- The information we collect from you
- The ways we use your information
- With whom we share your information
- The choices and obligations you have about your information
- How we protect your information
- How you can contact us
What Information Do We Collect About You and How Do We Collect It?
When you use the ABL you submit certain information that identifies you (Personal Information). The Personal Information includes your name, contact information, and any other identifiable information that you submit. We do not collect Personal Information automatically without your knowledge. You will be required to register to use the ABL, and the information you submit in your registration that identifies you is also Personal Information. You may be able to use some of the features of the ABL without submitting Personal Information, but you will not be able to make full use of the ABL if you do not submit Personal Information.
We may collect Non-Personal Information from you. For example, we may collect Non-Personal Information through “cookies” or through other analytical services. A cookie is a small amount of data, such as an anonymous unique identifier that is sent to your browser from a website’s computers and stored on your computer’s hard drive.
How Do We Use Information?
We use your Personal Information to make the ABL available to you. For example, we may use your Personal Information for purposes of authentication and security. We may also use Personal Information collected when using the ABL (through Velos eSample) for future outreach about research topics. Your Personal Information may also be made available to ABC members and ABC administrators for them to notify you about research opportunities. ABC members mean the third-party ABC member biobanks and members that participate in ABC. The list of biobanks and members may change from time to time. The ABL never uses Personal Information for commercial marketing or any purpose unrelated to the ABC mission and goals.
When users send email messages containing Personal Information to the ABL contact email or through ABL website forms, only ABC members and their designated staff members requiring access to the emails may view or answer them. This includes information sent regarding feedback related to the ABL website and requested biospecimens. If appropriate, the email messages may also be disclosed to an administrator of eSample.
We may also use your Personal Information as needed to operate the ABC. For instance, we may use Personal Information to administer your account, communicate with you about the ABL, or respond to inquiries that you send to us.
Uses of the ABL website and eSample storefront are subject to all applicable state and federal laws.
We may use Non-Personal Information from you and other users of the ABL for research and analysis, such as trend identification and performance enhancements. We may analyze user activity on the ABL. This information is blended with information from other users of the ABL and is not linked to any particular individual.
What Information Do We Share With Third Parties?
We may also transfer Personal and Non-Personal Information if ABC is acquired by or merged with another entity or undergoes a similar business restructuring or transaction, or if ABC files for bankruptcy.
What Choices and Obligations Do You Have About Your Information?
To protect your security and privacy, we require that you personally enter the Personal Information that you provide to us and that the information be current, complete, and accurate. We cannot verify the accuracy of the information you provide to us, and we disclaim any duty to do so.
You are free to request the Personal Information that we have about you by contacting us using one of the methods on the Contact Us page. In addition, at any time, you can request that we modify or delete your Personal Information by contacting us by one of the methods on the Contact Us page.
In some cases, you may be able to opt out of certain services or uses of your Personal Information. If you do opt out, we will respect your decision.
If you request that we delete your Personal Information, our system may maintain copies of your Personal Information for audit purposes. Personal Information that is updated, modified, or deleted may be retained by us for compliance and legal reasons. We will retain Personal Information in accordance with our record retention policies.
How Do We Protect Your Information?
ABC’s staff, third party vendors, and hosting partners provide the hardware, software, networking, storage, security, backup, and related technology required to run the ABL Web Portal. We utilize reasonable safeguards to protect your Personal Information.
We utilize the competencies of third party vendors and hosting partners to provide physical security and backup of data. Despite the security measures employed by ABC and its vendors, you should be aware that it is impossible to guarantee absolute security with respect to information sent over the Internet.
Changes to This Policy
Your privacy is important to us