CultureShock Privacy Policy

This website is controlled and operated by Stichting AIESEC International (referred to in this privacy policy as “AIESEC”, “we”, “us” or “our”). This privacy policy explains how we collect, hold and process your personally identifiable information when you use the CultureShock website.

  1. Privacy Statement

    AIESEC is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Privacy Statement applies to this website as well as AIESEC's Global Information System and governs data collection and usage by AIESEC, including by local or national committees of AIESEC. By using this website, you agree to AIESEC processing your personal data as set out below. If you do not agree to have your information used in any of the ways described in this Privacy Statement, you must discontinue use of the website.

  2. User's Personal Information

    We consider information that may be used to identify an individual, including, but not limited to, first and last name, date of birth, photographs, credit card information, home or other physical address, email address, phone number, facebook profile profile photo, Facebook ID, Facebook ID (Facebook User ID's) of User’s Facebook friends (used to ascertain whether [and which of] a User’s Facebook friends are also on Culture Shock, Information about places the user has been, or other contact information to be "Personal Data". When you login to the website using your Facebook account you will be asked if Culture Shock can “access your public profile, friend list, email address and current city”. The Personal Data that we collect may include information such as: first and last name, gender, age, email address and profile photo. This information is held by AIESEC on servers based in the United Kingdom and elsewhere from time to time. In addition, when you use the website our servers keep an activity log unique to you that collects certain administrative and traffic information including: source IP address, time of access, date of access, web page(s) visited, language use, software crash reports and type of browser used which are essential for the provision of and the quality of the website. AIESEC does not collect any data about you from any other sources, such as public records or bodies, and does not collect any Personal Data about you without your knowledge. You are responsible for ensuring that any information you provide relates to you and is accurate, complete and remains up to date.

  3. Use of your Personal Data

    AIESEC collects the Personal Data that you submit for the purpose of providing you with information about AIESEC and Culture Shock, management of the services we offer and for statistical purposes in order to enhance your experience as a user and to improve our services. Personal Data collected may be stored and processed in any country in the European Economic Area which we or our affiliates, suppliers, subsidiaries or agents maintain facilities, and by using this website you consent to any transfer of information within the European Economic Area Your data is however only processed within AIESEC’s network of local and national committees and will not be shared with third parties without your explicit consent, unless required by law. We take steps to ensure that our affiliates, agents, subsidiaries and suppliers comply with our standards of privacy regardless of their location.
AIESEC does not sell, rent or lease Personal Data to third parties. AIESEC may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (name and contact information) is not transferred to the third party. In addition, AIESEC may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send you email or provide user support. All such third parties are prohibited from using your Personal Data except to provide these services to AIESEC, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information. AIESEC does not use or disclose sensitive Personal Data, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, without your explicit consent. By accepting this Privacy Statement, you consent to Personal Data necessary for the processing of transactions being shared with Electronic Service Providers, including where necessary the transfer of information outside of your country. We take steps to ensure that our arrangements with Electronic Service Providers protect your privacy This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within AIESEC to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area. AIESEC will disclose your Personal Data, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:

    1. conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on AIESEC;
    2. protect and defend the rights or property of AIESEC; and,
    3. act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of AIESEC, or the public.
    You can change or complete the Personal Data that AIESEC holds about you by following the update procedure included in the systems. You may request the deletion of your Personal Data by contacting the system administrators at AIESEC. A request for deletion of your Personal Data will result in the deletion of your account from We may, however, still retain your Personal Data in our files to resolve disputes, to enforce our user agreement and to comply with any and all technical and legal requirements and constraints related to the security, integrity and operation of the website.
  4. Internet Awareness

    Whenever you voluntarily post Personal Data in public areas of this website, you should be aware that this information can be accessed by other users and can in turn be used by others to send you unsolicited communications, advertisements or for other purposes. AIESEC encourages you to review the privacy statements of third party web sites you choose to link to so that you can understand how those web sites collect, use and share your information. We cannot ensure the protection of any information or images that you provide to a third-party online site that links to or from this website since these third-party online sites are owned and operated independently of us. AIESEC is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on web sites outside of

  5. Security

    We understand the importance of information security and the techniques needed to secure information. AIESEC will take reasonable steps to keep your Personal Data safe. We employ a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your Personal Data from unauthorised access, use or disclosure. We employ firewalls and store all of our files and information on secure terminals. The security of your Personal Data depends on your protection of your account password. Please do not disclose your account password to unauthorised people. Although we will use reasonable efforts to safeguard the privacy of your information, transmissions on the internet cannot be made absolutely secure. Accordingly, we assume no responsibility or liability for disclosure of any of your information due to errors in transmission, unauthorised third-party access or other causes beyond our reasonable control.

  6. Use of Cookies

    The Culture Shock website uses "cookies" to help you personalise your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you. We use third party analytical tools (such as Google Analytics) to analyse how our website is being used. These tools use cookies to collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information in an anonymous form. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) is transmitted to third party service providers such as Google. This information is then used to evaluate visitors’ use of the website and to compile statistical reports on website activity. We will not use the analytical tools to track or to collect any personally identifiable information from you and we will not associate any data gathered from this website with any personally identifying information from any source as part of our use of the analytical tools.

    You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the AIESEC services or web sites. A cookie will typically contain the name of the domain (internet location) from which the cookie has come, the “lifetime” of the cookie (i.e. its expiry date), and a value, usually a randomly generated unique number. A detailed list of the cookies used on our website can be found below:

    1. [cookies_approval – this cookie indicates whether the user has accepted the website cookies policy or not].
    2. [PHPSESSID – this cookie stores temporary information to enable site functionality and is automatically deleted when the browser is closed].
      1. [fbm_cookie [pertaining to Facebook], splash_shown_cookie [used to know if the user has been to the site before], UVF / UVTS used by UserVoice [a tool for gathering external feedback from users].– these cookies collect information in an anonymous form about how visitors use the site. The web development team use the information to compile reports and on occasion to help improve the site. Examples of information collected by these cookies include the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. No personally indefinable data is collected].

    To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set on your device and how to manage and delete them, visit To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics visit

  7. Links to other websites

    Our website may contain links to other websites. This privacy policy only applies to this website so when you link to other websites you should read their privacy policies.

  8. Your rights

    You have the right to request a copy of any personal information that we hold about you. To obtain a copy of this personal information, please write to us at the address set out below. We may charge a small fee for this service.

    If we do hold information about you, you may ask us to correct or remove information you think is inaccurate.

  9. Changes to our privacy policy

    We may periodically make changes to this Privacy Statement. We will notify you of changes by posting the modified terms on the website and we advise you to revisit this Privacy Policy regularly. Your continued use of will be subject to the terms of the then-current policy. This privacy policy was last updated on [X June 2013].

  10. How to contact us

    AIESEC welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you have any questions about our privacy policy or personal information we hold about you, please contact us by post at the following address:

    Vice President Information Management
    Stichting AIESEC International
    Teilingerstraat 126
    3032-AW Rotterdam
    The Netherlands

    If you believe that AIESEC has not adhered to this Statement, please contact AIESEC at We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.

Culture Shock Terms of Use

By accessing, browsing or otherwise using this website you agree to be bound by these terms of use and our privacy policy.

  1. About us

    This website is controlled and operated by AIESEC. AIESEC is a Foundation incorporated under the laws of the Netherlands. Our registered office address is: 126 Teilingerstraat, 3032-AW Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

  2. How to contact us

    You can contact us by email at if you have any questions, comments or complaints about this website.

  3. Changes to these terms of use

    We keep these terms of use under review and will place any updates on this webpage. Any changes will be effective immediately upon posting to the website and your continued access, browsing or other use of the website constitutes your agreement to all such terms of use. These terms of use were last updated on [8 July 2013].

  4. Access to and use of the website.

    We are the owner or the licensee of all intellectual property rights in this website and the material on it (including all text, trade marks, data, graphics, layout, logos, images, music or other audio material, clips, films or other moving images, algorithms, product details and/or software published or otherwise available on the website from time to time).

    Subject to these terms of use, we grant you a limited, temporary, revocable and non-exclusive licence to access, browse and use this website for your personal and non-commercial use only. You may print off one copy of any page(s) from this website for your personal reference.

    Except as set out in the limited licence above (or as required under any applicable law), no part of this website may be used, reproduced, duplicated, copied, sold, resold, accessed, modified, or otherwise exploited, in full or in part, for any purpose without our prior written consent. In particular, you are not permitted to republish any part of this website on another website, in any other medium (print, electronic or otherwise) or as part of any commercial service without our prior written permission. All the intellectual property rights referred to above remain owned by us or our licensors.

  5. Acceptable use of the website

    While accessing, browsing and/or using this website you must:

    1. comply with all applicable laws, regulations and codes;
    2. not link to any part of the website other than the homepage;
    3. not frame or use framing techniques to enclose the website, or any part of the website, without our prior written consent;
    4. not modify, or attempt to modify, all or any part of the content on the website; and/or
    5. not gain or attempt to gain unauthorised access to the website, the server on which the website is stored or any third party server, computer or database connected to the website.

    Whilst you may link to the homepage of this website, you must only do so in a way that is fair, does not harm our reputation and does not suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement of you, your goods or services and/or your website by AIESEC.

  6. Termination or suspension of your access to the website

    At any time and without giving you any advance notice, we may permanently or temporarily and for any reason:

    1. terminate, suspend or deny your access to this website (whether in whole or in part);
    2. terminate your permission to link to this website; and/or
    3. remove or edit any content on the website, and

    in such circumstances all our liability (as well as the liability of our directors, employees or other representatives) for any loss whatsoever arising from our removing or editing content and/or your limited use of or inability to use this website (either in whole or in part) is excluded, insofar as it is possible to do so in law.

  7. Third party links

    This website may contain links to third party websites. We are not responsible for, nor do we endorse in any way such third party websites or their content. If you decide to access any of the third party websites linked to this website, you do so entirely at your own risk.

  8. Disclaimer

    All information and/or data on this website is provided on an “as is” basis. To the extent permitted by law, all conditions, warranties and other terms which might otherwise by implied are now expressly excluded and no representations, warranties or terms of any kind are made in respect of the website or the content, including, without limitation, warranties of satisfactory quality, accuracy, adequacy, conformity to description or fitness for any particular purpose.

    Neither we nor any of our data providers or affiliates gives any warranty or guarantee: (a) relating to the availability of the website; or (b) that the website and/or our operation of it, the content or the server that makes the website available, are error or virus free or free of other harmful components; or (c) that your use of this website will be uninterrupted.

  9. Limitation of liability

    Nothing in these terms of use excludes or limits our liability for:

    1. death or personal injury caused by our negligence or that of any of our officers, employees or agents; or
    2. fraudulent misrepresentation; or
    3. any liability which it is not lawful to exclude either now or in the future.

    Subject to the above, we will not be liable, whether in tort (including for negligence or breach of statutory duty), contract or otherwise, for: (a) any loss or damage which may arise from reliance on any information contained on this website; (b) any loss, damage or costs suffered or incurred by you arising from viruses or other harmful components received via this website; or (c) any loss of profits; loss of business; depletion of goodwill or similar losses; loss of anticipated savings; loss of contracts; loss of use; loss or corruption of data or information; or any special, indirect, consequential or pure economic loss incurred by any user in connection with this website.

  10. Enforcement

    If the whole or any part of any provision of these terms of use is or becomes invalid, void or unenforceable for any reason the same shall to the extent required be severed from these terms of use and rendered ineffective so far as is possible without modifying the remaining provisions of these terms of use and shall in no way affect the validity or enforceability of any other provisions.

  11. Waiver

    No waiver by us of any breach of these terms of use shall constitute a waiver of any other prior or subsequent breach and we shall not be affected by any delay, failure or omission to enforce or express forbearance granted in respect of any of your obligations.

  12. Governing law and jurisdiction

    These terms of use and/or your use of the website shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law and the English courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any dispute which may arise.