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Privacy policy
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme respects the privacy concerns of users of this website and is committed to meeting its obligations under the European Parliament and Council Directive 95/46/EC of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data.

Automatic collection of information
As a general policy no personal information is automatically collected from users of this website. Certain non-personal information, such as a user’s IP address, Internet service provider, operating system, browser type, domain names, access times, the length of user visits and user requests made during visits are collected. This is used to enhance the online experience for users, to provide UNV with information such as the number of visitors and their broad demographics, and to help diagnose problems with our servers. The information is collected by the use of a ‘cookie’.

A cookie is a small piece of data sent to the user’s Web browser and stored on the user's computer. Use of a cookie is in no way linked to personally identifiable information about you while you are on our site, so browsing is anonymous. Once a user closes his/her browser, the cookie simply terminates. Information collection via cookies is a standard practice on most websites.

Collection of personal information
Personal information, such as a user’s gender, age, country location, professional background and email address are gathered only where users provide such information voluntarily (for example, while subscribing to the newsletters). In such cases the information collected will be used only for the intended purpose (for example, sending information to users who have registered for a newsletter). Personal information collected is limited to what you have provided.

Subscription forms
The World Volunteer Web uses subscription forms for individuals to subscribe to email newsletters and to join the discussion forum. We collect your email address to provide you with the information that you request. We may use your details to contact you with updates about new content on this website and our events and campaigns. However, you will always have the opportunity to opt out of receiving further information; see the "Unsubscribe/opt out" section below.

Your personal information (email address, gender, country of origin, professional background etc.) that you give us is automatically stored in our newsletter servers (provided by our partner Newsweaver) and will not be sold, rented or revealed to any third party.

Double opt-in process
In order to prevent misuse of our users’ email addresses, we have put in place a double opt-in process for subscribing to the newsletters and joining the discussion forum: You have to submit your email address to receive email newsletters of your choice or to join the forum. Our server sends you a confirmation email to check the validity of your email address and asks you to confirm your subscription. Your reply to this email is necessary for completing your subscription to any of our email newsletters and to the discussion forum.

Updating your subscription
Change the email address that you have subscribed with by first unsubscribing with your current email address. Then, subscribe again with your new email address. All email newsletter and discussion forum welcome messages contain the information necessary for subscription and removal.

Unsubscribe/opt out
We provide unsubscribe/opt-out opportunities for the discussion forum and all email newsletters that you choose to receive. All email newsletter and forum welcome messages contain the information necessary for removal from the database. Removal from our database is instant and automated by our servers.

The practices outlined in this Privacy Policy are specific to the World Volunteer Web site. UNV and its partners are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites that are linked from this site. Users are encouraged to review the privacy policies of those websites when visiting them.

Sharing information
UNV does not share, sell or rent your email addresses to outside third parties. Personally identifiable information will only be disclosed due to law or court demands (see our legal disclaimer below for more information).

The World Volunteer Web site has appropriate information security measures in place to safeguard your personal information during storage and use. Employees of UNV and its partners handling your personal data are aware of our privacy and security policies and are taking all measures to protect your personally identifiable information.

The email addresses collected via our occasional surveys are used solely to compile general statistical data. The users' personally identifiable information is never sold or given out to external parties. All information is collected via the online form provided.

Changes to privacy policy
UNV will occasionally update this privacy policy based on its employees' and users' feedback. If there are any material changes to how we use your personal information, we will notify you via email and provide you the opportunity to opt-out prior to any substantial change. We encourage you to periodically review our privacy policy to keep informed of how we are protecting your privacy.

Legal disclaimer
Though we make every effort to preserve your privacy, we may need to disclose personal information when required by law or in the good faith that such action is necessary in order to conform to the edicts of the law or comply with a legal process served on our website.

Contacting the website
If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this website, you can contact us at