Terms and Conditions

MI5's Terms and Conditions

This page (taken with the documents and pages it refers to) tells you the terms of use which you agree to when you use the www.mi5.gov.uk website. 

Using our website 

By using this website, you indicate that you accept these Terms and Conditions and that you agree to abide by them. If you don't agree to these Terms and Conditions please refrain from using this website. 

You agree to use this website only for lawful purposes and in a manner that doesn't infringe the rights of, or restrict or inhibit the use and enjoyment of, this site by any third party. Additionally, you mustn't misuse the website by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful. You mustn't attempt to gain unauthorised access to the website, the server on which it's stored or any server, computer or database connected to the website. You mustn't attack the website via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of-service attack. Any breach of this provision may be reported to the relevant law enforcement authorities and where necessary we'll cooperate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. 

MI5 may change the content of this website at any time. 

Names and logos 

The names, images and logos identifying MI5 are proprietary marks of MI5. The unauthorised use of MI5 logos and/or any other third party logos accessed via this website is not permitted.


The material on this website is subject to Crown copyright, unless stated otherwise. 

You may use or reuse content published on this website without prior permission but must adhere to and accept the terms of the Open Government Licence for public sector information. You must acknowledge the source of the content and include a link to the Open Government Licence wherever possible. 

The permission to reproduce Crown protected material does not extend to images on this site or any material which is identified as being the copyright of a third party. Authorisation to reproduce a third party's copyright material must be obtained from the copyright holders concerned. 


MI5 encourages you to establish hypertext links to the website, however we don't give you permission to suggest that your website is associated with, or endorsed by, MI5. We don't permit our pages to be loaded into frames on your site. MI5 pages must load into the user's entire window. 

Where our website contains links to other websites then these links are provided for your information only. Linking should not be taken as endorsement of any kind. We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources, and accept no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them. Where third parties reproduce our information on websites or applications, those applications or websites may use versions of our information that has been edited or cached. The most up-to-date version of our information will always be that available on the website. We don't provide any guarantees, conditions or warranties as to the accuracy of any such third party products and do not accept liability for loss or damage incurred by users of such third party products under any circumstances. 

Virus protection 

We check and test material at all stages of production. However you must take your own precautions to ensure that the way you access this website doesn’t expose you to the risk of viruses, malicious computer code or other forms of interference which may damage your own computer system. It’s always wise to run an anti-virus program on all material downloaded from the Internet. We can’t accept any responsibility for any loss, disruption or damage to your data or your computer system which may occur whilst using material derived from this website. 


See our privacy statement for detail of how we handle any information that you provide to us and how we use cookies to understand more about visitors’ use of our website. 


MI5 doesn’t provide any guarantees, conditions or warranties about the accuracy of information on this website. We don’t warrant that the functions contained in the material on this site will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected, or that this site or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or represent the full functionality, accuracy and reliability of the materials. 

MI5 doesn’t accept liability for loss or damage incurred by users of the website, whether direct, indirect or consequential, whether caused by tort, breach of contract or otherwise. This includes (without limitation) loss of: 

  • income or revenue
  • business 
  • profit or contracts 
  • anticipated savings 
  • data 
  • goodwill 
  • tangible property. 

It also includes wasted management or office time and loss or damage incurred in connection with the use, inability to use, or results of the use of our website, any websites linked to it and any materials posted on it. 

This doesn’t affect MI5’s liability for death or personal injury arising from our negligence, nor our liability for fraudulent misrepresentation, nor any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law. 

Governing Law 

These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales. Any dispute arising under these Terms and Conditions shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales. 

Revisions to these terms 

We may at any time revise these Terms and Conditions without notice. Please check these Terms and Conditions regularly, as continued use of this MI5 website after a change has been made is your acceptance of the change.