Kwan Um School of Zen|Americas
General Data Protection Regulation Policy

The Kwan Um School of Zen|Americas (KUSZa) is a non-profit organization, registered in the state of Rhode Island. KUSZa is not responsible for the implementation of the privacy policy of its affiliated organizations.


KUSZa takes the issue of your online privacy seriously. If you have any questions concerning our privacy policy that are not addressed here, please contact us:

Kwan Um School of Zen|Americas
99 Pound Rd
Cumberland, RI 02864
P: (401) 658-1476

Information Collection and Usage 

KUSZa collects information that you provide such as name, contact information and email addresses for which you gave your consent when you signed up to receive emails from us. You are not required to provide this information except when enquiring about an event or donating to the KUSZa. 

We use your contact details so that we can contact you in case of issues with changes to event schedules, payment and similar circumstances and to send you our newsletter. We may also send you information relating to the event before, during or after the event. We use your banking details to process donations you have made to us and to send you a receipt for such donations. We also use your personal data to claim tax relief on charitable donations, if applicable.

The KUSZa also collects information about your use of our website including IP address, how much time you spend on the site and what you like to view, from both registered users

and general visitors to the site. This data is used solely to manage the website, track usage and improve our website services. This information does not identify the user personally and may be shared with third-parties to provide more relevant services, for example with Google Analytics. We keep your data until you inform us that you no longer wish to receive news from us. If you are contacting the KUSZa via email or website contact form with an enquiry, we will only use your details for the purposes of responding to your email.

Email Newsletter Opt In/Opt Out

We may use your email address to send periodic email newsletters regarding our retreats, Dharma talks and events. However, we will only do so if you have given us your permission. If you change your mind at a later date, simply click on the option to unsubscribe near the bottom of the email newsletter. To send our newsletter, we use the list provider MailChimp. MailChimp is a service provided by The Rocket Science Group, LLC, 512 Means Street, Suite 404 Atlanta, GA 30318. When you register for our newsletter, the data (name, email address) that you specify in the newsletter registration is transferred to MailChimp and stored there.

The service provider MailChimp has its headquarters in the United States. Therefore your data will be processed on servers / datacenters in the United States. After the registration you will get an email from MailChimp to confirm your registration (“double opt-in”). MailChimp offers many analysis possibilities on how the newsletter is opened and used. These analyses are group-centered and are not used by us for individual evaluation of newsletter recipients. More information on MailChimp and data protection of MailChimp can be found here:

Links contains links to other Kwan Um School of Zen websites which you may find useful or of interest. We are not responsible for the privacy policies and/or practices on other sites. When linking to another site, the user should satisfy themselves as to the privacy policy stated on that site. Our privacy policy only governs information collected on our site. 

Use of Cookies uses cookies to store visitors' preferences and to record session information, to customize newsletter, advertising, and web page content based on browser type and user profile information. We do not link the information we store in cookies to any personally identifiable information a visitor submits while on our site. Each browser is different, so check the "Help" menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences. However, you will need to enable cookies from in order to use some functions on the site.

Correcting, Updating or Removing Personal Information

Anybody attending events at the KUSZa may modify or remove any of their personal information at any time by contacting us directly using the contact details shown above or the Contact Us page of this website. You can also request that we give you a copy of the data we hold on you in a machine-readable format.

Sharing and Disclosure of Information 

The KUSZa will never sell or trade your personal data or disclose your personal information to any third party unless in special cases when we have reason to believe that disclosure is necessary 

a) To conform legal requirements 
b) To protect the rights of the KUSZa
c) To protect the safety of members of the public or those attending the KUSZa events 


Security for all personally identifiable information is extremely important to us. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, the KUSZa cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit via the internet. By transmitting any such information to the KUSZa, you accept that you do so at your own risk.

Updated: June 2019