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dressCode, are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

This Policy explains when and why we collect personal information about people who visit our website, how we use it, the conditions under which we may disclose it to others, and how we keep it secure.

We will change this Policy in line with legislative changes, so please check this policy on an ongoing basis to keep abreast of any changes. By using our website, you’re agreeing to be bound by this Policy.

Any questions regarding this Policy and our privacy practices you can contact us here.

Who are we?
dressCode are a charity that is working to raise awareness of Computing Science in schools, with a particular focus on closing the gender gap. dressCode is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) regulated by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), Scottish Charity number: SC048363

How do we collect information from you?
We only obtain information about you when you contact us and sign up to join our partner or submit any competition entries.

What type of information is collected from you?
The personal information we collect may include your name, address, email address, and any other personal information you choose to give to us.

What type of information is collected when submitting entries to your competitions?
We ask for school name, postcode, teacher email, link to pupils entry if this is an online coding project, pupils first name, second name, gender (option of prefer not to say), country, year group, and council, and any other information you choose to share with us via optional feedback question at the end. This information is so we can send out prizes to winners. We fully understand the security concerns around pupil’s data. We will never share pupil’s data we only collect this so we can inform you if that individual pupil has won a prize If you feel more comfortable providing the pupils first name and then a unique identifier so that you will be able to identify between pupils with the same first name. For example, Max 1 and Max 2 would be acceptable.

How is your information used?
We may use your information to:

Seek your views, comments, or feedback about dressCode.

Notify you of changes to our services;

Send you communications which you have requested and that may be of interest to you;

To gather statistics of a number of teachers, schools, councils, pupils and male/female entries for each competition.

Information Retention
We review our retention periods for personal information on a regular basis. We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is necessary, to complete the purpose for which it was gathered.

Who has access to your information?
We will not sell or rent your information to third parties.

We will not share your information with third parties for marketing purposes.

We may transfer your personal information to a third party as part of a sale of some or all of our business and assets to any third party or as part of any business restructuring or reorganisation, or if we’re under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation or to enforce or apply our terms of use or to protect the rights, property or safety of our staff and clients. However, we will take steps with the aim of ensuring that your privacy rights continue to be protected.

You have a choice about whether or not you wish to receive information from us.

We will not continue to contact you for marketing purposes by email, phone or text message unless you have given your explicit prior consent. We will not continue to contact you for marketing purposes by post if you have indicated that you do not wish to be contacted. You can change your marketing preferences at any time by contacting us by email: toni.scullion@dresscode.org.uk

16 or Under
We are obliged to protect the privacy of children aged 16 or under. If you are aged 16 or under‚ please ensure you obtain your parent/guardian’s prior permission whenever you provide us with your personal information.

Accessing and Updating your Information
You have the right of access to your personal information held by dressCode. You also have the right to request that your personal information is permanently erased.

Anyone wishing to access or erase their personal information should put their request in writing to the company.

dressCode will endeavour to respond to any such written requests as soon as is reasonably practicable within 31 calendar days, in compliance with the GDPR.

Certain data is exempt from the provisions of the GDPR which includes the following: –

National security and the prevention or detection of crime

The assessment of any tax or duty

Where the processing is necessary to exercise a right or obligation conferred or imposed by law upon the company.

The above are examples only of some of the exemptions under the Act. Any further information on exemptions should be sought directly from the company

The accuracy of your information is important to us. We’re always working on ways to make it easier for you to review and correct the personal information that the company holds. If you change your email address, or if any of the other information we hold is inaccurate or out of date, please email us at: toni.scullion@dresscode.org.uk.

Security precautions are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of your information.

When you give us your personal information, we take steps to ensure that it is treated securely. Please be aware that whilst we take all reasonable precautions to protect any data in transit, we cannot 100% guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us via this medium, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your information, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems.

If you believe your information has been compromised and would like to lodge a complaint, please contact our Data Protection Officer by emailing: support@dresscode.org.uk. Alternatively, you can lodge your complaint directly with the Information Commissioners Office.

Use of ‘cookies’
This website collects personal data to power our site analytics, including:

Information about your browser network and device

Web pages you visited prior to coming to this website

Your IP address

This information may also include details about your use of this website, including:


Internal links

Pages visited

We share this information with WordPress, our website analytics provider, to learn about site traffic and activity.

This website uses cookies and similar technologies, which are small files or pieces of text that download to a device when a visitor accesses a website or app. For information about viewing the cookies dropped on your device, visit The cookies WordPress uses.

These functional and required cookies are always used, which allow WordPress, our hosting platform, to securely serve this website to you.

These analytics and performance cookies are used on this site, as described below. We use analytics cookies to view site traffic, activity, and other data.

Teacher dressCode accounts

If you sign up to run a dressCode club, we only need an official school email address. We then create you your own Google account with our dressCode domain, this will have your first and second name. We will only contact you to respond to emails that you send us.

Pupil dressCode accounts

We only require a pupils first name and year group although year group data is optional, this just gives us an insight into users. We will then create a pupil dressCode account that is associated with their school. For example if their name is Freya and they are from Springburn academy we would typically create an account such as sa.freya@dresscode.org.uk. If there are two pupils with the same name we would just add a number after their name such as sa.freya1@dresscode.org.uk or sa.freya2@dresscode.org.uk.

For website visitors

This website is hosted by WordPress. WordPress collects personal data when you visit this website, including:

Information about your browser, network and device

Web pages you visited prior to coming to this website

Your IP address

WordPress needs the data to run this website, and to protect and improve its platform and services. WordPress analyzes the data in a de-personalized form.

Links to other websites
dressCode website contains links to other websites. Once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over other websites. We cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any personal information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this policy.

Review of this Policy
We keep this Policy under regular review. This Policy was last updated in April 2021