Privacy Policy

Your privacy is very important to us. This notice is provided to explain our online information practices to protect your privacy and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used.

All information collected by the BWI, through this website or mobile devices’ application, is held in compliance with the Croatian Data Protection Act (Official Gazette 103/03, 118/06, 41/08, 130/11, 106/12), and the EU Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive (2003).


This notice applies to all data collected or submitted on the website. This website enables you to support the work of Blue World Institute, by making a donation. We might introduce new options or cancel existing options, but through these activities you will be requested to submit personal information at these pages, such as:

Phone number(s)
Email address
Date of birth
Academic affiliation

How we use the collected data

We will use the information you provide to complete your activity and may also use it to contact you with confirmation of your activity, to provide updates or messages on our work. We use return email addresses to answer the email we receive. Such addresses are not used for any other purpose and we will not share your details with any third party.

You can opt in to receive our e-newsletter as well as periodical updates on our work. Information you submit on our website will not be used for this purpose unless you explicitly state that you wish to subscribe to our newsletter..

We do not collect, transmit or store any information on your Credit/Debit Card/PayPal Account as all payments are processed by secure payment gateway – WSPay

We do not share at present any information with external advertisers. In the event we will, we will share only non-identifying and aggregate information such as that which may allow better design of our website. For example, we may tell an advertiser that Y number of men and Z number of women filled out our registration form, but we would not disclose anything that could be used to personally identify those individuals.

Finally, we never use or share the personally identifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the ones described above without also providing you an opportunity to opt-out or otherwise prohibit such unrelated uses.

BWI commitment to data security

To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data privacy and accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online to the best of our abilities.

How you can access or correct your information

You can access all your personally identifiable information that we collect online and maintain by sending an email request to the address below or fill the feedback form at the end of this policy. We use this procedure to better safeguard your information. You can correct factual errors in your personally identifiable information by sending us a request in writing to the address below. To protect your privacy and security, we will also take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.

Should you wish to opt out of receiving emails please contact BWI at

Donor privacy policy

The Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation is committed to respecting the privacy of its financial and in-kind donors, whether the donation is made online, by mail, or any other method. When you make a financial or in-kind donation, you provide your name, contact information, and – in the case of financial contribution – other details necessary to complete your transaction. We are legally required to keep records of your name, contact details and info on the amounts donated. We protect your information in a variety of ways, as described above and below.

We strive to use industry standard safeguards to protect your information. Many donors use credit cards for donations. We do not store any information on your Credit/Debit Card/PayPal Account as all payments are processed by secure payment gateway WSPay.

We will not sell, share or trade our donors’ personally identifiable information with any other entity. We will not send mailings to our donors on behalf of other organizations, unless a donor has given us specific permission to do so, and the mailing is pertinent to our own work (for example, a joint project).