This privacy policy explains how we collect and process your information. Please read it together with any other data protection documents we may have sent you. This policy supplements other such documents and is not intended to override them. All references to information in this policy, means any data which identifies a natural person or which allows that person to be identified when combined with other data.

This privacy policy is provided in accordance with our obligations under applicable privacy and data protection law, including the UK retained version of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018.

We keep our privacy policy under regular review. This Privacy Policy was last updated on 20 December 2023.


We may collect, store and use the following kinds of personal data: (a) information that you provide to us for the purpose of registering a profile with us including, but not limited to, your name, email address, date of birth, gender, city and country of residence and your current education or occupation status, university/college or employer name, course or job title details and social media accounts; (b) information that you provide to us for the purpose of subscribing to our website services, email notifications and/or newsletters including your name and email address; (c) information that you provide to us for the purpose of entering a competition hosted on our website; (d) information about your computer and about your visits to and use of this website including your browser type, referral source, length of visit and number of page views; (e) information relating to any transactions carried out between you and us on or in relation to this website, including information relating to any purchases you make of any goods or services we may offer; and (f) any other information that you choose to send to us. We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of this website. Google Analytics generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies, which are stored on users’ computers. The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of the website. Google will store this information. Google’s privacy policy is available at:

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Personal data submitted on this website will be used for the purposes specified in this privacy policy or in relevant parts of the website. We may use your personal information to: (a) enable your use of the services available on the website; (b) administer the website, e.g. to send you password reminders; (c) contact you to inform you of competitions on our website and about any such competitions you have entered; (d) send to you goods purchased via the website and supply to you services purchased via the website; (e) send statements and invoices to you, and collect payments from you; (f) send you general (non-marketing) commercial communications; (g) send you email notifications which you have specifically requested; (h) send to you a newsletter and other marketing communications relating to our website, where you have specifically agreed to this, by post, email or similar technology (you can inform us at any time if you no longer require marketing communications); (i) deal with enquiries and complaints made by or about you relating to the website. Where you submit personal information for publication on our website, we will publish and otherwise use that information in accordance with the license you grant to us. We will not without your express consent provide your personal information to any third parties for the purpose of direct marketing.

We ask for your consent to process your personal data in relation to your registration and profile on the website. In other cases, we process your personal information where we need to do so:

We consider that the risk to your data protection rights in connection with personal data that we process on the basis of our legitimate interests is not excessive or overly intrusive. We have also put in place protections for your rights by ensuring proper retention periods and security controls.


We may disclose information about you to any of our employees, officers, agents, suppliers insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes as set out in this privacy policy, particularly those that help us provide our services or run our business effectively. Most commonly, this includes our staff, our IT service providers, those who manage our data, our advisers and marketing partners, and third parties who help with the administration of competitions and the fulfilment of their prizes. In addition, we may disclose information about you: (a) to the extent that we are required to do so by law; (b) in connection with any legal proceedings or prospective legal proceedings; (c) in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk); and (d) to the purchaser (or prospective purchaser) of any business or asset which we are (or are contemplating) selling. As your personal data will be stored on our IT infrastructure it will also be shared with our data processors Microsoft and Amazon Web Services which may be located outside the UK – please see the International Transfers section below for more details.

Competition finalists’ full names may be published online and shared with the media as part of the competition publicity, subject to the terms and conditions for such competition. We may also share your data with Arts Thread for the purpose of providing a creative profile on the Arts Thread website. We will only share your data with Arts Thread with your consent and you can view their privacy policy here.

Except as provided in this privacy policy, we will not provide your information to third parties.


Information that we collect may be stored and processed in and transferred between any of the countries in which we operate in order to enable us to use the information in accordance with this privacy policy. Information which you provide may be transferred to countries (including the United States, Japan and others) which do not have data protection laws equivalent to those in force in the UK. Where we work with certain service providers/partners, such as the Leather & Hide Council of America for the purpose of reviewing website profiles and as part of the judging process for competitions, we may use specific contracts approved by the Information Commissioner’s Office with the service provider/partner which gives the information the same protection it has in the UK. For further details, see the Information Commissioner’s Office website for the transfer of personal data to third countries. In addition, personal information that you submit for publication on the website, such as your name and email address, will be published on the Internet and may be available, via the Internet, around the world. You expressly agree to such transfers of personal information.


We will take reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information. We will store all the personal information you provide on our secure (password- and firewall- protected) servers. All electronic transactions you make to or receive from us will be encrypted using SSL technology. Of course, data transmission over the Internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data sent over the Internet. You are responsible for keeping your password and user details confidential. We will not ask you for your password.


a) Right of access

This means you can ask us to give you a copy of the information we hold about you.

b) Right to rectification

This means if we have incomplete or inaccurate information, you can ask us to correct it. It is important that the information we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if the information you provide us changes as our relationship evolves. Note, we may need to verify the accuracy of the new data you provide to us.

c) Right to erasure (Right to be forgotten)

This means you can ask us to delete or remove any information we have if there is no good reason for us continuing to have it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove information where you have successfully exercised your right to object to processing (see below), where we may have processed your information unlawfully or where we are required to erase your information to comply with local law. Note, however, that we may not always be able to comply with your request of erasure for specific legal reasons which will be notified to you, if applicable, at the time of your request.

d) Right of restriction of processing

This means you can ask us to suspend using your information in the following scenarios: (a) if you want us to establish the data’s accuracy; (b) where our use of the information is unlawful but you do not want us to erase it; (c) where you need us to hold the information even if we no longer require it as you need it to establish, exercise or defend legal claims; or (d) you have objected to our use of your information but we need to verify whether we have overriding legitimate grounds to use it.

e) Right to transfer/data portability

This means you can ask us to transfer the information we hold on you to you, or to a third party. We will provide to you, or the third party you have chosen, your information in a structured, commonly used, machine-readable format. Note that this right only applies to automated information which you initially provided consent for us to use, or where we used the information to perform a contract with you.

f) Right to object

This means you can contact us if you feel our use of your information impacts on your rights and freedoms. This applies if we are: (a) relying on our legitimate interest (or those of a third party) to use your information; (b) if we are using your information for direct marketing purposes; (c) if you believe we are using your information unlawfully; or (d) where we need to erase you information to comply with local laws. It is unlikely, but in some cases we may demonstrate that we have compelling legitimate grounds to process your information which override your rights and freedoms.

g) Right to withdraw data protection consent

This means you can tell us that you no longer consent to our use of your information at any time where we are relying on consent to process your information. If you withdraw your consent, we may not be able to provide certain services or content to you. We will advise you if this is the case at the time you withdraw your consent. Note that this will only apply to any information where we were previously relying on consent as the legal basis to use your information. This action will also not affect the lawfulness of any processing carried out before you withdraw your consent.

If you wish to exercise any of the rights above, in particular to withdraw the consent, you may, at any time, contact us at [email protected]  


We may update this privacy policy from time-to-time by posting a new version on our website. You should check this page occasionally to ensure you are happy with any changes. We may also notify you of changes to our privacy policy by email.


When you register through the website, we will maintain your profile information for our records unless and until you ask us to delete this information.


Our website may include links to third-party websites and/or plug-ins. Clicking on those links or enabling those connections may allow third parties to collect or share data about you. We do not control these third-party websites or services and are not responsible for their privacy practices or privacy statements. When you leave our website, we encourage you to read the privacy policy of any new website you visit if this is a concern for you.


If you have any questions about this privacy policy or our treatment of your personal data, please contact us by email us at [email protected]  or by post to gt&i, 66 Charlotte Street, W1T 4QE London, United Kingdom.


The data controller responsible for our website is GT&I Ltd with registered address One New Street, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2LA.

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