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Misk Global Forum privacy policy

Last updated: May 2018

Misk Global Forum commits to using any personal data you give to us responsibly and in accordance with all applicable laws and data privacy regulation. The purpose of this policy is to give you a clear explanation about how Misk Global Forum collects and uses the personal information you provide to us and that we collect, whether online, via telephone, email, in letters or in any other correspondence.

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Misk Global Forum is the flagship global platform of the Misk Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic foundation based in Saudi Arabia and established by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to discover, develop and empower Saudi youth to become active participants in the knowledge economy. Misk Global Forum of  7605 Abdullah Alsahmi St, Diplomatic Quarters, Saudi Arabia, Riyadh 12512 is the responsible party for the purposes of applicable data privacy laws. Please see below for our contact details.

This privacy policy covers all personal information collected and used by Misk Global Forum.  “Personal data” or “personal information” means information that (either in isolation or in combination with other information held by us) enables you to be identified as an individual or recognised directly or indirectly.  This includes the types of information set out below.

  • Information you give to us. We may collect information such as your name, address, email address and telephone number date of birth, age and/or gender, job title and employer when you:
    • sign up for our email lists;
    • engage with our social media
    • engage with content on our website;
    • register for an event
    • take part in competitions or surveys that we operate;
  • Information we get from your use of our website and services. Like most organisations, we collect technical information about the services you use and how you use them (such as your browser type and version, IP address, operating system, platform, how you find, navigate and browse our websites, which devices and operating systems you are using to access our content, and your location) for instance when you:
    •  watch our videos on YouTube,
    • visit our websites;
    • view and interact with our digital advertising and website or social media content.  This information may be used to improve the services we offer.

We hold and process personal data for a number of reasons:

We use your personal information: Our legal ground for collecting and using your personal information:
To send you marketing information about our latest activities, news and opportunities, where we have your consent or are otherwise allowed to do this. We will only send you these types of communications where we have obtained your consent or are otherwise allowed to do this.  You can unsubscribe at any time.
To accept applications to attend Misk Global Forum events, enter competitions or take part in other activities for which we would require personal information to register your interest. It is necessary for our legitimate interests and in order to perform our obligations under a contract with you to process personal information for the purposes of registering your interest for certain events or activities.
To communicate with event attendees and prospective attendees before, during and after our events to provide you with information about those events or to seek your feedback on events that you have attended. It is necessary for our legitimate interests and in order to perform our obligations under a contract with you to process personal information for the purposes of registering your interest for certain events or activities.
For administrative purposes (for example, relating to your attendance at an event or the data we hold about you in your personal user account). It is necessary for our legitimate interest to keep records of your personal details and update these when necessary. It is also necessary for our legitimate interests to keep records of any correspondence with you or any events you have attended in order to keep track of your details and preferences.
To analyse and improve the content and operation of our website and our internal business processes. It is necessary for our legitimate interests to process your personal data to improve our website offering and internal processes.
To tailor communications presented to you and to other people who may have similar interests or other characteristics to yours on the internet according to your interests, preferences and other characteristics. We will only use your data for these types of communications where we have obtained your consent or are otherwise allowed to do this.
To ensure we do not send unwanted information to individuals who have informed us they do not wish to be contacted. [It is necessary for our legitimate interests to process personal information in order to maintain an up-to-date suppression list and ensure that we do not contact you where you have asked us not to.]

When we collect and use your personal information, we will make sure this is only done accordance with at least one of the legal grounds available to us under privacy laws. In all cases, we are careful to ensure that we only use your personal information in a way or for a purpose that you would reasonably expect in accordance with this policy, and that does not intrude on your privacy or previously-expressed marketing preferences.

We will never knowingly collect personal data from individuals under the age of sixteen (16) without first obtaining verifiable parental consent. If you are under the age of 16 you should not provide information to us. If we become aware that a person under 16 has provided personal information to us without verifiable parental consent, we will remove such personal information from our files.

Your personal information is intended for Misk Global Forum, and may be shared with third parties in certain circumstances. We may share your personal information with the following third party organisations:

  • Our service providers

  We use other companies, agents or contractors (“Service Providers”) to perform services on our behalf. We may share personal information with the following categories of Service Provider:

  • Digital Marketing Suppliers;
  • Public Relations Agencies;
  • Research Agencies;
  • Management Consulting Firms;
  • Advisors; and
  • Other non-profit organisations.

In the course of providing such services, these Service Providers may have access to your personal information. However, we will only provide our Service Providers with the information that is necessary for them to perform the services, and we shall ensure that they do not use your information for any other purpose.  We will always use our best efforts to ensure that all the Service Providers we work with will keep your personal information secure.

  • Third parties permitted by law

  In certain circumstances, we may be required to disclose or share your personal information in order to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation (for example, we may be required to disclose personal information to the police, regulators, fraud prevention agencies, government agencies or to judicial or administrative authorities). We may also disclose your personal information to third parties where disclosure is both legally permissible and necessary to protect or defend our rights, matters of national security, law enforcement, to protect your rights or those of the public.

The personal information that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”) (for example, Canada, the Middle East and the United States). It may also be processed by staff operating outside the EEA who work for us or for one of our Service Providers. We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your personal information is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Notice and applicable data protection laws, including, where relevant, entering into EU standard contractual clauses (or equivalent measures) with the party outside the EEA receiving the personal information.

We will retain your contact details for as long as you have an active relationship with Misk Global Forum and when you cease to have an active relationship with us or request to receive no further contact, we will remove the relevant information from our systems/records and/or take steps to properly anonymise it so that you can no longer be identified from it (unless we need to keep your information to comply with legal or regulatory obligations to which we are subject). We will retain all other information for as long as it is necessary for the purpose for which that information was collected and to the extent permitted by applicable laws. When we no longer need to use your information, we will remove it from our systems/records and/or take steps to properly anonymise it so that you can no longer be identified from it  (unless we need to keep your information to comply with legal or regulatory obligations to which we are subject). We may retain only the basic information required in order to avoid sending you unwanted materials in the future, and to ensure that we don’t accidentally duplicate information. For further information, please contact us using the methods set out above to request the Retention Schedule.

We may use the personal data you share with us to match to your account on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn or other social media sites in order to show you Misk Global Forum content while you are using these services. Your personal data is kept secure at all times. We may also use your email address and phone number to link to Facebook or other social media sites in order to identify other users of these sites who we believe would be interested in Misk Global Forum, and we may then show them Misk Global Forum content. Information on how to stop this use of your personal data is given by each of the individual social media platforms in your user preferences.

Misk Global Forum uses and protects the data of EU citizens under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This provides a legal framework for protecting your data and for granting you rights over your data. In summary, if you are in the European Economic Area, you have the following rights:

  • The right of access – You have the right to request a copy of the information that we hold about you. If you require multiple copies of your personal data, we may charge a reasonable administration fee.
  • The right to rectification You have the right to request us to update incomplete or inaccurate information we hold about you.
  • The right to erase – You have the right to request that we delete personal information that we process about you, except we are not obligated to do so if we need to retain such data in order to comply with a legal obligation or to establish, exercise or defend legal claims.
  • The right to restrict processing – You have the right to restrict our processing of your personal information where you believe such data to be inaccurate, our processing is unlawful or that we no longer need to process such data for a particular purpose, but where we are not able to delete the data due to a legal or other obligation or because you do not wish for us to delete it.
  • The right to data portability – You have the right to obtain personal information we hold about you, in a structured, electronic format, and to transmit such data to another data controller, where this is (a) personal information which you have provided to us, and (b) if we are processing that data on the basis of your consent or to perform a contract with you.
  • The right to object – Where the legal justification for our processing of your personal information is our legitimate interest, you have the right to object to such processing on grounds relating to your particular situation. We will abide by your request unless we have compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests and rights, or if we need to continue to process the data for the establishment, exercise or defence of a legal claim.

  Withdrawing consent – If you have consented to our processing of your personal information, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time, free of charge . This includes circumstances where you wish to stop or change how we communicate with you. You can opt out of our emails by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of our messages or emailing You can make any of these requests in relation to your personal data by contacting us using the details below. We want to make sure that the personal information we hold for you is accurate and up to date. If your contact details have changed or you think any information we have about you is incorrect or incomplete, you can always update or correct the information we hold about you by contacting us using the details below.

If you want to make any data subject rights requests, a complaint about the way we have processed your personal information, or if you have any questions about this privacy policy, this website or the services we provide to you online, you can contact us at You also have the right to lodge a complaint with the local data protection authority if you believe that we have not complied with applicable privacy laws. Please click here for a list of local data protection authorities in all European Economic Area (EEA) countries. You should contact the data protection authority where you are based or where the issue you would like to complain about took place.

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We cannot be held responsible for the privacy of data collected by websites not owned or managed by Misk Global Forum, including those linked through our website.

We may update the terms of this policy from time to time. If we decide to change our Privacy policy we will post an alert (e.g. by way of a blog post) on the home page of our website.