How MLM collects and uses personal information

Manchester Leathermen takes the privacy of its members very seriously. We appreciate that not all of our members are “out” as leathermen and we will endeavour to never abuse the trust our members put in us.

Under the law, we are allowed to collect and process your data because you have formed a contract with Manchester Leathermen by becoming a member, or have given consent by signing up for our Newsletter.

How we collect personal information

  • We collect personal information when you apply for membership.
  • We collect personal information when you sign up for our newsletter.
  • We do not collect any sensitive or “special category” personal information. In particular, we do not collect information on your racial or ethnic origin; health; sexual orientation; or sex life.

Applying for membership

What we collect

We collect your name, postal address, email address, and date of birth. Members may additionally provide their phone number, but are not required to.

How we use this information

Sending out membership cards and other related information, communicating directly with members on Club-related matters, and reminding members that their membership is due to expire. Date of birth is collected to ensure members are of legal adult age in the UK.

How long we keep this information

If a member does not renew, we will remove them from our database six months after their membership expires, or earlier on request.

Signing up for our newsletter

What we collect

We collect your name and email address. This is administered separately from the membership database via Mailchimp. You should be aware that Mailchimp has its own privacy statement. Although Mailchimp is based outside the EU, it is compliant with Privacy Shield.

How we use this information

We use this information to email the MLM Newsletter and occasional other Club communications.

How long we keep this information

We will keep this information for as long as the subscriber wishes to receive the Newsletter. Subscribers can unsubscribe at any time using the link provided in the emails. If we get an Undelivered notification, we will remove that email address within one month.

How we will not use your information

We will not use or disclose personal information of our members in any other way, except where required to by law enforcement agencies.

Using our website

You should note the following:

  • Cookies may be placed on your computer to collect anonymised information on visitor behaviour. You can adjust the settings of your browser to not allow cookies, or delete them. See for more information on cookies.
  • We do not use third-party analytics on our website. However, we cannot prevent third party services such as Facebook or Google from knowing you have visited our website.

Access to your information

You have a legal right of access to the personal information we hold about you. If you would like to have a copy, email You can ask us to remove or correct information about you that you believe is inaccurate.

References in this statement to Manchester Leathermen should be taken to cover both the Club and Manchester Leathermen Ltd.