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Privacy Statement

1. Statement of intent
From time to time, you will be asked to submit personal information about yourself (e.g. name and email address etc) in order to receive or use services on our website. Such services include publications, technical articles, attendance at events and membership.

By entering your details in the fields requested, you enable the Aluminium Federation and its service providers to provide you with the services you select. Whenever you provide such personal information, we will treat that information in accordance with this policy. Our services are designed to give you the information that you want to receive. The Aluminium Federation will act in accordance with current legislation and aim to meet current Internet best practice.

2. Information on visitors
During the course of any visit to, the pages that you see, along with something called a cookie, are downloaded to your computer (see point 3 for more on this). Most, if not all, websites do this, because cookies allow the website publisher to do useful things such as find out whether the computer (and probably its user) has visited the site before. This is done on a repeat visit by checking to see, and finding, the cookie left there on the last visit. Any information that is supplied by cookies can help us to provide you with a better service and assists us to analyse the profile of our visitors. For example: if on a previous visit you went to, say, the education pages, then we might find this out from your cookie and highlight educational information on a second visit. Our web site gathers non-personal data regarding the visitors to our site on our behalf,  using cookies and code which is embedded in the site. Both the cookies and the embedded code provide non-personal statistical information about visits to pages on the site, the duration of individual page view, paths taken by visitors through the site, data on visitors' screen settings and other general information. The Aluminium Federation uses this type of information, as with that obtained from other cookies used on the site, to help it improve the services to its users.

Should you not wish to accept such a cookie, you will need to configure your browser and/or firewall to block incoming cookies. Please refer to the suppliers of this software/hardware on how this can be achieved.

3. What is a cookie?
When you enter a site your computer will automatically be issued with a cookie. Cookies are text files that identify your computer to our server. Cookies in themselves do not identify the individual user, just the computer used. Many sites do this whenever a user visits their site in order to track traffic flows. Cookies themselves only record those areas of the site that have been visited by the computer in question, and for how long. Users have the opportunity to set their computers to accept all cookies, to notify them when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time. The last of these options, of course, means that certain personalised services cannot then be provided to that user.

4. Use and storage of your personal information
When you supply any personal information to we have legal obligations towards you in the way that we deal with that data. We must collect the information fairly, that is, we must explain how we will use it (see the notices on particular web pages that let you know why we are requesting the information) Any information you provide to the Aluminium Federation will only be used within the Aluminium Federation and by its service providers. It will never be supplied to anyone outside the Aluminium Federation without first obtaining your consent, unless we are obliged or permitted by law to disclose it. Also, if you post or send offensive or inappropriate content anywhere on or to or otherwise engage in any disruptive behaviour on, andthe Aluminium Federation considers such behaviour to be serious and/or repeated, the Aluminium Federation can use whatever information that is available to it about you to stop such behaviour. This may include informing relevant third parties such as your employer, school or e-mail provider about the content and your behaviour. We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as you use the service that you have requested, and remove it in the event that the purpose has been met, or, in the case of Aluminium Federation membership you no longer wish to continue as an Aluminium Federation member. We will ensure that all personal information supplied is held securely.

5. Access to your personal information
You have the right to request a copy of the personal information that the Aluminium Federation holds about you and to have any inaccuracies corrected. (We charge £10 for information requests.)

Please address requests to the
Aluminium Federation, National Metalforming Centre, 47 Birmingham Road, West Bromwich,
West Midlands. B70 6PY or email to

6. Users aged 16 or under
If you are aged 16 or under, please get your parent/guardian's permission beforehand whenever you provide personal information to the Aluminium Federation website. Users without this consent are not allowed to provide us with personal information.