Privacy Policy

Last updated: 1/08/2018


At Kindi we care about your privacy. That’s why we only collect personal data if we have a good reason to do so. That’s also why we want to communicate transparently about what we do with your personal data.


Who are we?

Kindi is a project currently operating out of Beirut, Lebanon. Kindi is supported by the MIT Refugee Accelerator and Shuttleworth Foundation. Our primary activities take place in Lebanon’s Bekaa region, where we work regularly with refugee learners at the Kayany Foundation. You can always reach us by email at


Which personal data do we collect and why?

If you just visit our website we do not collect any personal data. Basically, we will only collect personal data in the following instances:

  1. If you fill out and submit any of our sign up forms (Become a buddy, Provide content, Partner with us).
  2. If you subscribe to our newsletter


That’s it. Below you can also find what type of personal data we collect, what we use it for and how long we will keep it, so there will be no surprises:


Your first and last name, social media links, your organization affiliation

We cannot be sure to address you correctly if we don’t know who you are. Also, specifically in the case of the “Become a buddy” signup form, we ask for one social media reference link as a part of our volunteer application process. This helps us get a better sense of who you are and if you are a good fit for our buddy network. We keep this information in our signup database for as long as you do not object to us keeping it. If you no longer want us to keep this information, you can always let us know.


E-mail address

This is so we can easily contact you. In principle, we will never contact you unless it is to answer a question or reply to your volunteer, partnership, or content provider request. We will also use your e-mail address to send you our newsletter if you signed up to receive it. You can always unsubscribe from our mailing list using the link you can find at the bottom of each newsletter. We will keep your e-mail address in our volunteer, partner, and newsletter database for as long as you do not object to us keeping it. If you no longer want us to keep this information, you can also always let us know.


How do we protect your personal data?

We work hard to protect your personal data against unauthorized access or disclosure. In order to do so, we take organizational measures ensuring that access to your data is restricted to those employees or agent who need to have access to it in order to help us process it. We encrypt any personal information (in transit and at rest), as well as employ user access management and penetration testing. If you want more information about the measures we take, you can always contact us.


Do we share your data with others?

We will never sell your personal data to another party. We do use the services of the following external data processors :

  • MailChimp (newsletters)
  • AWS (infrastructure and web hosting)


These data processors take sufficient precautions to prevent the loss of your data. All of these external data processors are based in the United States and have certified their compliance with the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework, which means they will respect comparable data protection standards as those that apply in Europe.

You should know that in the following exceptional circumstances your data could also be shared with others:

  • If we are under a legal obligation to share data with the authorities or if we have to share data to comply with an enforceable government request, we don’t have much of a choice and we will share the data the authorities ask for, which may include yours.
  • If another company decides to buy us, we will, of course, have to transfer your data to that company. That company will then take over all obligations under this privacy policy.


Does Kindi use cookies or similar technologies?

  1. What are cookies: Cookies are small files existing of numbers and letters which are placed on your computer when you visit a website. Cookies are saved in your browser’s history and you can always delete them. You can also adjust your browser settings to prevent cookies from being saved on your computer. Learn how to do so here: · Chrome · Firefox · Internet Explorer · Edge · Safari (iOS) · Safari (macOS)
  2. When visiting the Kindi website we will place a few first-party cookies on your computer including Google Analytics. We have adopted the Google Analytics settings to ensure no personal data is collected when you just visit the website. When you visit the website, these cookies will be installed, unless your browser settings prevent this from happening.
  3. We use a third-party comment system, Disqus, to allow users to add comments to our blog posts. Disqus uses “authentication” cookies, e.g., `sessionid`, `disqusauth`, and `disqusauths`, to keep you logged in from your web browser and personalize your Disqus experience. You can learn more about Disqus here:


Can we change this privacy policy?

We may change this privacy policy from time to time. We will post any privacy policy changes on this page and, if the changes are significant, we will provide a more prominent notice (including, for certain services, email notification of privacy policy changes).


Your rights

You may request us to send you a summary of the personal data processed about you. If you feel that your personal data have been processed incorrectly or incompletely, or if you feel that such processing was unnecessary, then you also can also ask us to edit, supplement or erase your personal data from our databases. If you have any further privacy concerns or if you want to exercise your rights, you can contact us by email at We will do our best to answer all your queries as soon as possible.