I am a bit confused about how the licensing options in iNaturalist work.
I have my settings set to “No License” for observation, photo and sound (“You retain full copyright over your content aside from those rights granted to iNat in our Terms of Service”).
I took this to mean that the data from my observations would not be shared with 3rd parties such as GBIF. Having done several random searches on GBIF I cannot find any of my iNaturalist records on there so this seems to go along with my thoughts.
However, I have just found out that a large number (>2000) of records of mine have been exported from iNaturalist to iRecord (a UK site that you can enter records to go into the UK biological recording systems).
The problem is a large number of these are duplicates of records that I have already submitted to the relevant local recorders or iRecord itself and in many of the cases the data are wrong (e.g iNat observations with a location accuracy of 2.34km have become records with a 10m accuracy - from the wrong spot). This has caused a problem that I have no idea how to solve.
From how I thought the licensing system on iNaturalist works I think that this should never have happened or have I just been misinterpreting the information given?
I am much better at identifying plants than understanding this kind of thing :)