Privacy Policy

The Global Detention Project (GDP) is committed to ensuring that everyone who entrusts their personal information to us can have confidence that it will be collected, used, and stored both lawfully and transparently.

When we talk about data and personal data in this privacy policy, we mean personal data which identifies you and can be used to identify you, such as your name and contact details. It may also include information about how you use our website. 

Who are “we”?

This privacy policy is written by the Global Detention Project (GDP), referred to as “we” throughout this document. Our contact details are:

Global Detention Project
3 rue de Varembé
1202 Geneva

If you have any questions about this policy or about your data, please do not hesitate to email us at

Where do you get my information from and what do you do with it?

We get information directly from you when you sign up to receive updates from us, and we use your data to provide you with the information you requested and to comply with regulations.

We also use technology to collect anonymous information that help us understand how our website I sused. For example, we use Google Analytics to track which pages of our website visitors access, page loading times, and what browsers visitors are using. It does not track additional information such as your age, gender and interests, and it does not identify users personally. Instead, aggregate data is collected to help us better understand how our site is being used and how we can improve its functionality and service.

I’ve signed up to your newsletter. What information do you have about me and what will you do with it?

We invite website and social media users to sign up to our newsletter by providing us with their contact information, including a first and last name. People who subscribe may volunteer information about the organization or business they work with, which is solely intended to help us understand who is using our site. However, sharing this information is not a pre-requisite for subscribing. We use subscribe details to send out emails with updates on our latest research and work, news on immigration detention around the world, upcoming events, and opportunities to join our team. We rarely send out more than one or two items a month.

We send information to users who have consented to receive it, for instance by entering their email address directly into a sign-up form or by providing their email address to a staff member for that purpose (i.e., via a sign-up form at an event) who will then manually add the email address to our mailing list.

Our mailing list is managed by Mailchimp, which processes and stores the personal data you have provided. Mailchimp’s privacy policy is available here. You will remain on this mailing list until you unsubscribe. You can unsubscribe by clicking the “unsubscribe” link in the email footer, or by emailing our team at

How do you keep my information safe?

The GDP ensures all personal information is kept safe through physical, electronic, and managerial measures. We minimise the amount of personal information we have about you by only asking for relevant information. We also limit access to your information to as few people as necessary, and ensure that all electronic storage is secured and encrypted where possible. The third party processors that we use (such as Mailchimp) are compliant with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and we do not keep hard-copy information. All GDP staff are also trained to understand and work in-line with our commitment to ensuring your data is protected. 

Where is my information processed?

We always hold your information securely. Personal information is processed in Switzerland (classified by the European Commission as providing adequate protection), but may also be stored and used by staff working for us in other countries, including those based outside the European Economic Area (EEA). By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing, or processing. In order to safeguard your information, we take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this privacy policy.

It is important to note that the transmission of information via the internet is not always completely secure. Although we do our best to protect your personal data, any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

Do you share my information with anyone?

We use carefully selected agents to process information on our behalf, including Mailchimp and Google Analytics. Such third parties are only authorised to use your information to fulfil their contractual obligations to us, and are not permitted to use it for any other purposes. We retain full responsibility for how your personal information may be used by such agents.

In exceptional circumstances, we may share your information when we are legally required to do so.

What are my rights and how can I complain if I want to?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) provides those residing in the European Union with the following rights about their data (more detail on each can be found here).

  • The right to be informed: You have the right to know—in a way that is understandable and clear—how and why the GDP is collecting, using, and storing your data.
  • The right to access: You have the right to know exactly what information we hold about you, and how we process it.
  • The right to rectification: You have the right to correct data if is inaccurate or incomplete.
  • The right to erasure: Also known as the “Right to be Forgotten.” You have the right to have all of your personal data deleted or removed, without the need for a specific reason.
  • The right to restrict processing: You have the right to block or supress the processing of your personal data.
  • The right to data portability: This allows you to retain and reuse your personal data for your own purpose.
  • The right to object: In certain circumstances, you have the right to object to your personal data being used.
  • The GDPR also includes a range of rights in relation to automated decision-making and profiling

If you are unhappy with any of our data processes or want to exercise any of these rights, please get in touch with us ( If you are not satisfied with the way that we have handled your request, you can lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority that is responsible for the protection of personal data in the country where you live or work.

How can I access/change the information that the GDP has about me?

You can contact us about your data at any time. To do so, please get in touch with our team at:

Global Detention Project
3 rue de Varembé
1202 Geneva

You can also contact us by email us at

Does your policy change? How can I be confident in your privacy practices?

We reserve the right to make changes to this Privacy Policy. As we are committed to respecting and protecting all data entrusted to us, we will annually review and, where necessary, will update our privacy information. If we plan to use personal data for a new purpose, we will update our policy and tell you about the changes.