Privacy Details

TEC Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how the TEC uses and protects any information that you give the TEC when you use the TEC website and web applications.

The TEC is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information when using our website or web applications, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

What we collect

We may collect the following information:

  • name, affiliation and organisation
  • contact information, including email address and telephone number
  • your comments

What we do with the information we gather

We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

  • Internal record keeping.
  • We may use the information to improve our products and services.
  • We may periodically send email announcements about new publications, meetings or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided.
  • In the case of online surveys, the information provided will be used for data analysis
  • We may also use your information to contact you for user research purposes. We may contact you by email, phone, or mail. We may use the information to customise our websites and applications according to your interests.


We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Unfortunately, given the nature of the internet, where new security exploits and flaws are discovered regularly, this does mean that we cannot guarantee 100% security. We do however take every precaution to keep our systems up to date eith the latest security patches.

How we use cookies

A cookie is a small file which helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences. Some web applications may not work properly if you have cookies disabled on your machine.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about webpage traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Controlling your personal information

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law.

You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. A small fee will be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to the IT Director, ODI, 111 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JD, Email:[email protected]

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible, at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.