Promoting medico-legal knowledge in all its aspects

Please also refer to the Medico-Legal Society’s (“the Society”) UK GDPR Compliance Statement, which should be read in conjunction with this page.

Like most websites you visit, this website automatically collects some information about you and your visit.

This privacy notice tells you what personally identifiable information (“PII”) and other data is collected, how and what it is used for, how you can restrict that PII being passed to the website and what the implication of doing so might be.

It also tells you about your rights under the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR).

The Society does not hold or process any PII other than that you provide to us manually or automatically by your browser through the use of this website.

The Society will not sell or rent your PII to third parties nor will it share your PII with third parties for marketing or any other purposes.


The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 (PECR) cover the use of cookies and similar technologies for storing information, and accessing information stored, on a user’s equipment such as their computer or mobile device.

A cookie is a small file containing a string of characters that is sent to your computer when you visit some websites. When you visit the website again, the cookie is sent back to the website and allows that website to recognise your browser. Cookies may also store user preferences and other information and can be used to gather anonymous analytics that help improve websites based on how people use them. The use of cookies and similar technologies has for some time been commonplace and cookies in particular are important in the provision of many online services. You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, some website features or services may not function properly without cookies.

Use of cookies by the Society’s website

The first time you visit this website, a banner at the bottom of the page reminds you that this website uses cookies and provides a link to this page so you can find out more. If you continue to use this website it assumes that you accept that it can place cookies on your machine. If you want to delete any cookies, see the instructions below. If you click on ‘Accept and close’, you are verifying that you accept the cookies detailed below.

A cookie remembering that you accepted cookies will be stored on your computer.

This website uses WordPress software and the JetPack plugin, which provides a number of features used by the website. Both are provided by Automattic. For details of how JetPack uses your data, see here.

This website uses Google Analytics for visitor tracking. The cookies used are detailed below.

This website uses the Wordfence security plugin. Details of their GDPR compliance and the cookies it uses can be found here.

Cookie details

Cookie Source Cookie Name Data stored in the cookie and its purpose
Google Analytics _utma
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use the website. The information is used to compile reports and to help improve the website. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the website, where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visited. Google Analytics do not collect any personal information as identified in their privacy policy. Google also have a browser plugin for various browsers that allows users to opt out of their analytics.

The _utmt cookie expires at the end of your browser session.

WordPress wordpress_test_cookie This is used by WordPress to check it can set cookies. It does not contain any personal information about you and is deleted when you close your browser.
WordPress eucookielaw This prevents the EU Cookie Law banner appearing again for 30 days.

Embedded content from other websites

Posts on the Society’s website may include embedded content (eg videos, images, articles). 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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Social network tracking cookies

The social network share buttons may set third-party cookies on your machine that allows them to track you. Please refer to the privacy policies of the social network for details of what information they gather and how they track you.

Advert tracking cookies

The Society’s website does not carry adverts.

Viewing cookies

If you wish to view cookies from a website, consult your browser’s help pages.

Changing browser settings to accept or reject cookies

If you wish to prevent all cookies from being placed on your computer, you will need to change your browser settings to reject cookies. How to do this will depend on which browser you use and further details for the most popular browsers is provided below. However, this may severely affect how web pages look and how they function and some websites may not display at all. These links also provide information on additional security and privacy features and tools.

Internet Explorer





For other browsers, consult the browser’s help pages or the browser’s supplier.

For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone please refer to your phone’s manual or the manufacturer’s website.

Useful information

Information regarding the PECR on cookies can be found on the website of the Information Commissioner’s Office.

A number of websites provide detailed information on cookies, including

The Internet Advertising Bureau website Your Online Choices allows you to install opt-out cookies across different advertising networks.

Google has developed a browser add-on to allow users to opt-out of Google Analytics across all websites that use Google Analytics.

Technologies such as Mozilla’s Do Not Track allow you to tell websites not to track you.

Internet Explorer has a feature called Tracking Protection Lists that allows you to import a list of websites you want to block.

Many browsers, including Chrome and Firefox, allow you to prevent third-party websites setting cookies. Consult your browser’s help pages for further information.

Contact form

When you fill in the contact form, you are given the opportunity to provide a name and email address that the Society can use to reply to you. The Society will only use this email address to reply to you and will not pass it to anyone else.

The Society uses the Akismet service to screen the name and email address provided on the form for spam before they are sent. The Akismet is operated by the same company (Automattic) that provides the software that runs this website (WordPress). Akismet’s privacy policy is available here.

Links to other websites

The Society’s website contains links to websites owned and operated by third parties. If you use these links, you leave the Society’s website. These links are provided for your information and convenience only and are not an endorsement by the Society of the content of these linked websites or their owners or authors. The Society has no control over the contents of any linked website and is not responsible for these websites or their content or availability. Content of these websites may have changed or may have been removed since the Society linked to them. The Society accepts no liability for any websites linked to from this website.

This privacy notice does not cover links within this website linking to other websites. Visiting other websites may cause cookies to be placed on your computer. You are encouraged to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit.

RSS feed

If you subscribe to one of the RSS feeds (Posts or Comments) using an RSS Reader, no information about you or your subscription is retained.

Server log

When you visit the Society’s website, standard Internet server log information is collected. This includes browser data, your IP address and the pages you visit. This is stored in the website server logs as it is done on most other websites you visit. This does not contain PII.

Server location

The server that hosts the Society’s website is located in the UK.


Backups of the website including comments are stored in a fully encrypted form.

Trade marks and copyright

The Society retains copyright on all original material on this website. The Society acknowledges the trade marks and copyright of others, but we use material under the fair dealing concept, generally for criticism or review.


This privacy notice is effective from 25 May 2018 and remains effective until it is withdrawn or superseded.

Changes to this privacy notice

This privacy notice is kept under regular review. This privacy notice was last updated on 18 June 2021.

If you have any queries about this privacy notice, please contact the Society.