Data Storage and Cookies


A cookie is a small text file placed on your device when you visit a website. These files can be recognised by the site that issued the cookie, to help you during login and remember your preferences. You can accept or decline cookies through your browser settings.

We use cookies to make our sites easier to use and improve your experience. We will also use cookies to gather aggregated statistics that allow us to understand how people use our site.

By using our sites, you are consenting to our use of cookies in accordance with this Notice. If you do not agree to our use of cookies, then you should set your browser settings accordingly. Here are some sites which can help you:

Below are further details about the types of cookies we may use on our site:

Type of cookie What does this cookie do? Do these cookies collect personal data about me?
Functional These cookies allow websites to remember the choices you make (e.g. your user name, language or the region you are in, selected font size on the site etc.) to provide a more personalised online experience.

This type of cookie may also help you to view a video or add commentary to a blog on our site.

The information these cookies collect may include personal data you have disclosed, such as your username or profile picture.

We shall always be transparent with you about what information we collect, what we do with it and with whom we share it.

If you do not accept these cookies, it may affect the performance and functionality of the website and may restrict access to content on the website.

Performance These cookies help us understand how visitors interact with our websites. They provide information about the areas visited, and the time spent on the website. They will also identify any issues encountered to help improve the performance of our website. All data is collected and aggregated anonymously. These cookies do not identify you.
Necessary These cookies are essential as they allow you to navigate around the website and use its features (e.g. logging in to the members area). If you do not accept these cookies, it may affect the performance of the website.  These cookies don’t identify you as an individual.

If you want more information about what cookies are, here are some sites you may find useful:

Information Commissioner’s Office

Social Plugins

The icons are examples of the ‘social plugins’ which we provide on our site. We use these to help you share articles or issues important to you with your friends, through Facebook, Twitter or Google+.

For example, if you click the Facebook icon underneath an article posted on our site, you will be transferred to Facebook and this information will be posted on your profile page if you are logged in. Facebook and other platforms may also capture more information about you, such as your IP address. We recommend that you consult their privacy policies to understand what information these sites collect about you.

Other information you may find useful


The Party takes the protection of your information very seriously. We use encryption (SSL) to protect your personal data when appropriate, and all the information provided to the Party is stored securely once we receive it.

People working or volunteering on behalf of the Party will only have access to the information they need, and the web servers are stored in a high-security environment that is kept under 24-hour guard.

Data storage

The Party may store your personal data on secure servers either on our premises or in secure third party data centres.

Transferring personal data

The Party may transfer your personal data outside of the EU to trusted service providers or third parties, so they may process or store the information on our behalf. By providing us with your personal data, you agree to us doing so in accordance with applicable data protection laws and regulations and the terms of this privacy notice. Where your data is stored or otherwise processed in the US, it is governed by European Commission model contract clauses.