Privacy Policy

USAID and Reliance Foundation respect the privacy of visitors/ users (“Users”) of this USAID and Reliance Foundation WomenConnect Challenge India Community of Practice website (“CoP website”) and are committed to taking reasonable precautions to protect information consisting of personal information and `Sensitive Personal Data or Information’ (SPDI) (“Personal Information”) of Users and comply with all legal, regulatory and/or contractual obligations related to privacy.  

This policy covers the processing and storage of, and access to Personal Information as required under lawful and/or contractual activities with USAID and/ or Reliance Foundation or otherwise in the normal course of business. It describes USAID and Reliance Foundation’s policies and procedures on the collection, usage and disclosure of Personal Information provided/received by natural persons and meets the requirements established by the Government of India, under: 

  • The Information Technology Act, 2000 – Section 43A; and 

  • The Information Technology (Reasonable Security Practices and Procedures and Sensitive Personal Information) Rules, 2011. 

This Privacy Policy governs the privacy and security issues related to use of the CoP website. By accessing or using the CoP website, you are a User and you agree to abide by this Privacy Policy. You also consent to the collection and use of your Personal Information in accordance with the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy. 

USAID and Reliance Foundation each reserve the right to modify this Privacy Policy at any time. Modifications to this Privacy Policy will be posted on this page and use of the CoP website following any such modifications constitutes your acceptance of the revised Privacy Policy then in effect. 



This policy applies to Personal Information collected and processed by USAID and Reliance Foundation consisting of following: 

Personal information. Personal information is information related to a visitor, or a combination of pieces of information that could reasonably allow him to be identified. Personal information may consist of full name, personal contact numbers, residential address, email address, gender, or date of birth. While information such as date of birth in isolation may not be enough to uniquely identify the visitor, a combination of full name and date of birth may be sufficient to do so. 

SPDI. Sensitive personal data or information (“SPDI”) is such personal information that is collected, received, stored, transmitted, or processed by RIL, consisting of: 

  • Password 

  • Financial information such as bank account or credit card or debit card or other payment instrument details 

  • Physical, physiological, and mental health condition 

  • Sexual orientation 

  • Medical records and history 

  • Biometric information 

  • Any detail relating to the above personal information categories as provided to USAID or Reliance Foundation for providing services; and 

  • Any of the information received under above personal information categories by USAID or Reliance Foundation for processing, stored or processed under lawful contract or otherwise. 

Please note that any information that is freely available or accessible in public domain or furnished under the Right to Information Act, 2005 or any other law for the time being in force shall not be regarded as SPDI. 



Only minimum Personal Information required to meet the purposes mentioned in this policy shall be collected from the visitor/s. None of USAID, Reliance Foundation or any of their respective representatives shall be responsible for the authenticity of such Personal Information provided by the visitor/s. As normal business practice, USAID and Reliance Foundation may collect Personal Information to enable the secure online authentication, interaction and transaction with natural persons. This may include the installation of cookies and the collection of other session data. 



Except for Personal Information, you have no expectation of privacy for information that you post to the CoP website.  By submitting any content to a public part of the CoP website (including posts, comments, and chat messages), any other User of the CoP website will be able to see such content. Other CoP website Users may also share information about you, which means include uploading of content or by interacting with you. 

USAID and Reliance Foundation may use information given by Users on the CoP website to prepare future content based on User interests and to enhance the Users’ experiences with the CoP website. USAID and Reliance Foundation may also use information that Users provides through the CoP website to send out electronic newsletters and to enable Users to participate in polls, surveys, message boards, and forums. You have a choice about what information you share and should not post anything that you do not want to become used by USAID and Reliance Foundation in the manner provided in this Privacy Policy. 



Website visits generate certain information that is automatically stored in log files, including Internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp and clickstream data. USAID and Reliance Foundation may also store information collected through cookies, log files and other technologies to create a “profile” of your preferences. We may use this information to analyze trends, administer the CoP website, track Users’ movements around the CoP website, and gather demographic information about the User base. 

USAID and Reliance Foundation may collect and process information which is automatically and passively collected, whilst you navigate through and interact with the content on the CoP website, together with information on your device or computer (such as cookies). 

The sole purpose of passively collecting your information is to improve your experience when using the CoP website. The information collected and processed includes: 

Device-specific data 

The following information may be collected related to your device and browser: 

  • Device's IP address (captured and stored in an anonymized format) 

  • Device screen resolution 

  • Device type (unique device identifiers), operating system, and browser type 

  • Geographic location (country only) 

  • Preferred language used to display the CoP content 

User interactions 

  • Mouse events (movements, location and clicks) 

  • Keypresses 

Log data 

For a sampling of visitors, our servers automatically record information which is collected from the CoP website. This data includes: 

  • Referring URL and domain 

  • Pages visited 

  • Geographic location (country only) 

  • Preferred language used to display the webpage 

  • Date and time when website pages were accessed 



The CoP website use cookies to collect non-personal information including standard internet log information and details of your behavioral patterns upon visiting the CoP website. This is done to enable the operators of the CoP website to provide you with a better experience, identify preferences, diagnose technical problems, analyze trends and generally to help us improve the COP website. 

Cookies are small data files transferred onto computers or devices by websites for record-keeping purposes and to enhance functionality on the CoP website. 

We may also use cookies to record login details on your device or computer. This helps to determine whether a particular device previously visited the CoP website so that the login details would not have to be re-entered each time you visit the CoP website. 

Most browsers allow you to choose whether to accept cookies or not. If you do not wish to have cookies placed on your computer, please set your browser preferences to reject all cookies, before accessing the CoP website. Please note that by doing so, some features of the CoP website may become unavailable. 

To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit

For more info about the cookies we make use of, please see Cookie Information below. 



When someone visits the CoP website, we collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behavior patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the website. We collect this information in a way which does not personally identify anyone. 

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit



The CoP website is operated through secure data networks protected by firewall and password protection systems that are at least industry standard. The CoP website’s security and privacy policies are periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary. Only authorized individuals have access to the information provided by Users. The security of your sensitive personal information is important to us. Although the CoP strives to provide a high standard of security and privacy, no data transmission over the Internet or any wireless network can be guaranteed to be absolutely secure or effective, and neither USAID nor Reliance Foundation guarantee or warrant to the security and privacy of any data, information or content. 



The CoP website gives users practical options to remove themselves from the CoP mailing lists and from participation in certain interactive areas of the CoP website. Personal Information that we collect may be used to answer Users’ questions, provide services, newsletters, and other information that Users request or register for through the CoP website, or for internal business purposes. You may correct, update, or remove your Personal Information on the CoP website by contacting us by e-mail at the contact information listed below. Please note that if you exercise choice in this manner, you will continue to receive communications concerning your account and products and services you requested, and in response to any requests for information by you. Your choice does not apply to any other communications, products, or services of or in relation to USAID or Reliance Foundation to which you may subscribe or purchase. Please also note that this opt-out process may take some time to complete, consistent with applicable law. 



The CoP website includes or may include links to other websites that are not under the control of or maintained by USAID or Reliance Foundation. Such links do not indicate any responsibility or endorsement on our part for the external website concerned, its contents or the links displayed on it. These links are provided only as a convenience, to help you find relevant websites, services and/or products that may be of interest to you, quickly and easily. It is your responsibility to decide whether any services and/or products available through any of these websites are suitable for your purposes. Websites operated by third parties may also collect personal information. These third-party websites may have their own privacy policies that differ from, and are not covered by, this Privacy Policy. 

When you click links to unaffiliated third-party websites, neither USAID nor Reliance Foundation is responsible for, and has control over, the information collection or privacy practices of that website. It is important that you review and understand the privacy policies posted on any linked websites you visit before volunteering any of your personal information or use any services or programs offered. These websites may also collect cookies or allow third-party advertisers on their websites to collect cookies. Neither USAID nor Reliance Foundation are responsible for the owners or operators of these websites or for any goods or services they supply or for the content of their websites and do not give or enter into any conditions, warranties or other terms or representations in relation to any of these or accept any liability in relation to any of these (including any liability arising out of any claim that the content of any external website to which the CoP website includes a link infringes the intellectual property rights of any third party). 



The CoP will also adhere to the following rules regarding the collection of user information: 

  • California Privacy Rights: This Privacy Policy describes how the CoP may share your information for marketing purposes. It applies to all CoP users, including California residents. The CoP will use and share your information only as provided in this Privacy Policy. You may contact us with any questions, or to request a list of third parties to whom we may disclose information for marketing purposes and the categories of information we may disclose by contacting us by e-mail or postal mail at the contact information listed in Section IX below and by providing us with your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address; and 

  • Children: Consistent with the Federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), we will never knowingly request personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13. Please do not use this site if you are under the age of 13. 



USAID and Reliance Foundation each reserve the right to disclose your Personal Information as required by law or where mandated under the law by government agencies to disclose such Information. 

Where necessary, USAID and Reliance Foundation each may disclose Personal Information to their respective business partners or third parties during the normal course of business for the purposes mentioned in this policy.  In such cases, USAID or Reliance Foundation (as applicable) will only share Personal Information related data when it is assured that:  

  • The Personal Information is processed legitimately and appropriately by the business partner or third party in line with the established consent or in line with legal requirements; and 

  • The business partner or third party has adopted a reasonable and equivalent level of security practices and procedures to ensure security of the Personal Information shared. 



If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us via email at 



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