Privacy Policy

Who we are
We are International Elephant Conservation, our website address is:

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Data Security
We use appropriate technical and organizational measures to protect the personal information that we collect and process about you. The measures we use are designed to provide a level of security appropriate to the risk of processing your personal information. Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure and no system can be guaranteed 100%. Although we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee or warrant the security of your personal information.

Payment Processing
IEF uses PayPal and Stripe Payment Processiing to process credit and debit card payments made through the IEF Online Donation Forms. IEF does not directly collect nor store such credit or debit card information. When you make an online donation, PayPal/Stripe only shares Acceptance/rejection, noncredit/debit card information with IEF. For further details about PayPal and Stripe privacy practices, please consult the respective companies privacy and security policies directly, which can be found at

For donations made offline, IEF may directly collect your credit/debit card or bank information for processing payments; however, IEF then enters that information into the PayPal/Stripe system for purposes of processing your donation. If you have opted to make a recurring donation, PayPal/Stripe only stores this information. PayPal Privacy Statement and Stripe Privacy Policy.

Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.< These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

We may offer links to social media sites and websites that are not operated by IEF (such as those listed above under “Social Networking Features”). These links are intended to provide you with additional information about IRF and different avenues through which you can engage in discussions about the activities of IEF or other organizations that work to save elephant populations. Please note that IEF is not responsible for and does not control the information collection, usage, or disclosure practices of the third-party operators or owners of these social media sites or websites. We strongly encourage you to review and understand their privacy practices and policies before using their social media sites or websites, and certainly before providing any personal information to them. We are not responsible for the content or information of these social media sites or websites, and products or services offered through them, or any other use of linked social media sites or websites.

Data Retention
We retain personal information we collect from you where we have an ongoing legitimate business need to do so (for example, to provide you with a service you have requested or to comply with applicable legal, tax or accounting requirements). When we have no ongoing legitimate business need to process your personal information, we will either delete or anonymize it or, if this is not possible (for example, because your personal information has been stored in backup archives), then we will securely store your personal information and isolate it from any further processing until deletion is possible.

Accessing and Correcting Your Information and Changing your Preferences, (USA visitors only)
To the extent required by applicable law, IEF provides you with reasonable access to the personal information that you provide to IRF and provides you with the ability to review, correct, or delete the personal information we have about you. We will work to comply with your request as soon as reasonably practicable. Note, however, that we may keep information you update or change for IEF’s administrative purposes. Also, it is not always possible to completely remove or delete all of your information from our databases, and residual data may remain on backup media or for other reasons. Furthermore, we may decline requests that are unlawful, unduly repetitive, jeopardize the privacy of others, or for which access is not required by law. Finally, we are not responsible for removing or deleting information from the databases of third parties (such as service providers) with whom we have shared information about you. If you do not wish to have your email address/contact information used by IEF to promote IEF’s mission or its products or services, you can opt-out by checking the relevant box located on the form on which we collect your data or clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of our newsletter/emails. If you would like to change your preferences for communications from us, you can let us know by contacting us via email, or use our Contact Us form. However, please note that even if you opt-out of receiving marketing communications or donor requests, we reserve the right to send you certain communications relating to notices of changes to this Privacy Notice or other IEF policies or other administrative or transactional messages. These communications, notices, and messages may be unaffected if you choose to opt-out from marketing communications.

What rights you have over your data
If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Changes to Our Privacy Notice
We may update this Privacy Notice from time to time in response to changing legal, technical or business developments. When we update our Privacy Notice, we will take appropriate measures to inform you, consistent with the significance of the changes we make. We will obtain your consent to any material Privacy Notice changes if and when this is required by applicable data protection laws.

We respond to all requests we receive from individuals wishing to exercise their data protection rights in accordance with applicable data protection laws.