YardMap is designed to gather and disseminate information about land use practices.
References to “us,” “we,” and “our” mean the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
No information from children under age 18. If you are under age 18, please do not attempt to register for YardMap or provide any personal information about yourself to us. If we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 18, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from a child under age 18, please contact us with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Content. One of the primary reasons people use YardMap is to share content with others, including researchers at Cornell (and our affiliate researchers). Examples include when you update your status, share a photo, share a link, create a group, make a comment, fill-in characteristics, or draw a YardMap.
1. Information we collect when you interact with YardMap:
Site activity information. We keep track of some of the actions you take on YardMap, such as adding connections (including joining a group or following someone), adding a photo to an object, indicating you “like” a post, or creating (and editing) a YardMap. In some cases you are also taking an action when you provide information or content to us. For example, if you comment on another person’s mapped tree, in addition to storing the actual content you generated, we might log the fact that you commented.
Access Device and Browser Information. When you access YardMap from a computer, mobile phone, or other device, we may collect information from that device about your browser type, location, and IP address, as well as the pages you visit.
Information from other users. We may collect information about you from other YardMap users, such as when someone indicates a relationship with you.
3. Sharing information on YardMap.
This section explains how your privacy settings work, and how your information is shared on YardMap. You should always consider your privacy settings before sharing information on YardMap.
Usernames and Profile Pictures. If you give your real name during sign-up it will be publicly displayed on the site. By registering, you allow us to associate your information with a unique identifier (username), so that you can track your personal observations (e.g., backyard habitat, plans for habitat improvement) and share them with others without revealing your identity. If you are concerned about sharing your real name we encourage you to choose a username that does not match your real name. If you choose to upload a profile picture that profile picture will be visible to everyone in YardMap. If you are uncomfortable having a picture displayed do not upload one.
Profile Information. Profile Information allows us to gain a better understanding of YardMap participants and to determine how best to improve the day-to-day website experience for YardMap users.
Your profile information settings control who can contact you on YardMap, and who can see the information you share by creating maps or sharing photos. Remember that none of this information is required except for your email address, and you do not have to share your email address with anyone.
Posts by Users. When you post a note or comment using either the info-widow, or the community/ neighborhood page, that information becomes visible to all YardMap participants. If you do not wish your posts to be visible to other YardMap users you should not use the note-keeping or comment-leaving functionality.
YardMaps. Habitat observations are the most important pieces of information that we collect. All details of an observation and its associated location are available to website visitors when marked “public.” However, only information pertaining to habitat observations is available; no personal contact information is ever made public. Never use a real address or full name to identify a Site, Object, or Yourself. In the beta version of YardMap there is no capability to hide maps.
Birth Date. In addition to name and email address, we require you to provide your birth date during the registration process. We ask for your date of birth to verify that you are 18 or older, and so that we can better limit minor access to content that are not age appropriate. Because your date of birth is required, you cannot delete them. This information will be automatically hidden from other users.
Zip code. In addition to name, email address, and birth date, we request your zip code from you. The sole purpose of this piece of information is to provide custom “My Resources” which deliver localized information to our Explore page, such as you eco-region, gardening zone, and local cooperative extension office.
- Some of the content you share and the actions you take will show up on your friends’ home pages and other pages they visit.
- Even after you remove information from your profile or from the map, or delete your account, copies of that information may remain viewable elsewhere to the extent it has been shared with others and/ or stored in the Cornell database as scientific data.
- You understand that information might be reshared or copied by other users.
- When you post information on another user’s profile or comment on another user’s post, that information becomes visible to other users.
- If you use an external source to publish information from YardMap (such as pushing content to Facebook), you should check the privacy setting for that post, as it is set by that external source.
3. How We Use Your Information
We use the information we collect to conduct research on bird-habitat relationships, and to try to provide a safe, efficient, and customized experience. Specifically, we use collected information:
To manage the application. We use the information we collect to provide our services and features to you, to measure and improve those services and features, and to provide you with customer support. We use the information to prevent potentially illegal activities, and to enforce our Statement of Conduct. We also use a variety of technological systems to detect and address anomalous activity and screen content to prevent abuse such as spam. These efforts may on occasion result in a temporary or permanent suspension or termination of some functions for some users.
To contact you. We may contact you with service-related announcements from time to time. You may opt out of all communications except essential updates on your account notifications page. We may include content you see on YardMap in the emails we send to you. Cornell Lab of Ornithology may use your personally identifiable information to deliver the products and services that you request, enhance your experience on our site, and for internal business analysis consistent with this policy. We may e-mail you to request more details pertaining to YardMap’s data collection efforts, but your email address and contact information will not be sold outside the Cornell Lab Of Ornithology.
To conduct research. Information we collect about your land management practices and the habitats available to birds on your sites is used to conduct scientific research and publish, and/ or present the results. The security and confidentiality of your information is extremely important to us, and we take a number of steps to safeguard any personally identifiable information that you provide to us. However, no method of transmitting or storing electronic data is ever completely secure, and therefore we cannot warrant or guarantee that such information will never be accessed, used or released in a manner that is inconsistent with this policy.
4. How We Share Information
To support and grow its membership base, the Cornell Lab exchanges its member names and street addresses (when you supply one during the sign-up process) with other nonprofit organizations with missions related to conservation. We do not sell or make any profit from your name and street address. The Cornell Lab never exchanges or sells any email addresses, phone numbers or other personally identifiable information with third parties. You may send a note to our members group if you would like your record coded “Do Not Trade” and we will be happy not to include your name and street address in our exchanges with other conservation organizations.
5. How You Can Change or Remove Information
Editing your profile. You may change or remove your profile information at any time by going to your profile page in the “community tab” and clicking “Configure.” Information will be updated immediately.
Deleting your account. If you want to stop using your account you may do so at any time. You may also manually delete profile information. You can also delete any sites you’ve created in YardMap. However, we maintain hidden copies of the observation data you submitted to YardMap because it may be needed for future scientific analyses.
6. How We Protect Information
The security and confidentiality of your information is extremely important to us, and we take a number of steps to safeguard any personally identifiable information that you provide to us. However, no method of transmitting or storing electronic data is ever completely secure, and therefore we cannot warrant or guarantee that such information will never be accessed, used or released in a manner that is inconsistent with this policy.
Links to Other Sites. We may provide links on our web site to other sites we think you will enjoy. These sites operate independently of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and have established their own privacy and security policies. We encourage you to be aware when you leave our site and to read these policies at any site you visit.
7. Other Terms
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850