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Privacy, security and cookies

Your privacy on the Internet is of utmost importance to Autism-Europe (AE). This privacy statement describes AE's policy concerning the gathering and sharing of visitors' information through the AE website. It applies to all "AE sites" - that is, all sites within the "autismeurope.org" domain name. AE encourages users to be aware of this when they leave our website and to read the terms and conditions of other websites that they visit.

Content

The AE website strives to offer accurate and up-to-date content. However, we welcome feedback that enables us to correct any errors.

Links

The AE website is not responsible for the content or reliability of linked websites and does not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them. The listing shall not be taken as an endorsement of any kind. We cannot guarantee that these links will work all of the time and we have no control over the availability of linked pages.

What information does AE collect?

Normal web site usage

In general, you can browse the AE site without telling AE who you are or revealing any personal information about yourself. The only information we gather during general browsing is from standard server logs. These include your IP (Internet Protocol) address, domain name, browser type, operating system, and information such as the website that referred you to us, the files you download, the pages you visit, and the dates/times of those visits.

Collection of personally identifiable information

If you register for a newsletter, request information, provide feedback, apply for a job, join a discussion group or join an electronic mailing list, you will be asked to provide personal information such as your name, postal address and e-mail address. This information is collected only with your knowledge and permission and is kept in various AE databases and mailing lists. If you are making a donation, you may be asked to provide your credit card details. These details are transferred to a secure, online payment service, hosted outside AE. Credit card information is not retained by AE.

AE sites with specific requirements to collect personal information may publish a privacy policy specific for that site. In these cases, the site-specific policies will be complementary to this general AE privacy policy but will give additional details for that particular site. You can request a copy of the details we hold about you at any time.

What does AE do with the information it collects?

Normal web site usage

The information gathered during general browsing of the “autismeurope.org” domain is used to analyse trends and usage of the AE site and to improve the usefulness of the site. It is not connected with any personal information.

Personally identifiable information

AE may use the personal information you provide to:

  • Contact you – either in response to a query or suggestion or to mail newsletters, documents, publications etc. to you;
  • Manage and process your job application;
  • Confirm your registrations on the site;
  • Remember your online profile and preferences;
  • Help you quickly find information that is relevant to you based on your interests, and help us create site content most relevant to you;
  • Statistical analysis.

What if I don’t want to provide personal information?

Providing personal information on the AE site is optional. If you choose not to provide personal information, you can still browse and use the AE site, but you will not be able to carry out certain actions such as purchase items, register for a newsletter or apply for a job.

Opting out and changing your information

At any time, you can cancel or modify your information by returning to the web page where you first provided the information and contacting the focal point for that page/AE department. Where contact details are not provided on the page, you can contact us for further information.

The Data Protection Act

Under the Data Protection Act, we have a legal duty to protect any information we collect from you. We do not sell or share any personally identifiable information volunteered on the AE site to any third party. Any information provided to AE by users of the AE site is held with the utmost care and security, and will not be used in ways other than as set forth in this privacy policy, or in any site-specific policies, or in ways to which you have explicitly consented. AE employs a range of technologies and security measures to protect the information maintained on our systems from loss, misuse, unauthorized access or disclosure, alteration, or destruction.

We use MailChimp to send our newsletters to you and they are certified to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework and the Swiss-U.S Privacy Shield Framework.

Any employees at AE who have access to, and are associated with the processing of personal data, are obliged to respect the confidentiality of official business matters, including personal data.

Cookies

This site uses cookies – small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience. In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping carts, and provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics. As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers.

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you. We use strictly necessary cookies; these are needed to make this website work.

Notification of changes

Changes to this privacy policy will be posted on the AE website at www.autismeurope.org

Contact

For questions or queries regarding this privacy policy, please contact us at secretariat(at)autismeurope.org