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Privacy Policy



Linguaphone Group Limited (referred to below as “LGL”, “us” or “we”) respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your personal data, in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation as implemented in the UK and applicable data protection law relating to the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (the “GDPR”).

This privacy notice tells you how we look after your personal data when you use services connected to our Linguaphone Group online portal (“LGL”), regardless of where you use it from, and, together with our terms of use relating to the LGL Service  – “Contract”), tells you about your privacy rights and how the law protects you.

This privacy notice is set out so that you can click on links to jump to the specific areas set out below.

Please also use the Glossary to understand the meaning of some of the terms used in this privacy notice.












Purpose of this privacy notice

This privacy notice aims to give you information on how Linguaphone collects and processes your personal data through your use of LGL, including any data you may provide through DE Live when using any of our services or learning materials and content.

It is important that you read this privacy notice together with any other privacy notice or fair processing notice we may provide on specific occasions when we are collecting or processing personal data about you so that you are fully aware of how and why we are using your data. This privacy notice supplements the other notices and is not intended to override them.

Controller and EU representative

Linguaphone Group Limited is the controller and responsible for your personal data.

Email address:

Postal address:  3rd Floor, Ci TOWER St. George Sq, New Malden KT3 4HG

We have appointed a representative established in the EU who represents us with regards to our obligations under the GDPR and who is responsible for overseeing questions in relation to this privacy notice. If you have any questions about this privacy notice, including any requests to exercise your legal rights, please contact the representative using the details set out below.


European Representative under Article 27 of GDPR

We have appointed EU Rep as our Representative under Article 27 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). All GDPR queries from EU Data Subjects or Data Protection authorities should be addressed to  BizLegal Ltd trading as EU Rep have their registered office at 27 Cork Road, Middleton Co. Cork, Ireland. Company number 635921.

You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner’s Office, the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues. However, we would appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach them, so please contact us in the first instance.


This version was last updated on 27 September 2021.

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

Please also ensure that all data you submit is accurate at the time of submission.


DE Live may include links to third-party websites, plug-ins and applications. Clicking on those links or enabling those connections may allow third parties to collect or share data about you. We do not control these third-party websites and are not responsible for their privacy statements. When you leave our website, we encourage you to read the privacy notice of every website you visit.


  • Personal data, or personal information, means any information about an individual from which that person can be identified. It does not include data where the identity has been removed (anonymous data).

    We may collect, use, store and transfer different kinds of personal data about you which we have grouped together as follows:

    • Identity Data includes first name, maiden name, last name, username or similar identifier, title, gender and country location.

    • Contact Data includes email address, country location and telephone numbers.

    • Financial Data includes bank account and payment card details.

    • Technical Data includes internet protocol (IP) address, your login data, browser type and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform and other technology on the devices you use to access this website.

    • Profile Data includes your username and password, any data concerning your interests, preferences, feedback and responses which you submit via the website or any free text box including but not limited to any note or message you leave for us via the website.

    • Usage Data includes information about how you use our website, products and services including the full Uniform Resource Locators (URL) clickstream to, through and from our website (including date and time), pages and information you viewed or searched for, content downloaded from the website, page response times, download errors, length of visits to particular pages, page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks and mouse-overs), the last page viewed on our website before leaving it and methods used to browse away from the page.

We may also collect, use and share Aggregated Data such as statistical or demographic data for any purpose. Aggregated Data may be derived from your personal data but is not considered personal data in law as this data does not directly or indirectly reveal your identity. For example, we may aggregate your Usage Data to calculate the percentage of users accessing a specific website feature. However, if we combine or connect Aggregated 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.

We do not collect any Special Categories of Personal Data about you (this includes details about your race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sex life, sexual orientation, political opinions, trade union membership, information about your health and genetic and biometric data). Nor do we collect any information about criminal convictions and offences.


You are entirely free to choose which, if any, information you wish to input and include in any message or note submitted by you on DE Live, although it must be accurate and not misleading, defamatory, denigratory, pornographic, illegal or offensive to others. You don’t have to provide any and it is your choice as to what information you do include. Please DO NOT post or add sensitive personal data referred to above as the Special Categories of Personal Data to your message or note on LGL.


Where we need to collect personal data by law, or under the Contract we have with you or in connection with services you have contracted or wish to contract for with us or one of our licensees or their sub-licensees and you fail to provide that data when requested, we may not be able to perform the Contract we have or are trying to enter into with you or provide the services or information you have asked for. In this case, we may have to suspend or cancel a service you want to have from us but we will notify you if this is the case at the time.


We use different methods to collect data from and about you including through:

  • Direct interactions. You may give us your Identity Data, Contact Data and Profile Data by filling in forms or by corresponding with us by post, phone, email or otherwise. This includes personal data you provide when you:

  1. use the services of LGL (including any tests answers you submit, any information you submit via interactive services accessed on or via LGL such as, by way of example, virtual classes;

  2. submit a message or note on or via the website in relation to our services or licences you may be interested in finding out more about; or

  3. give us some feedback or report a problem with LGL

  • Automated technologies or interactions. As you interact with LGL, we may automatically collect Technical Data and Usage Data about your equipment, browsing actions and patterns. We collect this personal data by using cookies, server logs and other similar technologies. Please see our cookie policy for further details.

  • Third parties or publicly available sources. We may receive personal data about you from various third parties and public sources as set out below:

  1. Technical Data from analytics providers such as Google based outside EEA.

  2. Identity Data and Contract Data from publicly available databases.


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:

  • Where we need to perform the Contract we are about to enter into or have entered into with you or in relation to the licensing of products, rights or services you have contracted for with us.

  • Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests.

  • Where we need to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation.

Click here to find out more about the types of lawful basis that we will rely on to process your personal data.


We have set out below, in a table format, a description of all the ways we plan to use your personal data, and which of the legal bases we rely on to do so. We have also identified what our legitimate interests are where appropriate.

Please be aware that we may process your personal data for more than one lawful ground depending on the specific purpose for which we are using your data.

Please contact us if you need details about the specific legal ground we are relying on to process your personal data where more than one ground has been set out in the table below.


Type of data

Lawful basis for processing including basis of legitimate interest

To verify your age

(a) Identity

(b) Contact

Necessary to comply with the legal obligation to verify if the Contract is executed by an individual being at least 18 years old

To register a new user of our services, products and rights, by creating a user’s account on De Live

(a) Identity

(b) Contact

(c) Profile

Performance of the Contract with you

To process and deliver our users’ orders for products and services

(a) Identity

(b) Contact

(c) Financial

(a) Performance of the Contract

(b) Necessary for our legitimate interests (to ensure that we are able to provide services and materials appropriately to ensure we are fulfilling orders placed by you as a licensee)

To manage our relationship with you which will include:

(a) Notifying you about changes to our Contract or privacy policy

(b) Providing you with updates in relation to products/services falling within the scope of your Contract

(c) Tracking referrals made by you of other third parties as users/licensees

(d) Providing you with reports on franchise and licensing arrangements in your jurisdiction where you have requested these

(a) Identity

(b) Contact

(c) Profile

(a) Performance of the Contract with you

(b) Necessary to comply with a legal obligation

(c) Necessary for our legitimate interests (to help market, develop and grow our business, to ensure proper operation of our licensee networks and to ensure you are appropriately credited for any introductions and referrals you make to us)

To administer and protect our business and DE Live (including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, system maintenance, support, reporting and hosting of data)

(a) Identity

(b) Contact

(c) Technical

(d) Usage

(a) Necessary for our legitimate interests (for running our business, provision of administration and IT services, network security, to prevent fraud and in the context of a business reorganisation or group restructuring exercise)

(b) Necessary to comply with a legal obligation

To ascertain, exercise or defend our rights in court or before any other competent authority


(a) Identity

(b) Contact

(c) Technical

(d) Usage


Necessary for our legitimate interests (for ascertaining, exercising or defending our rights related to DE Live, our products or services, our company and business, in court or before any other competent authority)

To deliver relevant technical content and recommendations on DE Live to you and measure or understand the effectiveness of the recommendations we serve to you

(a) Identity

(b) Contact

(c) Profile

(d) Usage

(e) Technical

Necessary for our legitimate interests (to study how users use our products/services and website, to develop them, to grow our business and to inform our operating and marketing strategy)

To use data analytics to improve LGL, products/services, marketing, customer relationships and experiences

(a) Technical

(b) Usage

Necessary for our legitimate interests (to define types of licensees for our products and services, to keep our website updated and relevant, to enhance licensee resources and to develop our business and to inform our operating strategy)

To generate leads and prospects lists and databases with a view to using the same to market our licensing arrangements, services and products to you

(a)  Identity

(b) Contact

(c)  Profile

(d) Usage

(e)  Technical

Necessary for our legitimate interests (to create marketing leads and grow our business and to inform our operating and marketing strategy)


We strive to provide you with choices regarding certain personal data uses, particularly around marketing and advertising. We have established the following personal data control mechanisms:


We will send you content and marketing materials concerning DE Live or similar products or services that we believe to be appropriate and may be of interest to you from time to time.

This processing is based on our legitimate interest in growing our business, consisting of the benefit that we may obtain from sending commercial communications concerning LGL, or services, products and initiatives similar to LGL, to encourage users to take up such services, products and initiatives and to become involved with and further our growth and development.

You will receive marketing communications from us if you are one of our users of LGL, and you have not opted out of receiving that marketing.

You may opt out of receiving this content and marketing at any time by clicking the relevant ‘opt-out’ link or by contact us .


You can ask us to stop sending you marketing messages at any time by contact us at any time.

Where you opt out of receiving these marketing messages, this will not apply to personal data provided to us as a result of you using our services or undertaking one of our training or learning programmes or courses.


You can set your browser to refuse all or some browser cookies, or to alert you when websites set or access cookies. If you disable or refuse cookies, please note that some parts of DE Live may become inaccessible or not function properly. For more information about the cookies we use, please see Cookie Policy.


We will only use your personal data for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose. If you wish to get an explanation as to how the processing for the new purpose is compatible with the original purpose, please contact us .

If we need to use your personal data for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and we will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so.

Please note that we may process your personal data without your knowledge or consent, in compliance with the above rules, where this is required or permitted by law.


We may have to share your personal data with the parties set out below for the purposes set out in the table in paragraph 4 above.

  • Other users of LGL.

  • Our employees.

  • Specific Third Parties as set out in the Glossary.

  • Third parties to whom we may choose to sell, transfer, or merge parts of our business or our assets. Alternatively, we may seek to acquire other businesses or merge with them. If a change happens to our business, then the new owners may use your personal data in the same way as set out in this privacy notice.

We require all third parties to respect the security of your personal data and to treat it in accordance with the law. We do not allow our third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes and only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.

Your social profile will be visible to users of LGL, so any personal data you choose to include there will be viewable. Please DO NOT include personal or sensitive data within your social profile which you do not wish to be visible to third parties.


Many of our Specific Third Parties are based outside the European Economic Area (EEA) so their processing of your personal data will involve a transfer of data outside the EEA.

Whenever we transfer your personal data out of the EEA, we ensure a similar degree of protection is afforded to it by ensuring at least one of the following safeguards is implemented:

  • Where we use certain Specific Third Parties, we may use specific contracts approved for use in respect of transmission of such data by any relevant authority and which are intended to give personal data the same protection it has in the UK. For further details, see European Commission: Model contracts for the transfer of personal data to third countries, by way of an example.

  • Where we share personal data with employees or providers based outside the UK, we may transfer data to them based on relevant permitted transfer arrangements under applicable data protection legislation, such as the EU-US Privacy Shield or the trade deal arrangements between the UK and EU Commission, which provide for equivalent levels of protection for personal data to those provided within the UK.

Please contact us if you want further information on the specific mechanism used by us when transferring your personal data out of the EEA.


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

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


How long will you use my personal data for?

We will only retain your personal data for as long as is reasonably necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for. In particular, the retention policy applicable to your personal data is:

  • for the purposes necessary to verify your age: if you do not accept the Contract, for a period of 3 weeks after your attempt to register to LGL;

  • for the purposes necessary for using LGL: during the Contract and for a period of 6 months after the termination of the Contract;

  • for the purposes of marketing: for a period of 24 months following your last interaction with us demonstrating an interest in receiving communications concerning us, including requesting of information or participating in initiatives promoted by us;

  • for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements: for the maximum period provided for by the applicable law;

  • for the purposes of ascertaining, exercising or defending our rights: for a maximum of 10 years from when the personal data are collected or, if longer, until the end of the potential claim or litigation.

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

In some circumstances you can ask us to delete your data: see Request erasure of your personal data below for further information.

In some circumstances we may anonymise your personal data (so that it can no longer be associated with you) for research or statistical purposes in which case we may use this information indefinitely without further notice to you.


Under certain circumstances, you have rights under data protection laws in relation to your personal data. Please click on the links below to find out more about these rights:

  • Request access to your personal data.

  • Request correction of your personal data.

  • Request erasure of your personal data.

  • Object to processing of your personal data.

  • Request restriction of processing your personal data.

  • Request transfer of your personal data.

If you wish to exercise any of the rights set out above, please contact us.

No fee usually required

You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal data (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with your request in these circumstances.

What we may need from you

We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access your personal data (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is a security measure to ensure that personal data is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. We may also contact you to ask you for further information in relation to your request to speed up our response.

Time limit to respond

We try to respond to all legitimate requests within one month. Occasionally it may take us longer than a month if your request is particularly complex or you have made a number of requests. In this case, we will notify you and keep you updated.



Legitimate Interest means the interest of our business in conducting and managing our business to enable us to give you the best service/product and the best and most secure experience. We make sure we consider and balance any potential impact on you (both positive and negative) and your rights before we process your personal data for our legitimate interests. We do not use your personal data for activities where our interests are overridden by the impact on you (unless we have your consent or are otherwise required or permitted to by law). You can obtain further information about how we assess our legitimate interests against any potential impact on you in respect of specific activities by contact us .

Performance of the Contract means processing your data where it is necessary for the performance of the Contract to which you are a party or to take steps at your request before entering into the Contract.

Comply with a legal or regulatory obligation means processing your personal data where it is necessary for compliance with a legal or regulatory obligation that we are subject to.


Specific Third Parties

  • Suppliers and sub-contractors for the performance of the Contract we enter into with you to provide educational services to you relating to the teaching of English. This will include but is not limited to third party operators of our affiliated learning and educational centres and teachers, based in the United Kingdom and inside and outside the EEA.

  • Our IT service providers based in your local jurisdiction (i.e. the country where you live and/or access the website from) and the United Kingdom who provide cloud-based IT operational and data hosting systems and administration services and accounting services.

  • Our newsletter and email services providers responsible for sending out email updates and newsletters on our behalf, based in the United Kingdom and inside and outside the EEA, such as MailChimp.

  • Our remote data centre providers based in your local jurisdiction and the United Kingdom who provide us with data storage services, such as Google Analytics.

  • Our licensees and sub-licensees in your local jurisdiction who currently have licensing arrangements in place with us where you express an interest in becoming a licensee or sub-licensee in that jurisdiction.

  • Professional advisers including lawyers, bankers, auditors and insurers based within the United Kingdom and your local jurisdiction who provide consultancy, banking, legal, insurance and accounting services.

  • HM Revenue & Customs, regulators and other authorities based in the United Kingdom and any local equivalent in your jurisdiction if/when relevant.


You have the right to:

  • Request access to your personal data (commonly known as a “data subject access request”). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal data we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.

    Request correction of the personal data that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate data we hold about you corrected, though we may need to verify the accuracy of the new data you provide to us.

    Request erasure of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal data where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal data where you have successfully exercised your right to object to processing (see the paragraph below), where we may have processed your information unlawfully or where we are required to erase your personal data to comply with local law. Note, however, that we may not always be able to comply with your request of erasure for specific legal reasons which will be notified to you, if applicable, at the time of your request.

    Object to processing of your personal data where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground as you feel it impacts on your fundamental rights and freedoms. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal data for direct marketing purposes. In some cases, we may demonstrate that we have compelling legitimate grounds to process your information which override your rights and freedoms.

    Request restriction of processing of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of your personal data in the following scenarios: (a) if you want us to establish the data’s accuracy; (b) where our use of the data is unlawful but you do not want us to erase it; (c) where you need us to hold the data even if we no longer require it as you need it to establish, exercise or defend legal claims; or (d) you have objected to our use of your data but we need to verify whether we have overriding legitimate grounds to use it.

    Request the transfer of your personal data to you or to a third party. We will provide to you, or a third party you have chosen, your personal data in a structured, commonly used, machine-readable format. Note that this right only applies to automated information which you initially provided consent for us to use or where we used the information to perform a contract with you.

    Withdraw consent at any time where we are relying on your consent to process your personal data. However, this will not affect the lawfulness of any processing carried out before you withdraw your consent. If you withdraw your consent, we may not be able to provide certain products or services to you. We will advise you if this is the case at the time you withdraw your consent.

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