Privacy Policy

This Privacy Notice pertains to user interactions with the CHOGM 2013 YOUTH FORUM website, which is managed by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development  (referred to hereafter as the Ministry), Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Ministry and the Government of Sri Lanka is committed to protecting the privacy of users, and these guidelines outline the collection methods, secure storage and ethical use of personal information.

It may be occasionally necessary for us to gather and store user information such as Internet protocol (IP) addresses, the manner in which users navigate through the Site, the software used and the time spent, along with other similar information in order to enhance the user experience of the Site. This information will only be used for the purposes of web site traffic analysis.

Information Stored

When visiting any site, the following information, among others, is supplied by your web browser (e.g. Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.):

  1. • Server address
  2. • Operating system (e.g. Windows, MAC, etc.)
  3. • Date and time of the visit
  4. • Pages accessed
  5. • Documents downloaded
  6. • Type of browser

This information is used for statistical purposes only with the objective of enhancing user experience with the Site. There will be no attempts to indentify users or their personal browsing activities except in the case of a legal investigation by a law enforcement agency. Please see “Data Release Policy” for more information.


Cookies are bits of data that are generated by a website and saved on your web browser. Cookies store information about your preferences on a particular website, thereby making the site easier to use. You might want to consider clearing these cookies and the browser cache if you prefer not revealing any identifying information, especially if you are using a public or shared computer. You can remove or block cookies by changing the settings of your browser.

Personal Information

If you email personal information, a record will be kept of your email address and any other information contained in your email. This information will be used only for the purpose for which you sent the email. Your email address will not be added to any mailing list without your specific instructions to do so. Your email address and the other information you send will not be used for any other purpose than the specific reason for which you initiated the email, and your information will not be disclosed to any third parties without your consent (for exceptions, see “Data Release Policy”).

Data Release Policy

The data collected through this website could be released to a third party in the following cases:

  1. • When such information is required by law, such as in response to a valid request from a law enforcement body.
  2. • When the user grants permission.
  3. • To resolve or investigate abuse complaints.
  4. • To investigate technical issues, when the information is related to spiders or bots.
  5. • For the purposes of blocking abusive users or to file a complaint to the relevant Internet Service Provider.
  6. • If required to defend legal claims against CHOGM 2013 organizers by third parties.
  7. • If it is deemed necessary to protect the property or rights of the user community or this Site.


The Ministry and the Government of Sri Lanka are able to ensure that the information you provide through this Site will be maintained securely. However, please note that this Site does not provide facilities for the secure transmission of information over the Internet. Given the intrinsic risks involved in information transmission over the Internet, should you have concerns in submitting personal information in this manner, you may want to consider using the following postal addresses:

Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development  (For Website-Specific Matters)

Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development
“Nipunatha Piyasa”,
No.354/2, Elvitigala Mawatha,
Colombo 05.

CHOGM 2013 Taskforce Secretariat (For CHOGM Summit-Specific Matters)
Taskforce Secretariat for CHOGM 2013
Block 4, BMICH
Bauddhaloka Mawatha
Colombo 7
Sri Lanka