We will not give your individual data to anybody unless we are forced to do so through a valid court order.

We track reader habits; how long an individual spends on the site in a session, whether readers like both politics and entertainment articles, for example. We need that data to understand better how we can better serve you, the reader.

Like any other respectable website, for statistics and analysis, we use the standard Google Analytics service. This general data we analyse ourselves (to see what works, where people go, what they read, etc) and we share some aspects of that data with our advertisers, so they know how many readers we have. The data that we share, however, is general and cannot be used to identify any specific person. If you want to read up on Google’s privacy policy, you can do so by clicking here.

When you sign up to receive e-mail from us or to comment on the site, we ask you for certain personal details: a telephone number, the city in which you live, and so on. You do not need to provide it, but it makes it easier for us to understand you and give you a better reading experience. Sometimes we may even want to contact you to ask you if you are happy with what we are doing as well as find out more about you. Remember, the more we know about you, the better we are able to service you. Once again, we do not share this information with anybody else.

We also use technology such as cookies, image tracking in e-mail and other forms of monitoring to help us understand reader needs and optimise the website. All of these techniques are stock standard and all data gathered is only shared with outsiders once we are satisfied that it cannot be abused.

We take your privacy very seriously and we will never have it abused.