King’s College London, and the CASTLE Research Study is strongly committed to protecting the privacy of users. This statement is made in the light of the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 in order to alert you to the data processing practices which will govern the processing of your data.
How do we collect information?
We will obtain personal information from you when you enquire about our research studies, register with us, or otherwise provide us with personal information. We may also receive information about you from third parties, for example from a friend who wants to tell you about the website or a particular study.
What information we collect
We collect two kinds of information about our users:
- non-personal information – such as IP address (the location of the computer on the internet), pages accessed and files downloaded. This helps us to determine how many individuals use our sites, how many people visit on a regular basis, which pages are most popular, and which pages are least popular. This information doesn’t tell us anything about who you are or where you live, it simply allows us to monitor and improve our service.
- personal information – such as name, location, telephone number, and e-mail address. We collect this information only in connection with specific activities, such as applying to participate in a given study. The information is either needed to fulfil your request or to enable us to provide you with a more personalised service. You don’t have to disclose any of this information to browse our sites.
How do we use this information?
We will use your personal information to provide you with the services, products or information you have requested and for administration purposes. We may need to share your information with our service providers, study collaborators and associated organisations for these purposes.
Cookies are pieces of information that a website transfers to your hard drive to store and sometimes track information about you. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but if you prefer, you should be able to change your browser to prevent that. You should read the information that came with your browser software to see how you can set up your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, this should then give you the opportunity to decide whether to accept it. However, you may not be able to take full advantage of a website if you do so. Cookies are specific to the server that created them and cannot be accessed by other servers, which means they cannot be used to track your movements around the web.
Cookies can be used for a variety of purposes, such as providing personalised pages, but at present, we use them only to work out how many people visit our sites. Further information about cookies can be found at the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s website www.allaboutcookies.org.
How do we protect personal information?
We take appropriate measures to ensure that the information disclosed to us is kept secure, accurate and up to date and kept only for so long as is necessary for the purposes for which it is used.
By providing us with your personal data, including sensitive personal data, such as on your health, you consent to the collection and use of any information you provide in accordance with the above purposes and this privacy statement.
You also consent to our transferring your information to countries or jurisdictions which do not provide the same level of data protection as the UK, if necessary for the above purposes. If we do make such a transfer, we will, if appropriate, put a contract in place to ensure your information is protected.
Right of access
You have the right to ask for a copy of the information we hold about you (for which we may charge a small fee) and to have any inaccuracies in your information corrected. Ask for a copy of the information we hold about you.
Information Compliance team
King’s College London – Waterloo Campus
Room 5.20 James Clerk Maxwell Building
57 Waterloo Road
Last updated: February 2018