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Privacy Notice

Biggar Science Festival


1.      Who are we?

2.     What Data we do collect?

3.     What Data we do not collect?

4.     What do we do with the Data we collect?

5.     Retention period for personal data

6.     Cookies on our website

7.     Complaint

8.     Review of this privacy notice

9.     Communicating with us


1. Who are we?


This privacy notice is issued by, and applies to, Biggar Science Festival and the website It outlines how we and our website comply with the General Data Protection Regulation 2018.

We are a constituted, not for profit group with the express aim to inform, entertain, inspire, engage, and excite people of all ages, genders and backgrounds in the wonder of all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).


If you do not agree to this notice you may wish to cease viewing / using this website, and/or refrain from submitting your personal data to us. By visiting the website, you are accepting and agreeing to all aspects of this privacy notice.


This privacy notice is designed to inform you about how we collect and process any information that we collect from you, or that you provide to us. It covers information that could identify you (“personal information”) and information that, on its own, may not. In the context of the law and this notice, “process” means collect, store, transfer, use or otherwise act on information. It tells you about your privacy rights and how the law protects you.


We value the support given to our organisation and are committed to protecting your privacy and the confidentiality of your personal information, not just from a legal perspective but also as an inherent aspect of our core values.


We undertake to preserve the confidentiality of all information you provide to us and expect that you reciprocate. Our policy complies with the Data Protection Act 2018 (Act) accordingly incorporating the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).



The law requires us to tell you about your rights and our obligations to you in regard to the processing and control of your personal data. We do this now, by requesting that you read the information provided at


This privacy notice has been compiled in order to comply with the law of the EU and The United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland. If you think it fails to satisfy the law of your jurisdiction, we should like to hear from you. However, ultimately it is your choice to engage with us or use our website.


Except as set out below, we do not share, or sell, or disclose to a third party, any information collected through our website.


2. What Data we do collect?


We may, through our website, collect, use, store and transfer different kinds of personal data about you.


We have collated these into groups as follows:


  • Your identity includes information such as first name, last name, title, date of birth, and other identifiers that you may have provided at some time.

  • Your contact information includes information such as billing address, delivery address, email address, telephone numbers and any other information you have given to us for the purpose of communication or meeting.

  • Your financial data includes information such as your bank account and payment card details.

  • Transaction data includes details about payments or communications to and from you and information about products and services you have purchased from us.

  • Technical data includes your internet protocol (IP) address, browser type and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform and other technology on the devices you use to access this website.

  • Marketing data includes your preferences in receiving marketing from us; communication preferences; responses and actions in relation to your use of our services.


We may aggregate anonymous data, such as statistical or demographic data, for our own internal purposes such as monitoring the demographic of people attending our events. Anonymous data is data that does not identify you as an individual. Aggregated data may be derived from your personal data but is not considered personal information in law because it does not reveal your identity. For example, we may aggregate profile data to assess interest in a product or service we offer.


If, at any time, we combine or connect aggregated data with your personal information so that it can identify you in any way, we treat the combined data as personal information and it will be used in accordance with this privacy notice.


3. What Data we do not collect?


GDPR classifies Special Categories of personal information. This is data about your race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sex life, sexual orientation, political opinions, trade union membership, information about your health and genetic and biometric data. It also includes information about criminal convictions and offences. We do not collect, record or process any special categories of personal information about you.


3.1 What If you do not provide the personal information we need?


Where we need to collect personal data by law, or under the terms of a contract we have with you, and you fail to provide that data when requested, we may not be able to perform that contract. In that case, we may have to stop providing a service to you. If so, we will notify you of this at the time.


4. What do we do with the Data we collect?


We are required to determine under which of six defined legal bases we process different categories of your personal information, and to notify you of the basis for each category. If a basis on which we process your personal information is no longer relevant, then we shall immediately stop processing your data. If the basis changes then if required by law we shall notify you of the change and of any new basis under which we have determined that we can continue to process your information.


4.1 Information we process because we have a contractual obligation with you –


When you use our website, buy a service from us, or otherwise agree to our terms and conditions, a contract is formed between you and us. Contract is therefore our legal basis under these circumstances.


In order to carry out our obligations under that contract we must process the information you give us. Some of this information may be personal information.


We may use it in order to: -


  • provide you with our services

  • communicate with you

  • provide you with suggestions and advice on products, services and how to obtain the most from using our website


We process this information on the basis there is a contract between us, or that you have requested we process the information before we enter into a legal contract.


We shall continue to process this information until the contract between us ends or is terminated by either party under the terms of the contract.


4.2 Information we process with your consent –


We ask for your consent for marketing purposes and when using cookies on our website. You are free to withdraw your consent at any time by following the “unsubscribe” link in our e-mails.


If you have given us explicit permission to do so, we may from time to time pass your name and contact information to selected associates whom we consider may provide services or products you would find useful.


We continue to process your information on this basis until you withdraw your consent or it can be reasonably assumed that your consent no longer exists.



4.3 Information we process in order to manage, operate and control our activities –


When there is no contractual relationship between us, such as when you browse our website or ask us to provide you with more information about our organisation, including our products and services.

Where we establish business management practices e.g. implementing a CRM system or creating a database to support the efficient and effective operation of our activities, we will process personal information using legitimate business interest as the legal basis.


4.4 Personal Data of Minors –


We do not sell products or provide services for purchase by children or those under 16, nor do we directly market to children. If you are under 16, you may use our website only with consent from a parent or guardian. We collect data about all users of and visitors to these areas regardless of age, and we anticipate that some of those users and visitors will be children. Such child users and visitors will inevitably visit other parts of the site and will be subject to whatever on-site marketing they find, wherever they visit.


You may withdraw your consent at any time by instructing us via our contact details below. However, if you do so, you may not be able to use our website or our services further.


4.5     Personal data at our events/Festivals


We collect/process personal data of attendees to our events/festivals in order to efficiently manage our activities on the day and in the future.

We may also take photographs and/or video images. You may exercise your right not to have your image used, or have it anonymised. Please see the notices on display or make your view known to one of our official representatives.

5. Retention period for personal data


Except as otherwise mentioned in this privacy notice, we keep your personal information for a maximum of 5 (five) years or, if different, as long as is legally required by us:


  • To provide you with the services you have requested;

  • To comply with other law, including for the period demanded by our tax authorities;

  • To support a claim or defence in court.

6. Cookies on our website?


Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer's hard drive by your web browser when you visit any website. They allow information gathered on one web page to be stored until it is needed for use on another, allowing a website to provide you with a personalised experience and the website owner with statistics about how you use the website so that it can be improved.


Some cookies may last for a defined period of time, such as one day or until you close your browser, others last indefinitely.


Your web browser should allow you to delete any you choose. It also should allow you to prevent or limit their use (see below).


Our website uses cookies. They are placed by software that operates on our web providers’ servers, and by software operated by third parties whose services we use.


We use cookies in the following ways:

  • To track how you use our website

  • To record whether you have seen specific messages we display on our website


Our Festival website is hosted on the Wix platform. provides us with the online platform that allows us to display and market our services to you. Your data may be stored through Wix’s data storage, databases and the general cookie applications. They store your data on secure servers behind a firewall. Further details relating to this platform can be found via:


You can change cookie settings you accept. The way you do this varies depending on the browser you are using. Follow these links for some of the most commonly-used browsers: - the following links explain how to access cookie settings in various browsers:

Cookie settings in Firefox

Cookie settings in Internet Explorer

Cookie settings in Google Chrome

Cookie settings in Safari (OS X)

Cookie settings in Safari (iOS)

Cookie settings in Android

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit this link: -


Our website may contain links to other websites run by other organisations. This privacy notice applies only to our website‚ so we encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit. We cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of other sites even if you access them using links from our website.


In addition, if you linked to our website from a third-party site, we cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of the owners and operators of that third-party site and recommend that you check the policy of that third-party site.


7. Complaints


If you wish to complain about any of the content on our website please write to us clearly explaining your concerns to the address below: We shall investigate your comments and if we feel it is justified or if we believe the law requires us to do so, we shall remove the content while we investigate.


Free speech is a fundamental right, so we have to make a judgment as to whose right will be obstructed: yours, or that of the person who posted the content that offends you.


If we think your complaint is vexatious or without any basis, we shall not correspond with you about it.


When we receive a complaint, we record all the information you have given to us. We use that information to resolve your complaint.


If your complaint reasonably requires us to contact some other person, we may decide to give to that other person some of the information contained in your complaint. We do this as infrequently as possible, but it is a matter for our sole discretion as to whether we do give information, and if we do, what that information is.


We may also compile statistics showing information obtained from this source to assess the level of service we provide, but not in a way that could identify you or any other person.



If you are not happy with our privacy notice or policies or if you have any questions or feel a complaint is warranted, then please contact us.


If a dispute is not able to be settled by us, we expect all parties to attempt to resolve it by engaging, in good faith, in a process of mediation or arbitration.


If you are in any way dissatisfied about how we process your personal information, you have a right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

This can be done at.


Or in writing to the ICO at the appropriate office address - See -


We would expect that you contact us in the first instance to secure a resolution before contacting the ICO.


8. Review of this privacy notice


We reserve the right to modify this privacy notice at any time, so please check it frequently. Changes and clarifications will take effect immediately upon their posting on the website. If we make material changes to this notice, we will notify you here that it has been updated, so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we use and/or disclose it.


9. Communicating with us


When you contact us, whether by telephone, through our website, social media or by e-mail, we collect the data you have given to us in order to reply with the information you need.


We record your request and our reply in order to increase the efficiency of our business.


We keep personally identifiable information associated with your message, such as your name and email address so as to be able to track our communications with you to provide a high-quality service.


If you have any questions relating to this privacy policy, or the information we hold about you, please contact us via our e-mail address: -

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