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Privacy Policy

Who Are We?

We are Preproom.org and we operate five websites from the UK that provide free support and resources for UK school and FE technicians:

www.preproom.org - our main website with several thousand pages of content including science practicals, links, tutorials and other resources. We also allow people to sign up to our monthly newsletter from this site. This site was launched in 2007.

community.preproom.org - is a community website that uses XenForo software to provide community forums for UK school and FE science technicians. This site was launched in 2015.

www.techognition.org - this is a campaign website that was launched in 2018 to celebrate the diverse range of duties that school and FE technicians undertake on a daily basis.

community.technicalchampions.org - is a community website that uses XenForo software to provide community forums for UK school and FE technicians. This site was launched in 2021.

www.technicalchampions.org - this site is under construction and is due to be launched later in 2021.

Data We Collect

Due to the nature of the sites we operate, we do collect and hold some personal data but we only use it for the purposes you have agreed to and we will never pass your information on to others.

Monthly Newsletter

We send out a monthly email newsletter to several thousand technicians each month. On our newsletter sign up form we ask for the minimal amount of information required which is just your email address. Users can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link provided in the newsletter or by emailing us at support@preproom.org. This mailing list is primarily used for our monthly newsletter but occasionally we may send those on the mailing list relevant information in relation to our websites.

From September 2018 we introduced a new feature in the neweletter called Technician Spotlight. Technicians are invited to complete this form if they wish to take part. We will use the information supplied for this feature only.

Community Sites

When joining our community sites, users are required to fill out a short registration form. The minimum personal information that our forum software requires is an email address. This is stored securely on our server. Members can personalise their profiles as they see fit but we advise that they use an anonymous username and refrain from entering personal information in posts such as contact details.

We moderate the community sites on a daily basis to make sure they are being used correctly. Any abuse of our community terms and rules will result in termination of the account.

If a user wishes to close their community account(s) they can email support@preproom.org. To maintain the integrity of the forums we can only anonymise forum data but by doing so the user is no longer identifiable.

Our forum software also collects IP addresses. This is standard in most forum software and it allows us to ban users who may be using the forum inappropriately.

Techognition

During our yearly #TECHOGNITION events, technicians are encouraged to upload photos to the https://techognition.org site. The copyright of the images remains with the submitter and we will remove any images on request (email support@preproom.org). We may also run prize draws and giveaways during our events. We retain contact details of image owners so we can identify the owner and so we can notify the winners and post their prize.

We also encourage users to subscribe to a #TECHOGNITION mailing list for future updates on the event and other related activity. Users can unsubscribe from this mailing list at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link provided in the emails sent or emailing us at support@preproom.org.

Please refer to the #TECHOGNITION terms and conditions for more information.

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics on all of our sites. This is a widely used service that allows us to anonymously monitor how our sites are being used.

Cookies

All of our sites use cookies to provide essential functionality and user tracking. More information can be found about the cookies we use on our Cookie Policy.

Access to Your Personal Information

You are entitled to view, amend or delete any of your personal information that we hold. Email your request to our Data Controller at admin@preproom.org and we will deal with your request promptly and with full cooperation.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We may change this privacy policy from time to time without notice.

This policy was last updated on 03/06/2021.