Strange Voices from the Heartland

An essay competition on religion and culture
in Central and Eastern Europe

Privacy Policy

The organisers of the Strange Voices in the Heartland essay competition understand that your privacy is important to you and that you care about how your information is used and shared online. We respect and value the privacy of everyone who visits Our Site and will only collect and use information in ways that are useful to you and in a manner consistent with your rights and Our obligations under the law.This Policy applies to Our use of any and all data collected by Us in relation to your use of Our Site. Please read this Privacy Policy carefully and ensure that you understand it. Your acceptance of Our Privacy Policy is deemed to occur upon your first use of Our Site. If you do not accept and agree with this Privacy Policy, you must stop using Our Site immediately.

In this Policy the following terms shall have the following meanings:“Cookie” means a small text file placed on your computer or device by Our Site when you visit certain parts of Our Site and/or when you use certain features of Our Site;“Our Site” means this website,;“EU Cookie Law” means the relevant parts of the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 as amended in 2004, 2011 and 2015;“We/Us/Our”means the organisers of Strange Voices in the Heartland essay competition, The Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas.Our Site,, is owned and operated by The Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Definitions and Interpretation

It does not extend to any websites that are linked to from Our Site (whether We provide those links or whether they are shared by other users). We have no control over how your data is collected, stored or used by other websites and We advise you to check the privacy policies of any such websites before providing any data to them.

This Privacy Policy Applies Only to Your Use of Our Site

Some data will be collected automatically by Our Site. Other data will only be collected if you voluntarily submit it. Depending upon your use of Our Site, We may collect some or all of the following data: name; contact information such as email addresses and telephone numbers; essay; IP address (automatically collected); web browser type and version (automatically collected); operating system (automatically collected); a list of URLs starting with a referring site, your activity on Our Site, and the site you exit to (automatically collected).

What Data Do We Collect?

How Do We Use Your Data?

All personal data is stored securely in accordance with the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998. We use your data to provide the best possible products and services to you. This may include: Providing and managing your access to Our Site; Personalising and tailoring your experience on Our Site; Responding to communications from you; Supplying you with email newsletters, and event invitations that you have shown interest in. With your permission and/or where permitted by law, We may also use your data for marketing purposes which may include contacting you by email and/or telephone with information and news on this essay competition and future calls for papers. We will not, however, send you any unsolicited marketing or spam and will take all reasonable steps to ensure that We fully protect your rights and comply with Our obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003, as amended in 2004, 2011 and 2015.

We only keep your data for as long as We need to in order to use it as described above and/or for as long as We have your permission to keep it.Some or all of your data may be stored or transferred outside of the European Economic Area. You are deemed to accept and agree to this by using Our Site and submitting information to Us. If We do store or transfer data outside the EEA, We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that your data is treated as safely and securely as it would be within the EEA and under the Data Protection Act 1998. Such steps may include, but not be limited to, the use of legally binding contractual terms between Us and any third parties We engage and the use of the EU-approved Model Contractual Arrangements.Data security is of great importance to Us, and to protect your data We have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure data collected through Our Site.Notwithstanding the security measures that We take, it is important to remember that the transmission of data via the internet may not be completely secure and that you are advised to take suitable precautions when transmitting to Us data via the internet.

How and Where Do We Store Your Data?

We may share your data with the Organisers of this essay competition and the Jury.We may sometimes contract with third parties to supply products and services to you on Our behalf. Such functions may include Website hosting, analysing data, marketing, call center and other support services. Where any of your data is required for such a purpose, We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that your data will be handled safely, securely, and in accordance with your rights, Our obligations, and the obligations of the third party under the law.We may compile statistics about the use of Our Site including data on traffic, usage patterns, user numbers, sales and other information. All such data will be anonymised and will not include any personally identifying information. We may from time to time share such data with third parties such as prospective investors, affiliates, partners and advertisers. Data will only be shared and used within the bounds of the law.In certain circumstances We may be legally required to share certain data held by Us, which may include your personal information, for example, where We are involved in legal proceedings, where We are complying with the requirements of legislation, a court order, or a governmental authority. We do not require any further consent from you in order to share your data in such circumstances and will comply as required with any legally binding request that is made of Us.

Do We Share Your Data?

The data controller is the Pontificia Università San Tommaso D’Aquino in Urbe, located in Rome, largo Angelicum, 1 – 00184 Roma – C.F. 80121550588, internet site, in the person of the Rector pro tempore.

The contact information for the data controller are as follows:

Email:; Tel: +39 06 6702354; Data Protection Officer (RPD/DPO):Cmp sicurezza & privacy s.r.l. – Via IV Novembre 75 – 00040 Grottaferrata (RM) – Pec: con RDP incaricata Dott.ssa Eleonora Torcè

Data Protection Officer

When you submit information via Our Site, you may be given options to restrict Our use of your data. In particular, We aim to give you strong controls on Our use of your data for direct marketing purposes.

How Can You Control Your Data?

You may access certain areas of Our Site without providing any data at all. However, to use all features and functions available on Our Site you may be required to submit or allow for the collection of certain data.You may restrict your internet browser’s use of Cookies. For more information, see

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