When you create a user account for this app, we will collect your name, email address, zip code, and your age. We will also collect some information related to your device (operating system, model). This information will be stored in the WorldForestID user database and will not be shown, disseminated, or sold to any third parties. This information may be used, without personal identifying information, to report demographic data in grant reports and/or scientific publication.
We will use the information we collect from you for several purposes.
First, the tree information you provide (your observations) will be added to a database for scientists to access. Information (such as tree locations, size, and condition) will be available for vetted researchers but not made available to the general public. In addition, your contact information may be provided in the event that these researchers need to contact you regarding submissions of scientific interest.
Second, we will work to better service you in responding to your customer service requests. We will personalize your user experience and to allow us to deliver the type of content and product offerings in which you are most interested. As a part of this we may send periodic emails regarding our products and services.
To create an account, you must provide a valid email address, which will be used to validate your account and send important information about the WorldForestID project. Your email address will not be shown, disseminated, or sold to any third parties not affiliated with tree research programs. Your email will only be used to manage your WorldForestID account and for the scientists using the WorldForestID dataset to contact you with questions regarding your submitted observations. You are able to delete your WorldForestID account or opt out of receiving emails at any time.
All observations submitted to our database will be stored permanently on the WorldForestID website. This includes all data and metadata, including GPS coordinates, and images. Observation data will be displayed on the WorldForestID website, and be made available to outside parties through an API. Observations can be made anonymous in the profile settings of the app or website: anonymous observations will only be visible to you and the scientists behind WorldForestID.
Your privacy settings can be changed in the settings section of the mobile app. Changing your submissions to anonymous will prevent them from being displayed on the WorldForestID web portal to other users or the general public.
Your personal information is contained behind secured networks and is only accessible by a limited number of persons who have special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential. In addition, all sensitive/credit information you supply is encrypted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.
We implement a variety of security measures when a user enters, submits, or accesses their information to maintain the safety of your personal information. We do not use vulnerability scanning and/or scanning to PCI standards. We use regular Malware Scanning.
According to CalOPPA we agree to meet the requirements laid forth in COPPA (the Children Online Privacy Protection Act).
When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under 13, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, the nation's consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children's privacy and safety online.
WorldForestID does not knowingly collect personal information from children without parental consent. When registering, the user’s age is recorded, and users under 13 will be notified that they require parental consent to register. We do not specifically market to children under 13.
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