Privacy Policy

Independent Junction



A meeting place for parents and prospective parents of children in the independent school sector in the UK

This Privacy Policy is effective for all Users registering on this Website. This policy tells you about how we use and protect your personal information.
This policy describes how we handle your personal information on our Website. The policy that applies on any of our domains or subdomains is always the policy that appears in the footer of each Website.

If you provide us with personal information, you consent to the transfer and storage of that information on our servers.
We may collect and store the following personal information:
•    email address, physical contact information, and (depending on the service used) sometimes financial information;
•    transactional information based on your activities on the sites;
•    other information from your interaction with our sites, services, content and advertising, including computer and connection information, statistics on page views, traffic to and from the sites, ad data, IP address and standard web log information;
•    additional information we ask you to submit to authenticate yourself or if we believe you are violating site policies;
•    information from other companies, such as demographic and navigation data; and
•    other supplemental information from third parties.

We don't sell or rent your personal information to third parties for their marketing purposes without your explicit consent.
We use reasonable administrative, technical, personnel, and physical measures (a) to safeguard personal information against loss, theft, unauthorized use, disclosure, or modification; and (b) to ensure the integrity of the personal information. To help us protect your privacy, you should maintain the secrecy of the logon ID and password you may have set up in connection with your participation in this Website's service.
Users consent to receiving administrative and related electronic communications related to our relationship.

Use & Storage
Our primary purpose in collecting personal information is to provide you with efficient services, effective registry and secure information. You agree that we may use your personal information to:
•    audit, research and analysis in order to maintain, protect, and improve our services
•    provide the services and customer support you request;
•    ensure the technical functioning of our network;
•    resolve disputes, collect fees, and troubleshoot problems;
•    enforce applicable policies, including investigation of potential violations thereto;
•    prevent potentially prohibited or illegal activities, and enforce our User Agreement; and
•    compare information for accuracy, and verify it with third parties.

We may store your personal information in our databases. The information may be retained and used by us for a reasonable period, reflecting our need to answer queries or resolve problems, provide improved and new services and any data retention requirements of the law.
We may provide links to third-party websites. Since we do not control third-party sites and are not responsible for any personal information you may provide while on such sites, we advise that you read the privacy policies on those websites before providing any of your personal information on such sites.
Some of the uses and disclosures mentioned in this privacy policy may involve the transfer of your personal information to various countries around the world. By submitting your personal information via this Website, you consent to such transfers.
We may retain information after an individual ceases to use our services or after the individual has ceased interacting with us, these may include the details of User authentication or verification checks.

Our Disclosure of Your Information
We may disclose your personal information to unaffiliated third parties if we believe in good faith that such disclosure is necessary (a) to comply with the law or in response to a court order, government request, or other legal process; (b) to protect the interests, rights, safety, or property of us, our Users or others; (c) to enforce any terms of service on this Website; (d) to provide you with the services or products requested by you, and to perform other activities related to such services and products, including billing and collection; (e) to provide you with information, special offers, or promotions from us to which you consented; or (f) to operate our systems properly.

Information You Share on our Website
Your User ID may be displayed throughout our Website (and so may be available to the public), and is connected to all of your activity. Other people can see your public information displayed on the Website. Notices sent to other community members about suspicious activity and policy violations on our sites refer to User IDs and specific items. So if you associate your name with your User ID, the people to whom you have revealed your name will be able to personally identify your activities connected with this Website.
If you access our sites from a shared computer or a computer in an internet public site, certain information about you, such as your User ID, activity or reminders from us, may also be visible to other individuals who use the computer after you.

Using Information from us
We enable you to share personal information. We encourage you to be aware of your own privacy practices and respect the privacy of other Users. To help protect your privacy, we allow only limited access to other Users' contact, and other information to facilitate your transactions.
You agree to use User information only for:
•    our transaction-related purposes that are not unsolicited commercial messages;
•    using services offered through us (such as bulletin boards, messaging and complaints); or
•    other purposes that a User expressly chooses.

We use "cookies" (small files placed on your hard drive) on certain of our pages to help analyse our web page flow and customise our services and content.
A few important things you should know about cookies are that:
•    we offer certain features that are available only through the use of cookies;
•    we use cookies to help identify you and maintain your signed-in status;
•    many cookies are "session cookies," meaning that they are automatically deleted from your hard drive at the end of a session;
•    you are always free to decline our cookies if your browser permits, although doing so may interfere with your use of some of our sites or services;
•    you may encounter cookies from third parties on certain pages of other sites that we do not control. (For example, if you view a web page linked from this site, there may be a cookie placed by that web page.)

No Spam, Spyware or Spoofing
We and our Users do not tolerate spam. Make sure to set your communication preferences so we communicate to you as you prefer. You are not licensed to add other Users to your mailing list (email or physical mail) without their express consent. You may not use our communication tools to send spam or otherwise send content that would be considered unacceptable to our Users. We automatically scan and may manually filter messages to check for spam, viruses, phishing attacks and other malicious activity or illegal or prohibited content, but we do not permanently store messages sent through these tools. If you send an email to an email address that is not registered in our community, we do not permanently store that email or use that email address for any marketing purpose. We do not rent or sell these email addresses.

Account Protection
Your password is the key to your account. Use unique numbers, letters and special characters, and do not disclose your password to anyone. If you do share your password or your personal information with others, remember that you are responsible for all actions taken in the name of your account. If you lose control of your password, you may lose substantial control over your personal information and may be subject to legally binding actions taken on your behalf. Therefore, if your password has been compromised for any reason, you should immediately notify us and change your password.

Your Personal Information
You can see, review and change most of your personal information by signing on to the Website. Generally, we will not manually modify your personal information because it is very difficult to verify your identity remotely. You must promptly update your personal information if it changes or is inaccurate. Once you make a public posting, you may not be able to change or remove it. Upon your request, we will close your account and remove your personal information from view as soon as reasonably possible, based on your account activity and in accordance with applicable law. We do retain personal information from closed accounts to comply with law, prevent fraud, collect any fees owed, resolve disputes, troubleshoot problems, assist with any investigations, and take other actions otherwise permitted by law.

We may amend this Privacy Policy at any time by posting the amended terms on this site. All amended terms automatically take effect immediately after they are posted on the site.

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