Our Privacy Policy

Our Privacy Policy

At the Food Ethics Council, we value your privacy as much as we care about food ethics. Below is a brief summary of what you need to know about our Privacy Policy. You can read the full policy here.

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What information do you collect about me?

For all users of our websites:

  • When visiting our website, we will collect information about your device, your IP address, geographical location, your browser type, how you navigated to us (e.g. through a search engine). This information may be collected by a third-party analytics service or by third parties using cookies, which are active on our website. You can read our full Cookies Policy here.
  • If you post a comment on our blog pages, powered by Disqus, cookies will be set to manage functionality (more information here).
  • If you follow us on any social media account (eg: Twitter, LinkedIn), we have access to your public information, in accordance with the platform’s own Privacy Policy.
  • If you register to our mailing list, we collect your name, surname, email address and affiliated organisation. We don’t share any of these with third parties.
  • If you contact us, we will collect any information contained in any correspondence.

How do you use my data?

We will only use your data either as part of our services to you, with your consent (where we request it) or within our legitimate business interests.

If you have signed up to our Newsletter, or are a member of our Business Forum, we will only use the data to contact you as part of the service you signed-up to.

Who do you share my information with?

We use the Google Analytics service in order to enable us to learn more about how our site is used, and to help us improve the site. Google does not associate this IP address with any other Google service, and information about specific IP addresses is not available to The Food Ethics Council. We do not use Google Analytics Advertising features and you will not receive any personalised advertising on our website.

Google Analytics sets cookies. There is more information on how these cookies are used on our cookies page but we do not require you to allow cookies to be set to navigate our website, and we won’t nag you if they are turned off.

The Food Ethics Council holds all personal data on a secure database, and does not allow access to our mailing lists nor will we pass on personal information to third parties unless required by law.

How do you look after my information and how long do you keep it for?

We do not retain server logs for this website, however you should be aware that information about your use of this website (including your IP address) may be retained by your ISP (Internet Service Provider), the hosting provider and any third party that has access to your internet traffic.

If you want to opt-out of giving personal information to any website using Google Analytics, Google provides an opt-out plugin for your internet browser. You can find out more here.

Will you process my data outside the EEA (European Economic Area)?

Information collected by Google Analytics will be processed and stored outside the EEA. Information about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. For more information on Google Ads Data Processing Terms, see here.

View our Data Protection Policy


Our Mailing Lists

The Food Ethics Council currently uses an external mailing list provider, MailChimp, to manage our email based newsletter. We provide an unsubscribe link in all email messages that we send out and users can unsubscribe at any time using this link.

Mailchimp is notified as a “data controller” in respect of the personal data about its UK Members, whom it collects personal data from in accordance with its Privacy Policy, but not in respect of personal data about people on its members’ Distribution Lists (where it acts as a “data processor”). You can view the MailChimp privacy policy here.

If you have any queries about our mailing list, please contact info@foodethicscouncil.org.


The Food Ethics Council website uses cookies to remember you when you return to our site and to add extra functionality provided by third party services such as Disqus or YouTube.

Cookies are small text files which are stored on your computer. No personal information is stored in the cookies set by the Food Ethics Council website.

More information about what cookies are and how you can disable or enable them is available at www.aboutcookies.org.

If you do not have cookies enabled, you will still be able to browse the site and we won’t nag you about it.

The tables below list the cookies you may encounter when using our website:

Cookies set by the Food Ethics Council

Name Purpose Expires
CMSSESSID_ Used by our content management system to identify a specific user session. At end of session (when your browser is closed down or a period of time has passed with no interaction)
DYNSRV Used by our webserver to optimise site performance At end of session (when your browser is closed down or a period of time has passed with no interaction)

Third party cookies

These are cookies are set by other companies who have content on the Food Ethics Council site – for example YouTube or Disqus. These companies may set their own cookies, which are controlled by them.

Provider Name Purpose More info
Google _ga
These cookies are used to collect statistics about how visitors use the site. The information includes where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. We use this information to improve our website. Google privacy policy
YouTube VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Google Policies and Principles
Disqus __qcamc
Used by the Disqus comments system to manage functionality such as submitting posts and automatically logging in. Disqus’s use of cookies