ECPG Privacy Policy


We use cookies and this document explains their use.

We use cookies to provide you with a better experience when accessing our websites. They also help us to analyse how visitors use our websites and this help us to improve the content and design of our websites.

General information about cookies

A cookie is a small file typically consisting of a string of letters and numbers that is sent by our web server to your web browser (e.g. Chrome or Safari), and is then stored by the browser. Each time the browser requests a page from the server, it sends this small file back to the server so that the server can distinguish and track users as they navigate different pages on a website and improve the experience for returning users.

Cookies can be either ‘session cookies ‘or ‘persistent cookies’. A session cookie will expire, be deleted, at the end of the user session, when you close your web browser. A persistent cookie will be stored by the browser and will remain valid until a set expiry date (unless you go in and manually delete it before the expiry date).

How we use cookies

We may use cookies for the following purposes:

To recognise your device when you visit our websites;

To log on and register on our websites:

To improve our websites’ usability;

To analyse the use of our websites;

To link to email marketing campaigns;

To improve the security of our websites; and

For the general administration of our websites.

Cookies on our website

We use both session cookies and persistent cookies on this website. Session cookies are those that delete themselves when you leave the site. Persistent cookies are those that last for up to two years after you first visit our website. The specific cookies that we use are:

Registration, Login and Application cookies, which are persistent cookies

Social media cookies, which are session cookies

Performance and tracking cookies

Analytics cookies, which are persistent cookies

Device Cookies, which are persistent cookies

Most cookies we use are persistent cookies to give you a better experience and service, as well as making it more secure.

For your information these are the cookies active on our website

_ga – Google Analytics uses to distinguish users. It expires after 2 years.

_gat – Google Analytics uses to throttle request rate.  It expires after 10 minutes.

__utma – Google Analytics uses to distinguish users and sessions. It expires after 2 years.

__utmb – Google Analytics uses to take a timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor enters a site. It expires after 30 minutes.

__utmc – Google Analytics uses to take a timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor leaves a site. It expires at the end of your session.

__utmt – Google Analytics uses to throttle the request rate for the service – limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. It expires after 10 minutes.

__utmz – Google Analytics uses to keeps track of where the visitor came from, what search engine you used, what link you clicked on, what keyword you used, and where they were in the world when you accessed a website. This cookie has a life span of 6 months and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

Analytics cookies

Analytics are persistent cookies that allow us to recognise, count the number of visitors, and provide anonymous data about how our visitors use our websites.

Using analytics cookies helps us improve the way our websites work and navigate, ensuring that users are able to find what they are looking for without difficulty. No personally identifiable data is collected about you.

Please visit Google Analytics Support for further information on analytics cookies.

Device cookies

We use a persistent cookie to understand what device you are using and make sure the website is displayed correctly.

We use this in conjunction with the VID cookie to keep track of the logged in entity. It allows us to identify the secure zone where the entity is logged in.

A secure area is created for each candidate and we use the VID cookie to ensure candidates log into their correct secure area.

Your consent

By clicking “CLOSE” on the cookie banner, you agree to the placement of cookies on your device, unless you actively block them. If you choose not to receive our cookies, we cannot guarantee that your experience will be as fulfilling as it would otherwise be, in fact you might not be able to access any or all of the website. Once your consent has been provided, this message will not appear again when you revisit. If you, or another user of your computer, wish to withdraw your consent at any time, you can do so by altering your browser settings.

How we collection information

ECPG collects personal information from you in the following ways:

Directly from your written input through both interaction with ECPG, the website (such as the MyECPG account) and event submission/registration or event Apps;

Automatically through the ECPG’s website technologies including tracking online, such as by web cookies (which are small text files created by websites that are stored on your computer); directly from your written input through interaction with a third-party peer review system used by the European Journal of Politics and Gender

We do not buy, collect, store or process any data originating from any third parties except where data may originate from a University hosting one of our events.

Information you provide

The types of personal information ECPG collects from you directly may include:

Contact details, including your name, email address, postal address, website and telephone number;

Institutional affiliation and identification;


Position within your university/stage of career, including PhD start and completion dates;

Research interests;

Usernames and passwords;

Website security roles to allow you to securely perform some limited functions within the ECPG website;

History of applications to and participation in ECPG and EJPG events and activities (including Section, Workshop, Panel and Paper proposals, applications for funding, shortlisting for prizes, manuscript submissions and manuscript reviews);

Tracking codes, such as cookies;

Payment information, such as bank details;

Comments, feedback, posts and other content you provide to ECPG and EJPG (including through the ECPG website);

Consent to receive emails from subscription lists;

Internet Protocol (IP) addresses used to connect your computer to the Internet;

MyECPG account creation and last login date and time;

Logging acceptance of the Privacy Policy and other Terms and Conditions;

Location-aware services, the physical location of your device in order to provide you with more relevant content for your location (e.g. for an event App).

You are under no statutory or contractual requirement or obligation to provide us with your personal information; however, we require certain information above in order for us to deal with you as a service user in an efficient and effective manner.

The legal basis for processing your data is based on your specific consent/performance of a contract/compliance with a legal obligation/our legitimate interest that we will have requested/stated in accordance with this policy, therefore we will not store, process or transfer your data outside the parties detailed above unless we have an appropriate lawful reason to do so.

Other information we collect

Photography at ECPG and EJPG events

Photographs are taken during the plenary sessions, panel/teaching rooms, other public activities related to ECPG/EJPG and in public areas. Participants are informed in advance of, and during the event of when and where photography will take place and are given opportunities and methods to either avoid being photographed or to have any images taken deleted on the spot or at a later date. Photographs are used as a historical record of the event and in marketing collateral; no other personally identifiable information is provided alongside any photographs of individuals unless the ECPG has explicit consent.

Filming at ECPG/EJPG events

ECPG films some of its plenary activities at its events, for example lectures and welcome addresses. These films are used as a historical record and academic resource and are posted on the ECPG’s and EJPG’s social media channels where they can be shared. Explicit consent is sought from any presenters included within this filming and audience members are informed in advance of the event and on the day of any filming to take place, so they have an opportunity to avoid being captured. Any audience members are given opportunities and methods to either avoid being filmed or have any images taken deleted at a later date.

Use of your information

ECPG/EJPG uses your personal information to deliver a range of benefits, services and activities as defined by its charitable objectives. These might include:

To determine whether you are eligible for member benefits dependent on your institutional affiliation and/or stage of career – e.g. discounted event fees, access to funding.

To process your attendance at ECPG and EJPG events – e.g. processing of academic assessment via peer review, registration and payments, timetabling, production of the online and printed programmes and participant badges, production of signing-in sheets or systems, booking of hotel accommodation or any other services requested.

To process the submission and peer review of your manuscript via a third-party peer review system managed by our publishing partners.

To analyse trends in participation in ECPG and EJPG events and activities across gender, geography, generations and research field for the purpose of meeting ECPG’s objectives of furthering the discipline of political science. 

To conduct minimal manual profiling to target communications based on interest, provision of services and membership benefit.

To send out service and marketing communications via our preferred third-party providers.

We retain a record of your personal information in order to provide you with a high quality and consistent service. We will always retain your personal information in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and personal data shall be kept for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which it is being processed.

You can review and make changes to your information and email subscription list preferences at any time in your MyECPG account.

Sharing your information

We may share your personal information with other organisations in the following circumstances:

If the law or public authority says we must share personal information; or

If we need to share personal information in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (this includes providing personal data to others for the purposes of preventing fraud and reducing credit risk); or

If we need to share your data for ECPG/EJPG organisation purposes such as the organisation of the ECPG conference

ECPG will not share your personal information with any unaffiliated third parties except for the strict purposes of delivering contractual services. Any data transferred will be limited to necessity, anonymised where possible and encrypted when transferred. Any sharing of data will be subject to separate Data Processing Agreements (DPAs) with the recipients.

Personal information is collected by online peer review systems used by the ECPG’s publishing partner. This data is collected upon separate agreement between the user and the owner of the system and is not collected or transferred from the ECPG’s website.

Some individual users affiliated to ECPG may be given access to specific sets of personal information via the ECPG website for a specific purpose and time frame, for example ECPG Section Chairs, EJPG core editorial team. In these cases, access to data is limited only to that required to perform their specific role and is subject to a separate written agreement requiring them to adhere to the ECPG’s data protection policies.

Cross border transfers

Because ECPG operates primarily within Europe, most transfers of data will be within the European Union and Switzerland and therefore covered by GDPR. By submitting your personal information, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing of your information. We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your personal information is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy and all applicable data protection laws.

Links to third party websites

The ECPG’s website and/or ECPG/EJPG services (including those of its flagship journal, EJPG) may include links to third-party websites. In using such links, please be aware that each third-party website is subject to its own privacy and data protection policies and is not covered by our Privacy Policy. In addition, we allow third-party companies to serve ads and/or collect certain anonymous information when you visit our websites. These companies may be placing and reading cookies in the cookie file of the browser on your computer's hard disk or using web beacons or other technologies to collect information in the course of ads being served on this website. These companies may use information other than personal information (e.g., clickstream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visits to these and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you.

When using our websites and/or mobile applications, you may be able to share information through social networks like Facebook or Twitter. For example, when you ‘like’ or ‘share’ our content. When doing this, your personal information may be visible to the providers of those social networks and/or their other users. Please remember it is your responsibility to set appropriate privacy settings on your social network accounts so you are comfortable with how your information is used and shared on them.


ECPG will use appropriate physical, technical and administrative safeguards to protect your data. Access to your personal data will be restricted to only those who need to know that information and require it to perform their job function


ECPG’s website gathers certain information automatically. This information may include IP addresses, browser type, Internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, the files viewed on our site (e.g., HTML pages, graphics, etc.), operating system, date-time stamp, and/or clickstream data to analyse trends and administer the site.

ECPG use cookies or similar technologies to analyse trends, administer the website, identify and fix bugs, track users' movements around the website, and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. You can control the use of cookies at the individual browser level, but if you choose to disable cookies, it may limit your use of certain features or functions on our website or services.

Your rights

You have the right to make a written request to be informed whether or not we hold or process any of your personal information (by emailing: In your written request, you may:

Request that we provide you with details of your personal information that we process, the purpose for which it is processed, the recipients of such information, the existence of any automated decision making involving your personal information, and the transfer safeguards we have in place;

Request that we rectify any errors in your personal information;

Request that we limit the processing of or delete your personal information if our continued processing of such information is not justified;

Request that we transfer your personal information to a third party;

Object to automated decision-making and profiling based on legitimate interests or the performance of a task in the public interest (in which event the processing will cease except where there are compelling legitimate grounds, such as when the processing is necessary for the performance of a contract between us);

Object to direct marketing from us; and

Object to processing for purposes of scientific, historical research and statistics.

We will not use your personal information for marketing purposes, nor disclose your information to any third parties, unless we have your prior consent, which we will seek before collecting your personal information. You can exercise your right to prevent such processing by checking certain boxes on the consent forms we use when collecting your personal information. If at any point you wish to review or change your preferences, you can use the ‘opt-out’ or 'unsubscribe' mechanism or other means provided within the communications that you receive from us or by sending an email to Note that you may still receive transactional communications from ECPG and third parties.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

ECPG reserves the right to modify its Privacy Policy at any time without notice. Any changes to the Privacy Policy will be posted on this page and will become effective on the date of posting. We encourage you to periodically review this page for the latest information on our privacy practices.


Any comments, complaints or questions concerning this policy or complaints or objections about our use of your personal information should be addressed to; you may also contact Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner at


Privacy Policy (version 1) in effect from May 20, 2018