AKVO RSR AND RSR UP PRIVACY POLICY

 

Key privacy points: The stuff you really care about

If you are an Akvo RSR, or Akvo RSR Up, user
  • Your project data is owned by you. Not only that, but the Akvo Foundation treats your projects as if they were private (except if you have selected to publish the projects from Akvo RSR via a public URL or embed code).  We don’t sell them to anyone and we don’t use the project data you import for purposes unrelated to you or our services, except in a limited set of circumstances (e.g. if we are compelled by a subpoena, or if you’ve given us permission to do so).
  • We safeguard collected data. The Akvo Foundation acts as a mere custodian of that data.
  • We hold your data securely. Read our Security Statement for more information.
  • Project data is stored on servers located in the European Union. The Akvo Foundation will process your project data on your behalf and under your instructions (including the ones agreed to in this privacy policy).
If you view projects and publicly shared data
  • Projects are administered by Akvo RSR & Akvo RSR Up Users. Akvo RSR Users create thousands of projects each day using our services. We host the projects on our websites and collect visitor web analytics. If you have any questions about a project, please contact the project creator directly as The Akvo Foundation is not responsible for the content of that project. The project creator is usually the organisation that has publicly shared the project and sometimes they have their own privacy policy.
  • We don’t sell your data to third parties. The Akvo Foundation doesn’t sell or share your visitor data with third party advertisers or marketers (although the project creator might, so check with them). The Akvo Foundation merely acts as a custodian on behalf of the project creator who controls your data, except as further described in this privacy policy with regard to projects published from Akvo RSR via a public URL.
  • If you think a project violates our Terms of Service or may be engaging in illegal activity, report it to privacy@akvo.org.

Detailed privacy points: The long read

Privacy for Akvo RSR, and Akvo RSR Up users
  1. What information does Akvo RSR collect?
    • When you use Akvo RSR, we collect information relating to you and your use of our services from a variety of sources. These are listed below. The sections afterward describe what we do with this information.
  2. Information we collect directly from you
    • Registration information. You need an Akvo RSR account before you can create or manage projects on Akvo RSR. When you register for an account, we collect your username and email address. Your account is created  within Akvo RSR, usually by your User Administrator, an email is sent to you for verification of the account.
    • Account settings. You can update your user settings from within Akvo RSR.
    • Project data. We store your project data for you.
    • Other data you intentionally share. We may collect your personal information or data if you submit it to us in other contexts. For example, if you provide us with a testimonial.
    • We don’t share or abuse your data.  Rest assured, the Akvo Foundation will not sell your data to any third parties.
  3. Information we collect about you indirectly or passively when you interact with us
    • Usage data. We collect usage data about you whenever you interact with our services. This may include which web pages you visit, what you click on, when you performed those actions, and so on. Additionally, like most websites today, our web servers keep log files that record data each time a device accesses those servers. The log files contain data about the nature of each access, including originating IP addresses, internet service providers, the files viewed on our site (e.g., HTML pages, graphics, etc.), operating system versions, and timestamps.
    • Device data. We collect data from the device and application you use to access our services, such as your IP address, operating system version, device type, system and performance information, and browser type. We may also infer your geographic location based on your IP address.
    • Referral data. If you arrive at an Akvo RSR website from an external source (such as a link on another website or in an email), we record information about the source that referred you to us.
    • Information from third parties. We may collect your personal information or data from third parties if you give permission to those third parties to share your information with us.
    • Information from page tags. We use third party tracking services that employ cookies and page tags (also known as web beacons) to collect aggregated and anonymized data about visitors to our websites. This data includes usage and user statistics. Emails sent by Akvo RSR or by users through our services may include page tags that allow the sender to collect information about who opened those emails and clicked on links in them. We do this to allow the email sender to measure the performance of their email messaging and to learn how to improve email deliverability and open rates.
  4. How does Akvo RSR use the information we collect?
    • To monitor, maintain, and improve our services and features. We internally perform statistical and other analysis on information we collect (including usage data, device data, referral data, project data and information from page tags) to analyze and measure user behavior and trends, to understand how people use our services, and to monitor, troubleshoot and improve our services, including to help us evaluate or devise new features. We may use your information for internal purposes designed to keep our services secure and operational, such as for troubleshooting and testing purposes, and for service improvement, product updates, research and development purposes.
    • We treat your project data as information that is private to you (except if you have selected to publish the projects from Akvo RSR via a public URL or embed code). We know that, in many cases, you want to keep your project data (which we collectively refer to as “project data”) unpublished. Unless you decide to publish your project data and share it with the public via a public URL, we do not use your project data other than as described in this privacy policy or unless we have your express consent. We do not sell your project data to third parties.
    • Generally, we use the information we collect from you in connection with providing our services to you and, on your behalf, to your project beneficiaries or donors. For example, specific ways we use this information are listed below. (See the next section of this privacy policy to see who we share your information with.) However, this privacy policy is not intended to restrict our use of project data you have selected to publish from Akvo RSR via a public URL.
    • To provide you with our services.
      • This includes providing you with customer support, which requires us to access your information to assist you (such as with project reporting, updates and creation or technical troubleshooting).
      • In order to provide you with useful options to use the services together with social media and other applications, we may give you the option to export information to, and collect information from, third party applications and websites. When exporting and collecting such information, you may be disclosing your information to the individuals or organisations responsible for operating and maintaining such third party applications and sites, and your information may be accessible by others visiting or using those applications or sites. We do not own or operate the applications or websites that you connect with, and you should review the privacy policies and statements of such websites to ensure you are comfortable with the ways in which they use the information you share with them.
    • To manage our services. We internally use your information, including certain project data, for the following limited purposes:
      • To enforce our Terms of Service.
      • To prevent potentially illegal activities.
      • To screen for and prevent undesirable or abusive activity.
      • To create new services, features or content. We may use your project data and project metadata (that is, data about the characteristics of a project) for our internal purposes to create and provide new services, features or content. In relation to project metadata, we may look at statistics like view rates, results framework statistics, and the average number of updates in a project and publish interesting observations about these for informational or marketing purposes. When we do this, neither individual project creators nor project data will be identified or identifiable unless we have obtained permission.
    • To facilitate account creation and the logon process. To create your Akvo RSR account we use the information you allowed us to collect to facilitate the account creation and login process.
    • To contact you about your service or account. We occasionally send you communications of a transactional nature (e.g. service-related announcements, billing-related matters, changes to our services or policies). You can’t opt out of these communications since they are required to provide our services to you.
    • To contact you for marketing purposes. We will only do this if you have consented to our contacting you for this purpose. For example, during the account registration process we may ask for your permission to use your information to contact you for promotional purposes. You may opt out of these communications at any time by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link in the communication sent to you.
    • To respond to legal requests and prevent harm. If we receive a subpoena or other legal request, we may need to inspect the data we hold to determine how to respond.
  5. With whom do we share or disclose your information?
    • We don’t sell your project data.
    • When might we disclose your project data to third parties? Only for a limited number of reasons. We share your information with our service providers who help us to provide our services to you. We contractually bind these service providers to keep your information confidential and to use it only for the purpose of providing their services. By using our services, you authorise the Akvo Foundation to sub-contract in this manner on your behalf. In rare circumstances, we may share information if required by law.
  6. Sharing your projects with the public. From Akvo RSR it is only possible to share your projects publicly if you have selected to publish the projects from Akvo RSR via a public URL or embed code.

  7. We recognise that you have entrusted us with safeguarding the privacy of your information. Because that trust is very important to us, the only time we will disclose or share your personal information or project data with a third party is when we have done one of three things, in accordance with applicable law: (a) given you notice, such as in this privacy policy; (b) obtained your express consent, such as through an opt-in checkbox; or (c) de-identified or aggregated the information so that individuals or other entities cannot reasonably be identified by it. Where required by law, we will obtain your express electronic or written consent prior to disclosing or sharing any personal information.
  8. We may disclose:
    • Your information to our service providers. We use service providers who help us to provide you with our services. We give relevant persons working for some of these providers access to your information, but only to the extent necessary for them to perform their services for us. We also implement reasonable contractual and technical protections to ensure the confidentiality of your personal information and data is maintained, used only for the provision of their services to us, and handled in accordance with this privacy policy. Examples of service providers include cloud hosting services and web traffic analytics tools.
    • Your email address. The email address under which you’ve registered your account is used to access projects created by or managed by an organisation. As the projects belong to or are controlled by an organisation, we may disclose that email address to that organisation in order to help it understand who associated with that organisation uses Akvo RSR, and to assist the organisation with its accounts.
    • Your information if required or permitted by law. We may disclose your information as required or permitted by law, or when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, protect your safety or the safety of others, and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, subpoena, or other legal process served on us.
    • Your information if there’s a change in organisation ownership or structure. If ownership of all or substantially all of our organisation changes, or we undertake a reorganisation (including a merger or consolidation) or any other action or transfer between the Akvo Foundation entities, you expressly consent to the Akvo Foundation transferring your information to the new owner or successor entity so that we can continue providing our services. If required, the Akvo Foundation will notify the applicable data protection agency in each jurisdiction of such a transfer in accordance with the notification procedures under applicable data protection laws.
  9. What are your rights to your information? You can:
    • Update your account details. You can update your account information by logging into your Akvo RSR account.
    • Access and correct your personal information. As an account holder, you may access and correct certain personal information that the Akvo Foundation holds about you by logging into your Akvo RSR account.  Account holders and other individuals have certain legal rights to obtain information of whether we hold personal information about them, to access personal information we hold about them, and to obtain its correction, update, amendment or deletion in appropriate circumstances.  For some information, these rights may be exercised through updating your user account as mentioned above, and in all cases, requests to exercise these rights may be directed to privacy@akvo.org. These rights are subject to some exceptions, such as where giving you access would have an unreasonable impact on the privacy of other individuals. We will respond to your request to exercise these rights within a reasonable time and, where required by law or where we deem it otherwise appropriate and practicable to do so, we will honor your request.
    • Download/backup your project data. Depending on your user permissions, we provide you with the ability to export, share and publish your project data.
    • Delete your project data. Deleting project data will permanently delete project data immediately. As long as you maintain an account with us, we may retain your deleted data for a limited time in case you delete something by accident and need to restore it (which you can request by contacting the Akvo RSR Support Team). If your data was previously made available to the public through other means such as by sharing it on social media or uploading it to another website, this is beyond our control.
    • Cancel your account. To cancel and delete your user account, please contact your employer who has the authority and permission to control users in the system. Deleting your account may cause all the project data in the account to be permanently deleted from our systems within a reasonable time period, as permitted by law, and will disable your access to any other services that require an Akvo RSR account. We will respond to any such request, and any appropriate request to access, correct, update or delete your personal information within the time period specified by law (if applicable) or without excessive delay. We will promptly fulfill requests to delete personal data unless the request is not technically feasible or such data is required to be retained by law (in which case we will block access to such data, if required by law). To request all personal data be removed from the Akvo Foundation please complete the removal form.
  10. For how long do we retain your data? We generally retain your data for as long as you have an account with us (unless deleted by you), or to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, or enforce our agreements. Data that is deleted from our servers may remain as residual copies on offsite backup media for up to approximately 12 months afterward. We describe our retention practices in more detail in our Retention Policy.
  11. Security, cookies and other important information
    • Changes to this privacy policy. We may modify this privacy policy at any time, but if we do so, we will notify you by publishing the changes on this website. If we determine the changes are material, we will provide you with additional, prominent notice as is appropriate under the circumstances, such as via email or in another conspicuous manner reasonably designed to notify you. If, after being informed of these changes, you do not cancel your account and continue to use our services beyond the advance-notice period, you will be considered as having expressly consented to the changes in our privacy policy. If you disagree with the terms of this privacy policy or any updated privacy policy, you may contact your User Administrator to close your account at any time.
      • Security. Details about the Akvo Foundation’s security practices are available in our Security Statement. We are committed to handling your personal information and data with integrity and care. However, regardless of the security protections and precautions we undertake, there is always a risk that your personal data may be viewed and used by unauthorised third parties as a result of collecting and transmitting your data through the Internet. If you have any questions about the security of your personal information, contact Akvo RSR support.
      • Data locations. Our Cloud services are based in the European Union, so your personal information will be hosted and processed by us in the European Union, unless requested otherwise. Your personal information may also be processed in, or transferred or disclosed to, countries in which the Akvo Foundation subsidiaries and offices are located and in which our service providers are located or have servers. You can view where our offices are located on the Contact us page of our Website.
      • Cookies. We and our partners use cookies and similar technologies on our websites. Cookies are small bits of data we store on the device you use to access our services so we can recognize repeat users. Each cookie expires after a certain period of time, depending on what we use it for. We use cookies and similar technologies for several reasons:
        • For security reasons. We use cookies to authenticate your identity, such as confirming whether you are currently logged into Akvo RSR.
        • To provide you with personalised content. We may store user preferences, such as your default language, in cookies to personalise the content you see.
        • To improve our services. We use cookies to measure your usage of our websites and track referral data, as well as to occasionally display different versions of content to you. This information helps us to develop and improve our services and optimize the content we display to users.
        • Piwik Pro Analytics/Matomo &/or HubSpot. In addition to the above, we have implemented on our websites and other services certain Piwik Pro Analytics/Matomo &/or HubSpot features that support tracking visitors to our websites. You may opt out of certain types of web analytics tracking through our Cookies policy page.
        • Refer to your web browser’s configuration documentation to learn how to disable cookies if you would like to block this tracking. Please note that doing this may adversely impact your ability to use our services. Enabling cookies ensures a smoother experience when using our websites. By using our websites and agreeing to this privacy policy, you expressly consent to the use of cookies as described in this policy.
      • Online Tracking. We currently do comply with any web browser’s “do not track” signal or other similar mechanism that indicates a request to disable online tracking of individual users who visit our websites or use our services.
      • Safety of Children. Our services are not intended for and may not permissibly be used by individuals under the age of 13. The Akvo Foundation does not collect personal data from persons under 13 or allow them to register. If it comes to our attention that we have collected personal data from such a person, we may delete this information without notice. It is the responsibility of the project creator to ensure that they have obtained the required legal consent for personal data collection of children.  If you have reason to believe that this has occurred illegally, please contact our Data Compliance Coordinator on gdpr@akvo.org.
      • English version controls. Non-English translations of this privacy policy are provided for convenience. In the event of any ambiguity or conflict between translations, the English version is authoritative.
  12. Additional information for European Union users
    • Akvo RSR provides services to users through The Akvo Foundation, ‘s-Gravenhekje 1A, 1011 TG Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
    • “Personal data”. For users located in the EU, references to “personal information” in this policy are equivalent to what is commonly referred to as “personal data” in the EU.
    • About IP addresses. Our servers record the incoming IP addresses of visitors to our websites (whether or not the visitor has an Akvo RSR account) and store the IP addresses in log files. We use these log files for purposes such as system administration and maintenance, record keeping, tracking referring web sites, inferring country/city location, and security purposes (e.g. controlling abuse, spam and DDOS attacks). By agreeing to this privacy policy, you expressly consent to Akvo RSR using your IP address for the foregoing purposes.
    • Data controller. The Akvo Foundation, whose contact information is listed above, is the data controller for registration, billing and other account information that we collect from users in the EU. However, the data controller for project data is the project creator. The project creator determines how their project data are used and disclosed. The Akvo Foundation only processes such project data via Akvo RSR in accordance with the instructions and permissions (including those given under this privacy policy) selected by the Akvo RSR User when they create and administer their project.
    • Accessing and correcting your personal data. You have the right to access and correct the personal information that the Akvo Foundation holds about you. This right may be exercised by contacting your User Administrator or by contacting privacy@akvo.org.
    • Your responsibilities. By using our services, you agree to comply with applicable data protection requirements when collecting and using your project data, such as requirements to collect consent, inform respondents about the specific uses and disclosures of their data
  13. Consents. By acceptance of this privacy policy, you expressly consent to the following:
    • You consent to the collection, use, disclosure and processing of your personal data in the manner described in this privacy policy, including our procedures relating to cookies, IP addresses and log files.
    • Our Cloud hosted servers are based in the European Union, so your personal data will be primarily processed by us in the European Union. You consent to the transfer and processing of your personal data in the European Union by the Akvo Foundation and in the data locations identified in Section 5 by our various affiliates and service providers.
    • You consent and agree that we may transfer your data to data processors located in countries upon your instruction.
    • You consent to us sharing your personal data with relevant persons working for service providers who assist us to provide our services.
    • If you have enabled cookies on your web browser, you consent to our use of cookies as described in this privacy policy.
Privacy for viewing projects and publicly shared data
  1. What information does Akvo RSR collect?
    • When you view projects hosted by Akvo RSR, we collect, on behalf and upon instructions (including the ones provided in this privacy policy) of project creators, information relating to you. The sections afterward describe what we do with this information.
  2. Information we process about you
    • Project data. We collect and store the project data that the project creator imports. The project creator is responsible for this data and manages it. If you have any questions about a project, please contact the project creator directly as the Akvo Foundation is not responsible for the content of that project. The project creator is usually the organisation that shared the project and sometimes they have their own privacy policy.
  3. How does the Akvo Foundation use the information we collect?
    • Project data are owned and managed by the project creator, and we treat that information as private to the project creator, except if the Akvo RSR User has published the projects from Akvo RSR via a public URL or embed code. Please contact the project creator directly to understand how they will use project data. Some project creators have their own privacy policy we encourage you to review that to understand how the project creator handles the project data. Please see the project Creator version of this privacy policy to understand how Akvo RSR handles project data. Akvo RSR does not sell project data to third parties and we do not use any contact details collected by our partners.
  4. With whom do we share or disclose your information?
    • The Akvo Foundation does not sell your project views! We will share your project views with third parties only as described in this privacy policy.
  5. We disclose:
    • Your project views to project creators. We host projects for project creators, but they are really the primary curator of project data. Your view data will, naturally, be provided to that organisation. Please contact the project creator directly to understand how they might share your project views. Please see the project Creator version of this privacy policy to understand what Akvo RSR tells project creators about how we handle project data, and to whom the Akvo Foundation may disclose project data.
  6. What are your rights to your information?
    • Contact the project creator to access and correct your data and personal information. Because we collect project responses on behalf of project creators, you will need to contact the project creator if you have any questions about the project, or if you want to access, update, or delete anything in the data. We provide project creators with tools to maintain the data they import for their projects. You may request access to and correction of the personal information we hold about you by contacting privacy@akvo.org, but in most cases the Akvo Foundation cannot provide you with this access since project responses are the project creator’s private information (except if the project creator has published the projects from Akvo RSR via a public URL or embed code) and giving you access may have an unreasonable impact on the privacy of other individuals. We will respond to your request for access or correction within a reasonable time and, where reasonable and practicable to do so, with the project Creator’s electronic or written permission, we will provide access to your personal information in the manner requested by you.
  7. Security, cookies and other important information
    • Changes to this privacy policy. We may modify this privacy policy at any time, but if we do so, we will notify you by publishing the changes on our website.
    • Security. Details about the Akvo Foundation’s security practices are available in our Security Statement. We are committed to handling your personal information and data with integrity and care. However, regardless of the security protections and precautions we undertake, there is always a risk that your personal data may be viewed and used by unauthorised third parties as a result of collecting and transmitting your data through the Internet. If you have any questions about the security of your personal information, contact the Akvo RSR Support team.
    • Data locations. Our Cloud hosted data is  stored in the European Union, so your personal information will be hosted and processed by us in the EU. Your personal information may also be processed in, or transferred or disclosed to, countries in which the Akvo Foundation subsidiaries and offices are located and in which our service providers are located or have services. You can view where our offices are located on the Contact Us page of our website.
    • Social Media Features. Our websites may include social media features or widgets, such as the Facebook Like or Twitter share buttons. Use of these features may allow them to collect your IP address, detect which page you are visiting on our site, and set a cookie to enable the feature to function properly. Your interactions with these features are governed by the privacy policy of the third party providing it.
    • Safety of Children. Our services are not intended for and may not permissibly be used by individuals under the age of 13. The Akvo Foundation does not collect personal data from persons under 13 or allow them to register. If it comes to our attention that we have collected personal data from such a person, we may delete this information without notice. It is the responsibility of the project creator to ensure that they have obtained the required legal consent for personal data collection of children.  If you have reason to believe that this has occurred illegally, please contact our Data Compliance Coordinator on gdpr@akvo.org.
    • English version controls. Non-English translations of this privacy policy are provided for convenience. In the event of any ambiguity or conflict between translations, the English version is authoritative.
  8. Additional information for European Union users
    • The Akvo Foundation provides its services to users in the EU through Akvo Foundation, ‘s-Gravenhekje 1A, 1011 TG Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    • “Personal data”. For users located in the EU, references to “personal information” in this policy are equivalent to what is commonly referred to as “personal data” in the EU.
    • About IP addresses. Our servers record the incoming IP addresses of visitors to our websites (whether or not the visitor has an Akvo Foundation account) and store the IP addresses in log files. We use these log files for purposes such as system administration and maintenance, record keeping, tracking referring web sites, inferring your location, and security purposes (e.g. controlling abuse, spam and DDOS attacks). We also store IP addresses along with certain actions you take on our system. IP addresses are only linked to project responses if a project creator has configured a project to collect IP addresses. By agreeing to this privacy policy, you expressly consent to the Akvo Foundation using your IP address for the foregoing purposes.
    • Data controller. The Akvo Foundation, whose contact information is listed above, is the data controller for registration, billing and other account information that we collect from users in the EU. However, the data controller for project data is the project creator. The project creator determines how their project questions and responses are used and disclosed. The Akvo Foundation only processes such project data in accordance with the instructions and permissions (including those given under this privacy policy) selected by the project creator when they create and administer their project.
    • Accessing and correcting your personal data. You have the right to access and correct the personal information that the Akvo Foundation holds about you. This right may be exercised by contacting privacy@akvo.org.Our servers are hosted in the EU, so your personal data will be primarily processed by us in the EU. You consent to the transfer and processing of your personal data in the EU.

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