Cookies & Privacy

AMERC Cookies

What is a Cookie

A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers. It allows a website to remember things like your preferences or what’s in your shopping basket.

What Cookies are used for

Most websites you visit will use cookies in order to improve your user experience by enabling that website to ‘remember’ you, either for the duration of your visit (using a ‘session cookie’) or for repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’).

Detailed information about the use of cookies can be found on the Information Commissioner's Office site.

How AMERC uses Cookies

At we use cookies to enable you to move around this site safely and securely.

We don't store any personally identifiable information in the cookies we create. Only strictly necessary session-id and user interface customisation cookies are used here.

If you'd prefer to restrict, block or delete cookies from, you can use your browser to do this. Follow this link for help with cookies settings. Alternatively, check your browser 'Help' menu to learn how to change your cookie preferences.

Please note: if you disable cookies from, some features will no longer work and access to parts of the site will be restricted.

MCA - AMERC Privacy Information Notice

The MCA-AMERC privacy notice explains how the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) use any personal information collected about you when you apply for Global Maritime Distress and Safety System certification with the Association of Marine Electronic and Radio Colleges Limited (AMERC).

Applications for GMDSS certification are administered on behalf of the MCA , which is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department for Transport. The MCA is the data controller for the personal data it collects throught the services provided by AMERC for the conduct of the Global maritime Distress and Safety System examinations; course approvals, audits and collection of fees.

The full MCA - AMERC Privacy Information Notice provides further detail on the information collected about you, how the information is used, how long the information is retained, who it is shared with and how you can access that information.

AMERC Website Privacy Notice

What information we hold

We hold information only about users registered with this website.

The information we hold includes identity and contact information including name, email address, phone numbers, name & address of the centre they are attached to and what roles they may perform for the Association.

When logged in, registered users can see all the data this website holds about them and request changes or deletion via a prominent Change Contact Details link. Any registered user may contact the website administrator to request further information about the data held or to correct inaccuracies.

Why and how we use your data

We store and process registered user data to manage appropriate access to site resources and achieve effective & efficient communication within the Association. We do not use your information for marketing or commercial purposes.

Where we get your data

The data we have is provided directly from you when you become a Member, Associate Member, Examiner or other Association contact.

Information we collect

We collect visitor IP addresses and usernames to help combat fraud and maintain information security. Our hosting provider may collect additional information as detailed in their privacy policy.

Disclosing your information

Unless required by law we will not disclose your information to third parties. We won’t share your information with any other organisations for marketing, market research or commercial purposes, and we don’t pass on your details to other websites.