Amnesty Decoders Terms of Use

What is Amnesty Decoders?

Amnesty Decoders is Amnesty International’s global network of digital volunteers, contributing real-time to ground breaking human rights research. Our vision is to inspire a new generation of tech-savvy activists to become human rights monitors and help document human rights violations using technology.

This project that marks a fundamental shift in the way we view human rights research – and gives anyone with internet access the chance to help expose some of the world’s gravest injustices. Whenever we have large volumes of information suggesting grave human rights violations have taken place, we will call for digital volunteers to help us sift through this information and turn mountains of unstructured info into evidence for our ground breaking research.

Registered and anonymous decoders will be able to contribute to different projects that will support Amnesty’s research, including analysing documents, satellite images, videos or other potential evidence of human rights violations.

Your Contribution

When you register, your registration details must be genuine. You must provide a valid email address. You must not let anyone else use your account.

When you interact with Amnesty Decoders activities, the information you provide must be your best effort, and accurate to the best of your knowledge (if facts) and genuinely held (if opinions). You agree to use Amnesty Decoders only for the purpose it was intended, and not to act maliciously either to other users or the Amnesty Decoders website.

We reserve the right to suspend or close your account at any time, but we will only do this with good reason.

Intellectual Property

Your grant Amnesty International a perpetual, sub-licensable, worldwide and royalty free licence in relation to your contributions to Amnesty Decoders.

Amnesty International is the owner or licensee or all intellectual property rights in Amnesty Decoders, and the material published on it. These works are protected by copyright laws and treaties around the world. All such rights are reserved. You are not permitted to reproduce or use any part of content of Amnesty Decoders for commercial purposes.

In respect of any satellite images provided to you as part of Amnesty Decoders activities you agree not to download, store, copy, transfer or reverse engineer any such images in any way, or use them to create a database and/or a derivative work.

Our Liability

To the extent permitted by law, we exclude all conditions, warranties, representations or other terms which may apply to our site or any content on it, whether express or implied.

We will not be liable to any user for any loss or damage, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, even if foreseeable, arising under or in connection with use of, or inability to use, our site; or use of or reliance on any content displayed on our site.

Please note that we only provide our site for domestic and private use. You agree not to use our site for any commercial or business purposes, and we have no liability to you for any loss of profit, loss of business, business interruption, or loss of business opportunity.

We will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a virus, distributed denial-of-service attack, or other technologically harmful material that may infect your computer equipment, computer programs, data or other proprietary material due to your use of our site or to your downloading of any content on it, or on any website linked to it.

We assume no responsibility for the content of websites linked on our site. Such links should not be interpreted as endorsement by us of those linked websites. We will not be liable for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.

This agreement is made under the laws of England and Wales.

Privacy Policy


Amnesty International is committed to ensuring the privacy of all our users. We have long campaigned for the right to privacy and against government surveillance and intrusion. This policy represents our commitment as an organisation to your right to privacy, giving you a clear explanation about how we use your information and your rights over that information.

This policy applies to all online systems offered by Amnesty International Limited to the public, through our website and other websites we operate.

References to ‘we’,‘us’ and ‘our’ are to Amnesty International Limited, the main operating company of the Amnesty International’s International Secretariat, registered as a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales (number 01606776).

Amnesty International Limited is the registered data controller to which the policy refers. Our full details can be found at the end of this policy and please feel free to contact us with any questions related to it. This policy was last updated on [1] June 2018 and is reviewed every 12 months.

What types of information do we collect and how?

The type and amount of information we receive and store depends on how you use our websites. You can access most of the pages on our websites without telling us who you are and without revealing any personal information.

Our web servers use cookies and collect anonymous logs during user visits to our websites which provide valuable information for improving them in the future. For more information see the separate Use of Cookies page.

In some circumstances your information may be shared with us by third parties, but only where you have specifically consented. Examples include registering for a human rights education course with our external provider, or if you register your interest in joining Amnesty International or one of its campaigns through Facebook, Facebook will share information such as your name and email address with us.

Information we may connect with you

We may collect and process the following data about you:

Information you give us. This includes information you provide when you register to use Amnesty Decoders, (your supplied name or nickname, user name, email address, password, and country). This will also include information you give us when you participate in activities, participate in discussion boards or other social media functions on our site, and when you contact Amnesty Decoders.

Information we collect about you. With regard to each of your visits to our site we may automatically collect the technical information, including the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet, your login information, browser type and version, time zone setting, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform. We may also collect information about your visit, including the full Uniform Resource Locators (URL) clickstream to, through and from our site (including date and time); items you viewed or searched for; page response times, download errors, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks, and mouse-overs), and methods used to browse away from the page and any phone number used to call our customer service number.

Uses made of the information

We use information held about you in the following ways:

Information you give us. We will use this information to notify you about new Amnesty Decoders projects (should you subscribe to this feature). We will also use this information to ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer. Your information may be shared with any Amnesty International section in your country, who may contact you further based on your opt-in preferences, and on their own separate terms as advertised.

Information we collect about you. We will use this information to administer our site and for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research, statistical and survey purposes. We will also use this information to improve our site to ensure that content is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer. We will also use the information to allow you to participate in interactive features of our service, when you choose to do so; and as part of our efforts to keep our site safe and secure.

Legal basis of processing

Data protection law requires us to have a legal justification to process your personal information. We use the following depending on the type of data and the type of processing:


We require your consent to send you our communications for example to send you emails to update you on our work and our campaigns and to request donations. We will only process your information in this way if you consent. If you apply for a job with us and provide us with sensitive personal information (including details of your race, ethnicity, gender) we will only process that information with your consent.

Legitimate interest

We sometimes share your personal information with other parts of the Amnesty International global movement (see below). This is done to fulfil our legitimate interest in promoting our organisation as effectively as possible and enabling our message to reach people who may be interested in human rights.

To fulfil a contractual obligation

If you donate to us or express an interest in joining our movement we will process the personal data you provided to process that donation or action your membership request.

Legal obligation

We will process your personal information to fulfil any legal obligations placed upon us, such as the prevention of fraud or money-laundering. We will also process your personal information if lawfully required to do so by a legal authority or a court of law.


For example where you are applying for an employment or volunteering opportunity with us, processing certain information is necessary for employment purposes.


We take appropriate security measures to ensure that we keep your information secure, accurate and up to date. We also take care to ensure that we have secure systems for processing payments through our payment services provider. However the transmission of information over the Internet is never completely secure, so while we do our best to protect personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of information transmitted to our websites.

Third Party Websites

On our website we sometimes have links to third party websites or applications. This policy does not apply to such pages or applications hosted or operated by other organisations. This includes the websites or applications of Amnesty International sections or related organisations or third party sites. These other sites may have their own privacy policies which apply to them.

Sharing of your personal information

We will only share your personal information in the following circumstances:

Sharing with other parts of the Amnesty International global movement

Amnesty International Limited is one part of Amnesty International’s global movement. Our movement is made up of over 60 membership organisations working to end human rights violations globally, including within the UK. Some of these bodies are formally constituted and others not. We may share your information with these entities who may then use your personal information in connection with their activities. For example, if you have expressed an interest in joining Amnesty International or sign a petition, we may share your contact details with your local Amnesty International organisation. To the extent that sharing your information in this way requires us to transfer your personal information outside of the EU, we have contractual arrangements in place to ensure that your data is shared and processed by the recipient organisation to an EU standard.

Hosting and processing arrangements

Our websites are hosted by third party service providers and therefore any personal details you submit through them may be processed by that third party service provider.

We also use other third parties to process your personal details including in the following areas:

  • to action all online expressions of interest to join Amnesty International or take actions and manage all related communications
  • to process online payments
  • to process all information associated with applications for employment or volunteering opportunities and related recruitment processes.

All third party services providers process your personal information only on Amnesty International Limited's behalf and are bound by contractual terms that are compliant with data protection law.

We participate in Facebook’s custom audience and lookalike audience programs, which, depending on your privacy settings with Facebook, enable us to display our content to our existing or potential supporters on Facebook. We provide personal information such as your email address to Facebook which securely encrypts it. That personal information is then deleted by Facebook if it does not match a Facebook account or once they confirm you have an account.

Payment processing and fraud

Where submitted, your card details may be disclosed to banks or relevant financial institutions to arrange payments. In the case of a suspected fraudulent transaction, your details may be further disclosed for the sole purpose of performing further checks (for example, disclosure to a credit checking agency).

Other sharing

We may also share your personal information with your permission, or if we are legally required to disclose your information in circumstances where this cannot be reasonably resisted.

Use of cookies

A cookie is a text-only piece of information that a website transfers to your computer's hard disk so that the website can remember who you are. A cookie will normally contain the name of the Internet domain from which the cookie has come, the "lifetime" of the cookie, and a value, usually a randomly generated unique number.

If you wish to restrict or block cookies you can set your internet browser to do so - click on the following link for more information:

Please click through to our Use of Cookies document for more detailed information on cookies and how Amnesty International uses them.

Under 18s

If you are aged 18 or under and would like to get involved in Amnesty International’s work, please make sure that you have your parent/guardian’s permission before giving us personal information.

Retention Period For Data

We only hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is necessary for the purposes outlined above. We remove personal data from our systems once it is no longer required, in line with our guidelines on how long important information must remain accessible for future use or reference, as well as when and how data can be destroyed when it is no longer needed.

The length of time each category of data will be retained will vary depending on how long we need to process it for, the reason it was collected and in line with any statutory requirements. After this time the data will either be deleted or we may retain a secure anonymised record for research and analytical purposes.

Access to and your rights over your personal information

The personal data we hold about you is yours. You have the following rights over your information:

  • To be informed how your data is being processed
  • To access your data
  • To rectify any data that is inaccurate
  • To instruct us to delete your data
  • To restrict our processing of your data (which includes contacting you via email) at any time. All our email communications to you will contain an unsubscribe link.
  • To object to your data being stored.
  • To move your data

If you wish to exercise any of these rights or have any questions about this policy you may contact us in the following ways:

By post:
Amnesty International, International Secretariat
1 Easton Street
By email:
By telephone: + 44 (0) 20 7413 5500


If you wish to lodge a complaint about our handling of your personal data please get in touch with us on the details above with the details of your complaint; we aim to respond to all complaints within 14 working days.

If you are dissatisfied with how we have handled your complaint you may lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office which is the UK regulator in charge of data protection and privacy enforcement:


Telephone: 0303 123 1113