Privacy Policy

This privacy policy will explain how our organisation uses the personal data we collect from you when you use our website. Information provided to Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP) by users through the use of this website will be treated in confidence and will not be disclosed to third parties unless we have a clear lawful basis to do so.


What data do we collect?

  • With regard to each of your visits to our site we will automatically collect (without limitation) the following information:
  • The internet protocol address used to connect your computer to the internet
  • Time zone setting
  • Geographical location
  • Browser type and version
  • Operating system and platform
  • Referral source
  • Length of visit
  • Page views
  • Website navigation paths
  • Information about your visit, including the full Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI)
  • Clickstream through and from our site (the route that users choose when clicking or navigating through our site)
  • A list of all the pages viewed by a user, presented in the order the pages were viewed
  • Page response times
  • Download errors
  • Length of visits to certain pages
  • Page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks and mouse-overs, methods used to browse away from the page).

Information collected cannot be used to identify individual users.

The lawful basis for the processing of the data collected by the website falls under Article 6(1) GDPR:

  • For the processing of the Google Analytics information, you have given your consent for this data to be collected or opted out should you wish. Article 6(1)(a)),
  • For any other data collected by the site not used by the Google Analytics tool, in the exercise of official authority of the data controller as a public authority (Article 6(1)(e)).


How will we use your data?

We gather information about site usage in order to assist in the development and improvement of services to the public. At the moment this information consists of:

Statistical information obtained using Google Analytics – no information collected can be used to identify individual users. We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use the site. This includes IP addresses. Your IP address is used to identify your location should you make use of the geolocation feature on our site. We only use this to show you relevant content, and do not store or share this with third parties.

Google Analytics processes anonymised information about:

  • the pages you visit
  • how long you spend on each page
  • how you got to the site
  • what you click on while you’re visiting the site

We do not store your personal information through Google Analytics (for example your name or address).

We will not identify you through analytics information, and we will not combine analytics information with other data sets in a way that would identify who you are. For more details about how this affects your privacy please visit the Google Analytics Privacy Centre. If you do not wish to send information to Google Analytics, an Opt-out Browser Add-on is also available, or you can configure your browser to enable you to choose which, if any, cookies are allowed to be created.


What are your data protection rights?

Under the GDPR you have a number of rights that you can exercise in relation to the data we process about you. Under certain circumstances, by law you have the right to:

  • Request access to your personal information (commonly known as a right of access request). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal information we hold about you and check that we are lawfully processing it and that it is accurate.
  • Request rectification of the personal information that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate information we hold about you corrected.
  • Request erasure of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal information where there is no lawful reason for us to continue to process it.
  • Request the restriction of processing of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of personal information about you, for example if you want us to establish its accuracy or the reason for processing it.

You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal information (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we are allowed under the law to charge a reasonable fee if your request for access is clearly unfounded or excessive. Alternatively, we can refuse to comply with the request in such circumstances.

We sometimes need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access the information (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is another appropriate security measure to ensure that personal information is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it.

Further information about these rights can be found within the GDPR and on the Information Commissioner’s Office website:

To exercise any of these rights please contact the Information Rights Unit at:

Or via:

MPS Information Rights Unit
PO Box 313
DA15 0HH

You can contact the Data Protection Officer at:

c/o Information Rights Unit
PO Box 313
DA15 0HH

The Met’s Information Rights Unit manages the Met’s data protection compliance and can be contacted at:


What are cookies?

Cookies are used on this website to improve user experience and for essential functionality; they are not used for identification purposes.
For further information, visit


How do we use cookies?

CTP uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site. They are not used for identification purposes.


What types of cookies do we use?

There are a number of different types of cookies, however, our website uses:

  • Functionality — CTP uses these cookies so that we recognise you on our website and remember previously selected preferences. These could include what language you prefer and location you are in. A mix of first-party and third-party cookies are used.
  • Advertising — CTP uses these cookies to collect information about your visit to our website, the content you viewed, the links you followed and information about your browser, device, and your IP address. CTP sometimes shares some limited aspects of this data with third parties for advertising purposes. We may also share online data collected through cookies with our advertising partners. This means that when you visit another website, you may be shown advertising based on your browsing patterns on our website.


Google analytics sets the following cookies:

Universal analytics

Cookie name Expiration time Purpose

_ga 2 years This cookie is used to distinguish users, which helps us count how many people visit our website

_gat 10 minutes Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made


Google analytics

Cookie name Expiration time Purpose

_utma 2 years Like _ga, this lets us know if you’ve visited before, so we can count how many of our visitors are new to the website or to a certain page

_utmb 30 minutes This works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time you spend on our website

_utmc When you close browser This works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser

_utmz 6 months This tells us how you reached our website (e.g. from another website or a search engine)


How to manage cookies

The cookies we use will be sent to your browser and then stored in the cookies directory on your computer. To find out how to reject, delete or update your cookie preferences in your browser you need to know what browser you use and what version of it you are using. Most browsers have guidelines on how to adjust cookie settings, use the ‘Help’ menu to find out this information.

You can learn more about managing cookies at the About Cookies website.


Privacy policies of other websites

The CTP website contains links to other websites. Our privacy policy applies only to our website, so if you click on a link to another website, you should read their privacy policy.


How to contact us

If you have any questions about CTP’s privacy policy, the data we hold on you, or you would like to exercise one of your data protection rights, please do not hesitate to contact the Information Rights Unit at:

Or via:

MPS Information Rights Unit
PO Box 313
DA15 0HH

You can contact the Data Protection Officer at:

c/o Information Rights Unit
PO Box 313
DA15 0HH

The Met’s Information Rights Unit manages the Met’s data protection compliance and can be contacted at:



If you have any concern about the way that we have handled your personal data please bring it to our attention via the following means: You can contact the Data Protection Officer at:

c/o Information Rights Unit
PO Box 313
DA15 0HH

You are also able to submit complaints to the Information Commissioner’s Office, advice on how to contact them based on the nature of your concern is available at