Privacy Policy

1. Privacy policy

1.1. Thank you for visiting our website, We are the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition (“LIPC”) and we are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

1.2. This policy (together with our terms and conditions) sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you,or that you provide to us, 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.


2. Information about us

2.1. We are a company limited by guarantee incorporated and registered in England and Wales with company number 3518157 whose registered office is at The Piano Competition Office, The University Of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT.

2.2. We are a charity registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales with number 1073251.


3. Information we may collect from you

3.1. We may collect, store and/or process the following data about you: 3.1.1. Information that you provide by filling in forms on the site (including application forms for our competitions), posting material, conducting transactions or requesting further services. Such information may include your name, date of birth, e-mail address, and other contact information. We may also ask you for information when you report a problem with the Site. 3.1.2. If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence. 3.1.3. We may also ask you to complete surveys that we use for research purposes, although you do not have to respond to them. 3.1.4. Details of your uploads to the Site. 3.1.5. Details of your visits to our site including, but not limited to, traffic data, location data, weblogs and other communication data, whether this is required for our own billing purposes or otherwise and the resources that you access. 3.1.6. Information that you provide in order to conduct purchases and similar transactions through the site. Such information may include payment details, and we may validate name, address and other personal information supplied by you during the order process against appropriate third party databases. In performing these checks personal information provided by you may be disclosed to a registered Credit Reference Agency which may keep a record of that information.


4. IP addresses and cookies

4.1. We may collect information about your computer, including where available your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration and to report aggregate information to our advertisers. This is statistical data about our users' browsing actions and patterns, and does not identify any individual.

4.2. The Site uses cookies. You can use your browser settings to block cookies, but your access to the Site is dependent on your use of cookies. If you block cookies, you may not be able to access all or part of the Site. Our cookies enable us to: 4.2.1. estimate our audience size and usage pattern; 4.2.2. recognise you when you return to the Site; 4.2.3. store your preferences and usage patterns, which allows us to customise the Site and to provide you with support and other messages that are targeted at your individual needs.


5. Where we store your personal data

5.1. We store all information you provide to us responsibly. The data that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the European Economic Area ("EEA"). It may also be processed by staff operating outside the EEA who work for us or for one of our suppliers. Such staff maybe engaged in, among other things, the processing of your payment details and the provision of support services. By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing. We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this privacy policy.

5.2. The transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information,we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.


6. Uses made of the information

6.1. We may use information held about you in the following ways: 6.1.1. To ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer. 6.1.2. To provide you with information, products or services that you request from us or which we feel may interest you. 6.1.3. To carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and us. 6.1.4. To allow you to participate in interactive features of our service, when you choose to do so. 6.1.5. To notify you about changes to our service. 6.1.6. To provide (whether at your request or otherwise) technical support, perform maintenance and generally to ensure the integrity of Site data and content.

6.2. We may also use your data, or permit selected third parties to use your data, to provide you with information about goods and services which may be of interest to you and we or they may contact you about these.

6.3. Where we permit selected third parties to use your data, we (or they) will contact you by electronic means only if you have consented to this.

6.4. We do not disclose information about identifiable individuals to our advertisers, but we may provide them with aggregate information about our users (for example, we may inform them that 500 men aged under 30 have clicked on their advertisement on any given day). We may also use such aggregate information to help advertisers reach the kind of audience they want to target (for example, women in SW1). We may make use of the personal data we have collected from you to enable us to comply with our advertisers' wishes by displaying their advertisement to that target audience.


7. Disclosure of your information

7.1. We may disclose your personal information to third parties: 7.1.1. In the event that we sell or buy any business or assets, in which case we may disclose your personal data to the prospective seller or buyer of such business or assets. 7.1.2. If we or our host has substantially all of its assets are acquired by a third party, personal data held by us or it about our customers will be one of the transferred assets.

7.2. If we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation, or in order to enforce or apply our terms and conditions and other agreements; or to protect the rights, property, or safety of LIPC, our customers, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organisations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.


8. Your rights

8.1. You have the right to ask us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes. You can exercise your right to prevent such processing by at any time by contacting us at

8.2. Our site may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of our partner networks, advertisers 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.


9. Access to information

9.1. The Data Protection Act 1998 gives you the right to access information held about you. Your right of access can be exercised in accordance with the Act. Any access request may be subject to a fee of 10GBP to meet our costs in providing you with details of the information we hold about you.


10. Links from the Site

10.1. Any changes we may make to our privacy policy in the future will be posted on this page and, where appropriate, notified to you by e-mail.


11. Contact

11.1. Questions, comments and requests regarding this privacy policy are welcomed and should be addressed to