Last updated 24 June 2013.
• Protecting the privacy and personal data of individuals is an important aspect of the way our company, Midland News Association Limited organises and implements its activities both on-line and off-line.
• Our Site may, from time to time, contain links to and from websites of our partner networks, advertisers and affiliates. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies and websites. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.
• Midland News Association is the data controller for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998. We are a limited company incorporated in England and Wales with registered number 00018718 and our registered office is at 51 - 53 Queen Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1ES. Our VAT number is 661536533.
• We are notified with the Information Commissioner’s Office and our registration number is Z6911223 which is valid until 22 July 2011.
2. What information do we gather?
We may collect and process the personal data that you:
• volunteer on forms you submit to us (including but not limited to those you complete when registering to use our Site, subscribing to our service, orders, surveys, photos and competition forms), and in emails you send to us;.
• by logging into our Site allow us access to your Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin profile. You should ensure that you check the privacy settings of your social media platforms carefully to select appropriate privacy settings to maximise the security of your profile;
• upload, post, comment or submit to a discussion board, story blog, forum, chatroom or similar discussion or opinion group;
• submit when you report a problem with our siteSite or contact us; and
• leave as a result of your visits to our Site (including but not limited to, traffic data, location data, weblogs and other communication data, whether this is required for our own billing purposes or otherwise) and the resources that you access.
The personal data we collect (as described above) is used to:
• allow us to develop our Sites in a way that will enhance the online experience of the greatest number of users;
• ensure that content from our Site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer;
• to provide you with information, products or services that you request from us or which we may feel may interest you (by electronic means), where you have consented to be contacted for such purposes;
• to carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and us;
• to allow you to participate in interactive features of our service, when you choose to do so; and
• to notify you about changes to our service if you choose to allow us to do so.
Our Site enables you to communicate with other visitors or to post information to be accessed by others. When you use these services, other visitors could collect your data. We have no control over this and accept no liability for any consequences of this.
Posting comments via the comments facility on our Site will store the details you submit along with your IP address. Your IP address will not be disclosed to anyone except in cases of the comments facility being abused or unless we are required to do so by law.
3. Is it possible to access and browse the company's web sites without disclosing personal data?
Yes, you can access our Site's homepage and browse our Sites without disclosing personal data.
4. IP addresses
We may collect information about your computer, including where available your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration and to report aggregate information to our advertisers. This is statistical data about our users' browsing actions and patterns, and does not identify any individual.
6. Do we disclose users' personal data to third parties?
We will ensure that your personal data will not be disclosed except insofar as you have consented to such disclosure or we are required to do so by law.
We may disclose your personal information to third parties:
• in the event that we sell or buy any business or assets, in which case we may disclose your personal data to the prospective seller or buyer of such business or assets; or
• if Express and Star Limited or substantially all of its assets are acquired by a third party, in which case personal data held by it about its customers will be one of the transferred assets;.
• where those third parties are other companies within the Claverley Group (which means our subsidiaries, our ultimate holding company and its subsidiaries, as defined in section 1159 of the Companies Act 2006); and/or
You may choose to give your consent to us disclosing your personal data and to receiving promotional or marketing information from other third parties selected by Express and Star Limited by ticking the relevant boxes at the points where our Sites collect personal data. Leaving the relevant boxes unchecked indicates to us that you would prefer your personal data not to be disclosed and that you would prefer not to receive such material.
We do not disclose information about identifiable individuals to our advertisers, but we may provide them with aggregate information about our users (for example, we may inform them that 500 men aged under 30 have clicked on their advertisement on any given day). We may also use such aggregate information to help advertisers reach the kind of audience they want to target (for example, women in postcode area WV1). We may make use of the personal data we have collected from you to enable us to comply with our advertisers’ wishes by displaying their advertisement to that target audience.
7. Can I access the personal data you are holding about me?
By sending an email or by contacting us by any of the other means available by clicking the "contact us" link in "About us" on the Site, you may request that we confirm whether or not we are holding personal data about you which will be provided free of charge.
You may also request a copy of any such data which we do hold, in which case a £10 fee is payable for dealing with this request (as permitted under the Data Protection Act 1998).
Upon receipt of such a request from you, we will endeavour to meet your request within 40 days of our receiving all that information which we require in order to deal with the request. We reserve the right to refuse to provide you with information where the law permits. In the event of our refusing to provide you with information we will provide you with the reasons behind the refusal.
8. Can I request that any data that you are holding about me is amended?
You may request that we amend any personal data we hold about you that is factually inaccurate. There is no charge for this.
If you have agreed to the disclosure of personal information and to receiving marketing and promotional information, but no longer wish to do so, then please contact us.
9. What steps have been taken and what security is in place to keep my personal data secure?
All of our employees and data processors who have access to your personal data or are associated with the processing of that data are contractually obliged to respect the confidentiality of your personal data.
To protect the integrity and security of your personal data we will take steps to verify your identity before granting access to your data or making corrections to it.
Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our Site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share your password with anyone.
Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our Site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.
10. Changes to our Policy