Britons Voting Abroad
Types of information we collect
We will collect the following types of personal information about you:
- Your email address - when you submit our Feedback form or when you sign up to join our discussion forums
- Any posts that you make to our discussion forums
- Usage data — this website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google. Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyse how users use the site. You can find more information about how Google uses your data here.
How we collect your information
Why and how we will use your personal data
Your comments in Discussions Forums will be analysed and treated as research data. Your comments are valuable to this research project which seeks a wide range of views on different aspects of the issue of voting rights for Britons who live outside the UK. When these views have been analysed, they may contribute to academic research on this topic and may be referenced in publications in university journals or policy papers. No individual will ever be referred to by their pseudonym but comments submitted might be quoted verbatim to illustrate particular points of view.
Your feedback on the service our website provides will be used to help us improve it.
Sharing your information with others
We will not sell or share your personal data it with any other party. Where we link to external websites, they may collect information about your visit and any interactions. Please check the privacy policies of external websites for details about the information they may collect.
How long your information is stored
We will keep your personal data for as long as this research project continues. There is currently no end date. We keep your contact information for as long as you remain a member of our discussion forums or for as long as anything you send via our Feedback Form remains relevant to improving this web-site.
Your data and email address will be stored on the web-hosting site which uses a secure, end-to-end encryption.
Under certain circumstances, as set out in the GDPR, you have the right to:
- Request access to your personal data (commonly known as a 'data subject request'). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal data we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it
- Request correction of the personal data that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate information we hold about you corrected
- Request erasure of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal data where there is no good reason for us to continue processing it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal data where you have exercised your right to object to processing
- Request the transfer of your personal data to yourself or another party in a safe and secure way, without affecting its usability, for example in a format that is structured, commonly used and machine-readable
Important note to participants on Feedback and Discussion Forums
We ask participants to refrain from including the names of any other individuals in the comments or feedback.
Note that you can request your data (i.e. Feedback Form comments and Discussion Forum entries) be withdrawn for up to 28 days from the time you submitted it, unless there are exceptional circumstances, which must be justified by the participant.
Contact and queries
Dr. Susan Collard
Department of Politics
School of Law, Politics & Sociology
University of Sussex
Brighton BN1 9QE
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