Privacy policy

This legal notice and privacy policy is specific to the Electronic Enlightenment Project web site and overrides any other legal notice and privacy policy appearing elsewhere on Oxford University Press web sites.

Privacy policy

Oxford University Press (OUP) and the University of Oxford (Electronic Enlightenment Project) are committed to protecting your privacy online. Our policy explains how we will do this. We will review this policy in the light of comments we receive so please check the latest version. If you have any questions about our privacy policy please contact us.

By using the Electronic Enlightenment web site, you are accepting the practices described in this statement.

What kind of information do we collect and how do we use it?

When you register for a free trial, ask for further information about Electronic Enlightenment, or subscribe to Electronic Enlightenment, we ask for your name, e-mail address, postal address, and other relevant personal information. Personal information submitted in this way is added to our access control database, hosted by a third party hosting company, and to customer databases at OUP and OUP Inc. premises. This information will be updated if you inform us of any changes.

We may use information in our customer databases to send you information about us and our products which we think may be of interest to you, both electronically or otherwise. In the case of subscribers and free triallers, your personal information will also be used to enable us to verify you are a subscriber and to deliver Electronic Enlightenment to you.

When you sign up to receive the Electronic Enlightenment News-sheet by email we ask you for your email address and your name. We may send, to the email address that you have given, other information about us and our products that we think may be of interest to you.

We request personal information (such as your name, e-mail address and other contact details) from you when you contact us with subscription management queries, technical problems, to comment on Electronic Enlightenment, or when you ask for information about how to use the service. Personal information submitted by you via the Support and feedback forms will not be added to our customer database and we request it simply so that we can respond to you about your query or submission. Statistics regarding the types of queries submitted to us via the Support and feedback form may be collated by us in aggregate form so that we can effectively monitor the site and improve levels of service.

If you have registered for a free trial, asked for information, or subscribed to Electronic Enlightenment in the past and no longer use the service and do not wish us to store information about you, please contact us and we will remove your details from our customer database. We need to store information about current subscribers and free triallers in order to fulfil our contractual requirements to you and in order to deliver Electronic Enlightenment to you.

Unless you have informed us that you do not wish to receive further information about our products, we may send you direct mail, including e-mail.

You may notify us either in writing or by telephone, fax or e-mail that you object to being contacted in a particular stated way. If you use more than one e-mail address to communicate with us, please notify us of each e-mail account you use.

When do we share information?

We do not sell your personal information to others.

We share your information within Oxford University Press and with OUP Inc. in the USA and Oxford Publishing Limited.

The Electronic Enlightenment web site is hosted by third parties but we have agreed with those third parties that they will keep your information secure and not use it for other purposes.

If we believe that your use of the site is unlawful or damaging to others, we reserve the right to disclose the information we have obtained through the site about you to the extent that it is reasonably necessary in our opinion to prevent, remedy or take action in relation to such conduct.

Use of cookies

Please note: You must have cookies enabled to access Electronic Enlightenment.

What is a cookie?

Cookies are small files that we create to store information on your computer.

What cookies do we use?

These cookies are common to all users:

You may also have one or more of the following cookies, depending on your method of authentication:


Your personal information is stored at a data centre controlled by our third party hosting company and on the customer databases at OUP and OUP Inc. The data centre controlled by our third party hosting company is specifically designed to be physically secure and to admit authorized personnel only, who are contractually bound to keep all of our data confidential.

Access to our customer databases at Oxford University Press and OUP, Inc. in the USA is only given to those of our employees who need such access in order to carry out necessary processing of your account.

All personal information submitted by you and entered by Oxford University Press or OUP Inc into the the access control system is encoded using 128-bit SSL encryption before being sent over the Internet.