Science Photo Library follows the UK 1998 Data Protection Act and is committed to protecting your privacy. By using this site, you understand and agree to the terms of this policy. For data protection purposes, Science Photo Library is the controller and, unless otherwise noted, is also the processor of data.

We may update this policy from time-to-time by posting a new version on our website. You should check this page occasionally to ensure you are happy with any changes.

What data we collect

When you register on our website, we collect certain information for our records, including your email address, name, company name, street address and phone number.

When you visit our website, we automatically collect information about the website that referred you to us, your IP address, browser type and language, and access times.

We may also collect navigational information including viewed pages, clicked links and other actions taken in connection with the site.

Changing your details

You can change information that you provided to us on registration by accessing the Your Details section of the website. You cannot change your password without re-registering.

What we do with the data

Science Photo Library will not share your information with any third parties, except with our distributors where appropriate.

We collect and use your personal information to process your transactions, to provide customer service, to improve our products and services and to display content that is customised to your interests and preferences. We may also send you marketing communications we think you will find of interest.

We may share your personal information with service providers who perform services on our behalf eg. companies who assist us in direct marketing. Those companies are required to maintain the confidentiality of the information and are prohibited from using it for any other purpose.

We may need to disclose information about you if we were required to do so by law; in connection with any legal proceedings or prospective proceedings; in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights; and to the purchaser or prospective purchaser of any business or asset which we are, or are contemplating, selling.


If you would rather not receive marketing communications from us, you can click on the appropriate box on the registration form. Or if you change your mind at a later date, you can edit Your Details and choose to opt out from communication sent to you by email and/or mail by ticking the appropriate box.

Alternatively, you can unsubscribe from specific emails by clicking on the link at the bottom of the email "Please click here to manage your email subscription". On Your Email Preferences page you can choose which emails to receive. If you leave all the boxes empty, you will get unsubscribed from all marketing emails.

You will, however, continue to receive transactional communications from us relating to invoices, order confirmations, if applicable.

Cookies and other technologies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your PC, phone or other web enabled devices when you are visiting the Science Photo Library website. They are not harmful to your computer.

Cookies are an essential part of how the Science Photo Library site works and will be used to enhance your overall experience by enabling the site to remember you either for the duration of your visit or for repeat visits. Cookies contain information that can later be retrieved by the web application that deposited it on your device.

Science Photo Library may use the information we obtain from our cookies for the following purposes:

Science Photo Library uses on its site cookies from another partner, Google, which collect the following information:

Managing Cookie Preferences

If you don't want to receive cookies, you can modify your browser so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies that have already been set.

If you wish to restrict or block web browser cookies which are set on your device then you can do this through your browser settings; the Help function within your browser should tell you how. Alternatively, you may wish to visit, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers.

The Science Photo Library website will not work without cookies


The security of your personal information is important to us. We will take reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information. We will store all the personal information you provide on our secure (password- and firewall- protected) servers.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies.

You are responsible for keeping your password and user details confidential. We will not ask you for your password.


If you have any questions about this privacy policy or our treatment of your personal data, please email us or write to Marketing Department, Science Photo Library, 327-329 Harrow Road, London W9 3RB, UK.

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