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Website Privacy Policy

Privacy Information for Website Visitors

This privacy policy explains how we use any personal information we collect about you when you use this website.

What information do we hold?

We collect information about you when you visit our website for the first time, and when you interact with our . We also collect information when you voluntarily complete contact forms, provide feedback and submit queries.

Website usage information is collected using cookies.

How do we use it and why?

We'll use information you submit through our contact forms and other ways of giving feedback to help you with your specific issues.

Under the GDPR we must establish a legal basis for processing your personal data and let you know what this is. It is in the University's legitimate interest to process your personal data for the outline above. This processing shouldn't impact on you negatively and is necessary for our website to function correctly.

Who do we share it with?

We use several different third-party services to process your data, which allow us to give you the best possible . If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be up front about this. We always make clear when we collect personal information and explain what we intend to do with it.

We can't take responsibility for the behaviour of sites linked to or from our website. You should consult their individual privacy policies for more information.


Cookies are text files placed on your computer to collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information. This information is used to track visitor use of the website and to compile statistical reports on website activity. For further information visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.

You can set your browser not to accept cookies and the above websites tell you how to remove cookies from your browser. However, in a few cases some of our website features may not function as a result.

Embedded content

Sometimes we'll embed content in our pages that we don't control or operate. This is common for social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. When you interact with these elements, which are always marked clearly, you've not interacted with our website but instead the service embedded, and we can't guarantee what data is collected.

Google Analytics

We use a third-party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to various parts of the site. This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website.

How long do we keep your data?

Personally identifiable data that's used at a top level for the maintenance and upkeep of the website is held in your browser in the form of cookies, which you have control over. You may delete them at any time.

Data collected through contact forms, feedback and queries will be held for a variable amount of time depending on exactly what it's being used for, but it'll usually be in line with our retention policy. We'll always tell you at the point when this data is going to be collected if it's not.

Where can I get more information?

More detailed information on QResearch and the results of research projects can be obtained from our website: www.qresearch.org or by contacting the QResearch team at [email protected] or phone +44 (0)1865 287 846 

The legal basis for the processing of personal data for QResearch is that it is ‘a task in the public interest’ (article 6(1)(e) General Data Protection Regulation).

Data protection regulation provides you with control over your personal data and how it is used. Further information about your rights with respect to your personal data is available at https://compliance.admin.ox.ac.uk/individual-rights  or by contacting the QResearch team.

If you have further questions or are not happy with the way your data has been handled, you can contact the sponsor on 01865 616480 or [email protected] or the University of Oxford’s Information Compliance Team at [email protected]. You have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (0303 123 1113 or www.ico.org.uk.


Last updated: 19.11.2020