Privacy Policy

Data Protection Declaration of the European Cetacean Society (ECS)

presented by the ECS Chair Mario Acquarone and webeditor Michael Dähne (

 (as of: January 2019)

General policy

This privacy policy describes efforts by the European Cetacean Society to limit and protect the personal data that it collects or uses for its various operations.

The ECS as an open society respects and protects your private data. During use of our web based services, we will only collect individual related data that is necessary to

  • organize conferences,
  • to submit, review and judge abstracts submitted,
  • to administer your membership credentials and payment,
  • publish newsletters,
  • to collect registration fees,
  • and to assure in general that the ECS serves its constitutional purpose of promoting scientific study and conservation of marine mammals in Europe and facilitating cooperative marine mammal science.

When visiting our Internet site, technical data regarding your usage is neither collected nor saved on any server. Cookies are used on your own computer to save your login credentials and number of revisits of the website and to controls administrative features of the website, that are only accessible as administrator. Furthermore the has_js cookie is used. You are accepting that during the cookie use opt in.

We therefore comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as called for by the European Commission for all web based services. This Data Protection Declaration shall explain to you in detail which data are collected and saved, how they are used and how you can exercise your rights in accordance with the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Insofar as you have provided us with personal data, we shall collect, save and use these data only as this is required in order to respond to your enquiries, in order to substantiate, process and implement the contractual agreements concluded with you and/or in order to render the services and for the technical administration. The policy describes the data that ECS collects as part of those activities, how the ECS uses those data, under what conditions it may share them, and how it protects them. It also explains how a member or participant in an ECS activity may access and update her/his data and make choices about how their data are used.

The European Cetacean Society was first internet-enabled in the pre-web days of 1992. It has been present ever since with mail, mailing lists and this web site.

1. Use of the website and information security

Security and confidentiality user information is important to the ECS and the society takes a number of steps to safeguard any personally identifiable information provided to it. For example, uses data encryption technology (i.e., Secure Socket Layers, or SSLs) to help protect against loss, misuse or alteration of user login data and personal information.

The ECS ensures, to technically sound level, that all security measures are reasonable and robust, that the website is updated and necessary server patches are applied. However, no method of transmitting or storing electronic data is ever completely secure, and therefore the ECS cannot warrant or guarantee that such information will never be accessed, used, or released in a manner that is