Privacy Notice

Welcome to seaotters.com, a website owned and operated by Wharton Media. Your privacy is important to us and we’re committed to maintaining the privacy of personal information that you provide to us when using seaotters.com. As such, we provide this privacy statement explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used when you visit seaotters.com.


Website Visitors
Like most website operators, Wharton Media collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Wharton Media’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how seaotters.com visitors use the website. From time to time, Wharton Media may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate (e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website).

Wharton Media also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. Wharton Media does not use such information to identify its visitors, however, and does not disclose such information, other than under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information, as described below.


How We Use Information Collected

We may use information: (i) for the purposes for which you specifically provided the information, (ii) to enhance existing features or develop new features, products and services, and (iii) to provide advertisers and other third parties with aggregate (non-personally identifiable) information about our user base and usage patterns.


Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to seaotters.com choose to interact with seaotters.com in ways that require Wharton Media to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Wharton Media gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who choose to comment on a blog post to provide additional information. In each case, Wharton Media collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with seaotters.com. Wharton Media does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.


Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
Wharton Media discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors, and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Wharton Media’s behalf or to provide services available at seaotters.com, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using seaotters.com, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Wharton Media will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors, and affiliated organizations, as described above, Wharton Media discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only when required to do so by law, or when Wharton Media believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Wharton Media, third parties, or the public at large. Wharton Media takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration, or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.


Cookies and Web Beacons
A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Wharton Media uses cookies to help identify and track visitors, their usage of Wharton Media’s website, and their website access preferences. Wharton Media visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Wharton Media’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of Wharton Media’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.  Web beacons are invisible images used to recognize users and assess traffic patterns; they do not use your name, email address or any other personally identifiable information. This privacy statement covers the use of cookies by Wharton Media only and does not cover the use of cookies or web beacons by any third-parties.


Links
Seaotters.com may contain links to other sites. Please be aware that Wharton Media is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave seaotters.com and to read the privacy statements of each and every Web site that collects personally identifiable information.


Business Transfers
If Wharton Media, or substantially all of its assets were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Wharton Media goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Wharton Media may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.


Ads
Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Wharton Media and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.


Commenting on Blog Posts
Any information you disclose voluntarily by commenting on blog posts and/or on other readers’ comments becomes public information. Wharton Media advises you to use your discretion in sharing information about yourself on the internet and is done so at your own risk. Privacy is a very personal matter and we encourage you to be careful and responsible when commenting and disclosing information online.


Privacy Policy Changes
Although most changes are likely to be minor, Wharton Media may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Wharton Media’s sole discretion. Wharton Media encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.
The Privacy Statement was last updated on March 5, 2012.

About seaotters.com

Seaotters.com is dedicated to raising awareness about California's threatened sea otters and the role research plays in the species recovery and conservation. It's a collaboration of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, U.C. Santa Cruz, U.C. Davis, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, among others. Seaotters.com is also home of the world's first HD live stream of southern sea otters in the wild.