Thank you for visiting Celestial Green Ventures. This document is the official privacy policy regarding visitors to the Celestial Green Ventures website and subscriptions to the Forest³ newsletter.

Throughout this document, Celestial Green Ventures and its employees will be referred to using the first person plural (e.g. we, our, us). Visitors to our website and subscribers to the newsletter will be referred to in as the user or users.

Our website uses cookies to enhance the user experience of our website. These are used in compliance with EU regulations. No personal information about the users of our site is stored.

We collect cookies for use with Google Analytics. To learn more about Google Analytics, click here.

The Forest³ newsletter will be delivered to your email inbox on a weekly basis. The newsletter is distributed using MailChimp, a service for creating, sending and managing emails. MailChimp is a holder of the TRUSTe Privacy Seal, which means they passed the privacy verification of TRUSTe, a third party, independent verifier.

Subscribing

There are four ways to subscribe to Forest³. These are as follows:

  1. Directly on the Celestial Green Ventures blog.
  2. On either of the two pages dedicated to Leona the Loggerhead Turtle (Leona the Loggerhead Turtle and Leona’s Story).
  3. On the page dedicated to the Celestial Green Ventures Social Funding Programme, or any of the pages dedicated solely to the projects that received funding under this programme.
  4. On the Celestial Green Ventures Facebook like page, through the tab labelled “Sign up for our Newsletter”.

Each of the methods mentioned above varies slightly:

Users who subscribe directly through the blog will be signing up to receive every edition of Forest³, which will be distributed on a weekly basis.

Users who subscribe through either of the pages regarding Leona will receive the Newsletter only when a new story about Leona has been published.

Similarly, users who subscribe through any of the pages that focus on the Social Funding Programme will receive the newsletter only when a story about the Social Funding Programme is released.

Users who subscribe using the Facebook like page will be signed up for every edition of Forest³, distributed on a weekly basis. This is the only method of signing up that is not directly on the website, but this will not affect subscriptions in any way.

All methods ask users to provide a name when subscribing, but this is a completely voluntary field. Users can still subscribe without a name. If a user signs up with an email and no name, but the email provided is indicative of a name (e.g. jane.smith@example.com), our staff may enter this in the name field manually.

Users who sign up will no longer be prompted by the slider elsewhere on the site, provided they are using the same computer/browser and have not cleared their cookies or cache (to learn more about what these terms mean, click here).

Data Collected

Our website collects data through cookies, outline in the first section of this privacy policy, and through subscriptions to our newsletter. We collect a maximum of two pieces of data when a user subscribes to Forest³. The first is their email address. Users cannot subscribe to Forest³ without providing and verifying a valid email address. The second piece of data collected is the user’s name. Users can subscribe by providing a first name, a full name, or no name at all. As stated in the previous section, if an email address indicates a user’s name, our staff may fill out the name field manually.

Identity Verification

Users are not obliged to provide their real name when subscribing. However, a valid email is required to receive the Forest³ newsletter. To ensure the email address provided is valid, a link will be sent automatically after the details are entered. Clicking this link will prove that the user has provided a working email address and will confirm their subscription to Forest³. If this link is not clicked, the email address provided will not be included in the newsletter’s mailing list.

Use of information

Please note that MailChimp stores our mailing list on their own servers, and is legally allowed to view them. Their privacy policy in regard to this reads as follows:

“We don’t, under any circumstances, sell your lists, contact people on your lists, market to people on your lists, steal your lists, or share your lists with any other party, unless it’s required by law. If someone on your list complains or contacts us, we may then contact that person. Only authorized employees have access to view Distribution Lists.”

To learn more, please visit the MailChimp Privacy Policy.

The information collected through our cookies or subscriptions to Forest³ will not be sold, given to or shared with any other external organisations or third parties. All information will be treated with the strictest of confidence and kept amongst our staff. Users’ names and/or emails will not be used in any sort of public forum or marketing campaigns.

The information collected will only be used to contact subscribers when sending out Forest³, or when notifying them of any changes to the newsletter, including but not limited to changes in frequency, content, format, and name. Should any major changes be made to any aspects of the newsletter, users will be notified and retain the right to unsubscribe at any time.

In the unlikely event that the security of the mailing list were to become compromised, users will be notified as soon as possible. As we require no password or any other sensitive information for either our newsletter or our website, the risk of any damage being dealt to subscribers through our mailing list is minimal.

All information will be kept in accordance to the European Economic Area Privacy Policy Regulations, the principals of which are as follows:

  • Data must be processed fairly and lawfully;
  • It can only be processed for limited and explicit purposes;
  • The data collected must be adequate, relevant and not excessive in relation to the purposes for which it was collected;
  • It must be kept accurate and up-to-date;
  • It should not be kept longer than necessary;
  • It can only be processed in accordance with the Data Subject’s rights;
  • It should be stored in a secure way;
  • It shall not be transferred to third parties without adequate precautions (Article 4, Reg. 45/2001).

For more information on the European Economic Area regulations for the processing of personal data, please visit this page.