Cookie and Privacy Information

Data protection legislation

The General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018 together determine how, when and why any organisation can process personal data. Personal data is any information that can identify a living individual. These laws exist to ensure that your data is managed safely and used responsibly. They also provide you with certain rights in respect of your data and create a responsibility on us to provide you with certain information.

The identity and contact details of the data controller

For the personal data you provide for account management on the StatsUserNet website, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) is the data controller.

You can get in contact with ONS at

The purposes for which personal data are processed

All personal data that is collected by ONS is for registration and account management purposes only . StatsUserNet collects and stores the following data from its users:

  • Name and email address ( mandatory for registration )
  • Job title, company name, address and work phone number (optional for registration)

You will also be asked to create a username which will be visible to all forum users

Please note that ONS only has control over the personal data specified above for the purposes of account creation. StatsUserNet is a forum provided by ONS that permits its users to post information, as such members are able to post additional personal data on the forum. Such data is posted, amended and deleted by users in their personal capacity and is therefore not under the control of ONS, and outside of the scope of the GDPR.

Posting other people’s personal data is strictly forbidden under the Terms and Conditions of the forum. ONS takes no responsibility and accepts no liability for any content submitted by users of this forum.

The legal basis for the processing

ONS processing is undertaken under the following condition:

“Processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller.”

ONS is a statutory body, with the objective of promoting and safeguarding the production and publication of official statistics that serve the public good.

The recipients of personal data

This website is hosted and maintained by DXW Digital who will process the data on behalf of ONS and therefore have access to this data. You can read DXW Digital’s privacy notice here

Any additional personal information that is posted by users on the forum is done so at the discretion of the user and will be available to see by any other user of the site.

The period for which personal data will be stored

Personal data that is collected through StatsUserNet for the purposes of account creation is kept for as long as the user is content with maintaining their membership. When a user terminates their membership, their personal data will be deleted and if requested, all of their posts will be removed.

Data subject rights

As a data subject (someone whose personal data we hold) you have rights available to you under data protection law. If you wish to exercise any of these rights then please contact our Data Protection Officer, but please be aware that we may not be required to comply if the data is being held for statistical purposes only. Compliance requirements are set out in the Data Protection Act 2018.

You have the right to request from any controller that holds your personal data: access to the information they hold about you and to amend any wrong or inaccurate information they hold about you. You have the right to object to your personal data being processed.

You have the right, in some circumstances, to request for any controller to: erase any personal data they may hold about you, stop processing your personal data, or pass any information they hold about you to another controller.

Further information on the rights available to you and the circumstances under which you can exercise them, is available from the Information Commissioner.

The contact details of our Data Protection Officer

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your data, or wish to exercise any of your rights then please contact:

0845 601 3034

Data Protection Officer
Office for National Statistics
Segensworth Road
PO15 5RR

The Information Commissioner

The Information Commissioner’s Office is the independent body tasked with regulating data protection within the UK. They can provide you with additional information regarding data protection and your rights, and will deal with any complaints you may have regarding our use of your data:

0303 123 1113

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane


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Below is a list of the Cookies used on this website. By continuing to use this forum you are agreeing to the use of these Cookies.

Name Essential Expires Description
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fsl Y Session Full screen login client setting
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cn Y Forever Client clear notifications. I’m counting this as user input instead of personalization because it doesn’t make sense to ‘undo’ or change cleared notifications.
_bypass_cache Y Session Used with ‘fsl’ for full screen login
_t Y 1440 hours User authentication token cookie. SiteSetting.maximum_session_age.hours.from_now
_forum_session Y Session Session cookie
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