Data Protection & Terms and Conditions

Good Thinking, as organisers of the Parallel project, are committed to keeping your information secure and managing it in accordance with our legal responsibilities under privacy and data protection laws where we operate.

This Privacy Policy provides information about how we process personal information through Parallel.org.uk.

By visiting our website, you agree to your personal information being used and disclosed in the manner set out in this Policy.

All resources in the Parallel Project are for reasonable use to support teaching and learning within schools/colleges, and individual learners. Parallel resources may not be uploaded to any other website under any circumstances. This includes any site that is only accessible locally such as a school/college virtual learning environment or a school/college intranet.

The personal information we collect

When you use parallel.org.uk, as is the case with most websites, certain limited information (such as your browser type and IP address) will be collected by us automatically.

We will also collect basic contact information about you to set up your account so you can take part in Parallelogram challenges. This will include: For students:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Year of birth
  • Country of origin
  • Identifying code to link students to their teachers (optional)

For teachers:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • School name
  • School contact details
  • Country of origin

We will also ask users to register a password so you can gain secure access to your account in the future.

How we use personal information

We use the personal information collected from users for:

  1. Enabling users to take part in weekly Parallelogram challenges;
  2. Alerting users to the availability of a new Parallelogram challenge;
  3. Reminding users of Parallelogram challenges to take;
  4. Alerting users to the availability of solutions to the latest Parallelogram challenge;
  5. Contacting winners of sporadic competitions.

We do not provide any personal information to any other organisation relating to your account unless we have your permission to do so (or where we are required to do so by applicable law).

We will only use your information where we have obtained appropriate permissions from you (e.g. with tick boxes) and will only use the information in accordance with this Policy, or where it is required and authorised by law.

From time to time you may be approached to take part in optional surveys which are aimed at enabling Good Thinking to monitor performance, improve quality and plan future provision.

Keeping information secure

We make every effort to protect your personal information, from loss, misuse, unauthorised access, modification or disclosure. However, no internet-based site can be 100% secure and we cannot be held responsible for unauthorised or unintended access that is beyond our control. Updating your account and preferences

Please notify us of any changes to your personal information which you have provided to us. You can do this via updating your user preferences through your account page or contacting us using the details below.

Keeping your records

We will keep your information for up to two years after your last login to the Parallel system. Where your information is no longer required, we will ensure it is disposed of in a secure manner.

Cookies

Our website, like most websites, uses cookies (which includes third party cookies to support analytics functionality).

Cookies are small computer files which are downloaded onto your device and collect information about the way in which you navigate and use our website and the internet. Cookies do not collect information which allows us to identify individual users. The information provided by cookies helps us to provide you with a more personal experience and allows us to make improvements to our services over time. You may delete and block all cookies or decide to just block certain types of Cookie via your browser setting. However, if you choose to block or delete Cookies, this may affect the functionality of the website.

Access rights

You have the right to request copies of your personal information within our custody and control and details of how we use that information. If you think any of the personal information we hold about you is inaccurate, you may also request it is corrected. You also have a right, in certain circumstances, to require us to stop processing your personal information.

In relation to all of these rights, please email or write to us at the address below. Please note that we may, where permitted under applicable law, charge a small administrative fee and / or request proof of identity. We will respond to your requests within all applicable timeframes.

In certain circumstances (for example where required or permitted by law) we might not be able to provide you with access to some of your personal information, but where appropriate we will notify you of the reasons for this.

Complaints Process

If you have a complaint about how we have handled your personal information you may contact us using the details below and we will investigate your complaint.

Updates

We keep this Policy under regular review and place updates on Parallel.org.uk from time to time. Please review this policy periodically for changes.

However, we will always notify you of material changes we make to this Policy and, where required under applicable privacy and data protection legislation, we will appropriately notify or give you the option to consent to changes to the Policy.

If you do not accept the amended Policy, please stop using our website.

Contact

If you have any questions about this Policy, or would like to exercise your rights with respect to your personal information, please contact us via contact@parallel.org.uk.

Date: April 2018