May 27, 2018
The mission of AfricaFocus, edited and published by William Minter, is to provide
high-quality analysis and progressive advocacy on African issues, with particular
attention to priority issues affecting the entire continent. AfricaFocus provides
information to the public without charge through multiple communication channels,
including a website, a Facebook page, and a newsletter sent to subscribers by email.
Subscribers are asked for financial support through voluntary subscription payments
Data collected by AfricaFocus are used exclusively to manage and to improve these
This notice is to explain in summary AfricaFocus compliance with the EU General
Data Protection Regulation, which went into effect on May 25. Additional
background is available at
Any user of AfricaFocus has the right to request that any personal data on them held
by AfricaFocus be made available to them and/or to ask that such data be deleted.
What data is collected through each communication channel and how
it is managed is summarized below.
1 - The AfricaFocus website (
http://www.africafocus.org) runs on an Apache server that collects logs on visits
to the website. These are identified by IP number and track usage, but are not
associated with personal information. AfricaFocus also makes use of Google analytics
to track website visitors, which collects additional information for analyzing site
usage. Google privacy policies for Google analytics are available at
https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245. The AfricaFocus website runs
ads provided by Google, but does not itself control the targeting of ads.
2 - The AfricaFocus Facebook page (
http://www.facebook.com/AfricaFocus) is governed by
Facebook privacy policies. The data collected by Facebook, and the subset of that
available to AfricaFocus, is determined by your Facebook privacy setting. AfricaFocus
runs ads to "boost" specific posts, but does not use targeting available from Facebook
except for geographic location. AfricaFocus may have access to your public profile if
you are a "follower" of the page.
Information services provided by AfricaFocus on the web are broadcast rather than
directed to specific identifiable persons. The choice to view or follow these
information channels is completely controlled by the user.
3 - AfricaFocus also publishes the AfricaFocus Bulletin, which is sent to emails of
individuals or organizations who have indicated their interest in receiving it. This
is now managed by Mailchimp software, the privacy policies for which are available at
https://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/. Users can unsubscribe at any time through a link at the end of each AfricaFocus Bulletin, or by sending an unsubscribe request to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Subscribers may sign up by filling in the subscription form
through a link on the website, by adding their names and email addresses to a sign-up
list at an event, or by personal communication with the AfricaFocus editor.
Data collected for each subscriber includes email address, name, and country, all of
which are required as well as other optional fields. Subscribers may view and change
this information by clicking on the "update my preferences" link at the end of each
AfricaFocus also keeps records of additional data for subscribers who make voluntary
subscription payments, including amount contributed and date of contribution. These
records are used only for internal Africa purposes and for targeting appeals for
continued support for AfricaFocus.
For any additional clarification needed, please write to the editor, William Minter,