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Privacy Policy

This statement informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information when you use the Liverpool Telescope (LT). We will not use or share your information with anyone except as described in this Privacy Policy.

Liverpool John Moores University deals with all personal information in a responsible manner that respects personal privacy. The University is registered as a Data Controller with the office of the Information Commissioner as required under the Data Protection Act 1998. The University will only process personal data in accordance with the UK Data Protection Act and the EU General Data protection Regulation. The University policy can be found online at https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/about-us/data-protection

While using our service, we require you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you, including your name, contact address and professional affiliation. We use these details exclusively for providing and improving the Liverpool Telescope service, specifically to administer the peer reviewed time allocation process, notify you about the progress of your observing request, request your input on operational plans of the observatory and publish anonymised statistics about telescope usage. By using the service, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this policy. Provision of your contact details is necessary for the operation of your observing request and is mandatory.

Since telescope data products are periodically updated, your contact details are stored indefinitely enabling us to notify you when future data become available for your use.

Data We Share With Other Organisations

Applications to use the telescope containing name, contact address and professional affiliation are shared with the funding agencies who provide the telescope access. Data are only passed to those astrophysical research and funding organisations under whose auspices the application was made. The LT science archive and web site publicly contain the names only of all past and current telescope users.

Log Data

We collect information that your browser sends whenever you visit our service. These Log Data may include information such as your computer's Internet Protocol address, browser type, browser version, the pages of our service that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages and other statistics.


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The security of your Personal Information is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Your Rights

You have the right to request access to personal data relating to you, the rectification or erasure of such data and the right to object to our use of the data. Please contact the university Data Protection Officer (https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/about-us/data-protection) for any further information. You also have the right to complain to the Supervisory Authority (ICO at ico.org.uk) about our data processing activities. Section 10 of the UK Data Protection Act 1998 gives you the right to send a notice to LJMU requiring the University to stop processing your personal data. Similar provisions exist in the EU General Data Protection Regulation. We will comply with any such request which may mean we will no longer be able to provide you the observatory service except as an unregistered anonymous user, as is available to anyone via the web site.

National Schools' Observatory

The guidelines laid out here relate only to this web site (http://telescope.livjm.ac.uk/) and users applying directly to the Liverpool Telescope. We do not administer user accounts, collect or hold any personal or identifying data about users of the National Schools' Observatory. For more details please see the NSO privacy policy.

Changes To This Privacy Policy

We may update our privacy policy from time to time. We will notify you of any changes by posting the new privacy policy on this page.

Updated: 2017-05-31