What do you need to know?

Respecting privacy of information is of utmost importance to us at Vision-Aid. The primary reason is that we work with children, young adults and grown-ups to Enable, Educate and Empower those with visual challenges so they live a life of independence and dignity.

This privacy policy describes rules on how we handle and manage your personal information. The primary reasons why we collect personal information about you to improve our services and programs, improve accessibility to our website, and even to conduct research studies. This privacy policy also seeks to explain why we collect your information, what we do with it and when such information collected is destroyed. Your personal information will be stored on secured servers which may not be located in your own country. You can exercise certain rights in relation to your personal information, including the right to reach out to us about all personal information we store on our servers. You can email us at  voa@visionaid.org

Parental Consent

If you believe your child is participating in our program and provided personal information and you or another parent/guardian have NOT consented to it, please feel free to contact us at  voa@visionaid.org

Children Privacy

If you are under the age of 16 it is important you read through this Privacy Policy, and please make sure your parent(s) or guardian(s) read and discuss it with you too. If you have any questions you can reach out to  voa@visionaid.org

IP Addresses, Cookies & External Website Addresses

As part of gathering information on who visits our websites, we keep track of your IP address, so that we can provide better services. Further, they system places a cookie to understand your interests about the Vision-Aid Academy website. Such cookies will neither collect personal information nor track external website browsing. The Academy may also carry links to other websites that do not belong to Vision-Aid. It is advised to read their policies as well.

The Privacy Policy

The Vision-Aid Academy is an endeavor to provide free education to children, young adults and grownups who suffer from vision impairments. This is so they have an opportunity to live a life of independence and dignity. The purpose of the Vision-Aid Academy (“Academy”) is to provide online learning content and off-line exercises to support students, trainers and job seekers. This policy explains how any personal data we may collect from or about you for the purpose set out above by means of this site, will be processed and protected by Vision-Aid. When information relates to or identifies you, it is “personal data”. The option to provide all data is up to you. The more information you provide, it ensures you receive appropriate educational and web accessibility services. However, please note that if you do not provide certain information, we may not be able to accomplish some or all of the purposes outlined in this privacy policy, and you may not be able to use the Vision-Aid Academy where it requires the use of such personal data. This site may, from time to time, contain links to and from the sites of our partner network and others. If you follow a link to any of these sites, please be aware that these sites have their own privacy policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data by means of these sites. If you have any questions now or during your visit of the site, please contact us at  voa@visionaid.org

What information do we gather, how and when?

Vision-Aid collects information relating to you in these ways:

1. Directly, when you provide information to sign up to use the Academy via registration Forms. 

2. Indirectly, through our site’s technology. 

3. Subscribing to services, newsletters and alerts, or even providing feedback. 

4. We may ask you to complete surveys about your experience of using the Academy and your progress following your participation in our courses. 

Data collected includes:

1. Name, Email address, Mobile Number, Gender, Age, Location 

2. Learning objectives 

3. History of vision impairment, usable vision in terms of acuity and field, percentage of vision loss 

4. IP address, Operating system and browser type

Vision-Aid ensures transparency on how we use your personal data, and also by giving you the rights described in the section “User’s rights” below. If Vision-Aid uses personal data for such other purposes other than described in this Policy, it will be stated at the point where it is collected.

How is information collected used by Vision-Aid?

As a global organization, personal data we collect may be transferred internationally throughout VisionAid’s worldwide organization.

We have internal policies in place to ensure an equivalent level of protection is in place for your information throughout across our organization. Specifically, any transfers of your information to other Vision-Aid offices outside your country is governed by Vision-Aid’s binding corporate rules. Currently we have two offices: (i) India and (ii) International Office based out of Boston, USA.

 We use your personal data for the following purposes: 

1. To impart the education as you would need it. 

2. To ensure that the content is presented in an effective manner. 

3. To ensure that the Academy is accessible, the features that you are looking for in the system. 

4. To use the data for research to make significant improvements to the Academy so that you enjoy the learning experience. 

5. Better system administration, to look up user domains and to report on statistics, and to ensure security. 

6. Details of your visits to our site and resources you access (including but not limited to, traffic data, location data, weblogs and other communication data). Please see the Cookies section below for more information. 

7. To communicate with you about various features, changes to the Academy and related services.

Sharing your personal data with external parties

We share personal data collected only to government related public authorities where necessary in order to comply with any legal obligation. Where we disclose your personal data we shall do so in accordance with our legal obligations. Before sharing any personal data with third parties, we take steps to ensure that your personal data will be given adequate protection as required by relevant data protection laws and Vision-Aid’s internal policies.

Data security

Vision-Aid assures to take appropriate steps to maintain the security of personal data collected via Forms and the Academy’s website. This will include anti-virus and anti-hacking utilities installed on our servers. Nevertheless, the open nature of the Internet is such that information and personal data may flow over networks connecting you to our systems without security measures and may be accessed and used by people other than those for whom the data is intended.

Retaining your personal data

We determine the retention period of your personal data based on the following retention criteria:

1. We retain your personal data as long as we have an ongoing relationship with you. 

2. We retain your personal data in active state for about 7 years after we have ended our relationship with you. Such data will then be archived for legal purposes. 

3. We retain your personal data where we are required to do so by a legal obligation to which we are subject. 

4. We retain your personal data where this is advisable to safeguard or improve our legal position (for instance in relation to statutes of limitations, litigation, or regulatory investigations).

User’s rights

You are entitled (in the circumstances and under the conditions, and subject to the exceptions, set out in applicable law) to: 1. Request access to your personal data 2. Request rectification of your personal data if it is inaccurate or incomplete 3. Request erasure of your personal data 4. Object to the processing of your personal data 5. Request the restriction of the processing of your personal data 6. Request a copy of your personal data Please contact us at  voa@visionaid.org, or contact our data protection officer at if you need any clarification about the execution of this privacy policy. If you wish to withdraw from Vision-Aid using data that will be collected in future, please note that Vision-Aid’s will continue to process personal data obtained prior to the withdrawal of your consent based on other legal bases than your consent. You have the right to lodge a complaint with a governmental supervisory authority in the country where you deem that data protection law has been infringed.

Cookies

One way that we collect information is through the use of cookies. Cookies are small files of information that save and retrieve information about your visit to our tools and websites.