Privacy & cookies

The NUJ Freelance Directory does its utmost to respect your privacy.


When you visit this Freelance Directory, the site sets a "session identifier" cookie.

When you log in to the Freelance Directory to edit your entry, it may also set cookies noting that you are, in fact, logged in.

Since these are essential to the functioning of the Freelance Directory, we believe we are not required by law to ask your permission before setting them.

If a "Remember my password" option is offered, this will set a persistent cookie.

All these cookies are accessible to - they can be "read" by - only this website. They are deleted when you close your browser (that is, the program you run on your computer or phone in order to view this website - such as Mozilla Firefox or Safari or Opera or Microsoft Internet Explorer).

The Directory also allows you to delete the login cookies immediately you log out - the "forget I was here" option. You must do this if you log in from a shared computer, such as a machine in a library, university or internet café, or a client's office.

Given their evanescence and our promise not to reveal any information, the risk of these cookies posing any threat to your privacy is "vanishingly small" - as physicists say when describing the odds on a whirlwind in a junkyard accidentally assembling a working metropolitan railway.

What are ‘cookies’ and should you worry?

Cookies are small files stored on your computer. Each contains:

  • an expiry date (which may be "never");
  • an indication of what websites may read it; and
  • a short text code - examples are a "session number" or a "unique visitor number".

When one of these persists, the next time you visit a site that has permission to read it, the program running that site can refer back to your previous visits. This kind of information on your web travels is of value to advertisers and possibly others.

As described above, cookies set by the Freelance Directory do not persist. Their expiry date is set to "At end of session".

General privacy questions: our promise

This website does everything it can to avoid collecting any other information on you or your visit.

There is, somewhere, a log of all recent visits, but we do not have access to it and it is deleted monthly or more often.

We do keep a record of when you make changes to your Freelance Directory entry, to assist with help and support.

This site has been notified to the Office of the Information Commissioner under the Data Protection Act 1988. Information collected on this site from freelance members of the NUJ will be used only for the expressed purposes of enabling those members to advertise their services to prospective customers.

We will never reveal to any third party any information which we may have gathered, deliberately or accidentally, unless you count it being prised from our cold, dead fingers.


For more information, contact the NUJ:

Headland House
72 Acton Street

Tel: 020 7278 7916
Fax: 020 7278 1812