Privacy policy

Owner and data controller

This website is managed by:

The Habitat Foundation
Starrenburglaan 16
2241 NE Wassenaar
The Netherlands

The Habitat Foundation is committed to protecting the privacy of our customers and website visitors. Our relationship with you is valuable and we understand the importance you place on the privacy and security of information that personally identifies you. We take your privacy seriously.

This Privacy Policy sets out the data processing practices carried out through the use of the Internet and any other electronic communications networks by The Habitat Foundation.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

While you are not required to provide us with personal data in order to browse our website, we do collect personal information from visitors who purchase products on this website, or use our on-line forms or services, or e-mail us their details. When we ask you for information, we will comply with the law.


Some areas of our website require you to register with us prior to obtaining access to its content or to certain services. Our registration process requires you to give your name, gender, date of birth and e-mail address. We may also request some optional information about your country of residence, telephone number and personal interests. We use this information to provide you with the service you have requested or to respond to your enquiries.

Promotions and Events

Personal data may be required to keep you informed of developments in new or existing activities, guidance services and facilities, promotions, conferences, seminars and training offerings.

Subscriptions and newsletters

Users of our website may register for e-mail newsletters and news updates. This service is entirely optional, and you may unsubscribe at any time.

Contests and surveys

From time to time we may offer users the option of participating in contests or surveys. Participation is entirely optional. Any information you provide during the course of a contest or research will be used to improve facilities and services or to award prizes. Additional terms and conditions may apply to contests, which will be notified to prospective applicants.

Optional Information

We may request optional information from you on our registration forms. We request this optional information so that we may serve you better (for example to provide more tailored products and services to you) and so that we may understand our users better (for example through internal research, data analysis, market research and product research). If additional information is requested, it will be identified as optional.


When you leave comments on the 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.


A cookie is a small piece of information sent by a web server to a web browser, which enables the server to collect information from the browser. The only personal information a cookie can obtain is the information that you supply. A cookie cannot read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites. However, cookies enhance our website performance by providing a secure way for us to verify your identity during your visit to our website and to personalise your experience on our site, making it more convenient for you to use.

You do not need to have cookies turned on to successfully use our service. You can refuse cookies by turning them off on your web browser. However, switching off cookies will restrict your use of our website. If you want to know how to do this please look at the help menu on your browser.

You can find out more about the use of cookies on our website here: Cookie policy.

Website usage data

With or without cookies, our website keeps track of usage data such as the source address of a page request (i.e. your IP address and domain name), the date and time of the page request, the referring website (if any) and other parameters in the URL (e.g. search criteria). We use this data to better understand the use of our website by visitors and to identify user preferences. This information is stored in log files and is used for aggregated and statistical reporting but is not attributed to you as an individual.


We recognise industry standards and employ security safeguards to protect information from unauthorised access and misuse. We use the most accurate and current information you provide in order to process your request. Furthermore, whenever you transmit sensitive information such as billing or credit card information to us through our website, we provide you access to our secure server that allows encryption across the Internet.

User submissions

Any material, information or other communication that you transmit or post to our website (other than your personal information) will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary, unless we are advised to the contrary. You are accordingly requested not to post confidential or proprietary information to our website. For example, 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.

The Habitat Foundation and its designees will be free to copy, disclose, distribute, incorporate and otherwise use the communications in all data, images, sound, text and other things embodied therein for commercial or non-commercial purposes.

Users of our website are prohibited from posting or transmitting to or from this site any unlawful, threatening, libellous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic or other material that would violate any law.

Other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites which are outside our control and are not covered by this Privacy Policy. If you access other sites using the links provided, the operators of these sites may collect information from you which will be used by them in accordance with their privacy policy, which may differ from ours.

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

Internet-based transfers

Given that the Internet is a global environment, using the Internet to collect and process personal data necessarily involves the transmission of data on an international basis. Therefore, by browsing this website and communicating electronically with us, you acknowledge and agree to our processing of personal data in this way.

Access right

You have a right of access to the personal data held about you, and to request a copy of the information held by us in our records (for which we may charge a small fee). You also have the right to require us to correct any inaccuracies in your information or to 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. To obtain a copy of the personal information we hold about you, please contact us.

Changes to privacy policy

We may review and edit this policy from time to time. If we make any substantial changes we will notify you by posting a prominent announcement on our web pages.

Questions or suggestions

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding this policy, or have any concerns about our website practices, or believe that we are not adhering to our privacy policy, please contact us. Should you at any time wish us to remove your personal details from our database please contact us.