Privacy & Cookie Statement

The IET and what it does

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is a membership body and a not-for-profit organisation.

Its objectives are promoting the advancement of engineering, technology and science. It provides a range of services to both members and non-members. The IET is careful to protect the privacy of its members, other contacts and stakeholders. This privacy policy sets out details of the personal information that the IET collects about you, and the ways in which it may use that information.

The IET is registered as a charity in England & Wales (no 211014) and Scotland (no SC038698). It is supported by two wholly owned trading subsidiaries, IET Services Limited and IET Standards Limited. IET brands include Inspec, Savoy Place, Austin Court and the Teacher Building. Additionally the IET maintains a relationship with IET Connect, the benevolent fund, which is a separate charity that offers services to members in need of special assistance.

As appropriate, the IET may disclose your information to any of these legal entities for the purposes of introducing and delivering goods and services to you. In order to offer you the IET's global activities, it may be necessary to share personal data with IET Local Networks and offices outside the EEA.

IET Standards Limited is registered in England & Wales (no 7475762).

IET Services Limited is registered in England & Wales (no 909719).

The data that the IET requests and why it needs them

The IET invites you to supply your personal data in order that it can process your requirements and deliver the services that you have requested. It uses information collected from its members and non-members to enhance the services that it offers, and to improve your experience on its site.

Typically, the following details are required in order to send any products that you have ordered, or for event registration purposes: name, address and other contact information such as telephone number. If you are (or are applying to become) a member of the IET, your personal data will be used to provide the members' services that you require. If you are seeking the MIET category of membership, or you have asked for support in achieving qualifications under the rules of the Engineering Council, then further information may be required from you, (educational and employment history, plus the name of a qualified supporter) in order to assess your application. The IET will share some of your information with the Engineering Council in order to register your Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Engineer or Engineering Technician qualification. The Engineering Council publishes a list of new qualified engineers each month on its website and in the UK press.

The IET records the services, publications and other products that you have selected. If you contribute to the work of the IET, for example by serving on a committee, this will be recorded; the information may then be used to provide you with access to any special services that the IET provides to assist that committee. The IET does not attempt to collect personal information by methods that are indirect or not made obvious to you, and it does not attempt to combine your information with data obtained from sources outside the IET.

Normally, when you order products or services through the IET websites, you will be invited to register a website log-in account. You may also create a log-in account to gain access to services such as the IET's Technical and Professional Networks, to take part in discussions or to update your membership information. For website registration, you will be asked for your name and email address, plus the country in which you live. This allows the IET to know which of its events and local member activities take place in your country or region.

What the IET does with your data

The IET protects the privacy of your information using secure servers. The information that you provide will be kept confidential and used to support the IET's relationship with you.

Your details will be made available, as appropriate, to those officers of the IET who are responsible for the services that you request. Services such as Local Network activities and advice on achieving qualifications are mostly delivered by volunteer members. Publications and membership subscriptions are examples of services mostly delivered by the staff in the main offices.

If you are a member of the IET your information will be processed by the IET for its sole use and that of its associated organizations, including your Local Network, for the purpose of promoting, delivering and improving your experience of the IET and its product and services or such other purposes as are described in this Privacy Statement. If either now or in the future you are based outside the European Economic Area (the “EEA”), your information may be transferred outside the EEA (for example to your Local Network or IET Global Office) to enable you to benefit from the IET opportunities overseas or, where required, to enable the IET to meet any legal or other legitimate obligations in that country.

Your personal information may be disclosed to reputable third-parties who will help us deliver our service to you.

The IET requires all such third-parties to treat your personal information as confidential and to comply with all applicable UK Data Protection and Consumer Legislation in place at any given time.

The information that you provide may be held and used by the IET for market analysis and production of internal reports, for marketing its products and services generally and (subject to any preference that you may indicate when submitting your details) for sending information to you about its activities, services and publications. Please see the section below if you would like to change your preferences.

From time to time, the IET may invite visitors to the website to provide data to improve the site, or its services or marketing. Answering any questions will be optional.

When you make purchases at the IET Web shop, or pay online for other services, you are using a partner company, either NetBanx or RBS WorldPay. The IET makes it clear on the payment pages that you are being transferred to the one of these sites.

Some events listed on the IET sites are organised in co-operation with other organisations. When you register for an event, it will be made clear to you to which of the partner organisations your registration is being submitted.

The IET website gives preferential access to some third-party services; often this is restricted to members only. You will be told, when you register for a third-party service, that this will mean that the IET will need to share your data with the third party company before you can receive the service.

If you choose to receive information from other companies and later decide that you no longer want to receive further information, you should contact the relevant company directly. You should be aware that, if you give any personal information to another company, the uses to which that information may be put will be determined by that company's privacy policy. The IET's privacy policy will no longer apply.

Otherwise, except for the purposes of law enforcement, regulation or legal proceedings, or with your explicit permission, the IET will not give or sell its members' and other contacts' personal information to third parties.

Tracking your behaviour on the website

Details of the use of cookies on the IET sites may be found in our cookie statement.

Subject to the preferences that you have indicated, the IET sends emails to its existing members, contacts and registered Web users. Links included in these may be personalised to allow us to determine which members and contacts followed such links.

All Web servers record each page request, together with the time and date, and the Internet (IP) address of the user who requested the page. In addition, the IET uses Google Analytics, which records the pages requested from particular IP addresses using a small piece of code in the Web page. Where an IET website restricts access to staff or students of particular organisations, the IET may also test your IP address to determine whether it falls into the ranges used by subscriber organisations for that service. Server logs allow the IET to see general trends, such as which areas of the site are popular, the most frequent paths that users follow, and so on. This helps to improve the site for you in future.

The IET also uses Scout Analytics code in its Web pages. Scout Analytics assists publishers in building behavioural profiles of site visitors, in order to match content and services to users' interests.

Amending or accessing your personal information preferences

The accuracy of your personal details is important to the IET.

  • If you are a registered website user, then you can log on to the site to review and update your contact details and mailing preferences in the "My IET" area of the site.
  • Otherwise, if you change email address, you would like to change your mailing preferences, or you need to advise the IET of any other changes, please using the enquiry form in the membership area of the site.
  • Please ensure that you provide enough information for staff to identify you (such as the address that the IET is using to communicate with you, and your membership number if you are a member).

Questions and comments

If you require a copy of the personal data that the IET holds about you, please make a written request to the Data Protection Officer at the IET's business address. You should include your name, address and telephone number, and membership number if you have one. The IET may charge a fee of £10 for responding to an access request.

Please also contact the Data Protection Officer if you would like further information about this policy, or are concerned about the security of your personal data.

Your responsibilities

You must not share the password for your IET account. Your passwords are your responsibility, and must not be disclosed to any third party. This is important for your own protection and that of your personal data.

If you access the IET website from a PC that can be used by any other person, such as those at work or at college or in an Internet café, there are some basic guidelines to follow. Be aware of others close by who may try to take note of your username and password. Never leave the PC unattended when you are logged on to your IET account. At the end of your Internet session, use the Logout link that appears on every page; you should also delete cookies and files, and always close the Web browser correctly using the exit button or File - Close/Exit. The IET recommends that you avoid using the "Remember Me" logon option in such situations, or wherever PCs are shared.

If you suspect that your password or account information has been compromised, please inform us promptly and change your password.

Updates to this policy

The privacy of members and visitors is important to the IET. This policy will be kept under continual review, and changes may be made from time to time.

Updated: 18 November 2015

Why are cookies used on the IET websites?

Often, websites need to maintain information as you move from page to page, and possibly between your browsing sessions. For example, you expect, when moving between pages in a web shop, that the site will keep track of the contents of your shopping basket. If you have logged in, you expect the site to recognise you on each subsequent page. Cookies are used to meet these expectations.

Cookies are small pieces of identifying information, stored by your browser on your PC, to enable such information about your session to be maintained. The cookie may contain actual information (e.g. the date of your last visit), or just a unique reference ID that allows the site to look up (for example) the contents of your shopping basket in its databases.

If a site sets cookies routinely, these can also be used to track your successive page views, and therefore your behaviour on the site, whether or not you are logged in. Unless you log in or complete an enquiry form, such use of cookies will not enable the site to identify you (because cookies can only give access to information that the site already has). The IET will not attempt to identify you unless you log in.

Cookies set by one site cannot be read by another. However, one web page may be made up of components (such as news stories, images or advertising), some of which are delivered from third parties. Each of those third-party sites will be able to set and read its own cookies on any page where its content appears.

How are cookies used on the IET websites?

The short version

If you block cookies from the IET websites, you will not be able to log in, and a range of other functions, such as the shopping basket and the tracking of new messages in the discussion forums, will fail. However, you will be able to browse most of the information on the IET sites. The IET uses some third-party services, and you may need to consult their policies separately.

The long version

The IET offers a range of websites and services to its members, customers and other web users, and these use cookies in varying ways. Therefore, if you block cookies, the effects will vary, depending on which IET service you are using. Many of the IET's cookies are essential to the delivery of the services that you have chosen: 

Cookie name Notes on uses



A single log-on works across most IET sites. These authorisation ("log-on") cookies simply contain session IDs, identifying you as an individual logged-on user. This avoids the need to send your user name and password every time that you request a page; therefore, the aim is enhanced security.

No personal information is stored in these cookies. If you choose not to use "Remember Me", the cookies are deleted when you log off from the IET sites, or close your browser. Please ensure that you accept all of these cookies if you wish to register and/or log on to the sites.



When you are not logged in, most IET sites use cookies to manage your session. You may block these if you wish, but some functions may not work fully; for example, you will not be able to page through results in the events calendar. The IET does not use these cookies to monitor your behaviour; they exist only to provide you with site functionality.

The book shop also uses your existing site cookies to keep track of the contents of your shopping basket, rather than setting additional ones. Without accepting cookies, you will not be able to use the shop.





In the discussion forums, there are further log-on cookies. The forums set other cookies, one for the last date you visited, and one for the latest posts you have seen. The aim is to be able to offer you quick access to the new postings when you next visit. These are permanent cookies. You can delete these additional cookies if you wish - it will just mean that the site cannot indicate new messages to you.


Determines the behaviour (shown or hidden) of the black (previously green) bar at the top of most IET web pages.



The E&T Jobs site also uses supplementary cookies. Rejecting these cookies will mean that you are not recognised as logged on when visiting this site, even though log-ons work normally on other IET sites.



These are supplementary log-on cookies for MyCommunity, similar to those above for E&T Jobs.



The Archives catalogue search uses cookies from to maintain your session and searches. If you block cookies, the Archives search will fail.

A second cookie records your preferred language for Archives searches.




The Career Manager professional development service uses cookies to store session information. The service may not work fully if you block these. There is specific information about cookies in Career Manager under the "legal" link on that site.


Manages access rights for the E&T Magazine site.


Cookies are used to track your information when you book a free place at a Local Network event. The booking will fail without the use of these cookies. The cookies come from


This cookie manages your session on the IET Digital Library. If you block cookies from that site, some functionality may not work reliably.

Cookies that you can block or reject without affecting your experience on the site:


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Site advertising servers are provided by Real Media Open Adstream [new window]. Advertising mainly appears in specific sites, such as E&T Magazine and IET Electrical. Cookies are used, for example, to avoid showing you the same advertisement twice on different pages. They are delivered from a server in, so (as described above) they cannot be used to correlate your behaviour with your visits to non-IET sites.

Your use of the IET site will not be affected should you decide not to accept these "oax" advertising cookies.





The IET uses Google Analytics. This service uses cookies [new window] to record and process information about your use of the sites (including your IP address) on behalf of the IET. The IET uses this information to evaluate visitors’ use of the sites and to compile statistical reports on site activity; the reports examine patterns of use rather than the behaviour of individual users.

You can opt out of Google Analytics [new window] tracking for all sites, including the IET ones.

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The IET was using Scout Analytics on some of its sites to help assess usage, interests and behaviour, but now no longer uses related first- and third-party cookies (which were generated from and from 
It is possible that you still may have these from a previous visit to an IET website. You may block these without affecting your use of the site.

In addition, the IET uses third parties to deliver services to members and others. These third-party servers may set cookies in accordance with their own cookie and privacy policies, which you should consult separately. They include:

  • The IET uses email services from Adestra to inform its members and contacts of relevant activities, events, services and products. The levels of response to these emails are tracked, in order to improve the effectiveness of IET communications. Since emails are sent from addresses in the domain, and should you click on links in such emails, you may find cookies from that domain.
  •, which uses Stream UK to deliver webcasts. These appear mostly in the site, but also embedded in some web pages elsewhere. You may block cookies from if you wish.
  • The electronic information services provided to members by the IET Library.
  • Some pages, especially in E&T Magazine, include content from Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and other services. These have their own cookie and privacy policies.
  • The AddThis social bookmarking and sharing widget appears on some pages, especially again in E&T Magazine. Its privacy policy is accessible by hovering over the widget.
  • If the IET is currently conducting a survey or requesting feedback (for example in user trials), cookies may be used to record the fact that you have seen the invitation to respond. The aim is to avoid showing you the invitation repeatedly. If you reject these cookies, you may see the message a number of times.

Using your browser to block cookies, and further information

The site AllAboutCookies [new window] provides independent information on cookies, and how to block them in specific browsers.

If you have questions about our use of cookies, please contact

Updated 25 October 2015