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The Comedy School Privacy Policy

Last updated: 18 May 2018


The Comedy School takes the privacy of all of its customers and supporters very seriously and is committed to respecting and protecting your personal information. We aim to be transparent about what information we hold about you, whichever way you are connected with us.

The purpose of this policy is to explain how The Comedy School collects, uses and protects any personal information we collect about you.

Collecting personal data helps us to develop a better understanding of everyone who engages with us – from course participants and event attendees to website users, our members and supporters. This allows us to work more effectively and helps us provide you with a better, more tailored service that we hope encourages you to get closer to our work and enjoy everything we have to offer.

We use your information strictly in accordance with all applicable data protection laws and you can be assured that any information provided will only be used in accordance with this privacy policy.

We will publish any updates to our privacy policy on our webpage ( and we recommend you check this page from time to time. If we make any significant changes in the way we treat your personal information we will make it clear in this policy.


The Comedy School Company Limited is a company limited by guarantee. Registered in England Reg No. 3574261.


If you have any questions regarding this privacy policy or your personal information, please contact   or write to us at: Data Enquiries, The Comedy School, 14-15 Gloucester Gate, London NW1 4HG


The accuracy of your personal information is important to us and you can help keep our records up to date by telling us when your contact details and other personal information changes, and if you change your mind about how we contact you.

Every email we send you will include details on how to change your communications preferences or unsubscribe from future communications.

It is important the personal information we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your personal information changes during your relationship with us.

If you would like to update the details we hold or change your contact preferences you can  contact the Office on 020 7486 1844 /


5.1        Depending on the reason for interacting with us, we may collect and hold the following information from you:

Identity Data: includes your first name, last name, title, date of birth, gender and contact details for your parent or guardian if you are under 16.

Contact Data: includes billing address, delivery address, email address, telephone numbers.

Education Data: if you are a student, including name of your college/university/community group and your course details.

Financial Data: includes bank account and payment card details if you are making a purchase or donation and your preferences relating to Gift Aid.

Transaction Data: includes details about payments to and from you and details of tickets or services you have purchased from us.

Supporter Data: includes information relating to memberships, donations, attendance at events and interests.

Health Data: if you have a disability, information about your access requirements (for example if you require wheelchair access, an assistance dog, assisted hearing audio descriptions, BSL interpretation or a seat for a personal assistant); information about your allergies or dietary requirements if you are participating or attending an event and information about your health if we are investigating an accident or other incident that has occurred at The Comedy School.

Image Data: includes your image and likeness as captured in photographs, video and audio recordings if you participate in a workshop or other event.

Technical Data: includes the technical data we collect when you visit our websites as further detailed in section 6 below.

Social Media: depending on your settings or the privacy policies for social media and messaging services like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram you may give us permission to access information from those accounts or services.

Usage Data: includes information about how you use our websites and services.

Marketing and Communications Data: includes your preferences in receiving marketing from us and our third parties and your communication preferences.

Evaluation Data: this helps us understand the impact of our work. Depending on what programme you participate in, it could include before and after surveys to explore outcomes and also your feedback.

Data Hygiene: occasionally we may screen our database against recognised data hygiene files such as National Change of Address file and cleanse our files or correct inaccurate data. We may also update inaccurate data if the information is available.

5.2        We will collect and aggregate on an anonymous basis information about you and your use of our services with information about other users of our services, such as statistical or demographic data,   for analysis, reporting to stakeholders (such as Arts Council England)  Comic Relief and to better understand our customers. For example, we may aggregate your Usage Data to calculate the percentage of users accessing a specific feature on one of our websites. However, if we combine or connect any of this type of data with your personal data so that it can directly or indirectly identify you, we treat the combined data as personal data which will be used in accordance with this privacy notice.


Directly from you: We collect personal information from you at multiple touch points, for example when you book for  an event, participate in a workshop or attend another event, speak to or email a member of our team,  make a donation, join as a member, subscribe to an email newsletter, respond to a survey, request marketing or fundraising information to be sent to you, enter a competition, provide feedback to us, fill out a form or provide any other information in any way.


We will only use your personal data when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we will use your personal data in the following circumstances:

To perform a contract with you, such as when you book a ticket for a showcase or course or other event, become a Comedy School member or give a donation or when we need to contact you with important information relating to your booking

To comply with a legal obligation, such as when you exercise your rights under data protection law or when we have to report to or respond to a request from government or law enforcement officials (such as reporting Gift Aid details to HMRC) or to meet national security or law enforcement requirements or prevent illegal activity

Based on your consent, for example when you have specifically consented for us to use your information. For example this could be to send you updates via email about what’s on, priority booking, The Comedy School news or information about membership or supporting us. This may also include us sharing your details with our partner organisations where you’ve consented to this.

Based on your explicit consent when you provide us with information about your health or access needs in order for us to provide you with tailored services, such as a wheelchair accessible space or seating for a captioned performance

As necessary for our legitimate interests in providing our services safely and securely in a suitable way which is tailored to your use and interests for the following purposes:

➢    To provide you with and improve our services

➢    To help us provide you with the best possible customer service and experience at The Comedy School

➢    To manage and administer our relationship with you, such as by keeping our database up to date, contacting you about administrative matters, renewing your membership or responding to your complaints or feedback

➢    To fundraise for example by alerting you to opportunities to support  The Comedy School through making a donation or becoming a member

➢    To enable you to participate in research, a survey or a competition

➢    To ensure the security of our websites and other technology systems

➢    To learn about your interests and preferences so that we can tailor your experience with  The Comedy School and provide you with information that is relevant to you

➢    For the purpose of marketing our services including sending marketing communications

➢    To learn about our audience and classify our audience into groups or segments, using booking, survey and publicly available information and ensure we are sending relevant messages to each group

➢    To use data analytics and research to improve the quality of the services we offer and define our marketing strategy

➢    To verify your identity for security purposes

➢    To help us ensure our customers are genuine and to prevent fraud

➢    For the management of our business, including keeping financial records, to allow us to pay suppliers and to charge, invoice or refund customers

➢    To record and investigate health and safety and other incidents which have happened at The Comedy School

➢    For market research and statistical analysis and to analyse the use of our services so that we can improve your experience at The Comedy School.

➢    For a small number of our audience and other contacts, for the purpose of better understanding their engagement with The Comedy School and their potential interest in supporting us further (see section 11 below for more details)

Note that we may process your personal information in reliance on more than one of the grounds listed above depending on the specific purpose for which we are using your data


We may share your personal information with our trusted service providers, sub-contractors and agents that we may appoint to perform functions on our behalf and in accordance with our instructions, including payment providers, event ticketing providers, email communication providers, market research analysts, IT service providers, postal mailing providers, accountants, auditors and lawyers.

We may also share your personal information with other venues or organisations with whom  The Comedy School works, but only if you have given your explicit consent to this.

We require all other organisations with whom we share your personal information to respect the security of your information and to treat it in accordance with the law. We do not allow our service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes.

We might also have to share your information if we have to by law or where we need to protect you or other people from harm.

Other than as expressly set out in this Privacy Policy, we will not sell, rent, trade or distribute your personal information to third parties without your express consent or are required by law to do so.


9.1 You can ask us to stop sending you marketing information at any time  by following the opt-out links on any marketing message sent to you or by contacting us any time as set out above in Paragraph 3.

9.2 Where you opt out of receiving marketing information, this will not apply to personal data provided to us when your purchase a ticket or other service from us.


We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal information from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal information to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need to know. They will only process your personal information on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

Your personal information is contained behind secured networks and is only accessible by a very limited number of persons who have special access rights to such systems, and who are required to keep the information secure and confidential. All financial transactions are processed through a gateway provider and are not stored or processed on our servers.

We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected data breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator when we are legally required to do so.

We will do our best to protect your personal information. However, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our website before it reaches us, and any transmission is therefore at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.


We will only keep your personal information in accordance with data protection law for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements. Where your information is no longer required, we will ensure it is disposed of, deleted or cached in a secure manner.

To determine the appropriate retention period for personal information, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the information, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of the information, the purposes for which we process your personal information and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.


You are in control of your personal information. Under certain circumstances you have the right to:

Request a copy of the personal information we hold about you

Ask us to correct information that’s wrong, to delete it or to request that we only use it for certain purposes.

Request that we provide your personal information to you or another organisation in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.

Object to us processing your personal information based on our legitimate interests.

Change your mind and ask us to stop using your information, for example, unsubscribing from any marketing emails. Please be aware that if you ask us to stop using your information we may not be able to provide certain services to you: we will let you know if this is the case.

If you would like to exercise any of your legal rights in relation to the personal information that we hold about you, please email at   or write to us at: Data Enquiries, The Comedy School, 14-15 Gloucester Gate, London NW1 4HG.

Your request must include your name, email address and postal address and we may request proof of your identity.

If you have a concern about the way in which we use your personal information, you may also make a complaint to a supervisory authority for data protection matters. In the UK this is the Information Commissioner’s Office: If you live in another EEA country, you may complain to the supervisory authority in your country.