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SRF EU Privacy Notice

Please note: if you are outside the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA), this EU Privacy Notice does not apply to you. Instead, please review our General Privacy Policy, which applies to you.

Your information privacy is extremely important to us. We have prepared this EU Privacy Notice (“Notice”) to explain how we collect, use, protect, and disclose information and data. This EU Privacy Notice applies to you if you are in the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) and:

1. you visit the Self Realization Fellowship websites at yogananda-srf.org (collectively the “Site”), and use any other internet services offered by Self Realization Fellowship (collectively the “Services”);

2. you have applied to study the Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) Lessons, have applied for Kriya Yoga initiation, sought spiritual guidance and counselling from us, or have otherwise been in contact with us, whether over the internet or otherwise (we refer to you as a “member”); or

3. you are a volunteer or have applied to become a volunteer (SRF “Volunteers” include SRF members who volunteer with our meditation groups, volunteer Council Members, Service Readers, Ushers, Sunday school teachers and other volunteers with SRF or SRF groups).


1. SRF as a Data Controller

This Notice is provided by the Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF), which is the data controller for your data under the EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (“GDPR”).

Our contact details are as follows:

Self-Realization Fellowship, 3880 San Rafael Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90065 USA

If you reside in the United Kingdom, Germany or Italy, you may also serve as a Volunteer with one of our sister organizations in your country. For purposes of this Notice our sister organizations are the following:

The SRF sister organization in your area may share personal data with us, so that each organization can assist the other in carrying out our responsibilities to the SRF community. SRF and the SRF sister organizations referred to above are each data controllers. This means each entity is responsible to you for how each processes your data.

2. The Categories of Personal Data We Process

You are free to explore the Site without providing us with Personal Information. However, when you have contact with us whether over the internet or otherwise—by using our Site or Services, creating an account on our MemberPortal, applying to study our Lessons, participating with SRF as a member, through other contact with us, or by volunteering—we may process the following categories of personal data about you.

Personal Information

Usage Data and Site Activity

Cookies and Anonymous Identifiers

3. Why We Process Your Personal Data

We use your personal data for some or all of the following purposes:

4. Legal Bases for Processing Your Personal Data

We will process your personal data pursuant to GDPR Article 6(1)(b) if it is necessary to deliver services that you have requested, or to take steps to provide those services. Thus, we process your data when it is necessary to: (i) provide you SRF Lessons, Convocation registration/information, spiritual counseling, prayers or other services that you request from us, or that you expect when you become a member; (ii) provide you with the Site and Services, including communications related to your account; (iii) provide communications that you request from us, such as when you request our eNewsletter; or (iv) process your orders or donations or to receive your bequest documents.

We process your personal data pursuant to GDPR Article 6(1)(f) because it is necessary for our legitimate interests, or the legitimate interests of a third party (such as one of our SRF groups or for safeguarding you or other members). Our legitimate interests are: (1) to contact and communicate with you about our activities; (2) to determine your eligibility for studying the SRF Lessons and advanced meditation techniques; (3) to determine your qualifications and fitness to serve as a Volunteer; (4) to support and assist you in fulfilling your volunteer role with SRF, an SRF group or sister organization, and provide the required guidance and support to help your group carry on its activities in accordance with policies and guidelines established by SRF; (5) to maintain our accounts and records, including our church records; (6) to fulfill our legal obligations, and for our personnel, administrative and management purposes; (7) to further our religious objectives; (8) to perform diligence or safeguarding tasks and respond to any complaints or problems that may arise; (9) to better understand how users access and use our Site and Services, to maintain, support, and improve our Site and Services, to respond to user preferences, and for research and analytical purposes.

We obtain your consent (pursuant to GDPR Article 6(1)(a)) if you have volunteered to be the contact person of your meditation group, and we would like to share your contact information with others.

As a religious organization, we process special categories of information, including about your religious and philosophical beliefs or health information, in connection with our purposes of providing religious and spiritual teaching, services and support, and maintaining church records. This processing is pursuant to GDPR Article 9(2)(d).

5. Sharing Your Personal Data

Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential, and we will never sell your information to others. It will only be shared with others, including third parties or other data controllers, where it is necessary for the performance of our tasks or where you first give consent. It is likely that we will need to share your data with others in the following circumstances:

6. How Long We Keep Your Personal Data

We will keep some records permanently, including our church records of membership status, Kriya Yoga Registration, Marriage & Christening Certificates, or if we are legally required to do so. We may keep some other records for an extended period of time, including safeguarding records. In general, we will endeavor to keep data only for as long as we need it. This means that we may delete it when it is no longer needed.

7. Managing Your Email Preferences and Member Portal Information

You can review, correct, update, delete, or change your Personal Information through your Member Portal account or by emailing us at GDPR@yogananda-srf.org. You can also opt-out of receiving certain e-mails and other communications from us through your Member Portal account, or by using the “unsubscribe” link in the emails, or e-mailing us at GDPR@yogananda-srf.org. You are able to opt out of receiving our eNewsletter and most e-mails from us; however, you cannot opt out of receiving all e-mails from us, such as e-mails about the status of your account or orders.

8. Your Rights Regarding Your Personal Data under the GDPR

You have the following rights with respect to your personal data. When exercising any of the rights listed below, in order to process your request, we may need to verify your identity for your security. In such cases we will need you to respond with proof of your identity before you can exercise these rights.

     a. The right to access information we hold on you

     b. The right to correct and update the information we hold on you

     c. The right to have your information erased

     d. The right to object to processing of your data

     e. The right to data portability

     f. The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time where the legal basis for our processing is your consent.

     g. The right to restrict processing of your data

     h. The right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority, in the Member State where you have your habitual residence, place of work, or where an alleged infringement of the GDPR has taken place.

9. Transfer of Data Abroad

SRF is located in the United States. When you provide personal data to us, you transmit that information to the United States. SRF does not transfer your personal data internationally except to European Union Member States.

10. Updates to this Notice or Changes in Processing

If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Notice, then we will provide you with a new Notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.

In other circumstances, if we decide to change this Privacy Notice, we will inform you by posting the revised Privacy Notice on the Site. Those changes will go into effect on the “Revised” date shown in the revised Privacy Notice. By continuing to use the Site or Services after that date, you are consenting to the revised Privacy Notice.

11. Online Tracking

As explained in our Cookie Policy, we use third parties (such as PayPal, YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter and AddThis) to enhance the functionality of our Site. The third parties we use may set cookies and collect certain information when you visit the Site and Services. These companies may collect non-personally identifiable information (e.g. click stream information, web browser type, time and date, the pages or videos you viewed), your IP Address, and information from cookies they set during your visits to the Site and other websites. These companies may track your activity over time and different websites, and may use the information they collect to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of interest to you. Our systems do not recognize browser “Do Not Track” signals, but several of the third parties who utilize these cookies on our Site enable you to opt out of targeted advertising practices. To learn more about these advertising practices or to opt out of this type of advertising, you can visit www.networkadvertising.org or www.aboutads.info/choices/. Please also see our Cookie Policy for further information and your choices regarding cookies.

12. Be Careful When You Share Information with Others

Please be aware that whenever you share information on any public area of the Site or Services , that information may be accessed by others. In addition, please remember that when you share information in any other communications with third parties, that information may be passed along or made public by others. This means that anyone with access to such information can potentially use it for any purpose, including sending unsolicited communications.

13. Security

We maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect the confidentiality and security of information transmitted to us. Although no data transmission over the Internet or other network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure, we strive to protect your personal data on or through the Site or Services so that it is not inappropriately lost, misused, accessed, disclosed, altered or destroyed. However, we cannot and do not guarantee the security of any information you transmit on or through the Site or Services, and accept no liability for any unintentional disclosure or misuse.

14. Links

Our Site and Services may contain links to other websites or allow others to send you such links. A link to a third party’s website does not mean that we endorse it or that we are affiliated with it. We do not exercise control over third-party websites. You access such third-party websites or content at your own risk. You should always read the privacy policy of a third-party website before providing any information to the website.

15. Children’s Privacy and Our Site and Services

The Site and Services are intended for users who are 16 years old or older. We do not knowingly or intentionally collect Personal Information from children under the age of 16 in connection with the Site or Services. If we become aware that we have inadvertently received Personal Information from a child under the age of 16 in connection with the Site or Services, we will delete such information from our records.

16. Changes to this Notice

We keep this Privacy Notice under regular review and we will place any updates on our website yogananda.org under “EU Privacy Notice.” This Notice was last updated May 25, 2018.

17. Our Contact Details

Please contact us if you have any questions about this Notice or the information we hold about you or to exercise all relevant rights, queries or complaints at:

Mail: Attention: Legal Department, Self-Realization Fellowship, 3880 San Rafael Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90065 USA


Telephone: 1 (323) 225-2471

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