Who we are

Our website address is: https://www.naturefoundationsxm.org/

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


This site does not use comments and comments have been generally disabled.


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

Our contact forms will collect your name (if provided), email address and phone number, if applicable. These are stored in an encoded format in our database and protected against unauthorized access. Only our administrators of the Nature Foundation St Maarten can access this information.

If you report sightings, pollution or animal abuse to us, we will always protect our sources and never reveal your name, email address or other personal information to anyone unless we are given a warrant requesting such information as part of an ongoing investigation.


If you have an account and you log in to this site, 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.

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 (Twitter, Facebook, Google, etc.) 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.


We use Google Analytics on this site to track how our site is used, where visitors come from and which articles are read in what order. We also use WordPress and Jetpack statistics to track this information. These services track your anonymized IP address, type of device, geography and the URL that you visit. Cookies are used to record how often you visit and if/when you return.

Together, this data gives us an important insight to what our readers deem the most important or “popular” subjects. The data may be used to determine where the foundation will focus its attention and how our readership can contribute to the foundation’s mission and goals.


We handle payments and donations using PayPal and ReefSupport. Any personal identifiable data from payments is known only to our partners ReefSupport and PayPal. ReefSupport is a payment service in Aruba with whom we have a collaboration to process payments for Marine Park Tags, Nature Fees and donations.

Our payment partners are PCI compliant which means we do not know nor keep anything about your payment except your name, the last 4 digits of a bank card and the amount of payment.

Who we share your data with

We only share data with our mother organization DCNA for the purpose of supporting the DCNA mission.

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. You are free to delete your account and this information at any time. This will result in the immediate deletion of your personal information.

We make backups weekly of our database for safety reasons and continuity purposes. We keep several version of this backup so that we may restore articles, media and pages up to a year after they were deleted. Since the database also contains your personal profile, this information is also kept for up to a year. After that date, your information is really gone.

What rights you have over your data

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

Payments are processed on the servers of either PayPal or ReefSupport.

Contact information

If you are concerned about your privacy and our use of the information, please contact our office at info@naturefoundationsxm.org.

Additional information


All donations are received through the PayPal business account of DCNA, our mother organisation.

WordPress Plugins

  • Instagram Feed
    • The plugin gathers images from our Instagram account and displays them on our website. Instagram may track your Instagram account ID and cookies to perform its own analysis. We have no access to this information.
  • Twitter Feed
    • The plugin gathers images from our Twitter account and displays them on our website. Twitter may track your Instagram account ID and cookies to perform its own analysis. We have no access to this information.
  • Facebook Feed
    • Plugin shares your facebook ID with Facebook to perform its functions. We have no access to this information and do not use or track it. It’s purely visual.
  • Google Maps
    • We display several custom maps on Google for your benefit. Google will track and record your visits to this as if you were viewing them on their platform. We have no control over this nor do we have access to the data.

How we protect your data

All data in our offices and laptops use encrypted hard drives and are set-up to prevent any data loss in the event of theft or accidental loss.

What third parties we receive data from

None that we are aware of.

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

Nothing automated but we may use the email addresses provided to us for mailing campaigns and fundraisers.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

As a non-profit organization, we are not required to disclose anything.