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MODUL University Vienna
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Some of the environmental projects presented on this Web site collect information for research purposes, and for providing customized information services. The collected information is treated confidentially and never shared with any third party not participating in the research project.

  • Games with a Purpose. The Climate Challenge is an online competition to promote collective awareness and share climate science knowledge. To enable the game’s community features using a social login, the system asks for e-mail address, name, avatar and list of friends. Please note that game answers are recorded as well, and that your score will be visible to other players. For scientific papers, information is used only in aggregated and personally not identifiable form.
  • Web Analytics. To support ongoing efforts to increase the utility and usability of the Web site, Google Analytics is used to track the level of activity and popularity of specific pages. IP anonymization techniques and a cookie notification plugin make sure that personal data is never used without explicit consent. As of April 2018, the ECOresearch Network has also accepted Google’s GDPR Data Processing Amendment.
  • Media Analytics. Our two open knowledge aggregation platforms, the Media Watch on Climate Change and the UN Environment Web Intelligence platform, are fully compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). They only capture and process public content (i.e., Web pages and postings “manifestly made public” according to Article 9 of the GDPR), using a Web crawler and the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) of social media platforms – strictly adhering to these platform’s usage restrictions and only accessing the public portion of the content. For Web sites, the data collection process respects the site owner’s robots.txt settings (a text file placed in the top directory, used by site administrators to control access to files and directories).