Privacy Policy

Macmillan Publishers Limited own and operate this site and we respect your concerns about privacy. This Privacy Policy describes the treatment of information we collect when you are registering, accessing or using our websites (“sites”) and the products, software and services available on our sites or via any applications we make available on third-party sites or platforms if disclosed to you in connection with use of our sites.

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Information We Collect About You

We collect the following categories of personal information:

  • Information you provide when you create an account or enter a competition, including your first name and surname, country of residence, date of birth, email address, telephone number and postal address.
  • Information you provide when you purchase a product or service from us or request support whether through our sites or applications or by contacting our Customer Services Department, including your name, email address, billing address, telephone number and debit or credit card information (including card type, cardholder name, card number, expiry date and security code). We use industry-standard encryption technologies and a secure server for transferring and receiving credit card information exchanged with our sites.
  • Information you provide in message boards, blogs and other public forums on our sites. Any information that is disclosed in these areas of our sites become public information and you should always be careful when deciding to disclose your personal information. For more information, please click on the relevant site’s Terms of Use and Community Guidelines.
  • Information sent either one-to-one or within a limited group using our message, chat, post or similar functionality, where we are permitted by law to collect this information
  • Information you provide to us when you use our sites and applications, our applications on third-party sites or platforms such as social networking sites, or link your profile on a third-party site or platform with your registration account.
  • Information you provide to us when you apply for jobs with other organisations which are advertised on our sites. We do not receive or store a copy of your application or CV. The relevant third party is responsible for your personal data and we shall have no liability to you arising out of or in connection with the submission of your CV and/or application to a third party through our sites.
  • Certain automatic information such as usage, viewing and technical data, including your device identifier or IP address when you visit our sites and applications or use our applications on third-party sites or platforms or open emails we send. Automatic information does not personally identify a single visitor. It tells us information such as how many users visited our website and which pages were accessed. By collecting this information, we learn how to best tailor our website to our visitors. We collect this information through technology such as "cookies" or "web beacons", as explained below.

    Cookies: Like many companies, we use "cookies" on our website(s). Cookies are bits of text that are placed on your computer's hard drive when you visit certain websites. We use cookies to tell us, for example, whether you have visited us before or if you are a new visitor and to help us identify site features in which you may have the greatest interest. Cookies may enhance your online experience by saving your preferences while you are visiting a particular site. Most browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new cookies, how to be notified when you receive a new cookie, and how to disable existing cookies. Please note, however, that without cookies you may not be able to take full advantage of all our website features. Please visit the Macmillan Cookies Policy for further information, including how to disable cookies.

    Web Beacons: Certain pages on our websites contain "web beacons" (also known as Internet tags, pixel tags and clear GIFs or java script equivalents). These web beacons allow third parties to obtain information such as the IP address of the computer that downloaded the page on which the beacon appears, the URL of the page on which the beacon appears, the time the page containing the beacon was viewed, the type of browser used to view the page, and the information in cookies set by the third party.

Use of Your Information by Us

We use the personal information collected from you for the following purposes:

  • Provide you with the products, software and services you request.
  • Communicate with you about your account or transactions with us and send you information about features on our sites and application or changes to our policies.
  • Provided you have consented, send you information about products, software and services offered by us or our affiliates or by carefully selected third-parties that we think may be of interest to you.
  • Personalize content and experiences on our sites and applications.
  • Optimize or improve our products, software, services and operations.
  • For internal purposes, such as for website administration, data analytics and compliance purposes.

Information We Share

We do not sell or otherwise disclose your personal information, except as described here.

  • We may share the information you provide with affiliates of Macmillan Publishers Limited (i.e. companies in our group) to perform services on our behalf or for the purposes described in this Policy.
  • We may share the information with service providers we have retained to perform services on our behalf. These service providers are not authorised by us to use or disclose the information except as necessary to perform services on our behalf or to comply with legal requirements.
  • Electing to share your personal information with carefully selected companies so that they can send you information about their products and services or directing us to share your personal information with third-party sites or platforms, such as social networking sites. Please note that once we share your personal information with another company, it becomes subject to their privacy practices.
  • We may disclose information about you (i) if we are required to do so by law or legal process, (ii) to law enforcement agencies following an appropriate request (iii) to enforce our Terms of Use or rules, or (iv) when we believe disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and property or the rights and property of visitors to our sites or third parties or (v) to prevent physical harm or financial loss or in connection with an investigation of suspected or actual illegal activity.
  • We reserve the right to transfer any information we have about you in the event we sell or transfer all or a portion of our business or assets. Should such a sale or transfer occur, we will use reasonable efforts to direct the transferee to use information you have provided through our sites or applications in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy Policy.

Whenever we transfer personal information to countries outside of the European Economic Area in the course of sharing information as set out above, we will ensure that the information is transferred as permitted by the applicable laws on data protection.


How We Protect Personal Information

We maintain administrative, technical and physical safeguards to protect against loss, misuse or unauthorised access, disclosure, alteration or destruction of the information you provide on our sites or via any applications.


Access and Correction

We will provide website users with access to a copy of their personal information which they have provided through our sites or applications, where such users are reasonably entitled to ask for this, (for which we may charge a small fee not exceeding the statutory maximum) and they will have the ability to review and correct it, as applicable. To help protect your privacy and security, we will take reasonable steps to verify your identity, such as requiring a password and user ID, before granting access to your information.


Your Choices

If you would like to update, correct or delete your registration information, you can do so on the 'My Account' page. Alternatively, you may email us at

If you would like to change your contact choices (e.g. for subscriptions, newsletters or alerts), you may email us at


Children’s Privacy

We recognize the need to provide further privacy protections with respect to personal information we may collect from children on our sites and applications. Certain features on our sites and applications may be age-gated so that they are not available for use by children and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children in connection with those features. When we intend to collect personal information from children, we take additional steps to protect children’s privacy, including:

  • Obtaining consent from parents for the collection of personal information from their children
  • Limiting our collection of personal information from children to no more than is reasonably necessary to participate in an activity
  • Giving parents access or the ability to request access to personal information we have collected from their children and the ability to request that the personal information be changed or deleted

Updates to our Privacy Policy

This Policy may be updated periodically and without prior notice to you to reflect changes in our online information practices. We will post a prominent notice on our sites to notify you of any significant changes to our Policy and indicate at the top of the Policy when it was most recently updated.


How to Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments about this Policy, please contact us:

By sending an email to:

By writing to:

Customer Service Department
The Macmillan Building
4 Crinan Street
London
N1 9SQ
UK