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UN-NGLS Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy of the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), explained below, aims to protect viewers’ personal privacy within UN-NGLS’ electronic communication tools, including its website (www.un-ngls.org) and the UN-NGLS database that UN-NGLS uses to disseminate its electronic communications.

In order for the user to be fully informed about its rights UN-NGLS encourages users to read this Privacy Policy. UN-NGLS reserves the right at any time and without notice to change this Privacy Policy simply by posting such changes on its site. Any such change will be effective immediately upon posting.

What information is collected and how will it be used:

UN-NGLS’ registration forms require users to provide UN-NGLS with contact information that may include name, email address, format preference (HTML vs. Text), address, interests, areas of work and other information. UN-NGLS also collects information through sign-up sheets distributed during meetings, conferences and events where UN-NGLS is involved as organizer, co-organizer or partner. To protect users, UN-NGLS will never request sensitive information from users including credit card or social security numbers.

Personal data such as name, email address, address, interests, areas of work and similar information belong to the users. UN-NGLS holds this information solely for the purposes stated in this privacy policy.

Internet Protocol Address:

The UN-NGLS website automatically collects an IP address from all visitors to our site. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to a computer when the Internet is used. This collection of IP addresses can help UN-NGLS to improve its website as it allows UN-NGLS to diagnose problems with its server, administer its website, analyze trends, track users’ movement and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.

Use of "Cookies":

The UN-NGLS website may use cookies to enhance users’ experience while using its site. Cookies are pieces of information that websites transfer to the computer that is browsing that website for record-keeping purposes. The use of cookies makes web-surfing easier as it performs certain functions such as saving passwords, remembering personal preferences in using the particular website and avoiding the user to see the same ad repeatedly. In general, the use of cookies is considered to be an industry standard.

Most browsers are set to accept cookies. However, if a user would prefer not to receive cookies, he/she can alter the configuration of his/her browser to refuse cookies. However, if a user choses to refuse cookies, it is possible that some areas of the UN-NGLS website will no longer function properly or cannot be properly viewed.

Security:

UN-NGLS also protects users information by placing it in a secure section of its website, only accessible to certain qualified employees of UN-NGLS. However, no data transmission over the Internet is 100% secure. While UN-NGLS strives to protect users’ information, it cannot fully ensure or warrant the security of such information.

Other Web Sites:

The UN-NGLS website contains links to other websites. Please note that when you, as a user, click on one of these links, you are entering another website for which UN-NGLS has no responsibility. Therefore, UN-NGLS encourages users to read the privacy statements on all such sites as their policies may differ.

Information sharing:

UN-NGLS does not share any personal information with governments, United Nations departments, funds, programmes, specialized agencies and entities or third-party entities without explicit prior consent.

UN-NGLS might share aggregate information of the content of its databases that might include geographic characteristics, thematic areas or class of organization. UN-NGLS will not disclose aggregate information that might allow the identification of personal data by inference.

Please contact UN-NGLS at the address below for any additional questions about the management or use of personal data.

Opt-Out:

NGLS communicates with users who subscribe to its services on a regular basis via mail and e-mail. For example, NGLS may use an email address to confirm a request.

NGLS provides users the opportunity to exercise an opt-out choice if they no longer want to receive emails or updates from NGLS or if they do not want NGLS to share personally identifiable information with third parties. NGLS will process their unsubscribtion as soon as possible, but in some circumstances users may receive a few more messages until the unsubscribtion is processed. Users also may opt-out of receiving such emails by clicking on the "unsubscribe" link within the text of the email.

Questions and suggestions

For questions about this Privacy Policy, or about the practices and use of the UN-NGLS website, send an email to: ngls@un.org or contact:

United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service

One UN Plaza 11th Floor Room 1106

New York, 10017 New York