Chalo Chatu:Privacy policy

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This policy is approved by the Chalo Chatu Foundation Board of Trustees to apply to all Chalo Chatu projects . It may not be circumvented, eroded, or ignored by local policies.

This is a summary of the Privacy Policy. To read the full terms, click here

Disclaimer: This summary is not a part of the Privacy Policy and is not a legal document. It is simply a handy reference for understanding the full Privacy Policy.Think of it as the user-friendly interface to our Privacy Policy.

Because we believe that you should provide personal information to participate in the free knowledge movement, you may:

  • Read but for you edit any page on our site you will need to register an account .
  • Register for an account providing an email address and provide your real name.

Because we want to understand how our site is used so we can make them better for you, we collect some information when you:

  • Make public contributions .
  • Register an account or update your user page.
  • Use the Chalo Chatu site.
  • Send us emails or participate in a survey or give feedback .

We are committed to:

  • Describing how your information may be used or shared in this Privacy Policy.
  • Using reasonable measures to keep your information secure.
  • Never selling your information or sharing it with third parties for marketing purposes.
  • Only sharing your information in limited circumstances, such as to improve the Chalo Chatu site , to comply with the law, or to protect you and others.
  • Retaining your data for the shortest possible time that is consistent with maintaining, understanding, and improving the Chalo Chatu sites, and our obligations under law.

Be aware:

  • Any content you add or any change that you make to a Chalo Chatu site will be publicly and permanently available.
  • Our community of volunteer editors and contributors is a self-policing body. Certain administrators of the Chalo Chatu sites, who are chosen by the community, use tools that grant them limited access to nonpublic information about recent contributions so they may protect the Chalo Chatu Sites and enforce policies.
  • As part of our commitment to education and research around Zambia, we occasionally release public information and aggregated or non-personal information to the general public through data dumps and data sets.
  • For the protection of the Chalo Chatu Foundation and other users, if you do not agree with this Privacy Policy, you may not use the Chalo Chatu sites.


The Chalo Chatu Foundation is the nonprofit organization that operates collaborative, free knowledge for Chalochatu website.

This Policy explains how we collect, use, and share your personal information.

  • We collect very little personal information about you.
  • We do not rent or sell your information to third parties.

By using the Chalo Chatu Site, you consent to this Policy.


The Chalo Chatu movement is founded on a simple, but powerful principle: we can do more together than any of us can do alone. We cannot work collectively without gathering, sharing, and analysing information about our users as we seek new ways to make the Chalo Chatu Sites more useable, safer, and more beneficial. We believe that information-gathering and use should go hand-in-hand with transparency. This Privacy Policy explains how the Chalo Chatu Foundation, the non-profit organization that hosts the Chalo Chatu Site, uses, and shares information we receive from you through your use of the Chalo Chatu Site. It is essential to understand that, by using the Chalo Chatu Site, you consent to the collection, transfer, processing, storage, disclosure, and use of your information as described in this Privacy Policy. That means that reading this Policy carefully is important. We believe that you have to provide some personal information to participate in the free knowledge movement. You have to provide things like your real name to sign up for a standard account or contribute content to the Chalo Chatu Sites. We do not sell or rent your non-public information, nor do we give it to others to sell you anything. We use it to figure out how to make the Chalo Chatu Sites more engaging and accessible, to see which ideas work, and to make learning and contributing more fun. Put simply: we use this information to make the Chalo Chatu Sites better for you. After all, its people like you, the champions of free knowledge, who make it possible for the Chalo Chatu Sites to not only exist, but also grow and thrive.

Definitions: Because everyone (not just lawyers) should be able to easily understand how and why their information is collected and used, we use common language instead of more formal terms throughout this Policy. To help ensure your understanding of some particular key terms, here is a table of translations:

When we say... ... we mean:

"The Chalo Chatu Foundation" / "the Foundation" / "we" / "us" / "our" The Chalo Chatu Foundation, the non-profit organization that operates the Chalo Chatu Sites. "Chalo Chatu Sites" / "our services" Chalo Chatu websites and services (regardless of language), including our main projects, Chalo Chatu, as well as mobile applications, APIs, emails, and notifications; excluding, however, sites and services listed in the "What This Privacy Policy Doesn't Cover" section below.

"You" / "your" / "me"

You, regardless of whether you are an individual, group, or organization, and regardless of whether you are using the Chalo Chatu Sites or our services on behalf of yourself or someone else.

"This Policy" / "this Privacy Policy"

This document, entitled the "Chalo Chatu Foundation Privacy Policy".

"Contributions" Content you add or changes you make to any Chalo Chatu Sites.

"Personal information"

Information you provide us or information we collect from you that could be used to personally identify you. To be clear, while we do not necessarily collect all of the following types of information, we consider at least the following to be “personal information” if it is otherwise non-public and can be used to identify you: (a) your real name, address, phone number, email address, password, identification number on government-issued ID, IP address, user-agent information, credit card number; (b) when associated with one of the items in subsection (a), any sensitive data such as date of birth, gender, sexual orientation, racial or ethnic origins, marital or familial status, medical conditions or disabilities, political affiliation, and religion; and (c) Any of the items in subsections (a) or (b) when associated with your user account.

"Third party" / "third parties"

Individuals, entities, websites, services, products, and applications that are not controlled, managed, or operated by the Chalo Chatu Foundation. This includes other Chalo Chatu users and independent organizations or groups who help promote the Chalo Chatu movement such as Chalo Chatu chapters, thematic organizations, and user groups as well as volunteers, employees, directors, officers, grant recipients, and contractors of those organizations or groups. We recognize that only a minority of you are familiar with technical terms like “tracking pixels” and “cookies” used in the Privacy Policy. Whether you are brand new to privacy terminology or you are an expert who just wants a refresher, you might find our Glossary of Key Terms helpful.

Types of Information We Receive From You, How We Get It, & How We Use It

Your Public Contributions

Whatever you post on the Chalo Chatu website can be seen and used by everyone. The Chalo Chatu website is primarily created to help you share your knowledge with the world, and we share your contributions because you have asked us to do so. When you make a contribution to any Chalo Chatu page, including on user or discussion pages, you are creating a permanent, public record of every piece of content added, removed, or altered by you. The page history will show when your contribution or deletion was made, as well as your username. We may use your public contributions, either aggregated with the public contributions of others or individually, to create new features or data-related products for you or to learn more about how the Chalo Chatu Sites are used. Unless this Policy says otherwise, you should assume that information that you actively contribute to the Chalo Chatu website, including personal information, is publicly visible and can be found by search engines. Like most things on the Internet, anything you share may be copied and redistributed throughout the Internet by other people. Please do not contribute any information that you are uncomfortable making permanently public, like revealing your real name or location in your contributions. You should be aware that specific data made public by you or aggregated data that is made public by us can be used by anyone for analysis and to infer information about users, such as which country a user is from, political affiliation, and gender.

Account Information & Registration

You need to create an account to use the Chalo Chatu website. If you create an account, you need to give us your name or email address. If you do not create an account, you cannot make contributions. Want to create an account? Great! Don't want to create an account? No problem! You are not required to create an account to read but when you want to contribute to Chalo Chatu you are required to have an account. If you want to create a standard account, in most cases we require only a username and a password. Your username will be publicly visible, so please be careful about using your real name as your username. Your password is only used to verify that the account is yours. Other personal information is required: name, email address plus a short description and why you would like to join the movement this is to help us verify your identification. Once created, user accounts cannot be removed entirely (although you can usually hide the information on your user page if you choose to). This is because your public contributions must be associated with their author (you!). So make sure you pick a name that you will be comfortable with for years to come. To gain a better understanding of the demographics of our users, to localize our services, and to learn how we can improve our services, we may ask you for more demographic information, such as gender or age, about yourself. We will tell you if such information is intended to be public or private, so that you can make an informed decision about whether you want to provide us with that information. Providing such information is always completely optional. If you don't want to, you don't have to—it's as simple as that.

Information Related to Your Use of Chalo Chatu website.

We may use common technologies to collect information about how you use the Chalo Chatu website. We use this information to enhance your user experience and to develop new features. We want to make the Chalo Chatu website better for you by learning more about how you use them. Examples of this might include how often you visit the Chalo Chatu website, what you like, what you find helpful, how you get to the Chalo Chatu website, and whether you would use a helpful feature more if we explained it differently. We also want this Policy and our practices to reflect our community's values. For this reason, we keep information related to your use of the Chalo Chatu website confidential, except as provided in this Policy.

Information We Receive Automatically

Like other websites, we receive some information about you automatically when you visit the Chalo Chatu website. This information helps us administer the Chalo Chatu website and enhance your user experience. Because of how browsers work and similar to other major web sites, we receive some information automatically when you visit the Chalo Chatu website. This information includes the type of device you are using (possibly including unique device identification numbers, for some beta versions of our mobile applications), the type and version of your browser, your browser's language preference, the type and version of your device's operating system, in some cases the name of your internet service provider or mobile carrier, the website that referred you to the Chalo Chatu website, which pages you request and visit, and the date and time of each request you make to the Chalo Chatu Website. Put simply, we use this information to enhance your experience with Chalo Chatu Website. For example, we use this information to administer the website, provide greater security, and fight vandalism; optimize mobile applications, customize content and set language preferences, test features to see what works, and improve performance; understand how users interact with the Chalo Chatu website, track and study use of various features, gain understanding about the demographics of the different Chalo Chatu website, and analyse trends.

Information We Collect

We use a variety of commonly-used technologies, like cookies, to understand how you use the Chalo Chatu website, make our services safer and easier to use, and to help create a better and more personalized experience for you. We actively collect some types of information with a variety of commonly-used technologies. These generally include tracking pixels, JavaScript, and a variety of "locally stored data" technologies, such as cookies and local storage. We realize that some of these technologies do not have the best reputation in town and can be used for less-than-noble purposes. So we want to be as clear as we can about why we use these methods and the type of information we collect with them. Depending on which technology we use, locally stored data can be anything from text, pictures, and whole articles (as we explain further below) to personal information and information about your use of the Chalo Chatu Website (like your username or the time of your visit). We use this information to make your experience with the Chalo Chatu website safer and better, to gain a greater understanding of user preferences and their interaction with the Chalo Chatu website, and to generally improve our services. We will never use third-party cookies, unless we get your permission to do so. If you ever come across a third-party data collection tool that has not been authorized by you (such as one that may have been mistakenly placed by another user or administrator)

Locally stored data, JavaScript, and tracking pixels help us do things like:

Provide you with a personalized experience, such as using cookies to know your language preference, to remember the user preferences you set so we can provide you with the customized look and feel that you want, and to tell you about interesting Chalo Chatu issues and events in your area. Deliver more relevant content to you faster. For example, we may use local storage to store your most recently read articles directly on your device, so they can be retrieved quickly. Also, we may use cookies to learn about the topics searched so that we can optimize the search results we deliver to you. Understand how you use the Chalo Chatu Website, so that we know what works and what is useful. For example, we might use cookies to learn about the list of articles you are

Surveys & Feedback

We may ask you to provide us with information through a survey or provide feedback, but you will never be obligated to participate. Participating in optional surveys or providing feedback helps us make the Chalo Chatu Website better. Because every survey and request for feedback may be used for various purposes, we will tell you, at the time we give you the survey or request for feedback, how we plan on using your answers and any personal information you provide. If you don't feel comfortable with how we plan on using the survey or feedback results, you are not obligated to take the survey or give feedback.


When May We Share Your Information?

We may share your information when you give us specific permission to do so.

We may share your information when you give us specific permission to do so.

With Your Permission

We may share your information for a particular purpose, if you agree.

For Legal Reasons

We will disclose your information in response to an official legal process only if we believers it to be legally valid. We will notify you of such requests when possible.

We may access, preserve, or disclose your personal information if we reasonably believe it necessary to satisfy a valid and legally enforceable warrant, subpoena, court order, law or regulation, or other judicial or administrative order. However, if we believe that a particular request for disclosure of a user's information is legally invalid or an abuse of the legal system and the affected user does not intend to oppose the disclosure themselves, we will try our best to fight it. We are committed to notifying you via email at least ten (10) calendar days, when possible, before we disclose your personal information in response to a legal demand. However, we may only provide notice if we are not legally restrained from contacting you, there is no credible threat to life or limb that is created or increased by disclosing the request, and you have provided us with an email address.

Nothing in this Privacy Policy is intended to limit any legal objections or defenses you may have to a third party's request (whether it be civil, criminal, or governmental) to disclose your information. We recommend seeking the advice of legal counsel immediately if such a request is made involving you.

To Protect You, Ourselves & Others

We, or users with certain administrative rights, may disclose information that is reasonably necessary to: enforce or investigate potential violations of Foundation or community-based policies; protect our organization, infrastructure, employees, contractors, or the public; or prevent imminent or serious bodily harm or death to a person. We, or particular users with certain administrative rights as described below, may need to share your personal information if it is reasonably believed to be necessary to enforce or investigate potential violations of our Terms of Use, this Privacy Policy, or any Foundation or user community-based policies. We may also need to access and share information to investigate and defend ourselves against legal threats or actions.

Chalo Chatu Website are collaborative, with users writing most of the policies and selecting from amongst themselves people to hold certain administrative rights. These rights may include access to limited amounts of otherwise nonpublic information about recent contributions and activity by other users. They use this access to help protect against vandalism and abuse, fight harassment of other users, and generally try to minimize disruptive behavior on the Chalo Chatu Website. These various user-selected administrative groups have their own privacy and confidentiality guidelines, but all such groups are supposed to agree to follow our Access to Nonpublic Information Policy. These user-selected administrative groups are accountable to other users through checks and balances: users are selected through a community-driven process and overseen by their peers through a logged history of their actions. However, the legal names of these users are not known to the Chalo Chatu Foundation.

We hope that this never comes up, but we may disclose your personal information if we believe that it's reasonably necessary to prevent imminent and serious bodily harm or death to a person, or to protect our organization, employees, contractors, users, or the public. We may also disclose your personal information if we reasonably believe it necessary to detect, prevent, or otherwise assess and address potential spam, malware, fraud, abuse, unlawful activity, and security or technical concerns.

Contact Us

If you have questions or suggestions about this Privacy Policy, or the information collected under this Privacy Policy, please email us at

Thank You!

Thank you for reading our Privacy Policy. We hope you enjoy using our Sites and appreciate your participation in creating, maintaining, and constantly working to improve the largest repository of free knowledge in Zambia.

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