Privacy Policy

This is the privacy policy ("Privacy Policy") of the California Academy of Sciences' website, iOS App, and Android App, and describes how ("iNaturalist," "We," "Us" or "Our") handles Personal Information (as defined below) that users ("You," "or "User") provide to Us, or that We collect from You through the use of Our Website, which is located at ( the "Website"), iOS App, and Android App (the “App(s)”).

Website and App Visitors collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request.'s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how's visitors use its Website and Apps. From time to time, may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its Website and Apps.

Personally-Identifying Information

"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, date of birth, credit card information, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, and any other information that would allow someone to identify You or contact You. does not use such information to identify its visitors, however, and does not disclose such information, other than under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information, as described below. may collect Personal Information when You choose to interact with in ways that require to gather such information, such as if You register as an iNaturalist user, or provide content to iNaturalist through Your computer or phone. The amount and type of information that gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. In each case, collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of Your interaction with does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And You can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that doing so may prevent You from engaging in certain Website and App-related activities. discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its programmers, contractors, and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on's behalf or to provide services available at's Website and Apps, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of Your home country; by using's Website or Apps, You consent to the transfer of such information to them. will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone.

Other than to its employees, contractors, and affiliated organizations, as described above, discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only when required to do so by law, or when believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of, 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 you are a registered user of and have supplied your email address, 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 and our products. 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. takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration, or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.


We do not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from children or knowingly allow children to purchase goods or memberships through Our Website and Apps. Visitors 12 years of age and younger must obtain an adult's permission before submitting any personal information to this or any other website or App. In the event that We learn that We have received any personal information from a visitor 12 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 information from or about a child 12 years of age or younger, please contact Us at

Unaffiliated Third Parties

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:


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor's computer, and that the visitor's browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. uses cookies to help identify and track visitors, their usage of Website, and their Website access preferences. visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using's websites, with the drawback that certain features of's websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Links and Third Parties

There may be opportunities through the iNaturalist Website and Apps from time to time to opt-in to receive information from non-iNaturalist 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.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in's sole discretion. We will post an updated and revised version of this Privacy Policy on the iNaturalist Website when any material changes have been made, and encourages visitors to check this Privacy Policy often so You are aware of the most current terms and conditions that apply to You. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute Your acceptance of such change.

Your California Privacy Rights

Residents of the State of California, under the California Civil Code, have the right to request from companies conducting business in California, 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 California 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 or postal mail). Send an email to the Privacy Administrator at or contact us via postal mail at:

California Academy of Sciences - Privacy Administrator

55 Music Concourse Drive
Golden Gate Park 
San Francisco, CA 94118

Attn: Your California Privacy Rights

All requests sent via postal mail must be labeled "Your California Privacy Rights" on the envelope or post card and clearly stated on the actual request. For all requests, please include your name, street address, city, state, and zip code. (Your street address is optional if you wish to receive a response to your request via email. Please include your zip code for our own recordkeeping.) We will not accept requests via the telephone or by facsimile. We are not responsible for notices that are not labeled or sent properly, notices that are illegible or do not have complete information.

All Users

If any user of Our Website, Apps, or any Subscriber has any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact our Privacy Administrator at or:

California Academy of Sciences - Privacy Administrator

55 Music Concourse Drive
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118

 This Privacy Policy was last modified on December 12, 2016.

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Revised on December 13, 2016 07:45 PM by alexshepard alexshepard