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Website Terms of Use

The Website Terms of Use apply to your use of this website http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/ and all associated Met Office micro-sites linked to this website. They include terms and conditions for various free services provided through this website. They also tell you how you can make use of material presented on this website.

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Privacy Policy

Our Privacy Policy sets out in detail how we use any personal information we collect about you when you use this website www.metoffice.gov.uk and all associated Met Office micro-sites linked to this website.

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Anti-bribery Policy

The Met Office is proud of its international reputation for scientific integrity and this ethic pervades all of its activities including its commercial operations. In support of its commitment to maintaining the highest possible standards of business practice the Met Office stance on bribery is one of 'zero-tolerance'. Bribery is illegal and as such has no place in our organisation.

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Licences

All information originating from the Met Office is subject to Crown Copyright. The Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO) has authorised the Met Office to license the use and reuse of its own information, subject to certain conditions. The Met Office issues such licences under terms and conditions which may include the payment of a fee.

Open Data Policy

The Met Office categorises its data into three groups:

  • Open
  • Managed
  • Internal

Different licence arrangements may apply for each category of data. The Met Office Open Data Policy provides further information on the categorisation of our data.

Open Data Policy Met Office Open Data Policy (PDF, 444 kB)

Free Licences

Open Government Licence
The Website terms of use contain licence provisions under the terms of the UK Open Government Licence for Public Sector Information v3.0 which govern the use of material presented on this website, other than material which we tell you is governed by different licence terms.

Registered Public Sector Information Licence

These terms and conditions govern the use of free material provided through this website for which you must register, except for material provided through Met Office DataPoint™.

Chargeable Licences

The Met Office offers a number of products and services for which a chargeable licence fee will apply. Please see the 'Services' tab on this website for details of some of the services offered. To discuss access to information under these licences please contact the Customer Centre.

Exceptional concessions may be granted to organisations or individuals involved in public interest research (i.e. not for commercial gain), or for academic or educational purposes. Where a concession is granted to an organisation or individual, the same concession will be granted to like organisations or individuals in like circumstances. For further details contact the Customer Centre.

Access to information unavailable on our website

The Met Office aims to allow reuse of such material for no cost or as little cost as possible. The possibility of a licence fee being charged is assessed once the licence application has been received.

In order to request access to information, photographs, graphs, slides and similar material that is not displayed on this website, please complete our online application form. Your request will be assessed and answered within twenty working days, in accordance with  The Re-use of Public Information Regulations 2005.

Further information

The Met Office's Pricing policy defines the overall framework from which the detailed prices are set.

The Met Office supports HMSO's Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS) and a statement on this has been signed by our Chief Executive. Licensing is carried out in accordance with the Delegation of Authority from HMSO, Competition Act 1998, European Union Law, and World Meteorological Organization Resolution 40. All Met Office licences are non-exclusive and conform to   The Re-use of Public Information Regulations 2005.

For more information on Crown Copyright policy and licensing arrangements please visit the  Office of Public Sector Information website.

Freedom of Information

The Met Office is committed to openness and transparency in the conduct of its operations and to the sharing of information. This page sets out our commitments.

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Last updated: 5 December 2014