Data protection

All data in our distribution atlas are freely accessible to the public with an accuracy of 5 x 5 km. SwissLichens makes precise data available to the public authorities (national and cantonal). With a formal application, precise data can also be passed on to other external users (NGOs, eco-offices, universities). The disclosure is governed by the guidelines regarding ownership, disclosure and use of observational data of InfoSpecies.

You have the possibility to determine a confidentiality level for your lichen records. This determines whether SwissLichens may pass on the precise coordinates or whether the data should be treated confidentially (with coordinates rounded to 1x1km or 5x5km).

The following confidentiality levels are available:

  1. Data without restriction (standard)
  2. Data with restriction (1x1km) except for public offices
  3. Data with restriction (1x1km)
  4. Data with restriction (5x5km)
  5. Locked data

Unless otherwise stated, SwissLichens assigns your data to level 1 (data without restriction). If you would like to change the level of your personal data, please contact us.

The name of the data reporter is also passed on in the case of data extracts because it belongs to a lichen record. Your private contact details will be treated confidentially by SwissLichens.