This privacy and content reuse policy describes the Global Forum for Media Development’s (GFMD) policies and practices regarding its collection and use of your personal data in line with the guidelines set forth in the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It also contains our content reuse and licensing policies.


Using this site

By visiting the GFMD website, you signify your agreement to the terms and conditions that follow.


Content reuse and copyright policy

All content available on the GFMD website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0). Under this license, you are free to copy, distribute, and display this work and to make derivative works, provided you:

  • Follow the reuse policy detailed in this section of the privacy and content reuse policy;
  • Do not use any work(s) derived from this publication for commercial purposes; and
  • Distribute any work(s) derived from this publication under a license identical to this one.

If any party would like to republish any of GFMD’s content on a blog, website, or other platform, they can do so by adding the following to any piece of reused content:

“This article was originally published by the Global Forum for Media Development.”

Please include the direct link to the original article page, and indicate the author’s name if applicable as well as the day, month, and year of publication. An example of what a reused GFMD article should include is as follows: This article was originally published by the Global Forum for Media Development on 1 January 2018.

In case GFMD reuses any piece of content from a third-party, including a member or partner organisation, we will credit the original author and publisher, and state the original publishing date along with a link to the original article in line with our own reuse request.


What data we collect

We are committed to protecting your privacy. We do not collect any data about your visit to our website, including the date, time and length of your visit, browser identification, and IP address. We only collect and store data that is voluntarily shared with us when a user registers to receive our news, updates, and the MediaDev Insider Newsletter via our MailChimp newsletter subscription service, which is in line with MailChimp’s privacy policy.

The only information you are required to share when subscribing to our updates is an email address. You may also include your first name, surname, and organisation based on your preferences, but this information is not required.

Note that if you sign up for our newsletter and updates, you can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us. We will treat your information with respect.


Sharing information

We never sell, lease, or rent your data.

We do not share your information with third-party services. We do reserve the right to share data with our members and partners, but only limited to first name, surname, email address, organisation, and position/title.



GFMD employs the necessary cookies to make the website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. Moreover, certain plugins for WordPress and other features on our website may use cookies for a limited number of purposes.

A “cookie” is a file containing an identifier a string of letters and numbers that is sent by a web server to a web browser that is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.

If you have any privacy or cookie technology-related concerns, you may set your web browser to notify you when you receive a cookie. You may also set your browser to refuse any cookies our site may attempt to send you, as well as enable Do Not Track settings in your browser.

Although we do not currently use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, we reserve the right to do so in the future but only after explicitly updating this privacy policy.


Do not track

GFMD does not track its visitors when they cross to third-party websites, nor do not provide targeted advertising to website visitors.


Links to third-party websites

Within this website we include links to third party advice that may be of use to our visitors. When using the site, you may gain access to other websites through use of links or hypertext. In using the GFMD website, you agree that GFMD is not responsible for:

  • Any advice given by third-party organisations;
  • For the content or operation of such third party websites; or
  • Any security or privacy violations incurred by a third-party website

GFMD, to the extent permissible by law, excludes all liability that may arise from your use or reliance on the information or contents contained in the linked site.


Social media

The GFMD website interfaces with five social media websites: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Medium, and YouTube. If you choose to comment, “like,” follow, tweet, or share information from the GFMD website through these services, we encourage you to review the privacy policy of the respective service you interact with. If you are a member of a social media site, the interfaces may allow the social media site to connect your site visit to your personal data.

While we encourage engagement with our social media profiles, bear in mind that that they are public fora and any information provided will be visible to the public. Therefore, please do not include personal details such as your email address, mobile number, or any other personal information that you do not want available to the general public.

While some Personally Identifying Information (PII) may become available to GFMD through your use of social media, we will not be collecting, sharing, or storing that information.

Our presence on these social media sites is not intended to endorse, recommend, or favor any third-party company or service provider. We also remind you to comply with each platform’s terms and conditions.


Security information

We are committed to your security, especially due to the sensitive nature of some of our and our members’ work. This is why all GFMD content is delivered over HTTPS. We also employ other security measures including WordPress plugins and other measures to ensure our website users are protected to the extent that GFMD can provide.


Additional information

The GFMD website is built on WordPress, and employs a number of plugins such as Buddy Drive. It is hosted by Greenhost, which is registered in the Netherlands, and our website is subject to the Greenhost privacy policy.


Changes and updates to this privacy policy

By using this website or otherwise communicate with GFMD, you agree to the terms and conditions contained in this privacy and content reuse policy.

We recognize that information privacy is an ongoing responsibility; thus, we may modify or revise these terms and conditions and any related policies to ensure GFMD and this privacy policy reflect new personal data practices or adopt new privacy policies.


How to contact us

GFMD is an international non-profit organisation (ASBL) registered in Brussels, Belgium.

If you have any questions or concerns about any of GFMD’s personal data policies or practices, please email us at:


This privacy and content reuse policy was last updated on 17 September 2018