Member and Supporter Privacy Policy

The Center for Biological Diversity (the “Center”) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible.

A copy of our latest financial information and annual report may be obtained by downloading a copy from this page or by calling (520) 623.5252, ext. 323. Long-term support from our individual donors and supporters (“members”) is critical to fulfilling the Center’s mission. Maintaining a strong, trusting relationship with our members is key to this vital source of support.
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that we conduct our fundraising, and grow our member base in compliance with nationally-established guidelines so that our members’ trust and faith in us is well placed and deserved. Therefore, the Center adheres to the following:

1. We will respect the privacy of all members by offering a means by which their names may be opted-out upon their request, and we will honor their requests. We will provide notice of this option in various mailings to members. Also, we will endeavor to provide additional regular notices of this option through other means including our Web site (See the Center’s Website Privacy Policy for more details). Requests for opt-out can be readily made to our members services division at (520) 623.5252, ext. 323, by email at membership@biologicaldiversity.org, or by postal mail at: “The Center”, Attn: Membership, P.O. Box 710, Tucson, AZ 85702-0710.

2. Some donors may be recognized in publications like our quarterly membership newsletter or annual report. Testimonials will be published only with the consent of the donor. Donors may also notify us if they prefer that all or some of their contributions be made anonymously and not publicly recognized.

3. We will comply with the laws and regulations of the Internal Revenue Service, all states in which we solicit funding, and the U.S. Postal Service. To review or correct your personal contact information, make changes to your recorded preferences as a member, or have questions regarding this policy please contact our membership team by phone at (520) 623.5252, ext. 323, by email at membership@biologicaldiversity.org, or by postal mail at: “The Center”, Attn: Membership, P.O. Box 710, Tucson, AZ 85702-0710.

Finding more individuals to join in supporting our services is critical to the long-term success of our organization. The Center will, on occasion, share mailing lists with other well-established charitable, partner nonprofit organizations that are taking on vital conservation work our members care about. In these rare cases, our aim is to bring more attention to the issues and concerns that drive the mission of the Center and to allow the Center and our membership to be a positive force for change. In sharing lists, the following principles will always apply:

1, We will not sell, rent, give or exchange members’ names to, with, or from any political parties or candidates for public office.

2. In the rare instances where the Center shares a mailing list with a partner organization, we will ensure that the list is for one-time use, and the only information provided will be the member’s name and mailing address. No email or telephone information will ever be shared. We will maintain complete and accurate records of all uses of membership lists for at least such time as required by law. For the purposes of the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (the “GDPR”), the Center does not share any data from EU countries or territories.

Website Privacy Policy

The Center for Biological Diversity (the “Center”) is committed to protecting your privacy online. This Privacy Policy explains how we treat your personal information when you visit this website (the “Site”), which is operated by the Center. You are advised to consult the “Privacy” link on the Site each time you visit the Site.

By using, browsing, or accessing the Center’s website or subsites, you agree to be bound by this Privacy Policy, as in effect at the time of your access.

What personal information we collect

We may collect, store and use the following kinds of personal information:

(a)   information about your computer and about your visits to and use of this website (including your IP address, approximate geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths);

(b)   information that you provide to us when registering with our website (including your email address);

(c)   information that you provide to us for the purpose of subscribing to our email, phone or text notifications and/or newsletters (including your name, email address, mailing address and phone number);

(d)   information that you provide to us when using the services on our website, or that is generated in the course of the use of those services (including the timing, frequency and pattern of service use);

(e)   information submitted by you when taking an action to submit public comments or a letter to an elected official such as a petition;

(f)   information submitted by you to register for an event;

(g)    information tied to gift transaction when making a donation, giving an honorary or memorial gift, purchasing merchandise or enrolling in a recurring monthly donation plan. (For more details about the Center’s adherence to nationally established guidelines for fundraising see our Members Privacy Policy);

(h)   information contained in or relating to any communication that you send to us or send through our website (including the communication content associated with the communication); and

(i)   any other personal information that you choose to send to us.

Website visitors who donate or purchase merchandise and provide a valid mailing address through their financial transaction are added to the Center’s membership mailing list, from which they can be removed at any time by contacting our membership services team at (520) 623.5252, ext. 323, by email at membership@biologicaldiversity.org, or by postal mail at: “The Center”, Attn: Membership, P.O. Box 710, Tucson, AZ 85702-0710.

Visitors to our website who provide us with their name and e-mail address may be added to our e-mail list, from which they can be removed at any time by following the instructions that are found in our electronic communications by following the Opt out of mail list hyperlink. The Center’s online donation and merchandise pages are secured by leading global Certification Authorities. Their SSL and code-signing digital certificates are used globally to secure servers, provide data encryption, authenticate users, protect privacy and ensure online identities through stringent authentication and verification processes.

Our website uses cookies to remember certain information about users. Cookies are electronic identifiers that our server sends to your web browser. Your web browser stores these identifiers and sends them back to our server when your browser requests a page from the server. The cookies stored in your browser help us provide a better experience on the Center website by showing us how users are interacting with our site and to remove the need to login to do multiple actions on the website.

You may at any time disable or refuse to accept cookies by changing the preferences or settings on your web browser. If you choose to disable cookies, you will still be able to use our website. However, you may not be able to use all features on our website if you disable or refuse to accept cookies.

How we use your personal information

Personal information we collect will be used for the purposes specified in this policy or on the relevant pages of our website.

We may use your personal information to:

(a)   administer our website and business;

(b)   personalize our website for you;

(c)   enable your use of the services available on our website;

(d)   record a charitable donation;

(d)   send you email notifications related to actions you have taken on the website and send you email correspondence about the Center’s mission to save endangered species;

(e)   keep our website secure and prevent fraud; and

(f)    verify compliance with the terms and conditions governing the use of our website.

We maintain one or more databases to store your personal data and may keep such information indefinitely. For the purposes of the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (the “GDPR”), users in the European Union and European Economic Area and Switzerland also have the right to:

  • Restrict or erase: You can ask us to limit our use of your information or ask us to delete your personal information from our records if there is no compelling reason for us to hold on to it.
     
  • Object: You can object, on legitimate grounds, to the processing of your personal information, including direct marketing and profiling.
     
  • Access or take your data: You can ask us to confirm whether we are processing your personal information. You can also make a reasonable request for a copy of that information or to have it transferred to another data controller (to the extent possible).
     
  • Complain: You can complain to your country’s data protection authority.

Please note that where we rely on your consent to use your personal information, all users worldwide have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. This includes the option to unsubscribe from our email list at any time or to contact us to request to be excluded from our online campaign promotion lists or text messaging.

Requests for opt-out can be readily made to our members services division at (520) 623.5252, ext. 323, by email at membership@biologicaldiversity.org, or by postal mail at: “The Center”, Attn: Membership, P.O. Box 710, Tucson, AZ 85702-0710.

We may disclose your personal information:

(a)  to any of our (including the Center for Biological Diversity’s) employees, officers, insurers, consultants, agents, suppliers or subcontractors insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes set out in this policy;

(b)   to the extent that we are required to do so by law;

(c)   in connection with any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings;

(d)   in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk);

(e)   to any person who we reasonably believe may apply to a court or other competent authority for disclosure of that personal information where, in our reasonable opinion, such court or authority would be reasonably likely to order disclosure of that personal information.

Read about the Center’s adherence to nationally established guidelines for sharing member and supporter information with third-parties on the Center’s Members Privacy Policy.

How we protect your personal information

We have implemented reasonable technical and organizational measures to protect your personal information. We will store all the personal information you provide on our secure (password- and firewall-protected) servers. We have appropriate security measures in place in our physical facilities to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of information that we have collected from you.

However, no data transmitted over the internet can be guaranteed to be 100 percent secure. Therefore, you provide us with this data at your own risk. Our databases are located in the United States. If you are located outside of the United States, by sending us your data you consent to its transfer to and storage within the United States.

Personal information that we collect for any purpose shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.

International Use

Access to the Site from countries or territories where such access is illegal or contrary to applicable rules or regulations is prohibited. Those who access the Site from outside the United States do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws, rules and regulations.

Changes to this privacy policy

We may update this policy from time to time by publishing a new version on our website. You should check this page occasionally to ensure you are aware of any changes to this policy.

Links to other websites

Our website includes hyperlinks to third party websites. Please be aware that the Center is not responsible for the privacy practices of these websites.

How to contact us

If you have any questions about our Privacy Policy, this website, or the information we have collected from you online, please contact the Center’s Membership Services at (520) 623.5252, ext. 323, by email at membership@biologicaldiversity.org, or by postal mail at: “The Center”, Attn: Membership, P.O. Box 710, Tucson, AZ 85702-0710.

(Last updated 7/24/2018)

Sea otter photo by Brian Austin.