Privacy policy

The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN) is a national network of people who work for justice for Palestine.  To campaign effectively, we need to collect different types of information, including personal data from supporters.

APAN believes in transparency and we are committed to being upfront about our privacy practices and how we treat your personal information.  This Privacy Policy explains how we collect and use your personal information. It also describes your rights and how you can apply them. You are always welcome to contact us with any questions. 

The key principles for our Privacy Policy are: 

  • We will only ever ask for what we really need to know.
  • We will respect your choices around the data that you share with us and the communication channels that you ask us to use.
  • We will put appropriate security measures in place to protect the personal data that you share with us.
  • We will never sell your data.
  • We will not share your data to other organisations, excepting those organisations we use to administer our systems 
  • You have the right to amend or withdraw your consent about the ways in which we hold and use your personal data at any time.

Collection of personal data

We collect both personal and non-personal data when you visit our websites, social media pages, or subscribe to our newsletters.

We do this in order to optimise the content we offer and – if you have given us permission to do so – contact you about our campaigns and organisation.

APAN collects personal information about you that you supply in signing campaigns, joining our email networks, registration for events, and other forms that you complete.  APAN also collects information about your engagement with our organisation.  This will include events that you have registered for, e-campaigns you have participated in, and any communication APAN has had with you by email or telephone. 

APAN only seeks information that is immediately relevant to the campaign or activity.

APAN works with do-gooder to facilitate online campaigns.  A do-gooder campaign may be embedded into our website. The data that you supply to them is available to us, including your name, email address and physical address.  Some or all of these details also will be supplied to the recipient of the campaign (such as the Foreign Minister or your local representatives or candidates).  You can view do-gooder’s privacy policy here. 

Collection of non-personal data

APAN collects information about how you access and use our content e.g. our websites and emails, such as: IP address (the location of the computer on the internet), pages accessed, the actions you take, and the time, frequency and duration of your activities. This helps us to determine things like how many individuals use our site, how many people visit on a regular basis, which pages are most popular and which pages are least popular. This information does not tell us anything about who you are, it simply allows us to monitor and improve our service. We do not track your browsing behaviour on other pages, other than which pages referred you to us: e.g. a google search.   We also collect information from and about the computers, phones, connected TVs and other web-connected devices you use to access our content. This helps us optimise our websites and emails to such devices, so you can have the best experience. This data cannot be tracked back to you individually.

How is personal data used?

When you participate in an APAN event, or join as an APAN member, we understand you are interested to continue to hear from APAN. 

We may email you information we believe may be of interest to you.  We use people’s address details to filter relevant information about events or targeted lobbying campaigns.  

Emails we send you will always give you the chance to opt out of receiving further emails. Alternatively, you can contact us to unsubscribe from our emails, or change the subscriptions to any emails you receive.

Sharing personal data

APAN will not sell or pass on the information you give to us with any other organisation outside of APAN for their own use, unless you have specifically given us permission to do so or if we are obliged to do so by law. 

APAN use trusted third party gateways for administering our data.  These include:

  • Eway for handling online financial transactions. APAN does not have access to your credit card details. If you would like more information about how Eway manages your data, you can read their privacy policy here
  • Amazon AWS to manage our email sending processes. you can read Amazon’s privacy policy here. 

Security

The security of your personal information is important to us and we will take appropriate precautions to protect it.

All APAN data is stored on secure servers, including this website and our online data management system. 

No data transmission over the internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. So, whilst we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information which you disclose to us online and you must understand that you do so at your own risk.

We take steps to ensure that access to personal information is restricted to people who need it. All APAN employees and volunteers who handle personal information are kept up to date on our security and privacy practices.

Use of cookies

In order to optimise our website, we use third party cookies. Cookies are small pieces of information sent by a web server to a web browser, which enable the server to collect information from the browser. Like many websites, APAN’s site uses cookies to provide you with a personalized web service, which includes monitoring the performance of our web pages and data on which social media platforms people access our web pages from.  Currently APAN’s site uses third party cookies from Cloudfare to add a layer of security and caching, please refer to their Cookie policy for more.

We use Google Analytics to monitor and improve our website. Google Analytics uses cookies to collect non personal information, like your IP address, your browser, your location and the pages you visit. Please check Google Analytics for details on their cookies and their policies. We only use Google analytics to analyse how users use our site, for example to find out how many people visit our site or an individual web page and from which social media platforms our visitors click through from to view our website. We do not use Google analytics information to identify visitors – all the information we access is aggregated and anonymous. And we only use this information to improve our content and our website.

We also embed content from other sites, such as social media websites or media outlets, and add buttons from social media platforms so that you can share our content. This can result in cookies being used by third parties such as Twitter and Facebook. You should check the relevant third-party website for more information about their cookies.

Cookies may be set by us or third parties. By continuing to browse our site you’re agreeing to our use of cookies. You may avoid the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. Please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of our website. 

Privacy policy for minors

The protection of children is very important to us and we don’t actively seek to collect personal information from under-18s.  If you are under 18, please do not provide us with any personal information without permission of your parent or guardian. 

External links & embedded content from other websites

We show social networking sharing buttons and widgets from Facebook, Twitter and Vimeo on our websites to enable you to easily share APAN campaigns and news with friends. These social networking sharing buttons and widgets come from web servers which may track your behaviour on our website and may combine this with other information about you originating from other websites. You can install browser add-ons like “Disconnect” from Chrome and Firefox to disable them.

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

What rights you have over your data

You can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes. 

Changes

We may make changes to this Policy from time to time. If we change our Privacy Policy we will post the changes on this page. Please revisit the policy when you want to confirm how we use your personal information. 

Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns about APAN’s treatment of your personal information, please contact us at:

  • by phone to 0431519577
  • email to contact@apan.org.au or
  • by post to Australia Palestine Advocacy Network, PO Box 3166, Manuka ACT 2603, Australia.

Policy adopted in August 2020.

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