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Privacy and cookies

Thank you for visiting our website. Your privacy and security are very important to us. Please be aware that the Polish Centre for African Studies (PCSA for its name in Polish) does not collect personal information when you visit our website unless you choose to provide that information. However, we do collect some technical information about your visit to pcas.org.pl or pcsa.org.pl.

We would like to make you aware of a law that provides to you with certain rights concerning your personal information. An individual is entitled to access to his or her records and to request correction of these records if applicable.

This is how we handle information about your visit to our Web site:

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

When you visit pcas.org.pl, we may store some or all of the following:

the IP address from which you accessed our site

the date and time

the URL of the website from which you linked to our site

the name of the file or words you searched for

the pages you visited on our site

the items clicked on a page

the browser and operating system used

We do not collect or track any personal information through these processes. We use this information, in the aggregate, to make our website more useful to visitors – to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology used, to detect operational problems, and to improve the website’s overall security.

Information You Provide to the Polish Centre for African Studies

You do not have to provide any personal information to view this website. You may choose to provide your contact information to PCSA in order to receive information such as our newsletter or to participate in an on-line collaboration forum.

PCSA will only use your personal information for the purpose for which it was provided, such as to respond to your message or to provide subscriptions you have chosen. In certain instances, your comment or suggestion may be forwarded to other organisations or people if they are in the best position to respond to your message.

Some of our newsletters are sent using third-party email distribution systems. In these cases, the email privacy policy will be available to you at the time you sign up for the newsletter. A link will be provided at the bottom of each newsletter with instructions on how to unsubscribe.

In certain instances, such as blog comments or discussion groups, the information you provide may be visible to the public. Please do not share any personal information that you do not want made available to the public. PCSA is not responsible for how other participants may use your information.

When you voluntarily submit information, it constitutes your consent to the use of the information for the purpose stated. When you click the “Submit” button on any of the web forms found on our sites, you are indicating your voluntary consent to the use of the information you submit, for the stated purpose.

Security Notice

For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, our IT administrator may employ software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.

Unauthorized attempts to upload or change information on this site are strictly prohibited. If monitoring reveals evidence of possible criminal activity, such evidence may be provided to law enforcement personnel.


When you visit some websites, their web servers generate pieces of information known as cookies. Cookies are commonly used to recognize your computer in the future.

Pcas.org.pl uses single-session cookies to serve technical purposes, like providing seamless navigation through our site. These cookies do not permanently record data, and they are not stored on your computer’s hard drive. Pcas.org.pl’s session cookies are only available during an active browser session. When you close your browser, the session cookie disappears.

Pcas.org.pl also uses multi-session cookies to help us understand how people use the site, and how we can make it better. Traffic statistics are collected anonymously and aggregated, and no information is traceable to any specific individual. PCSA does not collect PII (personally identifiable information) such as national ID numbers, date or place of birth.

Cookies-Tier 1 (single session) and Tier 2 (multi-session without PII) – are used on pcas.org.pl in compliance with relevant privacy regulations. PCSA does not use Tier 3 (multi-session with PII) cookies.

Cookies may also be set by the following third-party providers on pcas.org.pl

Google Analytics:(link is external) A tier 2 cookie sets when the page is loaded – used to improve web metrics capabilities.

YouTube:(link is external) A tier 2 cookie sets when the video is played – used to maintain the integrity of video statistics

Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information. You can remove or block cookies by changing the settings of your browser.

General Disclaimer and Copyright Notice

Information presented on this web site is considered public information and may be distributed or copied freely unless identified as being subject to copyright protection. In return, we request only that PCSA be cited as the source of any information, photos, and images copied from this site and that any photo credits or bylines be similarly credited to the photographer or author.

While we make every effort to provide accurate and complete information, some information may change between site updates.

Disclaimer of Liability

Every effort is made to provide accurate and complete information. However, with many documents available, often uploaded within short deadlines, we cannot guarantee that there will be no errors. We make no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this web site and expressly disclaim liability for errors and omissions in the contents of this web site.

Disclaimer of Endorsement

The information posted on pcas.org.pl includes links to information created and maintained by other public and/or private organizations. This site provides these links solely for our users’ information and convenience. When users select a link to an outside website, they are leaving pcas.org.pl and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the outside website. The managers of this site:

Do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of information contained on a linked website;

Do not endorse the organizations sponsoring linked websites, and we do not endorse the views they express or the products/services they offer;

Cannot authorise the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked websites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked website;

Are not responsible for transmissions users receive from linked websites;

We strongly recommend that you review the policies of any outside websites you visit from this site, since you will be subject to the privacy and security policies of those other sites, once you leave pcas.org.pl

Social Media

PCSA maintains a blog and profiles on several third-party social media sites. We are present on these sites in order to tell the story of PCSA to the public.

While we encourage commenting and conversation on our social media profiles, please remember that they are a public forum and any information provided will be visible to the public. Please do not include personal details such as your telephone number, email address, 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 PCSA through your use of social media (i.e. we can see your name and picture if you post a comment), we will not be collecting, sharing, or storing that information.

Our presence on social media sites is not intended to endorse, recommend, or favour any third-party company or service provider.

Embedded Third-Party Content

PCSA makes use of third-party embeddable content and applications (widgets). When content is embedded from a third-party provider, we will clearly label the source of the content. Embedded videos may set a cookie when they are played. For more information please see our cookie policy.

Verification of Content

If you would like verification of information released on this web site, contact our staff:

Polish Centre for African Studies
Latawcowa 8/23, 50-143 Wrocław
Phone: 509 376 644