uBiota

Website Privacy Policy

uBiota Respects Your Privacy.

You may choose to remove all or some of your data at anytime. As described below, you will have full control to choose how your data is used, viewed and shared.

uBiota recognizes the importance of privacy and respects your desire to store and access your information in a private and secure manner.

This Privacy Policy for uBiota.com is intended to make you aware of how we handle your Personal Information.

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with this Privacy Policy. By using our website and signing up for an account, ordering or using our service, you are allowing us to process your personal information according to the provisions set forth in this Privacy Policy. By using the website, you agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy. If you do not accept this Privacy Policy, you should cease using the website.

Definitions

  • "uBiota" means uBiota, LLC, whose principal place of business is at 2500 S. State St. D224, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • "Sample" means any material submitted to uBiota for analysis, including but not limited to fecal, buccal vaginal or skin swabs as well as soils, plants or tissues.
  • "Service" or "Services" means uBiota's products, software, services, and website as accessed from time to time by a researcher or user, regardless if the use is in connection with an account or not.

Your Personal Information

In the course of your relationship with uBiota, we collect several types of Personal Information. "Personal Information" is information that could be used to identify you, either alone or in combination with other information. We collect such information from you when you purchase our Services, create a personal account, complete surveys and forms, and/or when you communicate with us or request information from us. Personal Information collected online can be combined with Personal Information collected offline. We collect several types of Personal Information through our Service and website.

  • 1. "Registration Information" is information that we collect from you when you purchase or sign up for our Services. Examples of such information include your name, credit card information, billing and shipping addresses, and contact information, such as email address and telephone number.
  • 2. "Microbiota Information" Microbiota Information is generated when you purchase uBiota's Service and your Sample is analyzed and processed or you otherwise contribute or access your Microbiota Information through our Services.
  • 3. "Self-Reported Sample-Associated Information" includes information you provide to us in connection with each Sample, including but not limited to information about your health conditions, other health-related information, personal traits, ethnicity, and/or family history. We collect this information from you if and when you enter the information into surveys, forms, or features while signed in to your account.
  • 4. "User Content" is all information other than Microbiota Information or Self-Reported Sample-Associated Information generated by users of uBiota Services and transmitted, whether publicly or privately, to uBiota. User Content may include data, text, software, music, audio, photographs, graphics, video, messages, or other materials. User Content does not include Microbiota Information or Self-Reported Sample-Associated Information.
  • 5. "Web Behavior Information" is information on how you use the website (e.g. browser type, domains, page views) collected through log files, cookies, and web beacon technology.

How We Use Personal Information

uBiota collects Personal Information from you for all purposes necessary to ensure the regular operation of your account and/or availability of our Services. These include, among other things, providing you with our Services; improving our Services and/or offering new products or services to you; informing you about events; and performing quality control activities.

uBiota may provide your Personal Information to our third-party service providers, which are companies and people that help us provide, understand and improve our Services. For example, we may use service providers to help host our website, send emails, implement our marketing campaigns, measure the effectiveness of our advertising, conduct surveys or polls, or otherwise help us run or improve our business. In all instances, our service providers act on uBiota’s behalf and we require by contract that they protect the confidentiality of any information they receive from us.

How We Use Microbiota and Self-Reported Sample-Associated Information

We use your Microbiota and Self-Reported Sample-Associated Information to provide you with uBiota Services, customize the user experience, and enhance our features. As described below in the “Information Sharing Options and Information Disclosure” section, if you allow sharing, your Personal Information, including your Microbiota and Self-Reported Sample-Associated Information may be displayed anonymously or non-anonymously in other users' accounts.

How We Use User Content and Web Behavior Information

uBiota uses User Content to provide our Services and improve the overall user experience. For example, posts made to the uBiota community forums are publicly displayed to other users. By submitting, posting, or displaying User Content, you give uBiota a non-exclusive license to use any User Content that you submit, post, or display on or through the Services. uBiota, in performing the required technical steps to provide the Services to our users, may also (i) transmit or distribute your User Content over various public networks and in various media; and (ii) make such changes to your content as are necessary to conform and adapt that content to the technical requirements of connecting networks, devices, services, or media.

Web Behavior Information is collected through log files, cookies, and web beacon technology during a visit to the uBiota website. Web Behavior Information is used to improve our Services and the overall user experience.

Log Files. When users visit our website, uBiota gathers certain information automatically and stores it in log files. This information includes Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet Service Provider, referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and clickstream data. This information may be linked to a particular user’s profile ID or order number. We use this information to analyze trends, administer the site, and identify and resolve issues.

Cookies. The uBiota website also uses cookies.

Web Beacons and Analytics. A web beacon is a clear graphic image that is loaded by your web browser when it accesses a website and that records a user's visit to a particular web page. We, or third parties that work for us, may place cookies and web beacons on our website, in our emails, and in our advertisements that appear on other websites or in emails sent by others that mention our products and services with our permission. The purpose of our web beacons is to support operation of our website and to offer additional products and services through targeted advertisements. For example, we may use beacons to determine when someone views a web page, count how many individuals visit our website after clicking advertisements placed on other websites, or count how many people have purchased products from our website after viewing an advertisement we placed. Web beacons may also help us determine the effectiveness of an email campaign because the beacons can count the number of individuals who open an email or forward it to others. We use this Web Behavior Information to better tailor our marketing to you and may also use this information to customize content on our website, enable a shopping cart, or conduct research. Third parties only collect anonymous Web Behavior Information through the use of web beacons, allowing statistical analysis relating to the performance of our advertising. Web analytics serve the same function by running javascript code in your browser, sending anonymous information to third parties.

If you wish to disable web beacons, analytics and similar technologies, you may do so by installing one of many browser extensions for this purpose (e.g., www.ghostery.com) on the computer(s) you use to access the website.

Global Privacy Settings

Researchers and users may choose between two (2) global privacy settings for each Sample that is submitted to uBiota.

  • 1. uBiota Research Community Sharing Setting (the "Default Setting"): This setting is the default setting for each Sample submitted to uBiota. Unless you choose the Private Setting (as described below), the Default Setting will apply to your Sample. Pursuant to the Default Setting:
  • (i) Your Personal Information, including your Microbiota and Self-Reported Sample-Associated Information, will be used by uBiota in accordance with the “How We Use Personal Information” section, above.

    (ii) Your Microbiota and Self-Reported Sample-Associated Information will be stripped of all personally identifying characteristics which would connect the information to you, and will be displayed on the website when it would provide useful context for other researchers and/or users that are also participating in the uBiota Research Community. Your Microbiota and Self-Reported Sample-Associated Information will only be viewed anonymously, aggregated with other users’/researchers’ Microbiota and Self-Reported Sample-Associated Information when choosing this option.

    (iii) You will only have access to other users’/researchers’ anonymous Microbiota and Self-Reported Sampled-Associated Information in connection with your Sample if such Sample is under the Default Setting.

  • 2. Non-Community Sharing Setting (the "Private Setting"): If you do not want the Default Setting to apply to your Sample you must choose the Private Setting. Pursuant to the Private Setting:
  • (i) Your Microbiota and Self-Reported Sample-Associated Information is kept completely confidential, and only you can view your Microbiota and Self-Reported Sample-Associated Information. However, your Personal Information, including your Microbiota and Sample-Associated Self-Reported Information, will be used by uBiota in accordance with the “How We Use Personal Information” section, above.

    (ii) Your Microbiota and Self-Reported Sample-Associated Information will not be included in the uBiota Research Community. You will not have access to other users’/researchers’ anonymous Microbiota and Self-Reported Sampled-Associated Information. Your Microbiota and Self-Reported Sample-Associated Information will only be viewable in isolation.

You may edit your global privacy settings for each Sample at anytime by changing its respective setting on the website. The new global privacy settings will be in effect within fifteen (15) days of such change.

We do not sell, lease, or rent your individual-level Personal Information without your explicit consent. As a general rule, uBiota will not disclose your individual-level Personal Information to any third party, except under the following circumstances: · Partners or service providers (e.g. credit card processors) process and/or store the information in order to help us provide, understand or improve uBiota's Services. · We are required to do so by law. · You have provided explicit consent for us to do so.

Data Sharing Settings

Each researcher and/or user has the option to share its non-anonymous, comprehensive Microbiota and Self-Reported Sample-Associated Information in one or more: (i) Research Group Collaborations which you and other researchers/users (your collaborators) create and join ("RGC") or, (ii) other chosen groups of friends, family, etc ("Family Groups").

The Microbiota and Self-Reported Sample-Associated Information for each Sample may be shared in more than one RGC and/or Family Group.

You may edit your data sharing settings for each Sample at anytime by changing its respective setting on the website. The new data sharing settings will be in effect within fifteen (15) days of such change.

Linked Websites

The website may contain links to other third-party websites operated by organizations not affiliated with uBiota. uBiota is not responsible for the privacy practices of such third-party websites. You may share your information on the internet using social networking functions. We encourage you to be aware when you leave the website and to read the privacy policies of each and every website that you visit. This Privacy Policy applies solely to information collected by the uBiota website and not to information that you share on other websites, even it is derived from analysis provided by uBiota.

Account Closure and Correction of Personal Information

If you no longer wish to participate in our Services, you may close your account on the website. When closing an account, at your request, we remove all information associated with your account within thirty (30) days of your request.

Privacy for Study Related Samples

If a researcher or user is submitting Samples or information on another’s behalf for sequencing data in connection with a research study, project or otherwise (each a "Project"), such Project must be approved by an Interval Review Board ("IRB") and proof of such approval must be submitted to uBiota. Such researcher or user assumes full responsibility to ensure that the information he/she provides to uBiota on another’s behalf is kept secure and that the information submitted is accurate.

Children's Privacy

uBiota is committed to protecting the privacy of children, as well as adults. uBiota is not designed or intended to attract children under the age of 13. A parent or guardian, however, may collect a Sample from, create an account for, and provide Self-Reported Sampled-Associated Information on behalf of his or her child. The parent or guardian assumes full responsibility for ensuring that the information that he/she provides to uBiota about his or her child is kept secure and that the information submitted is accurate.

Security

To prevent unauthorized access, disclosure, and improper use of your information, we have established a variety of physical, electronic, and managerial safeguards to protect the information we collect in accordance with this Privacy Policy. We make use of SSL (Secure Sockets Layer protocol) to encrypt all connections to and from our website.

Please recognize that protecting your Personal Information is also your responsibility. You are responsible for safeguarding your password, secret questions and answers, and other authentication information you use to access our Services. uBiota is not responsible for the security of Personal Information that you release on your own or that you request us to release.

Business Transitions

In the event that uBiota goes through a business transition such as a merger, acquisition by another company, or sale of substantially all or a portion of its assets, your Personal Information will likely be among the assets transferred. In such a case, your information would remain subject to the promises made in any pre-existing Privacy Policy.

Changes to This Privacy Policy

If we decide to change this Privacy Policy, we will post those changes on this website so that you will always be able to understand what information we collect, how we use that information, and under what circumstances we may disclose that information to others. We may use comments, information or feedback that you may submit in any manner that we may choose without notice or compensation to you.

Contact Information

If you have questions about this Privacy Policy, you may contact our office:

uBiota, LLC
2500 S. State St., D224
Salt Lake City, UT
Phone: 801-410-0149

Effective Date: March 26, 2015