Asian Geographical – GDPR Policy

Asian Geographical Partners Ltd and its subsidiaries (namely Asian Geographical Expeditions, Asian Geographical Adventures, Asian Geographical Journeys and Asian Geographical Retreats), exists to support the Asian Geographical Society in its initial stages with part-profits. 


What is the GDPR?
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is Europe's new framework for data protection laws that updates existing EU laws to strengthen the protection of “personal data” (any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person, so called “data subjects”) in light of rapid technological developments, the increasingly global nature of business and more complex international flows of personal data.  The GDPR replaces the current patchwork of national data protection laws with a single set of rules, directly enforceable in each EU member state. The GDPR came into force on May 25, 2018. 

What did GDPR replace?
GDPR applies across the entirety of Europe but each individual country has the ability to make its own small changes. In the UK, the government has created a new Data Protection Act (2018) which replaces the 1998 Data Protection Act. The Data Protection Act 2018 can be found https://bit.ly/3lOqmGi

What does Brexit mean for GDPR?
The UK has implemented a new Data Protection Act which largely includes all the provisions of the GDPR. There are some small changes but our law is largely the same. The new rights are for people to access the information companies hold about them, obligations for better data management for businesses, and a new regime of fines. 

According to the Information Commission Office, the GDPR is retained in domestic law (after Brexit) as the UK GDPR, but the UK has the independence to keep the framework under review. The ‘UK GDPR’ sits alongside an amended version of the DPA 2018. The government has published a ‘Keeling Schedule’ for the UK GDPR, which shows the amendments. These should be used for information only for the time being, until the official text on legislation.gov.uk has been updated.

The key principles, rights and obligations remain the same. However, there are implications for the rules on transfers of personal data between the UK and the EEA. More information can be found https://bit.ly/3vkj0NY

How do I request my rights under GDPR from Asian Geographical?
To request your GDPR rights from Asian Geographical Expeditions, Adventures and Journeys please email AGPrivacy@asiangeo.info

Do I need to make separate GDPR requests from Asian Geographic Society and Asian Geographic Partners?
Yes. Services and products, including, but not limited to, donor accounts and educational products offered through the Asian Geographic Society (“AGS”) are run independently from Asian Geographic Partners Ltd.  Therefore, all data subject requests involving AGS Products and Services can be made to the Asian Geographic Society at dataprivacy@asiangeo.org

What rights must companies enable under GDPR?
The GDPR provides EU residents with control over their personal data through a set of "data subject rights." This includes the right to:

  • Access information about how personal data is used
  • Access personal data held by an organization
  • Have incorrect personal data deleted or corrected
  • Have personal data rectified and erased in certain circumstances (sometimes referred to as the "right to be forgotten")
  • Restrict or object to automated processing of personal data
  • Receive a copy of personal data


What we are doing to meet GDPR requirements?
We've complied as per the GDPR and modified many of our internal practices and policies. We've updated our Privacy Policy, Terms of Use and added a new Cookie and Technology Tracking Policy.  We are also updating our third-party vendor contracts to meet the GDPR's requirements. Finally, we are also in the process of building and releasing tools that will make it easier for our users to handle their customer’s data appropriately.  

How can I request to opt-out of communications from AGP and/or other third parties?
To remove yourself from mailing lists and update your communications, you can send us an email with your name, country and the action you are requesting to AGPrivacy@asiangeo.info. Within thirty days of receipt of your request, our account specialist will update your account with the changes you’ve requested.

You can also unsubscribe from email communications from us by clicking on the "unsubscribe link for EU Users" provided in any Asian Geographical newsletter sent to you. Please note, you may not opt out of Service-related communications (e.g., account verification, product purchase and billing confirmations and reminders, changes/updates to features of the products, technical and security notices).

How do I request deletion of my data or account?
To request deletion of your personal data or member account, you can send us an email with your name, country and the action stating “Delete My Data” in the subject to AGPrivacy@asiangeo.info. Within 30 days of receipt of your request, you will receive a notice from us indicating your personal information has been deleted. The deletion process cannot be undone. Following termination or deactivation of your account, Asian Geographical, its Affiliates, or its Service Providers may retain information (including your profile information) and User Generated Content for a commercially reasonable time for backup, archival, and/or audit purposes.

Which countries does the GDPR cover?
GDPR covers all countries in the EU, including the EEA countries: which are the EU countries plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. The UK has similar laws even after Brexit.

I live outside of the EU; can I request the GDPR rights?
The GDPR is intended to unify privacy regulation across the EU and does not apply outside of the EU.

I used to live in the EU but now I live outside of the EU. Can I still request my rights?
The GDPR applies to EU residents and does not extend outside of the EU.
Where can I find the Privacy Policy?

You can find the Asian Geographical Expeditions Privacy Policy in the footer of all of our websites.

How can I find out more about GDPR?
We don't claim to have all the answers. Here's where to go if you're looking for more in-depth reading:
– The full regulation. It's 88 pages long and has 99 articles.
– The ICO's guide to GDPR is essential for both consumers and those working within businesses.
– EU GDPR is full with information on the regulation. You can read more about the GDPR on their website: www.eugdpr.org.