Privacy policy


As a leading cancer research institute, higher education institution and exempt charity, The Institute of Cancer Research, London, needs to collect and use personal information. We have systems in place to process personal information in accordance with the law which are central to the ICR’s successful operation and to maintaining public confidence in the ICR.

Personal information is defined as information that can identify you as an individual, either on its own or when linked to other information processed by the ICR.

This privacy statement outlines your rights and associated information about the processing that the ICR undertakes as a Data Controller. In particular, it includes:

  • how the ICR may obtain your personal information
  • what information we collect
  • how we will use that information and for what purpose
  • who we share your information with
  • how long we will retain your information
  • your rights regarding information we hold about you

Your rights

The EU General Data Protection Regulation and the new Data Protection Act 2018 replace the Data Protection Act 1998 and together form the UK’s new Data Protection law.

This Data Protection Law set out individuals’ rights as they pertain to personal information gathered by the ICR.

You can find out if we hold any personal information by making a ‘data subject access request’. You can use the Data Subject Access Request Form (PDF)to make a request, although this is not compulsory. If we do hold information about you, we will:

  • give you a description of it
  • tell you why we are holding it
  • tell you where we got it from
  • tell you who it could be disclosed to
  • provide you a copy of the information in an intelligible form.

You also have the right to request the rectification or erasure of personal data, restrict its processing or object to processing. In some cases, particularly research, exemptions may apply and we will advise you if this is the case.

If you would like further information or have any concerns about the use of your personal information, please email or write to:

The Data Protection Officer, The Institute of Cancer Research, 123 Old Brompton Road, London, SW7 3RP

You also have the right to lodge a complaint about any use of your personal information with the Information Commissioners’ Office (ICO), UK’s national data protection regulator.

The Institute of Cancer Research is registered with the Information Commissioner's Office under number Z6775661.

We keep our privacy notice under regular review. This privacy notice was last updated on 1 November 2018.