THP

Hedgehog research and education platform

Privacy policy

Who we are

Our website address is: http://hedgehogprogram.com. We are not a registered company at this point, but a hobbyistic research and eduction platform about hedgehogs. We hope to grow out to be a specialised research & education institute one day, but that will take a lot of work before we even can name ourselves a true insitute!

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Pedigrees

If you send pedigrees to us through the contact form about any of the research reated contact forms, we will hold on to your personal information for an unlimited amount of time untill your data is processed into the research database. When your information is processed into the research database, your pedigrees and personal information will be deleted.

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

All information as well a personal data included in the various contact forms are saved for an unlimited amount of time. This is because we like to review some of the questions send in to us, so we can improve the knowledge on the species and can adjust the education towards people viewing this website. Your personal data are secured by our hosting, which is protected by an SSL certificate as well as a strong password to prevent someone from breaking in. As soon as we have reviewed your questions, we will delete the message as well as all of your personal information. We do not use your personal information for marketing purposes.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your  convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics

Google Analytics uses one cookie that expires after 1 day, to see that you have visited our website. This gives us the simpl information on the amount of viewers on the website, but the cookie saves no personal information. It uses anonymous ID to track you through the website and it will delete itself fter 1 day. Information about how you can opt out on Google Analytics collecting your cookies as well as the rest of Google’s privacy Policy is found here (opens in new tab).

Who we share your data with

We do not share your personal information with third parties under any circumstance. All of your personal information will be fully deleted as we have a fully anonimised database for our research. We firmly believe in protecting your privacy and therefore will not save your information longer than needed and certainly will not share it.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

For any questions or remarks about this page or the privacy policy, contact us at info@hedgehogprogram.com.

How we protect your data

Our website is protected through an SSL certificate as well as using ReCAPTCHA for logging in. This way, your personal information you send through this website, mentioned in sections above, is send to us coded and secured. Our mail hosting is found on the same hosting as our website, so your are guaranteed that your information stays secure all the way. All the personal information we recieve through emails and have to save for processing into the research database, as stored away safely on our database computer with a strong masterpassword, firewalls and automatic virusscanners.

What data breach procedures we have in place

On our website, we have a firewall that keeps a constant watch over what’s happening on the website itself. When someone breaks into the website, it will automatically shut down the entire website and alarm the webhoster about the issue. This way, no sensitive data can be recovered through the website. When we get an alarm about a website hack, we will cal our hosting to change all our passwords and restore the website so we can see where the issue arose and we can deal with the cause. Hacks into the computer system are prevented by another firewall, but when we see someone breaking in on the computer despite that, we can remotely turn off the computer or turn off the internet access it has, so hackers can’t enter into the system anymore. In this case, the website will continue to run on its own, but the stored away data on the database stays out of reach for hackers. The internet acces will not be restored until the issue has been resolved.

What third parties we receive data from

The only data we recieve from third parties are hedgeries and collaborating partners as they send us information to use for our researches. Our only third party, is you! 🙂

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