1. Statement of intent From time to time, you will be asked to submit personal information about yourself (eg name and email address etc) in order to receive or use services on our website. Such services include newsletters and competitions, live chats and message boards and personalised services such as "my BBC" and "Alert Email".
By entering your details in the fields requested, you enable BBCi to provide you with the services you select. Whenever you provide such personal information, we will treat that information in accordance with this policy. Our services are designed to give you the information that you want to receive. The BBC will act in accordance with current legislation and aim to meet current Internet best practice. [Top]
Any information that is supplied by cookies can help us to provide you with a better service and assists us to analyse the profile of our visitors. For example: if on a previous visit you went to, say, the education pages, then we might find this out from your cookie and highlight educational information on a second visit. [Top]
3. What is a cookie? When you enter a site your computer will automatically be issued with a cookie. Cookies are text files that identify your computer to our server. Cookies in themselves do not identify the individual user, just the computer used. Many sites do this whenever a user visits their site in order to track traffic flows.
Cookies themselves only record those areas of the site that have been visited by the computer in question, and for how long. Users have the opportunity to set their computers to accept all cookies, to notify them when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time. The last of these, of course, means that certain personalised services cannot then be provided to that user.
NB: Even if you haven't set your computer to reject cookies you can still browse our site anonymously until such time as you register for BBCi services. [Top]
4. Submitting personal information When you supply any personal information to BBCi (eg for competitions, chats or the BBC's personalised services) we have legal obligations towards you in the way we deal with that data. We must collect the information fairly (see the notices on particular webpages that let you know why we are requesting the information); we must let you know how we will use it; and we must tell you in advance if we decide to pass the information on to anyone else. We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as you use the service you have requested, and remove it in the event that the purpose has been met, or, in the case of a personalised service, such as "my BBC", you no longer wish to continue your registration as a personalised user. Where personal information is held for people who are not yet registered but have taken part in other BBCi services (eg competitions), that information will be held only as long as necessary to ensure that the service is run smoothly. We will ensure that all personal information supplied is held securely, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. [Top]
5. Access to your personal information You have the right to request a copy of the personal information the BBC holds about you and to have any inaccuracies corrected. (We charge £10 for information requests.) Please address requests to the Data Protection Officer (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). [Top]
6. Direct marketing and user surveys As BBCi's services expand, there will be more opportunities to enhance the services provided to you. From time to time we may send you details of other BBC services and products that may be of interest to you and offer you the opportunity to subscribe to them. We may also offer you the opportunity to participate in surveys, carried out by the BBC or its agents, that help our research into the types of service we offer. The BBC will keep a record of information provided by you. Please note that any information you provide to the BBC will only be used within the BBC. It will never be supplied to third parties without first obtaining your consent unless we are obliged by law to disclose information. [Top]
7. Users under 18 If you are under 18, please get your parent/guardian's permission beforehand whenever you provide personal information to the BBC's website. Users without this consent are not allowed to provide us with personal information. [Top]
8. How to find and control your cookies
If you're using Netscape 6.0 : On your Task Bar, click: 1. Edit, then 2. Preferences 3. Click on Advanced 4. Click on Cookies 5. Click the View Cookies button If you're using Internet Explorer 5.0 : 1. Choose Tools, then 2. Internet Options 3. Click the General tab 4. Click Settings 5. View Files If you're using Internet Explorer 4.0 : On your Task Bar, click: 1. View, then 2. Internet Options 3. Under the tab General (the default tab) click 4. Settings 5. View Files. Internet Explorer 3.0 : On your Task Bar, click: 1. View 2. Options 3. Advanced 4. View Files. Netscape Communicator 4.0 : Netscape bundles all cookies into one file on your hard drive. You'll need to find the file, which it calls Cookie.txt on Windows machines. [Top]
10. How to see your cookie code Just click on a cookie to open it. You'll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie. [Top]