Data Policy

UNDP’s SparkBlue Web Privacy Policy

Your privacy on the Internet is of utmost importance. This privacy statement describes UNDP’s policy concerning the gathering and sharing of visitors’ information through UNDP websites. By visiting this website you are accepting the practices described in this policy.

What information does UNDP collect?

Anonymous website usage

In general, you can browse the UNDP site without telling us who you are or revealing any personal information about yourself. We gather general browsing data from standard server logs.  These include your IP (Internet Protocol) address, domain name, browser type, operating system, and information such as the web site that referred you to us, the files you downloaded, the pages you visit, and the dates/times of those visits.

Collection of personally identifiable information

If you register for a newsletter, log on to certain UNDP sites, request information, provide feedback, apply for a job, join a discussion group, community of practice (CoP), or join an electronic mailing list, you will be asked to provide personal information such as your name, postal address and e-mail address.  This information is collected only with your knowledge and permission, and is kept in various UNDP databases.

UNDP sites with specific requirements to collect personal information may publish a privacy policy specific for that site. This page serves as that privacy statement for SparkBlue.

Joining electronic discussion groups may mean that other participants of the discussion group (including non-UNDP employees) will see personal information that you have volunteered.  For open discussion groups, this information will be public.

Use of cookies

A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's hard drive containing information about the user. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information while on the site.

By setting a cookie, UNDP will remember you the next time you visit the site and therefore UNDP will not have to ask questions that you have already answered (like address information).

You are always free to decline our cookies if your browser permits, although in that case you may not be able to use certain features on the site and may be required to re-enter information more frequently to use certain services on the site.

What does UNDP do with the information it collects?

Anonymous web usage

The information gathered during general browsing of the “” domain is used to analyze trends and usage of the UNDP hosted website site and to improve the usefulness of the site.  It is not connected with any personal information.  However, if you have registered with UNDP in connection with any activity on the UNDP or SparkBlue site, the information we collect about your normal web usage will be identifiable to you.

Personally identifiable information

UNDP may use the personal information you provide to:

  • Contact you – either in response to a query or suggestion, or to mail newsletters, documents, publications, etc. to you;
  • Confirm your registrations on the site;
  • Retain your online profile and preferences for future visits to the site;
  • Help you quickly find information that is relevant to you based on your interests, and help us create site contents most relevant to you;
  • Undertake statistical analysis.

What if I don’t want to provide personal information?

Providing personal information on the UNDP web site is optional.  If you choose not to provide personal information, you can still browse and use the UNDP site, but you will not be able to carry out certain actions such as engaging in certain available online discussions and other engagements via your profile.

Opting out and changing your information

At any time, you can cancel or modify your information by returning to the web page where you first provided the information and contacting the focal point for that page/relevant UNDP department or, in certain instances such as donations, logging into your account and changing the information there.

You may elect to receive communications such as newsletters and other material from UNDP. If you do, you will have the opportunity to stop receiving such communications at any time by logging into your account on the UNDP site and editing your contact preferences or by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the emails.


We do not sell or share any personally identifiable information volunteered on the UNDP site to any third party without prior consent.  We do, however, share some user information with our partners, selected agents or service providers for example external contractors (or subcontractors) working to maintain our websites, for the sole purpose of helping us do our work.  UNDP employs a range of techniques and security measures based on best practices to protect the information maintained on our system from loss, misuse, unauthorized access or disclosure, alteration, or destruction. However, UNDP assumes no responsibility for the security of information.

Spam Protection

This site is protected by anti-spam software. Some information will be sent to this provider to conduct checks against this spam including IP addresses.


Links to other sites – Disclaimer

The site contains hypertext links to other sites external to the UNDP domain. UNDP assumes no responsibility for those sites including the privacy practices or the content of such web sites.

Notification of changes

If UNDP decides to change its privacy policy, UNDP will post those changes to this page so that you are always aware of what information we collect and how we use it.

Contact us

If you have any questions or concerns about UNDP’s SparkBlue web privacy policy, please feel free to contact us.