Privacy Policy

While this site may use cookies, we will not use them to store confidential data, or to attempt to identify you.

We understand that you may be concerned about privacy issues that surround the use of the Internet. BeLonG To Youth Services values and respects all individuals and organisations. We believe that you should have control over who receives your personal information, whether it concerns where you live, what your interests are, or how you choose to conduct transactions.

This policy relates to our practices in connection with this website (www.belongto.org). We are not responsible for the content, copyright, cookies or privacy policies of other websites. Any external links to other websites are clearly identifiable as such.

What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are set to your web browser, allowing the website operator to provide services for web users, such as registration, online discussion or making a donation. Cookies also provide information to the website operator about which pages and services are being used and how often.

Which cookies does the BeLonG To website use?
BeLonG To Youth Services uses a number of its own cookies to provide web services to you and other users. It also uses a number of third party cookies – meaning they are set by the organisation that provides the service – to offer content and services, such as blogs, forums, video, images, subscriptions and social network sharing on its web pages. A final category of cookies used on BeLonG To Youth Services web pages by third party providers, such as Google, allows BeLonG To Youth Services to anonymously measure how popular its web pages and services are, and also how often they are visited.

Why does BeLonG To need to use cookies?
Some cookies are important for the seamless delivery and smooth running of BeLonG To’s web
services while others allow BeLonG To to anonymously measure how successful its content is among
web users. This data evaluation, also known as ‘analytics’, helps BeLonG To plan future content and
digital services that benefit its affiliates and worldwide audience.

How are cookies helpful when using the BeLonG To website?
Cookies allow BeLonG To to offer its web users access to membership services and enhanced
content across BeLonG To web pages such as video, image slideshows, blogs, forums, profiles,
events and social network sharing. The cookies that enable these services can be blocked although
this may impair the way in which you experience the web page and, in some cases, prevent the
content or service from being accessed or properly loaded.

Implementation of the EU e-Privacy Directive
Since May 26th 2012, websites operating in the EU must implement the EU e-Privacy Directive. Under this law, [European Communities (Electronic Communications Networks and Services)(Privacy and Electronic Communications) Regulations 2011], websites are required to get visitor’s informed consent before placing a cookie on their machine. BeLonG To’s website contains a pop-up which seek the users informed consent to accept cookies being placed on their machine in accordance with this cookie policy.

Further information on the EU e-Privacy Directive is available from the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner.

How can I control cookies?
You can control cookies via your browser settings
You can delete cookies from your browser settings

Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on
Google have produced a browser add-on which when installed correctly to your internet browser
will provide website visitors with the ability to prevent their data from being used by Google
Analytics. You can learn more about the opt-out browser add-on and how to install it here.

Useful links
Useful information about cookies: http://www.aboutcookies.org/