Privacy policy

Your privacy

We are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. This policy explains our approach to our privacy when you visit our website. We may change this policy from time to time so please check this page occasionally to ensure that you’re happy with any changes. By using our website, you’re agreeing to be bound by this policy. 

Any questions regarding this policy and our privacy practices should be sent by email to dataprotectionofficer@ifs.org.uk.

Contact information 

When you contact us by email, we will keep a record of your correspondence for as long as necessary to address your query, take any necessary actions and have a record for further correspondence. This will not be longer than 2 years after your last communication.   

We will not share your personal data with any other third party, unless we have expressly asked permission from you to do so. 

Website information 

We collect data about traffic to our website and how people use our website using Google Analytics. The data available to us aggregated and anonymised, so that we cannot access personal information, such as IP addresses, and cannot identify how any individual has used the website.  

Google Analytics 

Google Analytics is a web analytics tool that helps website owners understand how visitors engage with their website. Google Analytics customers can view a variety of reports about how visitors interact with their website. Google Analytics uses cookies to track visitor interactions.  

Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. These cookies are used to store information, such as the time that the current visit occurred, whether the visitor has been to the site before and what site referred the visitor to the web page. 

Google Analytics collects this information – through cookies - anonymously. It reports website trends without identifying individual visitors. You can opt out of Google Analytics without affecting how you visit our site. For more information on opting out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites you use, visit this Google page

The aggregate, anonymous data that we collect is not deleted from Google Analytics so that we can track use of the website over time. 

Your rights 

You can ask us for any of your details we hold on you or your communications with us. You can also request that we remove any of this information.  

To do any of the above, please email dataprotectionofficer@ifs.org.uk with as much information as possible, and we will respond within 30 days.  

If you are unhappy with the way we have processed or stored your information, you also have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office. Please visit their website for more information on how you can do this. 

Changes to this policy 

This is the latest version of our privacy policy (last updated on 10/10/2019). Any changes we may make in future will be included here.  

By continuing to use our website, you will be deemed to have accepted these changes.

Contact us 

If you have any question or comments about our privacy policy, you can email us at dataprotectionofficer@ifs.org.uk or write to: 

The Data Protection Officer
The Institute for Fiscal Studies
7 Ridgmount Street
London WC1E 7AE

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