Like most websites you visit, this website automatically collects some information about you and your visit. You may also provide information when you submit a comment. This privacy notice tells you what Personal Data (PD) and other data is collected, what it is used for and how it is used, how you can restrict that PD being passed to the website and what the implication of doing so might be. It also tells you about your rights under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We do not hold or process any PD other than that you provide to us manually or automatically by your browser through the use of this website. We will not sell or rent your PD to third parties. We will not share your PD with third parties for marketing or any other purpose.


The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 (PECR) cover the use of cookies and similar technologies for storing information, and accessing information stored, on a user’s equipment such as their computer or mobile device. A cookie is a small file containing a string of characters that is sent to your computer when you visit some websites. When you visit the website again, the cookie is sent back to the website and allows that website to recognise your browser. Cookies may also store user preferences and other information and can be used to gather anonymous analytics that help improve websites based on how people use them. The use of cookies and similar technologies has for some time been commonplace and cookies in particular are important in the provision of many online services. You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, some website features or services may not function properly without cookies.

Use of cookies by this website

The first time you visit this website, a banner at the bottom of the page reminds you that this website uses cookies and provides a link to this page so you can find out more. If you continue to use this website it assumes that you accept that it can place cookies on your machine. If you want to delete any cookies, see the instructions below. If you click on ‘Accept and close’, you are verifying that you accept the cookies detailed below. A cookie remembering that you accepted cookies will be stored on your computer. This website uses WordPress software and the JetPack plugin, which provides a number of features used by the website. Both are provided by Automattic. For details of how JetPack uses your data, see here. This website uses Google Analytics for visitor tracking. The cookies used are detailed below. This website uses the Wordfence security plugin. Details of their GDPR compliance and the cookies it uses can be found here. The WordPress cookies are only set if you submit a comment.

Cookie details

Cookie Source Cookie Name Data stored in the cookie and its purpose
Google Analytics _utma _utmb _utmc _utmt _utmz These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use the website. The information is used to compile reports and to help improve the website. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the website, where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visited. Google Analytics do not collect any personal information as identified in their privacy policy. Google also have a browser plugin for various browsers that allows users to opt out of their analytics. The _utmt cookie expires at the end of your browser session.
WordPress wordpress_test_cookie This is used by WordPress to check it can set cookies. It does not contain any personal information about you and is deleted when you close your browser.
WordPress comment_author_followed by a string of 32 characters This stores the name you enter when you submit a comment. It is deleted after 11 months.
WordPress comment_author_email_followed by a string of 32 characters This stores the email address you enter when you submit a comment. It is deleted after 11 months.
WordPress comment_author_url_followed by a string of 32 characters This stores the URL you enter (if any) when you submit a comment. It is deleted after 11 months.
WordPress eucookielaw This prevents the EU Cookie Law banner appearing again for 30 days.

Accessibility toolbar

The accessibility features are provided by WP Accessibility Toolbar. The accessibility toolbar sets cookies to maintain awareness of the user’s selected accessibility options. If the toolbar is not in use, WP Accessibility does not set any cookies.

WP Accessibility does not collect any private information about users or visitors.

Embedded content from other websites

Posts on this website may include embedded content (eg videos, images, articles, etc). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Social network tracking cookies

The social network share buttons may set third-party cookies on your machine that allows them to track you. Please refer to the privacy policies of the social network for details of what information they gather and how they track you.

Advert tracking cookies

This website does not carry adverts.

Viewing cookies

If you wish to view cookies from a website, consult your browser’s help pages.

Changing browser settings to accept or reject cookies

If you wish to prevent all cookies from being placed on your computer, you will need to change your browser settings to reject cookies. How to do this will depend on which browser you use and further details for the most popular browsers is provided below. However, this may severely affect how web pages look and how they function and some websites may not display at all. These links also provide information on additional security and privacy features and tools.

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For other browsers, consult the browser’s help pages or the browser’s supplier. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone please refer to your phone’s manual or the manufacturer’s website.

Useful information

Information regarding the PECR on cookies can be found on the website of the Information Commissioner’s Office. A number of websites provide detailed information on cookies, including and The Internet Advertising Bureau website Your Online Choices allows you to install opt-out cookies across different advertising networks. Google has developed a browser add-on to allow users to opt-out of Google Analytics across all websites that use Google Analytics. Technologies such as Mozilla’s Do Not Track allow you to tell websites not to track you. Internet Explorer has a feature called Tracking Protection Lists that allows you to import a list of websites you want to block. Many browsers, including Chrome and Firefox, allow you to prevent third-party websites setting cookies. Consult your browser’s help pages for further information.


When you leave a comment on the website we collect the data you provide in the comments form, and also your IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. If you leave a comment, the comment and this metadata are retained indefinitely. We use the Akismet service to screen all comments for spam before they are published. The Akismet is operated by the same company (Automattic) that provides the software that runs this website (WordPress). Akismet’s privacy policy is available here. Only the name and website you provide in the comment form are visible to other website visitors; specifically, the email address you provide is not visible to other website visitors. Comments are published at our sole discretion.


An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here. After approval of your comment, the profile picture you have provided to Gravatar is visible to the public next to your comment.

Contact form

When you fill in the contact form, you are given the opportunity to provide a name and email address that we can use to reply to you. We will only use this email address to reply to you and we will not pass it to anyone else. We may also collect your IP address, your browser user agent details and WordPress ID information. We use the Akismet service to screen the name and email address provided on the form for spam before they are sent. The Akismet is operated by the same company (Automattic) that provides the software that runs this website (WordPress). Akismet’s privacy policy is available here.

Fair Cop News

The Fair Cop News mailing list is provided by MailChimp. When you sign up, we only ask for your email address so we can send you occasional news emails. Your email address is passed to MailChimp so these news emails can be sent out. See MailChimp’s Privacy Policy for details on how they process your information. We do not sell or share your email address with third parties.

Links to other websites

This website contains links to websites owned and operated by third parties. If you use these links, you leave our website. These links are provided for your information and convenience only and are not an endorsement by us of the content of these linked websites or their owners or authors. We have no control over the contents of any linked website and are not responsible for these websites or their content or availability. Content of these websites may have changed or may have been removed since we linked to them. We accept no liability for any websites linked to from this website. This privacy notice does not cover links within this website linking to other websites. Visiting other websites may cause cookies to be placed on your computer. You are encouraged to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit.

RSS feed

If you subscribe to one of the RSS feeds (Posts or Comments) using an RSS Reader, no information about you or your subscription is retained.

Server log

When you visit this website, standard Internet server log information is collected. This includes browser data, your IP address and the pages you visit. This is stored in the website server logs as it is done on most other websites you visit. This does not contain PD.

Server location

The server that hosts this website is located in the UK. The website is protected by an SSL security certificate provided by Let’s Encrypt.

Trade marks and copyright

We retain copyright on all original material on this website. We acknowledge the trade marks and copyright of others, but we use material under the fair dealing concept, generally for criticism or review.


All views expressed are the opinion of the authors unless otherwise stated. This website contains no legal or medical advice.

The Fair Cop Shop

The Fair Cop Shop is provided by Spreadshirt, AG, Gießerstraße 27, DE 04229 Leipzig, Germany. Their Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions contain full details of their data processing, data transfer, payment processing, etc.

Your rights

The GDPR gives you certain rights.


If you have left one or more comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the PD we hold about you. You can ask for a copy of your PD by submitting a request via the contact form, giving us your name and email address you provided when submitting your comment or comments. Once we have verified your email address, we will email you the data. This will be in the form of a zip file that can be opened by most computers. This zip file contains an html page that will open in any web browser. This page contains all the data we hold on you.


You can ask that we erase your PD by submitting a request via the contact form, giving us your name and email address you provided when submitting your comment or comments. Once we have verified your email address, we will erase the PD. This replaces the name, website and email address you provided when submitting a comment with text that contains no PD. Note that this does not delete the comment or comments.


This privacy notice is effective from 27 February 2020 until it is withdrawn or superseded.

Changes to this privacy notice

This privacy notice is kept under regular review. This privacy notice was last updated on 23 June 2020. If you have any queries about this privacy notice, please contact us.