WMB Publishing Limited (Women Mean Business) takes the protection of your personal information very seriously and respects your right to privacy. This Online Privacy Statement describes how we, as Data Controller, process any personal data that we collect from you when you visit this website. In line with our responsibilities under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force on the 25th May 2018, this Statement also describes options available to you regarding our use of information and your rights regarding access to, correction of and deletion of data held by WMB.

In line with our commitment to provide visitors to this website with a pleasant experience, certain information will be collected for the purposes of data analytics. Information is anonymous and collected on an aggregate basis from all visitors to our website. Such information cannot be used to identify you. Information will be used to improve the efficiency of the website as well as problem diagnosis, analysis and resolution. No attempt is made or will be made to identify individual visitors.

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer’s hard drive by your web browser when you visit any website. They allow information gathered on one web page to be stored until it is needed for use on another, allowing a website to provide you with a personalised experience and the website owner with statistics about how you use the website so that it can be improved.

Some cookies may last for a defined period of time, such as one day or until you close your browser. Others last indefinitely. Your web browser should allow you to delete any you choose. It also should allow you to prevent or limit their use.

Our website uses first party cookies. They are placed by software that operates on our servers, and by software operated by third parties whose services we use. When you first visit our website, we ask you whether you wish us to use cookies. If you choose not to accept them, we shall not use them for your visit except to record that you have not consented to their use for any other purpose. If you choose not to use cookies or you prevent their use through your browser settings, you may not be able to use all the functionality of our website.

We use cookies in the following ways:

to register your visit to our website,
to track your privacy preference settings (i.e. your cookie consent), and
to analyse how you use our website.

Functional (Always Switched On) –
These cookies are vital for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences or accessing the website. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site may not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information. 

Marketing (Option to Switch Off) – These cookies allow us to monitor visits and traffic sources so we can analyse and improve the performance of our website. They tell us which pages are the most and least popular and allow us to see how visitors move around the website. A unique identifier is assigned to each registered user, which enables us to recognise visitors to our website anonymously. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.

When you visit our website for the first time you will be presented with a ‘Manage Consent’ notice with a link to this policy explaining the use of cookies by us, our partners and third parties. This will provide you with information about the specific cookies we use and how to control them. We will remember the preferences you select and may ask you to confirm these preferences from time to time. You can change your preferences at any time by scrolling to the bottom right hand side of the website page you are visiting and clicking on ‘Manage Consent’.

Most internet browsers are set to accept cookies automatically, but you can change your settings to notify you when a cookie is being set or updated, or to block cookies altogether.

We only collect personal information from you through this website that you have explicitly consented to give – when you subscribe to our newsletter, fill out a form or login to any private sections of the website. Such data is voluntarily provided by website visitors (data subjects) to us. We only retain contact information provided by our online query forms for as long as necessary to answer those queries, after which time they are deleted. We also retain contact information for those who subscribe to our email newsletter but data subjects can unsubscribe at any time, at which time their details will be deleted.

We may provide non personal data to third parties where such information is amalgamated with similar information of other users of our website. For example, we might inform third parties regarding the number of unique users to our website, the demographic breakdown of our community of users or the activities that visitors to our website engage in whilst on our website.

We will not disclose any personal data to third parties unless you have explicitly consented to such disclosure. We will disclose your personal data if we believe in good faith that we are required to disclose it in order to comply with any applicable law, legal summons, search warrant, Court or regulatory Order or other statutory requirement.

WMB’s website contains links to websites that are not maintained by WMB and their activities are outside of our control. Please be aware that that dissimilar terms and conditions of use and privacy standards may apply to you as a user of such websites. WMB does not, and will not accept responsibility for the privacy statements or terms and conditions of use of such third party sites. Users of these sites are advised to check the privacy statements of these sites before submitting any personal data to those sites.

WMB recognises the importance of safeguarding the security and confidentiality of data. We take all reasonable steps to protect your personal information online. We have taken, and will continue to take necessary measures to improve existing security, integrity, and accuracy of data. However, we cannot guarantee or warrant the security of information that you transmit to us from your desktop or portable device before it reaches us, which is outside of our control and as such, is sent entirely at your own risk. We can only take all reasonable steps (including appropriate technical and organisational measures) to protect your personal data.

WMB follows our statutory obligations and best practice in the retention and deletion of personal data. Through this website, we will retain personal inform (e.g. contact details that you have supplied to us through our online query forms) only for as long as necessary to respond to those queries. In all cases, we will delete personal information if requested, within one month.

As outlined in GDPR, you have the right:

  • To be informed about and to access your personal information that WMB has collected and/or retains;
  • To request that inaccurate or incomplete information about you is rectified;
  • To request the erasure of your personal information where there is no reason for us to retain it;
  • To request the restriction of the use of your personal information, and to object to certain uses (such as for marketing purposes).

Should you wish to exercise any of these rights, or if you would like to request the information we hold about you under a Subject Access Request (“SAR”), you may do so at any time by contacting WMB at ed@womenmeanbusiness.

If you feel that your rights have been breached in any way, you should contact WMB at ed@womenmeanbusiness. You also have the right to escalate and complain to the Data Protection Commissioner, which is the relevant supervisory authority in Ireland (

Any changes to this Online Privacy Statement will be posted on this website so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances, if any we disclose it. If at any time, we decide to use your personal data in a manner that is significantly different from that stated in this Statement or otherwise disclosed to you at the time it was collected we will notify you and you will have the choice as to whether or not we can use your information for that new purpose. Of course, this does not in any way alter our obligations with data protection legislation and GDPR.