Terms & Privacy Policy

Last updated: 05.09.2018

Who we are

Our website Politiikasta (address is: https://politiikasta.fi) is a prize-winning web journal of the FPSA (Valtiotieteellinen yhdistys ry, Y-tunnus: 0292605-0) with the aim of popularizing social science and political science.

Page Content:

  1. Terms of Service
  2. Privacy Policy
  3. Cookie Policy


Terms of Service

1. Terms

By accessing the website at https://politiikasta.fi/, you are agreeing to be bound by these terms of service, all applicable laws and regulations, and agree that you are responsible for compliance with any applicable local laws. If you do not agree with any of these terms, you are prohibited from using or accessing this site. The materials contained in this website are protected by applicable copyright and trademark law.

2. Use License

Permission is granted to temporarily download one copy of the materials (information or software) on Valtiotieteellinen yhdistys ry’s website for personal, non-commercial transitory viewing only. This is the grant of a license, not a transfer of title, and under this license you may not:

  • modify or copy the materials;
  • use the materials for any commercial purpose, or for any public display (commercial or non-commercial);
  • attempt to decompile or reverse engineer any software contained on Valtiotieteellinen yhdistys ry’s website;
  • remove any copyright or other proprietary notations from the materials; or
  • transfer the materials to another person or ”mirror” the materials on any other server.

This license shall automatically terminate if you violate any of these restrictions and may be terminated by Valtiotieteellinen yhdistys ry at any time. Upon terminating your viewing of these materials or upon the termination of this license, you must destroy any downloaded materials in your possession whether in electronic or printed format.

3. Disclaimer

The materials on Valtiotieteellinen yhdistys ry’s website are provided on an ’as is’ basis. Valtiotieteellinen yhdistys ry makes no warranties, expressed or implied, and hereby disclaims and negates all other warranties including, without limitation, implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of intellectual property or other violation of rights.

Further, Valtiotieteellinen yhdistys ry does not warrant or make any representations concerning the accuracy, likely results, or reliability of the use of the materials on its website or otherwise relating to such materials or on any sites linked to this site.

4. Limitations

In no event shall Valtiotieteellinen yhdistys ry or its suppliers be liable for any damages (including, without limitation, damages for loss of data or profit, or due to business interruption) arising out of the use or inability to use the materials on Valtiotieteellinen yhdistys ry’s website, even if Valtiotieteellinen yhdistys ry or a Valtiotieteellinen yhdistys ry authorized representative has been notified orally or in writing of the possibility of such damage. Because some jurisdictions do not allow limitations on implied warranties, or limitations of liability for consequential or incidental damages, these limitations may not apply to you.

5. Accuracy of materials

The materials appearing on Valtiotieteellinen yhdistys ry’s website could include technical, typographical, or photographic errors. Valtiotieteellinen yhdistys ry does not warrant that any of the materials on its website are accurate, complete or current. Valtiotieteellinen yhdistys ry may make changes to the materials contained on its website at any time without notice. However Valtiotieteellinen yhdistys ry does not make any commitment to update the materials.

6. Links

Valtiotieteellinen yhdistys ry has not reviewed all of the sites linked to its website and is not responsible for the contents of any such linked site. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by Valtiotieteellinen yhdistys ry of the site. Use of any such linked website is at the user’s own risk.

7. Modifications

Valtiotieteellinen yhdistys ry may revise these terms of service for its website at any time without notice. By using this website you are agreeing to be bound by the then current version of these terms of service.

8. Governing Law

These terms and conditions are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Finland and you irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts in that State or location.

Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to us. As a digital news platform, we request some personal information when you interact with our site. However, we don’t ask for this information unless we truly need it. It is Valtiotieteellinen yhdistys ry’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect from you across our website, https://politiikasta.fi/.

1. Personal Information

We may ask you for personal information, such as: Your name, Email address, and Internet Protocol address (IP address).

This information is used solely for the purposes of attribution and granting you access to engage with certain areas of our site. You are free to refuse our request for this information with the understanding that we may refrain from publishing or responding to the messages you submit to us. We do not share your personal information with third-parties, except where required by law, to protect our own rights, or to provide a service to you. We may, however, disclose anonymised and aggregated versions of this information for analytics, marketing or public relations purposes. We will only retain personal information for as long as necessary to provide you with a service.

2. What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

2.2. Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

2.3. Contact forms

If you use contact forms on the site we collect the data entered in the contact form (name, email address, contact number, etc.) so we could communicate with you and provide response assistance. Also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

2.4. Cookies

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 edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Read more about our Cookie Policy.

2.5. Embedded content and links to other websites

Our website may link to external sites that are not operated by us. Please be aware that we have no control over the content and practices of these sites, and cannot assume responsibility for their treatment of your personal information. This privacy policy only covers our website and privacy practices.

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

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.

2.6. Analytics

We employ third-party services for our Website analytics, we are using a combination of Google analytics (read more about their privacy policy) and MonsterInsights plugin (read more about their privacy policy). Google analytics retain aggregated data for a period of 26 months.

These third parties have access to selected personal information only to perform specific tasks on our behalf or to improve the relevance of information presented to you. We review the privacy policies of all our third-party providers before enlisting their services to ensure their practices align with ours.

2.7. Additional information

We are using reCAPTCHA service provided by Google to improve security of our website (read more about their privacy policy).

Our website is using popular Jetpack plugin to provide additional functionality and improve performance, the plugin is using a combination of methods including cookies (read more about their privacy policy).

3. How long we retain your data

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

For users that register on our website (if any), 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 they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

4. Security

We take security seriously, and do what we can within commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information from loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification. That said, we advise that no method of electronic transmission or storage is 100% secure, and cannot guarantee the absolute security of your data.

Our website is using a combination of security methods including SSL certificate and Wordfence.com plugin (read more about their privacy policy).

5. Children’s Privacy

We do not knowingly collect or store personal information from children (visitors under the age of 13). If you believe your child has provided us with personal information, we encourage you to contact us immediately, and we will do our best to delete the data as quickly as possible.

6. Changes to our Privacy Policy

At our discretion, we may change our privacy policy from time to time. Any changes will be reflected here, so we encourage you to visit this page regularly. Your continued use of this site after any changes to this policy will be regarded as acceptance of our practices around privacy and personal information.

7. Organization Transfers

If Valtiotieteellinen yhdistys ry is reorganized, terminated or merged with another organization or business, we would include user information among our assets transferred to or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any parties who acquire us may continue to use your personal information according to this policy.

8. Right of Access and Right to Erasure

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.

If you wish to request a copy or erasure of your personal data, please contact toimitus(at)politiikasta.fi.

9. Additional information

9.1. How we protect your data

Our website https://politiikasta.fi/ is using Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) and a combination of security practices (strong passwords, malware scan, CAPTCHA, brute force attack prevention, etc.). We are using services of a trusted domestic hosting provider Tieteellisten seurain valtuuskunta (Y-tunnus 0524704-5).

9.2. Data breach procedures

In the case of a personal data breach, we shall without undue delay (not later than 72 hours after having become aware of it) notify the personal data breach to the supervisory authority, unless the personal data breach is unlikely to result in a risk to the rights and freedoms of natural persons.

9.3. Personal data from third parties

We do not collect personal data from third parties.

9.4. Automated decision making and/or profiling

We do not use personal data for automated decision making and/or profiling. Please read the instructions for authors.

1. Cookies

We use ”cookies” to collect information about you and your activity across our site. A cookie is a small piece of data that our website stores on your computer, and accesses each time you visit so we can understand how you use our site and serve you content based on preferences you have specified.

If you do not wish to accept cookies from us, you should instruct your browser to refuse cookies from our website, with the understanding that we may be unable to provide you with some of your desired service without them. This policy covers only the use of cookies between your computer and our website; it does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

2. Types of cookies and how we use them

2.1. Essential cookies

Essential cookies are crucial to your experience of a website, enabling core features like user logins, account management, shopping carts and payment processing. We use essential cookies to enable certain functions on our website.

2.2. Performance cookies

Performance cookies are used in the tracking of how you use a website during your visit, without collecting personal information about you. Typically, this information is anonymous and aggregated with information tracked across all site users, to help companies understand visitor usage patterns, identify and diagnose problems or errors their users may encounter, and make better strategic decisions in improving their audience’s overall website experience. These cookies may be set by the website you’re visiting (first-party) or by third-party services. We use performance cookies on our site.

2.3. Functionality cookies

Functionality cookies are used in collecting information about your device and any settings you may configure on the website you’re visiting (like language and timezone settings). With this information, websites can provide you with customised, enhanced or optimised content and services. These cookies may be set by the website you’re visiting (first-party) or by third-party service. We use functionality cookies for selected features on our site.

2.4. Targeting/advertising cookies

Targeting/advertising cookies are used in determining what promotional content is more relevant and appropriate to you and your interests. Websites may use them to deliver targeted advertising or to limit the number of times you see an advertisement. This helps companies improve the effectiveness of their campaigns and the quality of content presented to you. These cookies may be set by the website you’re visiting (first-party) or by third-party services. Targeting/advertising cookies set by third-parties may be used to track you on other websites that use the same third-party service. We use targeting/advertising cookies on our site.

Third-party cookies on our site

We may employ third-party companies and individuals on our websites — for example, analytics providers and content partners. We grant these third parties access to selected information to perform specific tasks on our behalf. They may also set third-party cookies in order to deliver the services they are providing. Third-party cookies can be used to track you on other websites that use the same third-party service. As we have no control over third-party cookies, they are not covered by Valtiotieteellinen yhdistys ry’s cookie policy.

We review the privacy policies of all our third-party providers before enlisting their services to ensure their practices align with ours. We will never knowingly include third-party services that compromise or violate the privacy of our users.

How you can control or opt out of cookies

If you do not wish to accept cookies from us, you can instruct your browser to refuse cookies from our website. Most browsers are configured to accept cookies by default, but you can update these settings to either refuse cookies altogether, or to notify you when a website is trying to set or update a cookie. If you browse websites from multiple devices, you may need to update your settings on each individual device.

Although some cookies can be blocked with little impact on your experience of a website, blocking all cookies may mean you are unable to access certain features and content across the sites you visit.