English Teacher Article Privacy Policy Update

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In order to comply with a new European law relating to the use of personal information, we have updated our privacy policy. This now includes a thorough analysis of our use of your personal information and our use of tracking technologies like cookies. Don't Panic!  We don't do anything nasty with your information, and this new version of our policy should help you see that nothing bad is happening to your data when you use our site.

You can see the current privacy policy, effective from 26th May 2012, at http://www.usingenglish.com/about/privacy/

The EU Cookie Law

On the 26th May 2011 the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 (UK Regulations) (otherwise known as PECRs, the EU Cookie Law, or the EU Privacy Law) came into effect.

As a user of this site you will probably be wondering what this all has to do with you.  Well, from now on, websites such as this one will have to declare what cookies they set on your browsers and allow you control over which ones you will allow or disallow.

Since this website is owned and operated by an English company, we are adhering to the interpretation of the law [PDF] given by the British Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). The ICO allowed British websites a year to comply, meaning that progress towards compliance had to be implemented by 26th May 2012.  Note that because each Member State has some discretion in how it implements a Directive, the cookie laws in other European countries may differ from those of the UK.

Cookies are used on almost every site, and a massive majority of them are completely harmless to an end user.  Moreover, many cookies are actually essential to the operation of a website.  On UsingEnglish.com for example, we have many cookies that are set by our forum to do things like show you the latest content, to keep you logged in and to provide personalisation options.  Preventing these cookies will break many sections of this site and the tools it provides.

You can find out more about this complex and controversial law by using the following link:


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