Throughout this document, we may use certain words or phrases, and it is important that you understand the meaning of them. The following is a non-exhaustive list of definitions of words and phrases found in this document:
“App” refers to our mobile software applications, including the EarthEcho Water Challenge App;
“Service” refers to the services that we provide, including our program materials, App and our Site;
“Site” refers to our websites, www.earthecho.org, www.monitorwater.org, and www.stemexplore.org;
“User” refers to anyone who uses our Service, including users of our App, general visitors to our Site, and you;
“EarthEcho International” refers to our organization, Earth Echo International, Inc.; our Site; our App; our Service; or a combination of all or some of the preceding definitions, depending on the context in which the phrase is used;
Applicants to participate as fellows in our EarthEcho Expeditions programs are asked to provide certain information on an online application form. The information collected on this application form will be shared internally within EarthEcho International for the purposes of reviewing the applicant information, selecting potential expedition fellows from among the applicants, and publicly sharing information about selected expedition participants on its website. Information submitted by applicants who are not selected as fellows will not be shared outside of EarthEcho International. Unsuccessful applicants can ask EarthEcho International to delete their data from our servers at any time within 1 year of their application. Applicants selected by EarthEcho International to be fellows will be provided with a written agreement to complete and return to EarthEcho International.
EarthEcho Water Challenge
Users wishing to purchase their own water monitoring kit to participate in the Water Monitor Challenge must do so using a third-party website operated by Lamotte Company, in partnership with EarthEcho International, and information provided on that form will be processed by Lamotte Company. For users who apply to EarthEcho International to have their purchase of a kit sponsored by a donor, in the event the sponsorship is approved we will purchase the kit directly from Lamotte, and the information provided for the order will be shared between both entities for the purpose of processing the order.
Automated Data Collection
Whenever you visit our Sites or use our App, we automatically collect certain information, such as your IP address, referring URL, browser, operating system, cookie information, and Internet Service Provider. This information is used to help improve the functionality of the Sites and App, to gauge the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns, and to discourage fraudulent use. This information is shared externally only on an aggregated basis. Without a subpoena, voluntary compliance on the part of your Internet Service Provider, or additional records from a third party, this information alone cannot usually be used to identify you.
EarthEcho uses one or more companies to place advertisements for our programs on third-party sites. Cookies and other technologies such as Web beacons or tags are used to measure the effectiveness of our ads and to determine the display of content and advertising to you based on your interests, both on our Sites and on third-party sites you may visit. To support this interest-based advertising solution, we, and companies whom we have contracted with, may use anonymous information about your visits to our and other websites. The information collected by this process is always anonymous, and does not enable any third-party to identify you individually.
Although it is our hope that you find the display of advertising to you based on your anonymous interests valuable, if you would prefer not to participate in the services, you can always opt-out of this activity by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) website here.
We may use your information to:
We will not sell, share, or trade our donors’ names or personal information with any other entity, nor send mailings to our donors on behalf of other organizations. This policy applies to all information received by EarthEcho International, both online and offline, on any platform, as well as any electronic, written, or verbal communications.
You can contact EarthEcho International by email to inquire if we are keeping personal information about you. If we do have personal information about you, we will provide you with a readable copy of such personal information at no charge. Factual errors in your personal information, including out-of-date information, can be corrected by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a request for such a change that credibly shows our error.
Although most changes may occur immediately, information may still be stored in a web browser’s cache. We take no responsibility for stored information in your cache, or in other devices that may store information, and disclaim all liability of such. In addition, we may, from time to time, retain residual information about you in our backup and/or database.
We retain the personal data collected from subscribers unless and until an individual asks us to remove their information.
You may always opt out of receiving some or all communications from us by unsubscribing through the email marketing platform Mailchimp. You can also update your email preferences here. To remove any personal information from our database, send an e-mail to email@example.com with the word “remove” in the subject line.
EarthEcho International may share your information with third party individuals and organizations to assist us in providing the Services, including contractors, web hosts, and other vendors.
Throughout the course of our provision of our Services to you, we may delegate our authority to collect, access, use, and disseminate your information. For example, our web host stores the information that you provide us, and we may hire outside contractors to perform maintenance or assist us in securing our website.
Additionally, EarthEcho International may disclose personal information where we, in good faith, deem it appropriate or necessary to identify, contact, or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) the rights or property of EarthEcho International, any individual, or the general public; maintain and protect the security and integrity of our services or infrastructure; protect ourselves and our services from fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful uses; investigate and defend ourselves against third-party claims or allegations; or assist government enforcement agencies.
We take all reasonable precautions to enhance the security of our Services and to protect the information provided through our Sites or the App or otherwise in our possession. Nevertheless, despite our best efforts, no transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be totally secure.
In addition, we recommend that you use anti-virus software, firewalls, and other precautions to protect yourself from security threats.
We take certain measures to enhance the security of our Service, as it is in our interest to do so. However, we make no representations as to the security or privacy of your information. It is in our interest to keep our website secure, but we recommend that you use anti-virus software, firewalls, and other precautions to protect yourself from security threats.
EarthEcho International and its servers (as well as Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, mWater, and their respective servers) are located in the United States. Users located in the European Union should be aware that their data will be transferred to the United States and that the European Commission has not found United States law to adequately protect the rights of data subjects. EarthEcho International and its partners take reasonable precautions to ensure that all processing activities conducted on their behalf are compliant with The General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679. Under that regulation, EU users who believe their data has been misused have the right to lodge a complaint with their Member State’s supervisory authority.
Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. We never collect or maintain information at the Sites from persons we know to be under age 13, and no part of our Sites is designed to attract anyone under age 13. Please do not communicate with or contact us if you are under age 13.
Any person who provides Personal Information through these Sites represents to us that he or she is 13 years of age or older. If EarthEcho International learns that personal information has been collected from a user under 13 years of age on or through these Sites, then EarthEcho International will take the appropriate steps to cause this information to be deleted.
Last Modified: September 28, 2021