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We are committed to ensuring the privacy of all our users. This policy governs all domains, websites and web pages hosted and/or managed by the Arab West Foundation (registered in the Netherlands as “Stichting Arab West Understanding”) including the websites of the following organisations:

  • Arab West Foundation (AWF)
  • Arab West Report (AWR)
  • Center for Arab West Understanding (CAWU)
  • Stichting Arab West Understanding (SAWU)
  • Center for Intercultural Dialogue & Translation (CIDT)
  • Electronic Network for Arab West Understanding (ENAWU)
  • Holy Family in Egypt

It does not apply to pages hosted by other organizations. We may be linked to (or mentioned on) their websites, but they may have different privacy policies.

Opt-in and Opt-out to AWF Lists, Subscriptions and Publications

If you have opted-in to ongoing e-mail communications, we may share your details with AWF affiliated partners for the purpose of communicating information to you by email about activities relevant to you. In all cases our e-mails to you (and those of our partners) will give you the opportunity to 'opt-out' of further e-correspondence.

What types of information do we collect and store?

The type and amount of information we receive and store depends on how you use the websites. You can access most of our pages without telling us who you are and without revealing any personal information. Our sites are hosted externally, which means that the servers are managed and maintained by the host providers, from whom we have reciprocal agreements with regard to privacy of user information.

Our web servers collect anonymous logs during user visits to the websites. This information is used to create aggregate statistics, for example about when our websites are accessed, the pages which refer visitors to our sites, the type of web browsers visitors use and which pages are viewed. These statistics help us understand how our sites are used and provide us with valuable information for improving our sites in the future.

We do not collect personally identifiable information (such as your name, address, phone number or e-mail address) on our sites unless you choose to provide it, for example by participating in an online survey or questionnaire, signing up to a newsletter, applying for membership to access our data archives or applying for a job online. These personal details are kept confidential and are stored securely only for as long as they are required for the purpose for which they were given. The information you provide will not be sold or rented nor will it be shared with third parties unless we have your permission or under the following circumstances:

  1. On-line surveys / actions: if you take part in an on-line action such as a survey and express your willingness to receive further information, we may share your contact details with AWF affiliated partners. They may then send you information about their particular activities.

  2. Payment Processing: We currently do not have online payment processing. If you have made a payment or a donation, your information is not entered into our e-database unless you are subscribing to an e-service. Your e-mail address and other personal data will be retained by AWF in a secure environment, and will only be used in association with the ongoing support of your account, or if you have opted to receive additional communications. AWF does not pass this information on to third parties in any form, under any circumstances.

  3. E-mail lists: if you join any of our e-mail lists you will automatically receive information from us via e-mail. Your e-mail address and other personal information will be retained by AWF or its affiliated partners and its service providers in a secure environment, and will only be used to send you email updates, facilitate your participation in online advocacy actions, and/or send your "Tell a Friend" email, depending on the options you choose when you use the site.

Use of cookies

A cookie is a text-only piece of information that a website transfers to your computer's hard disk so that the website can remember who you are. A cookie will normally contain the name of the internet domain from which the cookie has come, the "lifetime" of the cookie, and a value, usually a randomly generated unique number.

Cookies are rarely used on AWF websites. Where used, they control the behavior of automatic pop-up windows to ensure that such windows do not pop up every time you visit the relevant page. Instead, once you have visited a page which contains an automatic pop-up window, a cookie may be deposited on your computer to ensure when you next visit the page the pop up window does not appear.

Cookies are not used by AWF or affiliated partners to monitor you or your movements across the website. To control how cookies are used on your computer please read the help information supplied with your internet browser software.

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