Privacy & Cookies Policy

Mawazo Challenge’s Privacy & Cookies Policy (the “Privacy Policy”) was last updated on August 15, 2016. Privacy is very important to Mawazo Challenge. Mawazo Challenge does not sell or rent your Personal Information (later defined) to third parties without your explicit consent. Please read this Privacy Policy to learn more about the ways in which Mawazo Challenge uses and protects your Personal Information.

1. Overview

This Privacy Policy applies to the MAWAZO CHALLENGE content on the internet site located at (the "Site"). By using the Site you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy. Capitalized terms not defined in the Privacy Policy have the meanings ascribed to them in the Terms and Conditions(the "Terms"). If you do not agree to the Privacy Policy or the Terms please do not use or access the Site.

This Privacy Policy describes the information we collect from you and what may happen to that information. By accepting the Privacy Policy, you expressly consent to MAWAZO CHALLENGE use and disclosure of your Personal Information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

This Privacy Policy may be updated from time to time, so we advise visitors to consult it regularly for changes. We will notify you of any material changes by prominently posting notice of the new Privacy Policy to the Site and/or by sending you an email to the last email address provided to us. You are advised to consult this Privacy Policy regularly for any changes.

As used in this Privacy Policy, the terms "using" and "processing" information include using cookies on a computer, subjecting the information to statistical or other analysis and using or handling information in any way, including, but not limited to collecting, storing, evaluating, modifying, deleting, using, combining, disclosing and transferring information within our organization or among our affiliates within the Tanzania, United Republic or internationally.

2. Information We Collect

Our primary purpose in collecting your first name, email address, username, password and general location when you register to the Site (the “Login Information”) is to:  (i) provide you with a safe, smooth, and efficient experience, (ii) be able to contact you in connection with any Contributions and information that you submit, (iii) administer your account, and (iv) communicate with our users or schedule any technical work to the Site with minimal interference, by trying to consider user time zones. Any information about you that can be used to contact or identify you is personal information ("Personal Information"). We only collect the minimum amount of Personal Information about you that we consider necessary for achieving the aforementioned purposes. Your email address is not displayed publicly on the Site but it will be displayed to Organizers (as defined in the Terms).

If you register to the Site using ‘Facebook Connect’, ’Twitter’, ‘Yahoo’, ’Linked In’ or ‘Google+’ the following information, if it has been made publicly available by you, will be stored on our servers as your Login Information – Facebook or Google ID, first and last name, email address, country, locale, gender and date of birth. Additionally your Facebook, Twiter,Linked In, Yahoo or Google Profile Picture becomes part of your Login Information but is not stored by us. Your Facebook or Google ID will be your username for the Site.

Your Login Information is held within your account called My Profile. This is (i) created when you register on the Site, (ii) added to at will by you the user, and (iii) includes your Design Quotient. Your “Design Quotient” (or “DQ”) is a profile of you that we derive based on your Contributions, other users’ feedback on your Contributions, and your Applause of other Entrant’s Contributions for Challenges. Your DQ is published on the Site, accessible on each page of the Site, and visible to other users unless you choose to make it private (an option available in My Profile).

It is each user’s decision as to whether they add additional Personal Information to their My Profile section or upload a photograph/image of themselves and opt to make these visible to other users as part of My Profile. The image/photo/picture, first and last name, gender and date of birth from Facebook Connect or Google+ (if used) can be made private by deletion at each User’s discretion. Your Facebook or Google ID is not visible in My Profile but can appear in your My Profile URL.

In general, you can browse the Site without telling us who you are or revealing any Personal Information about yourself. Once you register, create My Profile, or submit a Contribution for a Challenge you are not anonymous to us. As only Entrants can submit a Contribution on the Site, if you choose to submit a Contribution prior to registering to the Site, we will require you to first (i) register with your Login Information thus creating My Profile and then (ii) become an Entrant by agreeing to the Challenge Rules. All Contributions will be viewable by other Users of the Site. You always have the option to not provide information by choosing not to register or submit a Contribution or Applause.

If you register and create My Profile, choose to submit Contributions or Applause, or post messages on the Site, we will collect and store that information you provide to us. We retain this information for the purposes of the Site and as necessary to resolve disputes and troubleshoot problems as permitted or required by law.

If you send us personal correspondence, such as emails or letters, or if other Users or third parties send us correspondence about your activities or postings on the Site, we may collect such information into a file specific to you.

3. Our Use of Your Information

We use your Login Information in the file we maintain about you, and other information we obtain from your current and past activities on the Site to:

  • Contact you about any Contributions
  • Contact you with Notifications
  • Troubleshoot problems and resolve disputes
  • Detect and protect us against error, fraud and other criminal activity
  • Enforce the Terms, and as otherwise described to you at the time of collection

We may use your Login Information to contact you with information about new features and updates about the Site and Mawazo Challenge, and other information that you have expressed may be of interest to you (i.e. Mawazo Challenge or affiliate newsletters, additional information regarding Mawazo Challenge-affiliated entities or websites, etc.).

We may share aggregated information that does not include Login Information and we may otherwise disclose information that does not identify you (“Non-Identifying Information”) and information about your activities on the Site (“Log Data”) with third-parties for industry analysis, demographic profiling, academic research, and other purposes. Any aggregated information shared in these contexts will not contain your Personal Information.

You agree that we may use your Login Information to contact you. By accepting the TOU , you expressly agree that we may contact you as provided herein.

4. Our Disclosure of Your Information

MAWAZO CHALLENGE may disclose information it has collected from you and/or Contributions you have made available on the Site when it believes in good faith that the law or legal process requires it, or when it is necessary to do so to protect the rights or property of MAWAZO CHALLENGE or Challenge Hosts or others. As a matter of policy, we do not sell or rent any of your Personal Information to third parties without your explicit consent. The following describes some of the ways that your Personal Information may be disclosed in the normal scope of our business and you authorize us to do this for the purposes of the use, operation any investigations of the information on the Site.

Challenge Host: A Challenge Host (other than MAWAZO CHALLENGE) cannot store or disclose your Personal Information; this can only be done by MAWAZO CHALLENGE in compliance with this Privacy Policy. MAWAZO CHALLENGE may share information that you have entered in My Profile with a Challenge Host to analyze Entrants’ Contributions, comments and Applause for the Challenge Host’s own Challenge(s).

Service Providers for Our Operations: We may use third parties, such as Mailchimp, that we refer to as service providers to facilitate or outsource one or more aspects of our business, including as part of our registration process or to facilitate our mailing lists. Therefore we may provide some of your Personal Information directly to these service providers, or this information may come available to them in the course of our business with them. We recommend you review the privacy policies of these service providers.

Other Corporate Entities: We may share our data, including Personal Information about you, with our affiliates, subsidiaries. To the extent these entities have access to your information, they will treat it at least as protectively as they treat information they obtain from their users. To the extent allowed by applicable law, these entities follow privacy practices that are no less protective of users than the practices described in this Privacy Policy. MAWAZO CHALLENGE may share some or all of your Personal Information, Non-Identifying Data and Log Data with another business entity should we plan to reorganize, spin out, merge with, acquire, or be acquired by that business entity. Should such an event occur, we will require that the new or combined entity follow this Privacy Policy with respect to your Personal Information. If your Personal Information will be used contrary to this Privacy Policy, you will receive prior notice as previously described.

Legal Requests: MAWAZO CHALLENGE cooperates with law enforcement inquiries, as well as other third parties to enforce laws and intellectual property rights. Therefore, in response to a verified request by law enforcement or other government officials relating to a criminal investigation or alleged illegal activity, we can disclose Login Information including name and email address, and without limiting the above, in an effort to respect your privacy, we will not otherwise disclose your Personal Information to law enforcement or other government officials without a subpoena, court order or substantially similar legal procedure, except when we believe in good faith that the disclosure of information is necessary to prevent imminent physical harm or financial loss; or to report suspected illegal activity.

Due to the existing regulatory environment, we cannot ensure that all of your private communications and other Personal Information will never be disclosed in ways not otherwise described in this Privacy Policy. By way of example and without limiting the foregoing, we may be forced to disclose your Personal Information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances or third parties may unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications. Therefore, although we use industry standard practices to protect your privacy, we do not promise, and you should not expect, that your Personal Information or private communications will always remain private.

5. Accessing, Reviewing and Changing Your Personal Information

You agree to maintain and promptly update and keep accurate, current and complete any information provided to MAWAZO CHALLENGE as part of My Profile. You can change your username, email address, password, contact and other information by going to My Profile. Your previous Contributions, your Applause and your Design Quotient will be associated with the updated information.

You are given the option to make most parts of your personal profile available to other users. If you do so, be aware that other users can object to any content on My Profile if they believe it is damaging or offensive. Your recent Contributions and current and past Challenges are shown on your My Profile page. You have the option to make your Design Quotient private to other users.

If you would like us to delete your account record in our system, please contact us at with a request that we delete the Login Information you are required to provide to establish an account from our database. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to honor your request. We may retain an archived copy of your records as required by law or for legitimate business purposes. Also, if you have included Login Information in online forum postings or in information or communications shared with other users, you may not be able to update, correct or delete this information from the Site.

6. Other Information Collectors

Except as expressly stated in the Privacy Policy, this Privacy Policy only addresses the use and disclosure of information we collect from you via the Site. To the extent that you disclose your information to other parties on our Site or other sites throughout the internet, different rules may apply to their use or the disclosure of information you disclose to them. Since MAWAZO CHALLENGE does not control the privacy policies of third parties, you are subject to the privacy policies of that third party. We encourage you to ask questions before you disclose your Personal Information to others.

7. Security

Your information is stored on our service provider’s servers in the USA. For more information regarding these services, including the security of the servers, please see Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud service (Amazon EC2 - in conjunction with Amazon S3 storage ( and Amazon CloudFront services ( These service providers have agreed to maintain the confidentiality, security and integrity of Personal Information collected through the Site.

We use reasonable physical, procedural, technical and administrative security measures to protect your Personal Information against loss or theft as well as unauthorized access and disclosure to protect your privacy. However, no method of transmission over the internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. Your information is also stored on our service provider’s servers, and we encourage you to review their terms of service agreements and privacy policies before providing information to them. In the event there is a data breach involving unencrypted Personal Information, we will notify you via email and/or by posting a notice on the affected website.

8. Cookies Policy

Mawazo Challenge is committed to protecting you and any data (anonymous or otherwise) that we collect about you online. This section explains how we use cookies, why, and how this allows us to improve our service. It also provides you with information on how to manage what cookies are stored on your device.

We use data collection devices such as “cookies” on certain pages of the Site. “Cookies” are small files placed on your hard drive. We use Cookies to allow you to enter your Login Information less frequently. You are always free to decline our Cookies if your browser permits, although in that case you may not be able to use certain features on the Site and you may be required to re-enter your password or Login Information more frequently. Examples of Cookies that we use:

  • __umta, __umtb, __umtc, __umtz: These Cookies are used by Google Analytics to provide usage reports for the Site. There is no personal data stored in these cookies, however they provide us invaluable statistics which we use when improving the site. More information can be found here:
  • Google Tag Manager is used to enable and configure Google Analytics.
  • laravel_session: This cookie is used to ensure smooth user session handling by allocating a unique, one-time identifier per user sessions.
  • XSRF-TOKEN: This cookie is used to prevent cross-site scripting attacks.

Additionally, you may encounter Cookies or other similar devices used for improving the user experience or providing added functionality on certain pages of the Site that are placed by third parties. For example, if you view content or vMawazo Challenge submitted by another User, there may be a Cookie placed within that web page. We do not control the use of Cookies by third parties, nor do we have an obligation to do so.

We use User activity, including Users’ My Profile, on the Site to do internal research with the potential to improve the Site and future Challenges. We may also track the URL that you came to the Site from (whether this URL is on the Site or not), which URL you next go to (whether this URL is on the Site or not), your computer browser information, and your IP address. We do all of these things to better understand, protect and serve you and the Site and to be able to investigate any allegations against you or us.

By using our Site (through any device) you agree that this Cookies Policy applies to that use in addition to any other terms and conditions which may apply. By using our Site you agree that we can place these types of Cookies on your device. Again, you can block these Cookies using your browser settings.

If you wish to restrict or block the Cookies which are set by any website, including this Site, you should do this through each individual browser setting and on each device you use to access the internet. You can allow Cookies from specific websites by making them “trusted websites” in your internet browser. For more information on how to do this, and how to change your browser settings, you may wish to visit

We reserve the right to make changes to our Cookies Policy. Your continued use of the Site will constitute and confirm your agreement to and acceptance of such changes or modifications.