a code for reporting
marine turtle sightings in the UK

Privacy policy

By law, the online Turtle Code abides by the Principles put in place by the Data Protection Act of 1998 to make sure that the information you submit is handled properly. 

Your data will be:

• fairly and lawfully processed;
• processed for limited purposes;
• adequate, relevant and not excessive;
• kept accurate;
• not kept for longer than is necessary;
• processed in line with your rights;
• secure; and,
• not transferred to countries without your consent.

Further information can be sought from the Information Commissioner's Office:

If you are reporting a sighting or a stranding via our online form, it is necessary for you to submit your e-mail address in order that we respond to your information submission.

It is our policy not to disclose, sell or otherwise pass on your personal details to third parties, and this information will be used exclusively in the context of the Turtle Code.

All records of marine turtles in UK waters are kept by Marine Environment Monitoring in the TURTLE database.

While we may link to other websites, we cannot be held responsible for their privacy practices or content.


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