Privacy Policy

Useyourlocal Limited, ("we", "our", "Useyourlocal") are committed to protecting and respecting the privacy of all of our visitors and users. Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your data and how we will treat it.

If you have any questions, comments or requests on this policy or how we use your data, please contact us at info@useyourlocal.com. We are a company registered under the laws of Scotland with registration number SC349564. Our ICO registration number is 00044271975.

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site. For detailed information on the cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them see our Cookie policy.

This policy applies when you visit our website at www.useyourlocal.com and any related websites and mobile applications, and including any pub or bar websites that are "powered by" useyourlocal.com (these sites are referred to as "Websites" below), including where you register for an account with us, and applies to any data we collect from you, or that you provide to us.

By visiting our Websites and/or when registering for an account with us, you will be accepting and consenting to the collection, use and transfer of your information as set out in this policy.

Where used in this policy, the term "participating outlet" means any pub or bar that has a profile page on the Website.

1. What information do we collect from you?

We will collect and process the following data about you:

  • information that you give us by filling in forms on our Websites or by corresponding with us by phone, e-mail or otherwise. It includes information you provide when you register to use our Websites, subscribe to our services, search for bars, pubs and restaurants, post content, participate in discussion boards or other social media functions on our site, enter a competition, promotion or survey, and when you report a problem with our site. The information you give us may include your name, date of birth, address, e-mail address, phone number, financial and credit card information, personal description and photograph.
  • technical information, including the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer or device to the Internet, this may also include technical information through your use of mobile devices such as location data, characteristics of your device, operating systems, mobile payment methods, interaction with other retail technology such as QR codes, pixel tags, web beacons, NFC tags or mobile vouchers. Unless you have elected to remain anonymous through your device and/or platform settings, this information may be collected and used by us automatically if you use the websites or our services through your mobile device(s), through your mobile's browser or otherwise.
  • information about your visit, including the full Uniform Resource Locators (URL), clickstream to, through and from our site (including date and time), products and participating outlets that you viewed or searched for, page response times, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks, and mouse-overs), methods used to browse away from the page, and any phone number used to call our customer service number.
  • information we receive about you if you use any of the other websites we operate or the other services we provide, or if you visit and use any of the Websites "powered by" us (for example this includes websites of pubs and participating outlets that are registered to use our service – although they will have their own privacy terms on their website). We may share your data internally and combine it with data collected on this site and combine this for our own internal business purposes. We are 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).
  • information we receive about you through your login to our Website via social media, for example through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. This will include your user name, profile details (including profile picture), and details of your interactions with other users of our Website.

2. How do we use and share your information?

When you register to use the Website, your notifications will default to "on". You can change your preferences for the way we contact you from time to time in the "preferences" section of the Website.

We will use the information that we collect from you for the following purposes:

  • to provide you with the information, products and services that you request from us, and to administer our site and for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research, statistical and survey purposes, and to measure or understand the effectiveness of advertising we serve to you and others, and to deliver relevant advertising to you;
  • where you have "followed" a pub, bar or outlet on our Website, to allow that outlet to directly communicate with you via email via the Website, including to allow that outlet to provide you with details of offers and promotions available to you;
  • to improve our site to ensure that content is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer;
  • where you register to use the Website, your details will appear on the "people" page of useyourlocal.com. This will allow outlets and other users to see your profile page and all activity published by you through the Website, including but not limited to your name, profile photo and the pubs and bars that you "follow", and lists of pubs created by you;
  • to allow you to participate in interactive features of our service, when you choose to do so;
  • as part of our efforts to keep our site safe and secure;
  • to provide you with information about other goods and services we offer that are similar to those that you have already purchased or enquired about;
  • to directly contact you with messages from us and our selected third parties, including marketing and advertising businesses, affiliates and associates with information about goods or services that may interest you. Contact may be by, SMS and email, or via the Website and through smart technology (for example beacons). For example, we might allow a drinks brand to contact users in Birmingham with details of a promotion being run by them. This message would be sent by us on their behalf. If you change your mind, and do not want us to use your data in this way, please contact us on the details set out above, or change the preferences on your online account with us);
  • to ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for you.
  • If our business enters into a partnership with another business, or we purchase another business or we are sold or merged to another business, your information may be disclosed or transferred to these new business partners and their owners and advisors.
  • To share information with our business partners (for example our participating outlets and retailers/brands, analytics and search engine providers, and advertisers and advertising networks that require the data to select and serve relevant adverts to you and others. We do not disclose information about identifiable individuals to these third parties, but we will provide them with aggregate information about our users (for example, if a drinks brand runs a promotion through our service, we may inform them and other third parties and participating outlets that 500 men aged under 30 have clicked on their advertisement, and/or that 200 of these men redeemed a voucher for that promotion on any given day). We may also use such aggregate information to help advertisers reach the kind of audience they want to target (for example, in the example given above we might tell these third parties that of the 200 men who redeemed the voucher, the participating outlets in which the voucher was redeemed, and other characteristics of the individuals (for example 25% of them lived in the postcode NE1). We may make use of the personal data we have collected from you to enable us to comply with our advertisers' wishes by displaying their advertisement to that target audience;
  • Please note that by submitting reviews regarding the website, service and/or participating outlets, you consent to us using such reviews on our website, partner websites, and with all other third parties (such as brand owners, marketers and advertisers) and in any marketing or advertising materials. We will only identify you for this purpose by your first name and the city in which you reside (and any other information that you may from time to time consent to us disclosing).
  • If we are under a duty to disclose or share your data in order to comply with any legal obligation, or in order to enforce or apply our terms of use and other agreements; or to protect the rights, property, or safety of Useyourlocal Limited, our customers, partners, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organisations. For example, this might involve exchange and sharing of your information between us and participating outlets for the purposes of crime prevention or detection.

3. Where we store your personal data

The data that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the European Economic Area ("EEA"). As our business grows it may also be processed by staff operating outside the EEA who work for us or for one of our suppliers. By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing. We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this privacy policy.

All information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers. Any payment transactions will be encrypted using SSL technology. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share a password with anyone.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

4. Accessing and updating

You have the right to ask us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes. You can exercise your right to prevent such processing by checking certain boxes on the forms we use to collect your data. You can also exercise the right at any time by contacting us as set out above.

Our site may, from time to time, 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 and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.

You have the right to access information held about you. Any access request will be subject to a fee of £10 to meet our costs in providing you with details of the information we hold about you.

5. Data retention

We keep your information only as long as we need it for legitimate business purposes and as permitted by applicable legal requirements. If you close your account we will retain certain data for analytical purposes and recordkeeping integrity. If your data has been passed to third parties, its retention by them will be subject to their own data retention policies.

6. Changes to our privacy policy

Any changes we make to our privacy policy in the future will be posted on this page and, where appropriate, notified to you by e-mail. Please check back frequently to see any updates or changes to our privacy policy.


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1. How to control and delete cookies

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If you would like more information about the cookies used by these suppliers, as well as information on how to opt-out, please continue reading.

2. List of the main cookies on this website

This is a list of the main cookies set by this website website, and what each is used for.

Cookie Name Purpose
This is a session cookie stored in the computer's memory only during a user's browsing session and are automatically deleted from the user's computer when the browser is closed.
This cookie stores a session ID that is not personally identifiable to users, allowing the user to move from page to page without having to log-in repeatedly.
Session cookies are never written on the hard drive and they do not collect any information from the user's computer. Session cookies expire at the end of the user's browser session and can also become no longer accessible after the session has been inactive for a specified length of time, usually 20 minutes.
This cookie may also be used to store information such as the contents of a shopping cart or to provide feedback messages to users during your browsing session.
goUseYourLocal  When you login, if you clicked the ‘Remember Me’ checkbox this cookie will be set in order to log you in automatically the next time your return to the website.

3. Third Party Cookies

This website uses a number of suppliers who also set cookies on this website website on its behalf in order to deliver the services that they are providing. If you would like more information about the cookies used by these suppliers, as well as information on how to opt-out, please see their individual privacy policies listed below.

Google Analytics

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This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics sets a number of cookies in order to evaluate your use of this website and enable us to carry out actions including (but not limited to):

  • Tracking the number of visitors to this website.
  • Monitoring the number of users on the website at any given time.
  • Analysing popular content on this website.

Google stores the information collected by these cookies on servers in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above. How to reject or delete this cookie.

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You should check the relevant third party website for more information about these.

Sharing Tools

We would like to draw your attention to the fact that this website now carries embedded ‘share’ buttons to enable users of the site to easily share articles with their friends through a number of popular social networks.

Examples of Social networks that provide sharing services are:

  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn

Sharing may be faciliated by the use of 3rd party services provided other companies, for example, ShareThis (http://www.sharethis.com) or AddThis (http://www.addthis.com)

These sites may set a cookie when you are also logged in to their service. this website does not control the dissemination of these cookies and you should check the relevant third party website for more information about these.

Login Tools

This website may use a 3rd party service to allow users to login with an account the user holds with a Social Networking site. Examples of this are the ability to sign in with Twiiter or Facebook accounts. This website does not control the dissemination of these cookies which are used authenticate users.

4. Local Shared Objects (Flash Cookies)

This website may use the Adobe Flash Player to deliver its video content using services or software.

Software and services we use include:

To improve user experience, Local Shared Objects - or Flash Cookies as they are commonly known - are employed to provide features such as auto-resume and for saving your preferences. Flash Cookies are stored on a user's terminal much the same as cookies are, however it is not possible to manage them at browser level in the same way.

How to disable Flash Cookies:

The Adobe website provides comprehensive information on how to delete or disable Flash cookies either for a specific domain or for all websites - see here for details. Please be aware that restricting the use of Flash Cookies may affect the features available to you for Flash based applications.

Please note that if you disable your Flash cookies for this website you may be unable to watch video content

5. Admin and members areas

This website contains areas which are not accessible without logging in using a username and / or password. These restricted areas are used for a range of activities including the administration of the website, the provision of members only content, and management of users profiles.

Access to these areas is controlled by a Session Cookie which is deleted automatically at the end of your browsing session, however if you choose to tick a ‘remember me’ checkbox to automatically log you in to the account this is managed with a standard Cookie that will be set to persist for a long period of time. This may also be achieved by the use of 3rd party systems like Facebook connect.

Within these restricted areas other cookies may be set automatically. These cookies are associated with scripts and applications that are used as part of the administration system (for example by WYSIWYG content editors).

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