World Youth Alliance (WYA) understands that your privacy is important. This policy explains how we acquire, store, and use your data. It also explains what options you have for how we use your data.
About This Policy
This policy applies to web sites owned and operated by WYA, including wya.net.
Who We Are
World Youth Alliance (WYA) is a global coalition of young people dedicated to the promotion and defense of human dignity. We have members around the world who share our mission and vision. WYA has six regional offices, and a headquarters in the United States. WYA gathers information from members for purposes described below.
Our contact information is
WYA Foundation, Inc.
228 E. 71st St.
New York, New York 10021
United States of America
WYA has appointed a data protection officer in line with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. You can contact that officer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. WYA’s EU representative can also be contacted via that email address.
Because WYA is headquartered in the United States, the information we collect will be transmitted to and managed from the United States.
Why WYA Collects Information
WYA collects personal information from members, friends, and supporters to communicate with them, offer opportunities to engage with WYA’s mission in various ways, and keep you up to date on our work. WYA also tracks member and supporter participation in various activities, events, and programs.
WYA’s Retention of Your Information
WYA keeps basic personal information, such as your name, birthday, and contact information, and records of your engagement with WYA. WYA will retain this information for the duration of your relationship with WYA or at least six years, as described below. If you would like us to delete your information, please contact our Data Protection Officer at email@example.com.
You and Your Information
WYA recognizes that privacy is an important concern for many people. In relation to your information, you can:
- Request a copy of the data held about you
- Request that your data be transferred to a third party of your choosing in a readable format
- Contact WYA to correct incorrect, inaccurate, or incomplete personal data
- Request that your data be erased
- Change your mind about receiving emails or other contact from us by updating your subscriber preferences or emailing us.
- Request restriction of how your data is processed.
WYA’s records are generally comprised of basic personal and contact information and notes on your engagement in WYA programs. WYA does not make decisions based on automated processing at this time, but if it does, you will have the right to request that decisions regarding you are made by natural persons only and contest any decision made.
What Data WYA Collects and How It Is Used
Even if you do not register with WYA, we collect Non-Personal Information about your use of our Web site, special promotions, and newsletters.
Most browser software can be set to reject all Cookies. Most browsers offer instructions on how to reset the browser to reject Cookies in the “Help” section of the toolbar. If you reject our Cookies, certain functions and conveniences of our Web site may not work properly. However, users who register with our site to use our tools and view our educational materials are required to accept our Cookies for proper operation. We do not link Non-Personal Information from Cookies to Personally Identifiable Information without your permission.
- Web Beacons
We also may use Web Beacons to collect Non-Personal Information about your use of our website and the websites of selected sponsors and advertisers, and your use of special promotions or newsletters. The information collected by Web Beacons (i) allows us to statistically monitor how many people are using our website and selected sponsors’ and advertisers’ sites, (ii) how many people open our emails, and (iii) for what purposes these actions are being taken. Our Web Beacons are not used to track your activity outside of our websites or those of our sponsors’. We do not link Non-Personal Information from Web Beacons to Personally Identifiable Information without your permission.
- Third Parties Collecting Non-Personal Information on WYA’s Behalf
- Physical Location
WYA obtains your consent (via an opt-in) before using information from pin-pointing technology like GPS or cell tower information. You can withdraw your consent (opt-out) for the use of “location” by WYA at any time by changing your location services in the “Settings” function on your mobile device.
Personally Identifiable Information Collection
- Newsletters and Emails
As of May 25, 2018, all new WYA members and supporters will be asked to consent to receive emails such as newsletters from us. Members and supporters who joined previous to that have the option to update their email preferences to not receive emails. In line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), citizens of the E.U. who were on our mailing list without GDPR consent to data use prior to the regulation coming into effect will have to opt in to continue receiving emails. You can become a member without agreeing to receive emails, although we encourage you to consent to receive emails from us, as it is a primary method of learning about our work, programs, and opportunities.
In order to subscribe to WYA newsletters via email, we need your contact information, like name and email address. You can unsubscribe from the newsletters by simply following the directions included at the bottom of each email newsletter you receive from WYA.
If you have difficulties with our unsubscribe or subscribe service, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will manually unsubscribe you from that newsletter in two to three business days. When you sign up for our email newsletters or at any time, you may be offered the choice to opt in to receiving additional promotional emails from WYA or our Sponsors. You may also unsubscribe from these at any time.
In some cases, when you click on a link or an advertisement on our site, in an email or in a newsletter, your browser may be momentarily directed to the website of a third party which, acting on behalf of WYA, notes or “counts” your response to the email or newsletter before re-directing your browser to your selected destination; this re-direction process may not be apparent to you.
- Emails You Send to WYA
- Email a Friend
If you use our Email a Friend service to tell a friend about our site or newsletter, we will ask you for your name, your email address, and your friend’s email address. We will automatically send your friend a one-time email inviting him or her to visit the site using your name and email address as the “from” email address. WYA does not use your name, your email address, or your friend’s email information for any other purpose. We will only use the information you provide to send the email you request.
- Community, Blogs, and other Public Forums
WYA’s web site and social media accounts may feature public areas where users share information, get to know one another, and support one another. Our public areas are open to the public and should not be considered private.
Any information you share in any online community area (including Personally Identifiable) like a chat room, forum posting, or online discussion is by design open to the public and is not private. You should think carefully before posting any Personally Identifiable in any public forum. What you post can be seen, disclosed to or collected by third parties and may be used by others in ways we cannot control or predict, including to contact you for unauthorized purposes. As with any public forum on any site, the information you post may also show up in third-party search engines like Google, Yahoo, MSN, Bing, etc.
- Website Registration and Interactive Tools on WYA
After you have registered as a member of WYA, you may choose to use certain WYA interactive content, tools, and services that may ask you to voluntarily provide other types of information about yourself. Some of the tools do not retain your personal information, while others store it in accordance with the authorization you provide at the time you use the tool.
- Protecting Children
We are committed to protecting the privacy of children. WYA does not sell or share your information or the information of minor children. Children as young as 10 are allowed to become members of WYA through signing the WYA Charter. WYA now requires consent from parents/guardians for children under 18 to become a member on our website and receive our emails and other communications. Parents can revoke this consent and request data be deleted as described elsewhere in this policy.
- Market Research
Information Collected by Third Parties Not Acting on WYA’s Behalf
WYA does not knowingly engage in business with any company that uses Spyware or Maleware. We do not provide users with downloadable software that collects or uses any Personally Identifiable Information without full disclosure and opt-in consent.
Disclosure of Your Information
- Disclosure to WYA Operations and Maintenance Contractor
- Disclosure to Third Party Contractor Websites
WYA also provides links to sites provided by Third Party Contractor Websites that have business arrangements with WYA to pay commissions based on sales of products or services generated through WYA. An example of this would be “Ad links” from Yahoo on our Search pages.
- Disclosure to Linked Sites
How WYA Handles Privacy and Security Internally
Here are some of the security procedures that WYA uses to protect your privacy:
- Requires both a personal username (log-in name) and a password in order for users to access their Personally Identifiable Information in any private areas.
- Requires a public ‘nickname’ different from the username and password, used for any public forums.
- Uses firewalls to protect information held in our servers.
- Utilizes Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption in transmitting Personally Identifiable Information to our servers. In order to take advantage of encryption technology, you must have an Internet browser which supports 128-bit encryption.
- Closely monitors the limited number of WYA employees who have potential access to your Personally Identifiable Information.
- Backs-up our systems to protect the integrity of your Personally Identifiable Information.
- Has a Data Protection Officer tasked with ensuring that users’ data is respected.
Despite WYA’s efforts to protect your Personally Identifiable Information, there is always some risk that an unauthorized third party may find a way around our security systems or that transmissions of your information over the Internet may be intercepted.
Updating Your Information and Contacting WYA
- Updating Your Personally Identifiable Information
WYA tools that collect and store self-reported data allow you to correct, update, or review information you have submitted by going back to the specific tool, logging in, and making the desired changes. WYA may store user submitted data (Personally Identifiable Information) in an active database for a period of six (6) months. After six (6) months, user submitted data, including Personally Identifiable Information will be held in an active database or on an inactive back-up medium for a period of not less than six (6) years.
- Removing your Personal Information
If you have a complaint or problem, please contact us at email@example.com. Our Data Protection Officer will take appropriate steps for a response or resolution. We try to answer every email within 48 business hours, but may not always be able to do so.
- Limitations on Removing or Changing Information
Upon your request, we will delete your Personally Identifiable from our active databases and where feasible from our back-up media. You should be aware that it is not technologically possible to remove each and every record of the information you have provided to WYA from our servers.
We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it frequently. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by email, and by means of a notice on our home page.
- Contacting Us
WYA Foundation, Inc.
228 East 71st Street
New York, NY 10021
Non-Personal Information: Information that is not traceable back to any individual and cannot be used to identify an individual. For example, information such as gender, age, city and state when not linked with other Personally Identifiable Information is Non-Personal Information.
Personally Identifiable Information (PII): (also called Personal Information): Information that can be traced back to an individual (contrast with Non-Personal Information and Aggregate Information). Examples of Personally Identifiable Information include your name, home address, telephone number, email address, and Social Security number.
If other pieces of information are linked to Personally Identifiable Information, they also become Personally Identifiable Information. For example, if you use a nickname to chat online and give out your real name while chatting, your nickname becomes Personally Identifiable Information when linked with other Personally Identifiable Information.