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Privacy Policy

Ocean Conservancy Privacy Policy for Offline, Online and Electronic use

Last Updated: June 2024

OCEAN CONSERVANCY INC. (Ocean Conservancy) respects your privacy, and we know that many people care about how their information is used and shared. This Privacy Policy explains our practices regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of information in connection with  the Ocean Conservancy website, to all associated subdomains, including the website, online services and mobile applications, and to those sites listed in the paragraph below labeled “Additional Websites Subject to the Privacy Policy” (collectively, the “Sites”), as well as information provided to Ocean Conservancy offline such as at in-person events. By visiting and accessing any of the Sites, and by providing information to Ocean Conservancy (including Ocean Conservancy’s volunteers, staff, agents, etc.), you are providing consent to Ocean Conservancy’s practices described in this Privacy Policy. If you disagree with any of the terms herein, please do not provide information to Ocean Conservancy and immediately discontinue use of the Sites.


  1. Contact details
  2. Ocean Conservancy’s Mission Purpose and legitimate Interests
  3. What information we collect
  4. No collection of special data
  5. Credit card information
  6. How we collect information?
  7. How we disclose and share Information
  8. How to access, correct, and modify information
  9. How to stop receiving communications from Ocean Conservancy
  10. Children’s information
  11. Security measures
  12. Links to third party sites and social media platforms
  13. International access, cross-border data transfers, and data storage
  14. Additional websites subject to this privacy policy
  15. Mobile Messaging Terms & Conditions
  16. Changes and updates to this Privacy Policy

Contact Details

Ocean Conservancy has designated a Data Privacy Manager to answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding our Privacy Policy and our practices regarding information you provide to us. Please contact:

Ocean Conservancy
1300 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Attn: Data Privacy Manager
Email: [email protected]

Ocean Conservancy’s Mission Purpose; Legitimate Interests

Ocean Conservancy’s mission is to work with its supporters and members to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges. Together, we create science-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it.  As such, any information we collect serves to further our mission, including but not limited to the following:

  1. To send you information about Ocean Conservancy or Ocean Conservancy partners.
  2. To personalize your interactions with Ocean Conservancy, such as to customize your web and email content based on your interests, send you requests to participate events in your area and otherwise target content and communications to you.
  3. To respond to inquiries and fulfill your requests, such as to process donations, renew your membership or send you information about a project, as well as to provide membership services.
  4. To send administrative information to you, such as information regarding the Sites and changes to tour terms, conditions and policies.
  5. To allow you to participate in contests, and similar promotions, and to administer these activities. Some of these activities have additional rules, which could contain additional information about how we use and disclose your Personal Information.
  6. To facilitate social sharing functionality.
  7. For our internal purposes, such as data analysis, audits, fraud monitoring and prevention, developing new products and services, enhancing, improving or modifying the Sites, identifying usage trends, determining the effectiveness of our promotional campaigns and operating and expanding our activities.
  8. To conduct outreach and engage with potential supporters, donors, and stakeholders who have expressed their interests in supporting Ocean Conservancy’s mission and participating in Ocean Conservancy’s activities.

What Information We Collect

 When you visit the Sites or otherwise provide information to Ocean Conservancy offline, Ocean Conservancy, including its service providers and data processors (collectively referred as “We”, “Us”, or “Ocean Conservancy”) may collect personal information that you provide, such as your name, address, email address and payment information. “Personal Information” is information that identifies you as an individual or relates to an identifiable person.

In addition, we use a variety of techniques to gather other information about your use of the Sites, including, among other things, your IP address, browser type, mobile device type, content visited while on the Sites and the duration of your visit to the Sites. “Other Information” is any information that does not reveal your specific identity or does not directly relate to an individual.

If you submit any Personal Information relating to other people to us in connection with the Sites or through other offline channels, you represent that you have the authority to do so and to permit us to use the information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

No Collection of Special Data

It is our policy not to collect any special categories of personal data such as personal data revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, genetic data, etc. Nor do we collect any information about criminal convictions and offences.

Credit Card Information

Ocean Conservancy does not disclose credit card information provided by donors or other customers. When you choose to pay using your  credit cards, Ocean Conservancy submits the information needed to the appropriate clearinghouse through secure sites to conduct the transactions.

How We Collect Information

Personal Information That You Voluntarily Provide to Us

You can access some areas of the Site without submitting any Personal Information to us. However, if you wish to access additional content or participate in some of our activities, we may ask that you provide Personal Information., including the following purposes:

Information Received from Other Sources

We may supplement the information we collect from you with information we collect from and about you from other online and offline sources, such as public databases, social media platforms and from people with whom you are friends or otherwise connected on social media platforms. For example, if you choose to connect your social media account to your Site account, certain Personal Information from your social media account will be shared with us. This may include Personal Information that is part of your profile or your friends’ profiles. In addition, we may obtain publicly available contact information to connect with individuals who may share our values and goals.

Automatically Collected Data

As you interact with our Site, we may collect other Information in a variety of ways, including:

  1. We use “cookies” to help us monitor traffic and collect information about use of the Sites. Cookies are pieces of data placed on your device when you visit the Sites that help us recognize you when you come back to the Sites, allowing us, for instance, to remember the email address and password you use when you log in on a specific computer. Ocean Conservancy uses the aggregated information collected from cookies to measure the number of visits to the Sites, the average time spent on the Sites, the identity and number of pages viewed, and to gather other traffic data and information that allows us to improve the Sites. We also use the information for security purposes, to facilitate navigation, to display information more effectively, and to personalize your experience while using the Sites. Cookies further allow us to select which of our content is most likely to appeal to you and display it while you are on the Sites.
  2. 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, if the user declines the attachment of any cookie, the user may not have access to the full benefits of the website.
  3. For additional information, please review our “cookie policy”
  4. Ocean Conservancy also uses a variety of third-party web and mobile app analytics and optimization services to improve the Sites and enhance the visitor experience. For examples, the Sites use web analytics services that may record mouse clicks, mouse movements, scrolling activity, text you type in the Sites, and similar activity. The Sites do not use these services to collect any personally identifiable information not otherwise provided by you in using the Sites, and they do not track your browsing habits across other third-party websites on our behalf.
  5. We also use Google Analytics, which uses cookies and other, similar technologies to collect information about Site use anonymously and reports website trends, without identifying individual visitors. You can learn about Google’s practices by going to, and opt out of them by downloading the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on, available at
  6. We may also use a third-party service provider called SAAS Solutions, which uses cookies and other technologies to help us analyze how visitors use the Sites, and which may record mouse clicks, mouse movements, scrolling activity, text you type in the Sites, and similar activity. The Sites do not use this service to collect any personally identifiable information not otherwise provided by you in using the Sites.
  7. We may use third-party advertising companies to serve advertisements that may be of interest to you when you access and use the Sites and other websites, based on information relating to your access to and use of the Sites and other websites. To do so, these companies may place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser (including through use of pixel tags). If you would like more information about this practice and to learn about your choices in connection with it, please visit – !/and
  8. We may use pixel tags and other similar technologies to, among other things, track the actions of users of the Sites, measure the success of our marketing campaigns, and compile statistics about use of the Sites and response rates.
  9. We may use Adobe Flash technology (including Flash Local Shared Objects (“Flash LSOs”) and other similar technologies to, among other things, collect and store information about your use of the Sites. If you do not want Flash LSOs stored on your computer, you can adjust the settings of your Flash player to block Flash LSO storage using the tools contained in the Website Storage Settings Panel. You can also control Flash LSOs by going to the Global Storage Settings Paneland following the instructions (which may include instructions that explain, for example, how to delete existing Flash LSOs (referred to “information” on the Macromedia site), how to prevent Flash LSOs from being placed on your computer without your being asked, and (for Flash Player 8 and later) how to block Flash LSOs that are not being delivered by the operator of the page you are on at the time). Please note that setting the Flash Player to restrict or limit acceptance of Flash LSOs may reduce or impede the functionality of some Flash applications, including, potentially, Flash applications used in connection with the Sites or our online content.
  10. Certain information is collected by most browsers or automatically through your device, such as your Media Access Control (MAC) address, computer type (Windows or Macintosh), screen resolution, operating system name and version, device manufacturer and model, language and Internet browser type and version.
  11. We may collect your IP address, which is a number that is automatically assigned to the computer that you are using by your Internet Service Provider. An IP address may be identified and logged automatically in our server log files whenever a user accesses the Sites, along with the time of the visit and the page(s) that were visited. Collecting IP addresses is a common practice and is done automatically by many websites, applications and other services. We use IP addresses for purposes such as calculating usage levels, helping diagnose server problems and administering the Sites.
  12. When you download and use our mobile applications (each, an “App”), we may track and collect App usage data, such as the date and time the App on your device accesses our servers and what information and files have been downloaded to the App based on your device number.
  13. We may collect the physical location of your device by, for example, using satellite, cell phone tower or Wi-Fi signals. We may use your device’s physical location to provide you with personalized location-based services and content.
  14. Information that you provide, such as your preferred means of communication, does not personally identify you unless it is combined with your Personal Information.
  15. We may aggregate Personal Information. Aggregated information does not personally identify you or any other user of the Sites (for example, we may aggregate Personal Information to calculate the percentage of our users who have a particular telephone area code).

How to Manage Automatically Collected Information

  1. Set your web browser to inform you of when cookies are being set before a cookie is stored and refuse any request to set cookies, and do not accept cookies from Ocean Conservancy. Erase all Ocean Conservancy cookies from your hard drive.
  2. Do not provide your information when prompted by the Sites.

Please note, however, that if you choose to reject or erase cookies, your ability to navigate the Sites may be limited. Further, in the event you choose not to share information, Ocean Conservancy will be unable to respond to your request for Ocean Conservancy information, enter you in any sweepstakes or contests, facilitate your actions via Ocean Conservancy alerts or potential e-cards.

How We Disclose and Share Information

It is our policy not to share, disclose, or sell information to any third party for their promotional use or for marketing purposes not relevant to Ocean Conservancy’s mission purpose. We may disclose and share information we collect as follows:

  1. To our partners for collaboration projects in furtherance of our mission purposes
  2. To our approved vendors (including their service providers and data processors) to provide information that may be of interests to you.
  3. To our third-party service providers who provide services such as website hosting, data analysis, payment processing, information technology and related infrastructure provision, customer service, email delivery, auditing and other similar services.
  4. To selected nonprofit organizations whose mission purposes and activities align with us that may be of interests to you.
  5. To third-party sponsors of contests and similar promotions.
  6. By you, through blogs and other services to which you are able to post information and materials. Please note that any information you post or disclose through these services will become public and may be available to users of the Sites and to the general public. We urge you to be very careful when deciding to disclose your Personal Information, or any other information, on the Sites.
  7. To your friends associated with your social media account, to other website users and to your social media account provider, in connection with your social sharing activity, such as if you connect your social media account to your Site account or log-into your Site account from your social media account. By connecting your Site account and your social media account, you authorize us to share information with your social media account provider, friends associated with your social media account, and other website users, and you understand that the use of the information we share will be governed by the recipients’ privacy policy(ies). If you do not want your Personal Information shared with other users or with your social media account provider, please do not connect your social media account with your Site account, and do not participate in social sharing on the Sites.
  8. To a third party in the event of any reorganization, merger, sale, joint venture, assignment, transfer, or other disposition of all or any portion of our operations, assets, or stock (including in connection with any bankruptcy or similar proceedings).
  9. We may also use and disclose your Personal Information as we believe to be necessary or appropriate: (a) under applicable law, including laws outside your country of residence; (b) to comply with legal process; (c) to respond to requests from public and government authorities, including public and government authorities outside your country of residence; (d) to enforce our terms and conditions; (e) to protect our operations or those of any of our affiliates; (f) to protect our rights, privacy, safety or property and/or that of our affiliates, you or others; and (g) to allow us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we may sustain.
  10. We may use and disclose Other Information for any purpose, except where we are required to do otherwise under applicable law. If we are required to treat Other Information as Personal Information under applicable law, then we may use it for all the purposes for which we use and disclose Personal Information. In some instances, we may combine Other Information with Personal Information. If we do, we will treat the combined information as Personal Information as long as it is combined.
  11. All above categories exclude text messaging originator opt-in data and consent; this information will not be shared with any third parties. 

At any time, you may opt-out by simply contacting [email protected] or 1-800-519-1541.

How to Access, Correct, and Modify Information

If you have an Ocean Conservancy website account or Clean Swell Mobile App account, you may access, correct, and modify your Personal Information by logging in your account and utilize the setting functions. Clean Swell Mobile App users can request deletion of their personal data by contacting us at [email protected]. In addition,   you may contact us at [email protected] to do so. We may ask you to provide sufficient evidence of your identify for your own protection.

How  to Stop Receiving Communications from Ocean Conservancy

If you would like to opt-out of receiving content from Ocean Conservancy, you can:

  1. Take the opportunity to opt-out in links on the bottom of marketing email Ocean Conservancy sends to you.
  2. Contact [email protected]
  3. Call the membership hotline at 1-800-519-1541, Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm EST

Children’s Information

Ocean Conservancy does not knowingly collect personal information from anyone under the age of 13. The Sites are not directed at children under the age of 13. In the event that Ocean Conservancy learns that it has collected personal information from a child under age 13 without parental consent, we will take reasonable steps to delete the personal data. If you believe that we might have collected any personal information from a child under 13, please contact us.

Security Measures

Our Sites have security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under Ocean Conservancy’s control. When you enter sensitive information (such as a credit card number) as part of the purchase process, we encrypt the transmission of that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL).

When you submit information to Ocean Conservancy through our Sites , you should be aware that your information is transmitted across the Internet and that no method of transmission over the Internet is 100% secure. Although we take reasonable security measures to protect your information when we receive it, you also need to ensure you take appropriate steps to protect your information.

If you have reason to believe that your interaction with us is no longer secure, please immediately notify us by contacting [email protected]

Links to Third-Party Sites and Social Media Platforms

This Privacy Policy does not address, and we are not responsible for, the privacy, information, or other practices of any third parties, including any third party operating any site or service to which the Sites link. The inclusion of a link on the Sites does not imply endorsement of the linked site or service by us. In addition, we have no control over and are not responsible for the information collection, use, disclosure, or security practices (including the data security practices) of other organizations, such as Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft, RIM, or any other app developer, app provider, social media platform provider, operating system provider, wireless service provider, or device manufacturer. Your interactions with these features are governed by the privacy policy of the company providing it.

International Access, Cross-Border Data Transfers, and Data Storage

Our principle place of business is in the United States. If you are visiting or accessing our Sites form outside the United States, your information will be transferred to, stored, and processed in the United States where our servers are located and where we are based. You agree to such cross-border transfers of Personal Information.  The Sites are controlled and operated by us from the United States and are not intended to subject us to the laws or jurisdiction of any state, country, or territory other than that of the United States.  Any dispute arising out of, in connection with, or related to this policy shall be brought in the court located in Washington DC, and the parties hereby waive any objection they may have to personal jurisdiction in these courts.

Additional Websites Subject to the Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy shall apply to the following websites, apps and all associated subdomains:

Mobile Messaging Terms & Conditions

There is no fee from Ocean Conservancy to receive text messages. Message and data rates may apply- this can be checked with your mobile service provider. Charges are billed and payable to your mobile service provider or deducted from your prepaid account. Consent is not a requirement for purchase.

Data obtained from you in connection with this SMS service may include your mobile phone number, your carrier’s name and the date, time and content of your messages. We may use this information to contact you and provide the services you request from us. Alerts sent via SMS may not be delivered if the mobile phone is not in range of a transmission site, or if sufficient network capacity is not available at a particular time. Even within a coverage area, factors beyond the control of the wireless operator may interfere with message delivery, including the customer’s equipment, terrain, proximity to buildings, foliage, and weather. Wireless operators do not guarantee message delivery and will not be held liable for delayed or undelivered messages.

We will not be liable for any delays in the receipt of any SMS message as delivery is subject to effective transmission from your network operator.

By subscribing to Ocean Conservancy mobile alerts, the user consents to receive automated text messages for donations and to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges. Recurring messages. Message & data rates may apply.”

If you have any questions, text HELP to the number you received a text message from or contact us at or [email protected]. To stop receiving messages reply STOP.

Changes and Updates to this Privacy Policy

Ocean Conservancy may occasionally make changes to this Policy. Any changes to our Privacy Policy will be posted here so that you will know what information we collect, how we might use that information, and whether we disclose it to anyone. We encourage you to periodically review this page for the latest information on our privacy practices and this Privacy Policy.

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