Privacy Policy

Who we are is the official website of Al-Sahawat Times.

Al-Sahawat Times is published by IPMG (the International Press and Media Group).

IPMG is an Al-Said Group enterprise, entirely owned and operated by Al-Said Group.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When readers leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form. Additionally CPD (Crime Prevention Data) may be collected where applicable to help spam detection and to combat defamatory or otherwise illegal content from being posted.

After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Your comment will be publicly visible and may be indexed by search engines.

Your CPD will never be shared with any third party unless criminal activity is detected.

Media & Content

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors such as intelligence agencies or law enforcement may be able to download and extract any location data from images.

Users are solely liable for any media or content (in any form) uploaded. The user account details or where applicable CPD are recorded in connection with all media uploaded.

Contact forms

Submitted or abandoned contact forms are stored and archived in the interest of proving and improving our services.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you attempt to login to any sensitive or restricted access areas, we will automatically install a temporary cookie that is automatically deleted as soon as you leave the site if you abandon the login attempt. If you attempt to access restricted areas without authorisation then we may take significant steps to protect this data. Such steps will be clearly explained on the appropriate pages and/or in a warning message that may appear as a pop up warning notice on the relevant page. CPD and ACPD (Advanced Crime Prevention Data) may be collected in such circumstances.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may from time to time include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, games, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website directly.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Embedded content will show the data source, you should refer to the privacy policies of the third party site/company directly.


This site collects basic anonymous information to assists development and improvement of user experiences. This data may include your city, country, browser, internet provider and articles read. This data will not be identifiable to your IP address, email address or user account.

Who we share your data with

IPMG shares anonymous analytics with other internal departments only. No data is ever sold or shared with any third party including law enforcement or government authorities. (Other than in the incidents of attempted security breaches, illegal content posted to comments or other abuses of our services). 

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website, we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except usernames cannot be changed). Website administrators can also see and remove user information. Users may request, edit or delete their data at anytime.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

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

Comments or details of restricted access attempts which cause suspicion of criminal activity may be analysed by cyber defence forces.

Your contact information

Your contact information is retained for the duration that your account/comment is active. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.


CPD (Crime Prevention Data) may collect: the visitor’s IP address, MAC address, IMEI number and browser user agent string (where applicable). CPD is only used and stored where suspicion of criminal or attempted criminal activity is detected. This includes but is not limited to: uploading of illegal content or media, attempting to access restricted and/or protected areas/data, posting defamatory information, hate speech or threats.

ACPD (Advanced Crime Prevention Data) is only collected when suspicion of serious breaches in security or criminal activity is detected. The information collected as part of ACPD is able to clearly identify the systems, locations, devices and individuals involved in real time. This information is shared with; cyber security teams, security enforcement and protection teams and law enforcement where appropriate.

If no breaches or criminal activity are present on human inspection, then CPD and ACPD is irreversibly deleted.

Additional information

How we protect your data

Our data is stored on encrypted servers and all access is highly restricted and monitored.

What data breach procedures we have in place

Data breaches are respond to immediately and any data loss is immediately analysed and reported to any relevant authorities. In the highly unlikely circumstances that any identifiable or useable user data is breached, the relevant users will be notified immediately.

Which third parties we receive data from

If you link your account to your social media profiles, we will receive your social media user names and URLs. We do not use this data in any way other than to link your user profile to your social media accounts. We do not receive your passwords and do not access your social media accounts.

What automated decision making and/or profiling occurs with user data

We scan all accounts, comments, forms, emails and media for Malware and Spam as well as Defamation, Hate Crimes or Threats and other illegal activities. This is for the safety of the public and the safety of our staff and users.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

Our advertisements are a combination of proprietary advertisements and third party advertisements. Third party advertisements may use cookies to deliver targeted advertisements. These maybe controlled in your browser settings and any advertisements using such technology will have a blue symbol in one of their corners linking to settings to disable such technologies at the users’ discretion.


How Google interacts with this website

Google Advertising Cookies

Google uses cookies to help serve the ads that it displays on this website. Not all ads on this website are displayed by Google. When users visit this website, a cookie may be dropped on the end user’s browser.

  • Cookies are used by Google to serve ads based on a user’s previous visits to this website or other websites.
  • Google’s use of advertising cookies enables it and its partners to serve ads based on your visit to this site and/or other sites.
  • Users may opt out of personalised advertising by visiting Ads Settings.
  • Google’s ad network may also include third-party vendors or as networks. You may manage your cookie settings on their individual websites. (Up to date list of Google’s third-party ad vendors)

Google Data Analytics

Google may provide assistance with or support data analytics on this website. This data is non-identifiable and may be managed from the privacy and cookies setting pop-up that appears when you first visit this website. Clearing your browser history and data will remove any existing cookies and data and the original cookies and privacy management settings pop up will reappear when you revisit this website. You will additionally be asked if you wish to review these settings once every 24 hours.


If you are concerned about your data or our use of data then contact out Data Protection Department via clearly stating your country, concern and desired outcome.


First Published: 1 January 2007

Reformatted: 30 January 2017

Last Updated: 29 January 2020

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