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Privacy policy

ECU is committed to respecting the privacy rights of its subscribers, visitors and other users of this website. We created this website privacy policy to demonstrate our commitment to fair information practices and the protection of privacy. Our information practices for this website are described below.

Consent

In this privacy policy, we describe what information we collect when an individual uses, receives or has access to our website, and how we protect that information, with whom we share it and what privacy options are available to each individual.

By using the website, you consent to our collection and use of your information as described in this privacy policy.

Scope

This website privacy policy applies to the website located at www.ecu.ac.uk and the online user hub for subscribers www.hub.ecu.ac.uk/. It does not apply to any subsites or third-party sites that might be linked to, or accessible from, these sites.

This privacy policy does not address the information practices of any third party unless specified otherwise.

Changes

Our privacy policy will always indicate the date when it was last changed. We encourage you to visit this page regularly to be aware of our current terms.

We may modify or supplement this privacy policy from time to time because we may change our offering and/or data handling practices, or because new laws have been enacted.

If we make any material changes to this privacy policy, we will post the updated privacy policy here, along with its effective date, and notify users as required by applicable law. You should review this page regularly to look for changes in this website privacy policy.

Your continued use of this website after we have posted changes to this privacy policy on this page with a new effective date will indicate that you agree to be bound by such changes.

Links to third-party websites

This website may contain links to other websites. ECU does not control the content or privacy policies of such third-party websites or the privacy policies of such third parties. ECU accepts no responsibility or liability for privacy or other issues related to the collection or use of your information by such other websites or third parties.

We urge you to be aware when you leave our website and to read the privacy statements of each website on which you land after you click on a link or social networking button located on our website.

The inclusion of a link to a third party’s website or service does not imply endorsement of the third party’s data handling practices and does not imply that their practices are covered by this privacy policy.

Security

We seek to use reasonable technical, organisational and administrative measures to protect data collected through this website against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage. However, because no security system can be 100 percent effective, we cannot guarantee the security of any information we may have collected from or about our users.

If you need to send us confidential information and are concerned about the security of the site, then you should consider sending it via another secure connection or method.

If you believe that your interaction with our website is no longer secure, please immediately notify us of the problem in accordance with the “How to Contact Us” section below.

Information you provide to us

In some circumstances, you may elect to provide us with some information.

This is the case when we invite users to register, such as to obtain an e-newsletter or to book on to an event. In this case, users generally provide their names, email addresses, phone numbers or other contact or personal information. In some cases (for example, surveys), participation is voluntary. In other cases (for example, if you want to register to receive information or an e-newsletter), some specific information about you may be required.

Certain features available on the website may require you to submit some personal information in order for those features to function as designed.

How we collect information

We (and our service providers) collect information in a variety of ways:

  • through the website (for example, when you sign up to register for an event or to the member’s portal)
  • through our emails and other electronic communications
  • through your browser or device, cookies or similar technologies.

How we use information

We use the information collected from our users or from the user’s device for the following purposes:

  • to respond to questions and other requests for information made through the website
  • to send invitations to our conferences, webinars and other events that we think may be of interest
  • to send our e-newsletter or other communications that an individual has requested or that may be of interest to that individual, in accordance with the individual’s preferences
  • to keep records of contact information and correspondence
  • to provide services, such as seminars and other events
  • to allow the user to navigate or browse through our website quickly and efficiently
  • to: perform data analysis; audit; fraud monitoring and prevention; enhancing, improving or modifying our website; identifying usage trends; determining the effectiveness of our promotional campaigns; and operating and expanding our business activities
  • to perform other functions as otherwise described at the time of collection.

Sharing and disclosing information

We share user information with the following entities or in the following circumstances:

Service providers – We share information with our service providers, suppliers, subcontractors and similar third parties who provide services to us or act on our behalf so that they can assist us with the provision, upkeep and maintenance of the website and other related activities, such as the organisation of conferences and webinars, email delivery or auditing, or with the selection of applicants to job openings. We require these service providers to refrain from using or sharing with others, for other purposes than as directed by us, the information that we provide to them, or that they collect directly from our users.

Analytics – We use automated tools and applications, such as Google Analytics, to evaluate use of our website. These third-party services use cookies and other tracking technologies to perform their services.

Sale, merger and reorganisation – We may transfer users’ information to a third party in case of the reorganisation, merger, joint venture, assignment, transfer or other disposition of all or any portion of our organisation.

Aggregated, anonymised or statistical information

We aggregate information regarding what portions of the website users are visiting to develop statistics about the use of the website. This information helps us create a better experience for users of our website. For example, we may upgrade those parts of the website that are heavily visited or optimise the website to work more efficiently with certain operating systems.

We may provide such aggregated, anonymised or statistical information to third parties for research, analytical or strategic purposes. This information is not intended to allow the identification of any specific user of our website.

Cookies

We use cookies to recognise your device and browser. The next time you visit our website, we may use information stored in your cookie file to facilitate your use of our website. For example, we may use your cookie file to store a password so that you do not have to input it every time you move to a different section of a password-protected portion of our website. A cookie does not tell us your individual identity unless you have chosen to provide it to us.

Most cookies expire after a defined period, or you can delete your cookie file at any time you choose. In addition, you can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie so that you can decide whether to accept or reject it. Please note that these actions apply to a specific browser.

You can always choose whether to accept cookies by changing the settings on your browser. Most browsers contain information on how to control or delete cookies. These settings will typically be found in the “Options” or “Preferences” menu of a browser.

You may find additional information on our products and services through our social media websites, such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. These websites have their own privacy policies and data handling practices, which are different from ours.

Please take the time to review these policies before disclosing or posting information on or through these websites or clicking on any button that links to these websites.

Please keep in mind that any information you share on social media websites, interactive forums, message boards or chat rooms may become public information. You should exercise caution when deciding to disclose or share your personal information.

Choice regarding marketing

If you no longer want to receive marketing-related material from us, you may opt out by contacting the ECU team at ecu@ecu.ac.uk. We will try to comply with your request as soon as possible. Please note that you cannot opt out of receiving administrative or automated messages.

Access

Each user has the right to review, change or suppress personal information that can reasonably be linked to, and that we have collected from that user. You may exercise this right by contacting us at ecu@ecu.ac.uk. For your protection, we may need to verify your identity before implementing your request. We will try to implement your request as soon as possible.

How to contact us

To write to us regarding this privacy policy and our personal information handling practices, please email ecu@ecu.ac.uk.

Regarding email communications, please note that email communications are not always secure. Therefore, please do not include any confidential or sensitive information in any emails.

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