Although we have users of all ages, the BBC micro:bit and the resources provided on this website are designed for 8-12 years old (and the people who teach them). We consult with children and their educators on a regular basis to help the Foundation design new products, data collection and processing policies.
The Foundation is based in the UK and subject to GDPR legislation from the 25 May 2018. The Foundation is registered with the Information Commissions office (See our listing on their site).
No cookies or analytics
Websites like microbit.org need web servers to process all the HTTP requests coming from browsers. Web servers make a note of every request or error in logs. A human or a computer can read these logs and determine
- Which page of the website is being requested
- The time and date of the request
- The IP making the request
- The HTTP request code and the response the websever gave (e.g 404 for an error)
- The browser and build version that made the HTTP request
- The operating system and version of the machine making the request
The Foundation web team may look at these internal server logs to fix errors (such as the server being slow or a page being broken). We may use these logs if we think the website is under attack.We process the data from these logs using analytics software. This assumes that the data isn’t being faked. The software processes the data, essentially counting up all the types of requests. The processed data allows the Foundation to know how the website is being used (popularity of pages or browsers) and from the IP address, we can determine which country or region is making the request.
We never combine this data with any data from any other system. So we never know how you use the website with your unique data provided to the Foundation in 3rd party systems. We also do not use this data to show you content based on a location. (So a student in Edinburgh UK has the same experience as someone in San Paulo, Brazil).
We purge logs to save space and to secure the data on a regular basis.
The Python Editor
The editor at python.microbit.org is hosted and maintained by the Foundation and is subject to this policy
Third party web sites
Web sites operated by a third party on our behalf may collect information about you for the purpose of providing you the service. These include:
- The makecode.microbit.org editor, provided by Microsoft. Read their privacy statement and their Student Pledge
- We may link to content provided by third parties
Questions, complaints or queries
The Foundation is a small growing organisation. We are always looking to be better. Especially when collecting and using personal information for any individual. For this reason, we take any complaints and suggestions for improvements very seriously. Please click this link to contact us.