Privacy and Cookie Use Statement of ACORN

Information about our organisation and website

Information and communication technologies play a fundamental role in the activities of an organisation like ACORN. We are based in the UK.

Our privacy policy covers ACORN’s websites:


 Organisation name:  ACORN
 Address:  Granta Park, Great Abington
 City:  Cambridge, CB21 6AL
 Country:  UK
 Controller:  The Data Controller
 ICO Registration:  Z5611956


This privacy and cookie use policy explains how we use any personal information we collect about you when you use these websites.

Anonymous Access
You can access our websites' home pages and browse much of our site without disclosing your personal information.

Other websites
Our websites include links to external websites and a link to:


  • Barclays Bank secure payment system
  • RBS WorldPay secure payment system


Such third party web service providers may collect personal information about our visitors. This privacy and cookie use policy only applies to these websites so when you link to other websites you should read their own privacy and cookie use policies.




A cookieis a small amount of data which is sent to your browser from a website's computer and is stored on your device's hard drive.  These pieces of information are used to improve services for you.


What we do use cookies for


  • ensuring the websites work as you’d expect
  • enabling a service to recognise your device with your permission so you don’t have to give the same information several times during one task
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t need to do it for every web page requested anonymously measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there’s enough capacity to ensure they are fast
  • allowing you to share pages with social networking sites such as Facebook and ACORNtter
  • personalising our site to you to help you get what you need faster.


What we do not use cookies for


  • collecting personally identifiable information unless you have given your express permission and consent
  • collecting personally sensitive information unless you have given your express permission and consent
  • pass data onto third party advertising networks
  • pass personally identifiable data onto third parties
  • paying sales commissions or trading in your personal and web session data.


Cookie notice for users


By continuing to use our websites, you are agreeing with us that we can place the types of cookies as described on your device.


If you do not agree with the use of cookies as described in this section, please follow the steps for controlling and deleting cookies provided in 'How to control and delete cookies' below and navigate away from our website.


Cookies set by us for improving our service to you


How to control and delete cookies


Most web browsers automatically accept cookies but you do not have to accept cookies and you can, should you choose at any time, reject or block the use of cookies and delete all cookies stored on your device.


ACORN does not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you. We use them to help us provide you with a better service. However, if you wish to restrict or block any cookies you can do this through your browser settings. The Help function within your browser should tell you how.


For example, this is how it can be achieved in Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0:


  • Press the ‘F1’ key
  • The Help function appears. Type in ‘cookie’ in the Help search box and follow the instructions


You can also delete cookies in Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 by:


  • Selecting 'Tools/Internet Options'
  • Clicking on 'Delete' in the Browsing History section
  • Then select 'delete cookies'.


In addition to this, options to accept, block, or require notification for the use of cookies are found under:


  • 'Tools/Internet Options/Privacy/Advanced'.


Please be aware however that if you choose to block cookies you may not be able to access certain features of this web site. For rejecting and deleting cookies on other web browsing platforms and mobile devices you may need to refer to your software or device manual.


AboutCookies.orgor www.allaboutcookies.orgare independent sites which offers a guide to the use of cookies online. You can find more general information about how to delete and control cookies through your browser at these sites. Please note that ACORN is not responsible for the content of third party website sites but has provided these links in good faith to help you make an informed decision about your online privacy and cookie settings.


It may be that your concerns about cookies are related to malicious spyware. Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive.


Collection, use and security of your personal information


What information do we collect about you and how do we use it?
We collect personal information that you may volunteer while using our services.

We do not collect personal information about our visitors from other sources, such as public records or bodies, or private organisations.

We do not collect or use personal data for any purpose other than that indicated in the table below.

If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, we shall offer you the means to consent to this new purpose, by indicating in a check box at the point on the site where personal information is collected. Alternatively we will notify of our intentions to use your personal information for a different purpose from which it was originally collected and give you an opportunity to agree or disagree with this change.

We do not disclose our visitors’ personal information to third parties but may pass relevant anonymous data to appropriate project partners or, in the case of examination candidates, to the appropriate certifying body.

How do we secure your information?
We do not give visitors to our websites the option of using a secure transmission method to send us their personal data other than where the Barclays / RBS WorldPay secure server is used for e-commerce transactions.

We have implemented security polices, rules and technical measures to protect the personal information that we have under our control from:


  • unauthorised access
  • improper use or disclosure
  • unauthorised modification
  • unlawful destruction or accidental loss


All our employees and data processors, who have access to, and are associated with, the processing of personal information, are obliged to respect the confidentiality of our visitors’ personal information.

We ensure that your personal data will not be disclosed to State institutions and authorities except if required by law or other regulation.

Access to your information and correction
You have the right to request a copy of the information that we hold about you. If you would like a copy of some or all of your personal information, you can contact us by:



We will provide you with a readable copy of the personal data which we keep about you within 40 days, although we may require you to provide proof of your identity before we disclose your personal data. We may charge up to £10 for this.

We want to make sure that your personal information is accurate and up to date. You may ask us to correct or remove personal information that we hold on you which you think is inaccurate.

Privacy and cookie use compliance
Our privacy and cookie use policy complies with the following UK instruments and their amendments:


  • Data Protection Act 1998
  • Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003


Changes to our privacy and cookie use policy
We keep our privacy and cookie use policy under regular review and we will place any updates on this webpage. This privacy and cookie use policy was last updated on 23 July 2013.

How to contact us
If you have an enquiry or concern about our privacy and cookie use policy, please contact:


 Name / designation:  Data Controller
 Address:  Granta Park, Great Abington, Cambridge, CB21 6AL, UK
 Phone number:  +44 (0)1223 899000
 Fax number:  01223 892588
 Email address:


Table of personal data collected and purposes for which they are used


Primary personal data / Business information

X = Volunteered by each visitor


Primary personal data  Technical administration
of the website
Research and development Customer Administration Marketing  Trading in personal data  Contact from ACORN 
Name     X X    
Address     X X    
Email address X   X X    
Phone / fax number     X X    
Membership status X   X X    




Business Information Technical administration
of the website
Research and development Customer Administration  Marketing  Trading in personal data  Contact from ACORN staff 
Employer / Organisation X   X X    
Job title            
Address     X X    
Email address     X X   X
Phone / Fax number     X     X
Number of employees     X X    
Industry sectors most closely affiliated with     X X    
ACORN technologies of interest     X X    
ACORN services and products of most interest     X X    




X = Volunteered by each visitor


Business Information Technical administration
of the website
Research and development Customer Administration  Marketing  Trading in personal data  Contact from ACORN staff 
Online identifiers X   X      
Financial identifiers            
Identifiers assigned by Public Bodies            
Biometrics identifiers