Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting Benchpeg. This policy explains what information we receive from you when you visit our website and how we use it. When you use our site, you are agreeing to this policy.

At Benchpeg, we are committed to maintaining the trust and confidence of the visitors to our website and subscribers to our newsletter. We want you to know that Benchpeg is not into selling, renting or trading email lists with other companies and businesses for marketing purposes, or playing fast and lose with data - we never have been and never will be.

Here you’ll find information on how we treat data that we collect from visitors to our website, or when someone subscribes to our newsletter.

Visitors to our Website

When someone visits we use a third party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website. You can find more information on how cookies are used on this website in the Cookies Policy below.

Newsletter Sign Up

As part of the registration process for our weekly e-newsletter, we collect personal information. We use that information for a couple of reasons: to tell you about stuff you’ve asked us to tell you about; to keep our newseltter relevant to our subscribers; to contact you if we need to obtain or provide additional information; to check our records are right and to check every now and then that you’re happy and satisfied.

We take your privacy seriously, and won’t release any of your information to third parties.

We use a third-party provider, Campaign Monitor, to deliver our newsletter. We gather statistics around email opening and clicks using industry standard technologies to help us monitor and improve our e-newsletter. For more information, please see Campaign Monitor’s’ privacy notice. You can unsubscribe to general mailings at any time of the day or night by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any of our emails or by emailing our Editor and Data Protection Officer Rebecca van Rooijen.

Job Applications

If you are applying for a job via this website, please be assured that we take the handling of your data seriously.

Before applying, please read our Terms and Conditions here. If you proceed in applying for a job via this website you are confirming that you have read and agreed with these terms and our Privacy Policy.

Your application will only be passed on to the recruiter via email, and once received, the recruiter takes responsbility for General Data Protection Regulation compliance.

Your personal data will be encrypted on application and will not be added to any database, and you will not be marketed at, and your data will certainly not be sold on.

Cookie Policy

Cookies are files which hold small amounts of data, and may include an anonymous unique identifier. These are sent to your browser from our website and are stored on your computer's hard drive.

The only cookies which the Benchpeg website uses are those linked to Google Analytics – and the only way in which Benchpeg uses this data is to help us monitor how our users use our website in order to keep our website relevant and user friendly.

What are cookies?
Cookies are small data files which are placed on your computer or other devices (such as smart ‘phones or ‘tablets’) as you browse websites. They are used to ‘remember’ when your computer or device access websites, and are a standard way of making your user experience of websites more efficient.

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your personal computer, mobile or other device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user's device.  

How long are cookies stored for?

Persistent cookies - these cookies remain on a user's device for the period of time specified in the cookie. They are activated each time that the user visits the website that created that particular cookie.  

Session cookies - these cookies allow website operators to link the actions of a user during a browser session. A browser session starts when a user opens the browser window and finishes when they close the browser window. Session cookies are created temporarily. Once you close the browser, all session cookies are deleted.

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improve the user experience.

You can find more information about cookies at and

Information collected
Some types of cookies collect information about browsing behaviour which will include information about pages viewed and your journey around a website. This is what Benchpeg uses its cookies for. We do not use cookies to collect or record information on your name, address or other contact details.

How are cookies managed?
Benchpeg doesn’t advertise, offer online purchases or have marketing programmes like commercial e-commerce stores for example which actively use cookies embedded in their websites for these purposes, so the cookies we use don’t need to be managed because we are only using them for browsing information on our own website. Our cookies don’t need or collect personal data – just they way in which viewer use our website.

What are cookies used for?
Benchpeg uses Google Analytics to monitor page views to understand what our most popular posts are, to monitor traffic to the site in relation to our server capacity and traffic trends, and uses this information to understand how to keep the website working efficiently and keep it relevant and interesting to our readers.

How do I disable cookies?
If you want to disable cookies you need to change your website browser settings to reject cookies.  How you can do this will depend on the browser you use.  Further details on how to disable cookies for the most popular browsers are set out below: -

For Microsoft Internet Explorer:
1. Choose the menu “tools” then “Internet Options”
2. Click on the “privacy” tab
3. Select the setting the appropriate setting

For Google Chrome:
1. Choose Settings> Advanced
2. Under "Privacy and security," click “Content settings”.
3. Click “Cookies”

For Safari:
1. Choose Preferences > Privacy
2. Click on “Remove all Website Data”

For Mozilla firefox:
1. Choose the menu “tools” then “Options”
2. Click on the icon “privacy”
3. Find the menu “cookie” and select the relevant options

For Opera 6.0 and further:
1. Choose the menu Files”> “Preferences”
2. Privacy

What happens if I disable cookies?
You can change your browser’s settings to decline cookies, or alert you when a cookie is being sent to your hard drive. If you don’t accept cookies, you may not be able to use some parts of our site.

Google Analytics

When someone visits we use a third party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website.

Log Data

Log data is information your web browser sends us whenever you visit our site. This may include your computer's internet protocol address (IP), your browser type and version, the web pages you visit, the date and time you visit our site, and the amount of time you spend on our pages.

We use Google Analytics to analyse your browsing data.

Third Parties

Benchpeg doesn’t share any information with other organisations.

Links to other websites

This privacy notice does not cover the links within this site linking to other websites. Those sites are not governed by this Privacy Policy, and if you have questions about how a site uses your information, you’ll need to check that site’s privacy statement.


The security of your information is important to us. However, we must remind you no method of communication or storage on the web is 100% secure.

We will do everything in our power to protect your information, but we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Access to your personal information

You are entitled to view, amend, or delete the personal information that we hold. Email your request to our data protection officer and Editor Rebecca van Rooijen via

Changes to this policy

This policy is effective from 1 May 2018. We hold the right change this policy at any time. These changes will be effective immediately.

We will inform you when we make any changes to this policy by email, if you have provided us with an email address. Alternatively, we will display a notice about these changes on our site.

If you continue to use our site after we make changes to this policy, we will assume you are aware of and accept these changes. For this reason, you should visit this page frequently.  

If you have any questions about this policy, please contact us on