Privacy Policy

The St Andrews Law Journal (the ‘Law Journal’) operates under the University of St Andrews GDPR-GPA guidance regulations in relation to user data collection and use. In accordance with the academic and administrative standards of our Publisher, the Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research (the ‘ILCR’), the Law Journal shall only hold or use your data in accordance with the following terms of service:

The University’s researchers will: 

  1. Always use public task as the lawful basis of processing and public interest research as the condition for processing special category data; 
  2. For ethical reasons, always explicitly provide their participants with the right to erasure up to the end of the project’s data gathering period, despite the lawful basis and condition not requiring this, by adjusting the relevant sentences on the template participant information sheet and consent form; 
  3. Meet the needs of undertaking a privacy impact assessment and keeping a record of processing activities by completing the ethical review application form; 
  4. Meet the needs of providing a privacy notice by using the template participant information sheet, which communicates the lawful basis and condition detailed in 1; and 
  5. Operate in line with the research safeguards by following this guidance. 

Pertaining to the above terms, the Law Journal does not currently operate a user registration option on its WordPress website portal – instead we encourage users to contact our email address ([email protected]) directly with enquires. This website does, however, allow for comments and other input by users of the website portal, which are still bound by the University of St Andrews GDPR-GPA guidance. The administrators of the website will not manipulate, distort, or otherwise use any information you (the user) enter on this website’s pages in any way that compromises your data rights, or otherwise against the purpose of this website as an altruistic, public, common-use research portal.

Furthermore the editorial team of the journal uses this data in an altruistic way, adhering to the University’s standards, most recently as detailed in the Regulations governing the use of University information and communications technology (ICT) facilities. See especially Paragraph 6.3 Non-acceptable use, Paragraph 6.5.5 Intellectual Property and Paragraph 15 Sanctions. 

Upon entering the WordPress website <> the St Andrews Law Journal is required to adhere to the WordPress Terms of Service. Hosting agents and users of the website are collectively obligated to follow WordPress’s User Guidelines

WordPress shares it’s Terms of Service under a Creative Commons Sharealike License, the administrators of the Law Journal WordPress site are obligated to adhere to all of the terms and conditions contained herein and all other operating rules, policies (including, without limitation, [the Parent Company] Automattic’s Privacy Policy), and procedures that may be published from time to time by Automattic (collectively, the “Agreement”). The rights of the Agreement have been pre-arranged and compiled by the University of St Andrews Digital Communications team who have provided the WordPress platform for the St Andrews Law Journal to operate. 

The Editorial Board of the Law Journal are committed to adhering to European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), particularly – though not exclusively – Chapter 2. Article 6, ‘Lawfulness of processing’; and Chapter 3. Article 12, ‘Transparent information, communication and modalities for the exercise of the rights of the data subject’. In respect to the public, Open Access, nature and intent of the journal, GDPR also permits user data to be in the interest of public record and scholarly publishing, though reserving the utmost privacy and integrity. The Law Journal is committed to using user data to inform and communicate with its pool of users in as efficient and secure manner as possible.