The Society for Conservation GIS (hereafter “SCGIS”) recognizes that privacy is important. This Policy applies to the collection and use of your personal information that is made available when you visit our website.
This Policy describes our methods for collection and use of personal information, including what type of information is gathered, how the information is used, to whom we disclose the information, and how we safeguard your personal information.
We have implemented appropriate security safeguards designed to protect your information in accordance with industry standards.
After you create an account, you may choose to provide additional information on your SCGIS profile such as a profile photo, descriptions of your skills, professional experience, and background. You can tag your profile with relevant keywords to make it easier for other members to find you. You can add projects to your profile that describe past or present projects that you have worked on.
We may send you service messages through email and messages to your SCGIS inbox. These messages may cover service availability, security, and other issues about the functioning of the SCGIS website. We will also send you confirmation notices, invoices, and discussion threads via email.
The SCGIS website offers a “public profile” feature that allows Members to publish their profile to the public internet. This public profile will be indexed and displayed through public search engines when someone searches for your name. You may opt out of this feature in your settings to make your profile private. However, third-party search engines may not automatically update their caches, which may contain old public profile information. Unless you delete your profile, your profile photo and name is always viewable on the Member page.
If you participate in SCGIS Discussions, post events, projects, or jobs, you should be aware that any information you choose to disclose using these services can be read, collected, and used by other Members in these forums, the general public, and other third parties. SCGIS is not responsible for the information you choose to submit in these forums. The public content posted to the SCGIS website is public and searchable on the internet.
You have a right to (1) access, modify, correct, or delete your personal information controlled by SCGIS regarding your profile, (2) change or remove your content, and (3) close your account. You can also contact us for any account information which is not on your profile or readily accessible to you. If you close your account, your information will generally be removed from the Service within 24 hours, except as noted below.
Please note: Information you have shared with others (for example, through internal messaging, discussion posts, news, events, jobs, or chapters) will remain visible after you have closed your account or deleted the information from your own profile. Shared content associated with closed accounts will show an unknown user as the source. In addition, you may not be able to access, correct, or eliminate any information about you that other Members copied or exported out of the SCGIS website because this information may not be in our control. Your public profile may be displayed in search engine results until the search engine refreshes its cache.
As a Member, you have certain obligations to other Members. Some of these obligations are imposed by applicable law and regulations and others have become commonplace in communities of like-minded Members such as SCGIS:
Security is a high priority for SCGIS, therefore we take every precaution to safeguard your information from loss, theft, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, and alteration. We have implemented security safeguards designed to protect the personal information that you provide in accordance with industry standards. Access to your data on the SCGIS website is password-protected, and sensitive data (such as credit card information) is protected by SSL encryption when it is exchanged between your web browser and SCGIS Services. To protect any data you store on our servers, we also regularly monitor our system for possible vulnerabilities and attacks. However, since the internet is not a 100% secure environment, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information that you transmit to SCGIS. There is no guarantee that information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards. It is your responsibility to protect the security of your login information. Please note that emails, instant messaging, and similar means of communication with other SCGIS Members are not encrypted, and we strongly advise you not to communicate any confidential information through these means. Please help keep your account safe by using a strong password.