Privacy and cookies policy

Our use of cookies and data on 360 websites

Who are we?

Golwg360 is a news service operated by Golwg Cyf, with financial support from the Assembly Government and the Welsh Books Council.

Bro360 is a scheme to establish a network of local news services through the medium of Welsh. The scheme is managed by Golwg Cyf, and funded by the Welsh Government’s Rural Development Fund.

Why do we collect personal data?

We have three main purposes for collecting personal data, namely:

  • Provision of services such as subscriptions and orders
  • Enabling individuals to contribute to a network of websites
  • Monitoring and evaluation to improve the website and project
  • Getting in touch regarding the latest news and developments.

The data you provide will be used for these purposes only. Any personal information collected will be kept confidential.

Bro360 Evaluation

The monitoring and evaluation of the Bro360 project will be carried out by our independent partner, Wavehill, and we will seek your permission to share some information with them only to facilitate their work. Wavehill will produce a report based on the data but it will not be possible to identify any individuals on the basis of the report. Read Wavehill’s privacy notice.

Enquiries, right of objection and complaints

If you have any queries in relation to the evaluation, please do not hesitate to contact either Ioan Teifi, who is the main contact at Wavehill (0117 990281), or Owain Schiavone, Bro360/Golwg Cyf (01570 423529). If you have any queries regarding GDPR please contact the GDPR Manager at Golwg Cyf, Owain Schiavone.

You can also contact the Welsh Government’s Data Protection Officer.

Under the new data protection legislation, you have the right:

  • to access your personal data held by Golwg, Bro360 and/or Wavehill
  • to require Golwg, Bro360 and/or Wavehill to correct any errors in that data
  • to object (in certain circumstances) or restrict processing
  • for your data to be ‘deleted’ (in certain circumstances).

Please contact Ioan Teifi if you wish to do any of these things in relation to this Bro360 evaluation. If you have any concerns about the way your data has been handled, you can make a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office which is the Welsh Government’s independent regulator for data protection. You can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office on 01625 545745 or 0303 123 1113, via their website, or write to: Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

What personal data do we collect?

Accounts and subscriptions

In order to create an account on our sites, you will need to provide your full name and email address (or social media account). We will use this information to contact you with essential information about your account. You may also choose to receive email newsletters, add a profile image, and set your location to show local content. When you subscribe to a publication, we will collect any additional information needed to provide the subscription, such as your address.

Articles, comments and other content

When visitors contribute content, leave comments or send us messages through the website, we collect the data shown in the form and also the visitor’s IP address and their browser agent string to help detect spam and identify technical problems.

Media files

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid loading images containing implanted EXIF GPS location data. Visitors to the website can download and read any location data from images on the website.


If you have an account and log on to this website, we will install a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie does not contain any personal data and will be deleted when you close the browser.

When you log in, we will also set up a number of cookies to save your login details and preferences. Login cookies last for two weeks and preferences cookies last for a year. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be deleted.

When registering, logging in, subscribing or ordering on this website you accept this use of cookies in order to be able to complete your actions.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. The cookie contains no personal data, and shows the record designation of the article you have just edited. It ends after one day.

Our advertising system installs cookies that are essential to the operation of the software, but they do not contain any personal information, or track your visits or actions on the website.

You can use your browser settings to control or prevent cookies.

Content inserted from other websites

Articles on this website may include videos, audio, images, articles, opinion polls, etc., which are inserted from other websites, which behave in the same way as if the visitor had visited the other website.

These websites may be collecting data about you, using cookies, implanting additional third-party tracking, and monitoring your interaction with the implanted content.

To manage these cookies, and other websites’ use of your data, set your browser to prevent or allow third-party cookies.

Web analysis

We use the Matomo statistics system to gather information about how people use the website, in order to improve the service. The system will record information about your visit (such as the time and URL), information about your device (such as screen size and part of the IP number) and information about your account (whether you are logged in or not, for example). No cookies will be installed, and it will not be possible to track any data to you personally.

Our web server records core information about all requests to the website, such as the browser agent string and IP number, for the purposes of traffic measurement and solving technical problem.

Who do we share your data with?

If you contribute content to one of our sites, your contact details may be shared with the editorial team of that site in order to deal with any editorial queries relating to your content. You may also receive occasional essential messages from them regarding site policies and governance.

If you subscribe to a title that is not published by Golwg Cyf (a community paper, for instance), your contact details will be shared with the publishers, for their records.

Otherwise, no personal data will be transferred to, or shared with, anyone else unless you have given us specific permission to do so.

How long do we keep your data?

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata will be kept forever. This is so that we can automatically identify and approve any comments that follow instead of holding them in the moderation queue.

For users who register on our website, we also keep the personal details they provide in their user profile. All users can view, edit or delete their personal details at any time. A website administrator can also view and edit those details.

What rights do you have over your data?

If you have an account or have left comments on this website, you can ask to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also ask us to delete any personal data we hold about you (this does not include data we are bound to keep for administrative, legal or security purposes). In order to do so, please contact us, noting “personal data request” in your message.

Where do we send your data?

Visitor comments may be checked through an automatic spam detection service.