Meridian Raw CIC Privacy Policy

At Meridian Raw CIC we are committed to safeguarding and preserving the privacy of our participants.  This can include how information disclosed to us is stored/ processed, online and in-person.

This Policy explains what happens to any personal data that you provide to us, or that we collect from you including, if you take part in one of our photography programmes, workshops or photo-walk, sign up to our mailing list and how we use cookies on our website.

We do update this Policy from time to time so please do review this Policy regularly.

 

Information That We Collect

In running our photography programmes, workshops or photo-walks and maintaining our website, we may collect and process the following data about you:

  • Information about your use of our site including details of your visits such as pages viewed and the resources that you access. Such information includes traffic data, location data and other communication data.

  • Information provided voluntarily by you. For example, when you register for information or make a purchase.

  • Information that you provide when you communicate with us by any means.

  • Information that you provide when you sign up for a workshop, courses, photo-walk or attend an exhibition to allow us to contact you.

 

Use of Your Information

We use the information that we collect from you to provide our services to you.  In addition to this we may use the information for one or more of the following purposes:

  • To provide information to you, that you request, from us relating to our products or services.

  • To provide information to you relating to other workshops, courses, photo-walks, exhibitions or products. Any workshops, courses, photo-walks, exhibitions or products that may be of interest to you. Such additional information will only be provided where you have consented to receive such information.

  • To inform you of any changes to our website, workshops, courses, photo-walks, exhibitions or products

  • If you have previously attended a course or purchased an item from us, we may provide you details of similar workshops, courses, photo-walks, exhibitions or products, that you may be interested in.

 

We never give or sell your details to third parties for marketing purposes.

 

When is personal information used?

We usually ask for individuals basic contact information, when signing up for a photography programmes, workshops or photo-walk or exhibition

-Name (alias is also accepted)
-Email address
-Phone number

 

This is for the sole reason to contact you, if any of the details of the workshop, course, photo-walk or exhibition change and we need to get in touch.  Additionally, when you join a workshop, we will always ask how you would prefer to be contacted (phone, text, WhatsApp, Facebook or email).

You are also given a form to confirm your consent with how your images are used & accredited and any photos that you may have modelled for. This information is only used to identify your personal preferences for Meridian Raw CIC to adhere to these said preferences

Where are my pictures shown?

Meridian Raw CIC like to use participants images as much as possible as we feel it demonstrates the positiveness of participatory photography and to inspire others.

The below gives a list to where a participant's image may be used

  • Social media

  • Photo sharing platforms

  • At a public exhibition (usually at the end of a project)

  • Advertising for future workshops, courses, photo-walks, exhibitions

  • The Meridian Raw CIC website

 

Can I opt out?

Absolutely, if you do not wish for your images to be shown at public events, online, Meridian Raw CIC adverts, photo sharing platforms or on social media.

 

If joining a photography programme: At your first workshop session, one of the forms that are given out is called ‘copyright and model release form’ this gives you the option to consent/not-consent. You may be happy for your images to be shared, but not want to use your full/real name. Meridian Raw CIC can use an alternative supplied by you (as long as it does not use disrespectful language). This can also be chosen on the ‘copyright and model release form’

If you do change your mind mid or post-course you can, of course email  clive@meridianraw.com. Lastly, remember it is only an option, whether you wish to share your images with us, you do not have to submit them to us, to share.

 

Model Consent

Similarly like the images participants have taken, the same policy applies to a participants own face/body being used in images. On the initial workshop, when the forms are distributed, there is an option to not give permission on the ‘copyright and model release form’

 

Use of Cookies on our website

Cookies provide information regarding the computer used by a visitor. We may use cookies where appropriate to gather information about your computer in order to assist us in improving our website.  We may gather information about your general internet use by using the cookie. Where used, these cookies are downloaded to your computer and stored on the computer’s hard drive. Such information will not identify you personally; it is statistical data which does not identify any personal details whatsoever.

Our advertisers may also use cookies, over which we have no control. Such cookies (if used) would be downloaded once you click on advertisements on our website.  You can adjust the settings on your computer to decline any cookies if you wish. This can be done within the “settings” section of your computer.

 

Storing Your Personal Data

In operating our website, it may become necessary to transfer data that we collect from you to locations outside of the European Union for processing and storing. By providing your personal data to us, you agree to this transfer, storing and processing. We do our utmost to ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to make sure that your data is stored securely.

It may also be processed by staff operating outside the EEA who work for us or for one of our suppliers, such as our customer relationship management (CRM) supplier – see their privacy policy. By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing. We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this privacy policy.

Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share your password with anyone. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, unfortunately the sending of information via the internet is not totally secure and on occasion such information can be intercepted.

 

We cannot guarantee the security of data that you choose to send us electronically, sending such information is entirely at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

We do not store our customer’s financial details.

Disclosing Your Information

We will not disclose your personal information to any other party other than in accordance with this Privacy Policy and in the circumstances detailed below:

-In the event that we sell any or all of our business to the buyer. (we will seek your permission prior to sharing)
-Where we are legally required by law to disclose your personal information.
-To further fraud protection and reduce the risk of fraud.

Third Party Links

On occasion we may include links to third parties on this website. Where we provide a link, it does not mean that we endorse or approve that site’s policy towards visitor privacy. You should review their privacy policy before sending them any personal data.

Access to Information

In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 you have the right to access any information that we hold relating to you. Please note that we reserve the right to charge a fee of £10 to cover costs incurred by us in providing you with the information.

Contacting Us

Please do not hesitate to contact us regarding any matter relating to this Privacy and Cookies Policy via this contact form.

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