Legal information and personal data

Break Poverty would like to thank you for your interest in our organization. All the personal data we collect are processed in strict compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (EU 2016/679) (“GPDR”).

We take the confidentiality of your personal data very seriously. This notice explains how we use your personal data and how you can exercise your rights to such data.

These provisions may be amended without notice.


Break Poverty Foundation – The Extreme Poverty Foundation, an endowment fund governed by the French law of August 4, 2008, whose registered office is located at 81 rue de Lille – 75007 Paris, France.

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Personal data and privacy policy :

About us

Break Poverty Foundation, located at 81 rue de Lille, represented by Valérie Daher in her capacity as “Data controller”, undertakes that the personal data (the “Data”) entered on  paper or digital forms (on the Break Poverty Foundation website) will be collected and processed in compliance with the GPDR and the amended French data protection act (loi Informatique et Libertés).

Break Poverty Foundation undertakes to collect only strictly necessary personal data, in accordance with the principle of data minimization.

1. Data processing

1.1 The data concerned

Categories of processed data include personal identification data, which enables us to communicate with you and know you better. It facilitates your relationship with Break Poverty Foundation.

Your Data are collected through paper or digital forms. Some of them are mandatory, such as your contact details, so that we can communicate with you, and some are optional. Optional Data are requested so we can get to know you and send you appropriate offers according to your profile (e.g., donor, researcher, supporter).

1.2 Profiling*

We use profiling techniques to propose services that match your supposed expectations. You can object to the use of such techniques by sending a request to the Donor Relations (Relations Donateurs) department.

* Profiling: any form of automated processing of personal data evaluating the personal aspects relating to a natural person.

1.3 Other purposes

We undertake to keep you informed about any change in our data processing policy, including any change in the purposes for which your Data are processed.

1.4 Processing techniques

Break Poverty Foundation uses your Data for the purposes of its missions, to remain in contact with you, inform you about our activities and events, and provide you with informative and administrative documents (tax receipts, calls for projects).

For example, we use your Data to boost the efficiency of our initiatives and build personal relationships with you for the purposes of our missions. We use profiling techniques in order to provide you with the information you expect in the best possible conditions. However, you may object to the use of these techniques by writing to the Donor Relations department.

1.5 Legal basis of the processing

The purpose of our processing is to raise funds while keeping management costs to a strict minimum.

This is the legitimate interest of our association, which qualifies as a non-profit organization under French law 1901.

1.6 Recipients

The Data you provide to us are consulted by our internal Management, Marketing, Communication, Finance and Donor Relations departments. We also share your Data with the service providers of Break Poverty Foundation, who work in our name.

1.7 Transfer of your data

The information we process is reserved for use by the teams responsible for collecting funds and financing our initiatives. It may be exchanged with our Service Providers.

1.8 Transfers outside the European Union (EU)

Break Poverty Foundation may be required to transfer your Data outside the EU. We give preference to countries offering an “adequate” level of data protection, as assessed by the French personal data supervisory authority (CNIL), although not all destinations meet this requirement.

In this case, in order to ensure the security of your Data and to comply with the legal obligation, appropriate guarantees will be signed between Break Poverty Foundation and the company likely to process your Data. You can contact the Donor Relations department for information about these guarantees and to benefit from them.

The Data we transfer will be limited to your name and postal or email address and amounts of donation. These Data are required for the performance of sub‑contracted services.

1.9 Storage period

Your Data will be stored in our information processing systems for a period consistent with our purpose of cost-efficient fundraising. Your Data will be deleted permanently at the end of the storage period or before then if you so request.

2. Your rights

We appreciate the confidence you have placed in us by entrusting us with your Data. However, you have basic rights to these Data, including the right to ask us for access to and rectification or erasure of the processed data, or restriction of processing concerning the data subject, or to object to processing as well as the right to Data portability.

When you have consented to the processing of your Data, you can withdraw this consent at any time, without affecting the lawfulness of the processing, which is based on the consent given before its withdrawal.

You have the right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority.

We have listed your rights below, and the way in which they can be exercised.

2.1 How to exercise your rights ?

To exercise your rights, you can write to our Donor Relations (Relations Donateurs) department, or send an email to

We undertake to respond to your request within 30 days.

If we are unable to identify you in our files using the information you have provided, we will keep you informed and ask you for additional information.

When you submit your request electronically, the information will be provided in a commonly used electronic format, unless you request otherwise.

We systematically archive all traces of your requests and our replies, which need to be kept as evidence.

2.2 Right of access

You have the right to receive confirmation as to whether or not we are processing your Data.

In particular, you have the right to know:

  1. The purpose(s) of the processing;
  2. The categories of Data concerned;
  3. The recipients or categories of recipient to whom the Data have been or will be disclosed, in particular recipients in third countries or international organizations;
  4. Where possible, the envisaged period for which the Data will be stored or, if not possible, the criteria used to determine that period;
  5. The existence of the right to request rectification, erasure or restriction of Data processing or to object to such processing;
  6. The right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority;
  7. Where the personal data are not collected from you, any available information as to their source;
  8. The existence of automated decision-making, including profiling;
  9. Where personal data are transferred to a third country or to an international organization, you shall have the right to be informed of the appropriate safeguards relating to the transfer;
  10. You may obtain a copy of the personal data undergoing processing. For any further copies you request, we may charge a reasonable fee based on administrative costs.

Where you make the request by electronic means, and unless otherwise requested, the information shall be provided in a commonly used electronic form.

This right to obtain a copy shall not adversely affect the rights and freedoms of others. For this purpose, we will ask you to provide proof of your identity.

2.3 Right of rectification

You shall have the right to obtain without undue delay the rectification of any inaccurate Data. Taking into account the purposes of the processing, you shall have the right to have incomplete Data completed, including by means of providing a supplementary statement.

2.4 Right to erasure (“Right to be forgotten”)

This is the right to obtain the erasure of your Data without undue delay. We have the obligation to erase your Data where one of the following grounds applies:

  1. The Data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed;
  2. You withdraw consent on which the processing is based and there is no other legal ground for the processing;
  3. You object to the processing and there are no overriding legitimate grounds for the processing, or you object to the processing for direct marketing purposes. You can exercise this right at any time, which includes profiling to the extent that it is related to such direct marketing;
  4. Your Data have been unlawfully processed;
  5. Your Data have to be erased for compliance with a legal obligation in Union or Member State law to which we are subject;
  6. Your Data have been collected in relation to the offer of information society services directly to a child. The processing of Data of a child shall be lawful where the child is at least 15 years old. (The [Association/Foundation’s] communications only concern adults or minors of at least 15 years old as part of media and awareness campaigns);
  7. Where we have made Data public and are obliged to erase it, taking account of available technology and the cost of implementation, we shall take reasonable steps, including technical measures, to inform other controllers which are processing the Data for which you have requested the erasure by such controllers of any links to, or copy or replication of, those Data.
  8. However, this right shall not apply to the extent that processing is necessary:
    1. for exercising the right of freedom of expression and information,
    2. for compliance with a legal obligation which requires processing by Union or Member State law to which we are subject or for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in us,
    3. for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes,
    4. for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims.
2.5 Right to restriction of processing

You shall have the right to obtain restriction of processing where one of the following applies:

  1. You contest the accuracy of your Data, for a period enabling us to verify its accuracy;
  2. The processing is unlawful and you oppose the erasure of the Data and request the restriction of their use instead;
  3. We no longer need the Data for the purposes of the processing, but they are required by you for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims;
  4. You have objected to processing pursuant to your right to object pending the verification whether the legitimate grounds of processing prevail.

Where processing has been restricted, the Data shall, with the exception of storage, only be processed with your consent or for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims or for the protection of the rights of another natural or legal person or for reasons of important public interest of the Union or of a Member State.

A data subject who has obtained restriction of processing shall be informed by the controller before the restriction of processing is lifted.

2.6 Notification obligation

We shall communicate any rectification or erasure of Data or restriction of processing carried out to each recipient to whom the Data have been disclosed, unless this proves impossible or involves disproportionate effort. We shall inform you about those recipients if you request it.

2.7 Right to data portability

You shall have the right to receive the Data, which you have provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and have the right to transmit those Data to another controller without hindrance from us, where:

  1. The processing is based on consent or on a contract; and
  2. The processing is carried out by automated means.

In exercising your right to portability of the Data, you shall have the right to have the personal data transmitted directly from one controller to another, where technically feasible.

The exercise of the right to portability shall be without prejudice to the right of erasure. That right shall not apply to processing necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller.

This right shall not adversely affect the rights and freedoms of others.

2.8 Right to object

You have the right to object:

  1. On grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time to processing of Data concerning you, including profiling;
  2. In this case, we will no longer process your Data unless there are compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms or for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims;
  3. Where your Data are processed for direct marketing purposes, you shall have the right to object at any time to processing of your Data for such marketing, which includes profiling to the extent that it is related to such direct marketing;
  4. Where you object to processing for direct marketing purposes, your Data shall no longer be processed for such purposes.

We will present and remind you clearly and separately from any other information of your right to object at the latest at the time of the first communication to you.

In the context of the use of data profiling services, you can exercise your right to object to the implementation of automated processes using technical specifications.

Where the Data are processed for scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes, you shall have the right, on grounds relating to your particular situation, to object to processing of the Data, unless the processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out for reasons of public interest.

2.9 Automated individual decision-making, including profiling

You shall have the right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling, which produces legal effects concerning you or similarly significantly affects you.

This right shall not apply if the decision:

  1. Is necessary for entering into, or performance of, a contract between you and a controller;
  2. Is authorized by Union or Member State law to which we are subject and which also lays down suitable measures to safeguard your rights and freedoms and legitimate interests; or
  3. Is based on your explicit consent.

Break Poverty Foundation implements suitable measures to safeguard your rights and freedoms and legitimate interests, at least the right to obtain human intervention on our part, to express your point of view and to contest the decision.

These decisions shall not be based on special categories of Data, unless suitable measures to safeguard your rights and freedoms and legitimate interests are in place.

2.10 Complaint

You have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority.

2.11 Data source

When we process Data concerning you that you did not provide to us directly and which were therefore obtained from another, non-public source, we will inform you of the source of the Data provided to us if you so request.

Cookies used by Break Poverty Foundation :

This section on cookies gives you information on the origin and use of the information relating to your browsing activity that is processed when you consult our website, as well as your rights. This information is important for you, as it allows you to have a positive browsing experience and confidence in our Services. It is also important for us, as we want to reply to your questions as accurately and comprehensively as possible, in line with your expectations when you consult our website.

When you consult our site, information on the browsing activity of your computer device (desktop, tablet or smartphone) on our website may be recorded in your browser’s cookies files, and therefore on your device.

We may also purchase advertising space directly or through communication agencies or advertising networks in order to promote our activities and offers on third party websites/applications, by disseminating advertising content (text, images, animated images, videos) on these websites/applications.

Only the issuer of the cookies can read or modify the information it contains.

We use different cookies on the website to better align its interactive experience with your expectations.

1. What are “cookies” ?

Cookies are small text files, generally made up of letters and figures, that are posted to the user’s device.

There are several categories and three main types of cookies:

1.1 Internal cookies that are necessary for the site to function properly

These cookies enable the website to function in an optimal manner, for example by saving your choices and remembering your preferences. You can object to these cookies or delete them using your browser’s settings, although this may adversely affect your user experience.

1.2 Visitors tracking cookies

In order to adapt the website to visitors’ requests, Break Poverty Foundation tracks the number of visits and the number of pages consulted, as well as the activity of those visitors and the return rate to the website. We use this information for statistical purposes, in order to adapt the website to its visitors’ expectations.

1.3 Third party cookies aimed at improving website interactivity

The Break Poverty Foundation website may provide links to services proposed on third party websites, such as buttons to share content on Twitter, Facebook, etc.

These functions use third party cookies which are saved directly by the third party websites on your device.

2. Cookie consent message

The first time you visit the Break Poverty Foundation website, a cookie consent message will inform you about the technical use of cookies and asking you to adjust your browser’s settings to limit the number of cookies or to accept them by continuing to browse. You can change your settings at any time to accept or refuse the cookies. If you continue to browse without changing the browser settings, the cookies will be deemed accepted by default.

3. Cookie storage period

The cookies stored on your browser remain there for 13 months. After these 13 months, the cookies will be deleted and another consent message will then pop up asking you whether or not you accept the use of cookies. Continue browsing to accept them or change your browser’s settings to refuse them.

4. How do we use the cookies ? 

4.1 Cookies issued by third parties on the Break Poverty Foundation website

We give third parties access to spaces on our website to present content that may contain third party cookies.

These cookies will enable the third parties who place them there, for the period of validity of the cookies, to:

  1. Count how many times their content is displayed on our advertising spaces;
  2. Identify the advertisements displayed and the number of users having clicked on each advertisement in order to calculate the amounts payable in this respect and for statistical purposes;
  3. Recognize the device when the user browses on any other website or service where these advertisers or third parties also issue cookies and, where appropriate, adapt these websites and third party services or the advertisements they display.

The issue and use of cookies by these third parties are subject to privacy policies.

4.2 Cookies issued by Break Poverty Foundation on the Break Poverty Foundation website

When you connect to our website, subject to your preferences and browser settings, we may store technical cookies on your device that will recognize your device’s browser throughout the validity of the cookie in question.

These cookies will allow us to:

  1. Establish statistics and measure the frequency and use of our website’s various components (pages and content, navigation paths) in order to improve it;
  2. Adapt our website’s presentation to your device’s display preferences (language, resolution, operating system, etc.) whenever you visit the website;
  3. Memorize the information entered on a form on our website (registration or access to your account) or to products, services or information you have selected on the website (services and basket);
  4. Give you access to private spaces reserved for you on our website, such as your account, by using your login and password;
  5. Implement security measures, for example when you are asked to reconnect to content or a service after a certain period of time.
4.3 Cookies issued by Break Poverty Foundation on third party websites

When you access a website or application with Break Poverty [Association/Foundation] content, this content will contain a cookie which, depending on your browser’s settings, may or may not be recorded on your device throughout the validity of the cookie in question.

These cookies will allow us to:

  1. Control the number of times the advertisements we have posted on third party sites/applications are displayed and activated;
  2. Identify the content of the websites in question and the number of clicks per content;
  3. Calculate the amounts payable to the advertisers (communication or advertising agencies, websites or other media) and establish statistics;
  4. Adapt the presentation of the website an advertisement directs you to (e.g., language, resolution, operating system, etc.);
  5. Track your device’s future navigation on websites/applications or other advertisements where we store cookies.

5. In practice

5.1 Managing cookies

You can manage your cookies using the options on your browser. Your cookie settings will influence the way in which you browse. You can change these options at any time.

5.1 Consenting to cookies

You consent to cookies using your device’s browser settings. These settings can be changed at any time. If you consent to the use of cookies on your device, the cookies embedded in the pages and content you have consulted may be stored temporarily in a dedicated space on the device and may only be read by the issuer.

5.1 Consenting your device with other people

The content shared through the use of cookies relates to the device and not the person for whom the cookie was issued. Therefore the content does not differ from one user to another on the same device.

5.1 Refusing cookies

If you refuse the storage of the cookies we issue on your device, or delete those we have stored, certain website functions may be disactivated. You can change your settings at any time.

Refusing cookies prevents us from tracking your navigation and adapting the content of our website to your interests. The advertisements you see will therefore not be targeted to your preferences.

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