Data privacy and privacy policy

May 2018

St Margarets Community Website collects personal information from you in three ways; via an opt-in newsletter, through comments, and for a login for the forum.

At the St Margarets Community Website, we consider your privacy to be extremely important. These are the fundamental principles that we follow in relation to your personal information:

  • We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it.
  • We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to provide you with services, products, to comply with the law, or to protect our rights.
  • We will use personal information that you provide to us in accordance with this privacy policy.

the St Margarets Community Website (“we”, “us” and “our”) are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

This policy sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us. Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it. By visiting a the St Margarets Community Website you are accepting and consenting to the practices described in this policy.

For the purpose of applicable data protection legislation, the data controller is the St Margarets Community Website.

Our nominated representative for all data privacy matters is Mr Peter Mahnke, Editor of the St Margarets Community Website.

Information we collect from you

Information you give us. This is information about you that you give us by filling in forms on a the St Margarets Community Website or by corresponding with us by phone, e-mail or otherwise. It includes information you provide when you register to use our site or receive a newsletter. It may includes the following: display name for the forum and comments and email address.

Information about your visit. This information includes the full Uniform Resource Locators (URL), clickstream to, through and from our site (including date and time, timezone, your geolocation), items you viewed or searched for, page response times, download errors, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks, and mouse-overs), methods used to browse away from the page.

How information is collected from you

When you register to use the forum or make a comment on a post, we ask for personal information such as a displayname/name, email address and, for the forum, a password. The email is never displayed, only use to confirm a real person has signed up. The displayname/name can be any text (i.e. not your real name).

Non-personally identifying information

The St Margarets Community Website may collect non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Our purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how visitors use our websites and services. For further information about how we use cookies, see the “cookie” section below.

Contacting us

If you contact us and provide us with information, we may keep a record of that correspondence and information.

What do we do with your personal data

We may use your information in the following ways:

  • To authenticate access to certain features of our websites.
  • To contact you to respond to enquiries or to provide notices to you regarding your use of our websites or the provision of our services.
  • To authenticate access (where required).
  • To analyse the performance or the appropriateness of products or services.
  • To comply with legal and regulatory requirements (including responding to court orders, subpoenas and to prevent crime). These special circumstances may require us to disclose personal information.
  • To contact you if your actions violate your agreement with us (if any).
  • To fix errors and analyse trends.
  • To study how anonymous users interact with our websites and services.

Unless you have notified us otherwise, the St Margarets Community Website may occasionally send you email to tell you about changes to our service and weekly newsletters. If you no longer wish to receive such communications from us, please follow the unsubscribe instructions provided in any of the communications, modify the communications preferences in your account or contact us using the contact details provided below.

What are your rights?

You have the right to consent to our processing of personal data for marketing purposes and to ask us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes. We will inform you (before collecting your data) if we intend to use your data for such purposes or if we intend to disclose your information to any third party for such purposes. You can exercise your right to prevent such processing by checking certain boxes on the forms we use to collect your data.

You can also exercise the right at any time by contacting us at

Under the data protection legislation, you have the following rights. These consist of:

  • The right to be informed
  • The right of access
  • The right to rectification
  • The right to erasure
  • The right to restrict processing
  • The right to data portability
  • The right to object
  • Rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling.

Each of these rights are supported by appropriate procedures within the St Margarets Community Website which allow the required action to be taken within the timescales stated in the applicable data protection legislation.

You can also ask us to stop using your information - the simplest way to do this is to withdraw your consent, which you can do at any time, either by clicking the unsubscribe link at the end of any newsletter, or by emailing us using the contact details above.

We keep your order information for so long as reasonably required in accordance with our record retention policy. Your personal information associated with the order will then be removed.


Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site.

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive.

We use the following cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
  • Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

Cookie Name Purpose
forum login name, user_id This cookie is used to save you from having to login again and again to use the forum. To withdraw your consent after accepting this cookie, delete the name and user_is cookies.
Google Tag Manager with Google Analytics _utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz, _ga, _gid, _id_cpn, _id_eml, trwsa.sid, trwsb.cpv, trwsb.sid, trwsb.stu, trwv.crd, trwv.cvd, trwv.eml, trwv.lvd, trwv.uid, trwv.uid, waiting_in_queue, lc_window_state, _dc_gtm_UA-XXXXXXX-X, __lc.visitor_id.XXXXXXX Google Tag Manager to set most of our trackers as well as Google Analytics.
Google’s privacy policy

You block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies.

How do we protect the information we collect

The St Margarets Community Website is very concerned about protecting the confidentiality of your personal information. We have security measures, including administrative, physical and electronic measures, to protect against the loss, exposure, misuse or alteration of information that we have collected from you in the use of the services. These measures include SSL data encryption to transmit your personal information as well as technical architectures and systems to prevent unauthorised third parties from accessing your personal information.

How we use the information we collect

We use information held about you to provide you with the services you require at the time and for the reasons you provide the information.

Disclosure of your information

You agree that we have the right to share your information with any member of our group, which means our subsidiaries, our ultimate holding company and its subsidiaries, as defined in section 1159 and as listed here.

We will also disclose your information to third parties:

If we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation, or in order to enforce or apply our terms of use and other agreements; or to protect the rights, property, or safety of the St Margarets Community Website, our customers, or others.

Where we transfer and store your information

All information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers. 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.

Changes to our privacy policy

Any changes we make to our privacy policy in the future will be posted on this page and, where appropriate, notified to you by email. Please check back frequently to see any updates or changes to our privacy policy.


Questions, comments and requests regarding this privacy policy are welcomed and should be addressed to

Your right to complain

If you have a complaint about our use of your information, you can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office via their website at or write to them at:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane