Our Privacy Policy

DeSmog UK is a nonprofit investigative online media outlet. We respect the privacy of our visitors. If you have any questions about the operation of our website, please write to our data protection officer at [email protected].

Our website collects names, email addresses, and other personal information from visitors only when submitted via one of our online forms, such as our email list registration form. This data is used solely by DeSmog UK and is not shared, traded, or sold to third parties. Visitors can unsubscribe from our email list at any time using a link inside the newsletter.

Where data may be stored outside the EEA (European Economic Area), no external companies or personnel are allowed access to it.

We use Google Analytics to track user behaviour on our site and improve the site experience. The data collected by Google Analytics may include information about your browser, computer, location, and browsing behaviour. All browsers allow you to control which cookies (small files that are downloaded onto your device from websites that you visit) you accept and which you delete. You will usually find these settings under the ‘Preferences’ or ‘Tools’ menu of your browser. For more information about cookies, please see www.allaboutcookies.org.

Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. They help us to improve our site and to deliver a better and more personalised service. Using Google Analytics Advertising Features, they enable us, for example:

* To estimate our audience size, demographic characteristics (such as geographic location) and usage pattern, for example to understand what content is most popular with our audience and to inform AdWords campaigns.

* To recognise you when you return to our site, so we know what percentage of our audience has been here before.

You may refuse to accept cookies by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of cookies. However, if you select this setting you may be unable to access certain parts of our site. You can also delete cookies, and Google Analytics provides cookies opt-out plug-ins. For example: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

Post and comment data on the site is stored until deleted, at which point it may persist in our backups for up to 1 year before being purged. If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondance.

No information should be submitted or posted to us by children under the age of 13 without prior parental/guardian consent. If you are aged under 13, please obtain your parent/guardian’s consent before sending any personal information to this website.

Our website contains links to other websites. Please note that when you click on one of these links, you are entering another website, for which DeSmog UK is not responsible.

By using desmog.uk, you signify your agreement to our privacy policy. Please re-read this policy prior to submitting any personal information if you have concerns about how your information is being collected and used.

You have a right to ask for a copy of information we hold about you, which we will supply within one month upon proof of identity. If a request is unusually complex or time-consuming, we may charge a fee. We will always aim to ensure that all information about you is as accurate as possible and not held for longer than necessary. If you would like to review or change details you have supplied, please contact us by sending an email to our data protection officer at [email protected].

DeSmog UK complies with UK data protection laws, namely the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018 and Data Protection Act 1998. If you would like to find out more about these laws and how you could be affected beyond what is mentioned here, please visit the Information Commissioner’s Office website at https://ico.org.uk/.

Any changes made to our privacy policy in the future will be posted on this page and, where appropriate, notified to you by email.

Questions, comments and requests regarding this privacy policy are welcomed and should be addressed to contact [email protected].