MDI Merseyside Dance Initiative
Inspiring people through dance

Cookie & Privacy Policy

1. Key details

This privacy policy describes how MDI protects and makes use of the information you give the company. This may be information given on written forms, or electronically via email or via the MDI website.

If you are asked to give information to MDI then it will only be used in the ways described in this privacy policy.

This privacy policy is updated from time to time. The latest version is published on the MDI website.

This privacy policy was updated on: 26.02.2018

If you have any questions about this privacy policy please email: [email protected]

2. Introduction

We gather and use certain information about individuals in order to provide services, for health and safety reasons including consent for activities, consent for photography, and user data for funding.

We also collect information to better understand our customers and participants and present timely, relevant information to them.

Any data collected relating to ethnicity, gender, age or sexuality is collected anonymously.

3. What data we gather

We may collect the following data:
• Name
• Contact information including email address
• Demographic information such as postcode, preferences and interests
• Demographic information such as gender, ethnicity, age and sexuality
• Website usage data.
• Other information relevant to particular projects.

4. How we use this data

Collecting this data helps us in a number of ways.  Specifically we may use this data:

• For our own internal records
• To improve the services we provide
• To contact you if with specific information about classes or projects you are taking part in, for example if a class is cancelled at short notice, or if the venue for a project has been changed.
• To outline our participants and users to our funders (this is always anonymous and the data we collect for this purpose is collected anonymously).
•  To send you promotional emails about projects, classes and events which we think might be relevant to you. We will only contact you in this way if you have specifically asked to be added to our email mailing list, or have signed up yourself via our website.

5. Controlling information about you

When you fill in a form providing your details to MDI you will see a tick box allowing you to opt-in to receive marketing communications from us by email, phone, text message or post. We will only ever contact you via methods you have opted in to receive.

You can change your mind and opt out of marketing communications via one of the following methods:

• Unsubscribe using the unsubscribe feature at the bottom of any MDI mail out.
• Send an email to: [email protected]
• Write to us at: MDI, 24 Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BX.

If you would like to know what information MDI holds on you at any time you may also submit a Subject Access Request, as outlined in the MDI Data Protection Policy. Such requests must be made by email to the Data Protection Officer. Requests are charged at £10 each and information will be shared within 14 days. 

You are entitled to ask that any information held on you be destroyed.

6. Security

We will always hold information securely. To prevent unauthorised disclosure or access to your information, we have implemented strong physical and electronic security safeguards.

We also follow stringent procedures to ensure we work with all personal data in line with the Data Protection Act 1998.

7. Website Privacy

MDI’s website routinely collects information from web visitors. This information is used by MDI via Google Analytics to interrogate how our website is being used and how we can improve it.

a. Cookies and how we use them

What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small file placed on your computer’s hard drive. It enables our website to identify your computer as you view different pages on our website. 

Cookies allow websites and applications to store your preferences in order to present content, options or functions that are specific to you. They also enable us to see information like how many people use the website, and what pages they tend to visit.

How we use Cookies

We may use cookies to:
• Analyse our web traffic using an analytics package. Aggregated usage data helps us improve the website structure, design, content and functions.
• Identify whether you are signed into our website.
• Store information about your preferences.
• To recognise when you return to our website.
Cookies do not provide us with access to your computer or any information about you, other than that which you choose to share with us.

Controlling cookies

You can use your web browser’s cookie settings to determine how our website uses cookies. If you do not want our website to store cookies on your computer or device you should set your web browser to refuse cookies. However please note that doing this may affect how our website functions. Some pages and services may become unavailable.

The MDI website will also ask you to accept or decline cookies when you first visit. 

b. Links from our site

Out website may contain links to other websites. Please note that we have no control of websites outside of  the domain. If you provide information to a website to which we link, we are not responsible for its protection and privacy.  Always be wary when submitting data to websites. Read the site’s data protection and privacy policies fully.