Privacy policy

Policy last reviewed and updated on 8 May 2024

ALT’s privacy policy is designed to conform to the 1998 Data Protection Act and from 01 January 2021 the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR). As part of this you have a number of rights:

  • The right to be informed about how ALT will use your personal information
  • The right to access a copy of any personal information ALT hold about you
  • The right to have personal information rectified if it is inaccurate or incomplete
  • The right to request the deletion or removal of personal information
  • The rights to restrict and object to processing of personal information
  • The right to obtain and reuse your personal information for your own purposes
  • Rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling
  • The right to withdraw your consent for the processing of your personal information
  • The right to lodge a complaint with ALT and/or the Information Commissioner’s Office


The following policy statement details how your rights are protected: 

  1. ALT’s use of data is governed by ALT’s registration with the Information Commissioner under the 1998 Data Protection Act and as of the 25 May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 (Registration Number Z7647312, 17 February 2003).


  1. ALT’s registered Data Controller is Kerry Pinny (Interim Chief Executive Officer) and for any personal information related requests such as data access, deletion or withdrawal of consent please contact


  1. To lodge a complaint ALT has a dedicated complaints policy.


  1. During your use of this website - that is, websites that are hosted by ALT on the infrastructure provided to us by Positive Internet Ltd - you may be asked for your full name, address, email address, job-title, organisational affiliation, and daytime/evening/mobile telephone numbers, all of which is "personal information".


  1. Your personal information, if you decide to provide it, will be protected when you use this web site by encryption techniques using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) technology; and personal information will be securely handled when transferred within ALT using equivalent techniques.


  1. Your personal information will be used for the following purposes.
    1. To enable you to register for ALT events, including the ALT conference.
    2. To enable ALT to contact you, with your consent, by email, post, or telephone on ALT-related matters.
    3. To enable you to apply for or renew your membership of ALT.
    4. To enable us to fulfil our obligations to you as an ALT member
    5. To enable you to take part in ALT activities.
    6. To enable us to continue, maintain and develop this web site.


  1. ALT may provide the functionality for you to provide additional personal information and additional communication preferences as part of, but not limited to, ALT Members Groups and event websites. The inclusion of this information will always be at your discretion and control.


  1. ALT is required under UK tax law to keep your basic personal information (name, address, contact details) for a minimum of 7 years after which time it will be destroyed. Data collected via Google Analytics is retained for 38 months. 


  1. CMALT is a registered trademark (UK00002374461) held by ALT. In accordance with the regulations governing the use of collective trademarks, ALT is required to keep a register of Certified Members for public inspection. 


  1. If you use this site to send ALT personal information, ALT will not sell your details to anyone. We will not give your details to any third party without your agreement unless the third party is contracted by us to provide services that are part of the overall ALT service offering. Any organisation we have contracted to provide data processing services has access to ALT personal information and has warranted that to the extent it processes any personal information on behalf of ALT it:
    1. shall act only on instructions from us as the data controller; and
    2. has in place appropriate technical and organisational security measures against unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal information and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal information.


  1. Membership of ALT includes a number of rights and entitlements, including access to JiscMail mailing lists. By becoming, or having, an ALT Membership you permit us to provide your name and email address to JiscMail. Your inclusion on JiscMail lists is covered by the JiscMail Service Policies. You can manage your subscription and unsubscribe at any time. If you post messages to JiscMail, be aware that any personal information you share within your email (email address, name and signature information) may be visible to others. Your email will continue to be subscribed to the mailing list until you contact us, or JiscMail Helpline to remove your details. Any email messages you post to the mailing list will remain in the mailing list web-accessible private archives, until you ask ALT, or JiscMail helpline to remove these.  


  1. ALT is a Google Workspace  for Education user and as such there may be transfers of the personal information outwith the EU as part of the services offered by Google including email and productivity tools such as Google Documents and Google Sheets. Use of these services is covered by the Google Workspace for Education Privacy Notice with amendments for Data Processing Amendment to G Suite and/or Complementary Product (e.g. Cloud Identity) Agreement (this includes clauses for “Alternative Transfer Solution” for example the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield) and EU Model Contract Clauses for G Suite


  1. This site is not itself equipped to collect or store credit or debit card details. Instead this process is handled on our behalf by PayPal Inc., whose services are covered by PayPal Inc.'s  Privacy Policies.


  1. Our web-hosting company and Google Analytics has the facility to monitor and record connections to and from the ALT website. The monitoring data that our ISP collects includes browser type, domain names, traffic volumes, temporal data, IP information, and data posted from web-forms, other than from forms provided to us by PayPal Inc. If you use the “Do Not Track” feature in your web browser your data will not be sent to Google Analytics. 


  1. We use cookies on some parts of the site for the following purposes in accordance with our Cookies policy:
    1. Our content management system, Drupal, uses cookies for the purposes of authentication, and which persist for less than two months. Our membership management system, CiviCRM, uses session-based cookies that do not persist
    2. If a user submits a comment to the site and ticks the "Remember me" option their email address will be stored in a cookie for one year.
    3. We use Google Analytics which places cookies on this site.
    4. On some websites we use social sharing widgets which include third party tracking.


  1. If you submit a proposal for a conference or event, we use Oxford Abstracts to manage the submission and review process. Use of Oxford Abstracts is covered by Oxford Abtract's Privacy policy.


  1. If you register for an event, your name, email address, job title and affiliation may be shared with the event host and/or organisers to support the planning and organisation of the event and enable communication prior to and after the event.


  1. If you attend or present at one of our in-person events, your name may be shared with the host venue, caterers and/or organiser. ALT will only share personal information where that data is required to organise or deliver the event. For example, to enable access to a venue. ​​​​​​​


  1. If you attend or present at one of our online events, you may interact with these services:
    1. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is used to deliver online events and webinars. You will be invited to enter a display name and profile photo. Your display name and profile photo will always be visible to others. If you enable a camera, microphone or share content, your audio, video and content will be visible to others. If a session is recorded, your display name, profile photo and, if enabled, audio, video and content you share will be recorded. Chat messages posted in the ‘Everyone’ channel will also be recorded. Recordings may be made available to the public on YouTube. Use of Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is covered by the Blackboard Privacy Statement.
    2. Discord is used to provide event delegates with a space to network and connect with one another through text, voice and video chat. Use of Discord is optional and is covered by the Discord Privacy Policy.
    3. YouTube Live is used to broadcast sessions and enable delegates to ask questions in YouTube chat. Broadcasted sessions, including the presenters names and images, profile names and chat messages are available to the public. Use of YouTube Live is covered by Google’s Privacy and Terms.
    4. StreamYard is used by event presenters to live stream their sessions. Use of StreamYard is covered by StreamYard’s Privacy Policy.
    5. Other services provided by third-parties to facilitate event activities, e.g. polling/voting technologies, or services/platforms presented or demonstrated by the event organisers or presenters. For example, a presenter may demonstrate or ask delegates to interact with a third-party service/platform they have used in their work.
  2. If you visit and/or submit your email address to receive email updates about OER2024, that is covered by Wix Privacy Policy.
  3. In case of queries please contact us.