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Privacy policy

The Industrial Strategy Council is an independent non-statutory advisory group set up to develop measures of success for, and assess the progress of, the government’s Industrial Strategy. The Industrial Strategy Council’s secretariat team is based in the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

This privacy policy explains how we use the personal information we collect. The Council takes privacy seriously and is strongly committed to doing all that it can to protect the personal data it holds.


What information does the Industrial Strategy Council collect about you?

The Council may collect the following information:

  • Personal information, including name, age, gender, address, telephone number and email address.
  • Information via surveys regarding your personal or professional interests and contact preferences in order to keep you updated about our work.
  • If you participate in one of the Council’s surveys, it may retain your information to facilitate further contact with you about the substance of your submission.
  • The Industrial Strategy Council holds a contact database comprising the personal information of individuals who have expressed an interest in our work in the past. This is to facilitate communication with them on occasion to provide information about the Council’s most recent activity.

How will the information about you be used?

We will only collect personal information when it is necessary to do so. Where personal data is held, we will ensure that it is handled compliantly. Unauthorised persons shall not have access to it and we will not make any information available for commercial use.

If you provide feedback about the website through a contact form or email address, we will only use this information for the purposes intended. You will not receive any subsequent unsolicited communication.

How long will your information be retained?

The length of time that we may retain your personal information for varies, according to the type of individual whose personal information we have collected, and what their data is being used for.

Access to your information and correction

You have the right to request a copy of the information that the Council n holds about you. If you would like a copy of some or all of your personal information, please email


To make this site simpler, small data files are placed on your computer. These are known as cookies. Most big websites do this too. They improve things by:

  • remembering settings, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you visit a new page
  • remembering information you’ve given (e.g. your postcode) so you don’t need to keep entering it
  • measuring how you use the website so it can be improved to meets your needs.

Cookies are not used to identify you personally. They’re just here to make the site work better for you. Indeed, you can manage and/or delete these small files as you wish.

The Council uses Google Analytics to collect information about how people use this site, but does so in a way that meets its users’ needs and helps it understand how the site could be improved. Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. The Council does not collect or store your personal information (e.g. your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are. There are also cookies that store basic data on your interactions with Drupal, the CMS running this website.

To learn more about cookies and how to manage them, visit

You can set your browser not to accept cookies and the above website tells you how to remove cookies from your browser. However, in a few cases some of the website’s features may not function as a result.

The table below summarize all the cookies used by this site:


Session Cookies

Used by drupal to make the website function correctly

Expiry: Session
JS CookieUsed by Drupal to indicate whether or not the visitors browser has JavaScript enabled to make the website function correctly
CookieID: has_js
Coverage: All Pages
Expiry: Session

High Availablity: Website Load Balancer

Created, updated and used exclusively by the Load Balancers to associate a browser session with a particular web server in the cluster. Contains an internal identifier of the server handling the user. There is absolutely no identifiable information. Blocking this cookie will have no effect on anonymous users, but helps maintain cache consistency when an editor is logged into the site.

Coverage: All pages
Expiry: Session
Compliance CookieUsed to record whether or not visitors have seen a message about cookies being used on the site, as part of compliance with EU cookie laws.
CookieID: civicCookieControl
Coverage: All Pages
Expiry: 90 days
Anonymous Google Analytics CookiesGoogle Analytics sets and uses the 3 cookies listed here. User data collected is all anonymous.
CookieID: __ga
Name: Google Analytics
Coverage: All Pages
Expiry: 2 years
CookieID: __gid
Name: Google Analytics
Coverage: All Pages
Expiry: 30 min
CookieID: __gat_HASH
Name: Google Analytics
Coverage: All Pages
Expiry: At End Of Session
Accessibility CookiesSet for the browser to remember user accessibility settings. These cookies are marked as stricly necessary.
Coverage: All Pages
Expiry: 1 year

CookieID: fontSize
Coverage: All Pages
Expiry: 1 year

Other websites

This website contains links to other websites. This privacy policy only applies to this website, so when you link to other websites you should read their own privacy policies.

Changes to the Privacy Policy

In future, the Industrial Strategy Council may make changes to its operations and consequently the privacy policy may be updated. You are encouraged to review it from time to time to stay informed of how the Council is using your personal information. This privacy policy was last updated on 24 October 2019.

The Council is required to employ adequate technical and organisational security measures to protect your personal information from any loss, destruction, damage or unlawful disclosure. However, no transmission of personal information can ever be guaranteed as secure.

Consequently, please note that the Council cannot guarantee the security of any personal information which you transfer to it or which it transfers to you.

How to contact the Council

Please contact us if you have any questions about our privacy policy or information we hold about you. You can send an email to or write to the following address:

Industrial Strategy Council Secretariat
Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy 
1 Victoria Street
London SW1H 0ET

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