Privacy Policy

PRIVACY POLICY

Effective from 29 January 2014

1. WHO ARE WE?

1.1 Welcome! This website, http://skillsmatter.com, is owned and operated by Skills Matter Limited, a company registered in England and Wales under registration number 04955555. Our registered office is 2 Mill Road, Haverhill, Suffolk CB9 8BD United Kingdom.

2. WHAT THIS PRIVACY POLICY IS FOR

2.1 Skills Matter Limited (from now on, "Skills Matter", "we", "our" and "us") has developed this Privacy Policy for our customers, account registrants, members, browsers and other users of our Site (from now on, "You"). The Privacy Policy is an important and legally binding document so You should read it carefully. It gives You information about:

(a) why we collect, store, share and use personal data (such as information that identifies, relates to or describes You, or which is capable of being associated with You);

(b) what personal data we collect;

(c) the choices we offer, including how to access and update Your personal data; and

(d) our use of cookies and how You may disable such cookies.

2.2 Skills Matter is committed to ensuring that Your privacy is protected and to processing Your personal data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 and other applicable privacy laws.

2.3 You can be assured that We will only collect and use Your personal data as we say in this Privacy Policy.

2.4 It doesn’t apply however to the practices of companies that Skills Matter does not own or control and You are subject to the terms and conditions of use and privacy policies of those other websites or companies when You are using them.

2.5 Our Privacy Policy only applies to You when You use our website, http://skillsmatter.com ("Site") or our services or You attend our meetups, talks, conferences, skillscasts and workshops courses and events, In-The-Brain sessions, Hackathons and other types of events, and we provide you with SkillsCast recordings, articles or online content on or through our Site (including when we collect personal data from any general enquiry received via an associated/partner websites). By accessing any part of our Site, You consent to be bound by this Privacy Policy (as it is updated from time to time).

2.6 Skills Matter may change this Privacy Policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. Updates and changes to this Privacy Policy will be legally binding upon You when we post them (superseding any prior policy that may apply with respect to the website and our services), whether or not we provide You any other notice of such changes. We will indicate the effective date of the currently applicable Privacy Policy at the beginning of it.

2.7 You should read this Privacy Policy together with our Website Terms as these are incorporated into this Privacy Policy. If You choose to use our services (such as courses and events), the additional terms and conditions that relate to our services are contained in our General Terms and Conditions of Supply.

2.8 The Definitions section of this Privacy Policy contains the meaning of certain defined terms which we use in the Privacy Policy.

2.9 If You are a person under the age of 18, You must not submit Personal Data to this Site unless You have obtained the consent of and supervision of Your parent or guardian beforehand.

2.10 By continuing to use this Site, You confirm that You have read, understood and agree with our entire Privacy Policy as it is in effect at the time of Your use. If You do not agree, then You must not use or continue to use this Site or our services.

3. WHAT PERSONAL DATA DO we collect FROM YOU?

3.1 We can only provide our services to You if You provide us with Your Personal Data.

3.2 When You use this Site (including by uploading Your Content, by making submissions/posts in user forums or by undertaking transactions on or via this Site, by accessing or browsing it, by communicating with us via email or signing up for newsletters, other communications, completing an online form, making a telephone or email enquiry including via one of our partner websites), we may collect all or some of the following Personal Data from or about You:

(a) Your name and job title;

(b) Your company name or affiliation;

(c) Your contact information including phone/mobile number/fax and email address;

(d) other demographic information including Your home or other addresses and postcode if you choose to provide us with such;

(e) Your communication and purchase preferences and interests including about Your topics and tags of interest;

(f) other information relevant to customer surveys and/or offers which we may make available to You;

(g) Your browsing, online activities and transactions;

(h) where You have submitted/posted Your Content, Your submissions and posts;

(i) where You have registered with us, Your user name and password; and

(j) where You have undertaken a transaction through this Site, Your credit/debit card information or other payment system information including Your billing and delivery postal addresses.

3.3 We may also collect some or all of the above types of information from information that is available to the public such as on third party websites, from our business partners or third parties who have Your consent to pass on that information to us or who may be authorised by You to authenticate or identify You to us or to sign in to our Site using credentials from that business partner or third party.

3.4 When You submit/post Your Content which is Personal Data on or via the Site in user forums on or pages accessed via this Site, You agree that any such Personal Data may be viewed by others.

3.5 We do not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 18 unless we have the consent to do so of the parent or guardian.

3.6 We may also collect Your Personal Data for quality assurance, compliance and training purposes by monitoring and recording email or other communications with You or between You and third parties using our systems or our agents.

4. What We Do With YOUR PERSONAL DATA

4.1 We (and third party data processors, vendors and hosting partners who may be acting on our behalf) may collect, store and process Your Personal Data for the following reasons:

(a) to make this Site available or to customise it according to interests, to provide our Content and Your Content tailored to individual requirements; to understand Your needs and provide You with improved products and services, newsletters and other communications and to enable others to view Your Content, submissions and posts;

(b) for purposes related to providing our goods and services to You, including verifying and authenticating Your identity, processing Your payments and payment system or card details in order to complete transactions with us or our business partners made through this Site;

(c) to maintain any registered accounts that You may hold with us and to provide You with updates or notifications of changes to Your account and our policies and terms;

(d) for our internal record keeping requirements including collection of anonymised details about visitors to our Site to compile aggregate statistics or produce internal reports;

(e) with Your agreement, to contact You about our or our business partners' promotions, products and services or other information which we think You may find interesting, offers, or for customer satisfaction purposes (including contact by email, phone, fax, mail.

(f) for market research, analysis, testing, monitoring, risk management and administrative purposes (including diagnosing technology problems which may be reported to us) or to make you aware of any new Content, including free and paid for events, articles and SkillsCasts which we reasonably believe that You are interested in them; and

(g) for any purposes related to the above or where we have a legal right or duty to use or disclose Your Personal Data (including for abuse, crime and fraud prevention and related purposes).

4.2 In terms of sharing, disclosing or transferring Your Personal Data to third parties (together, "Disclose" or "Disclosing"), except as set out in this Privacy Policy, we will not Disclose Your Personal Data unless we have Your permission or unless we are required to do so to:

(a) comply with applicable law or an order of a governmental or law enforcement body; or

(b) investigate, prevent or take action against suspected illegal activities (including fraud or where the personal safety of another person may be threatened) or breaches of our Website Terms; or

(c) establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims. When Disclosing Your Personal Data, we may use email, or other methods.

4.3 If we become aware that we have collected or been sent Personal Data from a person under the age of 18 without the consent of the parent or guardian, we will deactivate the relevant account as soon as is reasonably practicable.

4.4 In the event that a third party proposes to acquire all or some of our business and/or assets, we may disclose Your Personal Data to that third party in connection with their proposed or actual acquisition.

4.5 We reserve the right to retain Your Personal Data, any other information which we have collected and any of Your Content that You have submitted to the extent required by applicable laws and as we may require for operational and legal purposes.

5. Security

5.1 We are committed to ensuring that Your Personal Data is secure.

5.2 In order to minimise the risk that there is unauthorised access to or Disclosure of Your Personal Data, we have put in place, where practicable, appropriate physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure it.

5.3 Although we take appropriate measures to safeguard the Personal Data that You provide to us, no transmission over the internet is guaranteed to be secure. For Your security, You should:

(a) if using a computer in a public location, always log out and close the website browser when You complete Your online session;

(b) keep Your account details and passwords private;

(c) frequently change Your password;

(d) avoid using the same password for multiple online accounts.

6. How We Use Cookies

6.1 This Site uses cookies for various reasons.

6.2 A cookie is a small data file which asks permission to be placed on Your computer's hard drive or other mobile or handheld device as You browse this Site or advertisements, videos or other types of Content and which ‘remembers’ that Your computer or device accesses this Site.

6.3 If You accept the cookie, the file is added to Your computer's hard drive or other mobile or handheld device. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies but You may modify Your browser settings to decline cookies or to be notified of cookies being placed.

6.4 Cookies may be used by us to do the following:

(a) enable us to respond to You as an individual and to tailor our operations to Your needs by gathering and remembering Personal Data about Your preferences;

(b) assist the effective operation of this Site;

(c) enable traffic to the Site and pages to be logged to identify pages used and browsing and purchasing behaviour of users of our Site for statistical purposes and to monitor which pages users find useful or not; or

(d) identify You as an account holder or user and assist with account or user security (such as by obliging You to re-set passwords if the password has lapsed).

6.5 Specifically, the cookies we use are as follows:

Cookies Domain Reason
__utma, _mkto_trk, mp_ID_mixpanel, mp_ID_mixpanel, utag_main, wm-ueug .newrelic.com Used track performance of site.
__utma, __utmz .cloudinary.com Used to track image usage.
_skillsmatter_session .skillsmatter.com Used to track user specific information throughout the site.
__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz, __utmv .skillsmatter.com Used to track user behaviour and site usage. These are Google Analytics cookies.

6.6 The cookies do not give us access to any other Personal Data on Your computer or device other than the Personal Data You choose to share with us.

6.7 Rejecting cookies used by this Site may prevent You from taking full advantage of the Site and may stop this Site from operating properly when You use it. You may be unable to complete a transaction with us on this Site.

6.8 If You do not consent to use of the cookies, You must disable the cookies by deleting them or amending Your cookie settings on Your computer or You must stop using this Site.

7. Links to other websites AND THEIR PRIVACY POLICIES

7.1 Our Site may contain links to other websites of interest. Your use of other websites which are owned and operated by third parties and are accessed by links from this Site is not governed by this Privacy Policy and we do not control any of those other websites.

7.2 Once You use the links from this Site to access those other websites, we are not responsible for the protection and privacy of any information that You provide while using them.

7.3 You should exercise caution and review the privacy policies applicable to those other websites and ask any questions or raise any concerns about their collection or use of Your Personal Data with that website operator.

8. YOUR Control OVER Your Personal Data AND ACCESS TO IT

8.1 You may request details of the Personal Data that we hold about You under the Data Protection Act 1998 or amendments to such details if they are inaccurate or incomplete. We may charge You a small administration fee to respond to Your request.

8.2 You have the choice to restrict our collection or use of Your Personal Data in the following ways:

(a) when You are asked by us to accept a cookie or to fill in a form on the Site, look for Your cookie settings and the area that You can click to indicate Your preference as to use of Your Personal Data for marketing or other purposes; and

(b) if You have previously agreed to accept a cookie, then You may change Your mind at any time disabling or deleting the cookie or amending Your cookie settings.

8.3 You have the choice as to whether we use Your Personal Data to send You promotional or other information about third parties or us. If You consent but later change Your mind to receiving such communications, You may contact us and we will cease such activity.

8.4 Please:

8.4.1 write to us at: Skills Matter CodeNode, 10 South Place, London, EC2M 2RB, UK or email: info@skillsmatter.com; or

8.4.2 indicate Your consent or withdrawal of Your consent to marketing communications by:

(a) amending Your selections in your 'My Account' page which can be find in the top right hand corner of the Site, once you are logged in.; or

(b) clicking on the "Unsubscribe" link in communications which You receive from us or here.

8.5 If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible, at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

9. THE MEANING OF TERMS USED IN THIS PRIVACY POLICY

9.1 Generally, it is clear from the context in this Privacy Policy what the meaning of certain terms is, but we also use certain defined terms and they mean the following things.

9.1.1 "personal data", "process", "data controller" and "data processor" each have the meaning set out in the Data Protection Act 1998

9.1.2 "Your Content" means all of the information and content provided, generated, transmitted or displayed via the Site by You.