Privacy Policy

International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements e.V. (referred to as IFOAM – Organics International) firmly believes in protecting visitor privacy and integrity. Your privacy is very important to us. We have developed this Privacy Policy for you to understand how we possibly collect, use, communicate, disclose, and make use of your Personal Information.

We hope you enjoy accessing and using IFOAM – Organics International, whether you are intending to follow our organic movement or looking to get involved yourself. The following outlines our privacy policy.

  • Before or at the time of collecting personal information, we will identify the purposes for which information is being collected.
  • We will collect and use of personal information solely with the objective of fulfilling those purposes specified by us and for other compatible purposes, unless we obtain the consent of the individual concerned or as required by law.
  • We will only retain personal information as long as necessary for the fulfilment of those purposes.
  • Personal data will be relevant to the purposes for which it is to be used, and, to the extent necessary for those purposes, should be accurate, complete, and up-to-date.
  • We will protect personal information through reasonable security safeguards, as well as protecting against unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification.

Please read our privacy policy carefully to get a clear understanding of how we collect, use, protect or otherwise handle your Personally Identifiable Information (PII) in accordance with our website. If you have any queries or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy, please contact privacy [at] ifoam.bio

What personal information do we collect from the people that visit our website?

When on our website, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your name, email address or other details to help you with your experience or to undertake an action (e.g. making a donation or subscribing).

When do we collect personal information?

We collect information from you when you subscribe to a newsletter, respond to a survey, fill out a form, sign a petition, participate in a fundraising campaign, donate or enter information on our website.

How do we use your personal information?

We may use the information we collect from you when you contribute a donation, respond to a survey or marketing communication, surf the website, or use certain other website features in the following ways:

  • To personalize your experience and to allow us to deliver the type of content in which you are most interested.
  • To improve our website in order to better serve you.
  • To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other website feature.
  • To quickly process your donation contribution.
  • To send periodic emails regarding topics you are interested in.
  • To follow up with you (e.g. email or phone inquiries).

Do we use cookies?

Yes. Cookies are small files that a website, website or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive (computer/device) through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the site’s or service provider’s systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. The cookie’s purpose is to store a small amount of information regarding a specific visitor and website. This process enables our server to present specific hopefully relevant information to a visitor in order to improve the overall user experience and user interface.

How we use cookies?

We use cookies to:

  • Help us remember your donation management journey.
  • Understand your preferences based on previous or current site activity, which enables us to provide you with improved content and services for future visits.
  • Compile aggregate data about website traffic and website interaction so that we can offer better website experiences and tools in the future.
  • We may also use trusted third-party services that track this information on our behalf.

If you disable cookies in your browser:

You can choose to make your computer/device warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser settings. Since every browser is a little different, look at your browser’s ‘Help Menu’ to learn the correct way to modify your cookies. But, if you turn cookies off, some of the features that make your website experience more efficient may not function properly.

What do we do with third-party links?

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your Personally Identifiable Information (PII). Outside parties, however, do not include website hosting partners and other parties who assist us in operating our website or our campaigns, under the condition that those parties agree to keep this information confidential and only use it in the context of the operation of the website and associated campaigns. We may also release information when its release is appropriate in order to comply with the law, enforce our Privacy Policies, or protect ours or others’ rights, property or safety.

Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third-party links, products or services on our website. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We, therefore, have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our website and welcome any feedback.

Which data protection law act we follow?

On the 25th of May, the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force. This law affects the way EU-based organisations and require any person or company in Germany (and conceivably the world) that operates a website collecting Personally Identifiable Information from visitors to post a conspicuous Privacy Policy on its website stating exactly the information being collected and those individuals or companies with whom it is being shared.

How does our website handle ‘Do Not Track’ signals?

Do Not Track policy and technology allow visitors to opt out of being tracked by websites which includes analytics services, advertising networks and social platforms. ‘Do Not Track’ provides visitors with a single, simple persistent choice to opt out of the third-party website and/or web tracking.

We honor ‘Do Not Track’ signals and do not track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track browser mechanism is in place.

Does our website allow third-party behavioural tracking?

Yes, for an optimum evaluation of the activities on our website, we allow third-party behavioral tracking. The sole purpose is to allow us to count and monitor clicks on downloads and external links, and the country within which the click took place is identified. This allows us to better understand our audience and work to improve the user experience of the Website.

Behavioral tracking typically allows websites to customize internet content to specific users based on the collection and interpretation of market research data, browsing patterns through the use of cookies, social media and other technologies. It is also important to note that most Behavioral Tracking is done without the knowledge of a user.

How to Contact Us?

This website is operated by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements e.V. (referred to as IFOAM – Organics International), that has been granted the non-profit status by the German Tax Authorities, Bonn-Innenstadt.

  • Tax No: 205/5783/1496.
  • Association Register No: VR 8726, Amtsgericht Bonn, Germany.
  • VAT: DE186970545.
  • Physical Address: Charles-de-Gaulle-Str. 5, 53113, Bonn, Germany.

If there are any questions regarding this Privacy Policy, you may contact us privacy [at] ifoam.bio