Privacy & Data Policies

General data use & privacy

All data on this website are processed based on current laws and regulations (GDPR/DSGVO). Most website visitors will enter and leave this site without providing any Personal Information (defined here as data that allows someone to identify or contact you, including, for example, your name and e-mail address). We also use cookies to passively collect Non-Personal Information (defined here as Personal Information that has been rendered anonymous) as described below.

Personal Information we collect

When we ask for Personal Information (e.g. for our newsletter, contact, or donation form), we only use that data for the specified cause. By filling out forms on this website, you grant use of your Personal Information for the intended purpose and for no further purposes. We will not give, rent, or sell your Personal Information to others.

Personal information is stored in a spreadsheet on either Dropbox or as a Google Doc. The Alliance for Freshwater Life administrators have access to those documents for preparing email or marketing campaigns. Personal information is stored in perpetuity, but you can opt out of communication through our email marketing software. You can email us at to have us remove your information from our database.

Non-Personal Information we collect

This website is hosted by Squarespace Inc. Squarespace and our other service providers, like Twitter and MailChimp, use cookies (both session cookies and persistent cookies) to analyze trends, track your movements around our Site, better understand how you interact with our Site, determine interest in particular content and monitor aggregate usage by visitors and online traffic routing.

When accessing our Site, Squarespace uses cookies to log your IP address, access URL, time of access, geographic location, browser type, and referral URL in order to provide us with internal information regarding Site traffic statistics. This information is used in the aggregate, and is never linked back to any Personal Information. This information is stored for the life of the website on Squarespace servers and is used internally, never shared outside of our organization.

For more information on how Squarespace stores, processes, and protects your Information, see

You may be able to instruct your browser to stop accepting cookies or to prompt you before accepting a cookie from the online services you visit. You may also remove persistent cookies by following your web browser’s help file directions. If you do not accept cookies, however, you may not be able to use all portions of our site or all functionality of our site.

How Squarespace protects your data

Squarespace has a security team dedicated to keeping personal information safe. They maintain administrative, technical and physical safeguards that are intended to appropriately protect against accidental or unlawful destruction, accidental loss, unauthorized alteration, unauthorized disclosure or access, misuse and any other unlawful form of processing of, any personal information in our possession. They employ security measures such as using firewalls to protect against intruders, building redundancies throughout the network (so that if one server goes down, another can cover for it) and testing for and protecting against network vulnerabilities.

Use of Site material


This website contains material and links to material that is protected by copyright, trademark, and other proprietary rights and laws. By using this website, you acknowledge that the content and information may be protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents or other proprietary rights and laws. This includes, but is not limited to, the text, images, graphics, photos, videos, sounds, and all other materials contained in this site. 

If you want to use materials on this site for personal or educational purposes, you are allowed to do so--as long as you keep all copyright and proprietary notices intact and provide full credit to our website and the respective copyright, trademark, and other proprietary rights holders. You are NOT allowed to use any materials on this site for commercial purposes.

Materials on this site do not constitute legal advice, political advice, and/or other advice.

Links to and from this Site

We make no guarantees, warranties and/or other representations concerning any sites "linked" to and from our website or concerning the content or quality of information on other sites.  We are not responsible for the contents of any linked site or any links contained in a linked site. Links on this web site also do not constitute legal advice, political advice, and/or other advice.

Who to contact in case of a problem

If you have questions, comments or complaints about this Privacy Policy or our privacy practices or if you would like to exercise your rights and choices, please email us at

If you notice anything malfunctioning, erroneous, nonsensical, or otherwise noteworthy, please email our webmaster Kika Tuff at