OPSI takes your privacy seriously.
The following privacy statement covers the OPSI website at www.opsi.gov.uk. It does not cover other websites to which links are provided from this website.
The Data Protection Act 1998 protects the rights of individuals by making sure that any organisation that collects or holds information about living people does so in a way that is fair to those people.
OPSI takes your privacy seriously and is committed to responsible handling of personal information in accordance with our Information Charter, which is as follows.
When we ask for personal information we promise:
- To make sure you know why we need it;
- To ask only for what we need, and not to collect too much or irrelevant information;
- To protect it and make sure nobody has access to it who shouldn't;
- To let you know if we share it with other organisations to give you better public services - and if you can say no;
- To make sure we don't keep it longer than necessary; and
- Not to make your personal information available for commercial use without your permission.
In return we ask you to:
- Give us accurate information; and
- Tell us as soon as possible if there are any changes, such as a new address.
This helps us keep your information reliable and up to date.
You can get more details on:
- How to find out what information we hold about you and how to ask us to correct any mistakes
- Agreements we have with other organisations for sharing information;
- Circumstances where we can pass on your personal information without telling you, for example to prevent and detect crime or produce anonymised statistics;
- Our instructions to staff on how to collect, use and delete your personal information - see our Data Protection Policy (PDF) and Procedures (PDF)
- How we check the information we hold is accurate and up to date
- How to make a complaint
For more information please contact our Data Protection Officer, Susan Healy or write to her at The National Archives, Kew, Surrey, TW9 4DU.
When we ask you for information we will keep to the law, including the Data Protection Act 1998. For independent advice about data protection, privacy and data sharing issues you can contact the Information Commissioner at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF. Phone 08456 306060 or 01635 545745 Fax 01625 524510.
Privacy and this website
Copyright Licensing application forms
We collect personal information when you complete an application form for a licence to re-use Crown or Parliamentary copyright material. We will keep the information in our database of companies and individuals who are licensed to re-use Crown or Parliamentary copyright materials.
We will not sell or rent information about you to anyone. We will send information about you to other government departments, companies or people only when:
- We have your consent to share the information
- We need to send the information to a government department whose material you wish to re-use
- We respond to court orders or other legal processes; or
- We are required by law to provide information to others, e.g. HM Customs and Revenue.
Summary of terms
Used to locate and display Web pages via a software application. Popular ones include Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari.
Message given to a web browser by a web-server. The message is then stored by the browser in a text file called cookie.txt. Each time the browser requests a page from the server, this message is sent back. A cookie’s main objective is to identify users and personalise their visit by customising web pages for them for example by welcoming them by name next time they visit the same site. A site using cookies will usually invite you to provide personal information such as your name, e-mail address and interests.
IP (Internet Protocol)
All networks connected to the internet speak IP, the technical standard which allows data to be transmitted between two devices. TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) is responsible for making sure messages get from one host to another and that the messages are understood.
If you are connected to the Internet you have one, for example it may look something like this 126.96.36.199
Delivers (serves up) web pages to your computer.