KM Media Group Limited (we, us, our) is committed to protecting the personal information you entrust us with and respecting your privacy. We make every effort to ensure that your information is processed lawfully and carefully. This privacy notice describes how we collect and use personal information about you in accordance with data protection law, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act (DPA) 2018.
- Canterbury Extra
- East Kent Mercury
- Folkestone & Hythe Express
- Gravesend & Dartford Messenger
- Kent Messenger
- Kentish Express
- Kentish Gazette Group
- Medway Messenger
- Messenger Extra
- Sheerness Times Guardian
- Sittingbourne News
- Thanet Extra
This includes the following websites which form the KentOnline Network:
Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it.
Please note that there may be other privacy policies that apply to certain services we provide. Please read these when you register or subscribe for these services.
If you have any queries about this notice or would like to make requests to exercise your rights, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Who we are
KM Media Group Ltd is a multimedia company producing high quality media products that help make Kent a better place to live and work. Registered in England. Company No. 8528676.
Our head office address is Medway House, Ginsbury Close, Sir Thomas Longley Road, Medway City Estate, Strood, Rochester, Kent ME2 4DU.
KM Media Group Ltd is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) as a "data controller". Registration number ZA021468.
To find out more about KM Media Group, owned by Iliffe Media Ltd, please visit www.kmmediagroup.co.uk
The information we collect from you
We may collect and process information about you (the “data subject”) for either personal or professional reasons, depending upon the circumstances in which they are collected, which will be made clear to you at the time of collection.
We may collect and process the following information about you:
- information that you provide in person (including at events) or by post, phone or electronically – including by email, forms on our websites or via SMS
- information provided at the time of registering to use one of our websites, to use one of our professional services (e.g. advertising), subscribing to newsletters, entering competitions, posting material, raising general enquiries or requesting further services;
- certain information when you report a problem with our websites or regarding the services provided by us;
- details of any correspondence in the event that you contact us;
- survey information, which is used for research purposes, although you do not have to participate in them; and/or
- details of your visits to our websites including, but not limited to, traffic data, location data, weblogs and other communication data, whether this is required for our own purposes or otherwise and the resources that you access.
We may ask you to provide personal information either as a private individual or as the representative of a company, business or organisation; including non-profit clubs, charities and societies.
Some or all of the following personal information may be collected, but only where absolutely necessary.
- Company you are employed with and/or otherwise are representing if your dealings with us (if applicable/relevant)
- Professional Title, Role and/or Responsibilities (if applicable/relevant)
- Home or Business Address and/or Postcode
- Personal and/or Professional Email (Landline and/or Mobile)
- Personal and/or Professional Telephone (Landline and/or Mobile)
- Age / Date of Birth
- Social media profiles (if applicable)
- Marketing preferences
When using kentjobs.co.uk you will have the opportunity to provide more specific information to build your profile should you choose to upload your CV.
With regard to each of your visits to our websites we may also automatically collect technical information about your visit.
Whilst you can access the websites and browse through certain parts of the websites without disclosing personal information, if you wish to use certain services offered on some of the websites or obtain certain information made available by us, you may be required to share some personal information with us. If you choose not to provide the information you may not be able to use the service that has been offered or obtain the information you seek.
Additionally, where you have registered and/or logged in to our websites using social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter, we may capture certain information in accordance with the terms and conditions of the applicable service provider.
Trust and transparency is important to us
Our websites use advertising and analytics technologies (including cookies from your device). We work with selected marketing partners who use these technologies to collect data about your browsing activity on our sites, as well as other third-party web sites and apps that partner with them. Our marketing partners use this data to serve you with relevant interest-based advertising and for analytics purposes, and may additionally share this data with their service providers for those same purposes.
When you first visit one of our sites, you will be presented with a pop-up window which allows you to view the technologies we use. By continuing to use our sites, including clicking off or closing this pop-up, you consent to the use of advertising and analytics technologies (including cookies) on our sites and other sites that work with our marketing partners. If you wish to decline, click on the Learn More link on the pop-up. Additionally, if you wish to change your preferences on subsequent visits, you may do so at any time by clicking on the Consent Preferences link in the footer section of each of the websites.
Where We Store Your Personal Data
Whilst we have implemented certain technical and organisational measures to protect personal information submitted via our websites from unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss or destruction or damage, unfortunately the transmission of information via the Internet is not completely secure and we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our websites; any transmission is at your own risk.
All information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our websites, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. You must not share your password with anyone.
How long we keep your Personal Information
When we obtain your personal data our policy is to keep it only for as long as is necessary for the purpose for which it was collected. However, it may be necessary to retain the information for a longer time, which we will detail here.
If your data has been submitted via post for a competition entry, your information will be destroyed no more than one month following the closing date of the competition. However, it may be necessary to make a digital copy in some instances. (For example, to record the identity of a winner.)
If your data is submitted to us electronically (online or via SMS) in order to make contact with us, including taking part in a competition, your data will be held for a maximum of 5 years. In order to satisfy the requirements of the competition and so that an accurate record of your dealings with us is accessible should any queries arise within that period.
KentJobs is provided by HotLizard, part of Aspire Media Group. HotLizard acts as “data processor" for all data submitted via kentjobs.co.uk. Submitted information will be retained no longer than necessary.
Aiir Ltd (trading as Aiir ) act as “data processor" for data submitted via kmfm.co.uk, which will be retained for a period of 2 years. If you'd like to find out more, please click here.
We use the shortcode 87474 for all contact via SMS messages. This shortcode and the platform to access the messages (mGage Communicate Pro) are provided by mGage Europe Limited (trading as mGage), acting as a “data processor” for us.
When you contact us for the first time using your mobile phone number, a subscriber profile will be created. mGage, as a communications service provider, have a regulatory obligation to retain subscriber profiles and related message history data for a minimum of one year.
When you contact us via SMS we request you provide a limited amount of personal information (name, postcode and, in some instances, postal address) so that we may identify you. If you are under 16 you must also provide your date of birth in the format DD/MM/YYYY.
When you place an advertisement with us you are subject to our “Conditions of Acceptance of Advertisements” [click here to view] and as a customer your data will be retained for upwards of 5 years to enable us to comply with our legal and contractual obligations and maintain a complete record of your transactions with us.
Legal bases for processing data and how we use it
We will only process your personal data where at least one of the six lawful bases for processing are applicable. These grounds are Consent, Contract, Legal obligation, Vital interests, Public task and Legitimate Interests
Information you provide.
This information may be used…
- to take specific steps before entering into a contract with you based on legitimate interests, such as:
- providing you electronically with information that you request from us, or
- creating a record/account on one of our database systems;
- to carry out our obligations arising from any contract entered into between us;
- to provide customer care and support on the grounds of legitimate interests
- to provide you with information about products and/or services we offer where a) we have your explicit consent, or b) where you are a customer who was given an opportunity to opt-out of receiving such information at the time your data was recorded;
- to notify you about changes to our websites and/or services on the basis of our shared legitimate interests;
- to ensure that content from our websites is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer (or device)on the basis of legitimate interests; and /or
- for internal record keeping on the basis of our shared legitimate interests;
- to comply with legal obligations
Information collected about you.
This information may be used…
- to administer our websites and for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research, statistical and survey purposes on the basis of legitimate interests;
- as part of our efforts to keep our websites safe and secure on the basis of legitimate interests; and/or
- to make suggestions and recommendations to you and other users of our websites about services that may interest you or them only where we have consent;
- to comply with legal obligations.
Information received from other sources.
We may receive information about you if you use any of the other websites we operate or the other services we provide. We are also working closely with third parties (including, for example, business partners, sub-contractors in technical, payment and delivery services, advertising networks, analytics providers, search information providers, credit reference agencies) and may receive information about you from them.This information may be combined with information you give to us and information collected about you. This information, and the combined information, may be used for the purposes set out above and below (depending on the types of information received).
Your information may be shared with selected third parties, including:
- our analytics and search engine providers who assist in the improvement and optimisation of our websites; and/or
- our business partners or suppliers, for the performance of any contract entered into with you and in order to provide you with our products and/or services.
Your personal information may be disclosed to other third parties:
- in the event that we sell or buy any business or assets, in which case your personal data may be disclosed to the prospective buyer or seller of such business or assets;
- if we or substantially all of our assets are acquired by a third party, in which case personal data held by it about our users may be one of the transferred assets;
We may use your email address to make contact with you. In some instances this will be based on legitimate interests, but in most cases this will only be done where we have your explicit consent.
1. Service notices
We use third party service providers Campaign Monitor Pty Ltd (trading as Campaign Monitor) and Purepromoter Limited (trading as Pure360) as “data processors" to send a variety of email newsletters. These often include, but are not limited to, summaries of newly added website content.
Campaign Monitor are based outside the EU and have data processing locations in the USA, Australia and Germany. If you'd like to find out more, please click here.
We will only send our email newsletters to those who have given us permission to do so. In order to subscribe to these services, an individual has to submit their email address. This data is shared with / processed by one or both of these service provider/s to deliver the service/s on our behalf.
Opening and click behaviours are recorded using industry standard technologies to help us monitor and improve our newsletters.
Data is stored on the service provider's secure server/s. Our service providers are not permitted to use the data for their own purposes nor to sell or distribute it on to any other individual, organization or business under any circumstances.
Recipients can unsubscribe from newsletters individually at any time by clicking on the 'Unsubscribe' link.
Please note this is an automated service. Should any errors occur in submitting an unsubscription request, please use email email@example.com for assistance.
If you have voluntarily given your consent to receive marketing communications, these will come only from us and, if you agree, from any named third party you have agreed to have your data shared with.
Our marketing emails include details of promotions, products and services, including competitions and opportunities to take part in surveys. We may also share details of advertising opportunities.
We use third party service providers Campaign Monitor Pty Ltd (trading as Campaign Monitor) and Purepromoter Limited (trading as Pure360) as “data processors" to send a variety of marketing emails.
The information provided will be kept no longer than 5 years from the last recorded opening and only used to contact you in accordance with your established preferences. You can change your preferences or unsubscribe at any time.
Opening and click behaviours are recorded using industry standard technologies to help us monitor and improve our communications.
Data is stored on the service provider's secure server. Our service provider is not permitted to use the data for their own purposes nor to sell or distribute it on to any other individual, organization or business under any circumstances.
Recipients can unsubscribe from email marketing at any time by clicking on the 'Unsubscribe' link.
Please note this is an automated service. Should any errors occur in submitting an unsubscription request, please use email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
We do not collect or use children's data for any advertising or marketing purposes, but we undertake limited processing of personal information about children under the age of 16.
Purposes for which data is collected include prize draw competitions in which children may enter themselves, picture voting competitions ("Cute Kids" competitions) and the publishing of drawings by children and/or class photographs in agreement with the schools.
Data used for the "Cute Kids" features is collected and shared with us by The Photography Company, who gain consent from parents/guardians to disclose this information to us for this purpose only.
Data submitted by those under 16 for competitions is retained for no longer than is necessary. (i.e. until a winner has been identified and informed)
Where pictures of, or by, children are published alongside personal information, it is done so with the explicit consent of parents/guardians and/or the school each individual attends.
Please note that detailed data for children is processed for individuals who are self-employed foot distributors of newspapers. Their information is held on a secure database, provided by “data processor” Miles 33, on the basis of contractual necessity and legal obligation.
We do not knowingly collect any data from or about children online, with the exception of the annual Ward & Partners Children's Awards, for which we act as a “data processor”. Visitors to KentOnline are encouraged to nominate children, as well as adults, for awards recognition. Submissions can include a child's name, age and home address. This data is provided to Kent Community Foundation (the “data controller”) and also shared with Ward & Partners (part of Arun Estate Agencies). We retain this information for no longer than 2 weeks following the closing date for submissions.
You have the right...
- to be informed (to have the reasons behind the collection and use of your personal information clearly explained);
- of access (to be provided, within one month of making a verbal or written request, a copy of any data about you that we retain – this is also known as a “subject access request”) at no charge;
- to rectification (correction of your personal data when incorrect or out of date etc. within one month of receipt of a verbal or written request);
- to erasure (deletion of your personal data within one month of making a verbal or written request in instances where such a request does not conflict with other legal bases for its retention);
- to restrict processing in certain circumstances (to be carried out within one month of your making a verbal or written request);
- to data portability (to receive a copy of the data you've provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine readable format, either to yourself or directly to another data controller.);
- to object to your personal data being processed (and to get a response within one month of your verbal or written request being received).
You also have rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling. We will only carry out this type of processing where the decision is:
- necessary for the entry into or performance of a contract; or
- authorised by Union or Member state law applicable to us; or
- based on your explicit consent.
Concerns and complaints
If you have a question, query or concern about how we use your personal data, please contact us at email@example.com and we will do our best to respond within 72 hours.
If you feel that your data, or a request related to your data, has not been handled correctly, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). You can contact them by calling 0303 123 1113 or going to www.ico.org.uk/concerns.
This policy was last updated on 05.03.2019
This Cookies Policy applies to the KM Group websites, all branded pages on third party platforms (such as Facebook or YouTube) and applications accessed or used through such websites or third party platforms (our “Sites”), which are operated by or on behalf of KM Media Group Limited (“we”, “us”, “our”).
We want to ensure that you are aware of the information we store on your device(s), so that you can make informed choices using the information below.
1. WHAT ARE COOKIES?
A cookie is a small text file stored by your web browser on your computer or mobile device. Some cookies are essential for our Sites to work and help us provide you with relevant information. They also allow us to recognise your computer (but not specifically who is using it) when you access our Sites and to improve the usability and performance of our Sites.
We use the following cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our Sites. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our Sites, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
- Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our Sites when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our Sites work, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
- Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our Sites. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our Sites, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our Sites and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the list below:
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Duration: 365 days
Purpose: This is an anonymous cookie used for internal audience analytics.
Cookie Name: S, SV
Purpose: These are session cookies, used to enable login and device detection.
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Duration: Varies between session and 730 days
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Duration: 1,825 days
Purpose: Comscore provide KM Media Group with analytical information about our visitors. Comscore collect data on the traffic and engagement for our sites. To opt out of ScoreCard Research cookies, visit www.scorecardresearch.com/OptOut.aspx.
2. DO WE USE THIRD PARTY COOKIES?
Certain cookies may be stored on your computer or mobile device during your visit to a KM Group website, which are generated by third parties advertisers. KM Media Group has no control over the storing of such cookies. For more help in controlling these cookies, please visit www.youronlinechoices.com/uk
Local Shared Objects (Flash Cookies). Our Sites also use Adobe Flash Player to display video and audio content. Flash cookies are used to improve user experience, but are not controlled in your web browser in the same way as normal cookies. For information on controlling Flash cookies, please see this page.
3. TURNING OFF AND DELETING COOKIES
If you disable the cookies that we use this may impact your experience while on our Sites.
4. MORE INFORMATION
For more detailed information about cookies please visit www.allaboutcookies.org which provides guidance on how to control cookies.
5. CHANGES TO THIS POLICY
6. CONTACT US
Thank you for visiting our Sites.