The Microsoft Excel Collegiate Challenge (hereinafter referred to as the “MECC”, “We”, “Us”, “Our”)  Privacy Policy on the website (hereinafter referred to as “the Website”) is effective as of August 11, 2023.
Please read this Privacy & GDPR Policy carefully before accessing, browsing, or using the Website and/or any of the Products or Services. It is intended for the reader of this Privacy & GDPR Policy to have an understanding of and accept the MECC’s Terms and Conditions. Your access to and use of the Website is conditioned on your understanding of and compliance with this Privacy & GDPR Policy.

Privacy Policy

1. Scope

  • This Privacy Policy applies to the MECC Website, Products and Services.
  • MECC Products and Services includes all aspects of the MECC Competition.
  • Please note that all User access and use of the MECC Website, Products and Services conveys consent to the collection, storage, use and disclosure practices set out in this Privacy & GDPR Policy.
  • The Website Policies and legal documents may be changed or updated occasionally to meet the requirements and standards.
  • Users are encouraged to frequently visit the legal sections of the Website in order to be updated and remain informed about changes.
  • Modifications will be effective on the day they are posted.

2. Personal Information Collection

  • The MECC may collect and use the following kinds of personal information for an indefinite period of time information about your use of this Website, Products and Services including frequency of use, duration of use, and particular areas of interest such as pages viewed, purchase history, wish list, hyperlinks clicked, and other actions you take on our Sites. The Website may also track the URL that you visited that led you to the Website, the URL to which the user goes next, and user’s Internet Protocol (IP) address or the nature of the Website.
  • Personal Information the MECC may collect from Users includes, but is not limited to:
    • Personal Identification Information: Full name, date of birth, age, nationality, gender, signature, photographs, phone number, home address, and/or email.
    • Suitable Formal Identification Information: Tax ID number, passport number, driver’s license details, national identity card details, photograph identification cards, and/or visa information.
    • Online Identifiers: Geo location/tracking details, browser fingerprint, OS, browser name and version, and/or personal IP addresses.
    • Usage Data: Survey responses, the information provided to our support team, public social networking posts, authentication data, security questions, user ID, click-stream data and other data collected via cookies and similar technologies.
  • The Website uses “cookies” in combination with similar automated techniques to collect and store information obtained from your use. A cookie is a small data file that is transferred from your device (e.g., your phone or your computer) for record-keeping purposes.
    • For example, a cookie may allow the MECC to recognize your browser, while another could store your preferences and other information.
    • You may have an option and choose to decline the use of cookies but this will affect the parts of the site and services, or they may not work at all.
  • The MECC Website and services may incorporate third-party advertisements and any third-party content on its Website, Products or Services. Such third parties may collect information about you or your online activities across other Websites and over time through your use of our Website. These will be subject to the privacy policy of such third parties. However, all credit/debit card details and personally identifiable information will NOT be stored, sold, shared, rented or leased to any third parties.
  • Some of the advertisements you see on the Website are selected and delivered by third parties, such as ad networks, advertising agencies, advertisers, and audience segment providers. These third parties may collect information about you and your online activities, either on the Website or on other Websites, through cookies, web beacons, and other technologies in an effort to understand your interests and deliver to you advertisements that are tailored to your interests. Please remember that we do not have access to, or control over, the information these third parties may collect. The information practices of these third parties are not covered by this privacy policy.

3. Information Collection

  • The MECC may Collect and Use your personal information for a variety of commercial purposes, including but not limited to:
    • Administer this Website, Products and Services,
    • Promote our Products and Services to you,
    • Personalize the Website, Products and Services for your use,
    • Enable your access to and use of the Website, Products and Services,
    • Publish information about you on the Website and for general marketing and promotional purposes,
    • Send to you services that you transact on, win through a competition and promotion through the use of the Website, Products and Services,
    • Collect payments from you,
    • Send you marketing communications,
    • Send email communications, any newsletters, and other correspondence to which you subscribe,
    • Information about the computer (or other electronic device) that you use to connect to us with, the operating system it uses, your IP address, geographical location, the type of browser you use, application type, and referral source, as well as information relating to which Internet service provider or mobile network you use,
    • Data about how you use the site such as the number of page views, the particular pages and links you access when you visit the site, the specific time you access the site and the amount of time you are on it, the Website you came to our site from, the Website you visit after leaving our site, and any selections or choices you make when using the site,
    • Your individual preferences, your selections and any comments or feedback that you choose to leave on our pages,
    • Your reviews and ratings on our Products and Services,
    • Payment and transaction information including information relating to any purchases you make of our goods or services.
      • We will keep records of the Products and services you purchase from us and the payment method that you use to complete the transaction,
    • Personal information such as the information that you provide to us for the purpose of registering with us, demographic data that you enter via forms on our site, information that you provide us with when you enter a competition or promotion, and information that you provide us with when you communicate with us via email or mail; and finally information that you provide us with when you purchase from us. This information includes your name, email address, telephone number and addresses associated with your account,
    • Information that you provide to us for the purpose of subscribing to our Website services, email notifications and/or newsletters,
    • Any other information that you choose to send to us either via fax, mail or email, or through any other electronic file transfer or storage service.

4. Information We Use

  • We use the types of information we obtain from you in the following ways:
    • To process your order or transaction,
    • To contact you about your purchases,
    • To communicate with you in reply to any complaints, issues, requests you make including any quotation requests,
    • To send you or deliver your purchases,
    • To send you quotations, invoices, statements,
    • To collect payment from you,
    • To provide third parties such as couriers and delivery service agents in connection to delivering your order,
    • To provide to third parties such as advertisers, marketers and other service agents for the purpose of gathering and analyzing statistical information about usage on our site. This information will not personally identify you,
    • To improve your use, navigation and browsing experience on our Website,
    • To send you information regarding any listing or services we think may be of interest to you,
    • To send you our newsletter and any marketing material,
    • To notify you of upcoming competitions and promotions,
    • We will use information about fraudulent or criminal activity relating to your account for the purposes of preventing fraud or crime.

5. Information We Share with Third Parties

  • We may share your information with the following third parties:
    • Our subsidiaries and holding companies,
    • Couriers and delivery service agents in connection to delivering your order,
    • Buyers and prospective buyers of our business or any asset part that we are selling,
    • Third parties such as law enforcement, government, regulators and other parties for legal reasons who we are under a legal obligation to disclose your personal information to,
    • To third parties in order to exercise or defend our legal rights, property or safety or the rights, property or safety of others. This also includes disclosure of your personal information to others for the purposes of detecting and investigating illegal activities and breaches of any agreement we have with you,
    • To our advertising partners and marketing services agents who we enlist to advertise and promote Products, competitions and special promotions. We will not without your express consent provide your personal information to any third parties for the purpose of direct marketing,
    • To providers of statistical services for the purposes of collating statistical information about our users and their behavior. Our users cannot be personally identified from this information.

6. Payment Information

  • The MECC uses a third party to process and verify credit cards for billing purposes. This requires us to share the username, credit card number, expiration date and billing address with the credit card processing MECC.
  • When processing a payment transaction, The MECC will also obtain information regarding the amount of the payment and other transaction data.
  • We may transfer or disclose this payment information to a third party only to the extent necessary in order to complete the payment processing or as lawfully required.

7. Transaction Information

  • For all Users, we collect all transaction information, for example, order activity.
  • This transaction data is monitored for suspicious trading activity for user fraud protection, and legal case resolution.

8. Securing Your Data

  • The MECC will take reasonable organizational and technical precautions to prevent the loss, alterations or any misuse of your personal information.
  • The MECC Website, Products and Services; while storing your data will take all commercially reasonable steps in storing all personal information you provide on its secure servers.
  • Information relating to electronic transactions entered into via this Website will be protected by proper encryption technology that is consistent with industry best practices.
    • Notwithstanding the foregoing, please note that our Website, Products and Services are operated on software, hardware and networks, any component of which may, from time to time, experience breaches of security or other problems beyond our control and that may compromise the security of information collected about our users.
  • The MECC cannot guarantee that any information will be absolutely safe from intrusion by others who do not have your authorization because of the tricky nature of the internet itself and the role of other third parties. Any such transmission of information about you to the MECC is at your own risk.

9. Cross-border Data

  • Information that The MECC collects may be stored and processed in and transferred between any of the countries in which The MECC operates to enable the use of the information in accordance with this privacy policy.
  • In addition, personal information that you submit for publication on the Website for the public will be published on the internet and may be available around the world.
  • You agree to such cross-border transfers of personal information.

10. Records

  • The MECC reserves the right to monitor all online sessions and exchanges of all Users, for quality control purposes and for Technical Support perspective, in addition to all other purposes as needed by the MECC.
  • The MECC may record online and offline communications conducted in any capacity or form with reference to assisting in the resolution of disputes and/or potential complaints.
  • All records will also be used to improve the Service, build a support knowledge base, and/or conduct internal market research. Recorded data will not be correlated with personally identifiable data about individual customers.

11. Cookies

  • A cookie is a message given to a web browser by a web server. The browser stores the message in a text file. The main purpose of cookies is to identify users and possibly prepare customized Web pages for them. Use of a cookie by the Website is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information while on our site and will not infringe on the privacy of our customers.

12. Minors

  • Our Website is not intended to appeal to persons under 18 years old (“Minors”). The MECC Website, services will take appropriate steps to delete any unauthorized private information of a child that has been collected, if it is discovered that such has been inadvertently collected.
  • All Users that represent that they are under the age of maturity in their state, province or country of residence require signed consent from their Legal Guardian.

13. Security

  • This Website takes every precaution to protect the information of users. When the user submits sensitive information via the Website, user information is protected both online and offline.
  • When our registration form asks the user to enter sensitive information (such as credit card number), the information is encrypted and is protected with the best encryption software.
  • The MECC continually monitors the Website and any corresponding Websites, ensuring all matters are dealt with, and everything is secure and protected. If we suspect anything then we will urgently pass any relevant information to law enforcement.
  • All employees are required to be up-to-date on our security and privacy practices. Every quarter, as well as any time new policies are added.
  • The servers that we store personally identifiable information on are kept in a secure environment. In situations that are required by law, we may disclose some information about our users to law enforcement officers.

14. Scam Prevention

  • The MECC holds no Responsibility or Liability in the case of any scam.
  • No User should communicate or use any methods outside of the Website and general MECC’s systems, as to prevent scams.
  • With common sense, usage of online sources and preventive measures, you should be able to be safe online.

15. Third-party Links

  • From time to time we may include links on our Website to third parties such as our partners, service providers, stockists, retailers and affiliates. If you choose to click on these links please note that we are not responsible or liable for their policies. It is your responsibility to read their policies before you choose to engage with those Websites.

16. Identity Theft

  • The MECC holds no responsibility or liability in the case of any Identity Theft.
  • No User should Communicate or use any methods outside of the Website systems, as to prevent scams.
  • With common sense, usage of online sources and preventive measures, you should be able to be safe online.

17. Your Rights

  • By using our Website we assume your agreement to this Privacy & GPDR policy.
  • If you do not wish for your personal data to be used as set out in this policy, you may write to us at:


GDPR Policy

This GDPR section covers all Users natural rights arising from all related European GDPR Regulation, with emphasis on GDPR Article 12; Art. 12 GDPR Transparent information, communication and modalities for the exercise of the rights of the data subject, Article 13; Information to be provided where personal data are collected from the data subject and Article 14; Information to be provided where personal data have not been obtained from the data subject.

1. Users Data Protection Rights

  • Our MECC wishes to ensure that all Users and Individuals subject to Data Collection have a full understanding of their rights and their entitlements;
    • Right of Access: All Users have the right to request copies of personal data.
      • The MECC will charge you a small and reasonable fee for this service.
    • Right of Rectification: All Users have the right to request that MECC corrects any information you believe is inaccurate.
      • Users also have the right to request that the MECC complete any information the User believes is incomplete.
    • Right of Erasure: Users have the right to request that MECC deletes their data, where it is no longer necessary in relation to the purpose for which it was collected or processed.
    • Right to Restrict Processing: Users have the right to request that the MECC restrict the processing of Personal data, under certain conditions.
    • Right to Object to Processing: Users have the right to object to the MECC’s processing of the Users personal data, under certain conditions.
    • Right to Data Portability: Users have the right to request that the MECC transfer all personal data collected to another organization, or directly to the User, under certain conditions.
  • Upon a User making a request, the MECC reserves the right to respond within 1 (one) month of receiving notice.
  • To exercise your GPDR rights please feel free to contact us immediately.

2. Cookies

  • Cookies are text files placed on your computer to collect standard Internet log information and visitor behavior information. When you visit our Website, we may collect information from you automatically through cookies or similar technology.
  • The MECC uses cookies in a range of ways to improve your experience on our website.
  • For further information, read our dedicated Cookies Policy.

3. External Websites & GDPR

  • The MECC Website may contain links to other Websites, our GDPR Policy applies only to the MECC Website.
    • Upon clicking on a link to an External Website, all Users should read their legal policies.

4. Updates

  • Our MECC keeps its GDPR Policy under regular review and places any updates on this web page.
  • This GPDR Policy was last updated on 11th August 2023.

5. Contact

  • Users can contact the MECC at any time using the dedicated Contact sections on the Website.

6. Authorities

  • If Users wish to file a report or complaint upon our MECC not addressing your GDPR rights in a satisfactory commission, please contact your jurisdictions Information Commissioner Office.