Privacy Policy

Privacy and Data Protection

Your right to privacy is important to us. 

As an opportunities platform, we collect data from everyone who uses the platform to ensure that we are able to match the right opportunities with suitable experts.

The following guidelines are provided to explain how we collect and use information about you so that you can make an informed choice about using our website. 

1. Data protection

As a platform developed by LSE Research and Innovation, OppsLink complies with the data protection rules followed by London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and therefore commits to holding your personal data securely in accordance with the Data Protection legislation. Our privacy policy aligns with the current UK Data Protection Act 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR). 

2. Data Collection and Use

2.1 Data Collection 

We collect and store your personal data once you sign up to the platform which asks you to agree to our Terms and Conditions. Your personal information may be captured through web-based forms for feedback, registration, requests, etc. In using our website we may collect and process the following data about you. This may be used for research and marketing purposes: 

  1. Details of your visits to our platform and the resources that you access, including, but not limited to, traffic data, location data, and other communication data. 
  2. Information that you provide on our website forms. 
  3. Information provided when you communicate with us through subscription for alerts or any other form of communication. 

OppsLink will hold your personal data securely in accordance with the Data Protection legislation, under which it is fully registered. 

2.2. Use of Data 

In order to best service you, the information we collect and store in relation to your use of our website enables us to optimise the user’s platform experience. Additionally, we may use the information for the following purposes: 

  1. To provide you with information on opportunities which we feel may be of interest to you, where you have consented to receive such information. 
  2. To enable you to receive information from other branches such as LSE Research Support, LSE Consulting, LSE Innovation or from the London School of Economics and Political Science. 
  3. To meet our contractual commitments to you. 
  4. To notify you about any changes to our website, such as improvements or service/product changes, that may affect our service. 
2.3 Note on Commercial Clients  

If you are registering with us as a commercial client we may ask you to provide us with the following personal information, which includes: Company Name, Company Address, Contact Person, Email, Telephone Number, Bank Details, VAT, Registration Number. We will use your data to administer our contracted duties with you. This includes processing payments (where applicable), contacting you and ensuring that both parties satisfy any legal obligation that we are party to. 

3. Data Processors

As an opportunities platform, OppsLink may communicate with third-party/client websites that use data processors for their own operations. OppsLink may also use data processors for communication and marketing purposes such as Surveymonkey, Mailchimp, Google, LSE. We will keep this section updated as and when we make additions to our list of processors. 

4. Cookies

4.1 Introduction to Cookies 

Cookies are small text files that store information on your computer or smart device when you access our website. Cookies allow us to recognise your device when you visit our website and they enable us to store certain information about your preferences. Cookies make it easier for you to maintain your preferences and help us customise the website. 

4.2 Use 

We use cookies to securely identify your account, keep you signed in, and improve our service. There are several types of cookies. For more information, please visit the following dedicated webpage for cookies created by LSE: 

4.3 Managing Cookies 

You can, should you choose to, disable the cookies from your browser and delete all cookies currently stored on your computer or smart device. 

You can use your website browser to: 

  • Delete all cookies 
  • Block all cookies 
  • Allow all cookies 
  • Block third-party cookies 
  • Clear all cookies when you close the browser 
  • Open a 'private browsing' / 'incognito' session (allows you to browse the internet without storing local data) 
  • Install add-ons and plug-ins to extend browser functionality, for example Google have created a Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-On for Chrome. If you use another browser, please visit the browser developer website for guidance and instructions on managing your cookies 

5. Third Party Links

As an opportunities platform, you may find links to third-party websites on our platform. These websites should have their own privacy policies which you should check. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for their policies whatsoever as we have no control over them.