Making it easy to control your data rights and choices
Under the GDPR you have a right to access, to portability, to change and to ask for erasure of your data. Learn more about your rights and choices under the GDPR here. Please contact us using the information above if we can assist you, there will always be someone on hand here to respond to your requests.
If you have consented to receive our newsletter you will be equipped to change your preferences automatically with a link. If you do not wish to allow the use of our cookies you will be equipped to state your preferences with a link.
If you have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
Please note that technical records which are necessary for site security and similar will not be disabled.
We process data to secure our site and optimise our website experience
We collect personal data via our website for instance your name and email address when you use our event submission form, comment, or contact us. Then we might ask you to include your name, contact and sometimes other info like business details, so when you comment, contact us or use us to promote your news for instance by uploading info about your events, we know who you are and can contact you if we need to. The info will be there on the relevant form to consent to or not.
When you leave a comment
When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
Technical tools secure the website, record stats and help us optimise our content
We use technical tools like security tools, cookies and similar tools to secure our website and protect our visitors, to process technical data that we can use to be the best business we can be, for statistical purposes like Google Analytics and Signals, and cookies and other identifiers, to ensure our content quality is the best it can be for our readers, site users and those businesses whose adverts we publish.
Example 1: By processing information about the location of our site users we can use the information to make decisions. If many users in Birmingham respond to a feature about Iron Maiden, and nobody responds to a feature about Roy Orbison, we can decide to write more about Iron Maiden or similar.
Example 2: We’re experts in creating great content and publishing online and in print, by using third-party security tools from experts in their field: which is creating today’s most superior website protection software and tools, we can ensure that we supply the safest, most secure, protected environment for our site users when they visit us to use our guides. For instance using these tools by recording personal data such as location / IP addresses we can automatically prevent and permanently block any IP address from which brute-force attack attempts are logged on the website.
Example 3: We may collect and use personal data for personalization of ads to optimize your experience of the site, or use third party embeds to improve your experience at the website, these include: (with links to their own privacy terms for your reference)
You can opt-out of the Google Analytics Advertising Features through Google by visiting Ads Settings, Ad Settings for mobile apps, or any other available means for example, the NAI’s consumer opt-out. You can also use Google Analytics opt out add-on.
If you upload images to the website, you should note that if you are uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included, visitors to the website can download and extract data, including any location data from images on the website.
If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.
Sometimes we allow accounts, during a campaign for instance. If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
If you edit or add a listing, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
How long we retain your data
Data processed via this website is retained indefinitely within our business records.
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users that register on our website when we open registration for various purposes, we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
PS. FYI if you ever wish to delete your cookies, you can do this within your browser settings.