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ENGLISH | KANNADA

Akshara Foundation is a registered public charitable trust headquartered in Bangalore, INDIA.  We have a mission of “Every Child in School and Learning Well”.

Your privacy is important to us and we aim for our website to be a safe and enjoyable environment for our audience.  We respect and safeguard the personally identifiable information (“Personal Information”) we receive and collect from you on our website and in the course of our other interactions online.

This Privacy Policy (“Privacy Policy”) explains:

  • what information we may collect about you online;
  • the use and role of cookies and similar technologies on our website;
  • how we will protect and use information we collect about and from you;
  • the circumstances in which we might disclose your details to anyone else;
  • when we may use your details to contact you; and
  • how you can be sure the information we hold about you is accurate and current.

Information Gathered

In general, you can visit our website without telling us who you are or revealing any Personal Information about yourself.  However, you may not be able to access certain areas or services that require registration or need us to know who you are and/or other information about you.

Information that we collect from you will vary depending upon the activity you seek to engage in and may include your name, email address, phone number, mobile number, home address, birth date, and credit card information.  In addition, we may collect demographic information such as gender, information about your computer, hardware, software, platform, media, Internet Protocol (IP) address and connection, information about online activity such as feature usage and click paths and other data that you may provide in surveys or online profiles.  We may combine demographic information with Personal Information to tailor our offerings or web pages to your preferences or interests.

Personal Information

Personal Information means any information that may be used to identify you and that is not otherwise publicly available, including, but not limited to, your first and last name, home or other physical address and an email address, phone number or other contact information.

We may collect Personal Information from you when you register for any of our services or otherwise voluntarily provide such information.  If you wish to subscribe to our newsletter(s), we will use your name and email address to send the newsletter to you. Out of respect for your privacy, we provide you a way to unsubscribe from our newsletter(s).

If you choose to use our referral service to ”tell a friend” about our offerings or our website, we will ask you for your friend’s name and email address.  We will then send your friend an email on your behalf inviting him or her to visit the site or check out our offering.  We will store your friend’s name and email for a short period for the sole purpose of sending this email and for redundancy checking, to be sure that your friend does not receive multiple copies of the same email message.  We do not keep or use this information for any other purpose. Whatever the purpose may be, we will only collect information to the extent reasonably necessary to fulfill your requests and our legitimate business objectives.

Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies

Some of our web pages may also utilise “cookies” and other tracking technologies. A “cookie” is a small text file that may be used, for example, to collect information about your activity on our website.  Some cookies and other technologies may serve to recall Personal Information previously indicated by you. Most browsers allow you to control cookies, including whether or not to accept them and how to remove them.  You may set most browsers to notify you if you receive a cookie, or you may choose to block cookies with your browser, but please note that if you choose to erase or block your cookies, you may need to re-enter your original user ID and password to gain access to certain parts of our website.

Tracking technologies may automatically record information such as Internet domain and host names; ; other information about your geographic location; IP addresses; browser software and operating system types; CPU type; your manner of connecting to the Internet (e.g., connection speed through narrowband or broadband access); click paths; and dates and times that our website is accessed.

Our use of cookies and other tracking technologies allows us to improve our website and your web experience.  We may also analyse information that does not contain Personal Information for trends and statistics.

Uses of Personal Information

We may use Personal Information and other information received and collected from you to provide the services you have requested, including services that display customised content and to contact you upon your request and when otherwise necessary.  We may also use Personal Information for auditing, research and analysis, and to operate and improve our services.  In some circumstances, we may share aggregated non-personal information with third parties.  When we use third parties to assist us in processing your Personal Information, we require that they comply with our Privacy Policy and any other appropriate confidentiality and security measures.  We may also share information with third parties in limited circumstances, including when complying with legal process, preventing fraud or imminent harm, and ensuring the security of our network and services.

Where we propose to use your Personal Information for any other uses we will ensure that we notify you first. You will also be given the opportunity to withhold or withdraw your consent for your use other than as listed above.

Confidentiality and Security

We will keep confidential and protect your Personal Information except where disclosure is required or permitted by law.

We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the Personal Information submitted to us, both during transmission and, once we receive it, for storage and disposal.  When you enter sensitive information on our registration or order forms, we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL).  All information we gather is securely stored within databases controlled by us.  The databases are stored on servers secured behind a firewall; access to the servers is password-protected and is strictly limited. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

We limit access to Personal Information to employees who we believe reasonably need to come into contact with that information to provide products or services to you or in order to do their jobs.

Third parties provide certain services available on our website and on our behalf.  We may provide information, including Personal Information, to third-party service providers to help us deliver our products, information, and services efficiently and effectively.  Service providers are also an important means by which we maintain our website and mailing lists.  We will take reasonable steps to ensure that these third-party service providers are obligated to protect Personal Information on our behalf through confidentiality agreements and otherwise.  We do not intend to transfer Personal Information without your consent to third parties who are not bound to act on our behalf unless such transfer is legally required.  Similarly, it is against our policy to sell Personal Information collected online without consent.

If you choose to provide us with your Personal Information, we may transfer that Personal Information from your country or jurisdiction to other countries or jurisdictions around the world.  Your Personal information may be collected and stored on servers located in the territory of India and such other countries as we may disclose from time to time.

Third Party Sites

If you click on a link to a third party site, including on any advertisement or banner on our website, you will leave the Akshara Foundation website and go to a third party website.  Because we cannot control the activities of third parties, we cannot accept responsibility for any use of your Personal Information by such third parties, and we cannot guarantee that they will adhere to the same privacy and security practices as we do.  We encourage you to review the privacy policies of any other service provider from whom you request services.  If you visit a third party website that is linked to our website, you should consult that website’s privacy policy before providing any Personal Information.

Online Chat Rooms and Profiles

You may choose to disclose information, including Personal Information, about yourself in our online chat rooms, message boards, user “profiles” for public view or in similar forums on our website now or in the future.  Personal Information that you disclose in any of these fora is public information, and there is no expectation of privacy or confidentiality there.  You should be aware that any Personal Information you submit there can be read, collected, or used by other users of these forums, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages.  We are not responsible for the Personally Information you choose to submit in these fora.

Contacting You

We may contact you using the Personal Information you have given us:

  • in relation to the functioning of any service you have signed up for in order to ensure that we can deliver the services to you;
  • where you have opted to receive further correspondence;
  • to invite you to participate in surveys about our services (participation is always voluntary); and
  • to provide you information about our new programmes and initiatives, where you have specifically agreed to receive this.

Change of Control

In the event that ownership or control of Akshara Foundation was to change, your Personal Information may be transferred.  If such a transfer results in a material change in the use of your Personal Information, Akshara Foundation will provide notice about the choices you have to decline to permit such a transfer.

Accuracy

To the extent that you do provide us with Personal Information, we wish to maintain accurate and current Personal Information.  Where we collect Personal Information from you on our website, should you need to update or correct that Personal Information, please contact us and we will make reasonable efforts to incorporate the changes in your Personal Information that we hold as soon as practicable.

 

You can obtain the information we currently hold on you by emailing Akshara Foundation at info@akshara.org.in We will use our best efforts to send you the information within 14 days of receipt of your email.

Consent; Amendments; Law

By using this website, you consent to the terms of this Privacy Policy and to our use and management of Personal Information for the purposes and in the manner given above.  Should this Privacy Policy change, we intend to take every reasonable step to ensure that these changes are brought to your attention by posting all changes prominently on our website for a reasonable period of time.

Your visit and any dispute over privacy are subject to this Privacy Policy and the application of the law in the territory of Bangalore, INDIA.

 

Legal Notices

 

Copyright:

© Akshara Foundation, 2014

This website is owned and operated by Akshara Foundation. Please read these conditions carefully, as by accessing this site you are agreeing to abide by the all of the conditions set out below. Akshara Foundation expressly reserves all rights in the content, and compilation of all content, in the website. The content and software on this website may be used for the purposes of private, non-commercial viewing the web pages only. Any other use, including the downloading, reproduction, copying, modification, distribution, republication, display or performance, of the content of this website is strictly prohibited without the express written consent of Akshara Foundation.

Warranty and Liability Disclaimer:          

This website is provided by Akshara Foundation in good faith on an “as is”, “as available” basis and Akshara Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy, timeliness, completeness, performance or fitness for a particular purpose of this website. Further, Akshara Foundation makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, as to the operation of this website, the information, the content, materials or products included.  Except to the extent as provided by the applicable law, Akshara Foundation disclaims all responsibility as to the information, content, materials or products arising from the use of this website, whether direct, indirect, consequential or otherwise.

Applicable Law:               

This website, including the content and information contained herein, shall be governed by the laws of India and the courts of India shall be the place of jurisdiction.  As such, the laws of India shall govern the disclaimer, legal notices, privacy policy, order form and any transaction completed using this website.