Privacy Policy

Who we are

The Ethnic Minority Centre (EMC) is an umbrella organisation for all the Black and Minority Ethnic Communities in Merton.

The EMC was established in 1990 to meet the growing needs for a base for BME Communities in the London Borough of Merton.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

All data are only accessed by staff. It will not be accessed except in response to a query about our actions in the case. No decisions will be made about you based on this data and you will not suffer any detriment or harm by having it stored on our secure systems. At the end of the six years all your data will be archived and stored within the archive and not the live database. It will only be accessed in the event of a legal claim or query. We keep an overall summary of the number of people who contact us, and the types of issues people contact us about.

Contact forms

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.


This site uses cookies – small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience. In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping carts, and provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics. As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers

The following cookies are used and have no impact on your user experience, and store no personal information. They contain some information about your general geographic location. These cookies are automatically added by the software that runs this website, but we do not use them in any way.





Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

Your data (e.g. emails) are only shared with BAME communities, Statutory and Voluntary Groups.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained for up to 6 years. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

What rights you have over your data

If you have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

Address336 London Rd, Mitcham CR4 3UD

Phone020 8648 0084 

Fax020 8648 0148