Your privacy is important to us. Here's a description of how we collect and use your information.
Collection and Use of Personal Information
Personal information is data that can be used to uniquely identify or contact a single person.
Here are some examples of the types of personal information we may collect and how we may use it.
The personal information we collect:
- Your name
- Your email address
- A default location for maps
How we use your personal information:
WildflowerSightings.org is a social site. Other than your email address and account password, all the information and photos you submit will be shared with other visitors to the site. This is a family friendly informational site, therefore we reserve the right to discard or edit any posting to the site or file submitted to the site we feel is incorrect or objectionable. The personal information we collect allows us to keep you posted on site announcements, feature updates, and upcoming events. It also helps us to improve our services, content, and advertising. If you don’t want to be on our mailing list, you can opt out anytime by selecting the 'unsubscribe' link on any communication. We also use personal information to help us develop, deliver, and improve our products, services, content, and advertising. From time to time, we may use your personal information to send important notices and changes to our terms, conditions, and policies. Because this information is important to your interaction with us, you may not opt out of receiving these communications.
Collection and Use of Non-Personal Information
We also collect non-personal information − data in a form that does not permit direct association with any specific individual. We may collect, use, transfer, and disclose non-personal information for any purpose. We may collect information such as occupation, language, zip code, area code, unique device identifier, location, and the time zone so that we can better understand user behavior and improve our services, content, and advertising.
Cookies and Other Technologies
As is true of most websites, we gather some information automatically and store it in log files. This information includes Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, browser type and language, Internet service provider (ISP), referring and exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and clickstream data. We use this information to understand and analyze trends, to administer the site, to learn about user behavior on the site, and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. We may use this information in our marketing and advertising services.
It may be necessary − by law, legal process, litigation, and/or requests from public and governmental authorities within or outside your country of residence − for us to disclose your personal information. We may also disclose information about you if we determine that for purposes of national security, law enforcement, or other issues of public importance, disclosure is necessary or appropriate.
We may also disclose information about you if we determine that disclosure is reasonably necessary to enforce our terms and conditions or protect our operations or users. Additionally, in the event of a reorganization, merger, or sale we may transfer any and all personal information we collect to the relevant third party.
Protection of Personal Information
We take precautions — including administrative, technical, and physical measures — to safeguard your personal information against loss, theft, and misuse, as well as against unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction.
Our online services use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption on all web pages where personal information is collected. To benefit from these services, you must use an SSL-enabled browser such as Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer. Doing so protects the confidentiality of your personal information while it’s transmitted over the Internet.
When you use our site, your account information (excepting email address) and information submitted for sighthings, galleries, unidentified plants, unidentified plant identifications, etc ... is visible to other users and can be read, collected, or used by them.
Integrity and Retention of Personal Information