Privacy Policy

1. Introduction

1.1 Open Information Partnership (“We”, “Our”, “Us”) are committed to safeguarding and respecting the privacy of our website visitors. This policy sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us. Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it.

1.2 This website is operated by Zinc Network Limited (Company Number 06651251) 

1.3 By visiting and using our website you are accepting and consenting to the practices described in this policy.

1.4 Please contact for any data protection queries or visit the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) via to lodge a complaint.

1.5 We bear no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of external websites linked to from this site.

2. What personal information is collected

With regard to each of your visits to our site we will automatically collect information including (without limitation) the following:

(a) the internet protocol address used to connect your computer to the internet, time zone setting, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system and platform, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths;

(b) information about your visit, including the full Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI), clickstream to, through and from our site, page response times, download errors, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks and mouse-overs, methods used to browse away from the page) and any phone number used to call us.

3. Using personal information

3.1 Our lawful basis for processing your data is consent and legitimate interest. We use analytic tools on your data in a way you would reasonably expect. This helps us to improve the website and enhance your web experience. You can find more information on this below.

3.2 Your privacy settings, adjusted through the privacy controls in your browser, can be used to limit the sharing of your information through our website, although it may affect functionality.

3.3 We will not, without your express consent, supply your personal information to any third party for the purpose of their or any other third party’s direct marketing.

4. Disclosing personal information

4.1 You agree that we have the right to share your personal information with:

(a) any member of our group, which means our subsidiaries as defined in section 1159 of the UK Companies Act 2006;

(b) selected third parties including but not limited to:-

– business partners, suppliers and sub-contractors for the performance of any contract that we enter into with them or you;

– analytics and search engine providers that assist us in the improvement and optimization of our site. 

4.2 We will disclose your personal information to third parties:

(a) to the extent that we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation;

(b) in connection with any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings;

(c) if we or substantially all of our assets are acquired by a third party, in which case personal data held by us about our customers will be one of the transferred assets.

(d) in the event that we sell or buy any business or assets, in which case we will disclose your personal data to the prospective seller or buyer of such business or assets; and

(e) if we or substantially all of our assets are acquired by a third party, in which case personal data held by us about our customers will be one of the transferred assets.

5. International data transfers

5.1 Information that we collect will be stored and processed in, and transferred between, any of the countries in which we operate in order to enable us to use the information in accordance with this policy. It will also be processed by staff engaged in, among other things, the provision of support services. Information that we collect may be transferred to and stored in other countries within the EU or the US. By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing. We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely
and in accordance with this privacy policy.

5.2 Unfortunately the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to prevent unauthorized access.

6. Data Subject’s Rights

6.1 The Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation (EU 2016/679) (GDPR) (collectively, the Act) gives you the right to access information held about you. Your right of access can be exercised in accordance with the Act. Any access requests will be subject to the payment of a fee, to be determined on a case by case basis at our sole discretion, to meet our costs in providing you with details of the information we hold about you and the supply of appropriate evidence of your identity. For this purpose, we will usually accept a certified copy of your passport and a certified copy of a utility bill dated within the last 3 months showing your current address.

7. Cookies

7.1. Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website, to help processes which are necessary the basic functionality of the website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website.

7.2 By continuing to browse our website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

7.3 A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.

7.4 Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.

7.5 Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.

7.6 Cookies can be used by web servers to identify and track users as they navigate different pages on a website and identify users returning to a website.

8. Our cookies

8.1 The names of the cookies that we use on our website, and the purposes for which they are used, are set out below. We only use cookies that are necessary to the functioning of out website.

8.2 As of August 2021, we only use one cookie across the whole website – the ls_smartpush cookie. This is a persistent cookie that expires after one month. This cookie is set on your device by Litespeed Server and allows the server on which our website is hosted to store settings to help improve performance of the site.

8.3 Cookies are commonly used to help website owners to track user activity across a website, however we have adopted an approach to user tracking which does not require us to store data, such as cookie files, within your device’s permanent memory, such as its hard drive or NAND flash memory.

8.4 In the future, we may choose to implement a service which makes use of cookies or your browser’s HTML5 storage – at which point we will ensure a detailed cookie policy is publicly available on this website, and that we ask for prior consent to use your device’s permanent storage, inline with GDPR and PECR legal guidance.