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WASH in Schools (WinS) Network Website Privacy Policy

What does this Policy cover?

Taking care of your information is important to us. 

This Privacy Policy sets out how we may collect, use and store personal data about you when you access and what steps we take to protect your information.

In this policy, "personal data" means any information that lets us identify you or the device you use when you access and interact with including your name, address, phone number, email address, identification number (for you or your device), location data, or any attribute that may be linked to you as an individual.  

Please read our Privacy Policy carefully before using and refer to it regularly to check for updates. Remember, by accessing and using, you agree to all provisions of this Privacy Policy.   

If you are under 18 years old, we encourage you to discuss your use and engagement of with your parents or guardian. If you are younger than 13 years old, you need to make sure that your parents or guardian consent to you sharing your information with us through

As used in this Privacy Policy, "we", "us", and "our" refers to UNICEF. The terms "you", "your", "yours", and "user" refer to you as the individual accessing or using the

What is not covered by this Policy? 

Please note that certain links on may lead to resources maintained by third parties over which we have no control, including websites maintained by other UN entities or UNICEF associates. Third party collection, use and processing of your information is governed by their privacy policy.

How do we protect your personal data? 

We are committed to collecting minimal personal data. The aim of is to be helpful to you and make you feel safe as you use it and interact with its content and features. 

  • Where we use third parties to host or to provide services to us, we have implemented the necessary contractual arrangements to ensure the confidentiality and security of any personal data shared with them.
  • We will not use your personal data other than for the purposes described in this Privacy Policy.
  • We will not sell your personal data.
  • We will not keep your personal data for longer than is necessary for the stated purposes except to the extent required by regulations applicable to us.
  • We will take all reasonable and necessary technical and organizational measures to protect your personal data. 

What types of personal data may collect and process?

As stated above, we are committed to collect only minimal personal data.  


When you use this site, we and our third-party service providers may collect information about you and your device through automated means, such as cookies and web server logs. The information collected in this manner may include your IP address, network location, what browser you are using, device IDs and characteristics, operating system version, language preferences, referring URLs, and information about the usage of this site.

By using this site, you consent to the placement of cookies and similar technologies in your browser in accordance with this policy.

We use this information, for example, to ensure that the site functions properly, to determine how many users have visited certain pages, or to prevent fraud. We may use IP address information to derive location of the device used to access the site.

We also may work with analytics providers which use cookies and similar technologies to collect and analyze information about use of the site and report on activities and trends.

If you do not want information collected through the use of cookies, most browsers allow you to configure your browser setting to automatically decline cookies or be given the choice of declining or accepting them. You may also wish to refer to for more general information about cookies.  If, however, you do not accept UNICEF’s cookies, you may experience some inconvenience in your use of this site.  In order to use the site optimally, you will need to ensure that your browser is configured to accept cookies from the site. You can delete cookies after each visit, if you wish to.

To contact the WinS Network Secretariat

If you would like to contact the WinS Network Secretariat, we ask for your email, your name, the organization you work for and the country where you work. If you would like, you can also provide your phone number. This information helps us understand geographic locations where the WASH in schools programme is being implemented globally but also which organizations are involved in the WASH in schools programme. With your email, we will be able to send you any notifications o important events and where needed, request your participation in key Network activities and events.

Content created or submitted by individuals

Aside from being able to access the resources on WASH in schools available on the website, you also have the opportunity to be an active participant in global WinS network by sharing resources such as reports, journals and articles, publications, tools, on the work you and your organization do on WASH in schools.

How do we use your personal data?

We will use your personal data for the purposes described in the information collection section above.

We may also use your personal data for things like:

  • Monitoring the quality of the services, including our interactions with you
  • Complying with our legal obligations. 

How and why we may share your personal data?

Keeping your information confidential is important to us. We will only share your personal data internally or with third parties for specific and necessary purposes. Third parties are under contractual obligation to have in place data protection and privacy safeguards similar to ours, and they are permitted to handle the personal data they have access to only for specific and necessary purposes in accordance with our instructions. Personal data may be shared for the following main purposes:

  • To third-party service providers solely to provide services to us, such as website hosting, data analysis, technology or infrastructure trouble shooting.
  • To fulfill a legal requirement, enforce our Terms of Use, or protect anyone’s rights, privacy, safety, or property and for other lawful purposes.

Some of the third parties mentioned in this Privacy Policy may be located in countries outside your country of residence. Where we transfer your personal data outside of your country, we will take reasonable steps to ensure that your data is treated securely and the means of transfer provides adequate safeguards.

How can I control the handling of my personal data? 

Where applicable and appropriate you may send an email to WinS Network secretariat at to:

  • obtain confirmation that your personal data is being processed, and request a copy of the personal data held about you
  • ask that the personal data held about you be corrected or supplemented if such information is inaccurate or incomplete 
  • ask that we delete personal data that we hold about you, or restrict the way in which we use such information  
  • object to our processing of your personal data

How long do we keep your personal data? 

We will only use and store your personal data for so long as it is required for the purposes it was collected for. We use your personal data as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements and rights.  

How do you keep my personal data secure and confidential?

We have in place reasonable commercial standards of technology and operational security to protect all personal data provided by individuals from loss, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration or destruction. Only authorized personnel, who have been made appropriately aware of our privacy obligations, are provided access to personal data.  

Notifications of Changes to the Privacy Policy 

If we make changes to our privacy practices, we will post a notification to our site alerting that the Privacy Policy has been amended. Those changes will be effective immediately upon posting them to our site. For this reason, we encourage you to check our Privacy Policy frequently. The “Last Updated” date at the bottom of this page indicates when this Privacy Policy was last revised.

Your continued use of our site following these changes means that you accept the revised Privacy Policy. 

Contact Us 

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact WinS Network secretariat at



Last Updated: October 2021



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