The Film Distributors’ Association is committed to respecting your privacy. This notice explains how we use any personal information we collect about you and your rights in relation to it. Please read it carefully.

Who we are

We are: The Film Distributors’ Association (FDA) and our subsidiary, The Film Content Protection Agency (FCPA).

The Film Distributors’ Association Ltd (FDA) is the trade body for film distributors in the UK. Our aim is to promote their generic (non-commercial) interests. We work on a not-for-profit basis.

The Film Content Protection Agency Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of FDA. Its aim is to safeguard films in their UK cinema release, reducing copyright theft and infringement.

This Privacy Policy applies to both companies and their shared website It does not apply to any third-party organisation.

Registered address:

2 Newburgh Street,
London W1F 7RD, UK.

FDA’s company number is 00142378.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Contact forms

We keep contact form submissions for a certain period for customer service purposes, but we do not use the information submitted through them for marketing purposes.

Forms are sent via email and their content is encrypted in transit.

No personal data from these forms is stored in the website database unless otherwise stated here.


Our website, like most, uses cookies. You can prevent their use through your browser settings, but you will then not be able to use all the functionality of our website.

We provide more information about the cookies we use in our Cookies page.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Embedded content from other websites

Pages 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.

The website uses web fonts provided by Google but these are hosted locally so no personal data is collected by Google’s content delivery network.

We use Twitter, Instagram and FaceBook feed plugins to display social media content on our website. As a result, our website makes requests to these service providers’ servers in order to display posts, images and videos.

Twitter’s data privacy policy:
Instagram data policy:
Facebook data policy:

We also embed video content from Vimeo and YouTube:

Vimeo privacy policy:
YouTube (Google) privacy policy:

Security measures

No personal details are stored in the website database by our security plugins.

Some data (including username, IP address, hostname, location) is temporarily stored in security logs on the server and/or sent via email to alert the website administrator of critical problems or suspicious activities on the site.

We have implemented reCAPTCHA v3 on our site as spam protection and your use of reCAPTCHA v3 is subject to the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.


We use Google Analytics to track how our site is being used: how users find our website, how they move around on it, how long they stay for.

No personal data is sent to Google Analytics. No Remarketing or Advertising features are set and IP addresses are anonymised while tracking. We enable support for user opt-out and exclude tracking for users sending Do Not Track header.

See also ‘Third-party Cookies’ on Cookies page.

Who we share your data with

Except as set out here, we do not share, or sell, or disclose to a third party, any information collected through our website.

How long we retain your data

For users that are registered on our website (including Members), we store the personal information they provide in their user profile indefinitely. All users can see, edit, or delete their own personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or 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

The website is hosted at SiteGround in datacentres located in London (UK). It is protected by 256-bit encryption. SSL certificate provided by Let’s Encrypt from the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG).

Siteground security details:
Let’s Encrypt privacy policy:

Emails sent to FDA from the website contact forms reside in the data centres of Giacom, which adhere to GDPR:

Website administrator emails reside in the data centres of, which adhere to GDPR:

Website database backups are encrypted and stored at Amazon S3 – server located in London – and at Microsoft’s OnDrive – data centres located in GB – for up to 1 year.

AWS data privacy statements:
Microsoft’s privacy commitment:

Contact information

If you have any privacy-specific concerns, please contact the FDA.

Additional information

How we protect your data

We have various measures in place to protect the website from malicious attack, including firewall protection, malware scanning, bot/spam blocking and encryption.

What data breach procedures we have in place

The website has internal reporting systems and contact mechanisms to alert us to any malicious activity on the site.

Last updated: 2 March 2022