Coloring Beirut Privacy Policy

This privacy policy explains how Coloring Beirut uses the personal data we collect from you when you use our website. Coloring Beirut is a research project developed by the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at UCL. Coloring Beirut is registered for data protection purposes with the AUB data protection office.

What data do we collect?

Coloring Beirut collects the following personal data:

A username and email address. We recommend you do not use your actual name for your username. We also collect your password, which is stored as a cryptographic hash unique to Coloring Beirut.

How do we collect your data?

You provide Coloring Beirut with a minimal amount of personal data when you register with the website and accepts the terms and conditions including this privacy policy.

What purposes do we use your data?

Coloring Beirut uses your personal data to enable you to login to access and contribute to the Coloring Beirut project and to provide a personalised user experience when you are logged in. We will not share your personal data (such as your email address) with any other parties or use your personal data for any purposes other than the Coloring Beirut project.

What is the legal basis for processing your data?

Data protection laws require us to meet certain conditions before we are allowed to use your data in the manner described in this notice, including having a ‘legal basis’ for the processing. Coloring Beirut, as a research project, is processing your personal data in pursuance of performing a task in the public interest.

How do we use cookies?

Coloring Beirut only uses cookies to improve the user experience of users of the website, for example we use cookies to keep you signed in. We do not use cookies for marketing or advertising purposes.

What are your data protection rights?

Under the General Data Protection Regulation, you have certain individual rights in relation to the personal information we hold about you. For the purposes of research where such individual rights would seriously impair research outcomes, such rights are limited. However, subject to certain conditions, you have the following rights in relation to your personal data:

  • A right to access personal data held by us about you.
  • A right to require us to rectify any inaccurate personal data held by us about you.
  • A right to require us to erase personal data held by us about you. This right will only apply where, for example, we no longer need to use the personal data to achieve the purpose we collected it for.
  • A right to restrict our processing of personal data held by us about you. This right will only apply where, for example, you dispute the accuracy of the personal data held by us; or where you would have the right to require us to erase the personal data but would prefer that our processing is restricted instead; or where we no longer need to use the personal data to achieve the purpose we collected it for, but we require the data for the purposes of dealing with legal claims.
  • A right to receive personal data, which you have provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format. You also have the right to require us to transfer this personal data to another organisation.
  • A right to object to our processing of personal data held by us about you.
  • A right to withdraw your consent, where we are relying on it to use your personal data.
  • A right to ask us not to use information about you in a way that allows computers to make decisions about you and ask us to stop.

It is important to understand that the extent to which these rights apply to research will vary and that in some circumstances your rights may be restricted. If you notify us (using the contact details set out below) that you wish to exercise any of the above rights and it is considered necessary to refuse to comply with any of your individual rights, you will be informed of the decision within one month and you also have the right to complain about our decision to the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Please also note that we can only comply with a request to exercise your rights during the period for which we hold personal information about you. If that information has been irreversibly anonymised and has become part of the research data set, it will no longer be possible for us to access your personal information.