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Privacy Policy

This privacy policy outlines the personal information handling practices of East Asia Forum.
General Policy:

  • We collect, hold, use and disclose your personal information to enable us to meet legal obligations. This information is used to verify the identity of individuals commenting on articles on the East Asia Forum website. The purpose of this requirement is to maintain a constructive and fair Forum for discussion. When commenting on an article, we require you to disclose:
    • Your name
    • Your email address
    • Your postal address

    Your name will be published above your comment. Your email and postal addresses will not be published and will not be disclosed to any third party without your written consent. Your email address may be used by the East Asia Forum to contact you in regard to your comment.

  • We may also collect, use or disclose personal information in situations where it may be impracticable to obtain your consent or give you prior notice when we are required or authorised to do so by or under a law.
  • We take reasonable steps to ensure that the personal information we hold is accurate, up to date and complete by:
    • Recording information in a consistent format.
    • Adding updated or new personal information to existing records.

Collecting through the website

When you look at the East Asia Forum website ( and related pages, our server makes a record of your visit and logs some or all of the following information:

  • IP and country
  • the date and time of your visit to the site
  • the pages you accessed and documents downloaded

the type of browser you are using

EAF uses this information for statistical purposes.

Storage and security of personal information

We take reasonable steps to protect the security of the personal information we hold from both internal and external threats by regularly assessing the risk of misuse, interference, loss, and unauthorised access, modification or disclosure. Measures taken may be physical, electronic, or procedural. EAF staff are advised to treat personal information with care, and in accordance with this Privacy Policy and other applicable laws.

Access and correction of your personal information

You have the right to ask for access to your personal information that we hold, and ask that we correct that personal information. You can ask for access or correction by contacting us and we will respond within 30 days.

If you ask, we will give you access to your personal information unless there is a law that allows or requires us not to. We will take reasonable steps to correct your personal information if we consider it is incorrect, unless there is a law that allows or requires us not to. We will ask you to verify your identity before we give you access to your information or correct it, and we will try to make the process as simple as possible. If we refuse to give you access to, or correct, your personal information, we will notify you in writing setting out the reasons for refusal.

How to make a complaint

If you wish to complain to us about how we have handled your personal information you should complain by email addressed to: [email protected]. If you need help lodging a complaint, you can contact us for information. If we receive a complaint from you about how we have handled your personal information we will determine what (if any) action we should take to resolve the complaint.

We will tell you promptly that we have received your complaint and then respond to the complaint within 30 days.

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