Privacy policy

The Boat Safety Scheme (BSS), is a public safety initiative owned equally by Canal & River Trust and the Environment Agency. Its purpose is to help minimise the risk of boat fires, explosions, or pollution harming visitors to the inland waterways, the waterways' workforce and any other users. 

The Boat Safety Scheme exists by way of a 'collaboration' set up by a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 1995 between the owners of the Scheme, British Waterways (now  Canal & River Trust) and the National Rivers Authority (now the Environment Agency).  Canal & River Trust is the administrating body for the BSS.

We are committed to protecting the privacy of all those individuals about whom we hold and use personal information (information, or a combination of pieces of information, that could reasonably allow you, as a living individual, to be identified). This Privacy Policy explains how we collect, manage and use the personal data of all those individuals.

Registration details with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO)

Organisation name: Canal & River Trust

Registration reference: Z3116902

Registered Address: National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 4FW

We may change this Privacy Policy (or the individual Privacy Schedules below) from time to time to ensure it reflects current legislation without notice to you, so please do check it regularly.

Your personal information

The BSS needs to collect and use personal information about a range of individuals that it interacts with. By providing information to us (either in person, by letter, phone or email), those individuals agree to the processing set out in the relevant Privacy Schedules set out below.

The Trust acts as a data controller in respect of the personal data we process. Our data protection officer is Tom Deards, legal and governance director and he can be contacted by emailing  You can read their Privacy Policy on this link [LINK].

Before requesting any information, please read this important information about making a request on this link [LINK].

Privacy Schedules

  1. Privacy schedule for boat examinations and boat owners
    Please see our privacy schedule for examinations which provides detail on how we collect, use and share personal information of the BSS examinations and the boat owners. [LINK]
  2. Privacy schedule for boat examiners
    Please see our privacy schedule for examiners which provides detail on how we collect, use and share personal information of the BSS examiners. - coming soon.
  3. Privacy schedule for consultants and contractors
    Please see our privacy schedule for consultants and contractors which provides detail on how we collect, use and share personal information. [LINK]
  4. Privacy schedule for committee members and other volunteers
    Please see our privacy schedule for volunteers which provides detail on how we collect, use and share personal information of Committee members and volunteers. [LINK]
  5. Privacy schedule for use of cookies
    Please see our cookie privacy schedule which provides details, how we collect, use and share personal information by using cookies on the BSS websites.

If you are 16 or under

If you are aged 16 or under, you must get your parent/guardian’s permission before you provide any personal information to us including use of the ‘Contact Us’ form.

Photos and Videos

From time to time, we take or contract photographers to take photos and videos to promote our work. Where individuals can be identified from the footage/image, we will always obtain consent prior to use, we will not obtain consent from individuals should the images contain crowds or large groups where individuals cannot be identified.

The consent form will outline where the images will be published and the retention period for the images. It is unlikely that we take photos or videos of children under the age of 16 we will obtain parental consent. Where the Trust is carrying out photo or videos shoots, we will ensure to provide notices to inform individuals what filming is taking place, what the images will be used for an who to contact for further information.

There may be some older photos and videos on our website, where we obtained verbal rather than written consent. We rely on Legitimate Interest to use these.

When we receive a request for erasure for a photo or video, we can remove the image from future publication. However, it is not reasonable to recall or remove all current flyers or posters containing the imagery. We will endeavour to remove the photo/video from all online sites where possible, however, we do lose a degree of control once a photo/video has been placed on the internet and social media platforms.

Where your information is stored and for how long

We have measures in place to protect the security of all personal information that we hold and keep it confidential. We review these measures regularly to make sure they remain appropriate.

When sharing personal information with a third party, we will make sure that they also have measures in place to protect it and keep it confidential and agree to use the personal information only for the purposes we set out.

We will only keep personal information for as long as we need it in order to fulfil the purposes for which it was collected and for so long as we consider may be required to deal with any questions or complaints that we may receive about our relevant activities, unless we elect to retain the personal data for a longer period to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations.

We review the personal data we hold on a regular basis. If we conclude that certain personal data is no longer needed, that personal data will be destroyed.

International transfers of personal data

From time to time, the individuals or organisations with whom we share personal data may request that we transfer personal data to their operations outside the UK. On a case-by-case basis, we may agree to such transfer of personal data to operations in other EU countries and/or to countries which have data protection laws deemed acceptable by the UK.

For other countries, we will only agree to such transfers of personal data where we are satisfied that the personal data will be sufficiently protected through measures such as the approved standard contractual clauses in place between the data exporter and the data importer. Any standard contractual clauses which we put in place of export of the personal data will be available from us on request.

Automated decision making

Automated decision making is a decision made solely by automated means without any human involvement. BSS does not carry out any activities using automated decision making.

BSS may use location data to provide you with more relevant content specific to your local area however no automated decisions are made during this process.

Your rights

Right of access form - Anyone has the right to see the personal data that is held about them and have a copy provided to them, or someone else on their behalf.

Right of rectification form - If at any point anyone believes that the personal data we hold about them is inaccurate, that person can ask to have it corrected.

Right to restrict processing form - Anyone can require the Trust to limit the processing of their personal data in certain circumstances, for example, whilst a complaint about its accuracy is being resolved.

Right to object form - Anyone can object to their personal data being processed. Where someone has given us their consent to process their personal data, they can withdraw that consent at any time by notifying us (see “Who to contact about your personal data” below).

Right to erasure form - Anyone can request that their personal data is deleted altogether.

Right to data portability form - In some circumstances, there is a right to have your information provided in a machine-readable format to ensure the portability of your personal data to other service providers.

It should be noted that taking any of these steps could impact upon our ability to continue our relationship with you, the provision of our services to you and our ability to answer questions relating to our services to you. Please note some of above rights are dependent on the legal basis for processing.

Personal information will generally be provided free of charge, although as administrators of the BSS,  Canal & River Trust can charge a reasonable fee in certain circumstances.

Who to contact about your personal data

If you wish to see your personal data, exercise any of the rights mentioned above or make a complaint about how we have handled your personal data, please email

We encourage you to let us know if your personal information changes or if you think the personal information, we hold about you is out of date.

Making a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office

If you are not satisfied with our response to any query you raise with us, or you believe we are processing your personal data in a way which is inconsistent with the law, you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office at

Updates to this Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy is the latest version as of December 2022