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Content - means all content on this Site, including all information, graphics, trademarks, logos, designs, text, photos, films, sounds, software and applications;

Contributions - means anything that a user posts on this Site or sends to Earthwatch Institute (Europe), including any photographs, video or audio clips, comments or posts or competition entries;

Site - means any website which Earthwatch Institute (Europe) owns or controls;

These terms of use - means the terms of use set out below, as well as our Privacy Policy and any other terms and conditions on this Site;

"you", "your" and "yours" means a person(s) accessing this Site.

Log files

We use IP addresses to help analyse trends, administer the site, track user’s movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

Cookies

Our site uses cookies. A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user’s computer hard drive containing information about the user. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information while on our site. Please see our Privacy Policy for details on how we use cookies.

If you prefer not to receive cookies, you can adjust your internet browser to refuse cookies or to warn you when cookies are being used. This site will work more efficiently if receipt of cookies is enabled but it will still operate correctly if you disable cookies.

For more information on cookies and their uses, visit All About Cookies.

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how our visitors use and navigate this website. We use this information to analyse usage of the website so that we can continually work to add new features and improve your experience of it. This information is anonymous and cannot be used to identify you personally.

Various registrations

To receive certain updates or use certain features of this website, a user may have to first register within My Earthwatch. During registration, a user is required to give their contact information (such as name and email address). This information is used to contact the user about the services on our site for which they have expressed interest. It may be optional for a user to provide demographic information (such as gender) and unique identifiers (such as social security number). This type of data is encouraged so we can provide a more personalized experience on our site.

Contributions to this Site - comments, photos, video and blogs

Whenever you post content to the Earthwatch site, such as Comments & Questions to an expedition page or news article, or a blog post you have made regarding one of your experiences, this content will become part of the website.

In some instances, an Earthwatch will need to moderate and/or approve submitted content before it becomes posted for internet audiences to see. Always think before you post. Just like anything else you post on the web, information you share on the Earthwatch site can be copied or shared by anyone who can see it.

Photographs, audio and video may be personal data under EU data protection legislation. Please see our Privacy Policy for details on how we will use your personal data.

Security

This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control. This includes a firewall and 24-hour monitoring of site activities by our hosting service provider as well as 128-bit SSL encryption (where allowable by law) on all transaction oriented operations between you and Earthwatch via our transaction service provider.

While we use SSL encryption to protect sensitive information online, we also do everything in our power to protect user-information off-line. All of our users’ information, not just the sensitive information mentioned above, is restricted in our offices. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, our billing clerk or a customer service representative) are granted access to personally identifiable information. Our employees must use password-protected screen-savers when they leave their desk. When they return, they must re-enter their password to re-gain access to your information. Finally, the servers that we store personally identifiable information on are kept in a secure environment, behind a locked cage.

Because we care about the safety and privacy of children online, we comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA). COPPA and its accompanying FTC regulation establish United States federal law that protects the privacy of children using the Internet. We do not knowingly collect contact or personal information from children under 13. Our sites are not intended to solicit information of any kind from children under 13, and those aged 18 must have expeditions booked with assistance from a parent or guardian. It is possible that by fraud or deception by others we may receive information given to us or pertaining to children under 13. If we are notified of this, as soon as we verify the information, we will immediately obtain parental consent or otherwise delete the information from our servers.

For information on personal data that we collect and how we use it, please see our Privacy Policy.

Contacting the website

If you have any questions or comments please contact us.

Notification of changes

If we change our terms and conditions, this page will be updated. If you have an Earthwatcher profile, an automated message will display to highlight changes to you.

Third party websites

This Site may contain links to websites operated by parties other than Earthwatch. Such links are provided for your convenience only and you access these links at your own risk. Earthwatch is not responsible for the content of any third party websites linked to or from this Site.

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