Who we are

Our website address is: https://www.independentmercia.org .

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


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 anonymised 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.


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.

Contact forms

We provide a Contact form which enables visitors to make enquiries, comments, etc. Their Contact form is submitted by email to the site administration address contact@independentmercia.org where it is answered and the incoming and outgoing emails are retained for 30 days. No other record of the Contact is kept.

Citizen Registration Form

We provide a Citizen Registration Form which collects names and addresses of people who wish to register as citizens of Independent Mercia. Submitted via this form, the information is received by email, and the email is deleted when the information has been transferred to an offline database, within 7 days.


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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Who we share your data with

We don’t share your data with anyone.

By default, the WordPress software on which this website was built does not share personal data with anyone.

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.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, or submitted your email address, or submitted a citizen registration form, 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.

Where we send your data

We do not send your data anywhere

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

Your contact information

Contacts relating to privacy concerns should be addressed to our Data Protection Officer, Philip Snow, by email to philip.snow@independentmercia.org .

Additional information

This website does not carry out any commercial activity

How we protect your data

This website is constructed on the WordPress platform whereby your data is stored online in our account at 1 & 1 Internet Ltd which provides in-house data protection services.

The website itself, independentmercia.org, is protected by in-built anti-virus software on Microsoft Windows 10 and Apple operating systems; also by Wordfence security plug-in; also by user protocols which restrict access to the website dashboard.

Laptops or other devices operated by website administrators are kept out of public reach by physical security protection.

What data breach procedures we have in place

Any data breach would be reported immediately.

What third parties we receive data from

We do not receive data from third parties.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

We do not carry out automated decision making and/or profiling.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

No industry regulatory disclosure requirements apply to independentmercia.org