Privacy and Cookie Policy

1.    Introduction

1.1Zinc Network (“We”, “Our”, “Us”), in partnership with Democracy Council, who in turn receive funding from the US Government have developed this website. Zinc Network and partners are committed to safeguarding and respecting the privacy of our website visitors. This policy (together with our terms of use and any documents referred to on it) sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us. Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it.

1.2By visiting and using our website you are accepting and consenting to the practices described in this policy.

1.3Please contact for any data protection queries or visit the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) via to lodge a complaint.


2.     What personal information is collected

With regard to each of your visits to our site we will automatically collect information including (without limitation) the following:

(a) the internet protocol address used to connect your computer to the internet, time zone setting, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system and platform, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths;

(b)information about your visit, including the full Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI), clickstream to, through and from our site, page response times, download errors, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks and mouse-overs, methods used to browse away from the page) and any ‘phone number used to call us.


3.    Using personal information

3.1Our lawful basis for processing your data is consent and legitimate interest. We use analytic tools to help us improve the website and enhance your web experience. You can find more information on this in paragraph 8.

3.2Your privacy settings can be used to limit the publication of your information on our website, although it may affect functionality, and you may adjust the privacy controls on the internet browser that you use to access our website.

3.3We will not, without your express consent, supply your personal information to any third party for the purpose of their or any other third party’s direct marketing.


4.     Disclosing personal information

4.1You agree that we have the right to share your personal information with:-

(a)any member of our group, which means our subsidiaries as defined in section 1159 of the UK Companies Act 2006;

(b)selected third parties including but not limited to:-

i.     business partners, suppliers and sub-contractors for the performance of any contract that we enter into with them or you;
ii.      analytics and search engine providers that assist us in the improvement and optimization of our site.

4.2We will disclose your personal information to third parties:

(a)to the extent that we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation;

(b)in connection with any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings.


5.     International data transfers

5.1Information that we collect will be stored and processed in and transferred between any of the countries in which we operate in order to enable us to use the information in accordance with this policy. It will also be processed by staff engaged in, among other things, the provision of support services. Information that we collect may be transferred to and stored at (including but not limited to) the following countries which do not have data protection laws equivalent to those in force in the European Economic Area: the United States of America. By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing. We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this privacy policy.

5.2Unfortunately the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to prevent unauthorized access.


6.     Data Subject’s Rights

6.1The Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation (EU 2016/679) (GDPR) (collectively, the Act) gives you the right to access information held about you. Your right of access can be exercised in accordance with the Act. Any access requests will be subject to the payment of a fee, to be determined on a case by case basis at our sole discretion, to meet our costs in providing you with details of the information we hold about you and the supply of appropriate evidence of your identity.


7.     Amendments

We may update this policy from time to time by publishing a new version on our website. Please check this page occasionally to see any updates or changes to our privacy policy.


8.     Cookies

8.1Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site.

8.2By continuing to browse our website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.


9.     Our cookies

9.1We only use session cookies.

9.2The names of the cookies that we use on our website, and the purposes for which they are used, are set out below. We use a session cookie to:

(a)track how users interact with the website;

(b)improve the website’s usability.


10.     Analytics cookies

10.1We use Google Analytics and Facebook Pixel to gather and analyse traffic which accesses our website.

10.2Our analytics service providers generate statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies.

10.3The analytics cookies used by our website include the following: _ga, _gat, _gid, __utma, __utmt, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz and __utmv.

10.4The information generated relating to our website is used to report on the use of our website.

10.5More information about our analytics service providers’ privacy policies and analytics cookies are available: and


Terms & Conditions


1.These terms tell you the rules for using our website (our site). is a site operated by Zinc Network (We). We are a UK based company and can be contacted at

2.By using our site, you confirm that you accept these terms of use and that you agree to comply with them. If you do not agree to these terms, you must not use our site. We recommend that you print a copy of these terms for future reference.

3.These terms of use should be read in conjunction with our Privacy and Cookie Policy, which also applies to your use of our site. Our Privacy and Cookie Policy sets out the terms on which we process any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, and which sets out information about the cookies on our site. By using our site, you consent to such processing and you warrant that all data provided by you is accurate.

4.We amend these terms from time to time. Every time you wish to use our site, please check these terms to ensure you understand the terms that apply at that time. We may update and change our site from time to time. We may suspend or withdraw our site Our site is made available free of charge. We do not guarantee that our site, or any content on it, will always be available or be uninterrupted. We may suspend or withdraw or restrict the availability of all or any part of our site for business and operational reasons.

5.How you may use material on our site. We are the licensee of all intellectual property rights in our site, and in the material published on it. Those works are protected by copyright laws and treaties around the world. All such rights are reserved.

6.You may print off one copy, and may download extracts, of any page(s) from our site for your personal use and you may draw the attention of others within your organisation to content posted on our site. You must not modify the paper or digital copies of any materials you have printed off or downloaded in any way, and you must not use any illustrations, photographs, video or audio sequences or any graphics separately from any accompanying text. Our status (and that of any identified contributors) as the licensee of content on our site must always be acknowledged.

7.You must not use any part of the content on our site for commercial purposes without obtaining a licence to do so from the licensor.

8.If you print off, copy or download any part of our site in breach of these terms of use, your right to use our site will cease immediately and you must, at our option, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made.

9.The content on our site is provided for general information only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely. You must obtain professional or specialist advice before taking, or refraining from, any action on the basis of the content on our site.

10.Although we make reasonable efforts to update the information on our site, we make no representations, warranties or guarantees, whether express or implied, that the content on our site is accurate, complete or up to date.

11.Where our site contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only. Such links should not be interpreted as approval by us of those linked websites or information you may obtain from them. We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources.

12.We do not exclude or limit in any way our liability to you where it would be unlawful to do so. This includes liability for death or personal injury caused by our negligence or the negligence of our employees, agents or subcontractors and for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation.

13.We exclude all implied conditions, warranties, representations or other terms that may apply to our site or any content on it. We will not be liable to you for any loss or damage, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, even if foreseeable, arising under or in connection with:

13.1. use of, or inability to use, our site; or

13.2. use of or reliance on any content displayed on our site.

14.We do not guarantee that our site will be secure or free from bugs, malware or viruses. You are responsible for configuring your information technology, computer programs and platform to access our site. You should use your own virus protection software. You must not misuse our site by knowingly introducing viruses or malware or other material that is malicious or technologically harmful.

15.You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to our site, the server on which our site is stored, or any server, computer or database connected to our site. You must not attack our site via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack. By breaching this provision, you would commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities, and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such a breach, your right to use our site will cease immediately.

16.Rules about linking to our site. You may link to our home page, provided you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it. You must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on our part where none exists. You must not establish a link to our site in any website that is not owned by you. Our site must not be framed on any other site, nor may you create a link to any part of our site other than the home page.

17.We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice.

18.If you wish to link to or make any use of content on our site other than that set out above, please contact

19.These terms of use, their subject matter and their formation (and any non-contractual disputes or claims) are governed by English law. We both agree to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

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