Privacy policy


The International alliance for the protection of heritage in conflict areas ("ALIPH") takes your privacy seriously. This privacy policy (together with our Terms of use) describes how and why we collect, protect, process and store data which can identify you. We hope this disclosure will increase your confidence in our sites and enhance your internet experience.

The information we collect

For those few activities on our website where the collection of personally identifiable information is necessary (for example, when you contact us with a question or when you apply for a grant), the information we collect is clearly set out on the web page on which we collect it. 

In addition, we may collect information about your IP address, operating system and browser type for system administration. This is statistical data about our users' browsing actions and patterns and is not meant to identify any individual.

Our website uses cookies (unless you configure your web browser not to accept them) to distinguish you from other users of our website.

Why and how we collect it

We may collect personal information from you only for the purposes identified at or prior to the time we collect such information. 

We only collect personal information through emails or web forms submitted by visitors in order to respond to questions or comments or process specific requests (for example, when visitors apply for a grant).

The use of cookies enables us to know how many visits we have had from separate individuals, to track usage patterns and store information. We are thus able to compile anonymous usage statistics in order to improve and optimise our website, provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and better communicate with you.

Legal basis

We rely on several basis to process your personal information, including to perform our contractual obligations towards you or take pre-contractual steps at your request, to pursue our legitimate interests or to comply with our legal obligations. In certain cases, we will require your consent before processing your personal information.

Who we disclose it to

Personal information (as opposed to aggregate information) is used solely by us. We will not disclose such information to any third parties without your prior consent, other than:

  1. to third party service providers with whom ALIPH has a contractual agreement, which includes appropriate privacy standards, for the purposes of performing functions such as data processing, database services or information technology support;
  2. to comply with any legal requirements; to protect the safety and security of visitors and our site; and
  3. in case of a breach of this privacy policy.

Should we need to transfer your personal information to a country that is not regarded as ensuring an adequate level of protection for personal information by the European Commission and/or the Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner, we will put in place appropriate safeguards in accordance with applicable legal requirements to ensure that your personal information is adequately protected.


Keeping your personal information secure is very important to us. We have taken the necessary steps to protect the personal information collected from you on ALIPH’s website with a level of security appropriate to the sensitivity of this kind of information. In particular, all information you provide us with is stored on secure servers.

Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can ever be guaranteed to be totally secure. As a result, whilst we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information which you send to us and which you do at your own risk.

Storage duration

We will not keep your personal information for any longer than is necessary in light of the reason(s) for which it was first collected or provided, keeping in mind the following factors:

  • the activity or service for which it is being processed;
  • any legal, regulatory or contractual requirements; and/or
  • the time in which any litigation or investigations might arise from providing a service.

Your rights

You have the following rights with respect to your personal information:

  • access your personal information;
  • rectify your personal information;
  • erase your personal information;
  • restrict our use of your personal information;
  • object to our use of your personal information;
  • withdraw your consent to the processing of your personal information where processing is based on your consent;
  • receive your personal information in a usable electronic format and transmit it to a third party (right to data portability).

If you would like to exercise such rights, please contact us at the details below.

We may need to contact you if we need additional information from you to process your request.

Your objection (or withdrawal of any previously given consent) could mean that we are unable to perform the actions necessary to achieve the intended purposes or that you may not be able to make use of the services offered by us. Please note that the above rights can be limited – for example, where we need your personal information to comply with the law or assert or defend against legal claims or have other compelling legitimate grounds for the processing that override your interests, rights and freedoms. We may therefore be able to continue processing your personal information even after you have chosen to withdraw your consent to the extent required or otherwise permitted by law.

Personal information of other persons

If you provide personal information to us about someone else, you must ensure that you are entitled to disclose that personal information to us and that, without us taking any further steps, we may process that personal information as described in this privacy policy. In particular, you must ensure that the individual concerned is aware of the various matters detailed in this privacy policy, including in particular our identity, how to contact us and our purposes of processing.

Changes to our privacy policy

Any changes we may make to our privacy policy in the future will be posted on this page. If necessary (e.g. your personal information will be processed for new purposes requiring your consent), we will require your consent. In such cases, we may not be able to provide you with all or part of our services as long as you have not accepted the amended terms.

Contact on our privacy policy

If you need further assistance relating to this Privacy policy or further information about how we use the personal information we have about you, please contact

Please note that this privacy policy applies to the collection, use and disclosure of personal information on the ALIPH website only, whose data controller is the International alliance for the protection of heritage in conflict areas, chemin de Balexert 7-9, 1219 Châtelaine, Geneva, Switzerland.

We are committed to working with you to obtain a fair resolution of any complaint or concern about privacy. If, however, you believe that we have not been able to assist with your complaint or concern, you have the right to make a complaint to the competent data protection authority.