Furseals.org Privacy Policy

Who we are

Furseals.org is a project of Harpseals.org, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization registered as a nonprofit corporation in California, United States of America. Our purpose with furseals.org is to educate people about fur seals and the threats that they face, especially the annual massacre of Cape fur seals in Namibia.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


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: https://automattic.com/privacy/. 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.

Contact forms

If you send an activist email from our site, we receive a copy of the email text, along with your name.


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.

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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Who we share your data with

We may share your data with other organizations that share our mission. You may let us know that you do not want us to share your data by emailing us at info@furseals.org.

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.

What rights you have over your data

You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you other than comments that you have posted or attempted to post and the associated contact information that you included. 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.

Additional information

How we protect your data

We limit access to the data that we collect to our organization officers.

What data breach procedures we have in place

We use SSL encryption to protect transmitted data.

What third parties we receive data from

We do not receive personal data about you directly from third parties.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

We do not do automated decision making or profiling.

Google Analytics

We are also utilizing Google Analytics for this website. Please see Google’s privacy information regarding this application.