Privacy Policy

Who we are

We are a group of local residents in Marden, Kent who are concerned about the impact of a proposed development to be submitted to Maidstone Borough Council for an attached ‘garden village’ including 2,000 houses. We have come together as a voluntary group to find out more about the plans and oppose them.

Our website address is: https://www.savemarden.com.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments

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.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Cookies

A cookie is a small file that asks permission to be placed on your computer or device’s hard drive. It helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site.

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.

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 publish an article, 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.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

What do we do with your data?

We use your name and email address to contact you with news and updates about the proposal and our work, or to ask for additional support or help. We will not supply your details to any third party for the purposes of advertising or marketing.

Who we share your data with

Your data is accessible only to those on the Committee, and occasional nominated representatives (i.e. sub contracted experts who will work to support our aims), but only when it is needed in order to communicate or develop the work of MPO.

How long we retain your data

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 (if any), 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.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Where we store your data

Your data may be stored as hardcopy in a file in one location or digitally in a password protected spreadsheet. This is kept in the care of the Committee member(s) responsible for email updates. Electronic versions may also be stored on an email marketing service – MailChimp – in order to send messages to you.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or 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.

If you have any questions, queries or complaints about our use of your personal data, or if you would like to request a copy of the data we hold about you, please email the Committee: mardenplanningopposition@gmail.com. We will respond as soon as possible and no later than 28 days after your request.

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