The International Society of Kissamos Area Privacy Policy

This document comprises the ISKA privacy policy; it includes details of how we use any personal information we collect from you when you complete a membership form or use the ISKA website. We have a duty to safeguard your personal information and we will take all reasonable steps to protect the information that you provide to us.

What information do we collect?

We collect several kinds of information:

Membership Information

Membership forms (whether collected on paper or collected via the website)
Feedback (collected via the website)
Other information (submitted by you when you publish Content)
Website usage information (collected through cookies and log files).

What do we do with this information?

All membership information, including your email address will be kept private and will never appear on the website. You may change your personal information at any time via your account on the website.

Unless you ask us not to, we may use your information to write to you or send emails to you about membership renewal, local or ISKA events or any other matters we consider likely to be of interest to our members.

ISKA will not make members information available to third parties (including other members) unless we have their explicit permission or under special circumstances, such as when we believe in good faith that the law requires it.

Feedback and polls

We value and welcome your feedback via email.
Normally any feedback we gather will be used in an anonymous way. If we intend to contact you about your responses to a particular survey we will say so when we ask you to take part in it.

Member Content

If the ISKA webmaster permits it, nominated members may post content on the website. Such content must be in accordance with the aims of ISKA. Please remember that if you choose to include personal information in your Member Content you are placing it in the public domain, and we cannot guarantee that other agents using the internet will not gather and use it.
These include legitimate agents such as Google and less desirable agents such as the email harvesters used by spammers.

Site usage information: Cookies

Cookies are small text files that are often created when you visit a website, and which are stored in the cookie directory of your computer. Several cookies may be created when you visit the ISKA website. We may use both permanent cookies and temporary cookies (called session cookies). Permanent cookies stay on your computer between visits to the ISKA site. Session cookies disappear when you leave the site and close your browser. A cookie cannot read data from your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites.

Our cookies are used for the following purposes:

To count the number of times you return to the site and the pages that you visit. This helps us improve our site and identify redundant material.

To store your logged in status. Once you have logged in to the website a cookie will help your computer to automatically log in again in the future, until you explicitly log out.

To store other settings. For example a cookie is needed to let us know you have voted in a poll or taken part in a survey and another is used to store your preference for the page editor you use when you create content.

The information stored in our cookies is kept separate from your member information and will never be used with it.

You also have choices with respect to cookies.
By modifying your browser preferences, you have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set, or to reject all cookies. If you want to delete any cookies that are already on your computer, please refer to the instructions for your browser or other file management software to locate the file or directory that stores cookies.

Please note that by deleting cookies or disabling future cookies you may not be able to access certain areas or features of our site.

Site usage information: Log files

Log files record visitors' use of the site. We can collect information about site usage from the data contained in these logs which we obtain from third parties.
Log files do not contain any personal information and they are not used to identify any individual person’s use of the site.

When a visitor requests any web page from our website, our web servers automatically obtain that visitor's domain name and IP address. The domain name and IP address reveal nothing personal about you other than the IP address from which you have accessed our site. We may use this information to examine our traffic in aggregate, to investigate abuse of the website and its users, and/or to cooperate with law enforcement. We do not generally disseminate this information to third parties and then only in aggregate.

What happens when I follow a link to another site?

The ISKA website contains links to other websites and to other organisations. This privacy policy applies only to our site, so you should always be aware when you are moving to another site and read the privacy statement of any other site(s) which collect personal information about you.

Access to your information and contacting ISKA

If you wish to see our what information we hold about you should contact the ISKA Membership Secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). If you have any further enquiry about your personal data, or if you have a query or complaint about this privacy policy or about the site, you should contact the webmaster at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Changes to this privacy policy

If this privacy policy changes in any way, we will place an updated version on this page.

Issue 1.
24 February 2008


We will collect and produce useful information for people living in the Kissamos area and to some degree, in the Chania area. There will be a directory of factual information, plus a directory of local tradespeople, services and shops that have been personally recommended by ISKA members. (ISKA members can be recommended by fellow ISKA members).

We will promote local trades and services based on positive recommendations, rather than list bad examples.

We will organise regular monthly meetings to share information and socialise.



There will be a meeting once a month to share information – any ISKA member can volunteer at these meetings to complete a particular task. There will not be a formal committee, but volunteers will form a working group to complete any necessary tasks.

We will set up and maintain a website. The administrators will be responsible for inputting the original information from both the directory of useful information and the recommendations list. They will also be responsible for keeping the site up to date. There will be an email account for members to communicate with the administrators. Any ISKA member can suggest amendments, additions or write pages for the website, as long as the items meet with the aims and objectives of ISKA. Members will be given a user name and password to access the site. (Non members will only be able to access the introductory pages).

Members without internet accounts will be given access to the printed copy of the website information at every meeting. Any member is able to have a printed copy of a particular page - either on request or by printing direct from the website.

A volunteer will keep track of membership fees collected and expenses paid out. Details will be given at each monthly meeting.

An update will be issued after each monthly meeting via email or post to all members. This will give details of decisions made, dates of future meetings and social events.

We will aim to organise coffee mornings, book swaps, walks, lunches, talks and trips. Any ISKA member can volunteer to be responsible for organising these events.

We will publicise the organisation locally to attract new members.


Membership is €5 per person for the year or part year. The membership runs from 1 January until 31 December.

Anyone living in the western Crete area from Chania to Kissamos, of any nationality, is eligible to join.

The membership list will not be made public or passed to third parties for their own use.

The ISKA Privacy Policy can be seen here.

ISKA maintains records of shops, businesses and tradesman in the Kissamos area that the members can personally recommend.

Current categories include builders, lawyers, plumbers, doctors, stone masons and many more.

If you would like to learn from the experiences of ISKA members and get more information about living in Kissamos then do please consider joining ISKA. You can join at any meeting or find out more by looking here or by contacting one of the ISKA administrators.

Details about all the ISKA meetings can be found on the calendar , and the contacts are here .

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