GEO Mountains respects your personal data, and we are transparent about its collection and use. This Privacy Policy outlines the online data collection and usage policies and practices that are helping us bring together research institutions and mountain observation networks to enhance the discoverability, accessibility, and usability of a wide range of relevant data and information pertaining to environmental and socio-economic systems across global mountain regions.

We may amend this policy from time to time. Therefore, we suggest you check this page occasionally to ensure you are aware of any amendments.

What is Personal Data?

For the purposes of this Privacy Policy, personal data is any information relating to you that can be used to identify you personally. Personal data also includes different pieces of information which, when collected together, can lead to your identification. Examples of personal data include:

  • A name and surname;
  • A home address;
  • An email address;
  • Location data;
  • An Internet Protocol (IP) address.

Personal information does not include technical, device, or usage information that cannot be used to identify you personally, nor does it include aggregate information, which is data collected on the use of the website or about a group or category of websites or users, from which individual identities or other personal information have been removed. This Privacy Policy does not limit our collection and use of this aggregate and non-personal information, and we may share such data with third parties in order to better understand and meet the needs of the GEO Mountains community.

What data does GEO Mountains collect and how is it used?

This website
We use Google Analytics to collect general information about how visitors use the GEO Mountains website. Google Analytics collects data through cookies to provide insights such as how many users our website has, where they are from, and on which pages they click. This information is used only for website traffic analysis in order to improve our website, and we treat it confidentially. This information cannot be used by GEO Mountains to identify individual users personally.

Event registration and opportunities

We use a third-party provider (Jotform) to collect and process information for event registrations, funding applications, network evaluations and surveys, and other GEO Mountains opportunities advertised on our website. When you submit a form using JotForm, the platform collects the data you provide, including your name, email address, and any other information required for the specific registration or application process. The data collected through JotForm is used solely for the purpose of processing event registrations, evaluating proposal applications and events, and managing other GEO Mountains-specific opportunities. We may also use this data to communicate with you regarding your registration, application status, or to provide you with relevant updates.

Personal communications 
When you contact GEO Mountains directly, your contact data is used to facilitate any future direct communications, such as by email, postal mail, telephone, etc. as required. In addition, if you apply for a job at GEO Mountains you will be asked to provide information typically found in a curriculum vitae.

How is this data stored and secured?

Data collected by GEO Mountains is only used for the stated purpose and is not forwarded to third parties without prior written consent from the data owner. Any personal data directly collected by GEO Mountains is stored on servers in Switzerland, and protected from third-party access.

To organise event registrations, funding applications, and network evaluations and surveys we use Jotform. You can read Jotform’s privacy policy for form responders here.

Links to external websites

Our website contains links to other sites. When you click on one of these links, you leave the GEO Mountains website and go elsewhere. GEO Mountains does not accept liability for the misuse of any information by any website to which we may link. We encourage you to read the privacy statements of these linked sites, which may differ from ours.

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