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Avibase privacy policy

Avibase is a non-commercial web site hosted in Canada, dedicated primarily to gather and share information about birds of the world. Avibase does not collect or use personal information about its users and visitors for commercial purposes. It however doe collect some personal information that it uses in the following ways.

First, for pages that require user authentication (login and password, such as myAvibase and the Avibase web services tool), we store a cookie that resides only on your computer for the purpose of maintaining your session. If you create an Avibase personal profile, your name, email address, language and other preferences, as well as your lists of sightings associated with your checklists, will be stored within our servers. This information will not be shared with third parties and is only used for the purpose of identifying you during your use of the Avibase site. Your name may be displayed in public outputs (e.g. the Top observers report), but you can ask to exclude your name from your profile. You can also, at any time, delete your profile and all associated data, by going to your Avibase profile and clicking on "Delete profile".

Avibase also uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics uses cookies, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address, although this should be limited because we rely on the IP anonymization feature) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

I generally try to acknowledge by name all contributors who helped me improve Avibase over the years. If your name appears in the acknowledgments, but you would like to remove it, please simply contact me. If you feel that your name should be there, please also let me know, this is almost certainly an oversight on my part (my apologies!).

Avibase is the copyright of Denis Lepage. Permission is implicitly granted to make links to any of the pages of the site, including, but not limited to, regional checklists and species profile pages.

Use of photos

Photos and images displayed within Avibase are all subject to the copyright of their original author, unless otherwise indicated through a creative license logo. All photos displayed from the Flickr API remain the property of their original contributors. Avibase does not maintain a local cache of photos from the API, but only maintains links to the thumbnail-sized versions. All photos include the name of the author (as provided to Flickr) and are linked to the author's page on Flickr. Only photos that have been marked for public searches by their authors are displayed in Avibase. This is a usually a default setting in Flickr, which can be changed by the account holder.

If you are a photographer with a Flickr account, and would like to request that your photos are no longer displayed as thumbnails in Avibase, you have at least 2 options. First, you can contact me to ask that your photos no longer be displayed, and I will be happy to oblige as soon as I can. When you do so, please also provide your flickr account name, so I can identify and establish a filter to prevent your photos from being displayed. Your second option is to change the display property of some or all of your photos so they are no longer available for public searches. This can be done globally within your Flickr account, under Privacy and permissions, or for each individual photo. After you change this setting, photos may be showed as unavailable in Avibase, and will eventually be removed completely.

Photos from the Avibase banner have been used with permission from their copyright holders, whom are normally identified by hovering your mouse over any of the photos or clicking on a photo.

Permission to use any of the photos displayed in Avibase cannot be granted by me and must be requested directly to the copyright holder. Some of the Flickr photos are available for use under the Creative Commons License, but it is your responsibility as a user to ensure which ones and to abide by the terms of the specific license. This information is available on the Flickr site when clicking a photo.

If you have photos that you would like to make available through Avibase, all you need to do is make those photos available in a Flickr account, and ensure that your profile allows for private searches.

Reporting inappropriate content

If you would like to report an inappropriate photo displayed in Avibase, the best way if to simply click the little square icon displayed on the lower left corner below any of the photos. The use of this button should be limited to misidentification and photos that are not representing birds. Any photos flagged in this manner will eventually be reviewed and removed if appropriate. If you wish, you can also assign a vote to any photo by clicking on the bar below the photo. The average voting score so far from other visitors (when applicable) is also displayed below the photos. Finally, you can use the arrow button, on the lower right corner, to change the photo to another randomly selected one of the same species.

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