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Your use of this website

Your privacy, personal information and peace of mind is important to us, so we want to spell out how you can use this site, and what we do with the information you provide us.


This site publishes comments and articles from members of the public as well as our contributors. Sometimes those submissions will be anonymous, sometimes they will be in relation to serious issues. You may find some of the comments or content on this site upsetting or offensive and whilst it isn’t our intention to upset you, we want to ensure we facilitate discussion on important topics. If you are offended, you can contact us or not visit this site.


We endeavour to respond to your emails, messages and letters as soon as possible. However if you are contacting us about an important or complex issue, we may take longer to respond. You should always hear from us within 14 working days, so please wait at least that long before reaching out again.

Rankings, Ratings & Reviews

When we write reviews or imply an endorsement to a product or service, neither Open Intelligence Ltd, the editorial team or the contributor will have been paid, or received any special treatment or products from anyone in relation to that review. Quite simply, we don’t provide paid reviews, the only advertising you will see on this site will be in the form of embedded adverts.

  • Privacy

    Collection of Information

    Information you provide – we collect personal information (e.g. name, email, and domain name) when you sign up to the site, or otherwise voluntarily provide such information.

    Cookies – we may use one or more cookies to help identify your browser and to provide our services. You can check the cookie section of this page for more informations.

    Log information – Our systems automatically record information when you visit our website or use our products, including the URL, IP address, and the date and time of your request and cookies that may uniquely identify your browser.
    User communications – When you send email or other communications to us, we retain those communications in order respond to you and improve our services.

    We use collected information for the following reasons: products and service provisioning, billing, identification and authentication, service improvement, contact, and research.

  • Cookies

    Our own cookies

    We use cookies to make our website work including:  Determining if you are logged in or not, remembering your search settings, remembering if you have accepted our terms and conditions, allowing you to add comments to our site and tailoring content to your needs.

    There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site.

    Third party functions

    Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. A common example is an embedded YouTube video.

    Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties

    Advertising Cookies

    Cookies are widely used in on-line advertising. Neither us, advertisers or our advertising partners can gain personally identifiable information from these cookies. You can learn more about on-line advertising at http://www.youronlinechoices.com .

    You can opt-out of almost all advertising cookies at http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices although we would prefer that you didn’t as ultimately adverts help keep much of the internet free. It is also worth noting that opting out of advertising cookies will not mean you won’t see adverts, just simply that they won’t be tailored to you any longer.

    We fund our site by showing adverts as you browse our site. These adverts are usually managed by a partner specialising in providing adverts for multiple sites. Invariably these partners place cookies to collect anonymous data about the websites you visits so they can personalise the adverts to you, ensure that you don’t see the same adverts too frequently and ultimately report to advertisers on which adverts are working. Our partners include Google.

    You may notice that sometimes after visiting a site you see increased numbers of adverts from the site you visited. This is because advertisers, including ourselves pay for these adverts. The technology to do this is made possible by cookies and as such we may place a so called ‘re-marketing cookie’ during your visit. We use these adverts to offer special offers etc to encourage you to come back to our site. Don’t worry we are unable to pro-actively reach out to you as the whole process is entirely anonymised. You can opt out of these cookies at any-time as explained above.

    Anonymous Visitor Statistics Cookies

    Anonymous Visitor Statistics Cookies We use cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Linux, Mac or Windows which helps to identify when our site isn’t working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website.

    These so called ‘analytics’ programs also tell us if , on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before helping us to put more money into developing our services for you instead of marketing spend.

    Social Website Cookies Social Website Cookies So you can easily “Like” or share our content on the likes of Facebook and Twitter we have included sharing buttons on our site. The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.

  • Disclaimer

    Service provided 'as is'

    This website is provided “as is” without any representations or warranties, express or implied. We makes no representations or warranties in relation to this website or the information and materials provided on this website.

    Limitations of liability

    In no event shall we or any of our agents, employees or sub-contractors be liable to you,without limitation, for any direct, indirect or consequential loss, whether or not advised of the possibility of such claim, loss, demand or damages and arising in tort (including negligence), contract or otherwise, to the fullest extent permitted by law.

    By using this website, you agree that the exclusions and limitations of liability set out in this website disclaimer are reasonable.


  • We Tried Mass Surveillance. It Failed.
    We Tried Mass Surveillance. It Failed.

    Ever since the election, the government has been promising new laws on surveillance powers. Finally the draft bill has been presented, and it has a truly staggering scope. It would allow the state to hack citizens and businesses here and abroad, intercept data in bulk, and force the keeping of all UK citizens’ communications information

  • Ending the “Business as Usual” of Tory Victory
    Ending the “Business as Usual” of Tory Victory

    The one message from the Corbyn campaign that all the Labour leadership hopefuls should be able to agree on is that “business as usual is not enough”. After two lost General Elections clearly the Labour party – and progressive politics in general, desperately needs to find a new way to connect with the electorate. Much

  • How Patent Manipulation by Drug Companies Endangers Lives
    How Patent Manipulation by Drug Companies Endangers Lives

      By exploiting the patent system to keep generic drugs off the market, Big Pharma makes lifesaving medicines unaffordable to many in need.  In this video Tahir Amin, co-director of the Initiative for Medicines, Access, and Knowledge, explains how it works, and what his group is doing to stop it. Learn more: http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org