14ymedio, Havana, 20 October 2018 — A year ago this newspaper launched a membership program to consolidate the independent economic model that we have bet on from the beginning. As you know, 14ymedio does not accept money from any government and intends to serve only its readers.
Throughout this year we have received concerns from some people who want to collaborate with us but feared that their personal data would end up in inappropriate hands, with the consequences that this implies in Cuba.
In order to reassure our readers we would like to explain how we manage our databases.
The majority of our editorial office members are in Cuba, along with various collaborators in Miami and Madrid who are responsible for the publication of the texts and the refresh of the cover throughout the day. They can do this because they have good internet connections.
Everything related to the names and personal data of those who participate in our membership program is handled from Miami and Madrid, without going through Cuba at any moment. The subscribers’ information is not kept nor stored in the national territory or on Cuban servers. On the other hand, the funds received are used to pay the salaries of the staff in Havana and the correspondents in the provinces, as well as for communications, transportation and other expenses within the Island.
Our MailChimp service is always handled with the utmost caution from computers connected far from the controls of the Telecommunications Company of Cuba (Etecsa).
We have suffered firsthand from the surveillance of State Security and, for this reason, we take very seriously the protection of personal data of each and every person.
Translated by Wilfredo Díaz Echevarria
The 14ymedio team is committed to serious journalism that reflects the reality of deep Cuba. Thank you for joining us on this long road. We invite you to continue supporting us, but this time by becoming a member of 14ymedio. Together we can continue to transform journalism in Cuba.