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Privacy Policy

OPSI takes your privacy seriously.

The following privacy statement covers the OPSI website at 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:

In return we ask you to:

This helps us keep your information reliable and up to date.

You can get more details on:

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

Except where you are asked for information to complete a copyright licensing application form, this website does not store or capture personal information but merely logs your IP address which is automatically recognised by the web server. It does not use cookies and will collect personal information about you only if it is needed for system administration of the web server.

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:

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.

IP address

If you are connected to the Internet you have one, for example it may look something like this

Web server

Delivers (serves up) web pages to your computer.