LAST UPDATED: 21.04.2020
Molecule (“Molecule”) is a proprietary software platform developed by Molecule GmbH, Schwanenfelsstrasse 10a, 8212 Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland.
We care about the privacy of our users and are committed to respecting and protecting it at all times.
We process personal data in accordance with applicable data protection laws, in particular with the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation, Regulation (EU) 2016/679, (“GDPR”) and the Swiss Federal Data Protection Act (“DPA”).
This Privacy Statement applies to any personal information that Molecule collects and processes in the course of the operation of the Site and the provision of the services via the Site. However, it does not apply to third party websites linked to our Site. Please refer to the privacy statements of the respective third-party website providers as Molecule is not responsible in this regard.
How Molecule Uses Data
By interacting with our site, you consent to the collection, storage and use of data that could be used to identify you. Personal data we collect can include name, email, research project information, messages etc.
Molecule uses the gathered data to:
- Develop & improve the offered platform
- Personalize content for individual users
- Communicate with users and inform them about new content and features
- Detect and prevent activities that violate our terms and policies
- Optimize our marketing activities
Information Provided By User
Our site is designed to help researchers create awareness for their projects and interested parties discover novel research initiatives and get in contact with the responsible researchers. Most of the information about the underlying research projects is made publicly available and can be viewed without the need to register on the Site. Users can engage with the Site in different ways and provide data in doing so. This section outlines the most important interactions.
Contacting Site Support
When users contact us directly through email or the live chat on the Site, we will retain that data to respond to the issue. For live support, we are using the chat application Crisp that is provided by Crisp IM SARL, 2 Boulevard de Launay, 44100 Nantes, France. For more details, please refer to their privacy terms: https://crisp.chat/en/privacy/.
In order to use our Site to its full potential, users can create an account that uses Firebase, a service offered by Google, for authentication purposes. For more details, please refer to their privacy terms at https://firebase.google.com/support/privacy.
Research Project Submission
Researchers can submit information about the projects they are working on through the Site. This includes detailed information about the research background, current development status, associated team members etc. By submitting, the data providers consent to having the rights for publicly sharing research details and naming their third-party collaborators and that Molecule is allowed to display the information on its Site and advertise for the listing through the Site and other channels.
Users can submit messages that will be forwarded to the responsible research project leads. Molecule will retain that message data to facilitate the communication.
Cookies & Similar Tracking Technologies
We are using technology to track the behaviour of users and cookie files are sent to your computer or mobile device when interacting with the Site. Cookies are small pieces of information that store preference settings and help us deliver a better user experience.
Specifically, we are using Google Analytics to monitor user traffic and behaviour on our Site. You can learn more about how it collects and processes your data in their terms: https://policies.google.com/technologies/partner-sites.
Most web and mobile device browsers automatically accept cookies, but if you prefer, you can change your browser to prevent or notify you each time a cookie is set. You can also learn more about cookies by visiting www.whatarecookies.com, which includes additional useful information on cookies and how to block them using different types of browsers. However, please note that by blocking or deleting cookies, you may not be able to take full advantage of the Site.
Molecule may give, share, sell or trade your information to or with any third parties under the following circumstances:
Compliance with Law
We may disclose any information we deem necessary, in our sole discretion and without your prior permission, to comply with any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request.
Business Sale or Transfer
We might share non-personal and aggregated information with third parties to assess the legitimacy of the proposed research undertaking.
Your Data Privacy Rights
In respect to our processing of your personal data, you are entitled to eight rights under GDPR.
Right to Be Informed
The user can at any time enquire about what information is processed by Molecule, why this happens and who else has access to this data.
Right of Access
Users can request to get a full excerpt of all the data linked to their account and held by Molecule.
Right to Rectification
Users are allowed to correct or amend data that is incorrect in some way.
Right to Erasure
If data is no longer required, the consent for processing is withdrawn or personal data has been unlawfully processed, users can ask Molecule to delete all the information associated with them.
Right to Restrict Processing
Users have the right to halt processing of their data temporarily.
Right to Data Portability
If users request to see their collected data, Molecule has to provide it in a structured, commonly used, and machine-readable format.
Right to Object
The user has the right to object that Molecule processes their data for profiling, automation and marketing which is inconsistent with the primary purpose for which it was collected.
Rights in Relation to Automated Decision-Making and Profiling
Users have the right to not be subjected to decision-making that is purely based on automated data processing.
You can make a request to exercise any of these rights in relation to your information by sending a request to us through the contact information provided at the end of this document. For your own privacy and security, we may need to verify your identity before disclosing the requested information. Please note that Molecule may take up to 30 days to fulfill such requests.
You also have the right to lodge a complaint with the local data protection authority if you believe that we have not complied with applicable data protection laws.
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