This page explains how our website, which is managed by The Mendip Business Awards, uses any information you give to us, and the ways in which we protect your privacy.
Under the General Data Protection Regulations, we have a legal duty to protect any information we collect from you. We use leading technologies and encryption software to safeguard your data, and keep strict security standards to prevent any unauthorised access to it. We recognise, however, that this medium can never be fully secure and you should be aware of this when you use the site. We may pass on your details to any third party or government department provided always that we act in a fair and lawful manner.
What information do we collect?
We collect four kinds of information from visitors to www.mendipbusinessawards.co.uk : feedback (through our contact us form), personal and business details collected via forms when you enter an award, and site usage information, from session cookies and log files.
Your personal data
If you contact us, you will be asked to submit personal information about yourself (e.g. name and e-mail address) in order to communicate your enquiry to us. Such enquiries include e-mail correspondence, website feedback, or suggesting an idea / application.
By entering your details in the fields requested, you enable Mendip Business Awards and its service providers to provide you with the services you select. Any personal information you provide to us will only be used by us, our agents and service providers, and will not be disclosed unless we are obliged or permitted to by law to do so.
If you post or send offensive, inappropriate or objectionable content anywhere on this site, we may use whatever information about you is available to us to stop such behaviour.
You can send us your feedback by using the contact information via the contact us page using the online form, or by telephoning or writing to us using the contact details published in the terms and conditions.
We will not share your personal details with any private company. We will hold your data for a period of 2 years, after which it will be deleted unless you request that we do so before this time.
Site usage information
We want to make our website useful and reliable, which sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your computer or other device. These include small files known as cookies, which cannot be used to identify you personally but can be used to improve our services to you through, for example:-
Enabling us to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task
Measuring how many people are visiting particular pages, so they can be made easier and more effective to use
Analysing data to help us understand how you use our website so we can improve it.
We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of our website and help us to create a more useful and easy to use website, focused on our visitors' needs.
Cookie information can be found here.
You can set your computer not to accept cookies. Information on deleting or controlling cookies is available at www.AboutCookies.org. Please note that by deleting our cookies or disabling future cookies you ma not be able to access certain areas or features of our site.
If you would like to opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics you can use the opt-out tool at http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
ii) Log files
Log files allow us to record visitors' use of the site. We keep log file information collected from all our visitors, which we use to make changes to the layout of the site and to the information in it, based on the way that visitors move around it.
Log files do not contain any personal information or information about which other sites you have visited.
What happens when I link to another site?
Access to your information and contacting us
You can change your registration information or de-register from the e-mail alert facility at any time. To do this, you should choose "Change your registration" and change your details or choose "remove me from all e-mail alerts". Removing yourself from all e-mail alerts removes from our records any details you have given to us.