Privacy Policy

This is the website of Caritas International Belgium, a non-profit organization for Belgian rights.

  • Our headquarters address is: 43 Rue de la Charité, 1210 Brussels, Belgium.
  • Our business number is: 0410.644.946
  • Our bank account number is: BE 88 0000 0000 4141

Please read the following contract to know how your personal information will be handled. This document is susceptible to changes. With each change to this privacy policy, you will be notified via a banner. This version dates April 10, 2018.

Legal framework and significance

Caritas International commits to comply with the legislation concerning the protection of privacy with vigor in Belgium: the handling of personal information on this site is subject to the Belgian law from December 8, 1992. This law concerns the protection of privacy with regards to General Regulation on Data Protection (or “RGPD” but better known as the English name “GDPR”) 2016/679 of April 27, 2016, entered into enforcement May 24, 2018.

This privacy contract applies to all pages hosted on www.caritasinternational.be. However, this privacy contract does not apply to pages hosted by other organizations that we may reference because their privacy contracts could differ. Importantly, this contract also differs from the privacy policy that applies to our secure platform for online giving/donations (https://caritas-int.iraiser.eu). This policy concerns:

Your visit to our website and the usage of cookies for a better navigation experience

Different completed forms to receive our newsletter, to register for our events, to order educational tools, …

A Better Navigation Experience with Cookies

What is a cookie?

Cookies are little text files, created to save certain information from websites you visit. For example, language selection, internet connection, or other settings. Cookies are necessary to improve the operation of the site and are used for statistical purposes. They do not register your name, your address, or other personal information.

Only the website that created the cookie can access the file. The file itself does not contain the text and cannot perform any action on your computer. It serves to uniquely provide supplementary information to your internet browser. Due to the fact that cookies only hold little information, they are harmless.

However, if you have the feeling that your privacy is being violated, you can adapt the settings of your internet browser in order to stop the cookie program on your computer, and to stop cookies from saving the information. Navigation on Caritas International Belgium will always be accessible.

Concerning the statistics

The statistics of our site are recorded with the help of Google Analytics and Google Search Console. This analysis service for websites provided by Google Inc., is one of the most utilized analysis tools.

We utilize this information only to analyze your visit to our site. For example, what are the most visited pages, what are the internet browsers used by visitors to our site, or how long do you visit our site?

Based on the statistics of Google Analytics and Google Search Console, we can improve our web site. We ask for your authorization in order to use this gathered information from cookies with a banner message.

The generated information is transmitted to Google where it is stored in US servers. Google conserves this information to retain how the site is used and to establish reports concerning activity on our site. By doing this, Google can best propose other services to improve activity and usage of the site. Google can communicate this info to third parties if the law mandates them to or if these third parties handle the information in the name of Google. Google will not combine your IP address with other information that they have at their disposal. For more information concerning privacy regulation related to the usage of Google Analytics, refer to the rubric Data privacy and security.

What information was collected on this website using cookies?

On every visit to our site, if cookies are enabled, our server automatically recognizes your domain. However, they do not automatically detect your email address or your name.

During your visit to our site, we collect the following information using cookies:

  • Your domain (automatically detected as stipulated above).
  • All the information concerning the pages that you consulted on our site.
  • Your age, sex, language, and your geographic zone.

Cookies concerning third parties

On this site, we also use the services from our trusted partners specializing in social media, advertising, and analysis. We share information about your use of the site by, for example, integrating YouTube videos, content sharing buttons with the “Simple Share Buttons Adder” extension, installing the Facebook Pixel service, as well as other third parties’ services. We think that the usage of these offered services by these third parties improves your visit to our website. The third parties can use cookies to retain certain information. For example, they can use cookies to analyze certain information like the potential clicks of the visitors.

How do I deactivate cookies?

To deactivate cookies, you only need the utilized computer and the internet browser. If you would like to use multiple computers or internet browsers, you have to repeat this process for every computer and internet browser.

Consult the Help function on your internet browser to find more detailed information on the activation, deactivation, and suppression of cookies. Here are some links for the most popular internet browsers:

Collected Personal Identification Information

During your visit on our site, you may be lead to share information voluntarily with full knowledge of the consequences. For example, posting messages or questions on this site, subscribing to our newsletters, asking for educational information/materials, signing up at an event, or asking for paper or online publications. It will then be “personal data.” The term “personal data” covers all information relating to an identified or identifiable physical person. A person is identifiable when it can be identified, directly or indirectly, notably by reference to an identification number or to one or more specific elements specific to their physical, physiological, mental, economic, cultural or social identity. For example: the first and last name of a person, their address, their telephone number, their e-mail address, their preferences, their ethnicity, their sex, … The address and the professional telephone number of a person are also considered personal data.

Within this site, the information that you send us could be:

  • Name
  • Mailing Address
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number
  • Personal Data
  • Birthday
  • Profession
  • IP Address

This information is collected via online forms that use the extension “Formidable Forms” or the inscription module supplied by Campaign Monitor, our email service. This information is utilized to inform you, to sign you up for events, and to contact you at a later stage in order to improve the content on our site.

Therefore, this personal data is shared with these third parties (Formidable Forms & Campaign Monitor) only if you give us permission. At any time, you can change your preferences, subscribe or unsubscribe by clicking on the link in each email.

You filled out a contact form, registered for an event, ordered educational material, etc.? Refer to the Privacy Policy relating to the usage of the Formidable Forms extension, refer to the Privacy Policy section of the extension.

Do you subscribe to our newsletters? Refer to the Campaign Monitor privacy policy, refer to their guidelines The security and privacy of your data matter to us.

If you would like to stop receiving postal mail or emails from our organization in the future, contact us.

The Management and Storing of Information

Your personal data is stored in our database solely in the case of a subscription to our newsletter, registration for an event, or when you request our magazine or annual report. This information will be kept for 5 years after the last form of communication unless you demand otherwise.

This data is stored on our server located at headquarters, 43 Rue de la Charité, 1210 Brussels, Belgium, and our host Combell whose data centers are located at Wezembeekstraat 2 bis, 1930 Zaventem and Kouterveldstraat 13, 1831 Diegem. Caritas International Belgium will not share or communicate this information with other organizations for commercial or other purposes, or to solicitation companies/sales agencies.

Caritas may also share this data with third parties for non-commercial purposes in the case of collaboration. If this happens, the work with this data is determined by a contract in order to guarantee the confidentiality agreements and the necessary security. In addition, we do not provide personal data to parties outside the EU with the exception of Campaign Monitor (our e-mailing service) located in Australia.

This personal data is only shared with third parties if the law requires and authorizes it.

The Usage of Information by Caritas International Belgium

This information is solely collected as part of Caritas International Belgium’s specific activities, like (e-)mailings, opinion polls, newsletter subscriptions, event registration, etc. We do not process personal data of minors (persons under 16 years of age) without the written consent of the parent or legal representative.

At any moment, you may request a copy of your personal information from Caritas International Belgium. In addition, you always have the right to contest the usage of your personal information. You may also ask us to modify your personal information.

The Security of Collected Information

Once the data has been received, Caritas International Belgium commits to best ensure the security of our systems. Importantly, we already have appropriate security measures in place to protect against the loss, abusive usage, or the alteration of received information on our site. Here is the list:

  • All persons with access to your data on behalf of Caritas International are bound by professional secrecy.
  • Each person with access has their own username and password.
  • We perform regular backups in order to recover personal data in the case of a technical or physical incident.
  • Employees are made aware of the importance of protecting personal data.
  • We have put in place a procedure in case of data leakage.

We take all the necessary precautions so that the information is treated in a secure and safe manner. However, no transmission of information on the internet can be 100% guaranteed. As a result, even though efforts are taken to protect your personal information, we cannot 100% guarantee the security of the information you give to us.

Access, modification, or suppression of Personal Information

In accordance with the Law on the Protection of Privacy of December 8, 1992, and the General Data Protection Regulation of April 27, 2016, every user who has posted information about their name and identity either directly or indirectly on our website has the following rights concerning their personal data:

  • Right of information and access: You can request the communication of personal information concerning you.
  • Right of rectification: You can request the correction of personal information concerning you. You can correct any inaccuracies and complete the incomplete data.
  • Right to erase (“right to be forgotten”): You may request that your personal data be completely erased from our databases.
  • Right to limit the processing of personal data: You may object to the usage of personal information concerning you.
  • Right to the portability of data: You may obtain the personal data that is applicable to you in an electronic, current, and structured form.
  • Right of objection: You can oppose usage practices, direct marketing, and profiling practices.

To exercise these rights, complete the form below or send a written and signed request, specifying the postal or electronic address to which the response must be sent. We may ask you to identify yourself before responding to the requests above.

In the case of a complaint concerning the treatment of your personal data, we ask you to contact us directly. Mr. Hubert Thienpont, Head of Personal Data Protection at Caritas, is at your disposal (privacy@caritasint.be – +32 2 2293608 +32 476 967669)

You always have the right to file a complaint with the privacy committee, the supervisory authority in the field of privacy protection.

Want to contact us?

We are at your disposal:

  • By email: infofr@caritasint.be
  • By telephone: +32 2 229 36 11
  • By postal mail: Caritas International Belgium, Communications Department – Rue de la Charité, 43 – 1210 Brussels, Belgium