Privacy Policy

We value privacy because of its value to you. It belongs to you and The Hampshire Independents are committed to processing your data honestly, ethically, with integrity and always consistent with applicable laws. The intention our our approach is to enable you to make simple and meaningful choices about your privacy.

Who we are

We are Hampshire Independents, a UK political party registered with the Electoral Commission (RPP6665544). Our website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact Forms

We have a number of contact forms where we may collect the following information:

  • Name
  • Email Address
  • Postcode
  • Telephone number

We will use this information to process your enquiry and to respond to any comments. Where the contact form has a specific purpose (for example to tell us about an issue that is important to you) we will use this information to understand the level of public support and the distribution of that support.


We are open to members joining our party. For our members we will collect the following information:

  • Name
  • Email Address
  • Full Address (including postcode)
  • Telephone Number
  • Payment Details (provided by the payment processor)

We will use this information to process your membership including sending invitations to relevant meetings. Your membership details and history will be kept on file until you request we delete it. Audit trails relating to financial records will be kept in line with current legislation.


We accept donations providing they comply with current UK legislation. With donations we will collect the following information:

  • Name
  • Email Address
  • Full Address (including postcode)
  • Payment Details (provided by the payment processor)


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

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 do not use any third party analytics tools.

Who we share your data with

Your data will be shared with our payment processor (PayPal) where you are making a donation or subscribing to a membership. In some cases we are required by law to share data with the Electoral Commission. We are required to report details of income and expenditure and we will report these to the Electoral Commission.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website, we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information. Financial records (donations, memberships, etc) are retained in line with current UK law.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, 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.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

You can contact us via our contact us form or writing to us at our office shown on the footer of the website.

Additional information

How we protect your data

Our site is only accessible via a secure (HTTPS) connection and sorted on servers within the UK. The site infrastructure is managed by Ionos and the website is managed by Hampshire Independents. The Ionos data centre is based in London and is ISO 27001 certified. We use automated technology to identify attempted breaches and alert our admin team, accounts are automatically locked after a number of failed authentication attempts. We have a policy on installing software patches as soon as possible via our admin team. The data is held on the CiviCRM system which is only accessible to a limited number of party officers. Backups are taken daily of our site and email systems, these are held off site for 10 days.

What data breach procedures we have in place

Notification – Any data breach should be reported to the party officers via email or telephone. Automatic intrusion detection software installed on the website will notify the party officers of any suspicious activity.

Once notified the party offices (with relevant technical skill) will investigate the incident. Multiple officers have access to the web server logs and all party officers have access to the audit information recorded on the website. Should a data breach be confirmed by the party officers the scope of the data breach will be identified. The party officers will contact the effected individuals, informed them of the data breach and what information has been lost or compromised. The party officers will notify the Office of the Information Commissioner should they believe this to be required under UK data protection law.

What third parties we receive data from

We may receive data from the Electoral Commission, unless required this will be held outside of our website.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

We do not make any automated decisions based on the data provided. We may profile data to understand the level of support for certain issues or to understand the popularity of our policies.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

Hampshire Independents is registered with the Electoral Commission registration: RPP6665544. Our Registered offices are: Hampshire Independents, 9A New Street, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 7DE.