Privacy Policy

Divided Society is owned and managed by the Linen Hall Library. The privacy of our users is important to us and we take care to safeguard it. This privacy notice outlines how we treat personal information we collect from you, or that you provide to us.

Linen Hall Library is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office as ‘Belfast Library and Society for Promoting Knowledge', Linen Hall Library, 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast, BT1 5GB.

Information we collect

Any information you provide will be carefully protected and stored on secure servers within the EEA or with organisations that comply with Privacy Shield requirements. We will keep your information confidential except where disclosure is required or permitted by law. We will not share your personal information with any other third party.

When you register as a user, we will collect the information necessary to provide the service which includes, as a minimum, your email address, the IP address you are registering from, and the country code this is associated with.

We will also collect any other information that you voluntarily provide by completing forms on the site or by posting or contributing material to Divided Society.

We may collect information if you contact us with comments, questions or specific requests. We may occasionally contact you to ask you to take part in surveys/research to help us provide a better service and improve the website.

Retaining your information

We retain your information while you are an active user. You have the ability to delete your account at any time and we do not keep a copy of your data.

If your account lapses due to non-payment we will keep it available for you to renew your subscription for six months. After six months we will delete lapsed accounts.

Access to your information and contacting Divided Society

If you wish to see the Divided Society records of any email correspondence with you, within the last six months, or if you have a query or complaint about this privacy policy or about the site, you can contact Divided Society:

  • email [email protected] with the subject heading “Divided Society: Privacy policy: Access to Information”.
  • write to The Librarian, Linen Hall Library, 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT1 5GB



If you have a concern about our information rights practices, you can report it to the Information Commissioner’s Office - via a live chat, helpline on 0303 123 1113 or via their website

IP Addresses and Cookies

We collect information about your visit to our sites, including, where available, your IP address, operating system and browser type. The data cannot be used to identify any individual. To help us gather this information we use cookies; small files stored on the hard drive of your computer. Cookies allow us to improve our site and deliver a better and more efficient service. Divided Society uses:




Divided Society website session cookie


A session cookie to store your session id, this cookie is unique to your visit and is required for logging into the site or using forms on the site

Google Analytics cookies

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Google Analytics cookies. We use Google Analytics, a popular web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google uses cookies to collect and analyse information about your use of our website. Google undertakes not to associate your IP address with other data held by Google. Read more here.


__utma, __utmc

These cookies enable the sharing features to work on the Divided Society website. The AddToAny feature allows you to easily share links to articles you like via sites such as twitter, facebook, delicious, etc. Find out more on the AddToAny website.


Find out about Twitter's use of data here.

Find out more about Facebook's use of data here.

Read Google's information on privacy here.



New Relic is used to ensure that the service is woring as expecting. Part of this relies on monitoring page load times for users and reporting when the service drops below a certain level. Individual users cannot be identified using NewRelic cookies.

If you do not wish to accept cookies you can activate the appropriate settings on your browser, however, you may be unable to access some parts of our sites. To find out more about cookies and how they can be turned off, visit

Your responsibility

Where we have given you, or where you have chosen, a password which enables you to access our site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. You can amend/update your personal information at any time by logging in to your account and editing your profile.

This privacy notice only applies to Divided Society. If you follow a link to any third party from our website please ensure you familiarise yourself with their privacy policy before sharing your personal information.

Changes to our Privacy Notice

We keep our privacy policy under review and updates will be made available on this webpage. This privacy notice was last updated on 25 January 2018.

Contact us

For more information on our privacy policy or the information we hold about you please contact us by:

  • email [email protected] with the subject heading “Divided Society: Privacy policy: Access to Information”.
  • write to The Librarian, Linen Hall Library, 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT1 5GB