Terms and Conditions

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The material featured on this site is subject to Crown copyright protection unless otherwise indicated. The Crown copyright protected material (other than the Royal Arms and departmental or agency logos) may be reproduced free of charge in any format or medium provided it is reproduced accurately and not used in a 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, which 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, see the guidance featured on HMSO's website at:
www.hmso.gov.uk/guides.htm. The Home Office encourages users to establish hypertext links to this site.

Privacy Policy

The Home Office reserves the right to gather information relating to site usage. Any information gathered is primarily for internal use to allow us to refine and improve our customer service. Where disclosure of information to a third party is likely we will, where possible, endeavour to ensure that this is clearly indicated. This does not affect your statutory rights.

This site uses an online measuring package called SiteSat, which uses cookies to identify repeat visits. Our site is also carrying banner advertising for government services, which use cookies in order to avoid you seeing the same advertisements repeated over and over, and to allow us to gauge the number of people viewing a campaign or particular web page.

Cookies are pieces of data created when you visit a site, and contain a unique, anonymous number. They are stored in the cookie directory of your hard drive, and do not expire at the end of your session. Cookies used by the Home Office contain no personal information about the user, nor does our website elicit or store any information from users other than the Internet Protocol address of the computer used to access the site. Users may safely turn off cookies on this site without affecting how pages are displayed.

Data Protection Act 1998

This Act requires that we inform you that your feedback by email may include information about you (this is called 'personal data' in the Act) and that we are a 'data controller' for the purposes of the Act.

We, the Home Office, will process the data about your specific feedback, suggestions, or problem reporting about this website. We will also process data about you for the purposes of making general enquiries to the Home Office, which are not related to this Website.

We may disclose this data to any person or organisation for the purposes for which it was collected or where the Act allows disclosure.

As a data subject, you have the right to ask for a copy of the data and to ask for any inaccuracies to be corrected.

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