Introduction – how we use your information
MA Business Ltd (a Mark Allen Group company) takes the privacy of its 'Users' (defined as any person
who is a reader, accesses any FML website, or is a customer or client) very seriously
and is committed to safeguarding their privacy and their personal information. FML
complies with the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Privacy and
relates to FML’s use of any personal information provided to them through the FML
network of websites.
In order to provide users with its services, FML may request and/or record information
about them. This privacy notice explains the type of information collected; how
FML websites contain hyperlinks to websites owned and operated by third parties
and these websites will have their own privacy notices and FML encourage users to
review them. FML does not accept any responsibility or liability for the practices
of such third party websites and users should read carefully their privacy statements.
FML understands that some communications may be relevant to users and others are
not and some unsolicited communications are unwelcome, so it is fully committed
to ensuring that the rights and obligations set out in the Data Protection Act 1998
and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003, as amended 2011,
Personal information collected
FML will ask for limited personal information when users register to receive a service
from a FML website, such as a newsletter or take part in a competition or survey,
or book a place at an event. FML will also collect personal information from users
when they register for one of its publications or when users communicate over the
telephone or via written correspondence. This can include information such as name,
job title, postal address, telephone or mobile number, fax number, email address.
The information collected will vary depending on the website, but only by supplying
this data, is FML able to provide users with the services requested.
How the information is used
The personal information may be used for a number of purposes including the following:
- To carry out FML’s obligations arising from user’s registration or request.
- For market research surveys/analysis.
- For generic, anonymous tracking, to create general website statistics for analysis.
- User specific tracking to count page views of advertisers’ information enhancements.
Individuals selecting such information may be identified to the associated advertiser
as interested viewers.
- To create a user online community.
- To comply with any legal or regulatory requirements.
- Planning and managing FML’s business activities by understanding aggregated analysis
on behaviour and habits.
- To provide users with other FML information, products or services, which it feels
may interest them.
- Selected third parties will be permitted to use the data to provide users with information
about goods and services, which may be of interest.
FML may also disclose user’s personal information to any member of the FML group.
Disclosure of information
FML may disclose user’s personal data where it believes it is compelled to do so
by law. Occasionally, FML may share contact information with carefully selected
third party companies whose products and services it feels may be of interest. FML
will keep these offers relevant to user’s interests. All will contain an easy method
to unsubscribe from any email or mobile messages no longer wanted.
FML use a number of partner organisations to help provide a service to customers
(e.g. fulfilment bureaus, subscription bureaus, mailing houses). These organisations
act as data processors and sign a confidentiality agreement with FML to ensure that
they can control how they use personal data. Some of FML’s partners may be located
outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Countries outside the EEA may not be required
to protect personal information as stringently as countries inside.
User rights and access to information.
Under the Data Protection Act 1998 users have the right to request a copy of the
personal information held about them. This right of access can be exercised in accordance
with the Act. Any access may be subject to an administration fee of £10 to meet
If any of the personal information held by FML is incorrect, then please get in
touch using the contact details below and it will updated as soon as practically
comply with new practices or regulations and will be posted on this page.
Cookies and your privacy
whenever accessing FML websites and/or third party websites. Some cookies are essential
for FML in order to provide users with the services they have requested. When using
FML websites, users agree to the use of the non-essential cookies, unless they set
their browser to reject them.
A cookie is a small file, which is placed on a user’s device when they visit a website
or open certain emails. A cookie itself does not contain or collect personally identifiable
information. Cookies are used for the following purposes:
- Identifying users when they sign into a website, allowing them to see a customised
version and therefore eliminating the need to re-enter their log-in details.
- Tracking use of FML websites to better develop them in the future.
- To speed up searches.
The user shall indemnify FML against costs claims demands or expenses incurred or
How do I opt out of the various activities?
If you do not wish to receive certain types of communication, just let us know.
When you register for any of our publications, you will be given the opportunity
to opt out from all third party communications. Any marketing communications you
do subsequently receive from us will always include a clear, simple method to ‘opt-out’
of future communications. This can be at various levels e.g. If you don’t wish to
receive any communications at all, we can stop everything - just let us know (using
the contact details below). If you just want communications on certain subject areas
stopped, again just let us know (use the contact details below). Alternatively you
can simply block messages from particular magazines or specific third parties by
using the option contained within all communications.
The Telephone Preference Service (TPS) and the Mailing Preference Service (MPS)
offer consumers protection against unsolicited marketing contact. If you are registered
on either service, FML will assume that your subsequent submission of personal data
means that you have consented to receive marketing from us, unless otherwise instructed