Macquarie University’s Privacy Policy applies to any personal information that you submit during registration or that is collected about you or shared by you at any time as a result of your registration with and use of Big History School.

1. Cookies

Your Internet browser has the in-built facility for storing small files (called “cookies”) that hold information which allows a website to recognise your account. Cookies enable us to identify your device, or you when you have logged in. We use cookies that are strictly necessary to enable you to move around the site or to provide certain basic features. We use cookies to enhance the functionality of the website by storing your preferences, for example. We also use cookies to help us to improve the performance of our website to provide you with a better user experience. We don’t sell the information collected by cookies, nor do we disclose the information to third parties, except where required by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies).

2. Google Analytics

The Big History School website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies,” which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyse how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and Internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

3. Personal Information

We will not release any personal information to third parties. Personal information collected by the Big History School website is stored in operating environments that are not available to the public. While we have mechanisms in place to safeguard your personal information after we receive it, no transmission of data over the internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure.

We may use your personally identifiable information for the purpose of communicating with you about Big History School; to operate, manage, improve and conduct analysis relating to the Big History School website; to provide you with information that we think may be of interest to you; to prevent fraud or abuse, to address technical and security issues and to otherwise protect users; and to improve our Course offerings. We may send you emails about your account. For example, when you register, you may receive a welcome email. If the Big History School website is temporarily unavailable, we may also send you an email notice. If you do not wish to receive these emails, you have the option to cancel your account. We may use non-personally identifiable information for any lawful purpose, including but not limited to operation, management, improvement and analysis of the Big History School website, and to improve our Course offerings.

We keep information for only as long as necessary or as required by law, reducing the risk that it may be mishandled. If we find that we have no further need for your personal information we may archive it in accordance with our record retention obligations, or securely destroy all record of it in a secure manner as appropriate. We may dispose of any information we collect at our discretion without notice, subject to applicable law.