Mortons Media Group Ltd is a well-respected media, printing and events company which has been producing newspapers and publications since 1885. We are proud to be based in Lincolnshire, and are registered as a limited company in England under registration number 3676192.
We are registered with the Information Commissioner under registration number Z6543195.
Why we need your information
We offer a range of services and products and need to process your personal information for the following main reasons.
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What information we capture and why …
Subscription data is provided to us directly by you. Information usually includes your name, contact details and details of your subscription, including bank or credit/debit card information and payment history.
These details are held within our subscriptions database which is located in the UK.
We are relying on our contractual obligation to you to process your information. At the end of our relationship we need to keep this information for tax purposes and other legal reasons. We will keep the information secure and delete it four years from the end of our last transaction with you.
In order to fulfil our commitments to you we need to share some of your information with our data processors. This will include our payment processing companies, couriers and mailing houses.
In order to manage your attendance at our events, and to keep you informed of future events, we maintain a list of company details, clubs and individuals who have both attended and/or expressed an interest in attending future events.
We will keep a record of your name, company or club, including your address, email and telephone contact details as well as the events which you have attended, or would like to attend. We may also ask you if you have any special requirements such as mobility issues or dietary requirements, and we will not
etain this information beyond the event with which that information is relevant.
We shall retain personal data of customer transactions but for customers with whom we have no ongoing relationship we shall remove their personal details, in other words anonymise the information four years after your last transaction with us.
At Mortons we run a range of highly popular competitions and need to keep records of entrants and winners. For those lucky winners we need to capture and store additional details such as details of the prize and how and when it was supplied. We also would retain details of any correspondence, complaints or enquiries from individuals regarding the competitions.
We rely on your consent to capture your name and details when you first enter the competition and we will keep the information on our live system for the duration of that competition. Once we have your information, for various legal and contractual reasons we need to retain it for 12 months. We will use your information to contact you about topics we believe to be of interest to you during this time.
If you are lucky and win a prize we need to share your details with our fulfilment or delivery company and, with your permission, we shall publish your name on our website and in future publications.
To manage our business relationships and seek out new clients, we need to capture and retain details of organisations and individuals within them, along with the particulars of those relationships. We may hold information on job roles, contact details and notes of interactions and conversations, and for certain types of sales calls we may record the conversation. For some clients and partners, we also hold details of financial transactions and keep copies of contractual documentation in both manual and digital formats.
We may record other information necessary to deliver the service, for example, information regarding your colleagues, or relevant background information, but we will only ever record information deemed sensitive, such as details of a disability you may have, if it is required to comply with legislation, it is necessary to deliver the service to you or you give us your explicit permission.
We will obtain information directly from you, either in person, or from a colleague, and via normal business channels such as email, telephone, Skype and social media and at networking or business events. We may also obtain your details from public domain sources or purchase third party data for direct marketing purposes (for more information see the section on marketing below).
We will use your personal data to enable us to provide our products and services to you, manage our relationships and maintain a list for direct marketing purposes.
We shall be processing your information, including the recording of sales calls, using the lawful basis of legitimate interests and, and if we are required to hold any special category or sensitive data about you, unless there is a legal reason which compels us to hold or share this, we shall ask for your explicit consent.
If we have a legal agreement in place with you, or are in negotiation with you for goods or services, then we will rely upon contractual obligations to store and retain your information.
For clients or suppliers with whom we have an ongoing working relationship we shall retain personal data for the life of the relationship. For contacts with whom we have no ongoing relationship we shall anonymise the information four years after we have ceased corresponding with them. You can ask us to cease processing your personal data for direct marketing purposes at any time.
To comply with employment and tax law, we need to keep accurate records of current and past employees of Mortons.
In order to consider job applications, offer employment, and comply with our statutory legal obligations such as the right to work within the UK, we ask for your personal details, including contact details. Details of your marital status and next of kin will be collected and other information such as qualifications and work experience will be requested to ensure you are qualified to fulfil your role. Your date of birth, nationality and other sensitive information such as ethnicity, sexuality, and criminal records, as well as any medical information that we may need to be aware of will also be requested. We need this additional special category data to comply with our legal obligations and our internal anti-discrimination policy, although of course you are free to decline to supply some of this information. Copies of emails sent and received by employees during their day- to- day activities, and details of websites visited, are retained and can be accessed and viewed by managers and our IT department.
To manage our payroll and meet our tax obligations we shall keep a record of your bank and salary details. Occasionally we may ask you to voluntarily provide some information which is not strictly necessary for your employment, for example, your photo to appear on social media or in a publication.
We process your employment, financial and payroll data under our legal and contractual obligations. For those elements which are not wholly necessary for your employment, such as the photograph example above, we shall rely upon your explicit voluntary consent and in other cases our own legitimate interests.
Depending on the nature of the employment information we hold we shall retain it securely for varying periods of time. This will range from just six months for CVs for unsuccessful applicants, to indefinitely for some insurance and medical test result information. However, on average, we keep employment, financial and payroll data while an employee is employed, plus six years after they leave our employment. Certain records, such as disciplinary records, are deleted when they expire and other records, such as payslips, are deleted when they are no longer required for tax purposes.
Sharing your employee data
We treat all employee data in the strictest of confidence, but on occasions it may be necessary to share your information with other parties. This will usually be in connection with your employment, payroll or tax queries, such as, but not limited to, obtaining confidential references, liaising with third party organisations who would verify your employment history, seeking advice from our professional advisors, processing of payroll and also in connection with identity and right to work checks.
Your data will also be shared internally where this is necessary to facilitate your employment, or support you in your role.
When you visit our website(s) or interact with us on social media we will capture a range of different information about you. By visiting our website we will be able to see your IP address, system type (PC, iPhone, Windows 10 etc.) and the pages you visit; your information is anonymous until you log in as a user, at which point you will be identified along with the pages visited on our site.
Details of your interactions with us via social media will be maintained by the relevant media company and a history will be available within their records. Details of any significant interaction may also be added to our internal records.
Apart from members of our digital and subscriptions teams, the only other party who may have access to our website visitor traffic will be the website hosting company and our software developer. We shall at all times ensure that they keep your information confidential.
We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of our website(s); Google Analytics generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies, which are stored on users’ devices.
For more information on cookies visit http://www.aboutcookies.org.uk
The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of our website. Details captured during your visit will include, but is not limited to, traffic data, location data, weblogs and other communication data and the resources you access, however, all data collected is anonymous and will not identify you as an individual.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit their online opt-out page.
Only those members of staff who need to access your personal data to assist you with an enquiry, or to fulfil their job role, will have access to your personal information. Your data will only be shared with external organisations who need the information to fulfil our obligations to you, for example with the Royal Mail.
We may share data with third parties if we are required to do so by law, such as the police, under a court order etc., or if the sharing is required for the detection or prevention of fraud or a crime.
We may also share your information with other third parties if it is in the defence of a legal claim, such as seeking legal advice from a solicitor or in the case of an enforcement company regarding an overdue account.
We promise we shall never sell or share your information with any other commercial third party.
As stated above most of your information will be stored within the EEA, however, some cloud providers which we use, such as for our email broadcasting, are hosted in third countries, including the USA, which are deemed by the EU to have adequate safeguards to protect your information.
If you are an individual consumer, or club or corporate subscriber, then we may use your personal information to contact you about our products and services where we believe they may be of interest to you. We may deliver marketing communications to you by post or email.
Private individuals and club members
For most of the records we hold we have the consent of the individual consumer to send direct marketing materials to them. Occasionally we may purchase a mailing list from a reputable data house, but would only use those where either the individual has consented to their information being shared, or the information has been collated lawfully from a public domain source, such as the edited electoral register.
Sometimes a contact within a club may ask us to send the information to a different person as they know it will be of interest to them.
Most corporate subscribers voluntarily ask to receive information from us, and we try and ask for consent before adding them to our mailing list. However, the data protection legislation allows us to send marketing materials to corporate individuals with whom we have no pre-existing relationship if their information is in the public domain, and that information is relevant to them.
We will therefore always try and obtain opt-in consent before adding a person to our mailing list; and at all times and in all correspondence we will clearly state that we are Mortons Media Group and clearly tell them how they can change or update their marketing preferences or unsubscribe completely.
If you have made contact with us then we shall rely on a combination of your consent, our legitimate interests to record your information, and if we wish to send you administrative or marketing emails, we rely on what is called the soft-opt-in, or pre-existing relationship, to send those emails to you (at any time you can ask us to stop sending these to you).
Right to object
You have an absolute right to ask us to stop processing your information for direct marketing purposes at any time – more of your rights are detailed below.
We will not share or sell your marketing or personal information with any third parties, save with your permission or required by law.
For security reasons at our head office in Horncastle]. Staff and visitors to the site are recorded and if you would like to know more details please contact Charlotte Park whose details are below.
As a very proactive and forward-thinking organisation we stay up to date with technological advancements and we will continue to embrace new technology such as artificial intelligence, secure home and mobile working and the internet of things.
We shall always ensure that potential privacy risks involved in introducing these new technologies are considered and your safety always put at the forefront of our thoughts, ensuring that adequate technical and organisational security measures are put in place to keep you safe.
The Data Protection Act 2018 and GDPR gives individuals certain rights and for your convenience these are listed below:-
For some processing you will have given us permission to process your information, and in these cases you can withdraw your consent at any time. In certain situations, the above rights may not apply, for example if you entered into a membership minimum term contract, we may have to write to you about your membership even if you asked us previously not to, but we would not send you direct marketing materials.
If you have any questions regarding this privacy notice, or would like any further assistance, please contact:-
Charlotte Park – Privacy Officer
Telephone: 01507 523456
In the event of a complaint firstly contact the Privacy Officer listed above. If you are still unhappy you many contact the UK Data Protection Regulator at:-
Information Commissioner's Office
Helpline: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or +44 1625 545 745
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We do not store any personal data in the cookies that we use, and store the information anonymously to assist us in the running of the site, and also for monitoring the activity and traffic both to and through our website. To do this we use Google Analytics cookies.
Depending on the browser you use, you should be able to control what cookies are placed on your device through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout