Data and privacy
How does Light for the World collect and process your data?
Light for the World collects two categories of data, pseudonymised and personal.
Pseudonymised data is data that has been stripped of any identifying information so that it cannot be tied to individuals. Examples would be the browser you are using and the operating system on your device. We use such data to improve your experience as a visitor to our website and to fix technical problems on specific systems.
Personal data is data that relates to you as an individual. We collect this type of data when you enter your e-mail address, your postal address, your name, or your payment details in order to donate or to subscribe to our newsletters. We use such data to process your donation(s) and/or subscription(s). Certain personal info is also needed in order to make your donation(s) tax deductible. We operate a strict policy in order to keep your personal data safe and private.
Light for the World will not collect your personal data unless you choose to give it to us. Your data will be automatically deleted within the legally mandated time-span after you have ceased interacting with us. You can also request deletion of your data at any time by contacting us.
How we use your data
- The data you communicate to us enables us to ensure accurate and correct processing of your donation.
- If you give us your express permission, we will email you with news and information about our work. You can revoke your permission at any time through the unsubscribe link at the bottom of every issue.
- We use pseudonymised data of our website visitors in order to better understand your needs, interests, and technical setup so we can adapt our website accordingly.
- Light for the World will not share your data with third parties in any way unless it is necessary to complete your donation process. We make sure that in such cases, your data is automatically cleared by external service providers within the legally mandated timespan after you complete your interaction with us.
How we collect your data
We will collect your personal data whenever you
- make a donation
- subscribe to one of our newsletters
- complete a questionnaire or
- sign up to a campaign
Light for the World and its service providers use secure server software to encrypt any financial information you send when you donate.
Server log files
Our website server automatically gathers user information in server log files. This is done in order to enable us to react appropriately to cyber attacks. The following information is collected:
- IP address
- browser and OS
- date and time of access
- used protocol and port
None of these informations are linked to you as an individual. We will only ever merge the data contained in our server log files when there is reasonable ground for suspecting a hacking attempt or other breach of the law.
I want to know more about my personal data and data processing standards
Please contact Erika Tschofönig with any request regarding data security or privacy at Light for the World.
On the websites of Light for the World and its associated organisations, we inform about current vacancies. Should you decide to apply for an opening or send us an application on your own initiative via our online application tool, we have to process the personal data submitted by you in the course of your application in order to be able to review your application (Art. 6 para. 1 lit b General Data Protection Regulation).
External service providers
Micropayment and Swipe
As part of the payment process for your donation via credit card, the following data are processed and stored by us:
- transactionsdetails (such as usage data, amount etc.)
- IP address
- number of credit card
- name of credit card holder
- type of card
- address data (street, house number, place of residence, postal code), facultative
- email-address, facultative
- mobile or phone number, facultative
Your data will be stored for the legal retention period, then deleted.
For technical processing of credit card payments, we need to pass donor data submitted through our donation form on to our service providers
- Micropayment GmbH, Scharnweberstraße 69, 12587 Berlin
- Swipe, 185 Berry Street, Suite 550, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
Our email newsletters are sent out by our service provider Mailchimp, which is owned by Rocket Science Group, LLC, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE #5000, Atlanta, GA 30308, USA.
If you subscribe to one of our newsletters, your email, name, and prefrence regarding email format will be stored on Mailchimp's US-based servers. Mailchimp uses this data to send out and evaluate email newsletters on our behalf. Mailchimp will use the information gathered in order to optimise its own services, but will not use them to contact subscribers, nor pass the data on to third parties. We are using the services provided by Mailchimp (subscription protocol, distribution, statistics, anaylsis) based on our own legitimate interets (GDPR art 6 1, lit f). Our interests in this case are aimed at guaranteeing usability and security, as well as our own marketing measures.
We use double email-based opt-in protocol as provided by Mailchimp in order to document your permission to send you the newsletter/s you are subscribed to.
You can find Mailchimp's privacy policies statement here.
Social buttons: Facebook and Twitter
Most of the pages on our website include social buttons that enable you to share our content on Facebook and Twitter. These buttons use plugins provided by Facebook and Twitter. Both will collect information about you and your internet use. Light for the World has no influence on the data collection behaviour of either service. You can find their privacy statements here:
Our website uses YouTube to display embedded video. Watching an embedded video will share information about you and your internet use with YouTube. Light for the World has no influence on the data collection behaviour of YouTube or its owner, Google. Follow the link for more information:
This website uses Universal Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Universal Analytics uses “cookies”, to help the website analyse, how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will be transmitted to and stored by Google, on servers in the United States.
In case of IP Anonymization, as is used on this website, your IP address will be truncated within the area of Member States of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. A clear association of the IP address will therefore no longer be possible. Only in exceptional cases the whole IP address will be first transferred to a Google server in the USA and truncated there. The IP Anonymization is active on this website.
Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing them other services relating to website activity and internet usage.
You can find more information about terms and conditions and privacy on http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/us.html
The use of this website implies your agreement to Google using the data collected from you in the way described above and for the purpose described above.
Demographics & Interests Report
This website collects demographic and interests based user data trough cookies. All of the collectable data has previously been made available to Google Services through the users themselves.