Privacy Policy

Who We Are:  We are the Maldives Heritage Survey –

The UK Data Protection Act and GDPR: This gives individuals rights over how their personal information is used and sets out rules for organisations that process personal information.  We comply with the GDPR policy of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies where this website is hosted.

The Maldives Heritage Survey website only provide articles and information. We never ask for personal or private information such as email addresses or credit card numbers.  

Our Website Privacy Policy: The policy below explains the types of information we gather when you visit the Maldives Heritage Survey website, and how this information will be used. Please note that this policy applies to our main web pages at If you follow a link to any other website, please check their policies before you submit any personal information to those websites.

Information Collected: We may collect information about your computer, including where available, your IP address, operating system and browser type. We use this for system administration and to report aggregate information. This provides statistical data about our users browsing actions and patterns which does not identify any individual and allows us to ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer.

How this Information is used: Demographical and statistical information about user behaviour may be collected and used to analyse the popularity and effectiveness of this website. Any disclosure of this information will be in aggregate form and will not identify individual users. This information will ordinarily be stored on secure servers based at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.

How we use “Cookies”: Most of our web pages use “cookies”.  A cookie is a small text file of less than 4kb that we place on your computer or mobile device if you agree. These provide a way for the Maldives Heritage Survey website to recognize you and keep track of your preferences. We use three types of Cookies, Strictly Necessary Cookies, Identification Cookies and Functionality Cookies.

Strictly Necessary Cookies – these are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features. They will generally be used to store a unique identifier to manage and identify the user as unique to other users currently viewing the website in order to provide a consistent and accurate service to the user.

Performance Cookies – these are used to collect information on how visitors use our website, for example which pages are the most popular. These cookies do not collect any information that could identify an individual – all the information collected is aggregated and anonymous and is only used to help us improve the performance of our website.

Functionality Cookies – these are used to help the website remember choices you make and services you have asked for such as watching a video.  The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.

Third Party Cookies: We use Google analytics to collect usage statistics for our website, this may include time on site, number of pages visited, where you came from, your browser, operating system, device type, language and any other information your browser may share about you. You can see Google’s privacy policy here to see how they use your data:

Embedded Content From Other Websites: Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). We also include links to our Institutional Partner websites. Embedded content from other websites behaves in the same way as if the visitor has visited the other website directly. Please check their policies before you submit any personal information to those websites.

Changes to our Website Privacy Policy: Any changes we may make to our Website Privacy Policy or Cookie Statement in the future will be posted on this page.

Contact Details: Please send any queries or concerns about privacy to Dr Michael Feener, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Marston Road, Oxford OX3 0EE or emailed to: