Privacy Policy

Last updated: April 21, 2024

This Privacy Policy describes Our policies and procedures regarding the collection, use and disclosure of Your information when You use the Service and informs You of Your privacy rights and how the law protects You.

We use Your Personal Data to provide and improve the Service. By using the Service, You agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Interpretation and Definitions


Words whose initial letter is capitalized have defined meanings under the following conditions. The following definitions have the same meaning, regardless of whether they appear in the singular or plural.


For the purposes of this Privacy Policy:

Account means a single account created for You to access Our Service or parts of Our Service.
Affiliate means an entity that controls, is controlled by or is under common control with a party, where "control" means ownership of 50% or more of the shares, interests or other securities entitled to vote for the election of directors or other management authority.
Association (referred to as "the Association", "We", "Us" or "Our" in this Agreement) refers to Associação Novas Descobertas, CP 322-N, Odiáxere, Lagos, 8600-350, Portugal. Our Associação works in partnership with the nonprofit Fundação Abraço Fraterno, whose main activity is the Mud Valley Institute, and operates on land owned and operated by Vale da Lama - Serviços de Gestão de Hotelaria e Turística.
Cookies are small files that are placed on Your computer, mobile device or any other device by a website, containing the details of Your browsing history on that website, among its many uses.
Country refers: Portugal
Device means any device that can access the Service, such as a computer, cell phone or digital tablet.
Personal Data is any information relating to an identified or identifiable individual.
Service refers to the Website.
Service Provider means any natural or legal person who processes the data on behalf of the Association. It refers to third party companies or individuals employed by the Association to facilitate the Service, to provide the Service on behalf of the Association, to perform services related to the Service or to help the Association analyze how the Service is used.
Usage Data refer to data collected automatically, either generated by the use of the Service or by the Service infrastructure itself (for example, the duration of a page visit).
Website refers to and/or, accessible from and/or
You means the individual accessing or using the Service, or the Association, or other legal entity on whose behalf that individual is accessing or using the Service, as applicable. Under the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), the User may be referred to as the Data Subject or as the User, since it is the person using the Service.

Collection and Use of Your Personal Data

Types of data collected

Personal Data

When using Our Service, We may ask You to provide Us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify You. Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to:

● Email address
● First name and last name
● Phone number
● Address, State, Province, Postal Code, City
● Survey and research data
● Registration data
● Usage data

How We Collect Data

We provide most of the data we collect directly to Our Association. We collect and process data when you:

● Register online or in person or place an order for any of Our products, programs or services.
● Voluntarily completing a survey or providing any comments on Our message boards or by email.
● Use or view Our Website through your browser's Cookies.

How We Collect Data

We provide most of the data We collect directly to Our company. We collect and process data when You:

● Register online or in person or place an order for any of Our products, programs or services.
● Voluntarily completing a survey or providing any comments on Our message boards or by email.
● Use or view Our Website through your browser's Cookies.

Usage Data

Usage Data is collected automatically when using the Service.
Usage Data may include information such as your Device's Internet Protocol address (e.g. IP address), browser type, browser version, the pages of Our Service that You visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.

When You access the Service through a mobile device, We may collect certain information automatically, including, but not limited to, the type of mobile device You use, the unique ID of your mobile device, the IP address of your mobile device, the operating system of your mobile device, the type of mobile Internet browser You use, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.

We may also collect information that your browser sends whenever You visit Our Service or when You access the Service by or through a mobile device.

Tracking Technologies and Cookies

We use Cookies and similar tracking technologies to track activity on Our Service and store certain information. The tracking technologies used are beacons, tags and scripts to collect and track information and to improve and analyze Our Service. The technologies We use may include:

Cookies or browser cookies. A Cookie is a small file placed on your Device. You can instruct your browser to refuse all Cookies or to indicate when a Cookie is being sent. However, if You do not accept Cookies, You may not be able to use some parts of Our Service. Unless You have adjusted your browser settings to refuse Cookies, Our Service may use Cookies.
Web Beacons. Certain sections of Our Service and Our emails may contain small electronic files known as web beacons (also referred to as clear gifs, pixel tags and single-pixel gifs) that allow the Association, for example, to count the users who have visited those pages or opened an email and for other site-related statistics (for example, recording the popularity of a particular section and verifying system and server integrity).

Cookies can be "persistent" or "session" cookies. Persistent cookies remain on your personal computer or mobile device when You go offline, while session cookies are deleted as soon as You close your browser.
For more information about the Cookies We use and your Cookie choices, please see the Cookie Policy section of Our Privacy Policy below.

Use of your Personal Data

The Association may use Personal Data for the following purposes:

To provide and maintain Our Service, including to monitor the use of Our Service.
To manage your account: to manage your registration as a User of the Service. The Personal Data You provide may give You access to different features of the Service that are available to You as a registered User.
For the execution of a contract: the development, fulfillment and performance of the contract for the purchase of the products, articles or services You have purchased or any other contract entered into with Us through the Service.
To contact You: Contact You by email, telephone calls, SMS, or other equivalent forms of electronic communication, such as push notifications from a mobile application on updates or informative communications related to the features, products or services contracted, including security updates, when necessary or reasonable for their implementation.
To provide You:News, special offers and general information about other goods, services and events We offer that are similar to those You have already purchased or requested, unless You have opted not to receive such information.
To manage Your requests: To respond to and manage requests made by You.
For other purposes: We may use your information for other purposes, such as analyzing data, identifying usage trends, determining the effectiveness of Our promotional campaigns and to evaluate and improve Our Service, products, services, marketing and your experience.
We may share your personal information in the following situations:
With service providers: We may share your personal information with Service Providers to monitor and analyze the use of Our Service, to contact You.
With Affiliates: We may share your information with Our affiliates, in which case We will require those affiliates to comply with this Privacy Policy. Affiliates include Our parent association and any other subsidiaries, joint venture partners or other companies that We control or that are under common control with Us.
With partners: We may share your information with Our partners to offer You certain products, services or promotions.
With other users: when You share personal information or otherwise interacts in the public areas with other users, such information may be seen by all users and may be publicly distributed externally.
With Your consent: We may disclose your personal information for any other purpose with your consent.

Retention of your Personal Data

The Association will retain your Personal Data only for as long as is necessary for the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy. We will retain and use your Personal Data to the extent necessary to comply with Our legal obligations (for example, if We are required to retain your data to comply with applicable law), resolve disputes and enforce Our legal agreements and policies.

The Association will also retain Usage Data for internal analysis purposes. Usage Data is generally retained for a shorter period of time, except when this data is used to strengthen security or to improve the functionality of Our Service, or when We are legally obliged to retain this data for longer periods of time.

Transfer of your Personal Data

Your information, including Personal Data, is processed at the Association's operational offices and any other locations where the parties involved in the processing are located. This means that this information may be transferred to - and held on - computers located outside your district, state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where data protection laws may differ from those in your jurisdiction.

Your consent to this Privacy Policy, followed by the sending of such information, represents their agreement to such transfer.
The Association will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy and no transfer of your Personal Data will take place to an organization or a country unless there are adequate controls in place including the security of your data and other personal information.

Options for your Personal Data

We encourage You to update your Personal Data immediately if it changes. You can correct, update, change, remove or request the removal of your Personal Data by making the change on the settings page of your User Account, if applicable, or by contacting Us as described below.

In addition, You can exercise any of the following actions at any time:

● You may opt out of receiving marketing communications by using the unsubscribe link in each email message.
● You may object to or restrict Our processing of the Personal Data We collect from you, in which case We will stop such processing unless We can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds overriding your interests or the processing is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims.
● You may request information about, access to and a copy of the Personal Data We have collected from You. However, You should be aware that, in cases where We are legally authorized to do so, We may refuse your request. If We refuse your request, We will always inform you of the reasons for doing so.
● You may request the rectification of any inaccurate or incomplete Personal Data that We have collected from You.
You may raise questions or complaints about Our Privacy Practices and data security in relation to your Personal Data using the contact information below. You also have the right to lodge a complaint with your local supervisory authority. The privacy regulators in the UK and EU Member States are listed (together with contact details) on the following website:
● You may request the deletion of the Personal Data We have collected about You. We will only have the right to refuse to comply with your request for deletion in limited circumstances and We will always inform You of the reason why.
● You may request that We transfer the Personal Data We collect from You to another service provider.
● If we have obtained your consent to process the Personal Data We collect from You for certain activities, You may withdraw that consent at any time.

Please note, however, that We may have to retain certain information where We have a legal obligation or basis to do so.

Disclosure of your Personal Data

Law enforcement

Under circumstances, the Association may be obliged to disclose your Personal Data if required to do so by law or in response to valid requests from public authorities (e.g. a court or a government agency).

Other legal requirements

The Association may disclose your Personal Data in the good faith belief that such action is necessary for:

● Fulfilling a legal obligation
● Protect and defend the rights or property of the Association
● Prevent or investigate possible infringements related to the Service
● Protect the personal safety of Users of the Service or the public
● Protecting against legal liability

Security of your Personal Data

The security of Your Personal Data is important to Us, but please remember that no method of transmission over the Internet or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. Although We strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect Your Personal Data, We cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Children's Privacy

Our Service is not intended for children under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13. If You are a parent or guardian and You are aware that your child has provided Us with Personal Data, please contact Us. If We become aware that We have collected Personal Data from children under 13 without verification of parental consent, We will take steps to remove that information from Our servers.

If We must rely on consent as the legal basis for processing information about a child and their country requires the consent of a parent or guardian, We may require the consent of the parent or guardian before We collect and use that information. We limit the collection of information about children to only what is reasonably necessary to participate in the activity for which they are registering.

Links to Other Websites

Our Service may contain links to other websites that are not operated by Us. If You click on a third party link, You will be directed to that third party's website. We strongly advise You to review the Privacy Policy of every website You visit.

We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party websites or services.

Cookie Policy

About this Cookie Policy

This Cookie Policy explains what Cookies are and how We use them, the types of Cookies We use, i.e. the information We collect using Cookies and how that information is used, and how to control Cookie preferences.
You may at any time change or withdraw your consent from the Cookie Statement on Our Website.

Your consent applies to the following areas: and

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are used to store small pieces of information. They are stored on your Device when the Website is loaded in your browser. These Cookies help us to make the Website work properly, to make it more secure, to provide a better User experience and to understand the performance of the Website, as well as to analyze what works and where improvements are needed. This page describes the information We collect, how We use it and why We sometimes need to store these Cookies. We also share how You can prevent these Cookies from being stored, although this may degrade or "break" certain elements of the Website's functionality.

How We use cookies

As with most online services, Our Website uses its own and third-party Cookies for various purposes. First-party Cookies are essentially necessary for the Website to function properly and do not collect any personally identifiable data from the User.

The third-party Cookies used on Our Website are primarily intended to understand the performance of the Website, how You interact with Our Website, to keep Our Services secure, to provide advertisements that are relevant to You and, in short, to provide You with a better and more enhanced User experience and to help speed up your future interactions with Our Website.

In addition, We may use Cookies for a number of reasons detailed below. Unfortunately, in most cases, there are no standard options for disabling Cookies without completely disabling the functionality and features they add to this site. It is recommended that You leave all Cookies enabled if You are not sure whether You need them or not, in case they are used to provide a service that You use.

The Cookies We set

We use Session and Persistent Cookies for the purposes set out below:

● Necessary / Essential Cookies
Type: Session Cookies
Managed by: Us
Purpose: These Cookies are essential to provide You with the services available through the Website and to enable You to use some of its features. They help authenticate Users and prevent fraudulent use of User accounts. Without these Cookies, the services You have requested cannot be provided, and We only use these Cookies to provide those services to You.
● Cookie Policy / Cookie Acceptance Notice
Type: Persistent Cookies
Managed by: Us
Purpose: These Cookies identify whether users have accepted the use of Cookies on the Website.
● Functionality Cookies
Type: Persistent Cookies
Managed by: Us
Purpose: These Cookies allow Us to remember the choices You make when using the Website, such as remembering your login details or language preference. The purpose of these Cookies is to provide You with a more personal experience and prevent You from having to re-enter your preferences every time You use the Website.

Third-party Cookies

When You use the Services, We, together with Our third party Service Providers, may use Usage Information to better understand how the Services are used and to improve their use.

● We use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google uses Cookies to help Us analyze how visitors use Our Services. The information generated by Cookies about your use of Our Services is generally transmitted to and stored on a Google server in the United States. Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the Services, compiling reports on Website activity and providing Us with other analytical services relating to Our Services. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

○ You can manage and opt out of Google Cookies by visiting the Google Ads settings and selecting the appropriate settings in your browser. Please note that if You do so, you may not be able to use all the features of Our Services. Alternatively, You can prevent Google from collecting and using your data by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at: and/or choose to visit or For more information on Google's terms of use and data protection/privacy, see, and

● From time to time, We test new features and make subtle changes to the way the Website is presented. When We are still testing new features, these Cookies may be used to ensure that You receive a consistent experience while on the Website, while ensuring that We understand which optimizations Our users appreciate the most.
● We also use social media buttons and/or plug-ins on this Website that allow You to connect to your social network in various ways. For these to work, the following social networking sites, including: {Facebook, Instagram and YouTube}, will set Cookies through Our Website, which may be used to enhance your profile on their site or contribute to the data they hold for various purposes described in their respective privacy policies.

Disabling Cookies

You can prevent the setting of Cookies by adjusting your browser settings (see your browser's Help for how to do this). Please note that disabling Cookies will affect the functionality of this and many other websites you visit. Disabling Cookies will usually result in certain functionalities and features of this Website being disabled. It is therefore recommended that You do not disable Cookies.

More information

We hope this has clarified things for You and, as mentioned earlier, if there is something You are not sure whether You need or not, it is usually safer to leave Cookies enabled in case they interact with one of the features You use on Our Website.

You can find out more about Cookies at

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We may update Our Privacy Policy from time to time to comply with the law. We will notify You of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on this page.
We will inform You by email and/or a conspicuous notice on Our Service before the change takes effect and will update the "Last updated" date at the top of this Privacy Policy.

Users are advised to periodically review this Privacy Policy to check for any changes. Changes to this Privacy Policy come into effect when they are published on this page.

This Privacy Policy was created with the help of the Privacy Policy Generator.


If You have any questions about this Privacy Policy, You can contact Us:
● By email: