What information do we collect about you and why?
You will receive a unique user ID number and temporary password from your teacher to log-in to the site. This unique ID number is the only information we require from you to take part in the event. Upon registration you can also provide your name, school, and email address. On your profile page is also the option to change your unique ID number and choose your own username. Your real name will not be displayed on the site and only the username you choose will be visible. This username will not be used as contact information. Each young person on the site gets to ask questions, take part in live chat and they get to vote once per voting round. Therefore we need everyone to have their own username. If you have provided your email address we will use this to inform you when your questions have been answered and to tell you the results of the voting rounds. If you object to this please email firstname.lastname@example.org
During the event our computers put a session cookie on your computer. If you block this cookie the site can’t work, so please don’t do that. A session cookie is a small file that identifies who you are. It allows you to vote once, to ask questions and take part in live chat showing the username you choose (we will never put your real name on the site). After you log off the cookie is removed from your computer.
As you use the site we do record some information that could be traced to you. We record how you vote so we can check the evictions are done fairly if necessary. This information NEVER gets released though.
We also record what questions you ask and what you say in Live Chat. We do this so the scientists know who they are talking to, at least they know your username. We also record when you log-in and where you log-in from (your IP address). We log the IP address so that if someone registers on the site claiming to be someone else then we can see where they are logging on from. It also helps us track any technical issues.
That sounds like a lot but it doesn’t get given away and nobody will be able to trace it to you.
How do we use the information?
Anything you put on the site is just linked to the username you chose. Your teacher will have a list of all the unique user ID numbers and we may need to contact your teacher and share this unique user ID with them if you break our house rules or there are concerns over your safety.
Your email address is only used to contact you about the event, to let you know your questions has been answered, to let you know who has been evicted and to ask you for feedback about the event. Whenever we email you there will be an Unsubscribe option at the bottom of the email.
We certainly do NOT share your contact details with anyone else. No companies, no sponsors.
Scientists: The same goes for scientists except that we email you about the event for the following year and other events that we feel you may be interested in. Your email will only be shared with the sponsor and you can always unsubscribe. Your mobile phone number will NOT be used after the event has finished.