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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.

 

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We run own map servers

Applied user privacy means also to run own map servers and not to implement maps from big cooperations like Google Maps or Bing Maps. Such free map services on the web are commonly paid with your user's data instead. On SPOTTERON, the app's map is hosted on a professional map provider and the costs for the traffic of map tiles generated by the use of the Citizen Science app is already included in the regular prices of your SPOTTERON Package.

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EU GDPR in Citizen Science Apps

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

  • Hashtags are an excellent tool to find and verify information on social media platforms quickly. Read, how you can use hashtags to foster engagement with users for your next or ongoing Citizen Science project on the blog.

    Monday, 17 February 2020
  • A new paper, "Benefits and challenges of collaborating with volunteers: Examples from National Wildlife Roadkill Reporting Systems in Europe", has been added. Read more in the Papers section here!

    Monday, 03 February 2020