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Faunalytics Policies

A collection of Faunalytics terms and policies, as well as our commitment to diversity and inclusivity.

Privacy Policy

Last updated November 8, 2018

We take your privacy seriously at Faunalytics. Please take a moment to read our Privacy Policy, which describes our practices concerning information about you that we may collect. This Privacy Policy applies to all Faunalytics sites including faunalytics.org, as well as research data collected through third party sites. Click here to read our Research Ethics and Data Handling Policy.

Information That We May Collect

Faunalytics may collect information about you as follows:

  • When you visit our sites, some information, such as your domain name, IP address, browser type, and referral information, may be collected automatically.
  • We may collect various information about you from account applications and other forms that you complete, donations you make or other transactions you conduct, and your communications with us. This may include information you supply when you register with faunalytics.org, such as your name, address, phone number, and email address.
  • We may obtain information about you from third parties.

How We May Use Your Information

Your personal information that we collect may be used by us or on our behalf as follows:

  • To provide products or services to you, including without limitation customized or personalized content, and to respond to or otherwise process your donations, registrations, comments, and other requests;
  • To better understand our visitors and users, to conduct research, and to monitor, analyze and improve our products and services (including our online properties);
  • To contact you and send you communications from Faunalytics;
  • To investigate, prevent or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the safety of any person, or violations of the Faunalytics Terms of Use; and
  • For accounting purposes.

Disclosure to Others

It is our strict policy to not disclose your personal information to third parties (including by selling, renting, sharing, or exchanging your email address), except as follows:

  • As requested by you or if you have provided your consent (including, without limitation, by your participation in forums, mailing lists and other community services that may display or otherwise make available your personal information);
  • To the extent that we or our advisors deem it necessary to comply with legal requests which, at our sole discretion, we may take legally permissible actions to challenge. In addition, we may provide notice to individuals or entities about whom information is subpoenaed or requested;
  • To others that perform services for us or on our behalf after signing a non-disclosure agreement.

We also reserve the right to transfer any information we have about you in the event we transfer all or a portion of Faunalytics or its assets, or in the event of dissolution.

Anonymous Information

We may collect, use and share anonymous information (i.e., information which cannot be used to identify you) for any non-commercial purpose. For example, in the annual Faunalytics community survey, we collect feedback about our programs and priorities and may share the aggregated feedback publicly.

Accessing, Correcting, and Deleting Your Information

You have the right to access and correct the personal information you have provided to us and that we have retained. You can request a copy of your personal information stored by us by emailing our Data Protection Officer at [email protected]. You can also request that we delete all of your information by sending a request to the same email address.

Your Communication Preferences

The personal information you voluntarily provide for our mailing lists allows us to keep you updated on the latest research for effective animal advocacy and our latest announcements. If you do not want to be on our mailing lists, you can opt out anytime by updating your preferences. You may update your preferences or request to unsubscribe from our mailing lists by using the “Update preferences” or “Unsubscribe” links at the bottom of any email that you receive from Faunalytics that was sent by Mailchimp or Mandrill. You may also send an email to [email protected] with a request to unsubscribe.

Information Security

Faunalytics will take reasonable efforts to prevent the loss or unauthorized disclosure of information. We adopt appropriate data collection, storage, and processing practices and security measures to protect against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure, or destruction of your personal information, username, password, transaction information, or data stored on the site. Our site uses an SSL certificate for extra security.

As is the case with all online activities and services, the security of data transmitted over the internet cannot be completely guaranteed, and Faunalytics shall not be responsible for any harm that users or any third party may suffer as a result of a breach of security with respect to use of the site or any information transmitted to the site. In the event of a security breach, we will make every attempt to notify affected users within 24 hours of us being made aware of such an event occurring.

Data Retention

We keep your information only as long as needed to provide Faunalytics’ services to you and fulfill the purposes described in this policy. This is also the case for anyone with whom we share your information and who carries out services on our behalf. When we no longer need to use your information and there is no need for us to keep it to comply with our legal or regulatory obligations, we’ll either remove it from our systems or depersonalize it so that we cannot identify you.

Your information may be stored on our web servers, which are hosted by SiteGround, a major hosting provider that routinely monitors the Faunalytics network. As part of our daily backup routine, your data may also be stored by Amazon Web Services and Amazon S3.

Data Transfer

You consent to the transfer of your personal information to or through any country, including, without limitation, countries outside of the European Economic Area (which may not provide the same protection for such information as your country provides). You understand that Faunalytics sites are hosted in the United States.

Third-Party Links

You may find links to third parties on our website (e.g., Facebook, YouTube, Google Drive) or your information may be processed through third parties (e.g., PayPal, Stripe, MailChimp, Mandrill). These websites may place their own cookies or other files on your computer, collect data, or solicit personal information from you when you visit them. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for their privacy and security policies whatsoever, as we have no control over them. It is your responsibility to learn about their privacy policies prior to providing them with personal information.

Cookies and Web Beacons

We may use cookie technology and/or web beacon technology. Cookies are pieces of information saved on your computer by our web server. A web beacon is a small graphic image placed on a web page or in an email that is designed to allow us to monitor visitors to our sites. Cookies and web beacons may be used to keep track of who you are as you navigate our sites, and provide us with greater details around when and how you navigate our sites. You can disable cookies through your browser, but your experience may be degraded, and you may not be able to log into our sites or otherwise perform tasks that require you to be logged into our sites.

Cookie Declaration

GPS (YouTube) Third Party – HTTP Cookie Session Registers a unique ID on mobile devices to enable tracking based on geographical GPS location.
PREF (YouTube) Third Party – HTTP Cookie 8 months Registers a unique ID that is used by Google to keep statistics of how the visitor uses YouTube videos across different websites.
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE (YouTube) Third Party – HTTP Cookie 179 days Tries to estimate the users’ bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube videos.
YSC (YouTube) Third Party – HTTP Cookie Session Registers a unique ID to keep statistics of what videos from YouTube the user has seen.
_ga (Google Analytics) First Party – HTTP Cookie 2 years Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.
_gat (Google Analytics) First Party – HTTP Cookie Session Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate.
_gid (Google Analytics) First Party – HTTP Cookie Session Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.
__cfduid First Party – HTTP Cookie Session Used to identify individual clients behind a shared IP address and apply security settings on a per-client basis.
PHPSESSID First Party – HTTP Cookie Session Used to store a logged in user’s username and a 128bit encrypted key.


To learn more about cookies in general, you can visit aboutcookies.org.

Change your cookie settings: You can use the options in your web browser to notify you when you receive a cookie and/or change your cookie preferences in your browser or with third parties. You have control over the cookies stored by our site on your browser, and you have the ability to delete cookies used by our site at any time. If you don’t know how to change your individual cookie settings, you can visit whatismybrowser.com to determine what your current browser cookie settings are and find directions on how to change them.

Third-Party cookies and information: Our Site uses third-party cookies and tools from Adobe, Facebook, Google Analytics, Google Advertising Features, YouTube, and WordPress.


We take administrative, technical and physical safeguards, which are reasonable for an organization of our size, to prevent unauthorized access to your personal information, including taking reasonable measures to limit access to your personal information to those individuals who require it to perform their job duties. However, the Internet is an inherently insecure medium, and we cannot guarantee the security of your information.

Revisions to this Policy

We reserve the right to revise our Privacy Policy, and such revised policy will automatically become effective upon its posting at www.faunalytics.org. If we make any material changes to our Privacy Policy, we will use reasonable efforts to include a notice on our homepage at www.faunalytics.org, for at least 30 days following the posting of the changes, that our Privacy Policy has changed, or alternatively, in our discretion, to notify you at your email address on record with us.


The operator of this site is Faunalytics, located at Post Office Box 152703, San Diego, CA 92195. If you have questions about this Faunalytics Privacy Policy, please contact us at [email protected].

Faunalytics uses cookies to provide necessary site functionality and to help us understand how you use our website. By continuing to use this site, you agree to our privacy policy.

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