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Privacy Policy

Cowley International College (hereinafter referred to as 'Cowley'), appreciates your interest in our website. Your privacy is important and we want you to understand our practices on gathering information from visitors to this site and on the uses we make of that information. Cowley is committed to safeguarding the privacy of our users while providing a personalised and useful service. This statement on Privacy explains the data processing practices of Cowley. If you have any requests concerning your personal information, or any queries on these practices, please contact us by post or e-mail (see Contacting Cowley below). Please note that this privacy statement relates directly to our website, and does not include data protection policy regarding students data, you can obtain this via the school office.


Information collected

We ONLY collect personal information from you through the use of e-mail enquiries and other interactive web based contact, for example, a web form, guest book, or message board. This information can only be collected if you, the user, supplies it. We also utilise a 'SITEMETER' service. This collects information automatically about your visit to our site. The information obtained in this way, which includes demographic data and browsing patterns, is only used in aggregate form for the purpose of website development and improvement.


Use of personal information

We process personal information collected via cowley.st-helens.sch.uk for the purposes of: - assisting you in getting the best experience possible from the site - auditing usage of the site - replying to email enquiries When someone visits cowley.st-helens.sch.uk, our third party servers automatically gather information that allows the site to communicate with the visitor's computer during the visit (see Use of Cookies below). We also track the number of visits to the site and which parts of the site visitors select. We use those types of information for statistical purposes to help us administer and improve the site. Those types of information do not disclose personal information that would permit us to identify or locate individual visitors. Personal information is information that could identify a specific individual or entity such as names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers. If during your visit to our site you submit information to us (NAMELY VIA EMAIL), you may provide us with personal information. We may collect and use that personal information to provide you with services directly related to the purpose of your submission. Once the enquiry is considered 'CLOSED', your personal information and email enquiry is usually deleted. If however, we feel that such an enquiry thread (I.E. YOUR ORIGINAL ENQUIRY/SUBMISSION INCLUDING SUBSEQUENT REPLIES) would be of future use, we may store such threats on a secure email server for the sole purpose of improving out service, either to you or future users. We do not distribute or sell personal information to third parties. Furthermore, you may remove your personal information from our email database at any time by contacting us by email (see Contacting Cowley below).


Use of Cookies

A cookie is a small piece of information sent by a web server to a web browser, which enables the server to collect information back from the browser. We use "cookies" to identify you when you visit cowley.st-helens.sch.uk. This enables us to build up a demographic profile of visitors to the site. We also use a cookie with certain interactive features of the website, e.g. if you make the text size bigger we store a cookie to tell us that you want to use large text.


Disclosures

We will not disclose any information we keep about you to any third parties, unless required to do so by applicable law.


Data transfer through the Internet

The Internet is a global environment. Consequently using the Internet to collect and process personal data necessarily involves the transmission of data on an international basis. Therefore, by browsing the cowley.st-helens.sch.uk site and communicating electronically with us you acknowledge and agree to our processing of personal data in this way.


Hyperlinks

The Cowley website contains links to third party sites that Cowley does not own or maintain. We make no representations or warranties about the privacy practices of those sites. We advise you to take appropriate cautions when accessing such websites.


Contacting Cowley

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or the practices of this site, you can contact us using the contact details found on our contact pages.