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Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy is related to personally identifiable data that is shared through the forum we maintain at https://source.nodebb.com/, as well as to the personal information that we collect and process with regards to our training course “Leader of Innovation Fellowship”. It outlines the rights you have regarding the personal data you share with us.

When we adopted this Privacy Policy, we took into account the principles and requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The Regulation was adopted by the European Union and entered into force on 25.05.2018.

GDPR is a legal framework that requires businesses to protect the personal data of European Union citizens. It represents a set of principles and rules that guarantee greater rights for citizens, such as the right to access for the purposes of processing personal data, the right to be forgotten, the transfer of data to other companies and third parties (data portability) and others.

This Privacy Policy may be amended from time to time.

What information do we collect and process?

The information we collect when you register to the forum, we use to provide you certain services i.e. to post and communicate with other users within the forum. Upon registration, we collect the following categories of personal information - email address, username and password.

To add and manage comments in the forum, we use the NodeBB solution which also collects the personal information that you provide.

Your comments are public, thus we kindly ask you not to add personal information and information that you would not want to be publicly shared. To be able to exercise your GDPR rights in connection with the comments you have left, you will need to contact NodeBB - https://nodebb.org/privacy.

Each user can review their rights and consents on their personal "Your Rights & Consent" page, accessible through the NodeBB individual user settings.

For general academic purposes with regards to our training course “Leader of Innovation Fellowship”, at the Royal Academy of Engineering, we also collect and process your personal information when you use our services, when you fill out surveys, when you provide us with information about your projects or when you communicate with us by phone, email and all modern ways of communication.

What information do we collect for all users?

We do not collect personal data for non-registered users of the forum. Users can visit the website of our forum anonymously.

The NodeBB solution may collect users’ identification data without registration (including IP address, device ID, etc.). To be able to exercise your GDPR rights in relation to the collected data, you will need to contact NodeBB - https://nodebb.org/privacy.

What information do you provide us with?

When you register in the forum, you provide us with an email address, username and password.

You also provide us with personal information when you fill out surveys, when you provide us with information about your projects or when you communicate with us by phone, email and all modern ways of communication.

To whom do we provide your data?

The data we collect and store in the use of the forum is not provided to any other person or company (including, but not limited to, for advertising purposes), except when required to provide you with services requested by you and when you have provided your authorization.

The data we collect and store for general academic purposes with regards to our training course “Leader of Innovation Fellowship” is not provided to any other person or company (including, but not limited to, for advertising purposes), except when required to provide you with services requested by you and when you have provided your authorization or in any of the following cases:

  • Such personal data is provided to one of our trusted partners i.e. Royal Academy of Engineering, London; the mentors assigned to our training course and to _________, which uses the personal data for academic assessment and statistical purposes. Our trusted partners, in order to operate with us, follow similar privacy policies based on GDPR.
  • Such personal data is provided, based on a legal ground, if access, use, preservation or disclosure of such data is lawfully required by governmental authorities or officials authorized to request and collect information containing such personal data and in compliance with the applicable statutory deeds; or when submitted to the competent authorities in order to protect Far Star or any data subject in the event of a legal dispute.

Is your personal data available to any third parties?

Your actions in the forum can lead to automated data delivery to our partners. This is done using cookies or other unique identifiers. Such partners, in order to operate with us, follow similar privacy policies based on GDPR.

What data collection tools do we use?

We use cookies. A cookie is a small file containing a sequence of characters that is placed on your computer when you visit a website. When you visit it again, the cookie allows the site to recognize your browser. Cookies can store user preferences and other information. It is often used in combination with a pixel identifier. Cookies may be temporary (session) and permanent. See more at http://www.allaboutcookies.org.

How to disable cookies?

If you do not want to allow cookies at all, or want to use only certain cookies, check out your browser settings. You can use them to withdraw any consent to use at any time, as well as to delete accepted cookies. The Help section of your browser or the www.allaboutcookies.orgwebsite contains detailed information about the cookie denial process for different browsers.

How we protect your personal data?

We restrict access to your personal data by our employees except in cases where there are reasonable grounds for dealing with such data in order to provide you with certain services or in relation to the work performed by such employees.

We have physical and electronic security tools that comply with our legal obligations to protect your personal information.

Is your personal data transferred to other countries?

It is possible for some of our partners to transfer personal informationwhen there is a decision on an adequate level of protection, for example, in the case of the EU-US Privacy Shield.

How long do we store your personal data?

For registered users in the forum, the information is kept for the life of their account or until such time which is required to protect our company and/or other data subjects of legal claims, as well as to respond to statutory inquiries from the competent authorities.

For general academic purposes with regards to our training course “Leader of Innovation Fellowship, the personal information is kept for the time required to ensure the functionality and security of the services provided or until such time which is required to protect our company and/or other data subjects of legal claims, as well as to respond to statutory inquiries from the competent authorities.

What rights do you have with regard to your personal information?

Please note that once you have contacted us, we might need anadditional proof to establish that we provide the requestedinformation to you.

Should you need a correction in your personal data submitted during registration please check the procedure described in your account menu. If you do not find that helpful, do not hesitate to contact us.

We will delete your personal data in the following circumstances:

  • Your personal data is no longer needed for the purposes for which it was collected or otherwise processed.
  • You withdraw your consent on which processing of your personal information is based and no other legal basis for such processing exists - for example, you decide to delete your account.
  • You object to the processing of your personal information and there are no other statutory grounds for such processing that may be taken into consideration.
  • Your personal data has been processed unlawfully.
  • Your personal data must be deleted in order to comply with a legal obligation under EU law or the law of a Member State.

Under certain circumstances, such as if you have doubts about the accuracy of your personal data or have objected to our legitimate groundsfor collection and processing, you may request that we limit the processing of such personal data until a solution is found.

You have the right to receive your personal data which you have provided to us in a structured, widely used and machine readable format and you have the right to transfer such information to a third party when the processing is based on consent or a contractual obligation and processing is done in an automated manner.

If you object to the processing of your personal data, we are obliged to terminate such processing, which will result in the failure to provide some or all of our services. The only basis on which we can proceed is for the purpose of establishing, exercising or protecting legal claims.

You have the right to refuse to be profiled, which has legal consequences for you or in a similar way affects you considerably. If we offer a service that you believe falls within this category, you will be asked in an appropriate way so that you can accept or reject it.

If you believe that your privacy has been violated, you have the right to submit a complaint to the national supervisory authority or to seek legal protection before the relevant competent national court.

Contact information:

"Far Star" EOOD, UIC 204197419, having its seat and registered address at 47 Bacho Kiro Street, Oborishte District, Sofia 1202, Bulgaria, e-mail: lino@source.institute.

Please note that inquiries regarding the exercise of rights of data subjects within the meaning of GDPR sent by post or courier require further confirmation of identity by presenting an identity document by the data subject; inquiries sent by email should  signed with an electronic signature of the data subject.