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The purpose of this document is to clarify New Left Review’s policy on web user data and privacy; to explain what data we collect and how we use it.

This statement is liable to change, and users who are concerned about these matters are advised to check this document on the New Left Review website whenever relevant. On an ongoing basis however, New Left Review will maintain a general policy of only gathering user data that is strictly relevant to the journal, of protecting that data and never sharing it with a third party, and of using it only for internal purposes which are necessary for the normal running of the journal and its websites.

Questions about this privacy statement should be addressed to .


This document relates only to the New Left Review websites and, and to New Left Review’s email newsletters.

Website account registration and newsletters

In order for users to be granted access to content on the New Left Review websites other than that which is available for free, and in order for them to be able to purchase items through these websites, it is necessary for these websites to be able to identify users. Users of these services are thus required to register an account on the website concerned, specifying details such as name, email address and postal address. This user data is stored in New Left Review’s web databases, and is used for the provision of these services, and for the distribution of New Left Review’s newsletters and—occasionally—those of Verso, an affiliated book publisher. New Left Review only uses website account data for these internal purposes, and does not share this data with any third party. Registered users can manage their email options, including opting out of receiving newsletters, via their accounts on these websites.

Financial data

New Left Review does not keep any financial data in its web databases: transactions are all processed by Secure Trading, a third-party company which specializes in handling such data securely.


Cookies are small pieces of text which are downloaded and stored by your web browser when you visit a website. Most websites use them. They are useful for a number of basic aspects of web functionality. Most importantly, the presence of a specific cookie in a web browser’s requests can enable a website to identify those requests with a single user, rather than treating them all as completely separate and anonymous. This can be important, for example, in enabling you to log into and navigate around personalized account pages, to access purchased or subscriber-only content, or to purchase items. New Left Review uses cookies in this way.

Cookies can, however, also be used by third parties to track the internet usage of individuals in order to, for example, target advertising at them; this has raised some concern about violations of privacy, and it is now UK and EU law that websites request permission from users for the placement of such cookies. New Left Review does not use cookies in this way.

Cookies can also be used to gather information about website usage. New Left Review uses the Google Analytics service to gather data on website traffic and other similar data that are useful in maintaining and developing New Left Review’s online publishing. Web analytics enables New Left Review, for example, to identify which types of web browsers our sites need to be tested for. This data is aggregated and anonymous, and is used only for our internal purposes. Google Analytics uses cookies to gather this information.

Cookies from these websites can be manually deleted from your web browser, and the association of a specific cookie-based session with a specific user account can be broken by logging out of your New Left Review account.

IP addresses

IP addresses are numeric codes assigned to devices connected to the internet. They can be thought of as analogous to telephone numbers, identifying different points on the internet, between which communication can occur. New Left Review uses the IP addresses of institutions as a basis for identifying institutional subscribers and providing them with open access to its archives. Institutional users also sometimes require statistics about the usage of their subscription accounts. In order to supply these services, New Left Review records the IP addresses of requests for the site. This information is only used internally to New Left Review, and only for these purposes.

Accepting this statement

Accepting this statement is a condition of use of New Left Review’s websites, and continued use of these sites will be taken as acceptance of this privacy statement.