At PEN International we are committed to safeguarding and preserving the privacy of our website visitors, as well as our members and activists. The following statement describes how PEN International collects and uses information about people who visit our website.
In this policy, “PEN International” refers to PEN staff, board members, volunteers, and consultants, all of whom are bound by law or contract to keep confidential information they receive as part of their assistance to PEN International.
Information We Collect
In running and maintaining our website we may collect and process the following data about you:
i. Information about your use of our site including details of your visits such as pages viewed and the resources that you access. Such information includes traffic data, location data and other communication data.
ii. Information provided voluntarily by you. For example, when you register for information or make a purchase.
iii. Information that you provide when you communicate with us by any means.
We may gather information about your general internet use by using cookies. Where used, these cookies are downloaded to your computer and stored on the computer’s hard drive. Such information will not identify you personally. It is statistical data. This statistical data does not identify any personal details whatsoever. You can adjust the settings on your computer to decline any cookies if you wish. This can easily be done by activating the reject cookies setting on your computer.
This website contains buttons and content from social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. If you use these features, these social media sites may use their own cookies. Information on how these are used can be found on their respective websites.
Use of Your Information
We use the information that we collect from you to further the mission of PEN in defending freedom of expression and promoting literature.
In addition to this we may use the information for one or more of the following purposes:
i. To provide information to you that you request from us relating to promoting literature and defending freedom of expression.
ii. To provide information to you relating to other products that may be of interest to you. Such additional information will only be provided where you have consented to receive such information.
iii. To inform you of any changes to our website, services or goods and products.
iv. Member and Donor information: We use member and donor information to process and manage your membership or contribution. If you opt in, we will use your email address to send you updates and alerts on defending freedom of expression.
v. Other activities: We may run surveys, contests or similar activities through this site. Such information will be used for the purposes it was collected.
We send regular newsletters that keep users up to date on our work, cases, events, and more. If you would like to subscribe to one of our newsletters or join one of our Circles, we will require your email address so that we can send you the relevant newsletter. You will have the option of providing further information such as your name and location so that we can personalise communications with you.
Storing Your Personal Data
In operating our website it may become necessary to transfer data that we collect from you to locations outside of the European Union for processing and storing. By providing your personal data to us, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing. We do our tpmost to ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to make sure that your data is stored securely.
Unfortunately the sending of information via the internet is not totally secure and on occasion such information can be intercepted. We cannot guarantee the security of data that you choose to send us electronically, sending such information is entirely at your own risk.
Disclosing Your Information
i. Where we are legally required by law to disclose your personal information.
ii. To further fraud protection and reduce the risk of fraud.
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Access to Information
In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 you have the right to access any information that we hold relating to you. Please note that we reserve the right to charge a fee of £10 to cover costs incurred by us in providing you with the information.
Updating or Removing Your Information
You may choose to correct, update, or delete the membership information you have submitted to us by sending an email requesting changes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Changes to our policies