Voices Around The World Privacy Policy


Your Personal Information

The Voices Around The World Project is directed by Laurie Lewin, who also operates and manages the https://voicesaround.com website services.

This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal data when you choose to work with the Voices Around the World Charity Music Projects or choose to work with any of our paid music services and the choices you have associated with that data.


What personal information we need

We only collect minimal personal information about you, which does not include any sensitive types of information or location-based information. This does, however ‚Äď if you choose to register to participate in our music projects - include your named contact(s) for the project we run and the name and country of your school or organisation and the email address(es) for the named person(s) from your organisation.


Why we need your personal information

We need to know the basic information in order to help you participate fully in our Voices Around The World Project(s). We will not collect any personal data from you we do not need to provide and oversee this service. 


What we do with your personal information

All the personal information we process is processed by our team in the UK. For the purposes of website hosting and storage this information is located on servers in Canada.

For the purposes of running our charity music projects each year we provide schools and youth organisations with free music resources to enable them to participate. In this context, no third party suppliers are engaged

In addition, outside our annual music projects we provide paid for music products and services. In this context, we use third-party PayPal services for payment processing. We do not store or collect your payment card details. That information is provided directly to PayPal whose use of your personal information is governed by their Privacy Policy. PayPal adhere to the standards set by PCI-DSS as managed by the PCI Security Standards Council, which is a joint effort of brands like Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover. PCI-DSS requirements help ensure the secure handling of payment information.

The payment processors we work with is PayPal. Their Privacy Policy can be viewed at https://www.paypal.com/uk/webapps/mpp/ua/privacy-full


What do we do with audio, video and photographic materials provided by schools and youth organisations

As part of our Voices Around The World annual projects schools and youth organisations send to us audio recordings, video recordings and photographs of students performing with the music tracks provided. These materials are mixed by us to produce music videos to represent a world-wide virtual choir of students from a large number of different countries. Within the organisation of Voices Around The World we maintain very strict policy guidelines that:

1) all students participating within the project recordings will do so anonymously i.e. no individual students will ever be identified

2) the recorded media submitted to Voices Around the World will be used solely within the context and confines of the Voices Around the World project

3)Voices Around The World will only ever use recorded material where full consent has been given by parents or carers to the schools or youth organisations for their children to participate in the projects. 

4)While Voices Around The World requests all schools or youth organisations to confirm that permission has been granted by parents or carers for their children to participate in the projects, it is the responsibility of the schools and youth organisations to ensure that this has been fully followed through.


How long we keep your personal information

We are required under UK tax law to keep your basic personal data (name, address, contact details) for a minimum of 6 years after which time it will be destroyed. If your information is used for marketing purposes it will be kept until you notify us that you no longer wish to receive this information.


What are your rights?

Voices Around The World aims to take reasonable steps to allow you to correct, amend, delete, or limit the use of your Personal Data.

Whenever possible, you can update your Personal Data directly by contacting us directly at info@voicesaround.com

If you wish to be informed what Personal Data we hold about you and if you want it to be removed from our systems, please contact us. You will also find an unsubscribe button at the bottom of all of our email newsletters. If you choose to unsubscribe at any time, your information will be deleted from our system and you will not be contacted by us again unless you choose to re-subscribe.

In certain circumstances, you have the right:

  • To access and receive a copy of the Personal Data we hold about you
  • To rectify any Personal Data held about you that is inaccurate
  • To request the deletion of Personal Data held about you
  • You have the right to data portability for the information you provide to¬†Voices Around The World. You can request a copy of your Personal Data in a commonly used electronic format so that you can manage and move it.
  • You have the right, at any time, to object to us using your personal information

We will ask you to verify your identity before responding to such requests.

If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are processing your personal data not in accordance with the law you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) by calling 0044 (0)303 123 1113.

Our Data Protection Officer is Laurie Lewin  and you can contact him at laurie@voicesaround.com


Security Of Data

The security of your data is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Data, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.