Privacy Policy

This privacy policy ("Policy") describes how DB-COMP collects, uses and shares personal information of users of our website. 

Legal Entity

DB-COMP is a freely accessible database developed through an ESRC IAA grant and owned by the University of Leeds. This page uses "we" and "us" to mean European Commission Competition Law Decisions.

Changes to this Policy

We keep the information provided in this Policy under review. This Policy may be updated from time to time. If we make any substantial updates, we will draw these to your attention.

The information we collect

We automatically log information about you and your device. For example, when using our website, we may collect device information such as your IP address, operating system, unique device identifiers, the mobile network system, hardware and browser settings and the pages you visit and search engine terms you use. In addition to the information we collect as described above, we use technology to collect anonymous information about the use of our website. For example, we use technology to track which pages of our website our visitors view. We also use technology to determine which web browsers our visitors use. This technology does not identify you personally, it simply enables us to compile statistics about our visitors and their use of our website.

If you use our Contact form, we will also collect your name and email address as you input them in the relevant boxes.

How we use this information

The purposes for which we process this information include the following:

  • To enable analytics services;
  • To respond to your comments and questions and provide you with support;
  • To protect, investigate and deter against fraudulent, unauthorised or illegal activity.

We will not send you marketing communications nor do we sell your data.

You can withdraw your consent at any time by contacting us.

We only keep data for the minimum period necessary to fulfil their purpose.

How we share this information

We will not share your information with third parties, except for the following purposes:

  1. to comply with applicable laws;
  2. on reasonable request by a law enforcement or regulatory authority, body or agency;
  3. in the conduct or defence of legal claims;
  4. when obtaining professional (including legal advice) in relation to audits and our business and consider this in our legitimate interests in managing our business;
  5. to enforce our Policy; and
  6. to protect our rights, privacy, safety or property, and/or that of you or others;
  7. where it is technically necessary to enable analytics services.


Cookies are small pieces of text stored as a file on the computer's hard drive. They are not computer programs. They only contain and transfer to the web server as much information as the users themselves have disclosed to a certain web site.

Cookies are used by your browser and by most websites to help personalise or improve your experience using the world wide web. If you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our website, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. Restricting cookies may affect some of the functionality of this website, such as the ability to log in to password-protected areas, but most of the site will still be accessible to you.

The Help menu on the menu bar of most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie and how to disable cookies altogether.

You may also manage the types of cookies your browser accepts on this website by clicking the "Manage cookies" link in the footer.

You can find more information about deleting and controlling cookies from the website.

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

The table below explains the cookies we use and why.

Name Purpose Expires

Necessary cookie

PHP Session ID. This is a unique identifier that is automatically created when a Session starts for a given visitor.

This cookie is deleted when browser is closed.

Functionality cookie

This is set if you accept all cookies or certain types of non-necessary cookie. 

3 months

Analytics cookies

Used to distinguish users.

2 years

Analytics cookies

Used to persist session state.

2 years

Use of Google Analytics

Our websites use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc.

Google Analytics uses a set of cookies to collect information and report site usage statistics without personally identifying individual visitors to Google. ‘_ga’, the main cookie used by Google Analytics, enables a service to distinguish one visitor from another. Any site that implements Google Analytics, including Google services, uses the ‘_ga’ cookie. Each ‘_ga’ cookie is unique to the specific property, so it cannot be used to track a given user or browser across unrelated websites.

Learn more about how Google Analytics uses cookies

Governing Law

This Privacy Policy forms part of our Web Site Terms of Use and as such shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England & Wales. You agree to submit any dispute arising out of your use of this Web Site to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England & Wales.


If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or concerns about the way we process your personal data, please contact us by using the Contact Us Page.