Who we are

Our website address is: https://www.seeintl.org.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


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

Contact forms


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles 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 tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Who we share your data with

If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, 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

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

Additional information

How we protect your data

What data breach procedures we have in place

What third parties we receive data from

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

Privacy Policy

Last Modified: November 4, 2020

SEE International Eye Expeditions (“SEE”) is a leader in providing transformative eye care and surgery around the world. Since 1974, SEE has provided over 4 million free vision screenings and over a half million sight-restoring surgeries. These services are provided free of charge to those in need and made possible through fundraising efforts by SEE.

This Privacy Statement explains how information is collected about you, how we use it, where it may be shared and what choices you have regarding our use of this information. The statement covers all contact we may have with you, including through our various websites, through email, over the phone or any other points of contact between you and SEE (“we”, “us”, or “our”).

By accessing this site, or using any of our services, you agree to the terms in this Privacy Policy.

1. Information We Collect

Personal Information You Disclose To Us

Summary: We collect personal information that you provide to us.

Contact Information: When you submit a donation to us online or over the phone, we collect your contact information, which may include your name, address, telephone number and email address. Your contact information may also be collected by various registration and sign-up forms on our site. If you request to not be contacted by SEE, we will continue to store your email to ensure no future contact is made to that address.

Donation Information: When you donate to SEE, in addition to your Contact Information, we maintain transaction history and collect payment information to process your donation. We use a third-party payment service to process your donation. If you donate in honor or in memory of someone, we may collect that person’s name, email and address if you provide it to us.

Information Collected Automatically

Summary: We collect some information when you visit our site.

Cookies and Similar Technologies:  As is common with most websites you visit, SEE may use cookies to help us identify how our site is used and to create a better experience for all visitors. Cookies are small files placed on your device that allow us to determine, for example, if you are a new or returning visitor. We use cookies from third parties including Google Analytics, to collect information about the operating system and the browser that you use. Other information is also collected, which may include the referral URL that brought you to our site, which pages you visit while you are browsing, technical information such as the operating system, screen size and other characteristics of your device and how you access our site. The collected data does not personally identify you. The ability for SEE to collect data through the use of cookies and similar technologies is primarily determined by the settings of your web browser. You may refuse these files by adjusting the settings on your device.

Social Media: We may use social media tools on our site, including “like” buttons or similar technology. These third-party media companies may collect data if you are logged into your social media account. These types of interactions are governed by the Privacy Policy of those social media companies, and not by SEE.

Information Collected From Other Sources

Summary: We may collect information from public databases or other outside sources.

Other Sources: SEE may collect personal information from other sources, including third-party databases, and use this information to update or add to data that we may have already collected.

2. Use of Collected Information

Summary: We use your information to conduct our business, improve our services and comply with legal obligations.

SEE does not sell, share or trade any information about you to other charities, companies or marketers. We may share your information with service providers that help us collect donations or improve and expand our own marketing efforts. This may include third-party applications that provide email services, postal services or donor management software.

Payment Processing: We will use your information to validate and process your donations through our third-party payment processor.

Targeted Advertising: SEE may engage with third party services and use information collected through cookies and other methods to create target-based advertising. This may include the serving of advertisements to you on other websites. We do not control the privacy policies of these third-party service providers. There are services that may provide you the ability to opt out of targeted advertising including The Digital Advertising Alliance (https://optout.aboutads.info/) and the Network Advertising Initiative (https://optout.networkadvertising.org). In addition, you may be able to block the sharing of information on your browser using privacy settings or third-party plug-ins.

Direct Contact: We may use your information to contact you via email or telephone either directly or through a third-party. You may opt out of contact from us at any time by unsubscribing from our emails or letting us know your wishes by contacting us directly.

Legally Required Disclosures: As required by an enforceable legal action, we may be required to release certain information pursuant to court order or similar request.

3. Keeping Your Information Secure

Summary: We implement best-practices to maintain a secure environment for collected data.

SEE is committed to safeguarding the information you share with us. We maintain secure systems and engage with third parties that commit to the same standards of protecting your data. We continuously monitor our systems and staff use of data to take reasonable steps to maintain and secure information. However, there is no data transmission method that can be guaranteed to be 100% secure, so we cannot warrant or promise that hackers, cybercriminals or the like will not be able to defeat our security procedures.

4. Other Notices and Disclosures

Third-Party Links: Our website provides links to third-party websites, including our own social media pages. SEE is not responsible for the privacy and security practices of these third-party sites.

Use of Our Site by Children: Our site is not targeted to children under the age of 13 and we do not knowingly collect information from children under this age. By using this site, you represent you are of legal age or that you are the parent or guardian of a minor and consent to use of this site.

Do Not Track Features: Many browsers offer a Do Not Track (“DNT”) feature, however as there is no recognized implementation to this technology, SEE does not currently respond to these requests.

Changes to this Privacy Policy: Any changes to this policy can be viewed on this page. The “Last Modified” date will reflect the date of the most current version.

Requesting or Deleting Your Personal Information: Subject to applicable law, you may be entitled to see and/or have removed any data we have collected. You may contact us to request additional information.

5. Contacting SEE

If you have any questions concerning this Privacy Policy you can contact us at:

Telephone: 805-963-3303

Email: info@seeintl.org

US Mail:
SEE International
175 Cremona Drive, Suite 100
Santa Barbara, CA 93117