Privacy and Security

To submit an idea or comment on the QFR Crowdsourcing site you must first register, which involves giving your email address to IdeaScale, a private company that licenses the crowdsourcing software and houses data in the cloud. As such, the information collected on this site is not protected by the Privacy Act of 1974. The US Forest Service and DOI strongly encourages that you read the privacy policy on the IdeaScale site before posting an idea or comment.

This privacy policy states: “Any information shared with IdeaScale during the creation of a community is owned solely by the administrator of that community… Email addresses uploaded to the system for the purpose of sending invitations and email communication are owned solely by the community administrator. We will never share any information uploaded to the system with any 3rd parties.” Specific details about the information collected in this site are included below.

If you wish to avoid usage of IdeaScale, but still wish to submit ideas and comments, you may do so via e-mail at [email protected].

Things to Be Aware Of…

Do not post content that discloses personal or confidential information. The Quadrennial Fire Review site is secure, but resides in the cloud (hosted by IdeaScale). Since this is a public site, anyone who accesses the site will be able to see your ideas, comments, and votes (and the content will be attributed to you.)

Security and Privacy Details

Visibility of Ideas and Profiles

Ideas, comments, and votes are visible to all authenticated users. Ideas, comments, and votes also are tracked in each user's profile, which is visible to all authenticated users.

IdeaScale Privacy Policy

IdeaScale's full privacy policy is available online. One of the topics addressed in the privacy policy is the ownership of ideas and personal information posted to IdeaScale.

The policy states:

"IdeaScale is a web-based service for collection feedback. Any information shared with IdeaScale during the creation of a community is owned solely by the administrator of that community. By the nature or how our service works, communities need to be shared via a URL on the Internet. We provide the option to password protect your community if they contain sensitive content.

Email addresses uploaded to the system for the purpose of sending invitations and email communication are owned solely by the community administrator. We will never share any information uploaded to the system with any 3rd parties.

Data collected through communities is owned solely by the community administrator. By default, the data is only accessible by providing a username and password and logging into the site. There is the option to share online reports via a URL from the administrative account. The community administrator controls this option. We will never use any of the data collected."

Questions?

For information on privacy or security, please contact [email protected].