Privacy Policy

Who we are
We are The Estate of Stephen Hawking, whose registered address is:

C/o United Agents LLP, 12-26 Lexington Street, London, W1F 0LE


How we use your personal data
We collect your personal data for the purpose listed below, the below also sets out the legal basis we rely upon when processing your personal data:

Personal data
Contact details, including:
•    name; 
•    postal address; 
•    email address; and
•    telephone number

Purpose of processing
If you contact us in relation to licensing or copyright permissions, or to make a general enquiry we need to collect your contact details so that we can adequately respond.

Legal basis
Legitimate interests (to respond to your enquiry).

Where we store your personal data 
Your personal information may be transferred to, and/or stored at, a destination outside of the European Economic Area (“EEA”) in which data protection laws may be of a lower standard than in the EEA. Regardless of location, we will impose the same data protection safeguards that we deploy inside the EEA. Certain countries outside the EEA have been approved by the European Commission as providing essentially equivalent protections to EEA data protection laws and therefore no additional safeguards are required to export personal information to these jurisdictions. In countries which have not had these approvals, we will either ask for your consent to the transfer or transfer it subject to European Commission approved contractual terms that impose equivalent data protection obligations directly on the recipient, or the Privacy Shield Framework unless we are permitted under applicable data protection law to make such transfers without such formalities. Please contact us if you would like to further details of the specific safeguards applied to the export of your personal data.


Who we share your personal data with
We may share your personal data with:
•    service providers;
•    professional advisors; or
•    regulatory bodies and other authorities; 
We require all third parties to respect the security of your personal data and to treat it in accordance with the law. We do not allow our third party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes and only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.


How long we retain your personal data
We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any accounting or legal requirements. To determine the appropriate retention period for the personal data we hold, we consider the amount, nature and sensitivity of the personal data, the risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal data, the reasons why we handle your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.


Your rights
You have certain rights under data protection law in respect of your personal data including, in certain circumstances, the right to:
•    access your personal data (also known as a “subject access request”);
•    correct incomplete or inaccurate data we hold about you;
•    ask us to erase the personal data we hold about you;
•    ask us to restrict our handling of your personal data;
•    ask us to transfer your personal data to a third party; and
•    object to how we are using your personal data.

You also have the right to lodge a complaint with the ICO, the UK’s data protection supervisory authority.

You can find contact details for the ICO at


What about cookies?
Our site uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our site. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our site and also allows us to improve our site. A cookie is a small file of letter and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. We use the following cookies:
•    Strictly necessary cookies: these are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. 
•    Analytical cookies: these allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.


You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:




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Contact us
If you would like to exercise any of your rights under data protection law or want any further information on how we handle your personal data then please contact us at 
[email protected]