Privacy & Cookies
We are strongly committed to protecting the privacy of users of this website, and do all that we can to protect information about participants.
Any information you provide will be held securely and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Your personal details will not normally be disclosed to third parties. In some circumstances however we may need to disclose your personal details to a third party so that they can provide a service you have requested, or fulfill a request for information. Any information about you that we pass to a third party will be held securely by that party, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, and used only to provide the services or information you have requested.
You have a right to request a copy of your personal details at any time to check the accuracy of the information held. If you want to ask whether we hold any personal data relating to you, please contact us by email.
Information we collect from visitors
We collect information from visitors relating to:
- feedback submitted to us
- comments submitted to this website
- email alert services when follow-up comments are posted
- website visitor traffic
If you provide feedback about the website through a contact form or email address we will only use this information to develop and improve the site. Publishers of documents using this service may seek feedback, which they will use to answer questions, resolve problems or improve their published information.
2. Comments submitted
If you choose to submit a public comment on this website, you will be asked to give your name and email address, and optionally a personal website address along with your comment. These details are stored by the website along with you comment. Your email address is never displayed publicly and is never passed on to a third party by the owners or publishers of this website, but may be used to contact you if there is a problem with your comment. After 12 months, individual websites on this service are normally removed, at which point your email address and other data will be deleted.
3. Email alerts services
If you sign up to receive email notifications when follow-up comments are posted, we will use the information you give us to provide the service(s) you have requested only. If you inform us that you wish to cancel your details will be deleted from our records.
4. Site usage information
Cookies are pieces of data created when you visit a site, and contain a unique, anonymous number. They are stored on the device you used to visit the site, and do not expire at the end of your session. Cookies do not contain any personal information about you and cannot be used to identify an individual user. Most web browsers will let you specify that you be prompted before a site puts a cookie on your device, so that you can decide whether to allow or disallow the cookie. Alternatively, you can set your device not to accept any cookie. If you choose not to accept the cookie, this will not affect your access to the majority of facilities available on our web site.
- remember your preference settings for some of our online services
- improve our understanding of how people use our website, through web analytics
ii) Log files
Log files allow us to record visitors’ use of the site. These logs are automatically generated from all our visitors, which we use to make improvements to the layout of the site and to the information in it, based on the way that visitors move around it. Log files do not contain any personal information about you.
Science and research in the UK and regional economies, Westminster Hall debate, 24 June 2015