Privacy Policy



This policy describes the ways in which BioCrowd collects, stores, uses and protects your personal information. This Privacy Policy is a part of the BioCrowd Authorized User Agreement (the "User Agreement"), and you accepted this policy when you registered for access to BioCrowd website (the "Site") and agreed to the terms and conditions of the User Agreement. BioCrowd may amend this policy from time to time by posting a revised version on the Site, and without giving you notice, so please check this policy each time you visit the Site and note the date of publication.

Information Collection

Registration: In order to become a BioCrowd user, you must first create an account on this Site. To create an account you are required to provide the following information: name, email address, country, ZIP/postal code, your primary scientific discipline, a brief summary of your professional background (current occupation and networking objectives), and you must choose a password.
Profile Information: Once a user, you may provide additional information in the Profile section describing your skills, professional experiences, and expanding on your networking objectives. Providing additional information beyond what is required at registration is entirely optional, and enables you to better identify yourself and find opportunities on the Site.
Cookies & Log Files: Like most websites, this Site uses cookies and web log files to track site usage. A cookie is a tiny data file that resides on your computer and allows us to recognize you as a user when you return to the Site using the same computer and web browser. Like the information you enter at registration or in your Profile, cookie and log file data is used to customize your experience on the Site. However, if your browser settings do not allow cookies, you will not be able to use our Site.
One type of cookie, known as a "persistent" cookie, is set when you log in to your BioCrowd account. The next time you visit the Site, the persistent cookie will allow us to recognize you as an existing user so you will not need to re-enter your password before using the Site. In order to access or change any of your private information (like a credit card number), you must log in securely by re-entering your password even if your computer contains your persistent cookie. If you log out of the Site you will need to re-enter your password the next time you visit the Site in order to log in to your account. Another type of cookie, called a "session" cookie, is used to identify a particular visit to the Site. Session cookies expire after a short time or when you close your web browser.
Due to Internet communications standards, when you visit our Site we automatically receive the URL of the site from which you came and the site to which you are going when you leave. We also receive the Internet protocol (IP) address of your computer (or the proxy server you use to access the World Wide Web), your computer operating system and type of web browser you are using, as well as the name of your Internet service provider. This information is used to analyze overall trends to help us improve our Site and its operation. The link between your IP address and your personally identifiable information is never shared with third-parties without your permission or except in accordance with applicable law.
Information Use: BioCrowd is an online service dedicated to helping scientific professionals more effectively connect with one another. The personally identifiable information you choose to provide on this Site for your profile is used to help you describe yourself to other users. Other information that does not personally identify you as an individual, is collected through data mining technology from the Site in order to create a semantic comparison for relevant content (such as, by way of example, patterns of Site usage) and is exclusively owned by BioCrowd. This information can be used by BioCrowd in such manner as BioCrowd, in its sole discretion, deems appropriate, including advertising targeted to generic users with profiles of similar content and/or similar patterns of Site usage.
BioCrowd Communications: BioCrowd will communicate with you through email and notices posted on the Site. These include a series of up to five welcome emails which help inform new users about various Site features. Please be aware that you will continue to receive certain emails from BioCrowd relating to the proper functioning of your account, such as email notices when another user sends you an invitation. BioCrowd may send you promotional information unless you have opted out of receiving such information. If you wish to opt-out of receiving promotional emails, please send a request to privacy@BioCrowd.com.
Customized Content: Information you provide at registration or in your Profile section is also used to customize your experience on the Site. For example, based on the discipline you enter in your Profile, you may receive targeted news, publications, event notices, job postings, and advertisements that may be of particular interest to you.

Information Sharing

Sharing Information With Third Parties: BioCrowd takes the privacy of our users very seriously. We will never sell, rent, or otherwise provide your personally identifiable information to any third parties for marketing purposes. We will only share your personally identifiable with third parties to carry out your instructions and to provide specific services. For instance, we use a credit card processing company to bill users for purchases made on the Site. These third parties do not retain, share, or store any personally identifiable information except to provide these services and are bound by strict confidentiality agreements that limit their use of such information. BioCrowd offers a "public profile" feature that allows users to publish portions of their Profile, including "name", but not "email address" to the public Internet. Users may opt-out of this feature, however we do not warrant how third-party search engines will update their cache. We may provide aggregated data about Site usage to third-parties for such purposes as we deem appropriate, in our sole discretion. We may segment our users by role (i.e. particle physicist, research assistant), field of science, geographic location, and company/university affiliation. If you would like to be excluded from the aggregated data we use to generate research or reports about our users' activities on the Site, please send a request to privacy@BioCrowd.com.
Partnering with Other Companies to Offer Combined Services: BioCrowd may partner with other online services to offer you a variety of services. Whenever we offer such combined services it will be your choice to make use of such services or not. In these cases, your personally identifiable information will only be passed from BioCrowd to the partner if you choose to use the combined service.
Communications Between Users: Many emails you initiate through the Site (for example, an invitation sent to a non-user), will list your email address and name in the header of the message. Emails you initiate may also provide aggregate information about your network (for instance, how many people are in your network), but will never list the people to whom you're directly connected. Other communications that you initiate through the Site (for example, a request for contact), will list your name as the initiator but will not include your personal contact information. Your contact information will only be shared with another user if both of you have indicated that you would like to establish contact with each other.
If you use a bulletin board, discussion forum ("Q & A forum") or blog on this Website, you should be aware that any personally identifiable information you submit there can be read, collected or used by other users of these forums, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. We are not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in these forums.
Legal Disclaimer: It is possible that we may need to disclose personal information in accordance with applicable laws. We will disclose such information wherein we have a good-faith belief that it is necessary to comply with a court order, ongoing judicial proceedings, other legal process served on BioCrowd, or to exercise our legal rights or to defend against legal claims.
Accessing and Changing Your Account Information
You can review the personal information you provided us and make any desired changes to the information, or to the settings for your BioCrowd account, at any time by logging in to your account on the Site and editing the information on your Profile page. You can also close your account through the Site. If you close your BioCrowd account, we will remove your name and other personally identifiable information from our publicly viewable data. We may retain certain data contributed by you if it may be necessary to prevent fraud or future abuse, or for legitimate business purposes, such as analysis of aggregated, non-personally-identifiable data, account recovery, or if required by law. All retained data will continue to be subject to the terms of this Privacy Policy. To request that we close your account and remove your information from the Site, please send your request to privacy@BioCrowd.com. Please send your request using an email account that you have registered with BioCrowd under your name. You will receive a response to requests sent to privacy@BioCrowd.com within three business days after we receive your request.

Security

In order to secure your personal information, access to your data on the Site is password-protected.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

If we decide to change our Privacy Policy, we will post those changes to this Privacy Policy, the home page and other places we deem appropriate so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.
We reserve the right to modify this Privacy Policy at any time, so please review it frequently. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by email or by means of a notice on our home page.

Questions or Comments

If you have questions or comments about this privacy policy, please email us at privacy@BioCrowd.com or write to BioCrowd, Inc., 153 Dorchester Drive, East Windsor, NJ 08520.