Data Promise - Cookies, Privacy and more...

At MK Geek Night, we are committed to maintaining the trust and confidence of our visitors to our website and subscribers to our newsletter. We promise to handle and store your data fairly and legally at all times

You are entitled to view, amend, or delete the personal information that we hold. If you have any queries about what data we collect or use it, please get in touch and we'll be happy to help: howdy@mkgeeknight.co.uk

There are a few different reasons we might be storing your data:

  • You've signed up to our mailing list
  • You've acquired or bought a ticket to one of our events

We also use cookies on our website.

Newsletter mailing list

When you complete the newsletter sign up form on the website, you are agreeing that you'd like to receive occasional emails about this event. We use a third party service called MailChimp to deliver our newsletters, and you can read their privacy notice here.

The emails we send include information about:

  • Call for Speaker Proposals
  • Ticket launches
  • Speaker announcements
  • Future event announcements
  • Our Partner promotions and offerings

We will keep your email address unless you unsubscribe from the mailing list. Links to unsubscribe and to update your email preferences can be found on every email we send you. We don't rent, sell or trade email lists with other organisations and businesses for marketing purposes.

If you have any questions about our privacy policy or the emails that we send, please send us an email: howdy@mkgeeknight.co.uk

Event attendees

If you are attending an MK Geek Night event, there is one third party company we work with in order to ensure you have a fantastic experience with us:

Tito

Ticketing platform

When you purchase a ticket, we need to collect the following information in order to process the payment:

  • Full name
  • Email address
  • Payment details

MK Geek Night and Tito keep a record of your name and email address so that we can contact you about your ticket purchase. We do not keep your payment details. You can read Tito's privacy notice here.

We ask attendees to provide us with certain personal information. We ask questions like "What's your job role/title?" and "How will you travel to the event?"` to help us get a better understanding about our audience, which helps us to continually refine and improve our service.

Anonymised data based on some parts of the information we collect is sometimes used in marketing material. We promise never to share you data with any third parties without your express permission.

What’s a cookie?

A ‘cookie’ is a piece of information that is stored on your computer’s hard drive and which records how you move your way around a website so that, when you revisit that website, it can present tailored options based on the information stored about your last visit. Cookies can also be used to analyse traffic and for advertising and marketing purposes.

Cookies are used by nearly all websites and do not harm your system.

If you want to check or change what types of cookies you accept, this can usually be altered within your browser settings. You can block cookies at any time by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.

How do we use cookies?

We use cookies to track your use of our website. This enables us to understand how you use the site and track any patterns with regards how you are using our website. This helps us to develop and improve our website as well as products and/or services in response to what you might need or want.

Cookies are either:

  • Session cookies These are only stored on your computer during your web session and are automatically deleted when you close your browser—they usually store an anonymous session ID allowing you to browse a website without having to log in to each page but they do not collect any personal data from your computer; or
  • Persistent cookies A persistent cookie is stored as a file on your computer and it remains there when you close your web browser. The cookie can be read by the website that created it when you visit that website again. We use persistent cookies for Google Analytics.

Cookies can also be categorised as follows:

  • Strictly necessary cookies These cookies are essential to enable you to use the website effectively, such as when buying a product and/or service, and therefore cannot be turned off. Without these cookies, the services available to you on our website cannot be provided. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.
  • Performance cookies These cookies enable us to monitor and improve the performance of our website. For example, they allow us to count visits, identify traffic sources and see which parts of the site are most popular.
  • Functionality cookies These cookies allow our website to remember choices you make and provide enhanced features. For instance, we may be able to provide you with news or updates relevant to the services you use. They may also be used to provide services you have requested such as viewing a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect is usually anonymised.

Please note that third parties who advertise on our website (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies.

Useful links

If you would like to find out more about cookies and their use on the Internet, you may find the following links useful:

Microsoft Cookies guide

Cookie law

The IAB has provided the following website to give information specifically about privacy issues around Internet advertising:

youronlinechoices.co.uk/uk

For further legal information about privacy issues, you may find these links useful:

Data Protection Act 1998

The Information Commissioner's Office

IAB Europe EU Framework for Online Behavioural Advertising