Our principles

The ACQJ is a not for profit organisation which produces journalism in the public interest. This is our privacy policy for our website and for our other services, which include our social media presence.

We use data to find and tell stories, and hold power to account, but we also understand that we have ethical and legal obligations to protect any data that we collect from individuals.

That’s why we want to make sure we’re clear with all of our supporters, friends and funders how we use and protect the data you share with us.

How we protect your privacy

We do our best to protect your privacy by using security measures. This means:

  • We make sure that we have installed security measures to protect the limited information we have about you.
  • We will collect and use individual user details only if we have your permission to do so.
  • We will only use personal information for the purposes for which it was collected. We will have systems in place so that we know why we are holding information, what is being held and we will ask your consent to hold the data.
  • If we delete it we will do so securely.
  • Our site is accessible through the internet. So if you post comments, other people can see them.
  • We never sell your personal details to anyone and do not use your data commercially.

 

What we collect from you

The information we collect from most users is very limited.

We collect information to help us improve our journalism in the form of anonymized analytics measuring reach, engagement, location and other metrics.

Below is a comprehensive audit of the more detailed kinds of data we collect from members of the public, what we do with it and how we protect it.

Job applicants

Information from prospective candidates is usually received via email. Candidates we are interested in reviewing for a role/interview will usually have their CV downloaded and can expect that document to be circulated amongst members of our staff who will be involved in the recruitment process. After the recruitment process a candidate’s information will either be formally saved and moved into their personnel file if they become a staff member. Where applications are unsuccessful, a candidate’s information is either deleted or securely archived and kept on file for a reasonable period of time if we believe that a suitable vacancy for that individual may arise in the near future.

Partners

We hold very limited personal data about previous and current publishing partners of ACQJ; information held includes the following:

  • ACQJ main point of contact including name, email and contact numbers.

This information is used to ensure that we are able to communicate effectively with our publishing partners in order to ensure that our contracts with them are fulfilled.

Funders

We hold information about previous and current funders of ACQJ; information held on them includes contact details, contracts, signatory details and company bank details. We hold this information on the basis that we have a legitimate interest in retaining full and accurate records of individuals who have funded our work, both to help us to understand who has helped us and why, as well as to ensure that we keep accurate books and records about our finances.

Donors

The ACQJ has access to the names and minimal personal financial data of our individual donors through our account. The Albanian center for Quality journalism is a not-for-profit organization and as such receiving donations from individuals and local and international organizations and actors is vital to our business model and fundraising strategy. We collect data on those who donate to us to understand the pattern of donation and to allow us to identify and thank those that have chosen to donate to us. We also monitor transaction details to alert us to large individual donations, for purposes of the Law on preventing money laundering and terrorism financing. At no point is any donor’s personal and financial data shared, saved or processed for any other reasons. 

Mailing Lists

We hold information on anyone that has contacted us for purposes of cooperation. The information held on them includes the following:

  • Full name
  • Personal/business email address
  • Analytics about behaviour (i.e. how many times they have contacted us)

 

Staff and Personal Data

As part of their job our employees, collect data and information from various sources for journalistic research and development purposes. This information will be archived after an appropriate period.

Who we share it with

We do not share member, or partner data externally with the exeption of the cases obliged by law, but we do share it among our team. Where we name individuals as supporters on our website, we do so because those individuals have explicitly consented to be identified in that way as part of filling in their membership form.

Use of cookies

We set a strictly limited number of cookies when someone visits the ACQJ website. 

Analytics

For statistical reasons, we use Google Analytics to track how many users we have and how often they visit us. We collect information listing which of our pages are most frequently visited, when and from which countries.

We also use Twitter Analytics and Facebook Insights to track anonymized users in the same way. We also post our videos on YouTube and publications on Instagram, but do not collect data from these platforms. Users can refer to their terms of service to look at their privacy settings.