PlantPlaces.com is committed to supporting plant diversity through education. Since 2004, PlantPlaces.com has leveraged leading edge technology to collect and share information with the public.
On our websites we collect information that you voluntarily provide in order for us to provide services and products, evaluate the popularity of plants, and provide customer service. We may also use the personal information we collect for other business purposes such as to better understand customer needs, enhance relationships, make appropriate offers, improve website performance, or facilitate third party offers we feel will be of interest to you.
More detail about the personal information we collect and the collection of information through web technologies such as "cookies," is described below in the section called "Categories of Information We Collect." More information about the third parties with whom we may share your personal information is described below in the section called "Sharing Personal Information Collected on our Websites."
Categories of Information We Collect
Searching for Plants:
When you search for a plant, we record:
A 'counter increment', which totals the number of times a plant was viewed.
Your IP address. From this, we can use a Geo IP translation service to approximate the popularity of plants in specific regions. These data are used in aggregate, and are never used to personally identify a viewer on PlantPlaces.com.
When you contact us using the Contact Us form, we record:
Your email address, so that we can follow up with your question.
Your IP address, to assist in spam filtering and prevention.
Your comments. If you have given us permission to post these on our Question and Answer board, we may post your comments on that board, at our discretion. If you do not give us permission to post your comments, we will not post them, but we will record them in our database.
When you contact us from one of our sites, we may retain information such as your comments, your email address, our responses, and any follow up conversations we have. We may use this information for several customer service purposes, to measure our response to your comments and concerns, to enhance your experience, and to improve our service to you.
Owners of Plants Featured on PlantPlaces.com
If you own a plant featured on PlantPlaces.com, or own property on which a plant is located, we record the address and latitude/longitude of your property and/or plant. This information is publicly viewable. If you wish to make this information private, or have the information removed entirely, please contact PlantPlaces.com via the Conact Us form.
Contributors of Material to PlantPlaces.com
If you contribute information to PlantPlaces.com, including, but not limited to, pictures, data, recommended lists, and comments, we will record:
The information that you provided to us.
The date that you provided this information.
The IP address that you used when providing us with this information.
Other data that you have chosen to provide.
Certain data are sent from PlantPlaces.com Mobile/PlantPlaces.com Android to PlantPlaces.com. Some of these data we collect, including, but not limited to:
Plant specimen and GPS data that you send.
Your latitude and longitude, where it helps us to focus search results to your region.
Other data that you have chosen to provide.
All data provided to PlantPlaces.com is sole property of PlantPlaces.com, unless otherwise stated in writing, and signed by all partners and stakeholders of PlantPlaces.com. PlantPlaces.com reserves the right to remove any data that you have provided at any time, and for any reason.
We may occasionally conduct feedback surveys to better understand the effectiveness of our websites. Your participation in these surveys is voluntary. During these surveys, we may collect your name, street address and email address.
Use of Web Technologies to Collect Information
We may automatically track and collect your IP address, domain server, the type of computer and type of web browser you are using and use "cookies" to (i) customize content specific to your interests, (ii) maintain persistence of your session on our website. Some of the websites operated on our behalf are hosted and managed by other companies who may track and collect this information.
What are Cookies?
"Cookies" are pieces of text-based information that your browser and your operating system store on your hard drive for record-keeping purposes.
Cookies can store user-specific information to identify which parts of a site have been visited or keep track of previous selections.
Cookies can personalize and enhance the user's visit.
Cookies are a common industry standard, and are used by most major commercial websites.
We may use observed preferences to target specials to users.
If you are a registered member of the site and accept cookies, we can tailor the site to your personal preferences.
You May Choose to Accept or Deny
Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. However, you can choose whether to accept or deny cookies, and your browser will likely allow you to change your cookie preferences.
Sharing Personal Information Collected on our Websites
We may share personal information among the PlantPlaces.com websites and affiliates.
We rely on service providers to help us deliver products and services, such as the Geo IP lookup service.
During the course of our business, we may also share aggregated demographic and statistical information that is not personally identifiable.
In the event that PlantPlaces.com, or any of its associated properties, merges with or is acquired by another legal entity, the personal information collected by PlantPlaces.com may be transferred to that other legal entity as an asset.
PlantPlaces.com. will disclose personally identifiable information without your permission when we believe in good faith that such disclosure is required by law, or is necessary or desirable to investigate or protect against harmful activities to guests, visitors, employees, or others, or to property (including this site).
Third Party Websites
Certain terms are property of copyright holders, including, but not limited to, Google Play and Android, which are trademarks of Google Inc.
Use of PlantPlaces.com Data and Images outside of PlantPlaces.com
Your are welcome to use a small number of images from PlantPlaces.com on your own work, at no charge, as long as ALL of the following conditions are met:.
effective as of January 1, 2007.
All information provided is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Although we endeavor to provide accurate and timely information, there can be no guarantee that such information is accurate as of the date it is received or that it will continue to be accurate in the future. No one should act upon such information without appropriate professional advice after a thorough examination of the facts of the particular situation.