Privacy policy

GBIF, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, provides this Privacy Policy to inform you of the collection, use and disclosure ("Processing") of personal data on this site. The Processing includes personal data that you provide to us or that we collect using the site in connection with the following:

  • Professional network and data publishers: contact information for the purpose of sharing information and encouraging professional activity and engagement through the GBIF community site and its discussion forums, as well as for GBIF’s direct communication with such users
  • Other users: email address as part of the setting up of an account in order to provide access to downloads and subscription to newsletters
  • Social media, including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Google Plus and Vimeo integrated with
  • E-newsletter and other internal email lists and lists maintained by third-party providers for the purposes of outbound communication
  • Public email and discussion lists about tools, products and topics of interest
  • Public consultations and surveys, both on GBIF and third-party websites to assess biodiversity information needs and practices
  • Corresponding authors of peer-reviewed scientific research that makes use of GBIF-mediated data
  • Public GitHub repositories and JIRA issue tracking system
  • Cookies that we use to provide session management
  • Information related to search events, including criteria, timestamps and summary download results
  • Third-party cookies that process information related to website usage statistics provided by Google Analytics

This Processing of personal data is necessary in order to fulfil requirements related to research and scientific methods, intellectual property rights, administrative purposes and operation of the site. The default settings on the site implies that the Processing only includes necessary information.

If you choose to provide information to the site, this information including your personal data may be accessible to users of the site. The use of social media through the site implies that your personal data may be accessible through such media.

Furthermore, GBIF may be required to transfer the information to the authorities as required by law.

You have the right of access to and the right to rectify the personal data relating to you.

You may review, update, correct or delete your personal data by contacting Anne Mette Nielsen, via email or by phone at +45 35 32 14 81, with a request that we delete your personal data from the site. We may maintain an archived copy as required by law or for any of the above-mentioned purposes.

With regard to cookies, you can instruct your browser by changing its options to stop accepting cookies but this may affect the use of the site.

This Privacy Policy may be updated from time to time, and you are advised to consult this Privacy Policy regularly for any changes.