1. Emails from SchoolMates
You are probably most interested in how we will use your email address to communicate with you, so here's our email promise, in plain English:
Service Emails. The team at SchoolMates hate spam and will never ever send you unsolicited emails. But there are some emails that we will need to send you to provide you with a good SchoolMates service. These include notifications that you have a message from another member and when a new member joins your class year. A full list of the types of emails you will receive to help you use the service most effectively (which we call Service Emails) are shown below:
Newsletters. When registering, you are given the option to receive our occasional newsletters. We use these to notify you about new features on the site, ask your opinion about the website. We only send a newsletter when there is something worthwhile to tell you about, so your inbox will never be overflowing with guff from us. Generally you'll get a newsletter about once every month. If you decide you no longer want to receive these newsletters - or if you aren't currently receiving it and want to - all you need to do is change your email preferences. You'll find this in the Dashboard area once you're logged in.
2. The information we gather and track
We always aim to gather only the information that we need in order to provide you with the service you have subscribed to.
Registration and other information. When you register for the SchoolMates Service, you provide your first name, birth last name and your email address. They are available to you, and capable of being changed, through the My Profile page.
Information you choose to share. If you create content on the website, which may include uploading personal information in the My Profile section or uploading photos and stories.
Information other members share about you. We may also receive information from other members, such as when they upload content relating to you or post comments in relation to your uploaded content.
Other information we receive about you.
Sharing with other websites and applications.
Logging into the website using Facebook. You can log in to the website using the Facebook Platform. When you log in using Facebook, Facebook shares selective information with us, such as your gender, date of birth, name and location, but we do not share information we hold about you with Facebook through your use of this facility.
Logging into the website using Twitter. You can log in to the website using the Twitter Platform. When you log in using Twitter, Twitter shares selective information with us, such as your gender, date of birth, name and location, but we do not share information we hold about you with Twitter through your use of this facility.
Cookies. We use small text files known as "cookies" to enhance your experience of our service as follows:
Analytical cookies. We also use analytical cookies and similar analytical tools to compile anonymous, aggregated statistics that allow us to understand how users use our service and to help us improve the structure of our website. This is not personal data, and we cannot identify you in this way. These cookies allow us to understand who has seen which pages, to determine how frequently particular pages to determine the most popular areas of the website, and generally to monitor usage of the website. We will also use aggregate non-personal data to track the success of any advertising campaigns on our website, to improve the effectiveness and suitability of advertising in communications sent by us and other companies in the SchoolMates group and/or to provide to third parties anonymised, demographic data provided by you to target advertising more appropriately. We do not provide our advertising partners with information that identifies you as an individual.
Further information. Please contact our customer support service to request further details about individual cookies used on our website by us and by third parties.
Disabling cookies. Most internet browsers are automatically set up to accept cookies, but you can set your browser to refuse a cookie by changing your browser security settings, or you can ask your browser to show you where a cookie has been set up. You may also be asked to consent to the use of certain cookies upon entering or registering on our website. Certain features on our website are only activated by the presence of a cookie so, if you do not accept certain cookies, our website will not work properly. You can find out more on how to disable/enable cookies via the following link www.allaboutcookies.org.
3. Sharing and use of information
You give us permission to use your information for the above purposes in relation to our current service, and also in relation to any new products and features which we may provide to you in the future as part of our service.
The over-riding principles we apply are these:
We have high quality security measures in place to protect your information, including your details in our customer database, and access to this database is restricted internally. The website is secured using an SSL Certificate so all web pages are served via https:// meaning the data us encrypted. We also encrypt your password within our database to maintain your security.
We also suggest to protect against unauthorised access to Your Details:
5. Removing your profile from the SchoolMates Service
You may remove your profile from the website by using the "Cancel My Account" option. Your account and any public content you have added to the website will be REMOVED from schoolmates.co.uk; your profile page will not be accessible, and other subscribed Members will not be able to contact or find you. When your profile has been removed, we will archive and store your information for a reasonable time period for legal and administrative reasons and for the purposes of re-activating your account with us, if you wish to do so.
6. Disclosure for legal reasons
We reserve the right to communicate any personal information we hold about you to third parties which seek the disclosure of it, and which make a legally-compliant request for its disclosure.
8. Contacting SchoolMates
9. Links to third party sites
Wehere SchoolMates Service contains links to other sites. SchoolMates is not responsible for the privacy practices, or the content, of those web sites.
10. Data Protection Information
You can obtain further information about data protection laws by visiting the UK Information Commissioner's website. You can search for our Data Protection Notification there, should you so wish (our registration number is ).
11. Updating your personal information
If the information we hold about you is no longer correct, please update your details in the My Account area or, alternatively, let us know and we will update our records. In certain situations, we may choose not to amend your personal information. In this event, we will include an appropriate statement or note about it with the information.