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Privacy Policy

For the purposes of this privacy statement, ‘we’, ‘our’ and ‘us’ refers to Sentry US and any reference to ‘you’ or ‘your’ means you, the user.

Why do we collect personal information?

We sometimes need to collect and use personal information so that we can fulfill our functions as an organization. Examples of our functions are described on our website, such as providing funding, running projects and events, evaluating what we do, and communicating with you about our work and services.

Cookie Information
We continually seek to improve what is available on our website and in our digital communications to make them more effective. To help us achieve this, we collect information about how our website and communications are used. To do this, we may use cookies, web beacons, server logs and analytics software.

This information is aggregated and does not identify individuals. It may include IP addresses, referring and destination websites, browsing patterns, browser type, operating system, and search terms.

What is a cookie?
An HTTP cookie (‘cookie’) is a small parcel of text sent backwards and forwards between a web browser and a website. It is used in a number of ways and there are a number of different types.

Session cookie – A session cookie only lasts for the time you are using the website and is then deleted.

Persistent cookie – A persistent cookie lasts longer than this and is used to remember things about your access like your username and password.

Secure cookie – Secure cookies are used if you log into any password-protected areas of our website using a username and password (such as the Plant Science Network).

Third-party cookies – These are cookies set by other services. In our case this is Google Analytics. These are used to: compile statistics about usage, and provide shortened URLs, respectively.

First-party cookies (those set by the site you are on) are used to distinguish between different users, or determine the relationship between the pages you visit. They differentiate one user from another and provide continuity. Normally they collect data about your browser, along with the information you request and send. Cookies in themselves do not identify individuals, but are defined by a combination of a computer, a user account, and a browser.

Information Sharing

We may need to share your information with other organizations that work with us in order to provide our services. In those cases, those organizations may only use the information for that purpose.

We will release personal information where we are required to do so by law, or by rules to which we are subject (including auditing requirements).

We may also exchange information with other organizations for the purposes of fraud protection and reduction of credit risk.

Updating Statement

We may review and edit this statement from time to time. The last update was October 28, 2014.