Privacy Policy Version 2.0


Thank you for visiting our website We want to explain to you what ‘personal data’ the website collects and what we do with it, including our use of ‘cookies’.

The website doesn’t itself collect any personal data like names, email addresses etc. as it doesn’t use a contact form or an embedded mailing list signup form. You may contact us directly by email. Although we use G-Suite by Google which encrypts emails, we can’t guarantee that your email will be encrypted at all stages of its life.

You may have chosen to join our MailChimp mailing list via our MailChimp-hosted subscribe form (previously on our website). Or you may have arrived or arrive to this same subscribe form via a link in an email or via other online links. Please see Section 1. below which explains what personal data this subscribe form collects, what we do with that data and your options with respect to that data.

If you download certain Position Papers or Research Reports from the website the links will connect you to our Formstack-hosted forms, where you will enter some personal data in order to receive your download. Please see Section 2. below which explains what personal data these forms collect, what we do with that data and your options with respect to that data.

The website collects an obfuscated (md5-hashed) version of your IP address for security purposes and an anonymised version of your IP address, for website-traffic-tracking purposes. Please see Section 3. below which explains why we do this and what it means for you.

The website places Google Analytics tracking cookies, but only after you have accepted them. If you decline them via our ‘cookie notice’ then new Google Analytics cookies are not placed. Please see Section 4. below which explains what cookies the website places and your options with respect to those cookies.

If you don’t know what a cookie is, you could watch this helpful short video (from

Any data that is sent between your device and our website is encrypted for your protection — you can see the word Secure and/or a little padlock next to the url in your browser, this confirms that your browser has made a secure Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) connection to our website on the server.

Section 1. Our MailChimp-hosted mailing list used for our talentsmoothie News Newsletter

When joining our talentsmoothie News Newsletter, you are asked to complete our MailChimp-hosted subscribe form with your personal data, and to give your consent to our use of your personal data, as described on the form, before the ‘Subscribe to list’ button (and as reproduced here, [below]):

[The ‘personal data’ (your name, email address, company name and job title) you provide will be stored within the MailChimp  mailing system along with a record of your subscription to the list. We will send you occasional informational and marketing talentsmoothie News Newsletters from MailChimp. MailChimp will track and store your list activity (i.e. whether and why the email bounces, when you open the email, which links in the email you click, your IP address, approximate geographic location and the email client you use); we will only use this information, and the personal data you give us, to administer the list and manage the content of our Newsletters, to best serve you. If you prefer not to accept, we understand, but unfortunately we will be unable to send you any Newsletters.

⃝     I accept

You can see and amend your personal data at any time by clicking the ‘Update subscription preferences’ link in our Newsletters. You can unsubscribe from the list at any time by clicking the ‘Unsubscribe from this list’ link in our Newsletters. Our Newsletters will come from; please add us to your address book to reduce the chances of our emails being treated as spam by your email system; if you don’t receive anything from us, please check your Spam folder. If you have any questions or requests regarding your personal data, please email and we will do our best to help you. Our talentsmoothie Privacy Policy can be read in full at (on our website). By clicking below to submit this form, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.

We use MailChimp as our marketing automation platform. By clicking below to submit this form, you acknowledge that the information you provide will be transferred to MailChimp for processing in accordance with their Privacy Policy and Terms.]

Please note that before 25 May 2018 we emailed the people who were previously on our talentsmoothie News mailing list to ask them to re-subscribe to the list via a ‘double opt-in’ process that included explicit consent to use of personal data, as described above. We were obliged to do this because of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR); people who did not re-subscribe were deleted from the talentsmoothie News mailing list before 25 May 2018 and will only be re-added if they subsequently re-subscribe themselves to the list.

If you would like to subscribe or re-subscribe to our talentsmoothie News mailing list at any time, you can do so via this link to our MailChimp-hosted subscribe form:

Section 2. Our Formstack-hosted PDF download process and Formstack-hosted forms

When you click to download either Research Reports or Position Papers from our website, you will be re-directed from our website so that you can enter some personal data on a Formstack-hosted form (hosted by Formstack at, to obtain your download.

You will be asked to give your consent for our use of your personal data as described on the form below the ‘I accept’ tick box, and as reproduced here, [below]:

[Consent to our use of your personal data for the purposes of your download

⃝     I accept the use of my personal data, as described below**.

**The ‘personal data’ (your name, email address, company name and job title) you provide here will be stored within the Formstack system along with a record of your download (please read the Formstack Privacy Policy The data you provide will be used by talentsmoothie to administer your download via Formstack, and help us improve our download service. The maximum time that your data will be kept in the Formstack system will be 3 months. If you have any questions or requests regarding your personal data, you may email and we will do our best to help you. Please click the ‘I accept’ button below to agree to the use of your personal data, as described here, so that we can arrange your download. If you prefer not to accept then we understand, but unfortunately you will be unable to download our Position Paper/Research Report.]

Section 3. IP address collection by Google Analytics tracking and Limit Login Attempts Reloaded security software

The website uses Google Analytics tracking software so we can evaluate the effectiveness of the site in general terms, but we have set it to ANONYMISE the IP addresses it collects, so you can’t be personally identified. You can read more about how this anonymisation works and what it means at

The website uses Limit Login Attempts Reloaded security software which tracks IP addresses to limit the number of login attempts from any IP address. This helps to prevent brute force attack login attempts by unauthorised users. We do this to keep our website protected and secure. However, we opt to turn on GDPR compliance, so all logged IP addresses get obfuscated (md5-hashed), which means you can’t be personally identified.

Section 4. Cookies placed by our website

We use Google Analytics to monitor the effectiveness of our website. Google Analytics places Third Party (placed by a Third Party rather than by our own website function) tracking cookies to monitor website traffic, and in particular whether a visitor to our website is a new user or a returning user. The cookies placed (along with their time to expiry and their purpose) are:

_ga      2 years  Used to distinguish users.

_gid     24 hours  Used to distinguish users.

_gat     1 minute  Used to throttle request rate.

For more details please read

If you prefer not to accept Google Analytics tracking cookies, please click the Decline button on our Cookie Notice, and new Google Analytics cookies will not be placed.

If you are happy for new Google Analytics cookies to be placed, please click the Accept button.

If you Decline cookies, then content embedded with ‘iframes’, like YouTube videos, on our website will be blocked, however an alternative ‘text link’ is provided so that you may view the content.

Changing your mind

If you have previously accepted the Google Analytics cookies and you want to decline them from now on so that no new cookies are set, use the Reset your consent button that will appear below; if you have previously declined the Google Analytics cookies and wish to accept them from now on, please use the Accept cookies button that will appear below.

Please note that whether you click Accept or Decline, First Party (placed by our website rather than by a Third Party website) cookies may be placed by our WeePie Cookie Notice plugin to remember your preference (Accept or Decline) for 365 days, so we don’t keep annoying you with cookie notices every time you visit. These cookies are wpca_consent and wpca_cc.

Section 5. Other websites we link to from our website

We have already mentioned that you may be redirected from our website to the websites of MailChimp and Formstack. There may be links on our website to other websites, e.g. YouTube. Once you leave our website and arrive at another website (where the url does not begin with, your use of that website will be governed by that website’s Privacy Policy and processes, and not by this Privacy Policy nor by our processes.

Section 6. Updates to this Privacy Policy

We are constantly reviewing data protection laws and reserve the right to update this Privacy Policy from time to time. The Privacy Policy will always have a version number in the heading, so if you contact us with questions, please quote the version number of the Privacy Policy that you are asking about.

Section 7. How to contact us if you have any questions about the use of your personal data

Please email and we will do our best to help you.