Privacy Policy


The Personal Data We Collect From You Includes:

questions, queries or feedback you leave, including your email address if you contact MECM

your email address and subscription preferences when you sign up to our email alerts

how you use our emails – for example whether you open them and which links you click on

your Internet Protocol (IP) address, and details of which version of web browser you used

information on how you use the site, using cookies and page tagging techniques

Why We Need It

We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use MECM. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements, for example improving site search.

Google Analytics Stores Information About:

the pages you visit on MECM

how long you spend on each MECM page

how you got to the site

what you click on while you’re visiting the site

We do not collect or store your personal information (for example your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are.

We Also Collect Data In Order To:

improve the site by monitoring how you use it

gather feedback to improve our services, for example our email alerts

respond to any feedback you send us, if you’ve asked us to

send email alerts to users who request them

What We Do With Your Data

The data we collect may be shared with supplier organisations.

We Will Not:

sell or rent your data to third parties

share your data with third parties for marketing purposes

We will share your data if we are required to do so by law – for example, by court order, or to prevent fraud or other crime.


How Long We Keep Your Data

We will only retain your personal data for as long as:

it is needed for the purposes set out in this document

the law requires us to

In general, this means that we will only hold your personal data for a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 7 years.

Children’s Privacy Protection

Our services are not designed for, or intentionally targeted at, children 13 years of age or younger. We do not intentionally collect or maintain data about anyone under the age of 13.


Where Your Data Is Processed And Stored

We design, build and run our systems to make sure that your data is as safe as possible at any stage, both while it’s processed and when it’s stored.


Your personal data may, throughout the course of its processing at GDS, be transferred outside of the European Economic Area (EEA). Where this is the case, all appropriate technical and legal safeguards will be put in place to ensure that you are afforded the same level of protection as within the EEA.


How We Protect Your Data And Keep It Secure

We are committed to doing all that we can to keep your data secure. We have set up systems and processes to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure of your data – for example, we protect your data using varying levels of encryption.


We also make sure that any third parties that we deal with keep all personal data they process on our behalf secure.


Your Rights

You have the right to request:


information about how your personal data is processed

a copy of that personal data

that anything inaccurate in your personal data is corrected immediately

You can also:


raise an objection about how your personal data is processed

request that your personal data is erased if there is no longer a justification for it

ask that the processing of your personal data is restricted in certain circumstances

If you have any of these requests, get in contact with our Data Protection Officer.


This privacy policy only applies to MECM, and doesn’t cover other services and transactions that we link to. These services, such as MECM Verify, have their own terms and conditions and privacy policies.


Following a link to another website

If you go to another website from this one, read the privacy policy on that website to find out what it does with your information.


Following A Link To MECM From Another Website

If you come to MECM from another website, we may receive information from the other website. We don’t use this data. You should read the privacy policy of the website you came from to find out more about this.


Changes To This Policy

We may change this privacy policy. In that case, the ‘last updated’ date at the bottom of this page will also change. Any changes to this privacy policy will apply to you and your data immediately.


If these changes affect how your personal data is processed, MECM will take reasonable steps to let you know.