Privacy and Other Policies
(Updated June 2020)
As a company processing some personal data, we are regulated by the Data Protection Act we also intend to be GDPR compliant. This page is intended to keep you informed about what we do with the personal data we process. ‘Personal data’, for the purposes of the Act, means any information which can be used to identify an individual person; it includes things like your name, e-mail address, delivery address, billing address, telephone number and IP address.
We are the data controller for the Site.
Information we collect
If you submit material to us as a contributor, we will store your name, email address and any other personal information that you supply, for administrative and contact purposes. However, we do not require you to submit any personal information other than your name and email address. If we reject your contribution, we will store our email correspondence only in our mailbox.
We aggregate personal, anonymized data we collect, using tools like Google Analytics, such as the number and frequency of your visits, location, demographics, type of device used, to our sites, to produce metrics and statistical information. We may share this data with third parties to improve our services.
The Data Protection Act
We are registered as required under the Data Protection legislation, and we will only process your personal information in line with the principles set out in the Act.
We will process your personal data carefully and lawfully, and will only share them within our organisation and among our employees and appointed representatives and/or our contractors (this is only done to improve our services).
We will do our best to protect your personal data using appropriate technical and organisational steps, and will store it on our database within a secure network. However, we cannot absolutely guarantee the security of your personal data.
If we reasonably believe that we are required by law to disclose your personal information to a third party, whether in compliance with any applicable law or regulation or by court order or in connection with legal proceedings, we may do so.
Apart from this, we will not disclose or sell your personal information to any third party without your permission. We will not transfer your data outside the European Union except to safe-harbour-certified third parties; this means that the entities to which we send it are certified as having equivalent privacy protection policies as apply within the European Union.
We may use aggregate anonymised data and share it with third parties.
We will not share your personal information with advertisers. However, some of the adverts you may see will be served from locations other than our own server, for example Google Adsense ads.
We will use your personal data to:
For contributors, we will use your personal information:
to send and respond to emails from you
to manage our interaction with you
to maintain our records and databases;
to carry out statistical analysis; and
for administration, accounting, marketing and archival purposes.
We will hold your personal information for as long as we need to in order to comply with our legal obligations. You may request for your personal information to be deleted at any time by emailing email@example.com. Deleted content may persist in backup copies for up to one year, but will not be available to third parties.
Data We Collect When You Sign Up To Our Email List (Newsletter)
You give us permission to do the following and you acknowledge that:
- We will collect your email address, your name and your IP address and your location (city and country) for the purpose of sending you our email updates
- The content we will be emailing to you can vary, this can include things like updates about new content published or produced by Truth Theory. The occasional product offers from us or our partners. Updates about Truth Theory’s activities or our partner’s activities. The emails you will be receiving from us might contain links to external websites and social media profiles.
- We will send emails to you when we feel there is anything important that we want to share, this can be few times per month or few times per week.
- You can unsubscribe at any time by opening one of the emails from us and clicking on the unsubscribe option and we will delete the data we hold about you.
- We use services like Aweber where we store your data, we might hold a copy of your data in our own database as well. Aweber can track email open rate, click rate and other similar data.
- Our contractors occasionally might access the data we collect solely, for the purpose of performing tasks related to improving our services.
Users may opt out of personalised advertising by Google by visiting Ads Settings.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are sent to your computer or mobile device when you visit a site or page. They help the site to recognise your device on future visits.
Cookies have different functions. They can remember your login and preferences, and enhance your user experience in other ways, such as ensuring that the adverts you see are more relevant to you. Some cookies contain personal information: for example, when you click “Remember Me” when you log in to a website, a cookie will be used to store the registration number of the device you are using to access the website.
There are different types of cookies. Essential cookies have functions like recognising that logged-in users can access restricted pages. Functionality cookies remember your preferences while using the website. Performance cookies do not store personal information, but are used to analyse anonymised website usage data. Advertising cookies try to ensure that the adverts you see are tailored to your preferences.
You can block cookies by setting your browser preferences, but this will usually affect how and whether you are able to access the website, especially the restricted areas.
Fact Checking Policy
Truth Theory journalists are responsible for fact checking their stories. Our writers must verify the information they gather and write at all times. This includes information such as names, URLs, locations, factual statements and other pieces of information they gather. Reporters conduct their own fact checking using their own judgment. All stories submitted by our journalists are subject to review by an additional editor. Truth Theory might use third party fact checkers in certain circumstances if required.
All staff members of Truth Theory are required to adhere to high ethical standards aiming for honesty, fairness and accuracy.
Conflict of interest: We are committed to avoid any conflicts of interests wherever and whenever possible. We do not accept free gifts or financial incentives from news organisations, politicians, governments, political organisations, government-funded organisations. In cases where we publish sponsored stories we will label such stories as “sponsored”.
Employees aren’t allowed to receive compensation in exchange for endorsing companies or products. In cases where companies supply products for testing or review, this will be disclosed.
Attribution: Citations, quotations and studies should be attributed, with a hyper-link to the original sources when available and appropriate.
News Vs Opinion
Every article we publish is labeled as either “news” or “opinion” on top of the article. In case of news pieces, our goal is to report on the events with accuracy and cite relevant sources whenever possible while staying objective. Opinion pieces can include additional perspective from the writer, their personal views or suggestions.