Who we are

Our website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Contact forms & email

When you contact us via the contact form on our website or by email, we will store the information in that email, including your name and contact details on our web servers for future reference.


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.


We use Matomo Analytics to monitor traffic to our website, understand how it is being used and to try to make sure that what we are doing is seen by, and of interest to, the widest audience possible.



Our newsletter is sent out using Mailchimp. They store a copy of your email address on their servers and collect information about which recipients are opening the emails. We will use your email address solely for the purpose of sending our occasional newsletters and relevant invitations to our events. We do not share any other information with Mailchimp and neither they nor NIS will pass on your details to any third party. You can read the Mailchimp privacy policy here.

The NIS mailing list is self subscribe and self unsubscribe. You will find the unsubscribe button at the bottom of each newsletter, you can also contact us to delete your records at any time.

Contact database

NIS maintains a database where we record the contact details of individuals and organisations who we have had interactions with during our work, and brief details of our interactions with them. This allows staff to be consistent with our interactions and engagement. We only record the details of people who have made contact with us or who have made their contact details available to us or shared them publicly.

Who we share your data with

We do not routinely share your data with anyone. NIS values your privacy and will make every effort to protect your data. We will never share your information for the purposes of advertising. We aim to only use your data in ways set out in this notice or for purposes you would reasonably expect us to.

The only exceptions to this are situations where we are obliged to share data by law or within the limits set by data protection law.

How long we retain your data

We keep your data only for as long as we need to. We regularly review our data holdings to determine what we need to keep, and we also regularly delete email addresses that bounce.

What rights you have over your data

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.

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