Privacy Statement

The AgBioData Consortium - Privacy Statement


The AgBioData Consortium (Consortium) is committed to protecting the privacy of our members and developing systems that provide a powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to the Consortium site and governs data collection and usage. By using the Consortium site ( and participating in Consortium events and activities, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

Collection of your Personal Information

The Consortium collects and stores personally identifiable information, such as your Username; e-mail address; First Name; Last Name; Organization; Database/Projects; Position; City; Country.

There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by AgBioData Consortium. This information can include your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times, and referring website addresses. This information is used by AgBioData Consortium for the operation of the service, to maintain the quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding the use of the AgBioData Consortium site.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through any public channel, e.g. webinar,  Slack, or communication forum, this information may be collected and used by others. Note: The Consortium does not read any of your private online communications.

The Consortium encourages you to review the privacy statements of Web sites you choose to link from our website so that you can understand how those Websites collect, use and share your information. The Consortium is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on Web sites outside of the Consortium.

Use of your Personal Information

The Consortium collects and uses your personal information to operate the Consortium Web site and deliver the services you have requested. The Consortium also uses your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from the Consortium and its affiliates. The Consortium may also contact information via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

The Consortium does not sell, rent or lease its user lists to third parties. 

The Consortium keeps track of the Web sites and pages our users visit in order to determine which pages are the most popular. 

The Consortium will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on The Consortium or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of The Consortium; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of AgBioData Consortium, or the public.

Use of Cookies

The AgBioData Consortium Web site uses "cookies" to personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page. When you return to the same Consortium website, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the Consortium features.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the Consortium services or Web sites you visit. 

Security of your Personal Information 

The Consortium secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. The Consortium secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. When personal information is transmitted, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

 Changes to this Statement

The Consortium will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect organization and user feedback. The Consortium encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how AgBioData Consortium is protecting your information.

Contact Information

AgBioData Consortium welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy.
If you believe that AgBioData Consortium has not adhered to this Statement, please email the AgBioData Consortium Steering Committee and we will use take all reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.

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