Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy describes the ways in which Cadasta Foundation (“we,” “our,” or “us”) collects, uses, and discloses information about you obtained through;;; , the Cadasta Surveys, Survey123, ArcGIS Collector, ODK and GeoODK Mobile Applications; and all other Cadasta Foundation websites or online services that link to this policy (collectively, the “Site”) as a user of the Site. By using the Site, you consent to the processing of your information as set forth in this Privacy Policy, now and as amended by us.


What Information Do We Collect?

Information You Provide – We and our service providers collect any information that you provide when you use the Site, including when you create an account, upload information or documents; participate in the Site, sign up to receive our electronic newsletters,  or otherwise contact us with a question, comment, or request. This can include, but is not limited to, (a) your name, contact information, username, password, and other registration information; (b) personally identifiable information including household information, and payment card information; (c) information you provide when you upload data to the Site; and (d) information you provide us when you contact us. The information you provide may also include information that you as a user of the Site provide about other individuals, such as individuals who are the subject of land and resource rights data.  Please note that information about such other individuals is used by us only as necessary to perform our work. and we do not use or disclose the information for marketing or promotional purposes or for other discretionary purposes.   We do not sell the information to third parties for any purposes. We also do not disclose personal information without prior consent. We do not disclose the information for any purposes other than our charitable, non-profit mission and the purposes listed below. You represent that you have any required permissions to collect and provide the data you are uploading to the Site and that you are in compliance with applicable laws regarding such data. Information Automatically Collected From You – We and our service providers may automatically collect certain technical information from your computer when you use the Site, such as your Internet Protocol address, your browser type, your operating system, the pages you view on the Site, the pages you view immediately before and after you access the Site, and the search terms you enter on the Site.  This information allows us to recognize you and personalize your experience if you return to the Site using the same computer, or mobile device, and to improve the Site and the services we provide. We and our service providers may collect this information using “cookies,” or similar technologies, which are small text files that the Site saves on your computer using your web browser and accesses when you return.


How do we use this information?

We may use the information we collect for a number of purposes, including, but not limited to:

  • creating and providing aggregated reports and de-personalized information on property rights and land ownership;
  • providing you with information about the Site or required notices;
  • delivering communications, promotional materials, or other information that may be of interest to you;
  • customizing your experience when using the Site, such as by providing interactive or personalized elements on the Site and providing you with content based on your interests;
  • allowing us to improve the Site and the services we provide, such as by better tailoring our content to our users’ needs and preferences;
  • generating and analyzing statistics about your use of the Site; and
  • detecting, preventing, and responding to fraud, intellectual property infringement, violations of our Terms of Use, violations of law, or other misuse of the Site.

We also may combine or aggregate any of the information we collect through the Site or elsewhere for any of these purposes.


Under what circumstances do we disclose this information?

We may disclose the information we collect through the Site:

  • to create and publish de-identified, anonymized data sets on the platform for research and other commercial and non-commercial purposes;
  • to create reports on de-identified  data collected;
  • To create output documents with identified data when consented to and needed for data verification or for the issuance of land tenure or other documentation.
  • to affiliates, partners, and service providers who work on our behalf and who operate consistent with this Privacy Policy, including, but not limited to, service providers who: collect and upload data to the Site; create data sets; or provide payment processing services;
  • to business partners or other third parties who may engage in research or deliver marketing communications, promotional materials, or advertisements that may be of interest to you;
  • as required by applicable law, such as to comply with a subpoena or other legal process, or to comply with government reporting obligations;
  • when we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary (a) to protect our rights, the integrity of the Site, or your safety or the safety of others, or (b) to detect, prevent, or respond to fraud, intellectual property infringement, violations of our Terms of Use, violations of law, or other misuse of the Site;
  • to affiliates, service providers, advisors, and other third parties to the extent reasonably necessary to proceed with the negotiation or completion of a merger, acquisition, or sale of all or a portion of our assets; and
  • when we are not otherwise prohibited by applicable law from doing so without your express consent.

In addition, we may share aggregate reports on user demographics and traffic patterns, as well as de-identified information, with third parties. The Site also may contain links to websites published by third parties.  You acknowledge and agree that we are not responsible for the collection and use of your information by such websites that are not under our control.  We encourage you to review the privacy policies of each website you visit.

Where is this information stored?

Information collected through the Site will be processed in and subject to the laws of the United States, which may not provide the same level protection for your personal information as your home country, and may be available to the United States government or its agencies under a lawful order made in the United States.  In addition, we may transfer and store your information outside the United States to our affiliates, business partners, and service providers located in other countries that may not be your home country. By using the Site, you consent to such transfer to, and processing in, the United States or other countries.


How is your information secured?

We place high value on data privacy and security and are committed to maintaining administrative, technical, and physical safeguards designed to safeguard the information collected by the Site.  However, no information system can be 100% secure, so we cannot guarantee the absolute security of your information, despite all efforts to do so. Moreover, we are not responsible for the security of information you transmit to the Site over networks that we do not control, including the Internet and wireless networks.


Your choices

If your contact information changes, if you no longer wish to receive communications from us or to have us share your information with third parties, or if you wish to inquire about the information we have collected about you, please submit a request at the contact information listed below. If you do not want the Site to collect information through the use of cookies, you can set your web browser to reject cookies from the Site.  Each browser is different, so you should check your browser’s “Help” menu to learn how to change your cookie preferences. If you reject or block cookies from the Site, however, the Site may not function as intended.


Children’s information

The Site is not directed to, nor do we knowingly collect information from, children under the age of 13.  If you become aware that your child or any child under your care has provided us with information without your consent, please contact us at the contact information listed below.


Changes to this Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to update this Privacy Policy from time to time by posting a new Privacy Policy on this page.  You are advised to consult this Privacy Policy regularly for any changes, and your continued use of the Site after such changes have been made constitutes acceptance of those changes.  If we make any revisions that materially change the ways in which we use or share the information previously collected from you through the Site, we will give you the opportunity to consent to such changes before applying them to that information.


Contact Us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or our use of your information collected through the Site, please contact us at This Privacy Policy was last updated in February 2019.