Who we are

Liz Taylor is a PhD student at University College London studying the role of the Data Protection Officer. The website address https://dataprotectionresearch.co.uk provides a record of some of the work being undertaken and contributions are welcome.

As a student of the university, Liz is not required to register as a controller under data protection laws although the principles of the legislation will be applied to her research activities, which include the provision of this privacy notice.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact Forms – Participating in Research

We have a form to collect details of anyone that would like to participate in research surveys and other research activities. The only required fields are name and e-mail address. The others are optional although are requested as they can be used to help ensure that the surveys are sent to the correct target group of people and we don’t unnecessarily bother you.

It is anticipated that those who provide their details will be asked to contribute to no more than 3 short surveys over the next 3 years. You can be removed from the list at any time by e-mailing Liz Taylor at elizabeth.taylor.21@ucl.ac.uk.

Contact Forms – Receiving Blog Updates

We have a form to collect name and e-mail of anyone that would like to receive blog updates. You can unsubscribe from this at any time by e-mailing  elizabeth.taylor.21@ucl.ac.uk.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Plug Ins

We do not have any analytics on our website although do use some other plug ins. Those that are used on the site are to make sure it performs as it should and to enhance security:

  • Yoast
  • WP Cerber
  • Cookiebot
  • Really Simple SSL

Who we share your data with

Any data you provide, including responses to surveys that you participate in, will be securely stored using facilities provided by Tkm Consulting. Under no circumstances will either of these organisations use the data you provide for their own purposes.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

For those that submit their details to participate in the survey, we will retain your information while studies are ongoing. This is anticipated to be for the next 4 years. Survey data will be retained for longer although will be retained in an anonymised format as soon as all verification of results has been completed unless any of the surveys specifically state otherwise.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

You can asked to be deleted from our research participation list at any time. Please note that any results from surveys or other research activities will be retained in an anonymous format.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

If you have any queries relating to how your data will be used please contact Liz Taylor elizabeth.taylor.21@ucl.ac.uk.