privacy policy


The Acanthamoeba Keratitis (AK) Eye Foundation helps create global awareness and contributes to educate contact lenses users as well as the medical communities about Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK), a rare eye disease that contact lens users are at higher risks of obtaining, mainly due to the association with contact lenses and water. The foundation also contributes to promoting awareness Worldwide of the issue of contact lens don’t mix with water. The Acanthamoeba Keratitis (AK) Eye Foundation is an independent foundation, which means that we receive no government subsidies. To reach our goals, we therefore depend on the efforts and financial support of our staff, donors, contacts and volunteers.

We consider personal data privacy to be extremely important and it is therefore meticulously processed and protected. We follow the law and regulations regarding citizens` data privacy, such as the Algemene Verordening Gegevens Bescherming (General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR). We will provide you with more information in this privacy statement. This statement concerns the processing of personal information given by donors, one-time contributors, volunteers, participants and contacts, as well as data acquired from visitors and users of the Acanthamoeba Keratitis (AK) Eye Foundation’s websites.

What happens to my data?

When you become a donor, contribute, include us in a will or participate in one of our activities such as a sponsored run, we may request information from you through the various forms on our website. We also do this when you request information, inform after our activities, ask a question, react to our website or social media or contact us in another way.

The Acanthamoeba Keratitis (AK) Eye Foundation may ask for contact details such as (company) name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, date of birth, banking information; information regarding transactions, donations, purchases or participation, or relevant information when you contact us or contribute financially to our causes as a donor, a one-time contributor or a participant in one of our activities.

In addition to the personal data you provide Acanthamoeba Keratitis (AK) Eye Foundation with, we may collect, save and process data regarding your use of our website(s). This concerns data about your device, such as a unique ID, the type of operating system and settings of the device you used to visit the website, as well as how you used our website; what time you visited and which pages were viewed. We also monitor how well our website is read by keeping count of the ‘opens’ and ‘clicks’.

Occasionally personal information is validated or combined with information from external sources. We keep our database up-to-date in this manner.

Your rights

The Acanthamoeba Keratitis (AK) Foundation uses your information to provide you with the best possible services and/or to inform you of our activities by letter, e-mail or by phone. You can view your data that we have processed at any time and without charge and, if you so desire, make adjustments. If you wish, we can send you your contact, address and banking information in machine-readable format, should you want to pass it on to another organization, for example. You can object to receiving targeted marketing information that we may send to you via e-mail, telephone, mail and/or SMS. Should you choose to make use of one of the above options please e-mail us at

You may also request that we delete your data from our database. However, we cannot always comply with this request. If you are or have been a donor, the tax authorities stipulate that we save the contract for seven years. Also, even if you do ask us to stop sending marketing mailings, we need to keep your name in our files so that we can exclude you from our marketing campaigns. If we cannot comply with your request, we will inform you of the reason.

How does the Acanthamoeba Keratitis (AK) Eye Foundation protect your data?

The Acanthamoeba Keratitis (AK) Eye Foundation has taken physical, technical and organizational measures to protect your data. We use a secure server hosted in the Netherlands that is only accessible to persons known to us.


The Acanthamoeba Keratitis Eye Foundation makes limited use of cookies:

Functional cookies

We use Google Analytics to collect information on, for example, the date and time someone visits our websites, and which pages they visit. We use the data to improve our websites, to compile `traffic` statistics (such as which time of day or which days of the week the website attracts the largest number of visitors) and to measure the popularity of various sections of the website. The Acanthamoeba Keratitis (AK) Eye Foundation uses this information solely in aggregated form and cannot trace it back to a computer or individual. Google Analytics is privacy friendly, and we do not share data with third parties and we anonymize IP addresses.

Changes to the privacy statement

The Acanthamoeba Keratitis (AK) Eye Foundation reserves the right to make changes to this privacy statement.

Questions and comments

For questions about this privacy statement, you can contact us at:

Mail address:

Acanthamoeba Keratitis (AK) Eye Foundation
Bertus Aafjeshof 180
1628 VV Hoorn
The Netherlands


Updated: 28.02.2023