METI Data Privacy Policy

V1.0 June 11, 2024

1. Introduction

Welcome to the privacy policy of MillPont's Environmental Trust Infrastructure (METI). This policy outlines how we collect, use, store, and protect data. MillPont is committed to maintaining the trust and confidence of our users, especially in the agricultural sector, where data sensitivity is paramount.

2. Types of Information We Collect

MillPont collects various types of data to provide and enhance our services:

  1. Personal Contact and Billing Information: Upon registration, users provide name, address, telephone, and email address. This information may also include basic account information for billing or other purposes.

  2. Identifiers and Classification Information: Uniquely identifies entities, projects, and activities, consolidating decentralized data for cross-verification and referenceable assertion of uniqueness.

  3. Geospatial and Temporal Data: Details the location and timing of projects and activities, ensuring accurate representation and provenance of claims.

  4. Attributes and Quantities: Describes specific attributes and quantities of environmental claims, ensuring accurate and reliable accounting and reporting.

  5. Verification and Certification Information: Includes verification and certification details, maintaining credibility and trustworthiness of environmental claims through secure and confidential handling.

3. How We Collect Your Data

  1. Direct Collection: We gather data you provide when applying to become a member of METI, using METI services, and communicating with us.

  2. Indirect Collection: MillPont uses cookies and similar technologies to enhance user experience and service functionality. This includes the use web server logs and similar tools to help diagnose problems with the server, to administer the website, and to enhance security or authenticate users.

  3. Third-Party Sources: We may receive data from partners and affiliates under strict privacy agreements.

4. Choice: Options Concerning Information We Collect

MillPont will not collect or use information for purposes other than those described in this Privacy Policy without your consent. You can decline to submit personal information to any of our services, in which case MillPont may not be able to provide those services to you.

5. Use of Your Information

MillPont uses your data to:

  • Service Provision and Technical Function: Provide, maintain, and improve the METI services tailored to environmental market needs.

  • Data Reporting: Aggregate and anonymize data to report total number of Spatiotemporal Claim Identifiers (SCIDs), affiliated acres, and Environmental Attribute Certificates (EACs).

  • Enhance User Experience: Improve your experience of METI services ensuring relevant information and services are offered.

  • Communication: Communicate with you about service updates, educational content, offers, and important notifications related to METI services.

  • Data Security and Safety: Detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues; or protect against harm the rights, property, safety of MillPont, our users and or the public as required or permitted by law.

  • Compliance and Legal: Ensure compliance with Terms of Use, including investigation of potential violation thereof, legal requirements, and respond to enforceable law or governmental requests.

In aggregating data, we strip away any personally identifiable information to ensure individual data privacy while still providing valuable collective insights to market stakeholders.

6. Data Sharing and Disclosure

We do not sell personal data. Data sharing is limited to:

  • Service providers under strict contractual obligations.

  • Legal requirements and law enforcement requests.

  • Business transfers, such as mergers or acquisitions.

7. Data Security and Integrity

MillPont employs robust security measures, including:

  • One-way encryption and secure data storage.

  • Regular security audits and updates.

  • Compliance with industry standards and regulations.

Despite our efforts, no data transmissions over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Consequently, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us and you do so at your own risk. In the even of a security incident, we will notify our clients or end-user customers in accordance with applicable law.

8. Enhanced Privacy Protection for Geographic Farmer Data

MillPont recognizes the sensitive nature of geographic data related to agricultural activities. To ensure the utmost privacy and protection of this information, we implement the following specialized measures:

  • Advanced Encryption: All geographic data is encrypted using state-of-the-art encryption techniques, both in transit and at rest, to prevent unauthorized access.

  • Restricted Access: Access to geographic data is strictly controlled and limited to authorized personnel only. We employ rigorous access controls and monitoring systems to prevent unauthorized data access and breaches.

  • Anonymization Protocols: Before any geographic data is used for analysis or shared with partners, it is anonymized via one-way hash algorithms to remove any identifiers that could link it back to individual farmers or specific locations.

  • Geographic Data Masking: To further protect farmer privacy, we employ data masking techniques, obscuring sensitive geographic details where necessary.

  • Transparency and Control: Users have full control over their geographic data. They can access, review, update, or request deletion of their data at any time. We also provide detailed logs of data access and usage upon request.

  • Terms of Use: The METI Terms of Use recognizes farmer’s rights over their data. Users of METI are required to maintain, and upon request, provide detailed documentation that demonstrates their ability to manage geographic farmer data. This is essential for maintaining trust, legal compliance, and the integrity of our platform.

By implementing these measures, MillPont ensures that market participant's geographic data is handled with the highest level of security and confidentiality, reflecting our commitment to protecting the privacy and interests of our agricultural community.

9. Your Rights and Choices

You have the right to:

  • Access, update, or delete your personal data.

  • Opt out of non-essential data collection.

  • Request data portability.

10. Changes to This Policy & Changelog

We may update this policy periodically. We maintain a Changelog to keep track of updates to the document. Your continued use of METI services after any changes signifies your acceptance of these changes.

11. Contact Us

You may contact us regarding the METI Services or this Privacy Policy

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