GDPR Compliance Statement

Last updated: 16th March 2020

We take data protection very seriously, especially because Mega Homework deals with children's data. On this page you can learn about what data is collected and stored, how it is used and how it relates to the terms of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), now incorporated in the Data Protection Act 2018.

Mega Seating Plan Ltd ("we", "us") acts under the terms of the GDPR as the "data processor". Schools and school staff ("you", "your") retain responsibility under the GDPR as the "data controller".

The basis for processing data under the GDPR is 'legitimate interests'. The processing is necessary for the purpose of generating classroom seating charts (and other similar tools, described below) for teachers, and these tasks could not otherwise be performed. Processing of personal student data is limited to the purposes described below.

What data is collected and stored?

User data

This is data collected by Mega Seating Plan about visitors to the website. We use Google Analytics and Facebook Pixel tools to monitor website visits (these are anonymous tracking tools that are very common on websites).

Aside from this, during registration we collect your name, school, country, email address, password and your IP address, to be used as follows:

  • Name: Allows us to address any emails we send to you by name.
  • Email address: Allows you to recover your password if you forget it, and allows us to communicate with you (only if you have consented to receive marketing emails). Your email domain (the part of your address after the @ sign) may also be used to match you with colleagues from your school for the purpose of creating shared resources. Additionally, your email domain may be compared to publicly available data to identify your school.
  • Password: If you registered via the Google, Microsoft or Clever Sign-In buttons, this does not apply to you, as your password is never collected by Mega Seating Plan. When you register, you submit a password. This is never seen by us or received by our servers - it is stored in a 'hashed' format that cannot be decoded. This password is necessary to ensure that the student data you upload is visible only to you.
  • Country: This allows the user experience to be tailored to your specific country.
  • School: This allows you to be matched with colleagues at your school to allow the sharing of resources such as class lists.
  • IP address: This is a unique address associated with your computer or network. We collect this during registration and when you perform key actions around the site, so that we can estimate the approximate geographical location of users. This allows us to localise languages and currencies for some users. This is nothing unusual - your IP address is public to all websites whenever you browse the web.

Student data

The student data that is uploaded to the servers includes their name and their email address. In order to protect student privacy, student data is pseudonomised. This is achieved by encrypting student names and email addresses when stored in the database; only the owner of the data (and colleagues that they have chosen to share it with) have access to the decryption key.

Student data is stored in a database, with data only accessible to the user that has created it (and, optionally, colleagues that the user has explicitly chosen to share with), when logged in via their password. Student data will never be sold to or shared with third parties. Encryption keys are unique to each user, meaning that even if a bug allowed one user to see another's data without permission, it would be impossible to read that data.

In order for students to access their homework tasks they may create a user account. Their name and email address will be stored in order to provide this service, as well as a user-defined password (hashed before storage, as with teacher user accounts).

How is the data used?

The data collected about website users is used only to improve the experience of website visitors.

Student data is used only for the purposes required by the website:

  • To send email invitations and notifications (when requested by their teacher).
  • To record their progress with a homework task.

How is the data stored?

Written data is stored in a MySQL database hosted on a dedicated JawsDB server. Larger pieces of data are stored encrypted on an Amazon Web Services cloud server. All servers are located in the European Union. Student names, email addresses and notes are encrypted with a key specific to the user that uploaded them.

How long is imported data stored?

When uploading class data, you must choose an expiry date for the class. When this date is reached, that class, all students within it and all homework tasks associated with it will be permanently deleted.

How is the data disposed of?

On deletion of a user account, all data imported by that user is also deleted.

Registration with the ICO

Mega Seating Plan Ltd is registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (registration number ZA331933).

Other documents

GDPR Article 28 contract addendum for schools