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Project Dirt Privacy Policy

Here at Project Dirt (“we” or “us”) we’re keen to help people and organisations take forward their green ideas - by providing a networking platform connecting projects/people. By enabling people to share resources and knowledge, Project Dirt is a fun, interactive and value-added place to be. As always, it's important to have a few house rules to make sure Project Dirt works for all involved. As such, please feel free to take a peek at the points made below, which were updated on 30 March 2012, and run you through our commitment to protecting and respecting your privacy.

This Project Dirt Privacy Policy, together with the Project Dirt Terms and Conditions and the Project Dirt Community Guidelines, sets out the legal basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, via this website ( (the "Site" or the "Project Dirt Service") and/or any related applications will be processed by us. Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it.

We are registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office on the public register of data controllers. For the purpose of the Data Protection Act 1998, the data controller is Project Dirt Ltd, 7 Hind Court, 147 Fleet Street, London EC4A 2BU.

Project Dirt may revise this Project Dirt Privacy Policy at any time. Any changes we may make to our Project Dirt Privacy Policy in the future will be posted on this page. When we do so, we will notify you of the fact that a change has been made on the home page of the Site and post a link there.


We may collect and process the following data about you:

  1. "Registration Information" you choose to provide to us including:
    1. your name;
    2. your age;
    3. your gender;
    4. your location;
    5. your areas of environmental interest;
    6. your email address; and
    7. any additional information about yourself.
    This Registration Information is available to you and you may change it at any time on your Profile page. Please do update this information as soon as possible should any relevant changes occur.
  2. Details of your visits to our Site [including, but not limited to, traffic data, location data, weblogs, discussions, preferences and other communication data, whether this is required for our own purposes or otherwise] and the resources that you access. This is statistical data about users' browsing actions and patterns, and does not identify any individual. We may also collect information about the computer you use to access the Site, including your IP address, operating system and browser, which we use to improve our site.
  3. We use cookies (these are small pieces of information that are stored on your hard drive by your internet browser, and are used by many internet sites) and similar technologies to improve your experience of the Site. We use the following cookies on the Site:
Cookie Purpose
Session ID When you sign in as a registered user, this cookie recognises you when you visit pages on the Site, so you don't have to sign in on each page.
CSRF Token This is a security token which prevents your Project Dirt account information being modified anywhere except via the Site.
FBS Cookie This cookie enables you to sign in to the Site using your Facebook account details.
Messages Cookie This cookie enables us to push banner messages to the top of Site pages if required.
Google Analytics We use Google Analytics to help understand how users use the Site. Google Analytics sets a cookie in order to evaluate your use of and allow us to compile reports on activity on the Site. Google will store this information (including your IP address) on servers in the United States. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You can find out more at

Most internet browsers accept cookies as their default setting. You don't have to accept cookies to use the Site, but it will impair your use of it if you don't. For more information about cookies, and how to refuse them, visit Unless you update your settings to refuse cookies from the Site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies as set out above.


We will use your email address to communicate with you in the ways set out below. The email address that you use can be changed at any time through adjusting your settings on the Site (accessible via your Profile page).

2.1 Service Emails

Examples of the types of emails you will receive to help you use the Project Dirt Service most effectively ("Service Emails") are shown below:

  1. validation email;
  2. welcome emails;
  3. key service messages;
  4. new message notification and reminders;
  5. request emails to join your Friend's/Project’s list or event(s); and
  6. service suspension notices.

2.2 Newsletters

We will use newsletters to notify you about activity taking place in your area(s) of interest, new features on the Site and services that you might not be using yet and to ask your opinion.

Generally you will receive a newsletter about once every week.

If you decide you no longer want to receive these newsletters you need to change your email preferences. You can do this on your Profile page under “Account Settings” once you are logged in.

2.3 Offers, competitions and services from third party companies

We may give you the option to receive occasional information, offers and services from third party companies that we think you might like by email or by private message on Project Dirt. If you decide you no longer want to receive these communications you can change your email preferences. You can do this in your "Account Settings" once you have logged in (as above), or by emailing [email protected] from the email address you wish to unsubscribe, or by clicking on the "Unsubscribe" link at the bottom of each email.

2.4 Emailing through the Project Dirt Service

We do not make your email address directly available to anyone on any screen of the Project Dirt Service. Of course, this doesn't apply if you disclose your email address by posting it on the Site or sending it to another Registered User.

The only legitimate way of making contact with another Registered User or Project Page found on the Project Dirt Service is for a Registered User to enter a message that we will send on their behalf.

We will notify the addressee, using the email address he/she has provided to us that Project Dirt is holding an email for him/her, and the Registered User can collect the email when logged in to the Project Dirt Service. Registered Users may check and (if required) change the email address we hold for them at any time through their "Account Settings".

Sent and received emails may appear in a Registered User's Inbox on the Project Dirt Service for an indefinite period - we do not delete them after any specific period. However, this does not mean that we will retain your email forever, and we may delete emails without notice for any reason.

2.5 Email communications to non-Registered Users

Registered Users of Project Dirt can invite their friends to join the Project Dirt service by email via our automated email service. Project Dirt will store the email addresses provided by the Registered User for invite purposes only. These email addresses will not be stored on our database for longer than required for invite purposes. This data will also not be sold or passed on to a third party. Recipients of these communications can request the removal of their information from our database at any time by contacting Project Dirt (see below for contact details). Please ensure you have the non-registered user's consent to sending them an invite before submitting a request.


The principles we apply are these:

  1. the Project Dirt Service may include interactive advertising for other businesses. We may use, and provide to third parties, anonymised demographic data provided by Registered Users to target this advertising more appropriately. [See section 1 above for more information about this];
  2. if all of the assets (or substantially all of them) which Project Dirt uses to operate its business are acquired by a third party, we may transfer personal data we then hold to that party so that the acquirer can continue to provide the Project Dirt Service; and
  3. we may from time to time share anonymised data relating to your visits to our Site (including but not limited to traffic data) and the resources that you access to our partner organisations, such as content partners or sponsors.


We have in place security measures to protect our customer database and internal access to this database is restricted. However, it remains the responsibility of each Registered User:

  1. to protect against unauthorised access to your details;
  2. to keep your password secret;
  3. to ensure no-one else uses the Project Dirt Service on your machine while it is "logged on" to the Project Dirt Service; and
  4. to log off or exit from the Project Dirt Service when you are not using it.


Our Site may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of our partner networks and affiliates. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.


You may have your Registration Information removed from the Site at any time. To do so please contact us (see section 7) and we will remove all Your Registration Information from the public area of the Site.

Your Registration Information will be archived and stored for a necessary time period for legal reasons. Users should note that a Registered User’s content may have been copied or stored by other Registered Users and may remain so even after it has been removed from the Site. It may also remain cached and archived by those that have copied it.


Questions, comments and requests regarding this Project Dirt Privacy Policy or our practices are welcomed and should be addressed to [email protected].

You have the right to access a copy of the information that we hold about you, or a description of that information. Please use the email address above to request this. We are entitled by law to charge you a small sum to meet our costs in providing you with this information.