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Privacy Policy

Revised: March 24, 2022


Privacy Policy

The Xerces Society, Inc. has compiled this privacy policy to better serve those who are concerned with how their ‘Personally Identifiable Information’ (PII) is being used online. PII, as described in US privacy law and information security, is information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context. Please read our Privacy Policy carefully to get a clear understanding of how we collect, use, protect or otherwise handle your Personally Identifiable Information.

We retain the right to modify this policy at any time and to announce the modification with a modification date on this policy webpage. We will not change the purpose of this policy which is to protect your privacy while pursuing our mission of protecting invertebrates and their habitats. Your use of the website after modification to the terms of this policy means you have accepted the changes.

What personal information do we collect from the people that visit our blog, website or app?

  • We do not collect information from visitors of our site.

When do we collect information?

  • We collect information from you when you enter information on our site.

How do we use your information?

  • We may use the information we collect from you when you sign up for our newsletter, or respond to a survey or membership communication for the purposes specified on the information form you completed.  We have additional terms for membership and donation transactions which can be found here.

How do we protect your information?

  • Your personal information is contained behind secured networks and is only accessible by a limited number of persons who have special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential. In addition, all information is encrypted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.
  • We implement a variety of security measures when a user enters, submits, or accesses their information to maintain the safety of your personal information.
  • We use regular Malware Scanning.

Do we use ‘cookies’?

  • We do not use cookies for tracking purposes. We honor Do Not Track signals and Do Not Track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place.
  • You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser settings. Since browser is a little different, look at your browser’s Help Menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.

Third-party disclosure

  • Except as noted in this section, we do not sell your Personally Identifiable Information without providing you advance notice or transfer it to outside parties.   The term “outside parties” does not include our website hosting partners and any other parties who assist us in conducting our business or serving our members so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release information when its release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others’ rights, property or safety.
  • Information that you submit on or through social media networking, such as a response to a blog or a request for user-provided content, may become public in accordance with that site’s privacy policy.
  • However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

Third-party links

  • Occasionally, we may include links to external, third-party websites. We provide these links only as a convenience to our users.  We do not own or operate these external sites and have no responsibility or liability for the content of these linked sites. You are responsible for learning and following the privacy policies and terms of use of any linked site.


  • We collect information using Google Analytics to provide a better experience for our users and inform the development of this site. This information may include demographic and technical information. Please review Google’s privacy policy for more information:

Opting out of Google Advertising or Analytics:

  • Users can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Settings page. Alternatively, you can opt out by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative Opt Out page or by using the Google Analytics Opt Out Browser add on.


  • Other than Xerces XKids program, we do not: (a) specifically market to persons under the age of 13; and/or (b) knowingly collect, either online or offline, Personally Identifiable Information from children. Personally Identifiable Information collected from children as part of the XKids program is collected only with prior consent from a parent or guardian, is not made public, is used solely by us to administer the program, and will not be sold or transferred to outside parties.