Privacy Policy

Information Collection and Use

The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS), Inc. is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. We will not sell, share, or rent this information to others in ways different from what is disclosed in this statement. The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS), Inc. collects information from our users at several different points on our Website.

Cookies
No personally identifiable information (e-mail address, name, etc.) is collected with the cookies that we set, and accepting cookies while on the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS), Inc. site will not put the user at risk for marketing to other sites.

Web Statistics
We use IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the site, track user movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use for reporting and sponsorship purposes. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

Sharing
We will share aggregated demographic information with our sponsors and donors. This is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual person. We only share this information so that we can secure funding to continue providing this site free of charge.

Links
This Website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS), Inc. does not claim any responsibility for the privacy practices of such other sites. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this Website.

Security
This Website takes every precaution to protect our users' information, and we have security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control.

Notification of Changes
If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes to this page.

Donor Privacy
The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS), Inc. is committed to respecting the privacy of our donors. We have developed this privacy policy to ensure our donors that donor information will not be shared with any third party.

BIOS provides this Donor Privacy Policy to inform you of the way your information is used. We also provide you with the opportunity to unsubscribe from our mailing list.

Donor Contact Information
Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS), Inc. collects and uses various information from donors that includes: amount donated, address, telephone number, donor comments and e-mail address. Tax laws in the United States require BIOS to keep contact information and contribution level of donors on file.

BIOS uses donor information to understand donors' needs and provide excellent service. BIOS will never sell, trade, rent or share names (unless released for publication), e-mail or mail addresses, or telephone numbers of our donors. Donors names will be listed in our annual donor report, unless otherwise instructed. This report is posted on our website and distributed to donors if requested. BIOS will use contact information (e-mail, telephone number and address) of donors for these purposes only:

  • - Distribute receipts for donations
  • - Thank donors for their donation
  • - Inform donors about upcoming fundraising and other activities at BIOS
  • - Internal analysis and record keeping
  • - Reporting to relevant U.S. and State agencies (these reports are not for public inspection)
  • - Contact donors about changes to this policy

BIOS allows donors the option to have their name publicly associated with their donation in an annual donor report unless the donor explicitly chooses to remain "anonymous".

Financial Information
All access to donor financial information is strictly limited to professional staff of BIOS whose job requires them to process this data. No such data is given to any person, organization or group who does not need to access those data.

To accept contributions via credit card, BIOS uses accredited online payment processing services with world-class security and data privacy policies. Unless requested by the donor for the purpose of processing recurring donations, BIOS does not store, nor does it have access to, your credit card information, bank account numbers, or other account data sent to those processing services. It is our desire to not send unwanted mail or information about BIOS to our donors. Please contact us if you wish to be removed from our mailing list.

Questions or Comments
If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this Website, you can contact us at webmaster@bios.edu