Last Updated: 25/05/2021
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
We are a Data Controller of your information.
PeerMatch needs to perform a contract with you
You have given PeerMatch permission to do so
Processing your personal information is in PeerMatch legitimate interests
PeerMatch needs to comply with the law
If you are a resident of the European Economic Area (EEA), you have certain data protection rights. If you wish to be informed what Personal Information, we hold about you and if you want it to be removed from our systems, please contact us.
In certain circumstances, you have the following data protection rights:
The right to access, update or delete the information we have on you.
The right of rectification.
The right to object.
The right of restriction.
The right to data portability.
The right to withdraw consent.
How do we collect your information?
What information do we collect?
We only gather the information that you provide to us through the survey(s) you fill out provided to you by PeerMatch. The PeerMatch surveys will follow a general template across the board, with each one containing a selection of questions unique to your particular university. The general template of questions will cover a select set of areas which include but may not be strictly limited to basic personal information, generic questions on how you would react in certain situations, your political beliefs, how you view yourself compared to the average student at your university, your values, and questions about your ideal match.
We carefully choose what questions we present to you in our surveys to ensure that we find you a good match, which is why some of the questions we may ask you can be sensitive in their nature. We must reiterate that the personal information you share with us will not be released to any third-party companies or the general public unless otherwise specified by us.
Two primary instances where we may make use of your personal information would be through either PeerMatch releasing statistics regarding students as a collective who make use of the PeerMatch service, e.g., x number of students from x number of universities describe themselves as moderately left-wing, or PeerMatch using the email you provide us with, to send you the occasional promotional email alongside the email you will receive from us regarding your matches.
The Sharing of Information
We may share statistics that are wholly derived from collective sets of responses that we get from Typeform over a given period of time. This does not involve the publication of individual answers from particular questions as such, but rather interesting statistics that provide an insight into the student body around the United Kingdom. Examples of potential statistical analysis are as follows:
"Out of the 10,750* students from around the United Kingdom who participated in PeerMatch Typeform surveys this year, 70% said they looked for the following value in their ideal partner"
"Out of all the students from Queens University Belfast who participated in their most recent PeerMatch Typeform, 30% voted that BT1 was the best student accommodation in Belfast."
"Between June 2021 and December 2021, 7,419* students took part in a PeerMatch Typeform survey."
*These numbers are entirely fictional and only serve the purpose of providing an example.
We also understand that data can still be used to identify an individual if not presented correctly, this can happen mainly from data that is drawn from an extremely small and specific demographic that can leave people easily identified. With this in mind, when releasing data for publication purposes such as statistical, we will only use data that is aggregated across at least 200 people to ensure anonymity at all times.
PeerMatch follows a standard procedure of using log files. These files log visitors when they visit websites. All hosting companies do this and a part of hosting services' analytics. The information collected by log files includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet Service Provider (ISP), date and time stamp, referring/exit pages, and possibly the number of clicks. These are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable. The purpose of the information is for analysing trends, administering the site, tracking users' movement on the website, and gathering demographic information.
Cookies and Web Beacons
The Protection of Information
In regard to the sensitive information that we personally hold, which primarily includes login information to third-party sites that are used to manage the different components that make up PeerMatch, this is held under tight encryption through us using a LastPass Password Vault which is encrypted at the device level with AES-256 encryption before syncing with TLS to protect from on-path attackers. The protection of your information is fundamental which means protecting it from the very beginning. You can read the extensive breakdown of the LastPass security and encryption measures that are in place here.
Note that PeerMatch has no access to or control over these cookies that are used by third-party advertisers.
Third-Party Privacy Policies
You can choose to disable cookies through your individual browser options. To know more detailed information about cookie management with specific web browsers, it can be found at the browsers' respective websites.
Another part of our priority is adding protection for children while using the internet. We encourage parents and guardians to observe, participate in, and/or monitor and guide their online activity.
PeerMatch does not knowingly collect any Personal Identifiable Information from children under the age of 13. If you think that your child provided this kind of information on our website, we strongly encourage you to contact us immediately and we will do our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.