Bio-Invasion is a global community of people who record observations of invasive species and share them with each other so all of us can learn more about the natural invasive world. These guidelines are not a replacement for our Term of Use.
Suspendable Offenses :
The following behaviors lead to immediate suspension without warning.
Hate speech. Hate speech is content consciously designed to attack people based on age, race, gender, sexual orientation, income, physical ability, country of origin, religion, educational background, or any other attribute that people are unable to control.
Insults or threats. Insults are attacks meant purely to belittle or offend people. A threat is any content that indicates an intent to harm another person. Note that warnings about suspension or other regulatory actions on the part of site staff on Bio-Invasion are not threats.
Sexually explicit content. Observations of mating non-human species are fine, but common sense should still be used.
Sockpuppet accounts. A sockpuppet account is an additional account set up to evade suspension, circumvent restrictions in functionality, or other forms of bad behavior, like confirming your own identifications. This does not include multiple accounts set up for multiple roles, e.g. a personal account and a professional account.
Accepted behavior :
Images of dead or dismembered animals. While we do not endorse killing or fatally injuring animals just for the sake of contributing to Bio-Invasion, as naturalists we understand that invasive species must be eradicated as they can be a serious threat to local species, biodiversity, health, food or human infrastructures. While these kinds of images can be disturbing for some people, they can also be interesting, and provide the same kind of scientifically relevant occurrence data as an image of a living creature. Very often they demonstrate some aspect of the life history of the organisms involved.
Tools for Dealing With Problems:
Abuse report. Observations with inappropriate content can be reported as an abuse by any user and will be suspended immediately from the website.
Blocking. Blocking is an extreme measure for situations where efforts to resolve differences through discussion have failed and the offending party refuses to stop contacting you. Blocking someone will prevent them from interacting with you on Bio-Invasion. If you feel you need to block someone, please contact email@example.com and we will consider your request. If we (the site staff) find that you are using blocking to silence identifiers you don’t trust, we will investigate and we may suspend you.
firstname.lastname@example.org. If there is a serious problem that you can't resolve or there are people on the site who cannot abide by these guidelines despite numerous requests to change their behavior, please email us and we will investigate and possibly suspend such people.
Please read this Agreement carefully before accessing or using the Website. By accessing or using any part of the Website, each user ("You", "Your" or "User") agrees to the terms and conditions of this Agreement. If You do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this Agreement, You should not access the Website or use any services made available via the Website. The Website is available only to individuals who are at least 13 years old, unless parental permission has been obtained.
Your Bio-Invasion Account and Site. If You create an account on the Website, You are responsible for maintaining the security of Your account, and You are fully responsible for all activities that occur under the account and any other actions taken in connection with the account. You must not post content to Your account in a misleading or unlawful manner, including in a manner intended to trade on the name or reputation of others. Bio-Invasion may, at its discretion, change or remove any content that it considers inappropriate or unlawful. You must immediately notify Bio-Invasion of any unauthorized uses of Your account or any other breaches of security. Bio-Invasion will not be liable for any acts or omissions by You, including any damages of any kind incurred as a result of such acts or omissions.
Responsibility of Contributors. If You post material to the Website, or otherwise make (or allow any third party to make) material available by means of the Website (any such material, “Content”), You are entirely responsible for the content of, and any harm resulting from, that Content. That is the case regardless of whether the Content in question constitutes text, graphics, an audio file, or computer software. By making Content available, You represent and warrant that:
- the Content does not contain or install any viruses, worms, malware, Trojan horses or other harmful or destructive content;
- the Content is not spam and does not contain unethical or unwanted commercial content designed to drive traffic to third party sites or boost the search engine rankings of third party sites, or to further unlawful acts (such as phishing) or mislead recipients as to the source of the material (such as spoofing);
- You will post only Content that is relevant to Bio-Invasion and at a rate and volume that does not hinder other Users' ability to use Bio-Invasion;
- the Content is not libelous or defamatory, does not contain threats or incite violence towards individuals or entities, and does not violate the privacy or publicity rights of any third party;
- Your account details do not mislead others into thinking they represent another specific person or organization (unique pseudonyms are allowed). For example, Your login name is not the name of a person other than Yourself or company other than Your own;
- Your content is not getting advertised via unwanted electronic messages such as spam links on newsgroups, email lists, journals and web sites, and similar unsolicited promotional methods.
Without limiting any of those representations or warranties, Bio-Invasion has the right (though not the obligation), in Bio-Invasion’s sole discretion, to terminate or deny access to and use of the Website to any individual or entity for any reason.
Responsibility of Website Visitors. Bio-Invasion has not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, posted to the Website, and cannot therefore be responsible for that material’s content, use or effects. By operating the Website, Bio-Invasion does not represent or imply that it endorses the material posted to the Website, or that it believes such material to be accurate, useful, non-infringing or non-harmful. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect Yourself and Your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. The Website may contain content that is offensive, indecent, or otherwise objectionable, as well as content containing technical inaccuracies, typographical mistakes, and other errors. The Website may also contain material that violates the privacy or publicity rights, or infringes the intellectual property and other proprietary rights, of third parties, or the downloading, copying or use of which is subject to additional terms and conditions, stated or unstated. Bio-Invasion disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from the use by visitors of the Website, any mislabeling by Website visitors of observations, or from any downloading by those visitors of content posted to the Website.
Non-Commercial Use. You agree not to use the Website, the Bio-Invasion Service, or any Bio-Invasion Content for commercial purpose or for any illegal, unlawful, inappropriate, or unauthorized purpose or activity. You further agree not to threaten, abuse, solicit, spam, harass, stalk, impersonate or intimidate other Bio-Invasion Users and not to collect or store any location or other personal information about any Bio-Invasion Users that You obtain from the Website, except for non-commercial research, conservation, and species management purposes.
Copyright Infringement and DMCA Policy. Bio-Invasion respects the intellectual property rights of others, and requests that Users of the Bio-Invasion Website and Service do the same.
If You believe that Your work has been copied on the Website in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide Bio-Invasion's Copyright Agent with the information specified below in the form of a “Notification of Alleged Infringement.” It is Bio-Invasion's policy to respond to clear Notifications of Alleged Infringement, and our policy is designed to make submitting Notifications of Alleged Infringement as straightforward as possible while reducing the number of Notifications that we receive that are fraudulent or difficult to understand or verify. If You are concerned about the removal of or blocked access to Your content, please provide Bio-Invasion's Copyright Agent with a “Counter-Notification.” The process specified below is consistent with that provided under the Swiss Federal Act on Copyright and Neighbouring Rights of October 9, 1992 (NFACN) (the text of which can be found at the Fedlex Website at https://www.fedlex.admin.ch).
NOTIFICATION OF ALLEGED COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT
If You would like to submit a claim of copyright infringement, please substantiate each claim by sending Bio-Invasion's registered Copyright Agent a Notification of Claimed Infringement at the email or mailing address below:
Copyright Agent, Legal Department
PermanentLife Association, Bio-Invasion
Chemin de la Buanderie 4
1852 Roche VD
Detail of what an effective Notification of Alleged Infringement must include is available at the Fedlex Website at https://www.fedlex.admin.ch.
If You elect to submit a Counter-Notification, please send the Bio-Invasion registered Copyright Agent a Counter Notification at the email or mailing address above.
Detail of what an effective Counter-Notification must include is available at the Fedlex Website at https://www.fedlex.admin.ch.
Bio-Invasion will respond to all such notices, including as required or appropriate by removing the infringing material or disabling all links to the infringing material. In the case of a visitor who may infringe or repeatedly infringes the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of Bio-Invasion or others, Bio-Invasion may, in its discretion, terminate or deny access to and use of the Website.
Intellectual Property. All trademarks, service marks, graphics and logos used in connection with Bio-Invasion or the Website are trademarks or registered trademarks of Bio-Invasion, PermanentLife association or Bio-Invasion’s Users or other third parties. Your use of the Website grants You no right or license to reproduce or otherwise use any Bio-Invasion or third-party trademarks. This Agreement does not transfer to You any Bio-Invasion or third party intellectual property, and all right, title and interest in and to such property will remain solely with Bio-Invasion or such owners.
Changes. Bio-Invasion reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify or replace any part of this Agreement. It is Your responsibility to check this Agreement periodically for changes. Your continued use of or access to the Website following the posting of any changes to this Agreement constitutes acceptance of those changes. Bio-Invasion may also, in the future, offer new services and/or features through the Website (including, the release of new tools and resources). Such new features and/or services shall be subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
Termination. Bio-Invasion may terminate Your access to all or any part of the Website at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately. If You wish to terminate this Agreement or Your Bio-Invasion account, You may simply discontinue using the Website and delete Your account. All provisions of this Agreement which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity, and limitations of liability.
Disclaimer of Warranties. The Website is provided “as is.” Bio-Invasion and its suppliers and Members hereby disclaim all warranties of any kind, express or implied, including, without limitation, the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. Neither Bio-Invasion nor its suppliers or Members makes any warranty that the Website will be error free or that access thereto will be continuous or uninterrupted. You understand that You download from, or otherwise obtain content or services through, the Website at Your own discretion and risk.
Limitation of Liability. In no event will Bio-Invasion be liable with respect to any subject matter of this Agreement under any contract, negligence, strict liability or other legal or equitable theory for: (i) any special, incidental or consequential damages; (ii) the cost of procurement or substitute products or services; or (iii) for interruption of use or loss or corruption of data. Bio-Invasion shall have no liability for any failure or delay due to matters beyond its reasonable control. The foregoing shall not apply to the extent prohibited by applicable law.
Indemnification. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Bio-Invasion, the PermanentLife association, their contractors, licensors and Members, and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents from and against any and all claims and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, arising out of Your use of the Website, including but not limited to Your violation this Agreement.
Last Modified on March 08, 2021
Types of Information We Collect
"Personal Information" means information such as Your first/middle initial or name, last name, e-mail address, street address, mailing address if different, town or city, state, zip code, telephone number, profile photograph, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, credit card information and any other information that could allow someone to identify You or contact You, including information collected through cookies and other technology.
Bio-Invasion collects Personal Information of the sort that web browsers, hardware, software and servers typically make available, such as the IP address, device ID, browser type, language preference, referring site, pages viewed, one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser, and the date and time of each visitor request. Bio-Invasion's purpose in collecting this information is to better understand how Bio-Invasion's visitors use its Websites and Apps. From time to time, Bio-Invasion may release such information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its Websites and Apps.
How We Collect Personal Information
Bio-Invasion may collect Personal Information when You choose to interact with Bio-Invasion in ways that require Bio-Invasion to gather such information, such as if You browse on Bio-Invasion, register as an Bio-Invasion User, update or add information to Your Bio-Invasion profile, provide content to Bio-Invasion through Your computer or phone, make a donation to Bio-Invasion through the Websites, make a purchase from the Bio-Invasion store (collectively, the Bio-Invasion "Services"), or otherwise communicate or engage with Us about the Bio-Invasion Services. When You post an Observation on Bio-Invasion, We may collect Your User ID, latitude and longitude of the site of the Observation, the place name of the site of the Observation, the date and time of the Observation, the metadata associated with image or sound files, the app You used to contribute data, and the time zone of the site of the Observation. The amount and type of information that Bio-Invasion gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. In each case, Bio-Invasion collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of Your interaction with Bio-Invasion. Bio-Invasion does not disclose Personal Information other than as described herein. You can refuse to supply Personal Information, with the caveat that doing so may prevent You from engaging in certain Website and App-related activities, such as registering as an Bio-Invasion User, maintaining an Bio-Invasion profile, or posting content to Bio-Invasion. Without providing personal information (other than the automatic provision of Your IP address), You will still be able to access and use Bio-Invasion on a read-only basis.
How We Use Personal Information
We may use the Personal Information that You provide in order to deliver the Bio-Invasion Services and to administer and maintain the Bio-Invasion Websites, respond to Your inquiries, improve our services, business, and Websites, manage our business including spam detection and fraud prevention purposes, for marketing, legal and research purposes, and to understand how You use Our Websites and services. If You register as a Bio-Invasion User, You must give Us current, complete and accurate information and keep the information You provide to Us up to date. We cannot and shall not be responsible for any problems or liability that may arise if You do not give Us current, accurate, truthful, or complete information or if You fail to update the information You give Us.
When We Disclose and Share Personal Information
Personal Information You provide related to the Observations You post (user name, date, time, location) is published in venues on Bio-Invasion where it is visible to anyone ("Published") as matter of normal usage and therefore is publicly shared with other Bio-Invasion Users, whether or not they are signed in. We also explicitly and publicly share this information publicly in a machine-readable format with a handful of partners, including the Global Biodiversity Information Facility ("GBIF").
We share Personal Information associated with Users’ registration and account (IP address, email address, etc.) with representatives from Bio-Invasion Network Members (see https://www.Bio-Invasion.com for information about the Bio-Invasion Network). Bio-Invasion Network Members can request and receive Personal Information from Users who affiliate with their particular Member site as their primary site.
Bio-Invasion discloses Personal Information to contractors, service providers, consultants and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Bio-Invasion's behalf or to provide Services available at Bio-Invasion's Websites and Apps, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others, with the exception of non-public location data from Observations for non-commercial research, conservation, and species management purposes.
Some of those contractors, service providers and affiliated organizations may be located outside of Your home country; by using Bio-Invasion's Websites or Apps, You consent to the transfer of such information to them. Bio-Invasion will not rent or sell Personal Information to anyone. We share your Personal information with entities that support Our business and operations such as hosting Our Websites and data, communicating with You, fraud and spam detection, data analytics, and other legitimate business purposes including communicating with the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store, Google Analytics, Google Firebase and New Relic.
We use OpenStreetMap (to display geographic content). If You choose to participate in some optional services, We will share Personal Information with entities that make those services possible.
Other than as described above, Bio-Invasion discloses Personal Information only when required to do so by law, or when Bio-Invasion believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Bio-Invasion, third parties, or the public at large. Unless authorized by You through Your opt-in, or as provided above, We will make Your Personal Information available to non-affiliated third parties only in the following circumstances:
• If We are compelled to do so by a governmental agency, court, or other entity (e.g., to respond to subpoenas, court orders or legal process);
• If, in Our sole discretion, We believe disclosure is necessary to investigate or resolve possible problems or inquiries, to protect Our assets, to defend Our interests or comply with Our legal and regulatory obligations; or to protect a User's safety;
• If there is a bankruptcy, merger, acquisition, transfer of control, joint venture or other business combination involving Bio-Invasion.
If You are a registered User of Bio-Invasion and have supplied Your email address, Bio-Invasion may occasionally send You an email to tell You about new features, solicit Your feedback, or just keep You up to date with what's going on with Bio-Invasion and Our services. We primarily use blogs and groups to communicate this type of information, so We expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If You send Us a request (for example via a support email or via one of Our feedback mechanisms), We reserve the right to publish it in order to help Us clarify or respond to Your request or to help Us support other Users. Bio-Invasion takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration, or destruction of Personal Information.
Legal Basis for Processing Personal Information Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
Bio-Invasion may process Your Personal Information because:
• The processing is necessary to provide the services and features You have requested
• The processing is necessary to perform a contract with You
• The processing is necessary for the legitimate interests of Our business, such as fraud prevention, information security, or to comply with the law
• You have provided consent for Us to do so.
Contact Preferences; Opt-In and Opt-Out
We would like to keep in touch with You in ways that You find to be beneficial. You can control the kinds of emails You receive after creating an account. Should You require assistance, You may contact Us directly by emailing email@example.com. Keep in mind that these preferences regarding promotional contacts do not mean that We might not contact You for other reasons, such as those related to an inquiry You made, a legally required notice and so on.
How We Retain Personal Information
We retain Your Personal Information associated with Your registration for so long as You remain a registered User of Bio-Invasion. In addition, We may retain Personal Information from closed accounts to comply with national laws, prevent fraud, collect any fees owed, resolve disputes, troubleshoot problems, assist with any investigation, enforce Our User Agreement and take other actions permitted or required by applicable national laws.
Personal information associated with Observations (time, date, location, etc.) may remain attached to Observations, even after You have closed Your account unless You request that We delete it.
We do not knowingly collect or solicit Personal Information from children or knowingly allow children to make purchases through Our Websites and Apps. Visitors 14 years of age and younger must obtain an adult's permission before submitting any Personal Information to our Websites or Apps. In the event that We learn that We have received any Personal Information from a visitor 14 years of age or younger, and We do not receive parental permission within a reasonable period of time of Our request for it, We will delete that information as quickly as possible. If You believe that We might have Personal Information from or about a child 14 years of age or younger, please contact Us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Automated technology collects information from Your computer or mobile device and includes cookies, web beacons, local shared objects, or other similar technology.
Third Party Analytics Disclaimer
Google Analytics. We use Google Analytics to understand how Our website, services, and products perform, how You use them, and to serve You with ads on third-party websites.
How We Protect Your Personal Information
Your Rights with Your Personal Information
If You are a resident of the European Economic Area (“EEA”), You have certain rights with regard to Your Personal Information. Those include:
• The right to access, update or delete the information We have about You. In many instances, You can personally access and update Your Personal Information by accessing Your online account settings when logged in. If You are unable to perform these actions yourself, please contact Us to assist You.
• The right of rectification. You have the right to have Your information corrected if that information is inaccurate or incomplete.
• The right to object. You have the right to object to our processing of Your Personal Information.
• The right of restriction. You have the right to request that We restrict the processing of Your Personal Information.
• The right to data portability. You have the right to be provided with a copy of the information that We have about You in a structured, machine-readable and commonly used format.
• The right to withdraw consent. You have the right to withdraw Your consent at any time where Bio-Invasion relied on Your consent to process Your personal information.
Please note that for Your safety and security, We may ask You to verify Your identity before responding to such requests. For any such information or requests, contact the Bio-Invasion Data Protection Officer at email@example.com.
If You do not wish to have the time, date, place, or other identifying information of an Observation included on Bio-Invasion, You should not post an Observation. Upon Your request, We will close Your account and remove Your Observations.
The Data Controller
The Data Controller who collects and processes your Personal Information is: PermanentLife association at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Links and Third Parties
There may be opportunities through the Bio-Invasion Websites and Apps from time to time to opt-in to receive information from non-Bio-Invasion entities. If You opt-in, You may receive correspondence from these organizations on programs, products or services that might interest You. Your communication with these entities should be directly with such entities.
Information from Users Outside Switzerland, and Cross Border Data Transfers
Switzerland Do Not Track Notice
Your Swiss Privacy Rights
Although We do not disclose to any third parties for their marketing purposes any Personal Information, residents of Switzerland are entitled to receive the following disclosure information under Swiss law:
Residents of Switzerland, under the Swiss Civil Code, have the right to request from companies conducting business in Switzerland, a list of all third parties to which the company has disclosed Personal Information during the preceding year for direct marketing purposes. Except with respect to the limited exceptions described above, We do not share Your Personal Information with any third parties for direct marketing purposes.
If You are a Swiss resident and request information about how to exercise Your third party disclosure choices, You must send a request to the following address with a preference on how Our response to Your request should be sent (email). Send an email to email@example.com.
For all requests, please include Your name, city, state, and zip code. We will not accept requests via the telephone. We are not responsible for notices that are not labeled or sent properly, notices that are illegible or do not have complete information.