Britons Voting Abroad

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out the way we process your personal data and we’ve created this policy to make sure you are aware of how we use your data.

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

When you join our discussion forums or when you provide us with feedback we will collect your personal data by means of a registration form on our website. Before you complete this form you will be required to read and accept our Privacy Policy.

Why and how we will use your personal data

We need a legitimate email address in order to allow you to register and use our discussion forums. We need you to register so that we can be sure you have read our Privacy Policy regarding how we collect, use and store your personal data (ie your email address and your comments in feedback or in the Discussion forums).

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.

Your rights

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

Website cookies

Please note that this website uses cookies – little text files that are placed on your machine to help the site work more smoothly. If you'd prefer, you can disable cookies on any website. The easiest way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser; check your browser's Help section or visit the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern web browsers.

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

If you have any queries about this privacy policy or how we process your personal data, or if you wish to exercise any of your legal rights, please get in touch with:

Dr. Susan Collard
Department of Politics
Freeman Centre
School of Law, Politics & Sociology
University of Sussex
Brighton BN1 9QE

Or email us at

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