We value the privacy of all our users. It is our intention that anyone interacting with the Micro:bit Educational Foundation and it's services will never have to disclose more information than is required for that specific interaction.
Although we have users of all ages, the BBC micro:bit and the resources provided on this website are designed for 8-12 years old (and the people who teach them). We consult with children and their educators on a regular basis to help the Foundation design new products, data collection and processing policies.
The Foundation is based in the UK and subject to GDPR legislation from the 25 May 2018. The Foundation is registered with the Information Commissions office.
No cookies or analytics
Websites like microbit.org need web servers to process all the HTTP requests coming from browsers. Web servers make a note of every request or error in logs. A human or a computer can read these logs and determine
- Which page and feature of the website is being requested
- The time and date of the request
- The IP making the request
- The HTTP request code and the response the websever gave (e.g 404 for an error)
- The browser and build version that made the HTTP request
- The operating system and version of the machine making the request
The Foundation web team may look at these internal server logs to fix errors (such as the server being slow or a page being broken). We may use these logs if we think the website is under attack.We process the data from these logs using analytics software. This assumes that the data isn’t being faked. The software processes the data, essentially counting up all the types of requests. The processed data allows the Foundation to know how the website is being used (popularity of pages or browsers) and from the IP address, we can determine which country or region is making the request.
We never combine this data with any data from any other system. So we never know how you use the website with your unique data provided to the Foundation in 3rd party systems. We also do not use this data to show you content based on a location. (So a student in Edinburgh UK has the same experience as someone in San Paulo, Brazil).
We purge logs to save space and to secure the data on a regular basis.
The Python Editor
The editor at python.microbit.org is hosted and maintained by the Foundation and is subject to this policy. This includes the use of server logs (as stated above).
Third party web sites
Web sites operated by a third party on our behalf may collect information about you for the purpose of providing you the service. These include:
- The makecode.microbit.org editor, provided by Microsoft. Read their privacy statement and their Student Pledge.
- Our public repositories hosted on Github. Read their privacy statement.
- We make use of Youtube for publishing our support videos and we use the
- We may link to content provided by third parties.
We highlight external links using this icon: These links point to a different website and may open in a new tab.
Third party apps
Mobile and desktop applications operated by a third party on our behalf may collect information about you for the purpose of providing you the service and are subject to their respective app store policies. These include:
- The Windows App, provided by Microsoft is hosted on the Microsoft App store and subject to their privacy statement and their Student Pledge
Deleting user accounts and personal data
If you wish to remove your data from any of these systems, please follow the respective instructions. For anything not listed, please open a support ticket
- microbit.co.uk including legacy editors
- Unsubscribe from all Foundation communications sent via mailchimp
The Foundation is active on a range of public platforms including GitHub, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Slack, and follow their privacy policies. We treat these forums as public. For example, if you say something on Twitter in a public message we might quote you on Facebook, and we might talk to you on Slack about a GitHub pull request.
We may make use of:
to manage our Social Media communications.
The Global Challenge
The Micro:bit Educational Foundation will only ever use your personal details that you sent with your Global Challenge entry for the competition. Entries will be shared with partner organisations for judging purposes. These partners are listed on the website microbit.org/global-challenge. Winners details will also be shared with the Micro:bit Educational Foundation’s appointed travel company in order to arrange the finale event trip.
We will only collect children’s personal data (names) if parental consent is given on the entry form.
All personal details collected in competition entries will be deleted on 8th February 2019. Some third-party websites (such as MailChimp) require a few days to process this request and all personal details will be deleted at the first opportunity after 8th February 2019.
To have your entry and personal data deleted at any time during the competition, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions, complaints or queries
The Foundation is a small, growing organisation. We are always looking to be better. Especially when collecting and using personal information for any individual. For this reason, we take any complaints and suggestions for improvements very seriously. Please contact us if you require any further information.