Privacy Policy

Atlas believes you have a fundamental right to privacy on the web, and we work to protect your security online. This policy applies to different specific web properties (e.g. campaign sites) may use the same or have site-specific privacy and cookies policies. We will always seek your approval for other use of your data if your consent is not covered by this policy.


A. Privacy & Cookies

  1. Introductory Notes
  2. Atlas and data privacy
    • The information that we collect about you
    • The use of your information we collect
    • Disclosure and international transfer of your information
    • Retention and deletion of your information
    • Data sharing agreements
    • Your rights
    • Security measures
    • Contact us
    • Changes to this policy
  3. Atlas cookies policy
    • Types of cookies
    • Use of cookies
    • Cookies and personal information
    • Blocking / deleting Cookies
    • Use of Google Analytics
    • Use of social networks sharing buttons and widgets
    • Contact us

1. Introductory Notes

  1. This website privacy statement is designed to be published on Atlas’s website.
  2. This website privacy statement is designed to give general information, seeking to meet the requirements of the GDPR, to individuals whose personal data Atlas collects in their capacity as visitor to a Atlas website.
  3. This document is not designed to be addressed to Atlas’s employees or other staff members or other individuals who deal with Atlas (i.e. other than as casual website visitors) in their personal capacity.

2. Atlas and data privacy

Effective date: July 18th, 2021

Atlas and the national/regional/international Atlas organizations in the Atlas network (hereafter: : ‘Atlas’, ‘we’, ‘us’, ‘our’) are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. Atlas is, for the purposes of this privacy policy, the “Controller” with respect to any personal data you provide to us by using our website and its functions. A controller is the legal person who determines the purposes and means of the use (‘processing’) of your personal information. 

This privacy statement sets out the basis on which we will process any personal information that we may collect about you as a visitor to our website. We therefore ask you to read this privacy statement carefully.

3. Definitions

“Personal information” means any information relating to a living, identifiable person. It can include names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses etc, but it is wider than that and includes any other information relating to that person or a combination of information which, if put together, means that the person can be identified.

“Processing” means all activities relating to the use of personal information by an organisation, from its collection through to its storage and disposal and everything in between.

“Data subject” means the person whose personal information is being processed.

4. Principles

Atlas complies with the following principles of data protection:

  • Lawfulness, transparency, and fairness;
  • Purpose limitation;
  • Data minimisation;
  • Accuracy;
  • Storage limitation;
  • Confidentiality and integrity.

Your privacy and your security is of the utmost importance to us. We will, at all times, adhere to these principles when processing personal information.


5. The information that we collect about you

We may collect and process the following information about you:

  • Personal information that you provide to us: 
    • This is information about you that you give to us by: (i) making use of our website and the options on our website (e.g. in the event you would sign a petition or make donation), (ii) subscribing to the receipt of updates by email, (iii) contacting us for information or help, by (iv) signing your name on a list of signatures, (v) by becoming a donor via other ways than the internet, or (vi) by participating in Atlas campaigns. It may include, for example, your name, address, email address and telephone number.
  • Personal information that our website and other systems automatically collect about you:
    • If you visit our website third parties (Analytics) will collect some information about you and your visit, such as your browser type and version and the pages on our site that you visit. Analytics will not collect the internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your device to the internet. You can ask Google to provide an extraction of your data related to Atlas website.
    • Our website may also download “cookies” to your device – this is described in our cookie statement (below)
    • If you exchange emails, telephone conversations or other electronic communications (including comments on this website) with our employees and other staff members, our information technology systems will record details of those conversations, sometimes including their content.
  • Information that third parties collect about you on our website by performing actions: This is information about you that you give to third parties (such as Facebook, Google and Twitter) by making use of the social network sharing buttons and widgets available on our website.
  • Information that third parties collect about you on our website by browsing it: This is information about you recorded / tracked by third parties just by making use of the website itself, such as navigating from one page to another (this event will be tracked) or by viewing an embedded Facebook video (if you are logged in Facebook) .

5. The use of your information we collect

We may use your personal information for the following purposes:

  • to make your actions known on our website and to third parties. For example, your name may appear together with your comments on our website. To inspire others to take action, we may also show your name and a summary of what you have just done on our website, for instance, if you sign a petition or make a donation. If you petition someone using our website – for example a government official or company CEO – then we may send your name and email address with your message to them;
  • to send you updates and alerts by email, mail, instant messaging, push notifications or telephone.

We will only process your personal information as necessary for the purposes described above. In doing so, we will consider the balance between your privacy and our interest in processing and refrain from processing if your privacy interest overrides our legitimate interest.

[In exceptional circumstances we may also be required by law to disclose or otherwise process your personal information. We will tell you, when we ask you to provide information about yourself, if provision of the requested information is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation or, on the other hand, if it is purely voluntary and there will be no implications if you decline to provide the information. If you are uncertain as to Atlas’s need for information that we request from you, please contact the Atlas representative asking for the information, or contact us (see below), with your query.]

6. Legal basis

As a Website visitor, based on our legitimate interests, we may analyse trends, administer the Website, measure users’ activity on the Website and to gather demographic information about our User base.

For the above-mentioned purposes, we may use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer to help us analyze how Users use the Website. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. For more information about the use of cookies by Atlas, please refer to our cookies policy below.

The gathered information will be transmitted to – and stored by – Google on servers in the United States. Google and all its subsidiaries, such as Google Analytics, participate in the Privacy Shield Framework and are committed to the Privacy Shield Principles in the processing of personal data transferred from the European Union to the United States. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser.

7. Disclosure and international transfer of your information

We may disclose personal information about you where we have obtained your consent or where it is reasonably necessary for the various purposes set out above:

  • to Atlas national/regional/international organisations which are based in the country you took action from in this website;
  • to service providers who host our website or other information technology systems or otherwise hold or process your information on our behalf, under strict conditions of confidentiality and security;
  • to judicial authorities or other public authorities, in case our legal or moral responsibility compels us to do so (e.g. if you express intent about performing a terrorist activity);
  • or litigation counterparties, in any country or territory, although only if we are legally required to do so and have no satisfactory basis or prospect to challenge disclosure.

These disclosures may involve transferring your personal information overseas. If you are dealing with us within the European Economic Area, you should be aware that this may include transfers to countries outside the European Economic Area, which do not have similarly strict data privacy laws. In those cases, where we transfer personal data to our service providers, we will ensure that our arrangements with them are governed by data transfer agreements or mechanisms, designed to ensure that your personal information is protected (including, where appropriate, under an agreement on terms approved for this purpose by the European Commission).

Please contact us (see below) if you would like to know whether any such agreements are in place or, if so, to see a copy.

8. Retention and deletion of your information

Atlas intends to keep your personal information accurate and up-to-date. We will delete the information that we hold about you when we no longer need it. Your personal information will not be kept for longer than is necessary to fulfil the specific purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy, and to allow us to comply with our legal requirements.

We will retain your information for no longer than 2 years after our most recent communication with you, after which it will be deleted or anonymised, unless we have a legal obligation to retain it for a longer period. Contact us for more information.

9. Data sharing agreements

On seldom occasions, Atlas will host petitions or other initiatives from other organizations. When this happens, Atlas will share the data gathered through the initiative with the organization launching the initiative (the "promoter"). This will be clearly indicated both on the initiative webpage and below this paragraph.

Current cooperations


10. Your rights

You may have a right of access to the personal information that we hold about you, and to some related information, under data protection law.

  • You can also require any inaccurate personal information to be corrected or deleted.
  • You can object to our use of your personal information for direct marketing purposes at any time and you may have the right to object to our processing of some or all of your personal information (and require them to be deleted) in some other circumstances.
  • In some circumstances, you may also have a “data portability” right to require us to transfer your personal data to you or to a new service provider 
  • If you wish to exercise any of these rights, please contact us as set out below. We are obliged to request proof of identity before access to your personal information is given.

If you would like us to remove your information from our mailing list, you can click the “Unsubscribe” link at the bottom of any email we sent to you or contact us as set out below.

You can also lodge a complaint about our processing of your personal information with the body regulating data protection in your country (details are available here).

11. Security measures

We have implemented appropriate technical and organisational measures to secure personal data against loss or against any form of unlawful processing. Our donation pages are secured using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), a security protocol that provides communications privacy over the Internet in a way that is designed to prevent eavesdropping, tampering, or message forgery.

Only employees who require to access information about supporters and website visitors to perform their work are granted access to your personal data.

12. Contact us

We welcome questions, comments and requests regarding this privacy statement and our processing of personal information.

Write to info [at]


13. Changes to this policy

Any changes we make to this privacy statement in the future will be posted to our website and also available if you contact us as set out above.

Please check back frequently to see any changes.

Last updated: July 18, 2021


3. Atlas cookies policy

We want to ensure that you enjoy browsing our website. In order to enhance your experience and collect information about your use of our site, we place “cookies” onto your computer.

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie:

  • cookies allow our systems to recognise the user’s device and make any presettings immediately available
  • as soon as a user accesses the platform, a cookie is sent to the hard disk of the respective user’s computer

Cookies are useful because they:

  • allow a website to recognise a user’s device and to target the content displayed to the user’s interests
  • help us to improve our website
  • offer you a better service more tailored to your requirements
  • enable us to recognise your device when you return to our website
  • store information about your favourite activities on the website, thereby allowing us to tailor our website to your individual interests. This may, for example, include advertising according to your personal interests and accelerate the rate at which we can deal with your queries

By using our website you agree that, unless you have set your computer’s browser to reject them, we can place the types of cookies set out below on your device and use that data in accordance with this policy.

You can find more information about cookies at: and, for a video about cookies check

Types of cookies

A cookie is a small text file that’s stored on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Whenever a browser requests an object from the same website or domain in the future, the browser (if you allow) will send the same small text file back to the origin server.

We use (or will use) cookies to:

  • Remember your preferences
  • Tailor our website to your interests, proposing content that may be relevant to you, based on past interactions

There are different types of cookies

First party cookies

There are two broad types of cookies – ‘first party cookies’ and ‘third party cookies’:

  • First party cookies are cookies that are served directly by the website operator to your computer, and are often used to recognise your computer when it revisits that site and to remember your preferences as you browse the site. Basically, these are our cookies.
  • Third party cookies are served by a service provider on behalf of the website operator, and can be used by the service provider to recognise your computer when you visit other websites. Third party cookies are most commonly used for website analytics or advertising purposes.

Use of cookies

This table explains the cookies that may be placed on your machine while using this website and why.





Used by Atlas to track if you have accepted the use of cookies on our website or not

This cookie expires 1 year from set/update


Used by Atlas to store the logged in state of users who have an account in our website

This cookie expires when you close your browser


Used by Google Analytics to distinguish users

This cookie expires 2 years from set/update


Used by Google Analytics to distinguish users

This cookie expires 24 hours from set/update


Used by Google Analytics (via Google Tag Manager) to throttle request rate

This cookie expires 1 minute from set/update


Used by Google Analytics to retrieve a Client ID from AMP Client ID service.

Other possible values indicate opt-out, inflight request or an error retrieving a Client ID from AMP Client ID service.

This cookie expires between 30 seconds and one year (depending on whether it is being used) from set/update


Used by Google Analytics to link user ID to campaign related information.

For example, if Google Analytics and AdWords accounts are linked, AdWords website conversion tags will read this cookie unless you opt-out.

This cookie expires 90 days from set/update


Used by Google Analytics to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utma cookies exists.

The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

This cookie expires 2 years from set/update


Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate.

This cookie expires 10 minutes from set/update


Used by Google Analytics to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utmb cookies exists.

The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

This cookie expires 30 minutes from set/update


Used by Google Analytics to store the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

This cookie expires 6 months from set/update


Used by Google Analytics to store visitor-level custom variable data. This cookie is created when a developer uses the _setCustomVar method with a visitor level custom variable.

This cookie was also used for the deprecated _setVar method. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

This cookie expires 2 years from set/update

“Checkpoint” and “lp”  

Used by Facebook to authenticate your identity on Facebook or Instagram

This cookie expires when you close your browser




Atlas does not govern the publication of third-party cookies. Please visit the relevant third parties’ website if you want to understand more about these cookies, such as FacebookTwitterInstagram, or YouTube.

If you do not want to use cookies, you can set your browser so that the storage of cookies is not accepted.

If you only want to accept our own cookies but not the cookies of our service providers and partners, select the “block third-party cookies” (or similar setting in your browser).

Cookies and personal information

Cookies do not contain any information that personally identifies you, but personal information that we store about you may be linked, by us, to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.

Blocking / deleting Cookies

Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies, manage previously accepted ones or delete existing ones on your device. Click your browser type below to go directly to the browser user guide to learn how to disable or erase cookies.

Blocking all cookies will, however, have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.

Which cookies would you like to accept?

Please select the type of cookies you're willing to accept

Necessary cookies

These cookies are needed for you to move around the website and access its features. Without these cookies you cannot access the services you may have requested.

Performance cookies

These cookies help to improve the Atlas website. We set cookies to collect anonymous data on things like how long a visitor stays on a certain page, or which links they click. This helps us to make better content for a better world.

Use of Google Analytics

Atlas uses Google Analytics to gather visitors’ use of our website and analyze the data to help us maintain and improve the design of our website. Google Analytics generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies, which are stored on users’ computers.

Should you not be willing to get the analytics cookies, please change you cookies settings above (‘change your cookies preferences’). 

As mentioned before, Google Analytics cookies used in this website are _utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz, _ga and _gid – and they all collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, browser ClientID (to identify returning users, for example), where visitors come to the site from and the pages they visited. Here’s the privacy overview of Google Analytics, the Google Analytics Cookie Usage on Websites and here how to easily opt-out of Google Analytics cookies.

As of May 2018, Google Analytics introduced the Data Retention controls, giving organizations the ability to set the amount of time before user-level and event-level data stored by Google Analytics is automatically deleted from Analytics’ servers.

Such retention period applies to user-level and event-level data associated with cookies, user-identifiers (e.g. User-ID) and advertising identifiers (not applicable in Atlas websites anyway). For Atlas, the Data Retention control for Google Analytics is set to 26 months. Once again, Analytics will not collect the internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your device to the internet.

Besides, it is important to mention that Google stores websites traffic information which have Google Analytics tracking code. Check Google’s privacy policy and how to opt-out of Google Analytics cookies.

You can install the “Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on” to prevent information about your visits to our website being sent to Google Analytics.

Use of social networks sharing buttons and widgets

Beside the customized HTML buttons we installed to allow you to share Atlas content on Facebook and Twitter, we may embed widgets from FacebookTwitterInstagram, or YouTube and other social media on our website to provide an enhanced experience.

These social networking  widgets come from web servers which may track your behaviour on our website and may combine this with other information about you originating from other websites. You can install a browser add-ons like “Privacy Badger” for Chrome or “Disconnect” for Chrome and Firefox to control some (the first) or disable them (the second).

Contact us

This website is operated by Atlas. If you have any questions about our cookies or this cookies policy, please contact us at info [at]