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Privacy statement

International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE) is committed to maintain your confidence and to protect your privacy. This statement of privacy applies to the website of International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE) and governs data collection and usage. By using this web site, you consent to the data practices described in this statement. This privacy statement does not apply to such other websites. In such a case please review the privacy statement on the other website.

Collection of Data

When you visit our website, we automatically collect and store information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE). This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring web site addresses. This information is used by International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE) for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and for web site traffic analysis regarding use of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE) web site. It is stored and used in aggregate only for web site traffic analysis and is not used to contact you personally.

Use of Cookies

Our site may use cookies to support the internal functionality of the website to enhance your experience while using our site. A cookie is used in website system administration to keep track of movement of an individual user from one screen to another. This information may be used by our staff to detect and resolve website problems and to assist with customer support. We do not collect any personally identifiable information about site visitors in this process.

If you would prefer not to receive cookies, you can alter the configuration of your browser so as not to accept them. If you choose to set your browser to refuse cookies, it is possible some areas of our website will not function properly when you try to view them.

Sending IALE your Personal Information

International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE) will only collect personal information that you knowingly and voluntarily provide us, for example, sending emails, responding to surveys, submitting a manuscript, completing membership forms, registering for events or classes, for products or services.

We may use this information to respond to an email or other inquiry or request, to help improve our website and our products and services, to customize your experience at our website, or to send updates or notices about International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE) and the services we offer that we think may be of interest to you. We may also combine this information with other generally or publicly available information to help us identify visitors’ preferences or interests. We may provide information that identifies you to companies that assist us in these activities, such as helping us fulfill your request for a product, service or information.

If you purchase a product or service at our site, we may never ask for your credit card number or other account number but ask you to pay in advance.

User ID and Password

Certain areas of the site may require the use of a user ID, email address or password as an additional security measure that helps protect your information.

Transmission of data to third parties

We only transmit personal data to a third party to the extent necessary to fulfill our contractual relationship (if at all), if we are bound by law or if it should be necessary in order to implement our general terms and conditions of business or any other agreements concluded with you, or in order to enforce our rights and claims.

In case of institutional contractual partners we will transmit utilization data in aggregated form from is apparent in what manner and to what extent our content is used by the users associated with that institution or company. In such a report we will not transmit any data that can be associated to individual users.

Provided your personal data is transmitted for other purposes we will ask for your approval in each individual case. If you do not approve we will of course not transmit the data.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. Note that once you have used these links to leave our site, we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Use of Social Media

Our website uses so-called social plugins ("plugins")of the social networking site provided by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA ("Facebook"). The plugins can be identified by one of Facebook’s logos (white "f” on blue tile or a "thumps-up”-sign) or by the additional text "Facebook Social Plugin”. The list of Facebook Social Plugins and their appearance can be accessed via:

If a user visits one of the websites using such a plugin, the user’s browser directly connects to Facebook’s servers. The plugin and its content are made available directly on Facebook’s servers and included in the website by the user’s browser. For this reason, the provider of the website cannot influence which data Facebook connects via the plugin and thus informs the user according to his own knowledge.

Due to the integration of the plugin Facebook collects the information that a user is visiting the corresponding website. If the user is logged in on Facebook at the moment he or she visits the website, Facebook may be able to connect the visit on the website to the user’s Facebook account. If the user interacts with the plugin – for example if he or she presses the like button or comments on something – the user’s browser transmits this information to Facebook. Facebook stores this information. If a user is not a member of Facebook, Facebook may collect and store the user’s IP-address. Facebook states that it only collects anonymized IP-addresses in Germany.

The reason for and scope of the data acquisition and information about the way in which the data is processed and used by Facebook, as well as the user’s rights in this respect and settings options for protecting the users privacy can be found under:

If the user is a member of Facebook and does not wish Facebook to collect personal data via this homepage and to link this with his data stored on Facebook, the user needs to log off from Facebook before going to this homepage.

The user may also block Facebook’s plugins using add-ons for the user’s browser, for example the "Facebook Blocker".

Changes to this Statement

International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE) will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect company and customer feedback or to apply to new regualtions. International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE) encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE) is protecting your information.

Questions and Comments

Please address any questions, suggestions and comments on the subject of data protection to International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE) at the address info(at)

Last Update: May 2018




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