We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of our website visitors; this policy sets out how we will treat your personal information.
1. What information do we collect?
We may collect, store and use the following kinds of personal information:
- information about your computer and about your visits to and use of this website;
- information that you provide to us for the purpose of registering with us;
- information that you provide to us for the purpose of subscribing to our website services, email notifications and/or newsletters.
2. Cookies and Google Analytics
A cookie consists of information sent by a web server to a web browser, and stored by the browser. The information is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. This enables the web server to identify and track the web browser.
Most browsers allow you to reject all cookies, whilst some browsers allow you to reject just third party cookies. For example, in Internet Explorer you can refuse all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy”, and selecting “Block all cookies” using the sliding selector. Blocking all cookies will, however, have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.
When required, cookies beginning with 'SESS' are used to track an individual's persistent status, such as whether they are logged in.
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.
3. Mailing Lists
We use your personal information to send you monthly e-newsletters summarizing our latest website content. We use a third-party provider, MailChimp, to deliver our newsletter. We gather statistics around email opening and clicks using industry standard technologies to help us monitor and improve our e-newsletter and to improve on our communications marketing approaches to better suit your needs.
For more information, please see MailChimp's privacy notice. Your email address will be stored in MailChimp's database for as long as we continue to use MailChimp’s services for email marketing or until you specifically request removal from the list. You are legally entitled to inform us at any time if you no longer wish to receive these newsletters (You can either email us at email@example.com or unsubscribe yourself). We do not rent or trade email lists with other organizations and businesses.
4. Using your personal information
We may use your personal information to:
- enable your use of the services available on the website;
- send you email notifications which you have specifically requested;
- send to you marketing communications relating to our business which we think may be of interest to you by post or, where you have specifically agreed to this, by email or similar technology (you can inform us at any time if you no longer require marketing communications);
- deal with enquiries, content submissions and complaints made by or about you relating to the website.
We will not without your express consent provide your personal information to any third parties for the purpose of direct marketing.
In addition, we may disclose your personal information:
- to the extent that we are required to do so by law;
- in connection with any legal proceedings or prospective legal proceedings;
- in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk).
6. Security of your personal information
We will take reasonable technical and organizational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information.
Of course, data transmission over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data sent over the internet.
You are responsible for keeping your password and user details confidential. We will not ask you for your password (except when you log in to the website).
7. Data Retention and Disposal
We may collect and store any or all of the information you provide on the website which is hosted on a secure server and is SSL certified. Information related to membership may be stored for up to a maximum of 10 years. Information collected through web-forms will only be stored for up to a maximum of 5 years after which it will be securely deleted from the online server. These forms include the following:
- 'Contact Us Form'
- 'Member Contact Form'
- 'Feedback Form'
- 'Contribute Content Form'
8. Website Server
This website is hosted by Linode within a UK data center run by Telecity. Telecity implements high-end physical security in their data centers: All facilities are well protected by 24×7 human security, biometrics, secure monitored single person entry and video surveillance (source: Telecity).
All traffic (transferral of files) between this website and your web browser is encrypted and delivered over HTTPS.
9. Data Controller
The data controller for this website is Manta Ray Media Ltd.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 3815 7155
10. Data Breaches
We will report any unlawful data breach of this website’s database or the database(s) of any of our third party data processors to any and all relevant persons and authorities within 72 hours of the breach if it is apparent that personal data stored in an identifiable manner has been stolen.
11. Policy amendments
12. Your rights
You may instruct us to provide you with any personal information we hold about you. Provision of such information will be subject to the supply of appropriate evidence of your identity.
You may instruct us not to process your personal information for marketing purposes by email at any time. In practice, you will usually either expressly agree in advance to our use of your personal information for marketing purposes, or we will provide you with an opportunity to opt-out of the use of your personal information for marketing purposes.
You are entitled to view, amend, or delete your personal information that we hold. Email your request to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or to our data protection officer Daniel Scannell at DPO@lshtm.ac.uk.
13. Third party websites
The website contains links to other websites. We are not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of third party websites.