We, at Marston’s PLC, (promotor of Beer Town Film Festival 2020) care about and respect your privacy. We’d like to explain what personal information we have about you and how we use it, as well as letting you know about our practices with regard to your privacy so that you know exactly what is happening with your data and what we are doing to keep it safe.

We are Marston’s PLC! You may also know us as Marston’s Beer Company, Marston’s Brewery, or one of our other trading divisions or group companies from time to time. Where we refer to “we” or “us” in this policy, we mean Marston’s PLC or any company or division in our group.

If you have any questions about this policy or your privacy, you can find us or get in touch at Marston’s House, Brewery Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 4JT. Our telephone number is 01902 711811.

We have appointed a Data Protection Officer for Marston’s PLC who can be contacted via DataSecurityInformation@marstons.co.uk.

We are registered in England & Wales with Company No. 31461 and our VAT number is GB100019352.

The Law

Data Protection within the UK is currently governed by the General Data Protection Regulation, the Data Protection Act 2018 and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (“Data Protection Laws”) and we conduct our activities in line with these.

In relation to this website we are the Data Controller and Think Incorporated Ltd (thinkincorporated.com) are the data processor as the host and administrator for this site. We ask you read our website terms of use in conjunction with this policy.

A Glossary is also included at the end of this document to explain some of the terms we use in this privacy policy.

+What information do we collect?

Here are the types of information we may collect from time to time along with sources which tell you where we may receive the data from.

Information we may gain directly from you:

  • Your name, age & contact details (including phone numbers, emails and addresses);
  • Your opinions, feedback, comments or views;
  • Your image within photography or video; and
  • Special Request data which may include special category data such as Disability & accessibility requirements.

Information we may collect about you through the course of the use of this website:

  • Internet protocol address (IP address);
  • Browser type and version;
  • Time zone setting;
  • Browser plug-in types and versions;
  • Operating system and platform;
  • The URL Clickstream to, through and from our site (including the date and time);
  • Products you viewed or searched for;
  • Page response times;
  • Download errors;
  • Length of visits to certain pages;
  • Page interaction (scrolling, clicks,
    mouse-overs  etc);
  • Methods used to browse away from the page; and

We strive to collect the minimum amount of data necessary in order to perform the request for a product or service being made and so in some cases, failure to enter the requested information may result in us not being able to provide the product or service.

+Why do we need your personal data?

There are a number of reasons we may request or collect your information. A summary of these can be found below:

  • To administer a promotion, offer or competition that you may participate in;
  • To respond to an enquiry, feedback or complaint you may have sent to us; and
  • To administer our websites including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research, statistical and survey purposes. Also to keep it safe, secure and accessible.

Please note that publishing and publicity related activities are featured within the Terms and Conditions. Please also read these thoroughly.

+On what basis do we process your data?

The lawful basis for processing varies depending on the processing activity.

We rely on a combination of legitimate interest, consent, legal obligation and contract in order to process your personal data (a definition of each is provided within the glossary). Below we have defined the ways in which we may process your personal data and what the legal basis is for doing so, whilst outlining our legitimate interests where necessary. We may process your personal data based on multiple lawful basis where on occasion, circumstances may dictate this is necessary. Please contact us if you require further details on any of the points below where multiple basis have been specified. Generally we consider:

What are we trying to achieve?
What personal Data is involved?
Our lawful basis for processing
To respond to your feedback, enquiry, comment or complaint Identity Contact Necessary for our and your legitimate interests (to ensure resolution to your reason for contacting us so that we can continue in a manner you’d expect)
To administrate a competition, survey, or review that you are party to (and to notify you of any such changes that may affect you) Identity Contact Performance of contract Legal Obligation (competitions) Necessary for our legitimate interests (to action the responses to surveys or reviews to improve our products and services)
To conduct troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research, system maintenance, support, reporting and hosting of data (a) Identity
(b) Contact
(c) Technical
Necessary for our legitimate interests (to run  our business in the best possible manner, providing administration and IT services, network security, to prevent fraud and in the context of a business reorganisation or group restructuring exercise) Legal obligation

+Who might receive a copy of your personal data?

Throughout the course of activities it may be necessary for an external third party to receive a copy of your personal data. All of our external third parties are thoroughly vetted and are subject to contractual requirements and assessment of security standards in order to become an approved supplier. They are only permitted to process your personal data for the specified purpose and not for their own benefit.

Your data may be shared with any member of our group or trading divisions but external third parties may include any of those set out in the glossary, as relative to your circumstances.

+Where is your data stored?

Your data may be transferred to and stored at a destination outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”) where we use external third parties. It may also be processed by staff operating outside of the EEA who work for us or for one of our suppliers. These staff may be engaged in the fulfillment of your order, the processing of your payment details and the provision of support services (amongst other things).

We will only transfer personal data to countries where the GDPR applies or that have been deemed adequate by the ICO. Alternatively a transfer may occur where we have adequate contracts approved by the European Commission which protects personal data in the same way that it is protected in Europe. We may also transfer to external third
parties where they subscribe to the EU-US Privacy Shield. We make a thorough check and have strict requirements (in line with the law) in order to approve this type of processing in consideration of our suppliers.

Any information provided to us is stored in our secure servers and any payment transaction data is encrypted using SSL technology. Where you have a password which enables access to certain parts of the website you are responsible for keeping the password confidential. Please do not share your password with anyone.

Unfortunately the transfer of information over the internet is not completely secure. We do our best to protect your personal data but we cannot guarantee the security of your
data when it is transmitted to our site. Once we have received your information we will ensure that we strictly monitor procedures and security measures to keep it safe.

Our site may contain links to and from the websites of our partner networks, advertisers and affiliates. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies which we do not accept any responsibility or liability for. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.

If you would like specific information about where your data is stored in relation to a particular usage of your data, please contact us.

+How long will we keep your data?

We will only hold on to your personal data for as long as we need it to fulfill the purposes we collected it for. This includes considering the amount, nature and sensitivity of the data and the risk of any potential harm mishandling of this data may cause. We also consider if and when we can achieve the purposes we collected it for or if we can complete this without the personal data. We also consider legal, tax and reporting requirements that impose limitations on how long we hold the data for. It may be kept for a longer period of time if we reasonably predict there will be an element of legal action within our relationship with you.

Please contact us if you would like to find out how long and why we keep your personal data.

+What are your rights?

Upon occasion, you may be entitled to certain rights under data protection law. These are laid out below but a full breakdown of their meaning is available in the glossary. You can enact any of these rights by contacting us via DataSecurityInformation@marstons.co.uk or on 01902 711811.

  • Right of Access to your personal data
  • Right to rectification of your personal data
  • Right to erasure of your personal data
  • Right to object to processing of your personal data
  • Right to restrict processing of your personal data
  • Right to data portability

There is no fee applicable to any of the above, however we may charge a fee or refuse your request if it is unfounded, excessive or repetitive.

We aim to respond to valid requests within one calendar month, however in certain circumstances it could take us longer. This may be because you have submitted a number of requests or your request is particularly complex. We will keep you updated with your request along the way if this is the case.

We may need to verify your identity and ensure your rights to the personal data we hold on occasion. We will always make sure our request is reasonable and in line with the information or right you are requesting. This ensures we are not sending the data to somebody who is not entitled to see it or acting upon a rights request that has not been legitimately made by the person who is entitled to it.


We regularly review our policy so that we can ensure it is accurate and informative. Any changes will be made on this page. Please check back frequently for updates.

It is also important that any personal data we hold about you is up to date and accurate. Please update us if any of the details we hold about you change so that we can ensure our records reflect these changes.


Questions, comments and requests regarding this policy are welcomed and should be directed to any of the contact details at the top of this page.

We have appointed a Data Protection Officer for Marston’s PLC who can be contacted via DataSecurityInformation@marstons.co.uk.

Alternatively, should you feel necessary, you can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office on 0303 123 1113 or online here.

+Cookie Policy [GS1]

When you visit our websites we use cookies. Cookies allow us to identify the computer or device you're using to access our websites - but we can't identify you personally.

You can set up your web browser to refuse cookies, but this website will then fail to operate correctly.

Types of cookies we use

Here are the types of cookies our websites use and some more details about what they're used for:

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This cookie is used to maintain temporary information from one page to another and to enable account functions

Expires at the end of the current browser session


Collect analytical data about how visitors use our site - so that we can improve the website's experience.


Collect analytical data about how visitors use our site - so that we can improve and personalise the website experience. No personal data is used or stored in these cookies.


Some terms we use in this policy may be difficult to understand so we’ve provided a breakdown below to help you clarify what we mean.


Legitimate Interest means the interest of our business in managing and carrying out our business functions so that we can give you the highest quality services/products and the best and most secure experience. We consider and balance any potential impact on you (both positive and negative) and your rights before we process your personal data for our legitimate interests. We will not use your personal data where our interests are overridden by your fundamental rights (unless we have your consent or are required or permitted to by law). If you need further detail on how we assess our legitimate interests against any potential impact on you in relation to certain circumstances, please contact us.

Performance of Contract
means processing your data where you are a party to a contract and we need your personal data in order to carry out that contract or to take steps at your request if you are thinking of entering into a contract with us.

Legal obligation means processing your
personal data where we have to comply with a law that applies to us.

means you have specifically let us know that we can process your data for the purpose already given to you.


  • Website Hosts – In this instance Think Incorporated Ltd (thinkincorporated.com) are the host of this website;
  • Providers of prizes or incentives in relation to competitions, promotions or surveys;
  • IT Systems and administration services providers;
  • Advisors or agencies acting on our behalf such as solicitors, PR agencies, auditors & insurers;


This is a breakdown of what each of your rights mean and the results you can expect when you enact them.

  • Right of Access to your personal data – This is usually called a ‘Subject Access Request’. You can request a copy of personal data to see what we hold about you and to check why & how we are processing it and that we are processing it lawfully. We may be required to suitably redact (obscure) elements of the requested detail to protect the rights and personal data of other individuals.
  • Right to rectification of your personal data – If you recognise any of the personal data we hold on you to be incorrect or incomplete you can request it to be corrected. In certain circumstances, we may require proof of accuracy of any new data being submitted.
  • Right to erasure of your personal data – If you believe there is no fair reason for us to hold an element of your personal data, you can ask us to remove or delete this from our records, On occasion you may want to exercise this right on a successful objection to processing (see definition below). If for any reason, for example, to comply with a legal obligation, we cannot delete your personal data we will action your request as far as possible and provide to you a reason as to why we cannot fully comply with your request.
  • Right to object to processing of your personal data – If we rely on legitimate interest as our legal basis for processing or the legitimate interest of another third party, you can object to our processing if you feel it impacts your fundamental rights and freedoms. We will reassess the legitimate grounds we have for processing your data and on occasion we may demonstrate that they are sufficient in overriding your rights and freedoms.  Specifically in relation to direct marketing, please see the section above entitled ‘Marketing’.
  • Right to restrict processing of your personal data – You can ask us to temporarily pause the processing of your personal data in certain circumstances. For example:
  • If you have objected to our processing of your personal data, but we are assessing whether our legitimate grounds override your rights and freedoms.
    • If you want to ensure that it is correct or complete before we continue to use it.
    • If we are processing the data unlawfully but you do not want us to delete it.
    • If you ask us to keep the data where we no longer need it, as you require it to establish, exercise or defend legal claims.
  • Right to data portability – This applies to automated information originally received on the lawful basis of consent or performance of contract. You can ask for a copy of the related data and for it to be transferred to a third party of your choosing in a commonly used, machine readable format.

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