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Privacy Policy

Who we are

The Earth Museum is a limited company registered in England and Wales. Registered number: 10740461

Our main website address is:

We also operate the following supplementary website addresses (and associated sub-domains):

We can be contacted on:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the main website 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.

Media and Data Content

If you upload images to any of our websites, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included that you would not wish to share on this geo-positioning website. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Content shared by you on the website in stories and in associated GIS mapping is accessible to all users as a core part of purpose, including public when published.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit a login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

This website utilises a Jetpack plug-in, and its privacy statement can be found here:

Create The Earth Museum Account

When arranging your subscription for Create The Earth Museum, you will be directed to an interface provided by a third party billing operations software company, Paddle, to manage the transaction. Their privacy policy can be found here: The Earth Museum does not store any financial details about your payment method which is stored by Paddle. The Earth Museum will have access to your name, contact email address and payment status within this platform; and confirmation from you whether we can contact you with further information about The Earth Museum products and services.

When creating an account on Create The Earth Museum, you will need to provide your, name email address and a password. This allows us to set up and manage your individual account where you can upload and publish content.

Users of Create The Earth Museum also have a choice to upload a profile picture which is stored on AWS services. Their privacy policy statement can be found here.

There is also an option for users to enable two-factor authentication where a third party app, Google Authenticator, will manage QR authentication. Their privacy policy can be found here. Recovery codes are generated and stored in The Earth Museum for each user after enabling this feature and reset every time the feature is disabled.

Browser sessions store an IP address to allow a user to view the browser sessions associated with their account.

TEM Climate Action Account

When creating an account on TEM Climate Action you will be supplied with an automatic, randomly generated user id, and asked to provide a password.

Embedded and linked content from Third Party websites and apps

Articles and activities on our websites include embedded and linked content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.), including Esri ArcGIS Online, Esri API, Vimeo, and Paddle. Embedded and linked 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.

The privacy policies for EsriArcGIS Online, Vimeo, Paddle, and PayPal can be found at:

Create The Earth Museum and TEM Climate Action both use Amazon AWS for storing all information related to users on both platforms. Their privacy policy statement can be found here

Mailgun is considered a processor. They act on the instructions of Create The Earth Museum and TEM Climate Action, which comes in the form of API or SMTP requests. This service is used to support automatic email functions (notification of Explorer publication for example). Their privacy policy statement can be found here.

Create The Earth Museum utilises Google ReCaptcha which sends personal data to the US. To use this service the platform facilitates a restricted transfer. Google advises us to display their privacy policy and terms on the pages that use Google ReCaptcha. This service is used as part of our security arrangements.


The main website utilises a Jetpack plug-in, and its privacy statement can be found here:

All websites utilise Google Analytics which records basic page views and visit data such as device type, operating system, and browser type. This data helps us improve our services for you. You can access Google Analytics opt-out options here and Google’s privacy statement here.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

Data on Create The Earth Museum is retained until your account is cancelled by you or The Earth Museum. After 90 days of cancellation, your account and all your information will be permanently deleted and you won’t be able to retrieve your information. During these 90 days the contents remains subject to The Earth Museum’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and is not accessible to other people using The Earth Museum.

What rights you have over your data

If you have left comments, or have an account on this site, 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.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Data is also sent to Amazon AWS, Mailgun and Google ReCaptcha as described in Embedded and Linked Content section described above.

Your contact information

For any privacy-specific concerns, The Earth Museum can be contacted at: