Legal and Privacy


Uncommon People is based on user contributions. Whilst we believe that we are only hosting content that we have rights to, if you feel that there are any issues or problems, please contact us so we can resolve the issue.

Privacy Policy Summary (full policy below)

By opting in to contribute to the site your data (e.g. email address) will be held for reference (e.g. in case we need query the content that you provide).

We do not pass on your details to 3rd parties.


Changes to Our Privacy Notice

This notice is dated 1 October 2020. We review this notice regularly as part of our internal processes or as our services, activities, or processes change. It is subject to change at any time.

Contacting Us

If you’d like to request further information about our privacy policy or exercise any of your rights, you can contact us:

By post to Data Protection Officer, Sensoria Festival, Trafalgar Studios, 118 Trafalgar Street, Sheffield S1 4JT

By email

Through our website

Your Privacy Rights

You have rights relating to your personal information. You can find more information about your privacy rights on the Information Commissioner’s Office website

You have the right to be informed about how and why we process your personal information including why we need it and how we will use it.

You can find most of the information you need in this Privacy Notice.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

You have the right to access your personal information

You can request a copy of information we hold about you at any time.

You may choose to exercise your right of access through any of our contact channels, but we may ask you to provide documented evidence of your identity before we process your request. We may also contact you to clarify your request or to ensure we have all the information we need to fully meet your request.

You’ll receive a full response as soon as we can reasonably provide one and we aim to resolve all subject access requests within 30 calendar days from confirming your identity. In more complex cases where we cannot provide a full substantive response within that time frame, we will write to you within 30 calendar days to explain why an extension is needed.

We don’t charge for subject access requests.

If you agree, we will try to deal with your request informally, for example by providing you with the specific information you need over the telephone.

You have the right to ask us to correct inaccurate personal information we hold about you

If you believe information we hold about you to be inaccurate or incomplete, you can ask us to correct it or complete it at any time, through any of our contact channels. Wherever possible, we will correct inaccurate or incomplete information immediately.

In more complex cases we will take reasonable steps to confirm the accuracy of the information we hold. Whilst we investigate the accuracy of the information, we will restrict the processing of the information in question.

Any information we can verify as inaccurate will be corrected within one month of receiving your request.

You have the right to ask us to delete your personal information

In some circumstances you have the right to ask us to delete information we hold about you. For example, if we have asked for your consent to process the information, and you withdraw that consent.

We will respond to your request as soon as we can, and we will act on any requests granted within one month of your request.

We can’t delete some information where we have a legal or regulatory obligation to keep it. We may also refuse your request if we believe it to be excessive. If your request for deletion is refused, we will explain the reasons for refusal.

You have the right to ask us to restrict the use of your personal information.

In some instances, you have the right to ask us to restrict the use of your personal information (for example if you have challenged the accuracy of the information we hold or have objected to our processing). We will restrict our use of your information whilst we investigate your objection or request to correct your information.

We will respond to your request as soon as we can, and we will act on any requests within one month of your request.

If your objection is unsuccessful, we will only continue processing once we’ve let you know the outcome of the investigation.

When processing is restricted, we are still permitted to store your personal data, but not use it. Information related to these requests will not be automatically deleted unless you expressly ask us to.


We take complaints concerning your privacy very seriously. If you think our collection or use of your personal information is unfair, misleading or inappropriate please bring it to our attention and we will be happy to provide any additional information. We also welcome suggestions for improving our procedures.

You can also contact the Information Commissioner’s Office at or write to Wycliffe House Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF or 0303 123 1113 for information, advice or to make a complaint.

Lawful Basis For Processing

Privacy Law states we must have a lawful basis for processing your information; the legal basis will vary depending on the circumstances of how and why we have your information. Usually we will do this in the following instances:

  • you have given consent for us to process the information i.e. in relation to certain marketing activities;
  • the processing is necessary for a contract we have, or because we have been asked to take specific steps before entering into a contract;
  • the processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject /
  • the processing is necessary for us to comply with the law.
  • the processing is necessary for our legitimate interests or the legitimate interests of a third party, unless there is a good reason to protect your personal data which overrides those legitimate interests.

Information We Collect From You And What We Do With It

To provide our services to you, we need to collect, process and store information about you. We use your information to administer, support, improve and develop our business generally, to provide statistical information to meet our lawful requirements and to enforce our legal rights. If we intend to use your information for a different purpose, we will do so in ways consistent with Privacy Law or, wherever possible, by notifying you in advance.

We will only use your information for the specific purpose(s) for which it has been provided to or collected.

We collect and process a variety of information from you and about you. In most cases, the information we collect about you is provided by you directly. This helps us to confirm the information we collect is accurate and as up to date as possible.

The type of information collected from you and obtained about you will vary depending on your association with us. However, in most cases we are likely to ask you to provide name and contact details (including e-mail address) – to contact you about the information you have provided or clarify any queries.

We will only collect sensitive personal information about you with your explicit consent, and for a specified purpose which will be explained to you at the time.

If you use our website, we will keep a record of the contact and we may collect additional information about you to provide a better digital service and website functionality.

More detailed information on what we collect in different circumstances and how it will be used is set out below to ‘what to expect when you contact us’.

Information We Collect Or Obtain From Others About You

We prefer to collect information about you directly. This helps us to confirm the information we collect is accurate and as up to date as possible.

We also work closely with trusted partners (including, for example, technical, payment and delivery services, advertising networks, analytics providers and search information providers) and may, on rare occasions, receive information about you from them.

If you contact us by phone or in writing (including e-mail, social media or via our website) we will record, monitor or keep copies of the correspondence.

We keep this information for several reasons (including fraud prevention and crime recording /investigation) but the main reasons are to:

  • assist our response to any queries you may have;
  • ensure we continue to offer you the best possible service;
  • maintain standards and help train our staff;
  • demonstrate our compliance with any regulatory obligations;

Contacting Us by Telephone

When you contact us by telephone, your telephone number may be added to our records so that we can contact you in future to provide further information. This information would be held on mac computers that are secure and password protected to the best of our knowledge and ability.

Contacting Us Via Social Media

We strongly advise not to post your personal contact or other sensitive information on a public social media site. If you contact us using social media to report an issue, we will ask you to private message us to gather suitable information. We may suggest an alternative contact method if we think this is more appropriate.

Making a Complaint

If you make a complaint to us, we will follow our complaints process.

We may need to share details about your complaint internally to fully investigate. If you escalate your complaint to the Information Commissioners Office, we may share information with them in order to resolve your complaint.

If the complaint relates to a service provided by a third party, we will share information with them to resolve your complaint. If a complainant doesn’t want information identifying him or her to be disclosed, we will try to respect that. However, it may not be possible to handle a complaint on an anonymous basis.

We will only use the personal information we collect to process the complaint and to examine the level of service we provide. We may compile and publish statistics showing information (for example the number of complaints we receive), but not in a form which identifies any individuals.

We will keep complaints in line with our data retention policy. This means that information relating to a complaint will be retained for seven years from closure.

Visiting Our Website

We use information gathered through cookies and similar technologies to measure and analyse information on visits to our websites, to tailor the websites to make them better for visitors and to improve technical performance (see below for more information). We will not use the data to identify you personally or to make any decisions about you.

Information About Cookies We Use

We use cookies to make our services and websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to collect information. We may obtain information about your general internet usage by using a cookie file which is stored on your browser, your mobile device or the hard drive of your computer. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. They help us to improve our systems site and to deliver a better and more personalised service. Some of the cookies we use are essential for the services site to operate.


Our website may also contain links to and from other websites including our partner networks and affiliates. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that we do not have control over these websites or their content. These websites have their own privacy policies and we will not accept any responsibility or liability for you visiting these. We recommend that you review the website terms and conditions that are applicable to the third-party website.

Information We Share With Others

In most circumstances we will not disclose your personal information without your consent. However, there are circumstances where we need to share some of your information to meet our compliance obligations or where we are permitted to under Privacy Law.

We have legal obligations to share data with some third parties identified in law. We may disclose your personal information to third parties if we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal information to comply with any legal obligation. We do not require your consent to process your information in this way.

Trusted Partners We Use Who May Have Access To Your Data

We use trusted partners to help us process your personal information and provide services to you.

We use:

  • third-party IT and software providers for our website. Our website is developed by Azzure Creative Limited. There is a link to our Cookies policy on the website.
  • companies to help us process payments including card payments (paypal).
  • From time to time we require legal advice and may need to share your personal data with our legal advisers to obtain advice or make a claim.

How Long We Will Keep Your Information

We only keep your information for as long as we need it. We will retain certain information eg email address.

Generally, we will keep:

  • Names and email addresses if opted-in
  • data subject requests (i.e. subject access requests and objections) for up to two years;
  • webchats and social media posts (in third party systems) for up to twelve months, unless related to a complaint;
  • Third party systems may retain your information and their privacy policies can be found on their own sites.

These retention periods may be extended in certain limited cases as prescribed or permitted by law – i.e. because of an accident at one of our events or to bring or defend a legal claim.

Where We Store Your Information And How We Keep It Safe

Opt-in email list is retain on the Uncommon People website (name and email address).

Sensoria staff (2 senior staff (1 paye, 1 f/lance and 1 p/t paye) have access to the information. Our employees all receive data protection awareness training.

We collect information from our volunteers and staff and candidates on laptop devices and delete the information once the contract is complete or the recruitment decision is made.

Where we transfer information to third parties to enable them to process it on our behalf (see the information about Trusted Partners above), we ensure that the providers meet or exceed the relevant legal or regulatory requirements for transferring data to them and keeping it secure.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet isn’t completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of information you send to us that is outside of our security arrangements; any transmission is at your own risk.

Our Sheffield Music Map app was developed and is managed by the HRI at The University of Sheffield.

The Sensoria Festival Ltd is a not-for-profit company Limited by Guarantee. Our purpose and objects are restricted specifically, in each case only for the public benefit to provide in Sheffield and throughout the United Kingdom for the advancement of music, film, new technologies and the arts:

(a) to promote and advance education and training in the arts.

(b) to advance the arts and heritage – with particular reference to music, film and new technologies.

(c) any other activity for the public benefit which promotes music, film, new technologies and the arts.

The Sensoria Festival Privacy Policy can be found on

Our registered office is at 4 Cobnar Avenue, Sheffield S8 8RL

Company Limited by Guarantee no: 6644266.