Privacy statement

Scope

This statement applies to all users who access the Magna Carta web site.

General

The Magna Carta web site makes some use of data that only indirectly identifies users. We take great care with practices that affect personal privacy. As a general rule, we do not collect or record data that directly identifies users.

Data Collection

Data that indirectly identifies users is gathered during interactions with the Magna Carta web site in the following circumstances

  • Computer Information It is necessary that your web browser provides your machine’s network address, so the web server can address its replies back to the correct machine. In addition, the browser type and operating system information may be recorded.
  • Navigation and Click-Stream Data
    Browsing any web site generates a trail of pages visited, the amount of data transferred and the time of access. This information is recorded against the network address supplied by your web browser.
  • Electronic Mail
    It is a necessary part of electronic mail that a sender and receiver address is supplied. These are recorded as well as a message identifier, amount of data and the time. The address you supply as sender is only a pseudonym and may possibly bear no relation to your real name, so is not considered as directly identifying you.

Forms

If you use forms on the site to provide information, register interest, or purchase publications, the information you provide is not retained on the public web server and will not be used for purposes other than that for which it was provided.

We will only record your email address if you send us a message. It will only be used for the purpose for which it was provided and will not be added to a mailing list unless that is the purpose of the message. We will not use your email address for any other purpose, and will not disclose it without your consent.

Data Storage, Retention, Use and Disclosure

The data referred to above is generated by the systems you are accessing, and stored in system logs. These logs are preserved and archived for possible future use.

The data is used by Magna Carta web site software, and by our support staff, only for

  • web site and systems administration, including monitoring as a security measure
  • customisation of the web site to meet your needs
  • evaluation, research and development.

The data collected will not be disclosed to a third party except where it is legally required, such as in the investigation of a criminal offence, and in compliance with a search warrant or subpoena.

Links to other sites

This site contains links to other sites. Parliament is not responsible for the privacy practice or the content of such web sites.

Accountability

Parliamentary staff comply with information privacy principles.