Africans in the Diaspora is committed to respecting the privacy of our online visitors.
We do not share information that is collected from our internal website tracking or subscription system with any individual or organization. We use a variety of security methods to protect your personal Information from unauthorized use, access, or disclosure.
INFORMATION GATHERING & USE
When you visit the Africans in the Diaspora website, we collect some basic aggregate information, such as total number of visitors, pages viewed, and other non-personally identifiable information. We use this information to improve our website and the resources that we offer on it. We do not collect any personal information when you visit and browse our website.
When you choose to make an online donation, however, we require that you provide personal information.
Online Donation through Paypal
When you make an online donation on africansinthediaspora.org, we collect personal information such as your name, billing address, and email address, if you have not already provided these details. We collect information about your donation, including the project you are donating to and the amount of your donation. You may choose to provide the email address of friends that you ask us to notify about your use of the africansinthediaspora.org website. We also collect (but do not retain) credit card numbers which are processed by a third-party payment vendor subject to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards. Africans in the Diaspora uses PayPal to process credit card donations. Paypal’s, use of your information is based on their terms of service and policies, not ours, so we encourage you to review those policies carefully.
Online Donation through Firelight Foundation
If you choose to make a donation through our Fiscal Agent, Firelight Foundation, you will note that Firelight Foundation has partnered with Groundspring.org to securely process your online credit card donation via the Groundspring.org Donor Advised Fund. This is why your transaction will appear on your credit card statement as “Groundspring.org”.
When you make a donation to the Africans in the Diaspora by pressing the “DonateNow” button on the Firelight Foundation Website, Groundspring.org collects some personal information about you in order to properly process your donation. This personal information includes: name, address, phone, email address, your credit card information, “acknowledgement” or “in memory of” information, and the donation amount. Groundspring.org shares this information only with the Firelight Foundation and Africans in the Diaspora, so that Africans in the Diaspora can count you among our supporters. You have the option to make your donation anonymously. If you choose this option, Groundspring.org will not share any of your contact information with Firelight or Africans in the Diaspora.
Groundspring.org collects credit card information so that they can process donations and monthly fees. Groundspring.org maintains this information on their secure servers for their internal processes only. Groundspring.org uses a credit card processing company to process donations and monthly fees, and therefore does not retain, share, store, or use personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes.
Disclosure of Personal Information
We will share your personal information with our service providers in order to process your donations, offer you services in connection with our website, communicate news and information about Africans in the Diaspora, provide customer service, enhance and improve customers’ donor experiences, and complete financial transactions. These service providers are authorized to use your information only to the extent necessary to serve these purposes, or as otherwise authorized by this policy.
Unless you ask us not to, we also share your personal information when you make a donation:
- When you donate to a fundraiser or giving circle, we share your name and amount of your donation with the person who created the fundraiser or group.
- When you make a donation that is part of a campaign sponsored by your employer, and/or when your employer is being asked to match your donation, we will share your name, and the amount of your donation with your employer.
- When you donate to a project, we share your name and the amount of your donation with the project leader.
- Each time you make a donation, however, we will give you the opportunity to tell us not to share your personal information in the ways described above (except in the case of employer matched donations).
We may share aggregated demographic and statistical information with our other partners. This is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual person.
Participation in Connections Platform
Africans in the Diaspora is building an online database of the Diaspora. The aim of the Connections program is to provide an opportunity for Diaspora to connect to other members of the Diaspora community, African social change organizations, media or other development actors. In order to facilitate those connections, the information provided (including name, email, profession) will be published and searchable in the Connections database. You can opt out of the Connections Database at any time.
Subscribing to Our Mailing Lists
The Africans in the Diaspora also requests personal information from website visitors who sign up to receive special email-ings or print publications by mail, namely, your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address. We use this information to provide the email and print communications you request and to keep you informed about our work. You always have the option to “unsubscribe” (or “opt-out”) of such communications.
The Africans in the Diaspora does not send cookies (small bits of information) to your browser or hard drive.
Children under the Age of 13
The Africans in the Diaspora does not knowingly collect any personal information from a child without the consent of the child’s parent(s)/guardians. Children under the age of 13 should obtain parental consent before making an online donation or signing up for email or mail communications from the Africans in the Diaspora.
Technology / Security
Africans in the Diaspora may obtain IP addresses from users. We will use this information to monitor and prevent fraud, diagnose problems, and (anonymously) estimate demographic information.
We use a variety of security measures, including encryption and authentication tools, to maintain the confidentiality of your personal information. Your personal information is stored behind firewalls and is only accessible by a limited number of people who are required to keep the information confidential.
When you make an online donation, to the extent you select the secure server method and your browser supports such functionality, all credit card information you supply is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.
Regardless of these efforts by us, no data transmission over the public Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure.
The Africans in the Diaspora’s website includes links to other websites to refer you to information that may be useful to website visitors like you.
Africans in the Diaspora disclaims responsibility for the privacy and security practices of non-Africans in the Diaspora websites, or for the nature of the content contained therein. Links to non-Africans in the Diaspora websites do not constitute endorsements of those sites by Africans in the Diaspora.
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Text, photos, graphics, and other materials found on this website are the property of the Africans in the Diaspora, except as otherwise noted.
These materials may be reproduced only in their entirety and only for noncommercial, educational, or personal purposes. Reproduction in part or for other purposes requires Africans in the Diaspora’s prior written consent. Reproduction of materials licensed by Africans in the Diaspora also requires the consent of the licensor.
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QUESTIONS & CONTACT INFORMATION
We reserve the right to disclose your personally identifiable information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with state and federal laws (such as U.S. Copyright Law).
Your privacy is very important to us. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us at:
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