Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Identity and contact details of the Data Controller

Cardiff University is the Data Controller and is committed to protecting the rights of individuals in line with Data Protection legislation. Cardiff University has a Data Protection Officer who can be contacted through

Who we are

The Data Nation Accelerator is a pan-Wales initiative that is being developed to accelerate new insight, foresight and intelligence from diverse data assets for societal, health and economic impact.

Our website address is:

Processing Your Personal Data

When visitors submit comments or Contact Forms on the site we collect the data shown in the comment or contact form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. By submitting a comment or completing a Contact Form you give your consent to collect the personal data provided and process it for the following purposes:

  • Responding to enquiries
  • promoting our services
  • safeguarding and promoting the welfare of students
  • ensuring student’s safety and security
  • preventing and detecting crime

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.

Who receives your information?

Your information remains with the WDNA team and the website administrators and is normally not shared with any third parties, unless relevant data is deemed a threat to safety and security or if deemed possibly criminal. The WDNA holds this data for the purposes listed in the “Processing Your Personal Data” section.

How to make a complaint

If you are unhappy with the way in which your personal data has been processed you may in the first instance contact the University Data Protection Officer:

The Data Protection Officer
Assurance Services Department of Strategic Planning and Governance
Cardiff University
Friary House
Greyfriars Road
CF10 3AE
Tel: 02920 875466

If you remain dissatisfied, then you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane


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.


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.

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.

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 (if any), 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.

What rights you have over your data

If you have left comments on this site, 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.