Website Terms and Conditions
Secret Intelligence Services, the 'site' contains information about Secret Intelligence Services both in the United Kingdom and abroad. This is predominantly a news reporting, recruitment advice and site for sharing a whole variety of ideas and personal opinions as well as journalistic contributions, academic research and personal opinions and reviews of subjects and organisations already in the public domain. Secret Intelligence Services, the 'site' contains news from various sources and views and opinions from its contributors, covering a variety of subjects including, but not limited to, global Intelligence Organisations. Secret Intelligence Services, the 'site' does not charge for any of these services. Neither the owners or operators of this site receive any personal or financial benefits as a result of anything published here. This site is not connected to the UK Secret Intelligence Service or endorsed by them, but rather a site detailing already publicly accessible information covering Secret Intelligence Services in general. Any similarities to SIS or any other Intelligence Organisation are purely coincidental. This includes any other Government Organisation whatsoever that calls itself a Secret Intelligence Service (SIS).
We do not have to ask permission to link directly to the pages on the SIS.gov.uk website and we do not publish their pages loaded into frames on this site.
This website and material relating to any Government information, products and services (or to third party information, products and services), is provided "as is" without any representation or endorsement made and without warranty of any kind whether expressed or implied. For the avoidance of doubt, this site (www.secretintelligenceservice.co.uk) has no official connection to the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) and has been designed to provide the services detailed in the "Our Site" section above..
We do not warrant that the functions contained in the material contained in this site will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected, or that this site or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or represent the full functionality, accuracy and reliability of the materials. In no event will we, the owners or any third party's be liable for any loss or damages whatsoever arising from use or loss of data or profits arising out of or in connection with the use of Secret Intelligence Services, the 'site' .
Nothing on this site constitutes legal advice or gives rise to a solicitor/client relationship. Specialist legal advice should be taken in relation to specific circumstances. The contents of this site are for general information purposes only. Whilst we endeavour to ensure that the information on this site is correct, no warranty, express or implied, is given as to its accuracy and we do not accept any liability for error or omission. We shall not be liable for any damage (including, without limitation, damage for loss of business or loss of profits) arising in contract, tort or otherwise from the use of, or inability to use, this site or any material contained in it, or from any action or decision taken as a result of using this site or any such material.
These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales. Any dispute arising under these Terms and Conditions shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.
Terms & Conditions
Secret Intelligence Services, the 'site' is available for your personal use and viewing. Access and use by you of this site constitutes acceptance by you of these Terms and Conditions that take effect from the date of first use. You agree to use this website only for lawful purposes, and in a manner that does not infringe the rights of, or restrict or inhibit the use and enjoyment of this site, by any other third party. Any views or opinions expressed by Secret Intelligence Services, the 'site' or any of its affiliated sites do not represent the views or opinions of the Secret Intelligence Service, The Foreign & Commonwealth Office or any other similar Government bodies or Individuals referred to on this site or any other Government Intelligence organisation. The purpose of Secret Intelligence Services, the 'site' is to provide independant opinions, research, employment advice, or any other service it feels is in keeping with or associated with an independant online publication of this type.
Neither the owners nor operators of this site makes, adapts, supplies or offers to supply any article knowing that it is designed or adapted for use in the course of or in connection with fraud, or intending it to be used to commit, or assist in the commission of, fraud.
1. Use of The Site
The Site is provided to you free of charge for your personal use subject to these Terms and Conditions. By using the Site you agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.
THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS DO NOT AFFECT YOUR STATUTORY RIGHTS.
We may update these Terms and Conditions from time to time and any changes will be notified to you via a suitable announcement on the Site. The changes will apply to the use of the Site after we have given notice. If you do not wish to accept the new Terms and Conditions you should not continue to use the Site. If you continue to use the Site after the date the change comes into effect, your use of the Site indicates your agreement to be bound by the new Terms and Conditions.
3. Availability of the Site
Although we aim to offer you the best service possible, we make no promise that the services at the Site will meet your requirements. We cannot guarantee that the service will be fault free.
Your access to the Site may be occasionally restricted to allow for repairs, maintenance or the introduction of new facilities or services. We will attempt to minimise the periods during which access to the Site is restricted for these reasons.
4. Excluded Services
The services provided by the Site do not include the provision of computer or other necessary equipment to access the Site. To use the Site you will require Internet connectivity and appropriate telecommunications links. We shall not be liable for any telephone or other costs that you may incur.
5. Our Intellectual Property Rights
We, or people we have contracted with, own or are licensed to use all the copyright, database rights or similar rights and information within the Site. You may use the information and reproduce it in hard copy for your personal non-commercial use and reference only. Except where you are using a feature of the Site, such as "e-mail a friend", for personal non-commercial use and reference only, the information on the Site may not otherwise be reproduced, distributed or transmitted to any other person or incorporated in any way into another document or other material without our prior written approval. Any hard copies you make must retain all copyright and proprietary notices. You must not alter or try to alter any words, data, image or other item on the Site other than those items that are intended to be completed or changed by you.
We reserve the right to authorise the Newspaper Licensing Agency and similar reprographic rights organisations in other jurisdictions ("RROs") to distribute or license the distribution of featured material/contributions/commissions throughout the world for RROs' licensed acts and purposes as amended from time to time.
You may not use the Site for any of the following purposes:
* Disseminating any unlawful, harassing, libellous, abusive, threatening, harmful, vulgar, obscene, otherwise objectionable material;
* Transmitting material that encourages conduct that constitutes a criminal offence, results in civil liability or
otherwise breaches any relevant laws, regulations or codes of practice;
* Gaining unauthorised access to other computer systems;
* Interfering with any other person's use or enjoyment of the Site;
* Breaching any laws concerning the use of public telecommunications networks;
* Interfering or disrupting networks or web sites connected to the Site; and
* Making, transmitting or storing electronic copies of the materials protected by copyright without the permission of the owner.
You will indemnify us against all losses, liabilities, costs and expenses reasonably suffered or incurred by us, all damages awarded against us under any judgement by a court of competent jurisdiction and all settlement sums paid by us as a result of any settlement agreed by us arising out of or in connection with:
* Any claim by any third party that the use of the Site by you is defamatory, offensive or abusive, or of an obscene or pornographic nature, or is illegal or constitutes a breach of any applicable law, regulation or code of practice;
* Any claim by any third party that the use of the Site by you infringes that third party's copyright or other intellectual property rights of whatever nature; and
* Any fines or penalties imposed by any regulatory, advertising or trading body or authority in connection with the use of the Site by you.
7. Our Liability
The Site is provided by us without any warranties or guarantees. You must bear the risks associated with the use of the Internet.
The Site provides content from other Internet sites or resources and while we try to ensure that the material included on the Site is correct, reputable and of high quality, it cannot accept responsibility if this is not the case.
We will not be responsible for any errors or omissions or for results obtained from the use of such information or for any technical problems you may experience with the Site. If we are informed of any inaccuracies in the material on the Site we will attempt to correct the inaccuracies as soon as we reasonably can.
In particular, we disclaim all liabilities in connection with the following:
* Incompatibility of the Site with any of your equipment, software or telecommunications links;
* Technical problems including errors or interruptions of the Site;
* Unsuitability, unreliability or inaccuracy of the Site; and
* Inadequacy of the Site to meet your requirements.
* Neither the owners nor operators of this site makes, adapts, supplies or offers to supply any article knowing that it is designed or adapted for use in the course of or in connection with fraud, or intending it to be used to commit, or assist in the commission of, fraud.
You agree that we will not be liable to you/or any third party for any consequential or incidental damages (including but not limited to loss of revenue, loss of profits, loss of privacy and loss of data) or any other indirect, special or punitive damages whatsoever that arise out of or are related to the Site.
Nothing in these Terms and Conditions shall exclude our liability for personal injury or death caused by its negligence.
8. Advertising and Sponsorship
Part of the Site may contain advertising and sponsorship. Advertisers and Sponsors are responsible for ensuring that material submitted for inclusion on the Site complies with relevant laws and codes. We will not be responsible for any error or inaccuracy in advertising and sponsorship.
9. Recruitment, Online Applications and Careers Service
This website offers users to register for a number of services which fall under the category of "Recruitment, Online Applications and Careers Service". This site does not apply to, or engage with recruitment services for, the Secret Intelligence Service on behalf of any users registered or not. The purpose of all "Careers Services" on this site is to offer users of this site with services such as advice on completing application forms or assistance on the recruitment services in the UK and overseas. This site will retain registration information in accordance with our GDPR and Privacy Policies to offer, amongst other things, a careers advisory service. In some cases, and with the express consent of our registered users, we may from time to time introduce them as candidates to organisations or third party firms. These firms and the candidates (and registered users of the site) may also make payments for these services, including but not limited to, careers advice, assistance with applications and introductions to other organisations who may intend to recruit the candidates we introduce to them. Where such arrangements exist, the details will be supplied to our registered users and in some cases they may be required to complete two way agreements between them (the registered user) and ourselves 'Secret Intelligence Services".
We do not make any warranty or representation as to the accuracy or fitness for purpose of any material on this web site or the reliability of the access to this web site.
10. Governing Law
These Terms and Conditions are governed and construed in accordance with the laws of England. You agree that the English court shall have exclusive jurisdiction but we may use another court if we choose.
Unless otherwise specified, the Site is directed solely at individuals from the UK. If you choose to access the Site from locations outside the United Kingdom, you do so on your own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws.
The comments and information contained on this web site do not constitute advice and you should not rely on any content on this web site to make (or refrain from making) any decision or take (or refrain from taking) any action.
We do not make any warranty or representation as to the accuracy or fitness for purpose of any material on this web site or the reliability of the access to this web site.
This web site contains comments, information and material submitted and created by third parties. We do not endorse and have no control over this content. This content is not necessarily reviewed by us prior to posting and does not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of us. The owners of the secretintelligenceservice.co.uk site exclude all liability for any illegality arising from or error, omission or inaccuracy in such material and we take no responsibility for such material. Secret Intelligence Services, the 'site' makes no warranties, express or implied, as to the content or to the accuracy and reliability of the content or any material or information that you transmit to other users of the site. We are not responsible for the conduct, whether online or offline, of any user our websites.
11.13 Copyright Laws and the Fair Use of Company or Government Logos.
As an exception to British copyright law, fair dealing is governed by Sections 29 and 30 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, which outlines three instance where fair dealing is a legitimate defence:
If the use is for the purposes of research or private study;
If it is used for the purposes of criticism, review or quotation;
Where it is utilised for the purposes of reporting current events (this does not apply to photographs)
The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 also outlines the potential fair dealing defences that permit the use of copyright works without permission from the author(s) or creator(s) under UK copyright law:
(i) Fair use for quotation, critique or review
Citations of a work are allowed if used solely for the purpose of critique or review under the following conditions:
Providing the work is publicly available
The source of the work is acknowledged
The quoted material is supplemented by topical discussion or assessment
The extent of material quoted is considered an acceptable amount for the purpose of review
(ii) Fair use for the reporting of current news events
Section 30(2), (3) of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 lists the permitted conditions of using copyright material for the purposes of reporting current events:
The material is not a photograph
The source of the material is “sufficiently acknowledged”
The extent of material included in the report is considered an acceptable amount for the purpose of the news story
(iii) Fair use for parody, caricature or pastiche
The UK copyright law on fair use of works for the purposes of creating a parody or pastiche is also listed in Section 30A, Schedule 2 (2A) of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Guidance from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) states that fair use needs to be “fair and proportionate” and does not protect an individual from any other rights an author may have.
The information above relates solely to fair use copyright policy in the UK
The owners, contributors, authors and reporters of this site wish to acknowledge the following sources of logos and graphics as defined in UK Law:
1. The Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) and the Security Services (MI5).
2. UK Law enforcement organisations.
3. Government bodies or departments within Government.
4. The National Cyber Security Centre.
6. HMRC Departments.
7. Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
You may not assign, sub-license or otherwise transfer any of your rights under these Terms and Conditions.
If any provision of these Terms and Conditions is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of that provision will not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these Terms and Conditions, which shall remain in full force and effect.
We shall not be responsible for any breach of these Terms and Conditions caused by circumstances beyond its control.
A person who is not a party to these Terms and Conditions shall have no right under the Contract (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 to enforce any term of these Terms and Conditions but this shall not affect any right to remedy of a third party which exists or is available apart from the Act.
This information is solely for the benefit of those seeking to improve current systems and is not meant to be used to solicit, or in any way advocate its use for, or engage in, any activities which could result in 'illegal' activity as defined under current UK legislation. This information is being publicised for these reasons and for educational purposes only. The owners and operators of this site do not gain financially or otherwise, or result in any losses as a result of honest representations (B 2 Fraud Act 2006 (c. 35) made in this site. Nor are they untrue or misleading.
Legal information and how to contact us
Under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) we have to say who the 'controller' is for services provided through our sites. The controller is the department responsible for protecting information. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For all general enquiries please contact us using the details below.
The Secret Intelligence Services GDPR POLICY
This policy describes how 'the Site' and Secret Intelligence Services aims to repay the trust you have shown by sharing your personal data with us.
We are committed to protecting your privacy. We are an online news and information provider in the UK. We respect your right to privacy and are committed to providing clear and honest information to explain how we use the information you give us. We understand that legal documents such as privacy policies can be difficult to understand. For that reason, we have provided this short overview of the policy to highlight the main points that you should know about.
secretintelligenceservice.co.uk and Secret Intelligence Services (also referred to as ‘us’), runs the website at secretintelligenceservice.co.uk (amongst others) and provide a range of web services.
You can email us from our website at:
What personal information we collect and how we use it?
We will only use the information that we collect about you lawfully (in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679).
We collect information about you for the following reasons:
To process any orders you may place with us;
to provide you with the best service possible;
to forward any messages or emails you may provide us with to our third party partners;
We will not email you unless you have given us your consent. If you are already subscribed to receive our marketing emails, you may opt out at any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the end of every email we send you.
The type of information we will collect about you or register on our web site includes:
We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements. To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.
Use of Personal Information
We use the information you provide for the following purposes:
To send you updates;
to send newsletters and details of offers and promotions in which we believe you will be interested;
to improve the design and content of the website;
to understand the behaviour of our registered users, and
to perform other general marketing and promotional activities focused on our products and services.
Your Consent Your Email Address
Your Email Address
Your e-mail address will be used to communicate with you about your order and products purchased. Your e-mail address will be used for our marketing purposes unless you do not subscribe to receive our marketing emails, or unsubscribe. It is possible to unsubscribe at any time, by completing the form below, or by clicking on the unsubscribe link on our emails.
You can ask us in writing for a copy of all the personal information we hold about you. We must respond to your request within one calendar month. There will be no charge to have a printed copy of the information. You will need to give enough information for our staff to identify you (for example, your full name, address and date of birth). You will need to provide ID (for example, your passport, full driving license or credit card or debit card) before any information is released to you. Under GDPR you have the following rights concerning your personal data:
Right of access;
Right to rectification;
Right to erasure (right to be forgotten);
Right to restriction of processing;
Right to data portability;
Right to withdraw consent;
Right to object to direct marketing, and
Rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling.
Physical and Electronic Data Security
We have designed our site to protect the information we collect online from unauthorised access. We safeguard your private information by implementing the appropriate physical, electronic and managerial procedure necessary to protect your privacy. To further protect your security, we also take the reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access to your personal profile or making data changes. We are committed to protecting your privacy and have security measures in place to prevent unauthorised access to and disclosure of your personal information.
Improving Our Service
To better tailor our services to our customers' needs, we use non-identifying and aggregate information to help us make decisions on how to improve us. We also share this generic information with our advertisers and other interested, reputable parties with whom we have established a formal business relationship. For example, we may tell advertisers which areas of the site have received the most customer traffic overall, or more specifically, how many customer types have visited certain pages. We may disclose the identifying information of individual customers with advertisers. We may also share the personally identifiable information submitted to us by any other means without providing our customers the choice to opt-out or otherwise bar such unrelated uses.
Visitor Analytics is a simple website analytics service which measures the traffic and visitors' general details of the customers' websites. Collecting these statistics, a website can make their visitors' experience better (e.g. which pages they visit and when, where they are approximately located, where does a user land first or if they are coming from a specific referral).
Basically, as a website owner using Visitor Analytics, we are using cookies to collect data about visitors' device type and screen size, approximate location, browser, OS,IPs, page visits, bounce rate, conversions and popular content on the website. All this data is pseudonymized and Visitor Analytics will never use the collected data to identify individual users or to match it with additional information on an individual user. Each visitor has control over the cookies placement.
Social Media Plug-ins
Social Media Plug-ins for Facebook and Twitter obtain data for tracking purposes. This included the ability to track an audience across device for advertising purposes in line with the terms of each social media platform.
International Privacy. The above privacy statement may not be applicable in all countries of visitors or registered community users, as security policies may vary according to the individual Internet laws in each host country.
You can email us to stop receiving any information about us and our services by contacting . If you have any queries about our Privacy Statement you should contact us by e-mail to .
Your right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority
If you wish to exercise any of your rights concerning your personal data, you should contact the Data Protection Officer (see section 14 above). If you are not satisfied with the response you receive you have the right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority. In the United Kingdom this is:
Information Commissioner's Office
Tel: 0303 123 1113
This policy was last updated on 18th March 2020
11 June 2016 - First draft in current format with substantial changes since the previous version.
20 July 2016 - Additions to the ‘Getting to know you better’ section to make it clear that we may share your personal information and the profiling information with service providers to help us identify prospective customers.
24 September 2016 - Addition of the summary of main points, to make key information more easily available. Minor changes to wording, following a review by the Plain English Campaign, to make sure this document is clear and understandable.
12 August 2017 - Addition of marketing the products and services of other companies in our group of companies.
29 November 2017 - Addition of provision to market products and services of selected partners.