Our nice lawyers want us to share important information about what we do with the information you give us when you use School Guide and how we share that information, so here’s the legal bit.
For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998 (the Act), the data controller is;
School Guide UK Limited
16 Forester Road
How we may receive information about you
We may collect and process the following data about you:
(a) Information you give us. You may give us information about you by:
(i) filling in forms on our site;
(ii) participating in our noticeboard, discussion boards or any other social media functions;
(iii) using the School Guide app;
(iv) entering a competition, promotion or survey;
(v) providing feedback; or
(vi) corresponding with us by phone, e-mail or otherwise.
The information you give us may include your name, address, e-mail address and phone number, personal description, school information and preferences.
(b) Information we collect about you. When you visit our site we may automatically collect the following:
(i) technical information, including the internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the internet, your browser type and version, time zone setting, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform;
(ii) information about your visit, including the full Uniform Resource Locators (URL) clickstream to, through and from our site (including date and time); products you viewed or searched for; page response times, download errors, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks, and mouse-overs), and methods used to browse away from the page.
(c) Information we receive from other sources. We may receive information about you as a result of your use of any other websites we operate or other services we provide. We may also receive information about from third parties who we work closely with.
Use of the information
We use the information held about you:
(a) to administer our site and for internal operations;
(b) to improve our site to ensure that the content is presented in the most effective manner for you;
(c) to deal with enquiries and carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and us;
(d) to provide you with the information, products and services that you request from us;
(e) to provide you, or permit selected third parties to provide you, with information about goods or services we feel may interest you. If you are an existing user, we will only contact you by electronic means (e-mail or SMS) with information about goods and services similar to those which you receive from us. If you are a new user, and where we permit selected third parties to use your data, we (or they) will contact you by electronic means only if you have consented to this.
Sharing your information
Storage of your data
The data that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the European Economic Area ("EEA"). It may also be processed by staff operating outside the EEA who work for us or for one of our suppliers. By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing. All information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk.
You have the right to ask us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes. We will usually inform you (before collecting your data) if we intend to use your data for such purposes or if we intend to disclose your information to any third party for such purposes. You can opt-out by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Act gives you the right to access information held about you. Any access request may be subject to a fee of £10 to meet our costs in providing you with details of the information we hold about you.
Accessing other websites
Our site may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of our partner networks, advertisers and affiliates. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.
Changes to this policy
We use the following cookies for various functions and features of our site:
(a) Double Click for advertising banners.
(b) Facebook Connect for the Like button.
(c) Google Adsense for advertising banners.
(d) New Relic for monitoring site performance.
(e) Twitter Advertising.
(f) Typekit to display custom fonts.
(g) Rails application cookie for storing users’ session data. Used for logging in and out of user-specific areas of the site.
We use these cookies for the proper functioning of our site. If you would like to block any of the cookies used by our site, or other websites, you can do this through your browser settings. Please visit http://www.aboutcookies.org/ for more information on how to block cookies and/or delete them from your computer. Please note that if you block or delete cookies, our site may not function properly for you.
We also use certain third party tools to enhance your online experience. Some of these will set cookies on our behalf so they can work and give you access to useful features. Please note that we have no control over these cookies. Here are further details about those cookies:
Google Analytics - We use Google Analytics to track visitors to our site. Our main aim is to find out which parts of the site are working and which are not proving to be useful. We use this information to make changes to our site and to decide on which features to improve.