Privacy Policy

Privacy protection at Rotary

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

FIRST—The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;

SECOND—High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;

THIRD—The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;

FOURTH—The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

The mission of Rotary International , a worldwide association of Rotary clubs, is to provide service to others, promote high ethical standards, and advance world understanding , goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

The Secretariat of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation (henceforth referred to as the “Secretariat”) is committed to four core privacy principles. We believe strongly that adherence to these principles of fair information practices is essential to our goal of maintaining trust with our member clubs, Rotarians and other individuals.

The Secretariat supports approximately 1.2 million Rotarians in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Rotary International is organized at the club, district and international levels to carry out its program of service. As part of its efforts to assist clubs and districts and facilitate communication with Rotarians and individuals about Rotary, the Secretariat collects sensitive and personal information.

Applying our commitment to fair information practices means that the Secretariat adheres to the following principles to protect data.

1. We Will Only Collect And Use Information For Core Business Purposes: Individual privacy is very important, so the Secretariat will only collect and use information needed to offer and fulfill our core business purposes. We will be lawful and fair to the individual whose data we are storing and will retain only what we need to maintain our relationship with them. This means we will not disclose information for an unrelated purpose without the consent of the individual or by authority of law.

2. We Will Strive For Data Quality: The Secretariat’s ability to successfully implement its mission is dependent on maintaining accurate information. We will strive to keep information we hold about Rotarians and other individuals accurate.

3. We Will Be Open About How We Use Data

4. We Will Act With A Sense Of Urgency on Potential Breaches: Accountability for protecting the people we serve is a shared responsibility at the Secretariat. We will promptly investigate and take the necessary measures to ensure that our established privacy protection practices are followed.

The Secretariat believes in the importance of safeguarding information that it collects about its member clubs, Rotarians and other individuals around the world, and has adopted this belief statement and these core privacy principles to reflect its commitment to privacy and data protection. All member clubs, Rotarians and other individuals are encouraged to practice these principles. The Secretariat puts its commitment to privacy protection into action through organizational policies, guidelines and internal procedures that are designed to protect the data of Member Clubs, Rotarians and other Individuals worldwide. In our efforts to ensure that we are acting as conscientious stewards of information, the Secretariat will periodically review its policies to confirm adherence to established practices.

For more information, about the Secretariat’s privacy protection practices contact the RI Privacy Committee at .