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Bioversity International (also known as IPGRI)
(effective as of December 19th 2012)

Bioversity International is committed to protecting your personal information. Your privacy on the Internet is of utmost importance to us and we want to ensure that our services are safe for everyone.

This Policy aims to help you understand what information we might collect about you and how we use it. This Privacy Policy applies to all Bioversity International sites - that is all sites within the "Bioversity" domain name (the “Site”).

1. Information Bioversity International may collect about you

Personally Identifiable Information

You are not asked to provide any personally identifiable information to access the Site. However you may be asked to provide your name, address, email address, telephone number, and, where appropriate, dates of birth to subscribe to email alerts or newsletters. In this event, Bioversity International will store this information securely and will not share, rent or sell it to anyone other. See section 7 for the use of information related to online donations.

Non-personally identifiable information

In general, you can browse the Bioversity International Site without telling us who you are or revealing any personal information about yourself. The only information we gather during general browsing is from standard server logs: these include your Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, domain name, browser type, operating system, and information such as the web site that referred you to us, the files you download, the pages you visit, and the dates/times of those visits. These will not specifically identify you. The information will be used internally only for web site traffic analysis and is treated confidentially.

For clarification an IP Address is a numerical label assigned to your computer so that when your web browser or email application requests a webpage or email from another computer it automatically gives that computer the address where it should send the information.

2. Uses BIOVERSITY INTERNATIONAL will make of your information

We will use your information to:

  • give you the products, information or services you have requested
  • keep you in touch with our work by sending you updates, fundraising and marketing communications
  • send you administration information about our charitable aims
  • comply with financial regulations and the law

To do some of this, we may need to share your information with third parties such as our regional offices, service providers, associated organizations, and agents. However, we will only share your information for marketing purposes if you have already given us permission.

You can opt out of receiving donation appeal letters, emails or telephone calls from us at any time by contacting us in the way indicated at section 9.

3. How we protect your personal information

We take appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial measures to ensure that we keep your information secure, accurate and up to date, and that we only keep it as long as is reasonable and necessary.

We take all necessary measures to protect personal information and any credit card details we may receive on our website are passed securely through PayPal, our payment processing partner provider, according to the Payment Card Industry Security Standards. Bioversity International encourages the public though to send their contributions via cheque.

4. Sharing your information with others

Bioversity International will keep your information confidential except where disclosure is required or permitted by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies) or as described in section 5 below.

Generally, Bioversity International will only use your information within Bioversity International.

However, sometimes Bioversity International may use third parties to process your information on our behalf. Bioversity International requires these third parties to comply strictly with its instructions and that they do not use your personal information for their own business purposes, unless you have explicitly consented to the use of your personal information in this way.

5. Offensive or inappropriate content on Bioversity International Site

If you post or send offensive, inappropriate or objectionable content anywhere on or to Bioversity International websites or otherwise engage in any disruptive behaviour on any Bioversity International service, Bioversity International may use your personal information to stop such behaviour.

Where Bioversity International reasonably believes that you are or may be in breach of any applicable laws (e.g. because content you have posted may be defamatory), Bioversity  International may use your personal information to inform relevant third parties such as your employer, school email/internet provider or law enforcement agencies about the content and your behaviour.

6. Cookies

To make this site work properly, we sometimes place small data files called cookies on your device. Most big websites do this too.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site. It enables the website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login, language, font size and other display preferences) over a period of time, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to the site or browse from one page to another. 

How do we use cookies?

Cookie analysis and performance.

Cookies are used to collect and analyze traffic and use the site anonymously. These cookies, even without identifying the user, allow, for example, detecting if the same user returns at different times. They also allow monitoring the system to improve performance and usability.

Cookie profiling (Not in use)

These are persistent cookies used to identify (anonymously or not) user preferences and improve your navigation experience. Our website does not use cookies profiling.

Third Party Cookies

Users of our web site may receive cookies from the main site ("first party"), and/or from websites maintained by other organizations ("third party").

Social Plugins Cookies

In our site, we use "social plugins" for Facebook, Twitter and Google+. The most common use of these social plugins is to share content on social networks. They also transmit cookies to and from our site to the third party service. To know more about the information collected by "third parties" used please go to: 

Facebook information:
Facebook (setting): log into your account > Section privacy.

Twitter information:
Twitter (setting):

Google+ information:
Google+ (setting):

Google Analytics Cookies

This site includes components which communicate with Google Analytics, a web traffic analysis service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google"). These third-party cookies are collected and managed anonymously to monitor and improve the performance of the host site (performance cookie).

This site does not use Google analysis tools to track or collect personally identifiable information. For more information, please go to

You can selectively disable the action of installing Google Analytics on your browser component of the opt-out provided by Google. To disable the action of Google Analytics, please go to

Other third party cookies

In addition to the above listed cookies users of our web site may receive also cookies from the following services:


Google Translate



How to control cookies

You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish – for details, see You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work.

Warning: Disabling all or part of the technical cookies can compromise the use and functionality of the site portion reserved for registered users. On the contrary, access to public content is possible even when cookies are disabled.

Disabling "third party" cookies will not decrease web site usability. Each web site or application can have its own cookie settings. Furthermore the best browsers allow defining different settings for cookies "first party" and "third party". For example, in Firefox through the menu Tools-> Options -> Privacy, you can access a control panel where you can specify whether or not to accept the different types of cookies and remove them.



Internet Explorer:



7. Notification of Changes

If Bioversity International decides to change this Privacy Policy, Bioversity International will post those changes to this page so that you are always aware of what information we collect and how we use it.

8. Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns about Bioversity International’s Privacy Policy please do not hesitate to contact us.

Mailing address for Bioversity International HQ:
Via dei Tre Denari, 472/a
00054 - Maccarese
Rome - Italy