Who we are

We are Beteseb Felega, an Ethiopian family search service and resource for adoptees and others interested in Ethiopian adoption search and reunion. Our website address is: https://ethiopianadoptionconnection.org.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Adoption Data

If you upload your adoption data to our website using one of our forms for the purpose of searching, your data is saved on the site. Data designated for the database is edited for privacy and then publicly posted in the database. No location information or last names are used in the database, with the exception of the child’s Ethiopian first and second name.

If you save your form to finish later, it is saved for 30 days and you will have a code. After that point it is discarded if not completed.

Each form to upload adoption data has its own terms of service that every user must agree to before uploading their data. Adoption data can be removed any time at the user’s request.

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can screenshot, potentially download, and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

If you sign up for our newsletter, we will acquire and save the information you provide such as your name and email address. If you fill out a contact form, your email address and the content of your message will be sent to us in email form.

Cookies

We use a cookie to determine how often you see a POPUP recommending you download the Fidel so the website displays correctly. The cookie lasts for 1 month and then is discarded.

Embedded content from other websites

Pages on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

No one unless you’ve given us permission to share with a biological family match.

How long we retain your data

For users that upload data to our database or to use our paid services, we store the personal information they provide in our database. Users can request that their data be removed at any time. Website administrators can see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have uploaded adoption data to this site, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Your data is not typically sent anywhere. If you hire us to do an on the ground search in Ethiopia, the data requited to complete the search is shared with the social worker in Ethiopia with your consent.

A select few workers edit and post adoption data submitted by users. No location information or last names are used in posts, with the exception of the child’s Ethiopian first and second name.

How we protect your data

Our website is protected by a firewall. This website has 2 administrators and 2 additional volunteers with limited website access. Everyone working with us signs a strict confidentiality agreement. Back-end access is limited to those with a need-to-know basis. We have a security certificate from Let’s Encrypt.

What data breach procedures we have in place

We have a firewall, malware protection, and other security protections.

What third parties we receive data from

None

Plugins

We use Mailchimp, Stripe, Give, and Smush.