Privacy Policy

    Introduction

    This document sets out what you can expect of us regarding how we look after your user information. We are users too, and share your zeal in wanting to keep what is private, private.

    We seek to abide by the letter and spirit of the guidelines laid out by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office in the document ‘Privacy Notices – Code of Practice’.

    We will never share your user information with third parties for promotional purposes.

     

    Who we are

    We are Best Student Halls Ltd, a company registered in England under registration number 08732209.  Our registered office is located at:

    4th Floor, Wynne Jones Building
    Ellison Place
    Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST
    England

    If you have any concerns about the way we use your information or any questions about this Privacy Policy, please let us know.  We can be contacted via info@beststudenthalls.com, or by writing to our registered office.


    What we do with your information

    Information submitted to beststudenthalls.com will be processed to:

    • Populate the features that we provide as part of the Best Student Halls service
    • Provide you with updates on the service and accommodation posted that may be of interest to you
    • Continually improve our service offering and user experience
    • Provide commercial services to our clients based on anonymous and aggregated data created by people using our service.

    We will not share your user information with third parties for promotional purposes. Please bear in mind that your user information which is shared publicly is limited to your username, and whatever other information that you have chosen to make public.

    We compile statistics about user trends on our platform, which are used by third party organisations to better understand how users interact with businesses, brands, and one another online. These statistics are drawn from a dataset which does not contain any information by which you can be identified, and we will not pass on your personal details to third parties for promotional purposes.


    How long we intend to keep your information

    We will keep your data for as long as you have a live account on our platform. You can delete your account by contacting us by email at info@beststudenthalls.com.

    If you delete your account, the data will disappear from our live service; however, there will be a period during which your data will be held on our back-up systems. After this, all data will be deleted permanently.


    What user information we would like you to give to us

    If you are a job seeker, we ask you to provide your first Name and last name in order to sign up for our service, along with your e-mail address. If you are an employer, we ask you to provide your company name, along with a contact e-mail address. At your discretion, you can change and add details once you are logged in to beststudenthalls.com by using the settings feature.


    Where we hold your information

    The information held on our platform is deployed geographically to maximise user experience.

    We hold our data on Amazon Web Services, who are contracted to us for the provision of technical services.  We remain responsible at all times for the security of your information, but if you want to know more about how we interact with Amazon Web Services, you can view their Privacy Policy, amongst their other policies, here.


    What we do to ensure the security of your personal information

    We take the security of your data very seriously. Our approach to information security is constantly evolving and continually reviewed.

    We have adopted industry best practices from both technological and business process perspectives in order to make securing your data a key part of the way we do business.
     

    Your rights regarding your personal information

    We will contact you with updates about your activity on our service, and how we are evolving to deliver greater benefits to you.

    You can opt in or opt out at any time you choose by clicking on the ‘Unsubscribe’ link in the e-mails, and we will provide a list of contact options in the settings area of our web interface.

    Information we hold about you (including the booking requests that you make) is available to you at all times, by logging into beststudenthalls.com.


    Our Cookie Policy

    As part of our overall approach to privacy and transparency, this section describes what cookies are in the context of our web and mobile interfaces, and what their use means to you. At the end, we've included some links to help you research cookies and their impact, and how you can use your web browser to control the way it manages cookies.
     

    What are cookies?

    According to Wikipedia:

    "A cookie, also known as an HTTP cookie, web cookie, or browser cookie, is usually a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in a user's web browser while a user is browsing a website. When the user browses the same website in the future, the data stored in the cookie can be retrieved by the website to notify the website of the user's previous activity. [1] Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember the state of the website or activity the user had taken in the past."

    (used under licence: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)


    What cookies do we use?

    In this section, we explain what cookies are used in the overall service we provide to our users, and how you can switch off cookies via a setting in your browser.

    Our use of cookies:

    • We use cookies to record when you've logged into our service (either via web or mobile) so you don't have to keep logging in for each new page; we also use our own cookies to recognise who you are when you return to our platform in a new visit.

    • These cookies are an essential part of how our platform operates, and they greatly improve your user experience.  Ironically, the banner that you saw the first time you looked at the website alerting you to the use of cookies makes use of a cookie itself, that would not be required were it not for the European Directive on the use of cookies.

    • These cookies are only used by us, and the information they contain is not shared with anyone else.

    List of services we use which use their own cookies:

    • Google Analytics

      • We use Google Analytics to understand general trends about our data and traffic sources: for example, where users come from, which pages are most popular, which sites provide most traffic, how our marketing efforts impact the amount of visits we receive.

      • Google's statement about privacy is here: http://www.google.co.uk/intl/en/analytics/privacyoverview.html

    • Twitter button

      • The Twitter button allows our users to more easily share accommodation that they like on our beststudenthalls.com with their followers.

      • Twitter privacy policy states they use cookies "to collect additional website usage data and to improve our Services" - https://twitter.com/privacy


    Consent

    In line with the latest advice from the Information Commissioner’s Office, we interpret your continued use of our platform as consent for us to use cookies to capture data about how you interact with our services, and those of other services we use.


    More information about cookies

    Links which provide more information about cookies:

    Link explaining how to switch off cookies in various browsers:


    Contact us if you would like to complain or wish to know more about how your information will be used

    We can be contacted via info@beststudenthalls.com, or by writing to Privacy enquiries, Best Student Halls Limited, The Hatchery, 4th Floor, Wynne Jones Building, Ellison Place, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST.


    Contact the Information Commissioner if there is a problem

    If you consider we have not addressed your problem, you can contact the UK Information Commissioner's Office for assistance. Further information can be found via  http://www.ico.gov.uk/complaints/data_protection.aspx.

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