Privacy Policy

Privacy policy

Your privacy is important to the Office of the Commissioner for Standards in Public Life. This page says what information we collect when you visit our website and how we handle any other information you send us.


Like most websites, this site uses cookies. Cookies are small pieces of data that a website asks your browser to store as text strings on your computer’s hard disk. Cookies can have expiry dates which determine how long they reside on your browser. Generally, cookies are automatically deleted after the lapse of the expiry date or else they can be deleted manually by the user.

This site includes links to external websites which are governed by their own privacy policies. They may use cookies in different ways.

Messages and complaints

When you send us a message using the contact us form in this website, the message (including your name and email address) is transmitted to us in the form of an automatically-generated email. This website does not store any of the information you type into the contact us form.

We will treat any information you send us as confidential and we will not share it outside this office except as necessary to deal with your request or as required by law. If your message is a formal complaint, it will be handled in keeping with the page in this website about the investigation of complaints.

Data protection

You have the right to access any data we hold about you. You can ask for this data to be deleted or amended if it is inaccurate. In this case please get in touch with the Director General of this office, who is also our data controller. See the contact us page for contact details.

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your request, you can complain to the Information and Data Protection Commissioner. Visit for more information.