Resighting takes your privacy very seriously, not least because our job is to collect and store Location data for you. Before we get to the long winded part, let us just lay down what Location data we collect and what we do with it.

If you are just at to look around and you do not log in, we collect NO Location data from you.

If you create an account on and log in, Resighting collects Location data from you under two circumstances:

  1. When you create a Sighting. Your Sighting comprises a description, optionally a photo, and the Location of that Sighting. The Location is collected by the client software you are using to access Resighting - while using our website for example, this is your web browser. For each Sighting we store the following information provided to us by your client software:
    • The latitude and longitude of the Sighting and the accuracy of them measured in metres.
    • The altitude of the Sighting and the accuracy of the reading.
    • Your heading and speed at the time of the Sighting.

    The latitude and longitude is visible on your Sighting's page and is public. The other measurements we do not really know what to do with yet and often we do not receive any data for them anyway, so for now we store but do not display them with a view to making use of them in the future. When we think of something cool to do with them you will be the first to know.

  2. When you access a page with a Location Bar at the top. When you are logged-in, many pages show a map in the top-right corner of the page in what we call the Location Bar showing your current Location - this drives finding Sightings near to you. When that maps pinpoints your Location, we send that Location back to our servers - the same seven pieces of information we store for each Sighting. We do not store a history of your Location, just your current Location and we only send this information while you are on the web page. You can see what Location we have for you at any time on the Cached Location page in your account settings. Your current Location is private, no-one else can see it. The reason we store your current Location is that at times, when your GPS does not locate you quickly enough, we can use the Location we have cached for you instead, it makes slicker to use.

One more thing before we cut to the boring part. We are holding this sensitive information of yours, and we intend to look after it but you have your part to play too. Remember that your Sightings are public - if you sight your home, everybody will know where you live; if you sight your workplace, everybody will know you are not at home. You get the picture? Think before you sight, and together we can keep you safe.

Privacy Policy

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, Resighting collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type and the date and time of each visitor request. Resighting's purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Resighting's visitors use

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Resighting also collects Location data, email addresses, IP addresses and other potentially personally-identifying information from logged in users. The amount and type of information that Resighting gathers depends upon the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who register to provide an email address and a name. As another example, we collect from visitors who log in and make a Sighting the latitude and longitude of the Sighting. In each case, Resighting collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor's interaction with Resighting. Resighting does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below, and visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

Resighting discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees that (i) need to know that information in order to on Resighting's behalf provide the services available on; and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees may be located outside of your home country. By using you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Resighting will not rent, sell or otherwise disclose potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. If you are a registered user of, Resighting may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just to keep you up to date with what is happening at Resighting takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorised access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor's computer, and that the visitor's browser provides back to the website each time the visitor returns. Resighting uses cookies to help it identify and track visitors, and their website access preferences. Visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using, with the drawback that certain features of may not function properly. For example, it is not possible to log in to without the aid of cookies.

Business Transfers

If Resighting or substantially all of its assets were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Resighting goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Resighting may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Resighting may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and at Resighting's sole discretion. Resighting will endeavour to inform users of planned changes to its Privacy Policy, but it is ultimately the visitor's responsibility to make sure they are aware of changes. To that end, Resighting encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such changes.

Change Log

23rd May 2012: Second Issue. Clarifying disclosure rules for Personally-Identifying Information and clarifying that the Policy applies regardless of which client software you use to access Resighting - web browser, iPhone app etc.

13th June 2011: First Issue

Many thanks to Automattic for providing their Privacy Policy under a Creative Commons Sharealike license for others to use. This has saved us much time and pain. As is only fair, we also provide this Privacy Policy under the same Creative Commons Sharealike license, so feel free to take it and use as your own, just make sure you replace references to us with ones to you. However, we do respectfully suggest that you go back to the original and begin with the Automattic Privacy Policy as the starting point for your own and acknowledge them instead of us, as they put in all the hard work.

Resighting and are in no way affiliated with or endorsed by Automattic.