Information we collect

We collect information for two principal purposes: to enable us to give our users the best service possible and to create anonymised statistics for public use in studying the age group that makes up the majority of our users.

All information collected is voluntarily given by the user, in two ways:

  • Information you give us directly, such as setting up a user account, leaving a comment on the site or answering a poll.  Your personal details such as name, email address etc. that we hold can all be accessed and amended by the user in the 'my account' section. To remove all data, the account must be deleted via this page.

  • Information you allow us to record, namely your activity on the site (i.e. which pages you visit, for how long etc.). This information is not linked in any way to your personal information (i.e. it is anonymous). The information is collected independently by Google Analytics. Their privacy policy can be viewed here.

    Users are made aware upon arrival at the site that this data will be collected, along with a link to this page which outlines how users can prevent this information from being recorded.

How we use information we collect

We use the information we collect to enable us to provide, maintain, protect and improve the services we offer. It is also used to indicate services that may be developed in the future.

If you leave a comment on the site, your name (provided upon registration for an account) may be displayed publicly. Your name and comments therefore may be indexable by search engines.

We may use your email address to inform you about our services. Most mailing lists can be subscribed to and unsubscribed from on the 'my account' page, however if a user wishes to recieve no emails from us, they must delete their account through the 'my account' page.

We will ask for your consent before using information for a purpose other than those that are set out in this Privacy Policy.

All of our information is stored and processes take place on secure servers and computers across the EU. The main website is hosted by, therefore information we store will most likely be stored on their servers. Please see their separate privacy policy for more information.

Accessing and updating your personal information

Whenever you use our services, we aim to provide you with access to your personal information. If that information is wrong, we strive to give you ways to update it quickly or to delete it – unless we have to keep that information for legitimate business or legal purposes. When updating your personal information, we may ask you to verify your identity before we can act on your request.

We may reject requests that are unreasonably repetitive, require disproportionate technical effort (for example, developing a new system or fundamentally changing an existing practice) or would risk the privacy of others.

Where we can provide information access and correction, we will do so for free, except where it would require a disproportionate effort. We aim to maintain our services in a manner that protects information from accidental or malicious destruction. Because of this, after you delete information from our services, we may not immediately delete residual copies from our active servers and may not remove information from our backups.

Information we share

We do not share personal information with companies, organisations and individuals outside of The Bridge and (in the manner detailed above) unless one of the following circumstances apply:

  • With your consent

    We will only share personal information with companies, organisations or individuals outside of The Bridge when we have your explicit consent to do so.

  • For legal reasons

    We will share personal information with companies, organisations or individuals if we have a good-faith belief that access, use, preservation or disclosure of the information is reasonably necessary to:

    • meet any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request.
    • detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues.
    • protect against harm to the rights, property or safety of The Bridge, our users or the public as required or permitted by law.

We may share aggregated, non-personally identifiable information publicly and with other organisations. For example, we may share information publicly to show trends about the general use of our services.


Our Privacy Policy may change from time to time. We will not reduce your rights under this Privacy Policy without your explicit consent. We will post any privacy policy changes on this page and, if the changes are significant, we will provide a more prominent notice (including, in some cases, email notification of privacy policy changes). We will also keep prior versions of this Privacy Policy in an archive for your review.