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Privacy policy

This privacy policy may be used in relation to a wide variety of different kinds of website.

The primary purpose of a privacy policy is to assist a website operator to comply with information disclosure obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998 and related legislation. Failure to comply can lead to civil liability and criminal law penalties.

This document includes short-form provisions dealing with cookie-related disclosures.

You should consider whether you need to take specialist legal advice on data protection. If your website collects sensitive personal information (such as information about a person's health, sexuality or political affiliations), or if your website collects personal information from children or about children, you should always take advice before using this - or indeed any other - website privacy policy template.

Website operators may need to register with the Information Commissioner's Office.

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Privacy policy contents

  1. Introduction: commitment to privacy; consent to use of cookies.
  2. Collecting personal information: personal information collected; disclosure of third party personal information.
  3. Using personal information: general uses of personal information; specific uses of personal information; publication of personal information on website; privacy settings; no third party direct marketing; third party provider of financial transaction services.
  4. Disclosing personal information: persons to whom personal information may be disclosed; disclosure to group companies; legal and regulatory disclosures; no other disclosures of personal information.
  5. International data transfers: transferring data to operating countries; transferring data outside the EEA; publication of personal data on internet; consent to international data transfers.
  6. Retaining personal information: data retention introduction; personal data retention default rule; personal data retention specific rules; personal data deletion exception.
  7. Security of personal information: personal data: technical and organisational security measures; personal information stored on secure servers; security of electronic financial transactions; data sent over internet is insecure; keeping password confidential.
  8. Amendments: amendment by publication; check for changes to policy; notification of changes to policy.
  9. Your rights: subject access requests; subject access: withholding personal information; no marketing instructions; consent to marketing communications.
  10. Third party websites: hyperlinks to third party websites; no responsibility for third party privacy policies.
  11. Updating information: correcting or updating personal information.
  12. Cookies: use of cookies; what are cookies?; persistent and session cookies; cookies and personal information; types of cookies used; cookies used on website and purposes; how to block cookies; negative impact of blocking cookies; effects on website use of blocking cookies; how to delete cookies; effects of deleting cookies.
  13. Data protection registration: registered with ICO; data protection registration number.
  14. Our details: website operator name; company registration details; place of business; contact information.
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