Published since 1884 by the Society for the Study of Addiction.
Editor-in-Chief, Robert West

Privacy Policy

27 April 2018

We are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. This policy sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us. Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat them.

Please note that Addiction’s privacy policy is reviewed periodically. Addiction reserves the right to modify its privacy policy at any time without notice. Any changes to the policy will be posted on this page and will become effective on the date of posting.

What personal data do we collect?

  • When you view our site by linking from another web page we may store the name of that web page for purposes of internal administration. 
  • We also collect general data about the movement of visitors through our site, but this does not use any personal identifiable information. The data are used to improve web site structure and content.
  • When you contact us using our ‘contact us’ page, we collect and store your personal data (name, contact details).
  • We may use cookies: small amounts of information that are sent from a web server to your browser and stored on your computer's hard drive and contain information as to the internet sites you have visited.  Most web browsers automatically accept cookies but you can usually change your browser to prevent this, although you may not be able to access some parts of our site without them.

How do we use your personal data?

  • We use general data about the movement of visitors through our site to improve web site structure and content.
  • We use your name and contact details to reply to your query.
  • We may use cookies to store and sometimes track information about you and to personalise your contact with us. 

We do not sell, trade or rent the information we get from you on this site to others.

We may transfer personal data outside the European Economic Area (EEA) if we refer your query to a member of our editorial board who is outside of the EEA.

Where there are links on our site to other sites, including RSS feeds and social media, the content of those linked sites is not covered by this privacy policy. These other sites will have separate privacy and data collection practices. We do not have responsibility or liability for these independent policies.

We may disclose information in special cases when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is reasonably necessary to comply with the law, enforce or apply our terms of business, or protect our rights and those of our users.

How long do we keep your personal data?

We keep your personal data for no longer than reasonably necessary to

  • improve our website structure and content
  • respond to your query

What security measures do we use?

The data we collect from you on our site are protected against unauthorised access.  Appropriate security measures are in place in our physical facilities to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of information that we have collected from you at our site.

What is our legal basis for processing your data?

Our legal basis for processing your data is

  • the consent of the data subject, if you email us using our ‘contact us’ page.
  • our ‘legitimate interest’ in maintaining the quality of our website: our data processing activities are not required by law but are of benefit to you and to others who use our website; in addition, our use of personal data is of limited privacy impact and website users should reasonably expect us to use personal data in this way.

What are your rights regarding your personal data?

Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the right to obtain confirmation that we have information about you, access to this information and any other supplementary information that we hold relating to you.

How to make a complaint:

To exercise all relevant rights, queries or complaints please in the first instance contact our Data Controller, the Society for the Study of Addiction on 0113 855 9559, or via email, or by writing to Society for the Study of Addiction, Office 116, University of Northampton Innovation Centre, Green St, Northampton, NN1 1SY, UK.

If this does not resolve your complaint to your satisfaction, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office on 03031231113, or via email, or at the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF, UK.