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Privacy Policy Overview

  1. Who is Penplusbytes?

    Penplusbytes is a not-for-profit organization driving change through innovations in the following key areas: using new digital technologies to enable good governance and accountability, new media and innovations, climate and well-being, and enhancing oversight for effective utilization of mining, oil and gas revenue and resources. More info.

  2. How do we use your data?

    We use your data to provide you access to our services so that you can manage your donations, among other purposes.

  3. Why are we allowed to use your data?

    There are different reasons that enable us to use your data. The main reason being the requirement that it is necessary for us to perform the agreement you accept when you register with Yen Somu Bi.

  4. Do we share your data with third parties?

    As a general rule, we won’t share your personal data with third parties unless it is dependent on the provision of services by a third party.

  5. What are your rights?

    You can request to access, rectify or erase your data at any time, as well as other rights as described in this Privacy Policy.

    We invite you to read our full Privacy Policy below to learn more about how we will use your personal data and what rights you are entitled to.

Privacy Policy

Who is Penplusbytes?

Penplusbytes (hereinafter, referred to as “PPB”, “we” or “us”) is a Ghanaian not-for- profit organization driving change through innovations in the following key areas: using new digital technologies to enable good governance and accountability, new media and innovations, climate and well-being, and enhancing oversight for effective utilisation of mining, oil and gas revenue and resources. We are located at No. 20 Koi Street, Osu-Ako Adjei in Accra and can be reached on

When using the Yen Somu Bi platform, we can use your personal data in different ways:

  • We can act a data controllers of the personal information you provide us when you register with us. This means that we are the ones who decide how to use your personal data. However, this only applies when you provide your data directly to us. This Privacy Policy regulates how we use your personal information in this scenario.

  • When you use the Yen Somu Bi platform as a donor to donate to a campaign, it is usually the fundraiser who is the data controller of your personal data, and therefore, who decides how to use your data. In those cases, we only act as data processors, since we will only have access to your personal data on behalf of the fundraiser and only to render our services to them. Consequently, in such cases, the processing of data is subject to the fundraising organization’s corresponding privacy policy or terms, which we strongly suggest you read carefully before donating.

    We created the Yen Somu Bi platform (the “Platform”) to make it simple for users to explore and support organizations they care about with their friends and others with similar interests. We give you control of your information because you may not want to share your information with everyone. You choose what information you provide, including names and contact details. You control the sharing of that information by using the option to remain anonymous while donating.

    We care for your privacy and we are committed to its protection. That is why we designed this Privacy Policy to help you understand what information we may collect about you, how we use and share the information and how we will not use or share information, and your choices and your rights when using the platform. We will not use or share your information with anyone, except as described in this Privacy Policy. We operate under the principle that you should have control over your information including how it is shared with others.

    If you have questions about the Privacy Policy or would like to suggest improvements, please contact us on

What information do we use about you?

While using the application, you may provide us with anonymous information, personal information and additional materials.

You provide us and we may collect anonymous information such as your IP address, areas of the platform you have visited, time and date, and whether or not you clicked on links. We use technologies such as cookies to collect this information. A cookie is a piece of data stored on a user's computer. We use session ID cookies to confirm that users are logged in. Session cookies terminate once the user closes the browser. We also use persistent cookies that store other information to make it easier for you to login when you come back to the platform. You can configure your browser to block cookies; however, if you do, the platform may not function properly or at all. If you choose to click on a link to any outside website, anonymous information may be provided to that website.

We use Google Analytics to help analyze how users use the Site. Google Analytics uses Cookies to collect information such as how often users visit the Site, what pages they visit, and what other sites they used prior to coming to the Site. We use the information we get from Google Analytics only to improve our Site and Services. Google Analytics collects only the IP address assigned to you on the date you visit the Site, rather than your name or other personally identifying information. We do not combine the information generated through the use of Google Analytics with your personal information. Although Google Analytics plants a persistent Cookie on your web browser to identify you as a unique user the next time you visit the Site, the Cookie cannot be used by anyone but Google. Google's ability to use and share information collected by Google Analytics about your visits to the Site is restricted by the Google Analytics Terms of Use and the Google Privacy Policy.

You may provide us personal information if you register with the platform, like your username, password, first and last names, email address, and mailing address. You may provide additional personal information for your profile.

However, we will never ask you to provide us with any confidential or sensitive data, and you should never do so. Sensitive data means any information related to racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or genetic data, biometric data, data concerning health or data concerning a natural person's sex life or sexual orientation or data concerning criminal records. If we learn that you have provided us with any such information, we will disregard it and delete it immediately, and we will not include it in our database.

You may also post information, opinions, text, sounds, audio, video, images, graphics, and other content or of any nature (collectively, "Materials") to the platform. This enhances the possibility of more donations coming in to your campaign.

How do we use your data?

Depending on how you interact with us, we will use your data for different purposes, as follows:

  • To handle your registration with Yen Somu Bi. If you decide to register with us and create a user account, we will use your data to handle your registration. This includes using your data to provide better products and/or services to you and for administration, maintenance and development of the platform.

  • To respond to your questions and claims. If you get in touch with us to ask any questions or to raise a claim, we will use your personal information to respond to your questions or to handle your claims, in order for us to provide better client service.

  • To handle your donations with organizations. If you use our platform to donate to an organization, we will use your personal data to handle your donation and make sure it reaches the organization. However, as mentioned above, in this case, your data will be controlled by the organization, so we suggest that you carefully read their privacy policies or terms. In this context, following the organization’s instructions, we may also use anonymous information collected to improve the quality of the platform. This information may help us to diagnose problems, maintain security, and provide services users want. The platform may determine user demographics, interests, and behavior and may share such information with others. For example, we may provide demographic or usage information to an organization so they may see how many users are from a specific geographic area. However, please don’t worry. This information will always be anonymous and will not be enough to identify you.

  • To let you post Materials. You may post Materials directly to public portions of the platforms such as explore campaigns and success stories in which case those Materials may be available to other users.

Do we share your data with third parties?

Your personally identifiable information will not be sold to advertisers or spammers.

We share your personally identifiable information in three cases: (1) with your permission, (2) as required by law, and (3) change of ownership, each as more fully described in the paragraphs below.

We may be required to disclose user information pursuant to lawful requests, such as subpoenas or court orders, or in compliance with applicable laws. We do not reveal information until we have a good faith belief that an information request by law enforcement or private litigants meets applicable legal standards. Additionally, we may share account or other information when we believe it is necessary to comply with law, to protect our interests or property, to prevent fraud or other illegal activity perpetrated through the platform or using the Yen Somu Bi name, or to prevent imminent bodily harm. This may include sharing information with other companies, lawyers, agents or government agencies.

If the ownership of all or substantially all of Penplusbytes’ business, or substantial portions of the business owned by Penplusbytes, were to change, your information may be transferred to the new owner so the new owner can continue providing services to you. In any such case, your information would remain subject to the protections provided in our Privacy Policy.

If the ownership of all or substantially all of Penplusbytes’ business, or substantial portions of the business owned by Penplusbytes, were to change, your information may be transferred to the new owner so the new owner can continue providing services to you. In any such case, your information would remain subject to the protections provided in our Privacy Policy.

Please remember that anyone who has access to your username and password may be able to access your personal information; therefore, we encourage you to keep your password secret to prevent any unwanted access.

In addition, please remember that you are in control of sharing personal information that you provide to the platform, including by using the privacy settings.

What are your rights when we use your data?

You can delete your account at your user profile page. You can also edit your personal information to ensure that it is correct and up-to-date. You may delete your information from the platform at any time.

Child protection

Penplusbytes does not offer the platform to, or knowingly collect or solicit information from, anyone under the age of 13. If you are under 13, do not provide us with any information. Any information we receive from people we believe to be under 13 will be purged from our database.

Links to other websites

The platform may contain links to other websites, including of social media platforms, donor organizations and other organizations. Penplusbytes is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of other websites that may be linked to the platform. For more information about how any such third parties use your data, please read their corresponding privacy policies or terms carefully.


If you choose to use the platform, your use is subject to the current Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. We reserve the right to change this Privacy Policy from time to time. If we do make changes, we will do our best to notify you of the changes, such as by posting any changes on the platform and indicating the date the changes were made at the top of our Privacy Policy. Non-material changes are effective upon posting. Material changes are effective 15 days after posting. Unless stated otherwise, our current Privacy Policy applies to all information in our possession.


Penplusbytes takes reasonable precautions to protect our users'; information. Your account information is located on a secured server behind a firewall. Because email and instant messaging are not recognized as secure communications, we request that you not send private information to us by email or instant messaging services. Although we allow you to set privacy setting that limit access to your information, please be aware that no security measures are perfect or 100% effective. We cannot control the actions of other users with whom you may choose to share your pages and information. Even after removal, copies of Materials may remain viewable in cached and archived pages or if other users have copied or stored your Materials. If you have any questions about the security of the Yen Somu Bi Platform, please contact us.

Contacting us

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy, you may contact us using the information below: