Privacy Policy

This privacy notice discloses the privacy practices for Backyard Butterflies (www.backyardbutterflies.org). This privacy notice applies solely to information collected by this website. It will notify you of the following:

1. What personally identifiable information is collected from you through our website, how it is used and with whom it may be shared.

2. What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data.

3. The security procedures in place to protect the misuse of your information.

4. How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information.

Information Collection, Use, and Sharing We are the sole owners of the information collected on this site. We only have access to/collect information that you voluntarily give us via the forms we use on this website or other direct contact from you. We will do not sell or rent your information to anyone. We will use your information to respond to you, regarding the reason you contacted us. We will not share your information with any third party outside of our organization, other than as necessary to fulfill your request or inquiry.

Cookies We use “cookies” on this site. A cookie is a piece of data stored on a site visitor’s hard drive to help us improve your access to our site and identify repeat visitors to our site. For instance, when we use a cookie to identify you, you would not have to log in a password more than once, thereby saving time while on our site. Cookies can also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our site. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information on our site.

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year. If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser. When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed. If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Forms and Registrations We use forms and registrations on this site. We collect information from you that we think is necessary in order to fulfill your request, provide you with a service, or keep you updated and informed about our events and activities.

Blog Comments When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Embedded Content from Other Websites These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Media If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Links This website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.

How Long We Retain Your Data or Information If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information. For information that we gather from Registrations and Forms we will retain it for our records a minimum of one year and a maximum of five years. Information that we receive about your donation made through PayPal will be kept for our financial records for ten years.

Your Access to and Control Over Information You may opt out of any future contacts from us at any time by contacting us by email at admin@backyardbutterflies.org. You can do the following at any time by contacting us via our email address:

  • See what data we have about you, if any.
  • Change/correct any data we have about you.
  • Have us delete any data we have about you.
  • Express any concern you have about our use of your data.
If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Security We take precautions to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via our website, your information is protected both online and offline.

Wherever we collect sensitive information, such as your address, phone number, or email address, that information is encrypted and transmitted to us in a secure way. You can verify this by looking for a lock icon in the address bar and looking for “https” at the beginning of the address of the Web page.

While we use encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, we also protect your information offline. Only the owners of Backyard Butterflies have access to your information at this time. If in the future we have employees or volunteers who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, answering emails) they may be granted access to personally identifiable information. When part of their job responsibilities, employees or volunteers who collect and process personal information must comply with this policy and any applicable data protection procedures.

The computers/servers in which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment and are password protected, as are all of the online accounts associated with our website, and additional third party websites we use to conduct business.

What data breach procedures we have in place In the event of a data breach, we will issue breach notifications as required by the North Carolina Identity Theft Protection Act.

If you feel that we are not abiding by this privacy policy, you should contact us immediately at admin@backyardbutterflies.org.