Get to know how we use your data
Habitat Network is designed to gather and disseminate information about land use practices.
References to “us,” “we,” and “our” mean the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and The Nature Conservancy.
No information from children under age 18. If you are under age 18, please do not attempt to register for Habitat Network 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 Habitat Network is to share content with others, including researchers at the Lab and the Conservancy (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 map.
1. Information we collect when you interact with Habitat Network:
Site activity information. We keep track of some of the actions you take on Habitat Network, 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 map. 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 Habitat Network 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 Habitat Network users, such as when someone indicates a relationship with you.
3. Sharing information with Habitat Network.
This section explains how your privacy settings work, and how your information is shared on Habitat Network. You should always consider your privacy settings before sharing information on Habitat Network.
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 Habitat Network. If you are uncomfortable having a picture displayed, then do not upload one.
Profile Information. Profile Information allows us to gain a better understanding of Habitat Network participants and to determine how best to improve the day-to-day website experience for Habitat Network users.
Your profile information settings control who can contact you on Habitat Network, 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 on your map or in the forum that information becomes visible to all Habitat Network participants. If you do not wish your posts to be visible to other Habitat Network users you should not use the note-keeping or comment-leaving functionality.
Habitat Maps. Habitat observations are the most important pieces of information that we collect. All details of an observation and its associated location are available to other Habitat Network participants. 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 if you are concerned about privacy.
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 the Habitat Network (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 relationships to wildlife, plants and ecological processes, and to try to provide a safe, efficient, and customized experience. Specifically, we use collected information:
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 Habitat Network in the emails we send to you. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and The Nature Conservancy 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 email you to request more details pertaining to Habitat Network’s data collection efforts, but your email address and contact information will not be sold outside the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and The Nature Conservancy.
To conduct research. Information we collect about your land management practices and the habitats on your sites are 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 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 Lab never exchanges or sells any email addresses, phone numbers or other personally identifiable information with third parties. You may send an email or letter to our members group requesting your record to be 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 some of your profile information at any time by going to your profile page in the “Forum” and clicking “Configure.” Information will be updated immediately. You can also access your citizen scientist account to edit that information by clicking on your username in the upper righthand corner on any of our webpages while logged in.
Deleting your account. If you want to stop using your account you may do so at any time. You may also manually delete some profile information. You can also delete any sites you’ve created in Habitat Network. However, we maintain hidden copies of the observational data you submitted to Habitat Network 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 website to other sites we think you will enjoy. These sites operate independently of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and The Nature Conservancy 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