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Using our website

The Secret Intelligence Service website is available for your personal use and viewing. Access and use by you of this site constitutes acceptance by you of these Terms and Conditions that take effect from the date of first use. You agree to use this website only for lawful purposes, and in a manner that does not infringe the rights of, or restrict or inhibit the use and enjoyment of this site, by any other third party.

Privacy policy

The Secret Intelligence Service undertakes to preserve the privacy of those persons accessing the site and it will not collect information upon them unless they choose to give it.

Browsing the SIS website

If you have accessed the site to view the information it contains you will remain completely anonymous. If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the website (reading pages or downloading information for example) we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally.

The following are representative of the types of information automatically collected and stored about your visit:

  • The Internet domain and Internet Protocol (IP) address from which you access our website
  • The type of Internet browser and the operating system of the computer you use to access our site
  • The date and time you visit our site
  • The pages you visit on our site
  • If you linked to our website from another website, the address of that website
  • The site address of the search engine through which you arrived, and the words used to define your search

The information gathered automatically by the site is used for statistical purposes only, with a view to making improvements for the benefit of visitors, as well as improving the system's technical performance.

Contact us

If you choose to submit information using our online form and provide us with your name and email or postal address, we will not give this information to any private organisation, commercial or otherwise.

If you choose to offer information or assistance to SIS by using our online form, we will make appropriate inquiries to determine the accuracy of your information. In addition, we may share the information you provide with other appropriate authorities to enable SIS to carry out its legally authorised responsibilities.

By providing information or assistance to SIS through our online form, you expressly consent to our use of whatever information you provide via our website.

Intellectual property

The names, images, and logos identifying the Secret Intelligence Service are proprietary marks of the Secret Intelligence Service. Copying our images and logos and/or any third party logos accessed via this website aren't permitted.

Copyright

© Crown copyright 2015

The material featured on this site is subject to Crown copyright protection unless otherwise indicated. The Crown copyright protected material (other than the Secret Intelligence Service crest and website design) may be reproduced free of charge in any format or medium provided, if it is reproduced accurately, and not used in any misleading context. Where any of the Crown copyright items on this site are being republished or copied to others, the source of the material must be identified and the copyright status acknowledged.

The permission to reproduce Crown protected material does not extend to any material on this site that is identified as being the copyright of a third party. Authorisation to reproduce such material must be obtained from the copyright holders concerned.

For further information on Crown copyright policy and licensing arrangements, please refer to guidance on HMSO's website at: www.hmso.gov.uk/guides.htm

Linking to the Secret Intelligence Service website

You do not have to ask permission to link directly to the pages on this website and we do not permit our pages to be loaded into frames on your site. The Secret Intelligence Service pages should load into the user's entire window.

Links on the Secret Intelligence Service website

We are not responsible for the content or reliability of any websites we link to on the Secret Intelligence Service website. Linking should not be taken as endorsement of any kind. We cannot guarantee that these links will work all of the time and we have no control over the availability of linked pages.

Virus protection

We make every effort to check and test material published on this website at all stages of its creation. It is always wise for you to run an anti-virus program on all material downloaded from the Internet. We cannot accept any responsibility for any loss, disruption, or damage to your data or your computer system which may occur while using material derived from this website.

Disclaimer

The Secret Intelligence Service website and material relating to Government information, products and services (or to third party information, products and services), is provided "as is" without any representation or endorsement made and without warranty of any kind whether expressed or implied.

We do not warrant that the functions contained in the material contained in this site will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected, or that this site or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or represent the full functionality, accuracy and reliability of the materials. In no event will SIS be liable for any loss or damages whatsoever arising from use or loss of data or profits arising out of or in connection with the use of the Secret Intelligence Service website.

These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales. Any dispute arising under these Terms and Conditions shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.