Purpose of Marine Ranger
Marine Ranger is a citizen science application enabling collection of information on observations of live, injured or by-caught Cetaceans (whales and dolphins) and other marine mammals in the wild.
The information provided through Marine Ranger rely on data obtained from different sources and we cannot guarantee its accuracy. The Marine Ranger does not provide or replace any permits, guidelines or advice provided or required by national legislation or legally responsible authorities in national or international waters, particularly those related to nature and biodiversity protection (or similar). Each user is required to obtain and follow relevant information regarding the status of protected species in each country or territory it is carrying out observation.
What personal information do we collect?
When opening Marine Ranger account, we collect your personal identification information such as your first and last name, telephone number and e-mail address, and if you register with Facebook, your profile photograph.
Additionally, Marine Ranger collects information such as the IP address, device ID, browser type, language preference, referring site, pages viewed, cookies that may uniquely identify your browser, and the date and time of your access with the aim to understand how Marine Ranger is used.
How We Collect Personal Information
We are collecting your personal data when you are opening account or when you contact us or by using cookies, server logs and similar technologies.
What is the basis to collect and purpose of processing of your personal data?
Marine Ranger is used to collect data provided by citizens on sighting of large marine vertebrates.
Your personal information provided under consent are used to manage, improve, and maintain Marine Ranger, respond to your questions, resolve legal issues, and to understand how you use Marine Ranger. When you open account and link your sightings to your account, we need to collect some of your personal data. If you open Marine Ranger account, you must provide accurate information and keep the information up to date. Your accurate personal data is needed in order to comply with legal obligations particularly related to copyright as you should ensure that content you will upload will not contain copyrighted or other proprietary rights material. Registering with Marine Ranger is free and voluntary hence your consent for such purpose is required.
Who has access to your information and to whom is it disclosed?
Access to personal information is given to administrators in the Blue World Institute and the system/software administrators maintaining the Marine Ranger. Access to personal information is provided to data super users (representatives of project partners and affiliated researchers and organisations) who use sightings data collected for non-commercial research, conservation, and public awareness purposes and that have agreed not to disclose it to others.
Personal data you provide related to the sightings you post (username or nick name, date, time, location, photo, video and sighting description) is published on Marine Ranger where it is publicly shared with other Marine Ranger users, whether or not they are signed in.
As some of data super users may be located outside of EU/EEA by using Marine Ranger, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Marine Ranger will not provide or use any personal information for any commercial purposes.
All personal data collected are stored on Amazon server in EU (Frankfurt).
We use Amazon Web Services, Google Maps and OpenSea Maps (to display geographic content).
How is your information protected?
How can you verify, modify or delete your information?
Registered users have direct password-protected access to their account and are able to update it or to cancel their registration. Safeguarding your account is your responsibility hence you should use strong password. In case there is any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with the above, we cannot and will not be liable for it. In case you request cancelation of your account all personal information related to your reported sightings will be removed and your sightings will become anonymised. The content that you have uploaded will remain on the Marine Ranger but will not be linked to you in any way.
How long do we keep your data?
Your personal information associated with your account and your reported sightings remains for as long as you maintain your Marine Ranger account. In case of disputes your personal information may be retained until dispute is resolved. Non-identifiable information associated with sightings (time, date, location, photo and video etc.) shall remain attached to sightings, even after you close your account.
We use Google Analytics to understand how Marine Ranger performs and how it is being used. To learn more about how Google processes your data, please visit: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/. To opt out of Google Analytics, please install the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on by visiting: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
When you post your sighting, you are certifying that you hold exclusive copyright on the photos and/or videos that you are uploading, and you are granting the non-exclusive and irrevocable rights for use in non-commercial purposes of your uploaded sighting and/or photos and videos to Marine Ranger. Marine Ranger may at its discretion use the sighting information and/or photos and videos you uploaded in any way it deems appropriate for purposes of species conservation, scientific research or public awareness activities that may include copying, reproducing, processing, adapting, modifing, publishing, transmitting, displaying and distributing such content in any and all media or distribution methods now known or later developed. If you maintain your account, Marine Ranger may inform you of the planned use and may seek your consent for disclosure of information that may personally identify you (like name, surname and contact details). In case we do not obtain your consent within the reasonable time we may use received materials but without disclosing of your personal information. In case you cancel your account all the personal information that may identify you related to sightings you posted will be removed. Sighting details, including date, time, location, photos and/or videos will remain uploaded to the Marine Ranger, but your identifying personal information will be deleted. Deletion of your identifying personal information from your uploaded sighting is permanent and irreversible.
Information for Users Outside the EEA
Please contact the Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation, Kaštel 24, 51551 Veli Lošinj, firstname.lastname@example.org
Modified on 7 July 2021.