Privacy Policy

The Van Tienhoven Foundation for International Nature Protection Privacy Protocol

Effective date: 01-01-2021 (updated in January 2022).

The Van Tienhoven Foundation for International Nature Protection (VTS) ((“us”“we”, or “our”) operates the website, referred to in this policy as “our website”.

The Van Tienhoven Foundation for International Nature Protection, hereafter referred to as “VTS” is a Dutch endowment fund registered at the Chamber of Commerce under the KvK number 41198656 in the Netherlands.

The mission of VTS is to promote the protection, conservation, and sustainable use of ecosystems and its living organisms, whereever these are threatened or under pressure outside the Netherlands.


Our website

Our website is operated by VTS.

Personal Data

Personal Data means data about a living individual who can be directly or indirectly identified from those data.

Usage Data

Usage Data is data collected automatically either generated by the use of our website or from the website infrastructure itself (for example, the duration of a page visit).


Cookies are small files stored on your device (computer or mobile device).


Refers to the Van Tienhoven Foundation for International Nature Protection.

Collection of Data

We collect different types of information for various purposes, depending on the nature of your interactions with us.

Types of Data Collected

Personal Data

While using our website, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you (“Personal Data”). Also, personal details of the grant applicants are automatically collected. Personally identifiable information may include:

Project Data

Project details of grant applicants are automatically collected. In addition, grant applicants are able to provide more project details when requested during the application assessment or if you have received a grant and have a project page on the public website. Project details may include:

Usage Data

We may also collect information on how our website is accessed and used (“Usage Data”). This Usage Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol address, browser type, browser version, the pages of our website that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.

Tracking Cookies Data

We use cookies and similar tracking technologies to track the activity on our website and we hold certain information.

Cookies are files with a small amount of data which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a website and stored on your device. Other tracking technologies are also used such as beacons, tags and scripts to collect and track information and to improve and analyse our website.

Examples of cookies we use:

Use of Data

How we use your data will depend on the interactions we have.

Children’s Privacy and Collection of Sensitive Information

Our website does not address anyone under the age of 18 (“Children”). We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 18. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your Child has provided us with Personal Data, please contact us. If we become aware that we have collected Personal Data from children without verification of parental consent, we take steps to remove that information from our servers.

We don’t collect sensitive personal data such as information on your religion, race or health.

Sharing and Transfer of Data

Your information, including Personal and Project Data, may be transferred to – and maintained on – computers located outside of your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ from those from your jurisdiction. In case your information is transferred to our partners in such countries, we will make sure that appropriate safeguards have been taken by either confirming that the third country is deemed ‘adequate’ by the European Commission or signing Standard Contractual Clauses (issued by the European Commission) with the third party in question.

Upon submission of an application, grant applicants agree with the ‘privacy policy’ of the van Tienhoven Foundation, and agree that (meta) data from the application may be published in the public domain via a Creative Commons license CC-BY-4.0 with proper citation to the grant applicant’s organization. The Van Tienhoven Foundation will provide the grant application with information prior to such publication. If data is shared with third parties, the CC-BY-4.0 license is also in effect.

In accordance to the use of data described above, where relevant, we may share data including your personal information with third parties such as:

Security of Data

The security of your data is important to us and we use a variety of technical and operational security measures to protect your personal and project information. For example we:

Despite these measures, there is no guarantee that data may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards. When such a breach is detected, data security is restored as soon as possible.

Retention period of Data

We generally retain your personal data and project data until you opt out from our database. When you respond to a message from us with the option to opt out, your personal data and possibly project data is deleted from the server. Retention periods of cookies and usage data may vary but are limited to 12 months maximum.

Links to Other Sites

Our website may contain links to other sites that are not operated by us. If you click a third party link, you will be directed to that third party’s site. We strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of every site you visit. We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites or services.

Exercise your Rights

We provide options to control your data and visibility. You can opt out at any given moment, which results in complete removal of your personal data and possibly the project data from our server. You can contact us for a copy of your data, and any objections, complaints and questions. To do so, please refer to the Contact page on our website.

If you think we have infringed your privacy rights, you can lodge a complaint with the relevant supervisory authority. You can lodge your complaint in particular in the country where you live, your place of work or place where you believe we infringed your right(s).

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We may update our Privacy Policy from time to time. You are advised to review this Privacy Policy periodically for any changes. The effective date is mentioned at the top of this Privacy Policy.