[This page was last updated on 30th November 2021. Changes made: We now direct users to the UKCEH privacy notice, which covers this website, and provide some additional information specific to ECN.]

The Environmental Change Network (ECN) is coordinated by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH). This website is operated by UKCEH and the UKCEH privacy notice tells you what to expect when your personal information is collected. To understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will process, please read this privacy notice.

Our website is https://www.ecn.ac.uk. Affiliated to this is our Data Centre website, http://data.ecn.ac.uk. By visiting these websites you are accepting and consenting to the practices described in the UKCEH privacy notice as well as any additional practices described below.


Additional information

1. Our newsletter

Our e-news service is provided as a way to inform people by email about ECN and related activities. In order to provide this service to you, the minimum information we collect is your email. Detailed privacy information is provided on the sign-up form. The lawful basis by which this information is collected is consent.

You will be advised as to how you can withdraw your consent when subscribing and when you receive a bulk email via the mailing list.

Mailchimp (based in the USA) is currently the data processor for our e-news mailing list. Mailchimp is certified by the EU-US Privacy Shield. You can view Mailchimp’s privacy information at their website.

2. When you request data from the Data Centre website

Up until 2016, we asked users to complete a form to request data. This included the provision of their name, address, email and phone number(s). This was stored in the ECN database to administer their request and monitor the use of ECN data. After 2016, data provision was via published datasets that are available on the CEH Environmental Information Platform. Please refer to the UKCEH EIP privacy notice.

3. When your details are added to the ECN site managers' mailing list

This purpose only applies to ECN site managers and other key individuals involved in the operation of ECN.

We maintain a small mailing list for ECN site managers and related individuals. When we add you to this mailing list, which uses the Mailman system, we will store only your name and email address, for the purposes of providing an efficient system for site managers and the ECN Central Coordination Unit to contact each other. You can unsubscribe from the list or change your subscription details at any time. The lawful basis by which this information is collected and used is legitimate interest.

4. Making a complaint

Initially, please raise your concern with the ECN team at UKCEH via our contact form) or telephone (+44 (0)1524 595800 and ask for the Environmental Change Network). Any continuing concerns you may have can be raised with the UKCEH Data Protection Officer, Quentin Tucker.

5. Cookies set by the ECN Data Centre website

The ECN Data Centre website uses cookies to temporarily store information on your computer to enable session state between Active Server Pages.  Session state is a way of remembering you between web pages and we use it, for example, to ensure that you only have to log in once when viewing protected areas of the website.  We do not collect any information about you except that required for system administration of the web server.  These cookies automatically expire when you exit your browser.  When we set a temporary session cookie, this will be indicated on the web page.


SUMMARY OF USEFUL TERMS

You may encounter some of these terms if you read more about cookies.

Browser: Used to locate and display web pages via a software application.

Cookie: Message given to a web browser by a web server. The message is then stored by the browser at a location on the user's hard disc. Each time the browser requests a page from the server, this message is sent back.

Cookies are often used to identify users and personalise their visit by customising web pages for them for example by welcoming them by name next time they visit the same site. A site using cookies will usually invite you to provide personal information such as your name, e-mail address and interests.

IP (Internet Protocol): All networks connected to the internet speak IP, the technical standard which allows data to be transmitted between two devices. TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) is responsible for making sure messages get from one host to another and that the messages are understood.

IP address: If you are connected to the Internet you have one, for example it may look something like this: 198.184.98.9

Web Server: Delivers (serves up) web pages to your computer.

Active Server Pages: Dynamic (interactive) web pages which include web feedback forms, login pages and pages which connect to a database.

Session State: A way of remembering you between active server pages.