Privacy Policy

This website is maintained for your personal use and viewing. Access and use by you of this site constitutes acceptance by you of these Terms and Conditions that take effect from the date of first use.

Intellectual property

The names, images and logos identifying the COI are proprietary marks of the Crown. Copying of our logos and/or any other third party logos accessed via this website is not permitted without prior approval from the relevant copyright owner.

Requests for permission to use the COI Logo should be directed to:

Tell us how and why your wish to use our logo

Hyperlinking policy

You do not have to ask permission to link directly to pages hosted on this site. We do not object to you linking directly to the information that is hosted on our site.

However, we do not permit our pages to be loaded into frames on your site. The pages must load into the user's entire window.

We are not responsible for the content or reliability of the linked websites and do not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them. Listing should not be taken as endorsement of any kind. We cannot guarantee that these links will work all of the time and we have no control over the availability of linked pages.

Virus protection

We make every effort to check and test material at all stages of production. It is always wise for you to run an anti-virus program on all material downloaded from the Internet. We cannot accept any responsibility for any loss, disruption or damage to your data or your computer system which may occur whilst using material derived from this website.


If you are a user with general public and anonymous access this website does not store or capture personal information, but merely logs the user's IP address that is automatically recognised by the web server.

If you have chosen to register, the information about you will be stored by the COI site and cookies used to tailor your experience of the site and provide you with access to information not available to anonymous users (such as media contact information, exclusives etc.)

We only ever collect information about you when you volunteer this to us via your registration form, or through an existing agreement with one of our partner agencies.

Such information allows us to accommodate our content to users' needs and enhance our services to them. It also enables government organisations that post information to the site to better understand the demographics of those seeing their materials through ad-hoc reports. The information on these reports consists of: which press releases have been viewed, the dates on which each press release was viewed and if applicable, the media organisation for whom you work for.

If you would like to see this information or change it in any way, please visit the ‘My Profile’ section of the site or contact:


Cookies are small text files which a website transfers to your computer to record your on-line activity. Cookies are not used to record any confidential information, but are used to store session data which will personalise your experience when visiting the site. If you do not wish to accept cookies, these can be disabled by referring to your browser manufacturer's instructions but please note that this may effect what you are entitled to see on the site. Any cookies that are placed on connecting sites by third parties remain the responsibility of the third party. COI are not responsible for information the third party may gain about you when visiting their sites.


COI seeks to take all reasonable security measures to safeguard against risks of loss, unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification or disclosure to any personal information you have disclosed to us.

You must take all reasonable steps to ensure that your personal username and password are not used by anyone else and you agree not to use the website for any unlawful or immoral purpose nor to upload files or information that may damage the operation of the computer, website or property of another.

Children and Minors

We are committed to addressing parents concerns about the use of their children's personal information. Where we have reason to believe a visitor is under 13 years of age, we will seek the consent of the parent or guardian prior to the processing of the personal information.

Emailed Communications

The News Distribtuion Service will email you with news and information based upon the preferences stated on registration with this site, with one of our client agencies / departments or with a third party agency.

If you would not like to receive further information from this site, please visit the ‘My Profile’ section of the site or contact

This privacy statement only covers the COI website at This statement does not cover links within this site to other websites.

Copyright Notice

The material featured on this site is subject to Crown copyright protection unless otherwise indicated. The Crown copyright protected material (other than the Royal Arms, the Central Office of Information logo and departmental or agency logos) may be reproduced free of charge in any format or medium for research, private study or for internal circulation within an organisation. This is subject to the material being reproduced accurately and not used in a misleading context. Where any of the Crown copyright items on this site are being republished or copied to others, the source of the material must be identified and the copyright status acknowledged.

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