Privacy

Privacy Policy Notice

The policy: This privacy policy notice is for this website www.birdlifemalta.org. The purpose of this policy is to explain to you how we control, process, handle and protect your personal information while browsing or using this website, including your rights under current laws and regulations. If you do not agree to the following policy you may wish to cease viewing/using this website.

Policy key definitions:

  • “I”, “our”, “us”, or “we” refer to the NGO, [BirdLife Malta].
  • “you”, “the user” refer to the person(s) using this website.
  • GDPR means General Data Protection Act.
  • Cookies mean small files stored on a user’s computer or device.

GDPR

You may be aware of the new European Union regulation, known as the General Data Protection Regulation or “GDPR.” This regulation gives certain rights to individuals in relation to their personal data. We understand and comply with EU Privacy Shield Principles. We have implemented updates to our Privacy Policy to help users utilise their rights. We reserve the right to make changes to this Privacy Policy at any time and for any reason, and we encourage visitors and users of our site to regularly review our Privacy Policy.

Your choice

The use of the BirdLife Malta website does not require you to disclose personal information unless you choose to give it for a specific purpose, such as news subscription or requesting further information regarding membership enrolment. At all points where personal information is required, a statement will appear explaining how this information will be used. If you do not want your information to be used in any of the ways listed you may opt out by ticking the box provided.

Data protection

When your name and address are requested, unless otherwise specified, BirdLife Malta would like to hold details about you to potentially send you further information about our work. BirdLife Malta may contact you about our fundraising and campaign work.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

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 anonymised 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

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.

We do not offer a log-in service on our website. However, should this happen in the future, 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.

Cookie and tracking technology

BirdLife Malta may automatically collect information as you browse, such as Internet Service Provider, browser type and version, operating system and device type, average time spent on our site(s), pages viewed, information accessed, the Internet Protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the internet and other relevant statistics. Such information is sometimes referred to as web analytics and/or clickstream data. We may combine this automatically collected log information with other information we collect about you. We do this to improve services we offer you, to improve marketing, analytics, and provide site functionality.

Cookies, Web Beacons, and Website Analytics

Technologies such as: cookies, beacons, tags and scripts may be used by the site, our affiliates, and analytics service(s), such as Google Analytics, to improve and provide site features, functions, and quality experience. These technologies and services are used during and for the purpose of analyzing trends, site administration, tracking users’ mouse and/or page movements, determine the popularity of certain content, and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. We may receive reports based on the use of these technologies by these companies on an individual as well as aggregated basis.

Cookies are unique text files websites can send to your computer when you browse a site. We may use cookies as a means of learning about our user base and improving our site(s). Most web browsers can either alert you to the use of cookies or refuse to accept cookies entirely.

Clicking on any adverts, sponsored or affiliate links may track your actions by using a cookie saved to your device. You can read more about cookies on this website above. Your actions are usually recorded as a referral from our website by this cookie. In most cases we earn a very small commission from the advertiser or advertising partner, at no cost to you, whether you make a purchase on their website or not.

Sometimes we use advertising partners in these ways to help generate an income from the website, which allows us to continue our work and provide you with the best overall experience and valued information. If you have any concerns about this we suggest you do not click on any adverts, sponsored or affiliate links found throughout the website.

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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Third-party websites

Our site may include links to other third-party sites, including advertisements and external services, that are neither affiliated with our site, nor whose privacy practices are the same as the practices laid out on our site. If you submit personal information to any of those sites, your information is governed by their privacy policies. We encourage you to carefully read the privacy policy of any website you visit.

Who we share your data with

We do not share our data with anyone.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue. For users that register on our website (if applicable), 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.

Policy for children

We do not knowingly collect personal data from children under the age of 16. We take specific steps to protect the privacy of children by making reasonable efforts to ensure that a parent has authorised the collection of the child’s personal data. We do not provide information about our personal data practices in relation to children on our home page, or at those sites on our website where we collect personal data.

Choice/opt out

This site provides users with the opportunity to opt out of receiving communications from us at the point where we request information. We also gives users the below options for removing their information from our database should they wish to not receive any future communications, namely:

  • The quarterly magazine Bird’s Eye View and/or the bi-monthly magazine Il-Ħuttafa
  • The monthly newsletter
  • The events programme
  • Promotional emails
  • Press Releases

You can opt out by writing to the following address : 57/28 Marina Court, Abate Rigord Street, Ta’ Xbiex XBX 1120, Malta or sending an email to info@birdlifemalta.org.

If you no longer wish to receive correspondence, emails, or other communications from us, you may also opt out by hitting the unsubscribe button at the bottom of any of our newsletters or emails, or by contacting us using the contact information provided below.

Exceptions

We may retain some personal information related to financial transactions in order to prevent fraud and for financial record keeping.