We capture information from users and visitors (the “User”) in two different ways:
- Directly – through information you submit to us;
– Indirectly – through our Site technology.
Direct Data Collection
Personal Data is only collected and processed when voluntarily given by you in the context of a registration and in any case only if necessary to provide you with the Service (as defined below). Not all the Services require your registration. Therefore, you can also visit the Site and use certain Services anonymously.
When you register for an account we collect your username, email address, password, date of birth, nationality and gender.
You can also upload optional data on your personal account, including: personal picture, autobiography, education, link to your linkedIn account.
Indirect Data Collection
By using aggregate statistical analysis, we review trends based on information as a whole, but not so as to identify individual Users. Data collected indirectly through the use of proprietary and/or third-party software technology may include, but is not limited to:
- IP address
– Domain name
– Referral data and exit pages
– Browser type
– Operating system platform
– Internet service provider
We use this information to analyse trends and administer the Site.
We may obtain information about your general internet usage by using cookies. A cookie is a small text file that is stored on your computer and contains text information. Cookies are used to support a number of functions that are available on the Site. Please note that we do not save any personal information via such cookies. Information about you as a User cannot be traced by us via such cookies.
Cookies help us to improve our Site and to deliver a better and more personalized Service. They enable us: to estimate our audience size and usage pattern; to store information about your preferences, and so allow us to customise our Site according to your individual interests; to speed up your searches; to recognise you when you return to the Site.
Where we store your Personal Data
The Personal Data that we collect from you is stored on information technology systems located in the EEA which are operated by us.
How we use Personal Data (legal grounds and purpose)
Legal ground: the processing of your Personal Data is necessary to provide you with the service offered on the Site (the “Service”).
Purposes: the collected Personal Data is used for the following purposes: (i) identifying the User upon login; (ii) making the User’s username appear next to comments left by that User on the forum; (iii) sending the User email notifications in connection with the “Ask a researcher” Service. Your public User profile can be seen by any other User when you leave a comment on a forum. Users can ask you to be connected with you.
You can also access certain services without registering. In such case you access is anonymous and we do not retain any Personal Data.
The registered User can leave comments on the forum, ask questions, via the “Ask a researcher” function, that are verified by the Provider and possibly sent to a researcher who can answer on the dedicated platform. Both the questions asked by the User and the answers given by the researcher are published on the website.
Without needing to register, the User can access the following Services: (i) fruition of video interviews on scientific topics; (ii) reading the comments left by other Users below the aforementioned videos; ( (iii) reading questions and answers on the “Ask a researcher” function; (iv) viewing the statistical results of the iNerd test; (v) research of articles/ discussion/ scientific news; the data of your searches are not collected or are collected anonymously, so that such research cannot be traced back to the Users.
How we disclose your Personal Data
In connection with the provision of the Services we might disclose your Personal Data to the following categories of subjects:
- Users who can see your public profile;
– researcher to which you are asking a question
You may share your score on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn at your sole discretion. Please note that you are solely responsible in connection with the disclosure of such data by you and shall not have any right to claim any damages vis-à-vis us in relation to that. Please, also note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please, check these policies before you submit any Personal Data to these websites.
How long we keep your Personal Data
The collected Personal Data is stored in the Site’s database until you are a registered User.
Your Rights and Choices
You have choices regarding our use of your Personal Data.
How you can see or change your account Personal Data
If you would like to review, correct, or update Personal Data that you have previously disclosed to us, you may do so by signing into your account or by contacting us.
Your data protection rights
You may have the following rights with regard to the Personal Data we process about you:
- the right to request confirmation of whether we process Personal Data relating to you, and if so, to request a copy of that Personal Data;
– the right to request that we rectify or updates your Personal Data that is inaccurate, incomplete or outdated;
– the right to request that we erase your Personal Data in certain circumstances provided by law;
– the right to request that we restrict the use of your Personal Data in certain circumstances, such as while we consider another request that you have submitted (including a request that we make an update to your Personal Data); and
– the right to request that we export to another company, where technically feasible, your Personal Data that we hold in order to provide Services to you.
You may also have the right to object to the processing of your Personal Data on grounds relating to your particular situation.
You have the right to lodge a complaint with the competent supervisory authority.
Process for exercising data protection rights
In order to exercise your data protection rights, you may contact us at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. We take each request seriously. We will comply with your request to the extent required by applicable law. We will not be able to respond to a request if we no longer hold your Personal Data.
For your protection, we may need to verify your identity before responding to your request, such as verifying that the email address from which you send the request matches your email address that we have on file. If we no longer need to process Personal Data about you in order to provide our Services or our Sites, we will not maintain, acquire or process additional information in order to identify you for the purpose of responding to your request.
We make reasonable efforts to ensure a level of security appropriate to the risk associated with the processing of Personal Data. We maintain organizational, technical and administrative measures designed to protect Personal Data within our organization against unauthorized access, destruction, loss, alteration or misuse. Your Personal Data is only accessible to a limited number of personnel who need access to the information to perform their duties.