The British Society of Magazine Editors (BSME) is the only society in the UK exclusively for magazine and website editors and senior editorial staff.  Our aim is to represent the needs and views of all editors - providing a strong, clear voice for our industry. Our strapline is 'Championing Editorial Excellence'. The Society’s administration is handled by Gill Branston & Associates at 137 Hale Lane, Edgware, Middlesex HA8 9QP.  Tel:  020 8906 4664.

At the BSME, we are committed to maintaining the trust and confidence of our Members, visitors to our website and recipients of our newsletter.

This is how we treat data that we collect:

  • We send regular newsletters to notify members and non-members about events, awards and general news about the Society.  We may also send direct emails relating to the Society’s activities or requesting information. 
  • We use a third party provider, Vertical Response, to deliver our newsletter. We gather statistics around email opening and clicks using industry standard technologies to help us monitor and improve our e-newsletter. For more information, please see Vertical Response’s privacy notice.
  • You can unsubscribe to general mailings at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any of our emails or by emailing
  • You can request access to the personal data we hold on you at any time and we will provide the information to you within one month.
  • If you believe that any information we are holding on you is inaccurate or incomplete, please contact us at as soon as possible. We will promptly correct any information found to be inaccurate.
  • Equally, if you have any questions or comments about this Privacy Policy please contact us at


We may use your Personal Information for the following reasons:

  • internal record keeping
  • to analyse how you use the Website and to identify how the Website could be improved
  • to administer your membership of the BSME, if applicable
  • to send promotional emails about events, awards or general news which we think you may find interesting

Please note: data is stored indefinitely as the administrators of the Society are required to keep a full history of activity of both members and non-members.


We will not share Personal Information collected through our Website with unrelated third parties, except as provided in this Privacy Policy. We may share Personal Information with companies that we contract with to perform services for us, such as assisting us with our mailing campaigns or other data processing, where they need your Personal Information to perform the service for us. These companies are not authorised to keep or use your Personal Information for any other purpose.


As the BSME website is hosted by Squarespace and analytics recorded by Google, please note, these Companies may collect information about your activity on and interaction with their Services, such as your IP address(es), your device and browser type, the web page you visited before coming to our site, what pages on our site you visit and for how long and identifiers associated with your devices. If you’ve given permission through your device settings, they may collect your location information in their mobile apps.


We aim to ensure that your Personal Information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place appropriate physical, technical and organisational measures to safeguard and secure the Personal Information we collect.

Please keep in mind, however, that no Internet transmission is 100% secure. Some emails sent to or from our Website may not be secure. Please consider this when sending information to us by email.


If you wish to receive information and offers from us and you have not previously given us your consent, please let us know by emailing us at If you are already receiving information from us you do not need to do anything.

We will assume that you are happy to continue receiving information unless we hear from you.  If you no longer wish to receive our newsletter or promotional communications from us, you may opt out of receiving them by following the instructions included in each newsletter or communication, or by emailing us at Should you decided to Opt Out we will implement this promptly after we receive your instructions. The Opt-Out does not apply to general communications from one of our staff.

Should you, at any time, wish to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) can be contacted here.


You can request access to the personal data we hold on you at any time and we will provide the information to you within one month.

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is inaccurate or incomplete, please contact us at as soon as possible. We will promptly correct any information found to be inaccurate.

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your Personal Information.

If you have previously agreed to our using your Personal Information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by emailing us at 

We do not sell your Personal Information to third parties but from time to time we may share previous guest lists with potential sponsors.  Please note, guest lists only include information in the public domain and contact details are not shared.

If we receive a request for the deletion or removal of personal data we will consider the grounds for the request and decide to comply or whether the law allows us to refuse.

We are happy to accommodate any requests for data portability.


We regularly review and, where necessary, update our privacy information. 

If we plan to use personal data for a new purpose, we will update our privacy information and communicate the changes to individuals before starting any new processing.

This privacy notice was last updated on 14 May 2018.


Similar to other commercial websites, our Website uses a technology called "cookies" and web server logs to collect information about how our Website is used.


A cookie is a very small text document, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier. When you visit a website, that site's computer asks your computer for permission to store this file in a part of your hard drive specifically designated for cookies.

Information gathered through cookies and web server logs may include the date and time of visits, the pages viewed, time spent at our Website, and the websites visited just before and just after our Website.

For further details on Cookies please visit where you can find comprehensive information on Cookie restriction and blocking for a wide variety of browsers.


We use 'analytical' cookies which, in conjunction with our web server's log files, allow us to calculate the aggregate number of people visiting our Website and which parts of the Website are most popular. This helps us gather feedback so that we can improve our Website and better serve our users and members. We do not generally store any personal Information that you provided to us in your cookies. 

On some of our web pages third parties may also set their own cookies (for example when you click social media sharing buttons or view embedded videos hosted on another website). The BSME cannot access the data stored in any such cookies (nor can such third parties access the BSME’s cookies).

By using our Website, you are deemed to consent to our use of the analytical cookies described above.

You can refuse to accept cookies by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of cookies (see below for further details). Please note that if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.


You can refuse to accept all or some cookies by amending the settings on your web browser.

For details about how to adjust your cookie settings in the following browsers, please visit the relevant link below:

Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
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Cookie settings in Chrome
Cookie settings in Safari web and iOS.