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Privacy Policy

Data and privacy

How does Light for the World collect and process your data?

Light for the World collects two categories of data: pseudonymized and personal.

Pseudonymized 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, postal address, name, or payment details to donate or subscribe to our newsletters. We use such data to process your donation(s) and/or subscription(s). Certain personal info is also needed to make your donation(s) tax deductible. We operate a strict policy 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 cease interacting with us. You can also request deletion of your data anytime 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 news and information about our work. You can revoke your permission at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of every issue.
  • We use pseudonymized data of our website visitors better to understand their 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 ensure 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 for 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 pieces of information are linked to you as an individual. We will only ever merge the data contained in our server log files when there is reasonable grounds for suspecting a hacking attempt or other breaches 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.

Online Applications

We inform about current vacancies on the websites of Light for the World and its associated organisations. Should you decide to apply for an opening or send us an application on your own initiative via our online application tool, we must process the personal data you submit in the course of your application in order to review your application (Art. 6 para. 1 lit b General Data Protection Regulation). 

  • Data and Privacy for Online Applications

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:

  • transaction details (such as usage data, amount, etc.)
  • IP address
  • number of credit card
  • name of the 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 and 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

Information on data protection at Micropayment GmbH can be found here.
You can read up on Swipe’s privacy policy here.


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 preference 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 to optimise its services but will not use it to contact subscribers or pass the data on to third parties. We are using the services provided by Mailchimp (subscription protocol, distribution, statistics, analysis) based on our own legitimate interests (GDPR art 6 1, lit f). In this case, our interests are aimed at guaranteeing usability and security, as well as our own marketing measures.

We use the double email-based opt-in protocol provided by MailChimp to document your permission to send you the newsletter/s you are subscribed to.

You can find Mailchimp’s privacy policies stated here.


For processing online donations, we use the secure service provider iRaiser, which is located at iRaiser Nordic ApS, Gammel Kongevej 1, 2nd Piece, 1610, Copenhagen, Denmark.

The data necessary to process donations (name, address, email, account or credit card details, date of birth, phone number) are requested in iRaiser pages hosted in Europe. The information and the donation are encrypted and sent directly to payment processors Stripe, PayPal, and local banks. Under no circumstances will this data be shared, sold, leased, or otherwise commercially disposed of. Personal data then resides on Amazon Web Services servers through iRaiser until it is deleted and/or exported to our own donation database for further processing, and we will contact you if necessary.

Please visit for more information.

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 videos. 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:

Cookie Usage

This website uses Universal Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Universal Analytics uses “cookies” to help the website analyze 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. Therefore, a clear association of the IP address will no longer be possible. Only in exceptional cases will the whole IP address be first transferred to a Google server in the USA and truncated there. IP Anonymization is active on this website.
Google will use this information on behalf of the website operator to evaluate your use of the website, compile reports on website activity for website operators, and provide them with other services relating to website activity and internet usage.
The IP address that your Browser conveys within the scope of Universal Analytics will not be associated with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however, please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. Be aware, though, that user data is not only collected via cookies and therefore, deleting those will not completely prevent data collection through the measurement protocol. You can also opt out from being tracked by Google Analytics with effect for the future by downloading and installing the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on for your current web browser.
You can find more information about terms and conditions and privacy at
The use of this website implies your agreement with Google to use the data collected from you in the way described above and for the purpose described above.

Demographics & Interests Report

This website collects demographic and interest-based user data through cookies. All of the collectable data has previously been made available to Google Services through the users themselves.