information, we will either delete or anonymize it, or, if this is not possible (for example, because your personal information has been stored in backup archives), then we will securely store your personal information and isolate it from any further processing until deletion is possible.
- HOW DO WE KEEP YOUR INFORMATION SAFE?
In Short: We aim to protect your personal information through a system of organisational and technical security measures.
We have implemented appropriate technical and organisational security measures designed to protect the security of any personal information we process. However, please also remember that we cannot guarantee that the internet itself is 100% secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal information, transmission of personal information to and from our Sites is at your own risk. You should only access the services within a secure environment.
- DO WE COLLECT INFORMATION FROM MINORS?
In Short: We do not knowingly collect data from or market to children under 18 years of age.
We do not knowingly solicit data from or market to children under 18 years of age. By using the Sites, you represent that you are at least 18 or that you are the parent or guardian of such a minor and consent to such minor dependent’s use of the Sites. If we learn that personal information from users less than 18 years of age has been collected, we will deactivate the account and take reasonable measures to promptly delete such data from our records. If you become aware of any data we have collected from children under age 18, please contact us at [email protected]
- WHAT ARE YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS?
In Short: In some regions, such as the European Economic Area, you have rights that allow you greater access to and control over your personal information. You may review, change, or terminate your account at any time.
In some regions (like the European Economic Area), you have certain rights under applicable data protection laws. These may include the right (i) to request access and obtain a copy of your personal information, (ii) to request rectification or erasure; (iii) to restrict the processing of your personal information; and (iv) if applicable, to data portability. In certain circumstances, you may also have the right to object to the processing of your personal information. To make such a request, please use the contact details provided below. We will consider and act upon any request in accordance with applicable data protection laws.
If we are relying on your consent to process your personal information, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time. Please note however that this will not affect the lawfulness of the processing before its withdrawal.
If you are resident in the European Economic Area and you believe we are unlawfully processing your personal information, you also have the right to complain to your local data protection supervisory authority. You can find their contact details here: //ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/bodies/authorities/index_en.htm
If you would at any time like to review or change the information in your account or terminate your account, you can:
■ Log into your account settings and update your user account.
Cookies and similar technologies: Most Web browsers are set to accept cookies by default. If you prefer, you can usually choose to set your browser to remove cookies and to reject cookies. If you choose to remove cookies or reject cookies, this could affect certain features or services of our Sites. To opt-out of interest-based advertising by advertisers on our Sites visit //www.aboutads.info/choices/.
Opting out of email marketing: You can unsubscribe from our marketing email list at any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link in the emails that we send or by contacting us using the details provided below. You will then be removed from the marketing email list – however, we will still need to send you service-related emails that are necessary for the administration and use of your account. To otherwise opt-out, you may:
■ Access your account settings and update preferences.
- CONTROLS FOR DO-NOT-TRACK FEATURES
- DO CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS HAVE SPECIFIC PRIVACY RIGHTS?
In Short: Yes, if you are a resident of California, you are granted specific rights regarding access to your personal information.
California Civil Code Section 1798.83, also known as the “Shine The Light” law, permits our users who are California residents to request and obtain from us, once a year and free of charge, information about categories of personal information (if any) we disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes and the names and addresses of all third parties with which we shared personal information in the immediately preceding calendar year. If you are a California resident and would like to make such a request, please submit your request in writing to us using the contact information provided below.
If you are under 18 years of age, reside in California, and have a registered account with the Sites, you have the right to request removal of unwanted data that you publicly post on the Sites. To request removal of such data, please contact us using the contact information provided below, and include the email address associated with your account and a statement that you reside in California. We will make sure the data is not publicly displayed on the Sites, but please be aware that the data may not be completely or comprehensively removed from our systems.
- DO WE MAKE UPDATES TO THIS POLICY?
In Short: Yes, we will update this policy as necessary to stay compliant with relevant laws.
- HOW CAN YOU CONTACT US ABOUT THIS POLICY?
If you have questions or comments about this policy, you may email us at [email protected] or by post to:
The British Blockchain Association
Kemp House, 152-160 City Road
London, EC1V 2NX
United Kingdom _________________________