The GBIF Community Site is a virtual space to exchange ideas, share information and develop collaborative projects. It is a platform that provides the means for better collaboration among the GBIF Community of biodiversity data publishers and users, stakeholders, policy makers, and anyone interested in collaborating in this common effort that GBIF represents. For more information about GBIF, please visit the GBIF website.
You willingly provide us with certain personal information, which we collect in order to allow you to benefit from the GBIF Community Site. If you have any hesitation about providing such information to us and/or having such information displayed on the GBIF Community Site you should not become a member of the GBIF community.
We collect your personal information in the following ways:
You have a right to access, modify, correct and eliminate the data about you which has been collected pursuant to your decision to become a user. If you update any of your information, we may keep a copy of the information which you originally provided to us in our archives for uses documented herein.
GBIF will communicate with you through email and notices posted on the GBIF Community Site or through other means available through the service. Please be aware that you will always receive certain emails from GBIF related to the proper functioning of your account, such as email notices when another User in your network wants to connect with you. You can change your e-mail and contact preferences at any time by logging into your ‘Settings’ and amending your email address, or to 'Notifications' and 'Group notifications' for notification choices.
If you post comments in any section of the GBIF Community Site, or use a bulletin board, participate in a blog or a chat room on the site, you should be aware that any personally identifiable information you choose to provide there can be read, collected, or used by other users of these forums, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. GBIF is not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in these forums.
COMMUNICATIONS TO OTHER USERS:
Some emails you initiate through the GBIF Community Site, e.g., an invitation sent to a non-user, may list your email address and name in the header of the message. The contact information shared with another user will depend on the privacy settings defined by you in your personal profile. Please use this setting to control who can access this personal information.
It is possible that we may need to disclose personal information when required by law, such as responses to civil or criminal subpoenas, or other requests by law enforcement personnel. We will disclose such information wherein we have a good-faith belief that it is necessary to comply with a court order, ongoing judicial proceeding, subpoena, or other legal process or request to GBIF brought in any country throughout the world, or to exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims.
ACCESSING AND CHANGING YOUR ACCOUNT INFORMATION:
You can review the personal information you provided us and make any desired changes to the information you publish, or to the settings for your GBIF account including your email, and contact preferences, at any time by logging in to your account on the GBIF website. Please be aware that even after your request for a change is processed, GBIF may, for a time, retain residual information about you in its backup and/or archival copies of its database.
CLOSING YOUR ACCOUNT:
You can also close your account through the GBIF website. If you close your GBIF account, we will remove your name and other personally identifiable information from our publicly viewable database. We may retain certain data contributed by you for legitimate business purposes, such as analysis of aggregated, non-personally identifiable data, account recovery, or if required by law. To request that we close your account and remove your information from the GBIF website, please send your request using the contact information provided at the end of this document. Please send your request using an email account that you have registered with GBIF under your name.
As a User, you have certain obligations toward the other users with whom you will be communicating. Certain of these obligations are imposed by applicable law and regulations, and others have become commonplace in user-friendly communities of like-minded members, such as the GBIF Community Site:
Any violation of these guidelines may lead to the restriction, suspension or termination of your account by GBIF, as we take these principles seriously and consider them to be the basis on which our users adhere to the GBIF Community Site and the services which it offers.
Children are not eligible to use our service and we ask that minors (under the age of 18) do not submit any personal information to us or use the service.
In order to secure your personal information, access to your data on GBIF is password-protected. To protect any data you store on our servers we also regularly audit our system for possible vulnerabilities and attacks. It is your responsibility to protect the security of your login information. Please note that emails and instant messaging and similar means of communication with other users of GBIF are not encrypted and we strongly request you not to communicate any confidential information through these means.
The GBIF Community site is managed by the GBIF Secretariat:
Global Biodiversity Information Facility Secretariat
Copenhagen Ø, Denmark
Tlf: +45 3532 1470
Fax: +45 3532 1480