Privacy Policy

About this Privacy Policy

IMEX is committed to respecting and protecting your privacy. This Privacy Policy applies to all events, websites and services provided by Regent Exhibitions Limited and IMEX America Limited (together ‘IMEX’).

1. Personal information we collect about you

We may collect the following personal information about you.

Information you provide directly to us

We will collect personal information from you when we communicate with you, when you register for an IMEX event, when you attend an IMEX event and when you subscribe to IMEX email lists.

The information we collect may include:

  • Contact details, such as your name, email address, postal address, phone numbers
  • Payment information, such as credit or debit card numbers, or bank details
  • Employment details, such as work position, professional background, work email address and contact details
  • Event details, such as seminars and events booked/attended, areas of interest, exhibitors of interest (see the ‘Electronic badges and lead scanning’ section of this policy) and images and videos of you taken at our events (see the ‘Photography and filming’ section of Our legal terms)
  • Any other personal information you choose to provide or send to us via communications

When you apply for a position with us either directly or via an agency, we will collect additional personal information about you including your CV information, references and other recruitment information. See our Recruitment Privacy Policy.

We ask that you do not disclose to us any sensitive personal information e.g. information revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religion or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, genetic data, biometric data for identification purposes, or data concerning health, sex life or sexual orientation.

Data we derive through your interactions with us

General user information about your computer and your visits to our website (including your IP address, location, browser, operating system, referral source, length of visit and the pages you visit). This information can be facilitated by cookies (see our Cookies policy).

Other information that may be generated when you use our website, interact with us online or attend our events.

2. How we will use your personal information

We will only use your personal information for our legitimate business purposes as set out in this privacy policy. We will make it clear to you if we intend to use your information for any purpose that is not obvious. Depending on how you interact with us, we may use your data:

  • To administer our events, our websites and our business
  • To enable your use of our services, including registration and attendance at our events
  • To respond to your requests for information
  • To send you email or postal mail e.g. tickets, brochures or newsletters that you have specifically requested
  • To send invoices, reports, statements, payment reminders and collect payments from you
  • To deal with any enquiries or complaints by or about you
  • To understand how you (and others) are using our services and to help us improve and develop our services, including conducting internal analyses
  • To keep our events and systems secure and prevent fraud
  • To send you other necessary information about our services and our relationship
  • To contact you about new IMEX services, offers, events or news where it is legitimate for us to do so
  • To otherwise manage our relationship with you or comply with our contractual obligations
  • As is otherwise necessary for our legitimate business interests

3. Electronic badges and lead scanning

We use badge scanning technology at our live events for security reasons and to help improve your experience and network effectively with our delegates and exhibitors.

Everyone attending our live events requires an official, printed badge. The information displayed will be provided by you during registration, either online or on site.

You will need to allow us to scan your badge to gain entry on to the show floor and other restricted areas. All other badge scanning is optional.

If you allow anyone on the show floor or elsewhere in the exhibition to scan your badge, you are providing a copy of some of your registration information, just as if you were handing them a business card. The third party may use this information to contact you after the event. The third party’s use of your information in this situation is subject to your direct relationship with them and their own privacy policies.

4. When we share your personal information with others

We work collaboratively with others as part of providing our services and we may need to share your information with them as follows:

  • Everyone registered for or attending the event: Our events facilitate all kinds of interaction between those attending; this may include providing your badge, lead scanning, using online services to arrange meetings, send messages to, or network with, other attendees at our events. We will only share your personal data to deliver the event experience you have registered for, where there is a clear legitimate interest, contractual or legal obligation to do so and the appropriate safeguards for your data are in place.
  • Exhibitors: We may share your information with exhibitors when you register to attend their events taking place at the IMEX event and/or register/attend meetings with them so they may contact you regarding this and/or their related products and services.
  • Speakers: We may share your information with speakers when you register/attend their sessions so they may contact you regarding this and/or their related products and services.
  • Consultants, partners and service providers: We may share your information with our consultants and partners to deliver some of the show services such as PR, catering and education programmes. This data may include your preferences, e.g. dietary requirements, educational qualifications, expertise and interests etc. as necessary to provide these services to you.
  • Sales enquiries and referrals: We may share contact information (name, email, organisation, job title, contact number) of registered exhibitors, our official suppliers or our providers in response to enquiries we receive about using those services.
  • Registered press: We may share contact information (name, email, organisation, job title, contact number) of registered press with our registered exhibitors for them to contact you to promote their presence at the show 
  • Official show suppliers: We may share contact information (name, email, organisation, job title) of exhibitors registered for the show, with selected official suppliers who provide key exhibiting services including internet, electricity, stand construction. View a list of all official suppliers for IMEX America here and for IMEX Frankfurt here
  • Hospitality providers: We may share contact information (name, email, organisation, job title) of hosted group leaders with selected exhibitors so they may invite you to hospitality events during the show
  • Travel, transportation and accommodation providers: We may share your contact information (first name, surname, organisation name, email address), passport or travel ID information, the duration of your stay including when you arrive and depart the host city as well as your travel preferences, e.g. frequent flyer programme and dietary requirements for in-flight meals with our travel agent, hoteliers and ground transfer partners to arrange your travel, transportation and accommodation at the show.
  • CMP accreditation: We may share your email address with the Events Industry Council (EIC) if you attend education at an IMEX event in order to assign your CMP points. If you are not registered with the EIC your email address will not be used for any other purpose by them.
  • Other third-party suppliers: We also work with a number of other suppliers in our business e.g. IT and software companies, hosting and communications providers, payroll providers etc. to provide our services to you, who may need to process your data for us. All of our data processors are contracted to protect your information and comply with applicable data protection law.
  • Corporate transactions: If we sell or transfer the whole or part of our business or assets we may transfer personal information to the buyer or transferee.
  • Professional advisors and insurers: We may have to provide information to our advisors as necessary for running our business.
  • Regulatory bodies and law enforcement: We may disclose personal information to a third-party authority, such as a law enforcement agency, if required to do so by law.

We may share your personal information across our group of companies (Regent Exhibitions Limited and IMEX America Limited) for any of the purposes listed above.

We may also share your personal information with our affiliates and with exhibitors, sponsors, media partners, joint venture partners and other third parties, that wish to send you information about their products and services that may be of interest to you. This is determined by your choices in managing your communications preferences and other settings, and we will only share your information in this way if you opt in to this type of marketing.

We will not sell your data to a third party. There are a number of organisations who contact our community claiming to have the delegate/attendee lists of our events. We do not share your personal data with such organisations.

5. How we store your information and keep it secure

We’ll take care to ensure that your personal information is secure.

We follow good practice security protocols across our business to ensure that information is protected.

We regularly review our information collection, storage and processing practices, including physical security measures, to guard against unauthorised access to our systems.

We restrict access to personal information to IMEX staff, contractors and agents on a need-to-know basis.

When we share information with our suppliers we enter into agreements with them requiring them to comply with all applicable laws and controlling further distribution or disclosure of the information to other parties.

6. How we transfer your information internationally

IMEX is an international business with a global customer base. We may need to transfer personal information between any of the countries we operate in and to our suppliers in other countries. We will only transfer personal data to other countries or international organisations where appropriate safeguards are in place to do so. We take steps, including through contracts, intended to ensure that the information continues to be protected wherever it is located in a manner consistent with the standards of protection required under applicable law.

7. How long we will hold your information

We will not keep your personal information for longer than necessary for the permitted purposes. We regularly review the data we hold and implement programmes to delete unnecessary information from our systems.

We may need to keep certain information for reasonable business or legal purposes (e.g. accounts information, unsubscribe records, information needed to prevent identity theft, legal disputes and misconduct) even if deletion has been requested.

8. Your data protection rights

You have these rights in relation to your information:

  • Access: You can obtain confirmation of whether we hold any personal information about you. If so, you can access your information and details of how we process it, as long as this does not adversely affect the rights and freedoms of others.
  • Rectification: We will rectify any errors in the personal information we hold on request.
  • Erasure: You can ask us to delete your personal information from our systems in the following situations:
  1. The information is no longer necessary for the purpose for which it was collected.
  2. You withdraw your consent on which the information processing is based and where there is no other legal ground for the processing.
  3. You object to the information processing and there are no overriding legitimate grounds for the processing.
  4. The information has been unlawfully processed.
  5. The information has to be deleted for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject.
  • Right to restrict processing: You have the right to restrict our information processing on specified grounds.
  • Notification: Where you’ve asked us to rectify, delete or restrict processing of your information, we will pass on your instructions to anyone we’ve shared your information with, unless this proves impossible or involves disproportionate effort, in which case we will let you know.
  • Data portability: You have the right in specific circumstances (where automated processing is based on consent) to receive your information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and have the right to transmit the information to another entity without hindrance.
  • Right to object: In certain circumstances you have the right to object to our processing of your information, including in relation to profiling, direct marketing or scientific or historical research purposes.
  • Automated individual decision making: We don’t carry out this kind of decision making. However, for your information, you have the right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling, which produces legal effects concerning you unless this is necessary for our contract, is authorised under applicable law or is based on your explicit consent.

9. How to exercise your rights

To exercise any of your rights contact us at [email protected]. We may need evidence of your identity, in which case we will provide you with a form to complete and return to us.

If you’re requesting access to your information, the first copy will be provided without charge, but reasonable administration fees will be charged for additional or subsequent copies. We may refuse repeated or excessive requests.

We will respond to your requests without undue delay and in any event within one month.

Please note that if you delete or restrict information we hold about you, it may prevent you from making full use of our services.

10. Making a complaint

If you want to make a complaint about how your personal data is being processed by us, please contact our Data Protection Manager. Our complaints procedure is available here.  

You also have the right to lodge a complaint directly with the supervisory authority, the Information Commissioner’s Office.

11. Contacting us about your privacy

If you have any questions or comments about data protection please contact us at [email protected] or by post using our registered office address. For any other questions or comments, please contact us.

We are Regent Exhibitions Limited, company number 04244004 with our registered office at 113-118 Davigdor Road, Hove, England, BN3 1RE, United Kingdom.

12. Representative in the European Union according to Article 27 GDPR

We have appointed the following law firm as our Representative in the European Union:

WINHELLER Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Tower 185, Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 35-37

60327 Frankfurt am Main


Phone: +49 69 76 75 77 80

Fax: +49 69 76 75 77 810

Email: [email protected]

13. Changes to this privacy policy

We will regularly review and update this privacy policy and will ask for your consent before using your personal information in a way that is significantly different to a previous privacy policy.

This notice applies from 25 May 2018.

This notice was last updated 4 January 2024.

14. Data agreements

We use these agreements with our partners when sharing your personal data.

View data sharing agreement

View data processor agreement