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Privacy Statement

In this privacy statement we explain which personal data we collect and use and for what purpose. We recommend that you read this statement.

Updated: October 26, 2020


If you wish to contact us in response to this privacy statement, you can do so via the contact details below.

By telephone: +31 (0) 71 51 60 980
Postal address: Defence for Children, attn. Data Protection Officer, Hooglandse Kerkgracht 17, 2312 HS Leiden

Defence for Children Privacy Policy

The website is part of Defence for Children. Defence for Children is a non-profit foundation that advocates for the rights of children. Defence for Children uses the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and all ensuing case law and other international treaties as a starting point to get children’s rights implemented and to monitor compliance. In the Netherlands, Defence for Children forms one organization with ECPAT. ECPAT is a network of organizations in 104 countries and works worldwide against child sexual exploitation.

The services and functionalities that we offer through our website contribute to the realization of our mission. In some cases we processing personal data. We think it is very important that personal data is handled carefully. Personal data is therefore carefully processed and saved by us. We use your personal data to achieve our mission and always rely on a legal basis from privacy legislation. This means, for example, that we:

  • clearly state for which purposes we use personal data. We do this through this privacy statement;
  • limit the collection of personal data to only the personal data necessary for the purposes they are processed;
  • first ask you for explicit permission to process your personal data in cases where your permission is required;
  • not pass on your data to third parties, unless this is necessary to provide the requested service or when we are legally obliged to do so;
  • when we share your data, we make agreements with third parties to ensure, among other things, that they are not used for other purposes;
  • take appropriate measures to protect your personal data and also require the parties to take security measures on behalf of our personal data;
  • respect your right to provide, correct or delete your personal data on your request.

If you would like to contact us in response to this privacy statement, you can do so via the contact details below.

By telephone
+31 (0) 71 51 60 980 – Monday – Friday between 09:00 – 17:00
Postal address
Defence for Children
Attn. Data Protection Officer
Hooglandse Kerkgracht 17
2312 HS Leiden

Use of personal data

When making a report of suspicions of child abuse when travelling abroad, you can leave certain information with us. You can also report anonymously, then we will not have any personal data from you. You can choose whether we pass on your contact details to the police or whether we do not. In the latter case, we anonymize the report before we forward it to the police. When we can share personal data with the police, we process the following personal data:

  • First and last name
  • e-mail address
  • information that you enter yourself in an open field, such as a message in the contact form

Purposes and term of storage
In the case when we are allowed to share your contact details with the police, we will not hold onto any personal data but delete everything after passing it to police. If we are not allowed to pass on your contact details to the police, we will keep the data for two years, because the police may have any questions at a later stage.

We take appropriate security measures to limit misuse of and unauthorized access to your personal data. For example, we ensure that only the selected persons have access to the data, that access to the data is protected and that our security measurements are checked regularly.

Provision to third parties
We will only pass on the information you provide to parties if this is necessary for the performance of our services. We will always first seek explicit consent to provide your personal data to third parties in cases where your consent is required.

When we provide your data to a third party, we ensure (including with an agreement) that your data is not used for other purposes. We also agree with third parties that your data will be deleted as soon as it is no longer needed.

Furthermore, we will not share the information you provide to other parties, unless it is legally required or permitted.


Defence for Children does not make decisions based on automated processing (algorithms) on matters that can have (significant) consequences for you. However, cookies are used on the reporting site A cookie is a small text file that is stored in the browser of your computer, tablet or telephone when you visit a website. With the help of a cookie we can, for example, make it easier for you to use the site, test the quality of our website or make it possible to share a web page via social media.

We use functional, analytical and social media cookies on our website. Below is explained per category what they entail and for what we use this information.

Functional cookies
Functional cookies are used to optimize the operation of our website. We use the functional cookies below.

Cookie: Security against Cross-site request forgery
Function: Check whether the web requests that come in actually come from our website (important in connection with fraud in donations)
Name: _RequestVerificationToken
Retention period: 1 session

Analytical cookies
Analytical cookies enable us to measure website visits. These statistics give us insight into how often our website is used and which pages are visited the most. As a result, we know which parts of the website are read properly and where we can improve our website.

The statistics we collect are based on anonymized IP addresses and cannot be traced back to individuals. This data is therefore always used anonymously. We use Google Analytics to obtain insights from the data. To ensure that we collect this information save and anonymously, we have taken the following measures:

  • we have concluded a processor agreement with Google Analytics;
  • we masked the last octet of each IP address;
  • we have disabled “data sharing” within our Google Analytics account;
  • we do not use other Google services in combination with the Google Analytics cookies.

Cookies: Google Analytics
Function: Measure website visit
Name: _ga
Retention period: 26 months
Name: _gat
Retention period: 24 hours
Name: _gid
Retention period: 1 session

Social media cookies
Social media cookies makes possible useful extras. For example, Google Maps with interactive directions on our contact page, the Facebook ‘like’ button or the option to share something via Twitter. Because of these cookies, the website you are viewing “knows” whether you are logged in to Google, Facebook or Twitter.

Functional and social media cookies are deleted after your visit to our website. Analytical cookies are not automatically deleted. You will therefore have to delete them yourself.

For information about how to delete cookies, see this step-by-step plan.

Websites of third parties

This statement does not apply to websites of third parties that are connected to our website by means of links. We cannot guarantee that these websites will handle your personal data in a reliable or safe manner. Always read the privacy statement of the website before using the relevant website, for more information about how they handle your data.

Your rights when it comes to personal data
Under privacy legislation, the provider of personal data has a number of important rights, such as the right to withdraw previously given consent and the right to request access, rectification or erasure of personal data. The latter will be the case if the personal data are no longer necessary for the purposes for which they were collected or processed. You also have the right to data portability. This means that you can submit a request to us to send the personal data we hold about you in a computer file to you or another organization requested by you.

Anyone who wishes to view, modify, have their data removed or transferred can contact the Data Protection Officer of Defence for Children, by e-mail via data or by telephone on +31 (0)71 516 09 80.

Dutch Data Protection Authority
Of course we are happy to help you if you have complaints about the processing of your personal data. Should you nevertheless not come to an agreement with us, you also have the right under privacy legislation to submit a complaint to the privacy supervisor, the Dutch Data Protection Authority. You can contact the Dutch Data Protection Authority for this.

Changes to Privacy Statement
We reserve the right to make changes to the Privacy Statement. Therefore, regularly check our Privacy Statement for possible changes to our policy.

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