SCB Privacy Policy & Anti-Spam Policy

The Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) and companies acting as an agent of SCB (referred to as “SCB”, “we” or “us”) is committed to protecting the privacy of our member’s and website user’s personal information. This privacy policy (“Policy”) applies with respect to the information that we collect from the SCB web site, located at (“web site”). SCB may amend this Policy at any time without notice. Amendments to this Policy will be posted at this URL and will be effective when posted. Your continued use of this site and SCB communication platforms and mediums following the posting of any amendment, modification or change shall constitute your acceptance thereof.

GDPR Notice

SCB is committed to complying with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as of January 1, 2019. For direct questions regarding SCB and the GDPR, please contact


SCB is a membership and community-based organization, focused around creating and delivering education and peer-to-peer networking for professionals in the conservation science and practice industry. When engaging in the following activities with SCB, SCB will process your data for the benefit of the community at large, and to better serve you as a member of the community:

1. Joining as a member

2. Registering for International Congress for Conservation Biology, Region Congress, Global Program Congress, Working Group Conferences and/or other SCB-related face-to-face events and/or digital webinars/ events

3. Donating to SCB or its Regions, Global Programs, Working Groups, or Chapters.

4. Purchasing a learning product or merchandise

5. Accessing gated content on our websites, social media platforms, or Conservation Connections Online Communities

6. Subscribing to our peer-reviewed journals, newsletters, or other publications

Legitimate interests include: providing you with information that SCB believes may be of interest to you, providing you with information and materials you have requested, administering our relationship with you, managing SCB internal business purposes such as SCB research and development projects, fulfilling contractual and legal obligations, direct marketing of all of our products and services including personalized offers, personalizing the website experience, and providing demographic information in aggregate to sponsors and advertisers. SCB may use this information for as long as SCB remains active in conducting any of the above listed activities.

If an SCB activity is sponsored by an outside entity, we may also share your name, title, email address, and company with the sponsor/exhibitor. The intent to share information with sponsors/exhibitors is made clear during the registration process. SCB will not share contact information with sponsors/exhibits if you do not opt-in.


SCB offers multiple email subscriptions that do not require joining the SCB community. SCB will process your data in order to personalize the email content and your website experience, and to provide aggregate demographic information and non-personal behavioral information to advertisers and sponsors.

SCB Members opt in to receive emails from the Society and all emails include an unsubscribe option. SCB does not advertise using unsolicited messages. 


SCB processes data for anonymous website visitors in order to personalize the experience, in accordance with our Cookie Policy as defined in this privacy policy.


SCB complies with all articles relating to rights of the Data Subjects, including but not limited to:

1. Right to erasure – Article 17

2. Right of access by the data subject – Article 15

3. Transparent information, communication – Article 12

4. Right to Object – Article 21


SCB’s GDPR policy applies to persons defined in Article 3 – Territorial Scope. To exercise your rights under the GDPR, please visit the privacy tab under My Account on our website. You may also contact with your request.

General Privacy Policy


SCB will collect both non-personally identifiable information and personally identifiable information.

We do not collect any personally identifiable information about you unless you voluntarily submit such information to us, by, for example, filling out a survey, membership form, registration form, submitting student confirmation information, member directory, expertise database, or similar data collection instrument.

We collect non-personally identifiable information about you in a number of ways, including tracking your activities through your IP address, computer settings or most-recently visited URL. We may also ask you to provide certain non-personally identifiable information about yourself, such as your age, volume and type of meetings you conduct, buying preferences, etc. Additionally, for some e-mails sent in HTML format by SCB to its members, SCB will collect specific information regarding what the recipient does with that e-mail (“email data”).  For instance, email data may include pages visits, purchases or other activity through the email account.

During your visit to the website or our digital communications (e.g., newsletter, Conservation Connections online communities, social media, etc.), we also may collect information about your visit but not about you. For instance, we may collect your IP address, browser type, domain name, access times and referring website address. This information helps facilitate the online experience at our website. In addition, we use cookies to track usage patterns at our site and to control the display of ads, as well as to offer other functionalities (such as helping to track items in your shopping basket, and “recognizing” you to speed up your log-in when you visit our sites). We use your IP Address to help diagnose problems with our server, and to administer our website.

When you view our website or digital communications we might store some information on your computer. This information will be in the form of a “cookie” or similar le. Cookies are small pieces of information stored on your hard drive, not on our site. Cookies do not spy on you or otherwise invade your privacy, and they cannot invade your hard drive and steal information. Rather, they help you navigate a website as easily as possible. We use cookies to identify you and to deliver content specific to your interests.


In general, we will only use the information you provide to us for the purposes as are described at the point of collection. We may also use this information to deliver to you information about SCB and promotional material from SCB, trend analysis, pattern detection, and site administration. Your information may also be used by SCB to contact you when necessary. Users may opt-out of receiving future communications from SCB by following the instructions set forth in the opt-out section below.

Personal demographic and pro le data may be used to tailor your experience at our site, showing you content we think you might be interested in.

Membership Directory. SCB also makes member contact information available through the online SCB Membership Directory to other members using its site to search by name, company and email and connect with other members. SCB also provides limited data (including name, title, company, and email address, mailing address) to SCB Partners/Sponsors that receive limited use to SCB membership and/or event participant mailing lists. Members may request SCB to refrain from disclosing their data to third parties on the membership renewal form. Alternatively, users may contact SCB’s Customer Service at any time at or 202-234-4133 ext. 7108.

The SCB Membership Directory and Expertise Database areas are provided as a service to members to foster information exchange.  The use of the information for any commercial purposes whatsoever is expressly forbidden.  If you feel that your information in this directory has been used inappropriately, please contact SCB’s Customer Service at or 202-234-4133 ext. 7108.


We may share your personal information with our authorized service providers that perform certain services on our behalf. These services may include fulfilling orders, processing credit card payments, delivering packages, providing customer service, performing business and sales analysis, supporting our website functionality, other features offered through our website.  These service providers may have access to personal information needed to perform their functions but are not authorized to share or use such information for any other purposes.

We may also transfer user or customer information, including personally identifiable information, in connection with a corporate transaction, such as a divestiture, merger, consolidation, or asset ####.

We may disclose specific information in response to a valid court order, subpoena, government investigation, or as otherwise required by law, to enforce our Site policies, or to protect our or others’ rights, property, or safety. 

SCB may disclose your personal information as required by law or as needed in legal proceedings when SCB believes in good faith that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, protect your safety or the safety of others, investigate fraud, or respond to a government request. We reserve the right to report to law enforcement agencies any activities that we, in good faith, believe to be unlawful.  We may share information to prevent illegal uses of the Site or violations of the Terms of Use, or defend ourselves against third-party claims.  We may also share information with companies assisting in fraud protection or investigation.  We do not provide information to these agencies or companies for marketing or commercial purposes.

In all other cases we do not knowingly share, sell, or distribute your personal information with any third party.

In addition, SCB shares certain information you have provided us with carefully selected partners, but SCB will not share credit card, email, phone or fax information with these partners.


Our site has industry standard security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. While there is no such thing as “perfect security” on the Internet, we will take all reasonable steps to insure the safety of your personal information.

SCB does not disclose credit card account information provided by its members and customers except as necessary to process the member or customer transaction. When members and customers choose to pay using their credit cards, SCB submits the information needed to obtain payment to the appropriate clearinghouse.


SCB uses cookies and other tracking technologies for the purposes explained below. We treat information collected by cookies and other tracking technologies as non-personal information.  However, to the extent that Internet Protocol (IP) addresses or similar identifiers are considered personal information by local law, we also treat these identifiers as personal information. Similarly, to the extent that non-personal information is combined with personal information, we treat the combined information as personal information for the purposes of this Privacy Policy.

When you visit our website, we assign your computer one or more “cookies.” A cookie is a small text file that contains information that can later be read by us to facilitate your access to our website and personalize your online experience. We use both session ID cookies and persistent cookies.

Specifically, we use session-based cookies in order to store language and other country specific preferences such as support contact information.  SCB may also utilize cookies in order to track internal metrics of site usage. At no time will this information be provided or sold to any third party affiliates or marketing companies. A session ID cookie expires when you close your browser.

A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive for an extended period of time. Persistent cookies also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our site. You can remove persistent cookies by following directions provided in your Internet browser’s “help” file.

A cookie does not give us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us. You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. However, this may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

SCB may also use web beacons, clear gif technology, action tags or other technologies to collect aggregate Site visitation data by tracking how users navigate to and through the Site.  We may also use this technology to track the delivery of HTML email messages.  Web beacons cannot be declined when delivered using a regular web page, but they can be refused when delivered by email.  If you do not wish to receive web beacons by email, you will need to disable HTML images or select text only for emails received with your email software.

SCB may also track activity on our website using log files stored on our servers, and collect information, including IP addresses, browser types and versions, geographic information, pages viewed and devices used to interact with the Site.  We may use this information to personalize your experience and to administer our website. SCB may use a web analytics service, such as Google Analytics, to record and analyze your activity on this Site.  The Site or any such service may track your browsing across web sites that use the same service and may collect demographic data, including the type of computer or operating system, location of user (e.g., city, state, country) and gender.


Our website contains links to other websites. SCB is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites. We encourage you to become familiar with privacy policies of other sites you visit, including linked sites.


The SCB website includes social media features, such as the Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube buttons that run on our site. These features may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on our site, and may set a cookie to enable the feature to function properly. Social media features and widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our Site. Your interactions with these features are governed by the privacy policy of the company providing it.


We do not knowingly solicit or collect information from persons under the age of 18.  We do not have a mechanism for determining the age of the visitors to our Site.


SCB members have the option to change or modify information previously provided. This may be done through the following methods:

1. Visit the Member Profile section of the site and follow the appropriate instructions.

2. E-mail the corrected and/or updated information to

Unfortunately, to the extent that such information is also stored in other databases, we cannot always ensure that such corrections or deletions will reach the other databases. We will use all reasonable efforts to ensure that your information is removed from or corrected in our records.


You may opt-out of receiving postal mail, e-mail and/or facsimile communications from SCB by the following means:

1. Send an e-mail to

2. Call SCB Member Services at 202-234-4133 x 7108 and request to be removed from SCB postal mail and/or email communication lists.

Please note that your opt-out choices do not apply to messages from SCB regarding your membership or organizational matters, such as nominations, awards, etc.

We will take commercially reasonable steps to implement your opt-out requests promptly; but you may still receive promotional information from us by postal mail for up to 60 days due to printing and mailing schedules, and up to 10 days for email.


This website may make Conservation Connections online communities, forums, message boards, and/or news groups available (collectively called community tools) to its users. Please remember that any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information.


Our website and the servers that make this site available worldwide are located in the United States. The laws of the District of Columbia govern all matters relating to this site. Any information you provide in subscribing to our website or registering or ordering at our website will be transferred to the United States. By visiting our site and submitting information, you authorize this transfer, processing and use.

Contacting us:

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with the SCB website, you can contact us at