Privacy and Data Collection

General definitions and provisions of the Terms and Conditions apply to this document.

The Provider respects your privacy and therefore protects your personal data. This statement is a binding agreement between the Provider and each User. The User expressly consents to storage and processing of his/her personal data, as described and defined in this statement.

User Data

All data related directly to a User as a person includes their publications, citations to those publications and any data provided by the User such as email, date of birth, affiliations, gender and other contact information.

Storage

Science.Report stores data you enter and submit on the Web service; i.e., if you submit your profile photo to your profile page, Science.Report will store it. Or, if you follow another scientist, Science.Report will store that information.

Processing

Science.Report will process your data in order to run the Web service, for example, if any internet user visits your profile page, we process your data in order to show your profile page. Essential data (eg. publications and citations) and very basic data (e.g. your name) is visible to all users. Science.Report will also process your data randomly to provide dynamic Web pages. Furthermore, Science.Report reserves the right to process such data to generate anonymous statistics. Such anonymous statistics will contain no information about any individual user.

Email address

Science.Report will process your email address solely to send emails to you containing information or notifications about the Service. Science.Report reserves the right to attach a minor part to such emails containing advertisements for products and services of any third party.

Access

You can access and delete the data you have entered on your profile page. If you would like to remove your user data, contact us.

Sharing

Science.Report will not sell or otherwise share personal data. Science.Report reserves the right to appoint third parties to certain tasks, such as database or software development. For that purpose, it might be necessary for personal data to be shared with and processed by such third parties. In this case, Science.Report remains fully responsible for your personal data and will bind any and all third parties to a written agreement ensuring they comply with this statement on privacy and data protection.

Traffic Data

Traffic data is data about your Science.Report usage. This is mainly tracking information on log-in times, duration, and activities while logged in Traffic data also includes your IP address/es and information sent automatically by your Web browser such as your browser software, preferred languages, and the name of your operating system.

Collection

Science.Report collects your traffic data, as defined before, and will store that data for the duration of your session (a session starts when you log in and ends when you log out. The session automatically times out after approx. 60 minutes of inactivity). After your session ends, Science.Report reserves the right to store traffic data for one day. During that period, your data is only connected to your IP address and not to your user account, which has your personal information. Science.Report will not be able to attach any individual user’s name to traffic data. However, it is possible that someone else (i.e., your internet service provider) could do so. After this one day, Science.Report will only store information about how many profile pages you viewed within thirty days. Only the number of pages are saved. Information about which pages you have viewed and when are not stored.

Processing

During your session, Science.Report needs to process traffic data to provide the Web service. After the session, Science.Report reserves the right to process traffic data (within one day, as mentioned above) to generate anonymous statistics. Science.Report uses this information to improve its services and user experience. Science.Report may also process traffic data for security and fraud-detection reasons. The number of profile pages you viewed is a security measure for the protection of personal data. Processing this information helps Science.Report detect and prevent "data harvesting", meaning automatic retrieval of profile pages to gain many users’ personal data.

Access

Please contact the Science.Report support team for any requests related to viewing, changing or deleting your traffic data.

External software

For visitors to our website (i.e., for those who are not logged in), we use Google Analytics, a web analytics service operated by Google, Inc., California, USA (“Google”). Google processes the data on behalf of Science.Report. Google Analytics uses cookies, which are text files placed on your computer to help the website analyze how individuals use the site. Any information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States of America. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the site, compiling reports on website activity for website operators, and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law. For Google Analytics, your IP address will be masked by truncating the last octet, in order to protect your privacy. You may choose not be tracked by Google by setting an opt-out cookie; click here to do so. Please see Google’s terms and policies here for further information.

Cookies

Cookies are little files with information that are not stored by Science.Report, but by your Web browser. A cookie is generated when Science.Report sends such request to your Web browser and your web browser accepts it; later, your web browser will send that cookie back to Science.Report on request.

Opt-out

Cookie usage is not mandatory in order to use Science.Report, except to use User account functions such as bookmarking, commenting, adding publications etc. Science.Report can be browsed without cookies; however, no personalized features will be available to cookieless users. Cookies are switched on by default in Science.Report and in most Web browsers. You can switch off cookies on your Privacy Settings page; then, cookie requests will no longer be sent by Science.Report. Please consult your Web browser's manual (or help file) for instructions how to delete existing cookies or how to tell your Web browser not to accept any.

Data Storage

Cookies can store information about the usage of certain pages or functions within Science.Report. To generate such pages or functions dynamically, the information stored in the cookie will be processed randomly. Science.Report will never store cookie data. Cookie data is always stored on your hard drive, and will never be processed independently from your usage of the Science.Report network.

Agreement

By using the Service, you expressly agree to this Statement on Privacy and Data Protection.When this Statement on Privacy and Data Protection changes, you will be informed at the time you login to Science.Report for the first time after the change was made, and you will be requested to agree to the new Statement on Privacy and Data Protection.