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This Privacy Policy discloses the privacy practices for the Yossum Foundation (“Yossum”) web site (the “Site”).

We care deeply about protecting your personal information and take great care in making sure it is kept private and secure. Subject to the terms of this Privacy Policy:

We will never, ever sell your personal data or personal health information.
Your information is securely stored and encrypted.

We will inform you of the following in this Privacy Policy:

What personally identifiable information of yours is collected;
What organization is collecting the information;
How the information is used;
With whom the information may be shared;
What choices are available regarding collection, use and distribution of the information;
What kind of security procedures are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information under our control; and,
How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information.

We urge you to read this Privacy Policy carefully. Capitalized terms used herein and not otherwise defined shall have the meanings given them in the Glossary


This Privacy Policy applies to the Site. Reference to “Yossum” means Yossum Foundation., including any company that Yossum Foundation controls. Yossum may share information among its subsidiaries or sites that it owns or controls, but such information will be protected under the terms of this Privacy Policy.

While you may use some of the functionality of the Site without registration, many of the specific tools and services on the Site require registration. If you use the Site without registering, the only information we collect will be Non-Personal Information through the use of Cookies or Web Beacons. If you choose to register with the Site for certain paid services, we may require you to submit Personally Identifiable Information. Depending on the paid service you select, we may also collect Personal Health Information. You are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the Personally Identifiable Information and Personal Health Information you submit to Yossum. Inaccurate information will affect the information you receive when using the Site and our ability to contact you as described in this Privacy Policy.


A. Cookies

We collect Non-Personal Information about your use of the Site and your use of the web sites of selected sponsors and advertisers through the use of Cookies. Every computer that accesses the Site is assigned a different Cookie by Yossum. The information collected by Cookies may be used for the following purposes: (i) to help us dynamically generate advertising and content on web pages or in newsletters, (ii) to allow us to statistically monitor how many people are using the Site and selected sponsors’ and advertisers’ sites, (iii) to allow us to statistically monitor how many people open our emails, and (iv) to help us determine for what purposes these actions are being taken. We may use Cookie information to target certain advertisements to your browser or to determine the popularity of certain content or advertisements. Cookies may also be used to facilitate a user’s log-in, as navigation aids and as session timers. Cookies used by Yossum may also be used to restrict underage use of the tools and services offered on the Site.

Most browser software can be set to reject all Cookies. Most browsers offer instructions on how to reset the browser to reject Cookies in the “Help” section of the toolbar. If you reject our Cookies, certain of the functions and conveniences of the Site may not work properly but you do not have to accept our Cookies in order to productively use the Site. We do not link Non-Personal Information from Cookies to Personally Identifiable Information without your permission and do not use Cookies to collect or store Personal Health Information about you.


We will never give away, sell or share your Personally Identifiable Information except as specifically authorized by you. We collect Personally Identifiable Information, like your name, email address, date of birth, and zip code, you provide to us when you register as a member of the Site. We use the Personally Identifiable Information that you provide to respond to your questions, provide you the specific services you select, send you emails about Site maintenance and updates, and inform you of significant changes to this Privacy Policy.

A. Newsletters & Emails to You

At the time of registration and at various times as you use the Site, you may be given the option of receiving recurring newsletters via email from Yossum. These emails will not contain Personal Health Information. When you sign up for our email newsletters or at any time, you may be given the option to Opt-In to receiving additional promotional emails from Yossum or our sponsors. In order to subscribe to Yossum newsletters via email, we need your contact information, like name and email address. We will provide an option to unsubscribe from any newsletters we may send, for example, by clicking on an “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of an email newsletter. If you experience difficulties with an automated unsubscribe service we provide, please use our Contact Us Form. We will manually unsubscribe you from that newsletter as soon as reasonably practical.

B. Emails You Send to Yossum

This Privacy Policy does not apply to content, business information, ideas, concepts or inventions that you send to Yossum by email. If you want to keep content, business information, ideas, concepts or inventions private or proprietary, do not send them in an email to Yossum.

C. Message Boards and other Public Forums

As a service to our users, the Site may feature message boards and other public forums where users with similar personal development interests in Yoga, Silence, Self-Understanding and Meditation as well as Enneagram and Essential Qualities, can share information and support one another. We may also offer online discussions moderated by our teachers. Any information shared (including Personally Identifiable Information and Personal Health Information) that you reveal in a chat room, message board, posting or online discussion is by design open to the public and is not a private, secure service. In addition, any videos, images or audio files you submit may be redistributed through the Internet and other media channels and may be viewed by the general public. You should think carefully before disclosing any Personally Identifiable Information or Personal Health Information in any public forum. Anything you have written, posted or uploaded may be seen, disclosed to or collected by third parties and may be used by others in ways we are unable to control or predict, including to contact you for unauthorized purposes. As with any public forum on any site, this information may also appear in third-party search engines like Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc. Your account name may be displayed to other users when you engage in certain activities on the Site.

If you choose to add personal information to your account profile that is visible to other users (such as a profile picture, your name, gender or other details), such information may be accessible to the general public.

We may use third parties to manage blogs or other services provided on the Site. When you create an account with any such third party, they may share the information you have posted as necessary for us and the third party to provide continued service and to allow you to post your blogs or use such other service. Such third party will share ownership of your information as necessary to continue to implement the applicable service on the Site and as described in their privacy policy. Yossum will use your information as described in this Privacy Policy.

D. Paid Services

From time to time, Yossum may offer users the opportunity to register for paid services offered on a subscription or perpetual basis. A paid service may have its own service or member agreement that governs your use of the service and the information we collect to provide the service, including your credit card information. Any such service or member agreement will be disclosed to you at the time of registration for that paid service.

E. Children

We are committed to protecting the privacy of children. Neither Yossum nor any of its services are designed or intended to attract children under the age of 13. We do not collect Personally Identifiable Information from any person we actually know is under the age of 13.

F. Research & Surveys

From time to time Yossum, may conduct online research surveys in order to gather feedback about the Site, our sponsors and opinions on self development topics, through email invitations, surveys, online focus groups and other similar methods. When participating in a survey, we may ask you to submit Personally Identifiable Information. This Personally Identifiable Information is used for research purposes, and will never be used for sales solicitations. Personally Identifiable Information collected through market research will be used only by Yossum and its service providers and contractors and will not be given or sold to a third party without your consent or as otherwise permitted by this Privacy Policy. For market research surveys we will not knowingly accept survey responses from or conduct interviews with any person under the age of 18. Some surveys may provide remuneration to participants such as a small cash fee for your time or an entry into a sweepstakes for a larger prize. Each survey will disclose whether or not it is a paid survey. In addition to collecting survey responses from our members, Cookies may be used to authenticate responses or to help you pick up where you left off in a survey. If you have Cookies disabled you may not be able to participate in some studies. Cookies may be used to connect survey data with Site usage characteristics. You will be notified when we would like to use Cookies in this way and your consent will be requested for these Cookies.

Protecting Your Information

Except as described in this Privacy Policy or as specifically agreed to by you, Yossum will never disclose any Personally Identifiable Information or Personal Health Information it gathers from you on the Site. We may only release Personally Identifiable Information or Personal Health Information to third parties: (1) to comply with valid legal requirements such as a law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena or court order; or (2) in special cases, such as in response to a physical threat to you or others, to protect property or defend or assert legal rights. In the event that we are legally compelled to disclose your Personally Identifiable Information or Personal Health Information to a third party, we will attempt to notify you unless doing so would violate the law or court order. In addition, we may disclose Personal Information as described below.

A. Disclosure to Linked Sites

For your convenience the Site may contain links to Third Party Web Sites operated by companies that are not affiliated with the Site and that do not have contracts to provide content or services through the Site. These links may be found in advertisements, referenced within content, or placed beside the names or logos of partners. Yossum does not disclose your Personal Information to these Third Party Web Sites without obtaining your consent. Yossum does not endorse and is not responsible for the privacy practices of these sites. If you choose to link to one of these Third Party Web Sites, you should review the privacy policy posted on this other web site to understand how that Third Party Web Site collects and uses your Personally Identifiable Information.


Here are some of the security procedures that Yossum uses to protect your privacy:

Using firewalls to protect information held in our servers.
Closely monitoring the limited number of Yossum employees who have potential access to your Personally Identifiable Information.
Requiring all Yossum employees to abide by our Privacy Policy and to be subject to disciplinary action if they violate it.
Backing-up our systems to protect the integrity of your Personally Identifiable Information and Personal Health Information.

Despite Yossum’s efforts to protect your Personally Identifiable Information and Personal Health Information, there is always some risk that an unauthorized third party may find a way around our security systems or that transmissions of your information over the Internet may be intercepted.


A. Updating Your Personally Identifiable Information

If we collect and store self-reported data for certain Site functionalities, we will provide you with a method for correcting, updating or reviewing such information. We will store user submitted data (Personally Identifiable Information and/or Personal Health Information) in an active database for a certain period of time and may later transfer such data to an inactive back-up medium.

B. Removing your Personal Information

If you have a complaint or problem, please use our Contact Us Form or send us a letter via post: Yossum Foundation, Hoofdweg 11, 1058AV, Amsterdam. The Netherlands. Our customer service department respond. If you want to (1) delete your Personally Identifiable Information from our systems, (2) update the Personally Identifiable Information that you have provided to us, just explain this in our Contact Form.

C. Limitations on Removing or Changing Information

Upon your request, we will delete your Personally Identifiable Information or Personal Health Information from our active databases and where feasible from our back-up media. You should be aware that it is not technologically possible to remove each and every record of the information you have provided to Yossum from our servers.

D. Accountable Representative

Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, if you have any questions or concerns related to this Privacy Policy or Yossum's collection, storage and/or use of Personally Identifiable Information or Personal Health Information, you may contact us via the Contact Form or via post.


A. Personally Identifiable Information

We will inform you of a material change to the Privacy Policy, which means a change that expands the permissible uses or disclosures of Personally Identifiable Information allowed by the prior version of the Privacy Policy. Your continued use of the Site will indicate acceptance of the changes. You may of course choose to Opt-Out of continuing to use the Site. Please exit the Site immediately if you do not agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy or any revised policy.

B. Personal Health Information

We will inform you if a material change in the Privacy Policy is made that involves the use of your Personal Health Information, and your express Opt-In authorization will be requested. If you choose to not accept the new privacy policy, then the current privacy policy conditions will remain in effect, so long as the respective functionality remains available. Yossum reserves the right to discontinue or limit functionality in all its products and services.

C. Non-Significant Changes

Yossum may make non-significant changes to the Privacy Policy that do not affect Personally Identifiable Information or Personal Health Information at any time. Yossum may not notify you of such non-significant changes.

We reserve the right to modify this Privacy Policy at any time. If we decide to change this Privacy Policy, we will post the revised policy on the Site so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. Please review this Privacy Policy frequently. Your continued use of the Site will indicate acceptance of any such changes.


Browser: Short for web browser, a browser is a software application used to locate and display web (Internet) pages. The most popular browsers are AOL, FireFox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Netscape Navigator. In addition, most modern browsers can present multimedia information, including sound and video, though they require plug-ins for some formats.

Click Stream Information: A record of all the pages you have visited during your visit to a particular web site or the services you accessed from the Site or from an email. Click Stream Information is associated with your browser and not with you personally. It records the archives of your browser.

Cookie: A small data file that is stored on the hard drive of the computer you use to view a web site. Cookies are placed by that site or by a third party with a presence on the Site, such as an advertiser using a Web Beacon (see definition below) and are accessible only by the party or site that placed the Cookie (i.e. a Cookie placed on your computer by Yossum isn't accessed by any other site you visit but a Cookie placed on your computer by an advertiser may be accessed by any site on which that same advertiser has a presence). Cookies can contain pieces of Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”). Yossum encrypts any PII it stores in its Cookies. These Cookies often are used to make the Site easier to use. For example, if you check a box to ask that we store your user name on your computer so that you don't have to enter it each time you visit the Site, it's stored in a Cookie on your computer.

Encryption: The translation of data into a secret code. Encryption is the most effective way to achieve data security. To read an encrypted file, you must have access to a secret key or password that enables you to decrypt it. This is typically done by secure computer systems.

Firewall: A system designed to prevent unauthorized access to or from a public or private network. Firewalls can be implemented in both hardware and software, or a combination of both. Firewalls are frequently used to prevent unauthorized Internet users from accessing private portions of public networks. All messages entering or leaving the network pass through the firewall, which examines each message and blocks those that do not meet the specified security criteria.

Nickname: On the Site, as part of your registration, you will be required to provide a Nickname in addition to a username (log-in name) and a password. The Site Nickname is the name that will appear on any of your public forum postings. This public nickname should be different from the username that you use when you log on to the Site. NOTE: Once you establish a Nickname on the Site, you cannot change it without registering with a new account.

Non-Personal Information: Information that is not traceable back to any individual and cannot be used to identify an individual. For example, Click Stream Information is Non-Personal Information, as is information such as gender, age, city and state when not linked with other Personally Identifiable Information.

Opt-In: Means you are actively indicating your preference to participate in a program, email, feature, tool, or enhancement on a web site. Typically, if you “Opt-In” you must provide certain information, usually Personally Identifiable Information, to the web site or otherwise actively indicate your choice or preference to participate in the web site program.

Opt-Out: Means that if you do not take some action you are indicating your preference to participate in a program, email, feature, tool or enhancement on a Web site. Typically, if you “Opt-Out” you must uncheck a box next to a stated preference or otherwise take some action to indicate your preference not to participate in a program.

Password: A secret series of characters, typically alphanumeric (meaning it consists of both letters and numbers) that enables you to access a file, computer, or program. You must enter your password before the computer or system will respond to commands. The password helps ensure that unauthorized users do not access the system. In addition, data files and programs may require a password. Ideally, the password should be something that nobody could guess.

Personal Health Information (“PHI”): When your Personally Identifiable Information is combined with known health characteristics. For example, if you indicated that you have a certain disease or condition, when that information is combined with your PII, it becomes Personal Health Information.

Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”) (also called Personal Information): Information that can be traced back to an individual (contrast with Non-Personal Information and Aggregate Information). Examples of PII include your name, home address, telephone number, email address, and Social Security number. If other pieces of information are linked to PII, they also become PII. For example, if you use a nickname to chat online and give out your real name while chatting, your nickname becomes PII when linked with other PII.

Server: A computer that provides services to other computers. A “web server” stores web site files and “serves” them to people who request them.

Username: A name used to gain access to a computer system or program. Usernames, and often passwords, are required in shared systems, such as the Internet. In most such systems, users can choose their own usernames and passwords (see Nickname above for additional information). Usernames are also required to post a reply on message boards and to use certain Site functionalities and services.