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Privacy & data safety

Running interactive Citizen Science apps also means protecting the privacy and data of all Citizen Scientists.

In an online environment, privacy and data safety are an important point to consider when running an interactive project. As digital natives ourselves, we apply high standards to the SPOTTERON platform in regards of technical solutions and also ethical decisions.

Our three core principles are:

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We use strong encryption

All data transferred over the internet has to be encrypted. We use strong encryption standards via Transfer Layer Security(TLS) protocol for all data exchange between our servers and the smartphone apps, interactive maps and also for all project websites we build and run on the SPOTTERON Citizen Science platform.

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We don`t monetize user data

All apps on the SPOTTERON platform are ad-free and we keep the user's data safe. We will never sell user data to third parties and we don't include third party ad networks or other forms of user monetization in the smartphone apps or websites - simply because Citizen Science should stay independent and respect its user's privacy.

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We don't track users

Every service on the internet costs something - by including Google Analytics, Twitter Feeds, Facebook Buttons or other free tools, all user data will be tracked, monitored and fed into personal user profiles. As an ethical principle, our policy is that we do not track our users and don't include third party scripts, which permanently keep watching.

EU General Data Protection Regulation

Beginning with 25th May 2018, the European Union sets high standards for privacy laws with the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679). All science projects running on the SPOTTERON platform automatically comply with the regulations terms and include functionalities like the "right to erasure" or "data protection by design". More information about the GDPR can be found at its Wikipedia page here: General Data Protection Regulation.

In all apps on the platform, users can find options to directly export a copy of all their personal data and to anonymize all their personal information, stored on the SPOTTERON servers.

Shortnews

  • As the usage of mobile devices continues to grow compared to desktop, generating more and more traffic, a well crafted online presence and app are crucial for any citizen science project. Read more about the state of the mobile web, and its development on the Citizen Science blog!

    Tuesday, 05 November 2019
  • It’s mushroom season here in Austria, which means it’s the perfect time to introduce you to the Mushroom Finder- the SPOTTERON mushroom web app for citizen scientist! The idea behind it is to preserve the knowledge about wild growing mushrooms and toadstools and, above all, to introduce the topic to and engage the younger generation. Read more on the blog!

    Monday, 28 October 2019