Online Petitions

Terms & Conditions

Please read the ePetitions guidance page for further details on the content and promotion of ePetitions.

Any users of this website who wish to make a comment on the discussion pages are requested not to use offensive or abusive language, not to make statements of a personal nature, not to make advertising statements, or include text of a disruptive nature. The providers of this system reserve the right to remove comments that breach these conditions of use.

The providers of this website accept no liability for the comments posted to these web pages. The views expressed in the discussion do not necessarily reflect those of the providers.

Privacy policy

Only your name and area (electoral ward) will appear on the website. The other details you give us are needed by the Council to validate your support. This is the same information required for a paper petition. Your details will only be used by the council and the principal petitioner for any petitions that you sign. Your details will not be used for any purposes other than ePetitions, unless you have expressly given permission otherwise.

Personal details will be automatically removed 2 years after the closing date of the ePetition. However, should you wish your name to be removed before this time please email the Democratic Services team

Website log files

All websites produce log files that record the activity on that site. Log files record which pages on the site have been accessed and how many times. From this information it is possible to produce statistics such as how busy the website is, which pages are the most popular and whether there are any broken links.

Log files typically record the IP address and/or hostname of all users accessing the website. This allows us to distinguish between different users and therefore estimate the number of unique visitors to the website. 

Specific IP addresses and hostnames will not be published or released from any Bristol City Council website since the council considers it to be potentially personally identifiable information as; we cannot differentiate between fixed and dynamic IP addresses and we may, on specified website e.g. E-petitions, hold personally identifiable information associated with your IP address.

On the E-petitions website, IP addresses are stored securely on the website using industry best practice methods for safeguarding information and server functions.  The information is held for 2 years after the petition has been presented to the council – it is then deleted from the system.  The information can be accessed by members of the council’s Consultation & Research Team and by our ICT contractors for the E-petitions system, Public-I.
E-petitions collects the IP address so the council can monitor patterns of multiple completion and to check the validity of petitions.  The IP address is also used to produce usage statistics and analytics for visitors to the sites in an aggregate way which does not reveal individual’s personal information