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Privacy Policy Last Revision: January 10, 2011

Introduction

Welcome to Quartzy, a networking site for life-scientists that connects you to other scientists and provides tools enabling you to be more efficient in your lab. The Quartzy service and network (collectively, "Quartzy" or "Service") are operated by Quartzy, LLC. We at Quartzy are committed to respecting your privacy, while providing you with a platform to share information with your colleagues. By accessing or using the Service, you ("User") signify that you have read, understand, and agree to be bound by (1) the Terms of Use ("Terms") and (2) this Quartzy Privacy Policy, whether or not you are a registered member of Quartzy.

This document explains how Quartzy collects and uses information when you use the Service and the safeguards we use to protect that information. If you do not accept either the Terms of Use or this Privacy Policy, you should not access the website and/or become a Quartzy Member.

Information Collected by Quartzy

Quartzy collects two types of information:

Information that you enter while using the Service. When you provide it, Quartzy may collect Profile Data and Professional Data. "Profile Data" includes your full name, picture, email address, institutional affiliation, mailing address, experience, publications and laboratory address. "Professional Data" includes information about your research, including, but not limited to, certain details of your reagent inventory, protocols, animals, equipment, facilities, or ongoing experiments.

By joining Quartzy, you accept this Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use; however, as a Quartzy Member you are under no obligation to provide Profile Data or Professional Data to Quartzy.

Information about how you use the Service. When you use the Service, we may collect basic information such as your IP address, the browser you are using to access the Service, and the operating system running on your computer. Also, we may monitor what website software features you access, how often you access them, and how active you are when you access them. Knowing this information allows us to improve the site and make it better fit the needs of Quartzy Members and Users.

Cookies. Quartzy also uses "cookies". Cookies are small amounts of data that are stored on your computer and relay your usage patterns to the Service. Cookies allow us to personalize the Service for you. You can block cookies through your web browser if you do not want Quartzy to use cookies.

Registration and Account Activation

Current or past research scientists may register with, and become Members of, Quartzy. Membership is void where prohibited.

Registration. To register, you are required to provide some Profile Data. If you do not wish to provide Quartzy with this Profile Data, you should not register

Account Activation. After successful registration, Quartzy will take steps to verify your identity before activating your account. To verify your identity, Quartzy will cross-reference the Profile Data that you provided at registration with publicly available databases. Quartzy may collect information about you from those publicly available sources (e.g. university databases, search engines, newspapers, etc.) for the purpose of identity verification and account activation

While you are a Quartzy Member you agree to the following:

  1. The Profile Data you provide will be accurate, truthful, complete, and current.
  2. The Professional Data you provide will be accurate, truthful, complete, and current.
  3. You will maintain the security of your password
  4. You will update the Registration Information and Profile Data you provide to Quartzy as it changes.
  5. You are fully responsible for all use and content of your account.
 

How Quartzy Uses Your Profile and Professional Data

To Contact You. Quartzy uses your Profile Data and your Professional Data to contact you regarding: your account, changes to the website, website newsletters, and special offers open to Quartzy Members. You may opt-out of these communications if you so choose by contacting us at admin@quartzy.com. Should you opt-out, Quartzy reserves the right to send you notices regarding the status of your account. Quartzy may use Profile Data to contact you, and may also enhance or merge Profile Data with data obtained from other parties for the same purposes.

Market Analysis. At times, Quartzy will collect, retain, and use your Profile Data for market analysis. Quartzy may also compile and distribute reports to third parties using Profile Data and Professional Data; however, individuals will never be identified in these reports.

Back Up. Quartzy may keep a backup copy of all Profile Data and Professional Data for a reasonable period of time to allow the website and its Members to revert back to a prior version of that Data.

Access to Your Profile and Professional Data

Quartzy does not sell, trade, rent, or otherwise disclose your Profile Data or your Professional Data, other than as stated in this Privacy Policy and in the Terms of Use, unless you first provide us with written or electronically transmitted permission to do so.

Default Settings. By default, certain aspects of your Professional Data are viewable on Quartzy only by you, by Members and Users to whom you designate access, or by all Quartzy Members and Users. The relationships you have with other Members (as defined in the Terms of Use) determines these default access levels. Your Profile Data is, by default, viewable by both Quartzy members and the general public. Members may elect to restrict access to their Profile data to Quartzy Members only, and they may exclude their Profile email address from all Quartzy Members and Users. Relationship definitions do not affect access to Profile Data. Profile data will appear in Quartzy-restricted search results, and may be made available to third party search engines.

Privacy Settings. Quartzy Members can control the privacy settings applicable to their Profile Data and their Professional Data on the Service, and may modify those settings at any time.

It is your responsibility to apply appropriate privacy settings to the Profile and Professional Data you submit through the Service. Privacy settings are available to restrict access to Profile and Professional Data that is proprietary or otherwise sensitive. For example, reagents can be stored in user-generated "Private Inventories". When a reagent is placed in a Member's private inventory only he or she can see that reagent, and it is not shared among his or her labmates. Members can make adjustments to these privacy settings at any time.

You should understand that no security measures are perfect or inviolable, and while Quartzy makes reasonable effort to preserve the integrity of the privacy structure in the Service, you post Profile Data and Professional Data at your own risk. Quartzy is not responsible for circumvention of any of our privacy settings. Quartzy cannot guarantee that the Data you submit through the Service will not be viewed by unauthorized persons. In the event of a security breach we will notify the affected Members and repair the breach in a reasonable amount of time.

Incidental Access. Quartzy works with other companies to provide information technology services to its Members and Users. These companies may have access to Quartzy's databases, but only for the purposes of providing service to Quartzy. For example, a third party may obtain access to your Profile or Professional Data in an effort to update database software, or manage data. These companies will operate under consumer confidentiality agreements with Quartzy.

Members and Users should report any unauthorized activity or unauthorized use of information to admin@quartzy.com as soon as they become aware of such activity. Unauthorized use of Profile Data or Professional Data violates this Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use.

Invitations

If you choose to use our invitation service, we will ask you for information needed to send the invitation, such as a colleague's email address. Quartzy stores this information to send this invitation, to register a friend connection if your invitation is accepted, and to track the success of our referral program. Your friend may contact us at admin@quartzy.com to request that we remove this information from our database.

Age Restriction

Registration, use of, or access to the website by people under eighteen (18) years of age is a violation of this Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use. By registering with Quartzy, you represent and warrant that you are 18 years of age or older and that you agree to and will comply with all of the terms of this Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use.

Quartzy reserves the right to terminate access to Members and Users at any time with or without cause.

Changes to Business

Quartzy may transfer, sell, or assign information concerning use of the Service, including without limitation, Members' Profile Data and Professional Data, in the event of a change in business practices such as a merger, acquisition by another company, consolidation, liquidation, or reorganization.

Changes to Policies

Quartzy reserves the right to revise or update this policy at any time. If we do so, we will post a new Privacy Policy on the Service and/or notify you. We encourage Members and Users to check back frequently for changes. This Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use apply to the Quartzy alpha version and to all subsequent versions.

You may contact us at any time with questions or concerns regarding the Terms of Use or the Privacy Policy at admin@quartzy.com.