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The Twins Early Development Study (TEDS) Website Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how we use and protect any information that you may give us when you use this website. Please note that this does not set out how we use or protect your data when you participate in TEDS studies. This information can be found on the information sheet which is sent/emailed to you regarding a specific study.

We are committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected

We ask you to read this Privacy Policy carefully. Any dispute which may arise over privacy will be subject to this policy, any data collection notice incorporated into this website and the provisions of English law. We may change our Privacy Policy from time to time by updating this page. You should therefore check this page occasionally to ensure that you are aware of the most recent version which will apply each time you access this website. This policy is effective from 10th March 2016.

Information we may collect on this website

We may collect the following information:

  1. If you provide your contact details via the ‘Have your say’ section, then we will collect personally identifiable information about you, such as your name and e-mail address and other information that you voluntarily submit.
  2. We may also obtain information about your opinions if, for example, you send us feedback, or ask us questions.

How we use the information we gather

If we have collected any personal information about you from this website then we will hold and use such information in accordance with this Privacy Policy and any data collection notice which we provided to you when we obtained your data.

How we use cookies

All cookies set from this site are privacy neutral: They only collect anonymous information on the pages visited and are used to improve your experience while using this website.

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to user needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

The cookies used on the Twins Early Development site are as follows:
Google Analytics: These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

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Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

IP Protocol (IP) Addresses

When you access the Internet using your computer, your Internet service provider assigns you an IP Address. Generally, every time you connect to the Internet, your IP Address changes. In some circumstances (i.e. with some broadband connections) your IP Address may not change in which case it can be associated with your particular computer and may therefore amount to personal information. Examples of the type of information that can be collected using your IP Address include your type of Internet Browser and the type of computer operating system you are using. The Twins Early development Study, may use your IP Address to collect information on how the Website is being used and ways in which the Website can be improved.

Web Log Information

Web log information is non-personal information that is collected by the computer that hosts the Website (the "Website Server") when you visit the Website, including, but not limited to, the date and time you visited the Website, the type of Internet Browser you are using and the type of computer operating system you are using. Web log information may be collected and used by Twins Early Development Study to assess how the Website is being used and how to improve the Website.


Any information which you provide on this website, we will take all reasonable steps to protect.

How We Protect Your Information

If we collect any information relating to you, we will store it on a secure server which is password protected and shielded from the outside world by a firewall. We have in place security policies which are intended to ensure, as far as possible, the security and integrity of all our information, including your personal information.


Your personal information is stored on secure servers located in the UK and maintained by King’s College London.

Removal of Data

We provide the following options for users to have their personal information removed from our servers, so as to not receive future communications:

  • Email us at: teds-project@kcl.ac.uk
  • Write to us at: Freepost RTSS-XCUX-CHTR, PO83, TEDS Research Centre, 16 De Crespigny Park, London. SE5 8AF
  • Phone us on: 0800 317029