The Art and Architecture web site is committed to maintaining customer privacy and maintaining the security of the strictly limited amount of personal data which we receive from you. The Art and Architecture web site is committed to responsible data management and subscribes to the principles of data protection legislation in the United Kingdom.
We collect personal information solely to enable site users to take advantage of the following personalisation features on the Art and Architecture web site:
- Create and amend their own Sets of images (Sets feature)
- Send links to pages on this web site to other Internet users (Email-a-link feature)
- Track the pages they have visited (History feature)
- Save searches for future use (Searches feature)
- Contribute to Forums (Forums feature)
- Initiate the process of buying photographic prints of images on the site (Buy this image as print feature)
- Opt to receive an email newsletter form the Art and Architecture web site
- Opt to receive email newsletters from other cultural/heritage organisations based at Somerset House in London.
All these features require the creation of a unique identifier for each user. Therefore, we ask users who wish to take advantage of these features to register with us first. Since a valid email address is by definition unique, we use this to create the identifier for registered users. Email addresses are checked for validity as part of the registration process. At no point is a registered user’s email address displayed on site or made available to other users.
We also ask registering users to provide a password with which to access their personalised site features, and a first name and last name for display in the Forums area of the site. Users are free to choose any first\last name combination they wish.
During registration, users can decide whether they wish to receive an email newsletter and\or notification of events and services provided by the Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, the Gilbert Collection, the Hermitage rooms and other cultural\heritage sector organisations based at Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN. Users can opt in or out of these email services at any time.
All information provided, with the exception of the email address, can be changed at any time by following the Profile link at the top of every page. Users who wish to change their email address are asked to De-register their old email address by following the De-register link at the foot of the Log In page, then register again using their new email address.
All information provided is stored in our database. This information is not available for sale to nor use by any third parties. The information is used solely to provide the personalisation features and services described above.
Registered users can buy photographic prints of images on the web site. This service is provided by our partner PhotoBox. When a registered user chooses to buy a print, an account is created for them on the PhotoBox web site, using only the email address and password already provided during registration on the Art and Architecture site. All further details required to complete the transaction, including details of card payment and fulfilment addresses, are collected by PhotoBox and are subject to the terms, conditions and policies published on the PhotoBox web site. These details are stored and maintained solely by PhotoBox. We do not receive or store any physical address or credit card information.
Cookies are used when entering our site to help manage each user’s session (that is, their visit to the Art and Architecture site). Information recorded in the cookie may include the location from where each visitor arrived and any details needed to provide the personalisation features described above.
Each web page access is recorded in a log file. The contents of the log file are analysed on a regular basis to determine how many visitors we serve, what pages they look at most, and from where they connect. This information is aggregated and cannot be resolved down to the level of an individual user.