World Youth Alliance privacy policy

The World Youth Alliance understands how important the privacy of personal information is to our users. This Privacy Policy will tell you what information we collect about you and about your use of the World Youth Alliance website and its services. It will explain the choices you have about how your personal information is used and how we protect that information. We urge you to read this Privacy Policy carefully.

Part 1: About This Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy applies to all Web sites owned and operated by the World Youth Alliance, including www.wya.net. This Privacy Policy also applies to the WYA Mobile Application (or “App”) for the iPhone, the iPad, and the iPod. Except where noted, statements in this Privacy Policy with respect to our Web sites also apply to our WYA Mobile Application.

Reference to “WYA” means WYA Foundation, Inc., including any company that WYA Foundation, Inc. controls. “WYA Web sites” include any site that WYA owns or controls. WYA may share information among its subsidiaries or sites that it owns or controls, but this is always protected under the terms of this Privacy Policy.

WYA Web sites contain links to other sites. Please be aware that we do not control other Web sites and that, in any case, this Privacy Policy does not apply to those Web sites. We encourage you to read the privacy policy of every Web site you visit.

We hope that reading our Privacy Policy helps you understand how we manage information about you.

While you may use most of the functionality of WYA without registration, many of the specific tools and services on our website require registration. If you use our Web site without registering, the only information we collect will be Non-Personal Information through the use of Cookies. If you choose to register and become a member of WYA, we require you to submit Personally Identifiable Information. You are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the Personally Identifiable Information you submit to WYA. Inaccurate information will affect the information you receive when using our site and tools and our ability to contact you as described in this Privacy Policy. For example, your email address should be kept current because that it is how we communicate with you.

Part 2: Non-Personal Information Collection

Even if you do not register with WYA, we collect Non-Personal Information about your use of our Web site.

A. Cookies

We collect Non-Personal Information about your use of our website and your use of the websites of selected sponsors and advertisers through the use of Cookies. Every computer that accesses a WYA Web site is assigned a different Cookie by WYA. The information collected by Cookies (i) helps us dynamically generate advertising and content on Web pages or in newsletters, (ii) allows us to statistically monitor how many people are using our website and selected sponsors’ and advertisers’ sites, (iii) how many people open our emails, and (iv) for what purposes these actions are being taken. We may use Cookie information to target certain advertisements to your browser or to determine the popularity of certain content or advertisements. Cookies are also used to facilitate a user’s log-in, as navigation aids and as session timers. Cookies used by WYA may also be used to restrict underage use of the tools.

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 but you do not have to accept our Cookies in order to productively use our site. We do not link Non-Personal Information from Cookies to Personally Identifiable Information without your permission.

B. Third Parties Collecting Non-Personal Information on WYA’s Behalf

Third parties under contract with WYA may use Cookies or Web Beacons to collect Non-Personal Information about your usage of WYA’s sites. These third parties may use this information, on our behalf, to help WYA target our advertising on their sites within their network, and WYA may further tailor the advertising on these third party sites based on your geographic location, gender, and/or age range to the extent known by these third parties. These third parties have agreed not to use Non-Personal Information they collect from our sites except to deliver advertisements on our behalf. If your browser is set to reject cookies, the Non-Personal Information will not be sent to these third parties.

C. Mobile Applications (Apps)

When you download and install our WYA Mobile App onto your mobile device we assign a random number to your App installation. This number cannot be used to identify you personally, and we cannot identify you personally. We use this random number in a manner similar to our use of Cookies as described in this Privacy Policy. Unlike Cookies the random number is assigned to your installation of the App itself and not a browser, because the App does not work through your browser. Therefore the random number cannot be removed through settings. If you do not want us to use the random number for the purposes for which we use Cookies, please do not use the Mobile Device App and please use your mobile device browser to access our websites or our mobile optimized sites. We do not obtain any information about your mobile device, other than the brand, make and model and type of operating software your device uses.

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.

Part 3: Personally Identifiable Information Collection

We may ask you to provide Personally Identifiable Information, like your name, email address, date of birth, and gender, when you register as a member of WYA and/or when you update your member profile. We use the Personally Identifiable Information that you provide to respond to your questions, provide you the specific services you select, send you emails about website maintenance and updates, and inform you of significant changes to this Privacy Policy.

A. Newsletters and Emails

At registration and at various times as you use WYA, you will automatically receive newsletters via email from WYA. WYA sends about 3-4 emails per month. When you sign up for our email newsletters or at any time, you can choose to opt in to receiving additional promotional emails from WYA. 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 e-mailing support@wya.net.

B. Emails You Send to WYA

This Privacy Policy does not apply to content, business information, ideas, concepts, or inventions that you send to WYA by email. If you want to keep content or business information, ideas, concepts, or inventions private or proprietary, do not send them in an email to WYA.

C. Protecting Children

We are committed to protecting the privacy of children. Neither WYA nor any of its services are designed or intended to attract children under the age of 13. We do not collect Personally Identifiable Information from any person we actually know is under the age of 13. A minor may use WYA with a parent or guardian, however. The parent or guardian is solely responsible for providing supervision of the minor’s use of WYA. The parent or guardian assumes full responsibility for ensuring that the information submitted is accurate. The parent or guardian also assumes full responsibility for the interpretation and use of any information provided through WYA for the minor.

D. Market Research

From time to time the WYA market research department, or its operations contractors acting on its behalf, conducts online research surveys through email invitations, pop-up surveys, and online focus groups. When participating in a survey, we may ask you to submit Personally Identifiable Information. This Personally Identifiable Information is used for research purposes, and is not used for sales solicitations. When a survey is sponsored by a third party, Aggregate Information of the survey results is reported to the sponsor. Personally Identifiable Information collected through market research will be used only by WYA and its service providers and contractors and will not be given or sold to any other third party without your consent or as otherwise permitted by this Privacy Policy. For market research surveys we will not knowingly accept survey responses from or conduct interviews with any person under the age of 18. Some surveys may provide remuneration to participants such as a small cash fee for your time or an entry into a sweepstakes for a larger prize. Each survey will disclose whether or not it is a paid survey. In addition to collecting survey responses from our members, Cookies may be used to authenticate respondents or to help you pick up where you left off in a survey. If you have Cookies disabled you may not be able to participate in some studies. Cookies may be used to connect survey data with WYA site usage characteristics. You will be notified when we would like to use Cookies in this way and your consent will be requested for these Cookies.

E. Pictures

The WYA website features photographs of members and event attendees. If you do not wish to have photographs of you on the WYA website and/or you want a photograph of you taken off the WYA website, please contact support@wya.net with the link to the page with the photograph and a description of the photograph.

Part 4: Information Collected by Third Parties Not Acting on WYA’s Behalf

Sponsors or advertisers on WYA may use their own Cookies, Web Beacons, or other online tracking technologies in the banner advertisements served on WYA and in emails, special promotions, or newsletters we send you. Some advertisers use companies other than WYA to serve their ads and to monitor users’ responses to ads, and these companies (“Ad Servers”) may also collect Non-Personal Information through the use of Cookies or Web Beacons on our Web site. In certain situations, information collection may be facilitated by momentarily directing your browser to the Web site of an Ad Server or other third party acting on behalf of the sponsor, partner, or advertiser before re-directing your browser to its selected destination (e.g., back to WYA to show the ad, or to the advertiser’s website); this re-direction process will not be apparent to you.

We do not control these third parties’ use of Cookies or Web Beacons, or how they manage the Non-Personal Information they gather through them. However, we do require sponsors, advertisers, and Ad Servers who collect cookie or web beacon information through our Web site to agree that they will not collect any Personally Identifiable Information from our site without your consent. They have promised us they will not link any non-personal Cookie or Web Beacon information collected by them on our site to Personally Identifiable Information they or others collect in other ways or from other sites except as may be described in connection with a particular program. For example, in connection with “Ad links” furnished by Yahoo, non-personal information sent by your browser to Yahoo when you click on a sponsored link or submit a query may be used by Yahoo as described in its privacy policy. In addition, WYA’s Advertising Policy is posted on our Web site and will provide additional detail about our relationship with advertisers and the companies that serve ads. You should review the privacy policy of other sites you visit or link to from our site to understand how these other sites use Cookies and how they use the information they collect through the use of Cookies or Web Beacons on their own sites. Certain Ad Servers allow you to prevent them from collecting data through the use of Cookies. In order to do so, you must opt out of such data collection with each individual site. Currently, you can opt out of Cookies for several Ad Servers by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative gateway opt-out site. This website will also allow you to review the Ad Server’s privacy policies. You can find additional information and resources about how to opt out of advertising and related cookies by visiting the World Privacy Forum’s Site.

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.

Part 5: Disclosure of Your Information

Except as described in this Privacy Policy or as specifically agreed to by you, WYA will not disclose any Personally Identifiable Information it gathers from you on our website. We may only release Personally Identifiable Information to third parties: (1) to comply with valid legal requirements such as a law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena, or court order; or (2) in special cases, such as in response to a physical threat to you or others, to protect property or defend or assert legal rights. In the event that we are legally compelled to disclose your Personally Identifiable Information to a third party, we will attempt to notify you unless doing so would violate the law or court order. In addition, we may disclose Personal Information as described below.

A. Disclosure to WYA Operations and Maintenance Contractor

WYA operations and maintenance contractors sometimes have limited access to your Personally Identifiable Information in the course of providing products or services to WYA. These contractors include vendors and suppliers that provide us with technology, services, and/or content for the operation and maintenance of our Web site. Unless you have opted out of receiving emails and newsletters from WYA, these contractors also may have access to your email address to send newsletters or special promotions to you on our behalf or to send emails to you for purposes such as conducting market research on our behalf. Access to your Personally Identifiable Information by these contractors is limited to the information reasonably necessary for the contractor to perform its limited function for WYA. We also contractually require that our operations and maintenance contractors 1) protect the privacy of your Personally Identifiable Information consistent with this Privacy Policy, and 2) not use or disclose your Personally Identifiable Information for any purpose other than providing us with products and services as required by law.

B. Disclosure to Third Party Contractor Websites

Certain content and services offered to you through our website are served on Web sites hosted and operated by a company other than WYA (“Third Party Contractor Web sites”). WYA does not disclose your Personally Identifiable Information to these Third Party Contractor Web sites without your consent, but you should be aware that any information you disclose once you access these other Web sites is not subject to this Privacy Policy. WYA does not endorse and is not responsible for the privacy practices of these Third Party Contractor Web sites. You should review the privacy policy posted on the other Web site to understand how that Third Party Contractor Website collects and uses your Personally Identifiable Information. WYA makes an effort to make it obvious to you when you leave our website and enter a Third Party Contractor Web site, either by requiring you to click on a link or by notifying you on the site before you visit the third party site. In addition, if you see a phrase such as “Powered by” or “in association with” followed by the name of a company other than WYA, then you are on a Web site hosted by a company other than WYA.

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.

C. Disclosure to Linked Sites

In addition to the Third Party Contractor Web sites that you may access as described above, for your convenience there are links to Third Party Web sites operated by companies that are not affiliated with the WYA Web site and that do not have contracts to provide content or services through the WYA Web site. These links may be found in advertisements, referenced within content, or placed beside the names or logos of sponsors. WYA does not disclose your Personal Information to these Third Party Websites without obtaining your consent. WYA does not endorse and is not responsible for the privacy practices of these sites. If you choose to link to one of these Third Party Web sites, you should review the privacy policy posted on this other website to understand how that Third Party Web site collects and uses your Personally Identifiable Information.

Part 6: 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.
  • 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.
  • Requires all WYA employees to abide by our Privacy Policy and to be subject to disciplinary action if they violate it.
  • Backs-up our systems to protect the integrity of your Personally Identifiable Information.
  • 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.


Part 7: Updating Your Information and Contacting WYA

A. Updating Your Personally Identifiable Information

You may update your Personally Identifiable Information by e-mailing support@wya.net.

B. Removing your Personal Information

If you have a complaint or problem, please contact us at support@wya.net. Our IT department will forward your complaint to the appropriate internal WYA department for a response or resolution. We try to answer every email within 48 business hours, but may not always be able to do so.

C. Limitations on Removing or Changing Information

Upon your request, we will delete your Personally Identifiable Information from our active databases and where feasible from our back-up media.

Part 8: Changes to This Privacy Policy

Personally Identifiable Information: We will inform you if a material change is made to the Privacy Policy, which means a change that expands the permissible uses or disclosures of Personally Identifiable Information allowed by the prior version of the Privacy Policy. Your continued use of the WYA Web site will indicate acceptance of the changes. You may of course choose to opt out of continuing to use the WYA Web site. Please exit the site immediately if you do not agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy or any revised policy.

Non-Significant Changes: WYA may make non-significant changes to the Privacy Policy that do not affect Personally Identifiable Information. For these instances, WYA may not notify you of such non-significant changes.

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes to this privacy statement, the home page, and other places appropriate throughout our site so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.
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

If you have any questions about our privacy policy, please contact us at the following:

World Youth Alliance
228 East 71st Street
New York, NY 10021
support@wya.net

Part 9: Glossary

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.