Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy  

We, at Project Access, have a strong commitment to protect the privacy of all individuals in respect of which it processes information. We will only collect and use information in a manner consistent with your rights and our obligations under applicable law.  

This Privacy Policy (the “Policy”) describes how information about you is collected and used by us or shared with others, how we safeguard it and how you may access and control its use.  

This Policy applies to visitors to our website located at (the “Site”) inclusive of any sub-domains of the Site, our social media pages, and to all users or potential users (applicants, mentors, contributors, volunteers/staff and website users) of our services (the “Services”).  

Protecting your privacy is paramount to us. Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your information. By using the Site and the Services and/or otherwise interacting with Project Access, you consent to us processing your personal data and other information in accordance with this Policy. If you do not accept and agree with this Privacy Policy then you must stop using our Services immediately. 

If you have any questions, concerns or comments about this Policy, please contact us at  

Our Privacy Motto  

  1. We are transparent about the information we hold about you.  

  2. We will work with you to keep your information accurate and current.  

  3. We will do our best to keep your information secure and prevent unauthorised access to it.  

  4. We will delete information when it is no longer required to deliver our Services or when you ask us to do so and we have no legal obligation to retain such information.  


For the purpose of the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (the “GDPR”), the Data Controller is Project Access. Project Access refers to the Austrian association, Project Access International (ZVR: 1643259562), and all member incorporated entities across the world. During the course of our business activities, we will process personal data about you in accordance with the GDPR.  

Personal data” means information we hold about you from which you can be or are identified. Personal data may be held in paper or electronic format or in another recorded form including photographs or video clips. It may include the following information: your name, contact details (personal and/or work details), next of kin details, sickness, health or disability information, race, religion or ethnicity, sexual orientation, criminal offences, financial background, educational background, university preferences, and expressions of opinion about you or indications of our management intentions towards you.  

Processing” means doing anything with personal data, such as accessing, disclosing, destroying, transferring, holding, amending, deleting or using the personal data.  

We will comply with the six key principles in the GDPR. Your personal data shall be: 

  1. processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner in relation to individuals (‘lawfulness, fairness and transparency’);  

  2. collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes and not further processed in a manner that is incompatible with those purposes; further processing for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes shall not be considered to be incompatible with the initial purposes (‘purpose limitation’);  

  3. adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which they are processed (‘data minimisation’);  

  4. accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date; every reasonable step must be taken to ensure that personal data that are inaccurate, having regard to the purposes for which they are processed, are erased or rectified without delay (‘accuracy’);  

  5. kept in a form which permits identification of data subjects for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the personal data are processed; personal data may be stored for longer periods insofar as the personal data will be processed solely for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes subject to implementation of the appropriate technical and organisational measures required by the GDPR in order to safeguard the rights and freedoms of individuals (‘storage limitation’);  

  6. processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security of the personal data, including protection against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage, using appropriate technical or organisational measures (‘integrity and confidentiality’).  


Quick Guide to Content  

  1. Data collection 

  2. Cookies and analytics 

  3. Data processing 

  4. Data sharing 

  5. Aggregated and anonymised data 

  6. Data security 

  7. Data retention 

  8. Your rights 

  9. Consent to processing and transfer of information outside of EEA  

  10. Third party websites 

  11. Changes to our Policy  


1 Data collection 

We are a mentorship network for helping students apply to top universities worldwide. We continuously expand our network of Mentors and Team members and our focus is on building close, long-term relationships that enable us to deliver this service free of charge to those who need it. To do our job well and connect people in the best possible way, we need to understand our Applicants and Mentors well. To achieve the above, we create detailed profiles about our Applicants and Mentors to understand exactly who they are.  

We collect five categories of personal data: 

  1. Personal data we collect from Applicants. 

  2. Personal data that we collect from Mentors. 

  3. Personal data that we collect from Contributors. 

  4. Personal data that we collect from Team members and Staff. 

  5. Personal data we get from Visitors to our Site and social media pages.

Depending on whether you are an Applicant, Mentor, Contributor or Team members and Staff, we may collect and process the following data about you:  

  1. Information that you provide by filling in forms on the Site. 

  2. Information that you share with us at special events that we host.  

  3. Information that you share with us over email or social media exchanges and in questionnaires. 

  4. Information that third parties who have worked with you or have otherwise interacted with you, share with us.  

1.1 Applicants 

We collect the following personal data when potential Applicants sign up to receive our emails: 

  1. Name; 

  2. Email address; and 

  3. Country. 

Our lawful basis for processing is consent. 

We collect the following personal data when Applicants sign up to our mentorship platform: 

  1. Name; 

  2. Email address(es); 

  3. Mobile number; 

  4. Home address; 

  5. Gender identity; 

  6. Ethnicity; 

  7. Sexual orientation; 

  8. Date of birth; 

  9. Hobbies, interests and career plans; 

  10. LinkedIn profile link; 

  11. First generation student; 

  12. University college (if applicable); 

  13. Financial background data such as household income and pupil premium; 

  14. Educational background data such as school, predicted grades and past degrees (if applicable); 

  15. University preference data such as university, course and topics of interest; and 

  16. Outcome data such as conditional offers and final acceptance.  

Our lawful basis for processing is legitimate interests. 

We will process special category data about ethnicity and sexual orientation. Processing of special category data is carried out in the course of our legitimate not-for-profit activities. 

We use automated algorithms to match Applicants and Mentors based on the personal data provided. However, any decision for matching will have the final sign-off by a human. 

1.2 Mentors 

We collect the following personal data when potential Mentors sign up to receive our emails: 

  1. Name; 

  2. Email address; 

  3. Country; and 

  4. University. 

Our lawful basis for processing is consent. 

We collect the following personal data when Mentors sign up to our mentorship platform: 

  1. Name; 

  2. Email address(es); 

  3. Mobile number; 

  4. Home address; 

  5. Gender identity; 

  6. Ethnicity; 

  7. Sexual orientation; 

  8. Date of birth; 

  9. LinkedIn profile link; 

  10. First generation student; 

  11. Mentoring experience; 

  12. Educational background data such as school, offers received and past degrees (if applicable); 

  13. University data such as university name, course, college, entry dates and graduation dates; and 

  14. Criminal proceedings or convictions. 

Our lawful basis for processing is legitimate interests. 

We will process special category data about ethnicity and sexual orientation. Processing of special category data is carried out in the course of our legitimate not-for-profit activities. We also collect criminal proceedings and convictions data about our Mentors by our legal obligation to perform a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check in the UK. 

We use automated algorithms to match Applicants and Mentors based on the personal data provided. However, any decision for matching will have the final sign-off by a human.  

1.3 Contributors 

We collect the following personal data when contributors provide us with information for our knowledge bases, both online and in print: 

  1. Name; 

  2. Email address(es); 

  3. Educational background data such as school, offers received and past degrees (if applicable); 

  4. University data such as university name, college, course; 

  5. Application experience data such as interview and admission test experiences; and 

  6. Photos and videos relating to university life. 

Our lawful basis for processing is consent. 

We don’t require you to provide special category data (i.e. ethnicity, sexual orientation) or criminal convictions, but if you do provide such data, you consent to our use of it for publishing both online and in print. 


1.4 Team members and Staff 

We collect the following personal data when potential Team members and Staff sign up to receive our emails: 

  1. Name; 

  2. Email address; 

  3. Country; and 

  4. University. 

Our lawful basis for processing is consent. 


We collect the following personal data when potential Team members and Staff send us an application for a volunteer or job opening: 

  1. Name; 

  2. Email address; 

  3. Country; 

  4. University;  

  5. CV; and 

  6. Responses to interview questions. 

Our lawful basis for processing is legitimate interests. 


We collect the following personal data when Team members and Staff are on-boarded: 

  1. Name; 

  2. Email address(es); 

  3. Mobile number; 

  4. Home address; 

  5. University; 

  6. Bank account details; 

  7. Ethnicity; and 

  8. Date joined Project Access 

Our lawful basis for processing is to raise and fulfil a contract. 

We will process special category data about ethnicity in order to monitor compliance with equal opportunities legislation. 


1.5 Visitors to our Site and social media pages 

When you visit the Site, visit our social media pages or interact with the Services, we may use a variety of technologies that automatically or passively collect information about how the Site is used (“Usage data”).  

We collect the following data when users visit our Site: IP address and Usage data. 

Usage data may include weblogs and other communication data, browser type, operating system, the page served, the duration of your visit, the time, referring URLs and other information normally transmitted in HTTP requests. Usage Data is statistical data about our users’ browsing actions and patterns and does not identify any individual. We will treat Usage data as personal data if we combine it with you as a specific and identifiable person.  

Our lawful basis for processing is legitimate interests. 


2 Cookies and analytics 

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we put on your computer if you use the Site. By browsing the Site you agree to having these cookies placed on your computer.  The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to a website, from where visitors to a website have come from and the pages visited.   Please read our Cookie Policy for further information. 


2.1 Google Analytics  

We use Google Analytics to collect anonymous data about the users of our sites such as how often they visit, what pages they visit, what time they visit, how long the stay and what country they are visiting from.   

You can prevent Google Analytics from collecting this information by installing the google opt-out browser add-on: However, if you block all cookies you may not be allowed access to all or parts of our site, and some functions and features of the Site and/or the Services may not work properly. Unless you have adjusted your browser settings so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies as soon as you visit our site.  

To learn how Google uses data collected from our Site please see the following link:   

2.2 Hotjar

We use Hotjar in order to better understand our users’ needs and to optimize this service and experience. Hotjar is a technology service that helps us better understand our users experience (e.g. how much time they spend on which pages, which links they choose to click, what users do and don’t like, etc.) and this enables us to build and maintain our service with user feedback. Hotjar uses cookies and other technologies to collect data on our users’ behavior and their devices (in particular device's IP address (captured and stored only in anonymized form), device screen size, device type (unique device identifiers), browser information, geographic location (country only), preferred language used to display our website). Hotjar stores this information in a pseudonymized user profile. Neither Hotjar nor we will ever use this information to identify individual users or to match it with further data on an individual user. For further details, please see Hotjar’s privacy policy by clicking on this link.

You can opt-out to the creation of a user profile, Hotjar’s storing of data about your usage of our site and Hotjar’s use of tracking cookies on other websites by following this opt-out link.


3 Data processing 

Your personal data has only been collected, utilised or shared by Project Access if: 

  1. you have consented to the processing; 

  2. the processing is necessary for the performance of (or entering into) a contract; 

  3. the processing is a result of an existing legal obligation to which we are subject; 

  4. the processing is in your vital interests; 

  5. the processing is in the public interest; or 

  6. the processing is in our legitimate interests.

We use the information you provide to us to:  

  1. Provide you with relevant information and services; 

  2. Share information with mentors and the country team responsible for connecting you with that mentor; 

  3. Ensure that content from the Site is presented in the most effective manner for you; 

  4. Carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered between you and us; 

  5. Invite you and allow you to take part in special events that we host from time to time; 

  6. Respond to communications from you; 

  7. Ask for feedback from you to improve our Services; 

  8. Analyse your activity on our Services to make improvements; and 

  9. Ensure safeguarding procedures are met. 

We will keep the personal data we store about you accurate and up to date. Please notify us if your personal details change or if you become aware of any inaccuracies in the personal data we hold about you. We will not keep your personal data for longer than is necessary for the purpose. This means that data will be erased from our systems or anonymised when it is no longer required.  

Any email marketing messages we send are done so through an EMS (email marketing service). An EMS is a third party service provider of software / applications that allows marketers to send out email marketing campaigns to a list of users. Our EMS is SendGrid. Email marketing messages that we send may contain tracked clickable links or similar server technologies in order to track subscriber activity within email marketing messages. Where used, such marketing messages may record a range of data such as; times, dates, I.P addresses, opens, clicks, forwards, geographic and demographic data. Such data, within its limitations will show the activity each subscriber made for that email campaign. Any email marketing messages we send are in accordance with the GDPR and the PECR. We provide you with an easy method to withdraw your consent (unsubscribe) or manage your preferences at any time. See any marketing messages for instructions on how to unsubscribe or manage your preferences, you can also contact the EMS provider (SendGrid).

4 Data sharing 

We will not share your information with any third parties for the purposes of direct marketing.

We use data processors who are third parties who provide elements of services for us. We have contracts in place with our data processors. This means that they cannot do anything with your personal information unless we have instructed them to do it. They will not share your personal information with any organisation apart from us. They will hold it securely and retain it for the period we instruct. 

In some circumstances we are legally obliged to share information. For example, when we are involved in legal proceedings such as a safeguarding incident, or when we are complying with the requirements of legislation, a court order, or a governmental or regulatory authority. 

Where we share your data with a third party, we will have regard to the six data protection principles.

We may disclose your personal information to third parties:  

  1. If Project Access or substantially all of its assets are acquired by a third party, in which case personal data held by it will be one of the transferred assets. If any of your personal data is to be transferred in such a manner, you will be contacted in advance and informed of the changes.  

  2. If we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal or regulatory obligation or request.  

  3. To enforce a contract entered into between you and us. 

  4. To investigate potential breaches.  

  5. To protect the rights, property or safety of our Applicants, Mentors, Contributors, Team members and Staff or anyone else. This includes exchanging information with other organisations for the purposes of fraud protection, the checking of criminal records and other references.  

Currently, we share information with the following organisations, who operate under their own privacy policies referenced below.  

  1. Verifile Ltd. for the purposes of checking criminal proceedings, criminal convictions and other references. Privacy Policy here

  2. Typeform S.L. for the purposes of collecting information from our Applicants, Mentors, Team members and Staff and for data collection for our legitimate interests. Privacy Policy here

  3. Together Software, Inc. for the purpose of building our mentorship platform. Privacy Policy here

  4. Microsoft Corporation for the purposes of data storage, internal collaboration, and migrating Mentor and Applicant data between platforms. Privacy Policy here

  5. SendGrid, Inc. for the purpose of managing our mailing lists. Privacy Policy here

  6. Amazon Web Services, Inc. for the purpose of hosting our websites. Privacy Policy here.  

  7. Squarespace Ireland Ltd. for the purpose of hosting our websites. Privacy Policy here


5 Aggregated and anonymised data 

We may combine your Usage Data and/or your personal data with those of other users of the Services and the Site and share or provide this trend information in aggregated and anonymised form with third parties, such as prospective investors, affiliates, partners and advertisers. This will only ever be anonymised data, and will never be capable of personally identifying an individual, and, will only be shared in accordance with applicable law. For example, we may anonymise your personal information and use it in aggregated form in order to report on industry, marketing and employment trends.  


6 Data security 

We will take appropriate steps to ensure that the processing of personal data is lawful or authorised, and to prevent the accidental loss, or damage to, personal data. We continuously strive, in accordance with industry standards, to have in place procedures and technologies to maintain the security of all personal data and confidential data from the point of collection to the point of destruction.  

We transfer personal data to third parties where they agree to comply with similar procedures and policies or have in place adequate measures. An adequate measure would be a privacy shield certification, a Data Processing Agreement or a contract based on the EU Model Clauses. 

To protect your personal data we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure data collected through our Services. Steps we take to secure and protect your data include: 

  1. Regular backups of your data including retention policies; 

  2. Mailbox and data access auditing; 

  3. Full SSL (https) connection to our Site; 

  4. User-level authentication to personal data; 

  5. Data loss prevention policies; and 

  6. Personal data is stored at rest in an encrypted format so are non-human readable. 

Please remember that the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. We will do our best to protect your information, but 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 security features to try to prevent unauthorised and unlawful access. 

If a security breach causes an unauthorised intrusion into our system that materially affects you, we will notify you as soon as possible and later report the action we took in response to any breach.  


7 Data retention 

We will not retain your personal data longer than is necessary to fulfil the purposes for which it was collected. However, we may be required by applicable laws and/or regulations to hold your personal data longer than this period. If no contradicting legal obligation exists, we reserve the right to delete Mentor or Applicant profiles that have been inactive for at least 36 months or when you request that your personal data be erased and no longer processed by us. Additionally, where there is a contradicting statutory obligation for us to retain your personal data, we will restrict/block further processing and then erase the relevant personal data when we no longer have a requirement to retain it. 


8 Rights  

You have:  

  1. The right to be informed;  

  2. The right of access;  

  3. The right to rectification;  

  4. The right to erasure;  

  5. The right to restrict processing;  

  6. The right to data portability;  

  7. The right to object; and  

  8. Rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling.  

Please note that all these rights are qualified in various ways. For example, where we store your personal data for statistical purposes, we may not be able to comply with an erasure request where it would likely impair such statistical purposes or where we require your personal data for compliance with a legal obligation or in connection with legal proceedings. 

You may contact our Data Protection Officer about all issues related to this Policy, your personal data and to exercise your rights under Data Protection laws. You must make the request in writing specifying the nature of your request. All such written requests should be sent to

You can exercise your rights to erasure at any time by contacting us at We will however have to retain your name so that we can record the fact that you do not want us to retain information about you.  

If you feel that the processing of your personal data is not in line with our data protection obligations, you can complain to our lead data protection supervisory authority: 

Österreichische Datenschutzbehörde, Wickenburggasse 8, 1080 Vienna, Austria.  


9 Consent to processing and transfer of information outside the EEA 

We are an international not-for profit organisation who have Mentors and Applicants situated all over the world. Therefore, our use of your information necessarily involves the transmission of data on an international basis, including to countries outside Europe, where data protection laws may be deemed by the European Commission to be “inadequate”. We will transfer your personal data to member incorporated entities of Project Access. We may also transfer your personal data to our third-party contractors and others within and outside Europe (including in the US). In these cases, we use privacy shield certified providers, or providers with Data Processing Agreements or the EU Model Clauses.  

If you are in the European Union, please be aware that information we collect about you may be transferred to and processed outside of the European Union. By using the Site and the Service, or providing us with any information, you consent to the collection, processing, maintenance and transfer of such information in and to countries outside of the European Union in which there may be no local supervisory authority and where privacy rights may not be as comprehensive as or equivalent to those in the country where you reside.  


10 Third party websites 

The Site may contain links to and from the websites of our partner networks, advertisers and affiliates or other third parties and the Services may appear on third party websites and online media. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we cannot and do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies carefully before you submit any personal data to these websites.  


11 Changes to our Policy  

We may change this Policy from time to time, in whole or part, at our sole discretion. We encourage you to check our website to view the most recent version of this Policy. You may also request a copy of the most recent version of this Policy by contacting us. If, at any time, we decide to use your personal data for a purpose that is different from the original purpose of collecting your personal data, we will contact you regarding this change. 

Last update: 22nd August 2019 

Remember:  you can always get in touch! We really do welcome any questions, comments and requests you may have regarding this Policy. You can contact us by emailing us at