Centre for Alternative Technology

Britain's major centre for environmental inspiration and courses.


Privacy Notice

By submitting personal data manually or in electronic form to this web site, or by using this site, you give your consent that all personal data you submit may be processed in the manner and for the purposes described below.


Every time you visit this website a certain amount of general information is collected and used to compile statistics which are then used to help us improve our service. This information includes:

  • The Internet domain and IP (Internet-Protocol) address from which you access the site
  • The type of browser (eg. Internet Explorer, Netscape, Opera) and operating system (eg. Windows, UNIX, Macintosh) you use
  • The date and time of your visit
  • The pages you visit
  • The address of the website from which you linked to us

This information does not include any of your personal details and cannot be used to identify you to ourselves or to third parties.

Online Forms

There are several online forms relating to various aspects of our business. These include:

  • Information requests
  • Day Visit bookings
  • Course information requests and course bookings
  • Consultancy queries
  • Feedback
  • Mailing List requests

If you contact us using these forms you will be required to enter sufficient details to enable us to deal with your query and provide you with the requested information either by telephone, email or by post. This information will be stored in a database for as long as it is needed to deal with your query. It may then be used for our own purposes, for example to compile statistics or to enable us to improve the quality of our services. This information will never be passed on to third parties.

All personal data we collect is managed in accordance with the Data Protection Act. Under the Act you are entitled to access information we have collected about you and you have the right to demand that this information is amended and/or deleted should it not comply with the Act's principles.

Credit Card Payments

In addition to the above, if you use our online shopping site, join the organisation, book a place on a course or make a donation online you may be asked for your credit card details. This information will be collected and stored on a secure server and will only ever be accessed by our staff for the purposes of completing your transaction. A secure server is a Web server that supports any of the major security protocols, like SSL, that encrypt and decrypt information to protect it against third party tampering. Making purchases from a secure Web server ensures that a user's payment or personal information is translated into a secret code that is extremely difficult to crack.

Mail Outs

You may be asked if you wish to receive further information regarding our services, appeals, new products etc. You will always be given the opportunity to opt in and will receive nothing further from us unless you choose to do so.


A cookie is a piece of information sent via your internet browser and stored on your local hard drive. It usually contains information which enables the sending website to easily identify you on subsequent visits.

Third Party Websites

This site contains many links to other sites on the Web. If you leave this site via an external link we cannot be held responsible for their privacy practices. If in doubt please review their privacy policy.

Policy Changes

The personal information we collect and maintain will be subject to the version of the Privacy Policy in effect at the time of collection. We reserve the right to change the Privacy Policy from time to time and will provide notice of these changes on our home page