Last Updated August 17, 2016
Our primary goals in collecting information are to provide genomic information management and analysis
services to you, and to improve our Site, features, and content.
WuXiNextCODE collects and stores the DNA sequence data, derived from humans or other organisms, that you submit to the Site along with metadata and other information related to such sequence data. You agree to and accept full responsibility for obtaining all necessary permissions and informed consents from the donors of all samples from which your submitted sequence data is derived.
WuXiNextCODE is not a Covered Entity as that term is defined in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, as amended, and its related regulations (collectively, “HIPAA”). On occasion, WuXiNextCODE may agree in writing with a user to perform services for the user in the capacity of a Business Associate under HIPAA. We offer a separate HIPAA Business Associate Privacy Agreement (“BA Privacy Agreement”) for HIPAA-regulated users, and we recommend that such users enter into a BA Privacy Agreement with WuXiNextCODE prior to uploading, storing, or otherwise transferring “protected health information” as defined in HIPAA (“PHI”) using the Site.
WuXiNextCODE offers clinical compliance features as part of its service (“Compliance Features”) for users who wish to upload, store, or otherwise transfer PHI, as well as users who are using the Site in connection with their clinical operations. Users who desire to upload, store, or otherwise transfer PHI using the Site must implement all of the required Clinical Features. The uploading, storing, or transferring of PHI using the Site by users that have not implemented the Clinical Features is strictly prohibited. You agree that, unless you have implemented the Clinical Features, you will not upload, store, or otherwise transfer PHI using the Site. You acknowledge that this may require you, in some instances, to anonymize sequence data prior to uploading it to the Site. You further agree to indemnify and hold harmless WuXiNextCODE of and from any and all claims, demands, losses, causes of action, damage, lawsuits, judgments, including attorneys’ fees and costs, arising out of or relating to your uploading, storing, or transferring of PHI without having fully implemented the Clinical Features.
When you register with us through the Site and during your use of the Site, we may ask you for personally-identifiable information, which is information about you that can be used to contact or identify you (“Personal Information”), such as: your name, company or organization name, title, e-mail address, postal address, telephone numbers. If you contact us, we may also keep a record of that correspondence or communication, including any Personal Information it contains.
We also may use Adobe Flash technology (including Flash Local Shared Objects (“Flash LSOs”)) and other technologies to, among other things, collect and store information about your use of the Site. If you do not want Flash LSOs stored on your computer, you can adjust the settings of your Flash player to block Flash LSO storage using the tools contained in the Website Storage Settings Panel. You can also control Flash LSOs by going to the Global Storage Settings Panel and following the instructions (which may include instructions that explain, for example, how to delete existing Flash LSOs (referred to “information” on the Macromedia site), how to prevent Flash LSOs from being placed on your computer without your being asked, and (for Flash Player 8 and later) how to block Flash LSOs that are not being delivered by the operator of the page you are on at the time). Please note that setting the Flash Player to restrict or limit acceptance of Flash LSOs may reduce or impede the functionality of some Flash applications, including, potentially, Flash applications used in connection with the Site or our online content.
You may also be permitted to upload your own software and data, including reference genomes, to the Site in the course of using the Site. You agree to and accept full responsibility for obtaining all permissions, consents, and rights necessary for uploading and using any such software and data to and with the Site.
Our Site uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption to protect sequence data that users upload to the Site over the Internet. However, no data transmission over the Internet or data storage system can be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your information, we cannot guarantee the security of information you transmit to us, we transmit to you, or that we store on your behalf. If at any time you believe that your interaction with the Site or information is no longer secure, please inform us immediately.
Further, if you register and create a profile on the Site, your profile, Personal Information, and sequence data submitted by you to the Site will be password- protected. You agree that you will be responsible for all actions taken under an authenticated login. Accordingly, we recommend that you select a strong password and do not divulge that password to anyone. Also, be certain to sign out of your WuXiNextCODE account and close your browser window when you have finished using the Site to prevent others from accessing your information and data.
Please note that while Site includes a service for storing your sequence data, which is backed up, we cannot guarantee that such sequence data will be secure, reliable, or available. Accordingly, WuXiNextCODE will not be responsible for any loss or corruption of data, or any other harm that results from your access to or use of the Site despite the security features of our service described in this policy and elsewhere on the WuXiNextCODE Site.
We may use your Personal Information to provide you with a personalized experience on our Site and to communicate with you through periodic messages regarding new service features and related products and services provided by our partners, events, and other information and notices we believe you may find interesting or useful. Your credit card information (if applicable) may be used by our financial services providers for payment processing and fraud prevention. We will not sell or provide your information to third parties for their own direct marketing purposes.
We use the automatic usage and other non-Personal Information collected to maintain, secure, and improve our Site, and to understand your interests when visiting our Site. We may generate statistical information regarding our user-base and use it to analyze our Site or business.
We store the software and sequence data you submit and your account, profile, and member information (including Personal Information) on “cloud” servers owned and operated by third party providers. Our current providers are Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon Web Services China (AWS China) and Huawei. Our Site is designed to encrypt all stored sequence data using encryption algorithms such as AES-256. For information about AWS’s privacy protection and data security practices, please visit http://aws.amazon.com/security, https://www.amazonaws.cn/en/about-aws/china/ and http://www.huawei.com/en/cyber-security
We may rely on various third-party service providers and contractors to provide services that support the Site and our operations, including, without limitation, maintenance of our databases, distribution of emails and newsletters on our behalf, data analysis, payment processing and other services of an administrative nature. Such third-parties may have access to your Personal Information for the purpose of performing the service for which they have been engaged.
WuXiNextCODE cooperates with government and law enforcement officials and private parties to enforce and comply with the law. We may disclose Personal Information and other user information when we, in our sole discretion, have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact, or bring legal action against someone who may (either intentionally or unintentionally) be causing injury to or interference with our rights or property, users of our Site, or anyone else who could be harmed by such activities. We may also disclose user information when we believe, in our sole discretion, that such disclosure is required by applicable law.
We reserve the right to transfer any and all information that we collect from Site users, including Personal Information, to a third-party in the event of any corporate reorganization, merger, sale, joint venture, assignment, transfers, or other disposition of all or any portion of WuXiNextCODE’s business, assets, or stock.
Our Site allows you to share the sequence data, reference genomes, and other information you submit to the Site with other users of the Site and third parties who are not users of the Site. WuXiNextCODE is not responsible for such other users’ and third parties’ use of your sequence data, reference genomes or other information. You understand and acknowledge that, if you choose to share the sequence data, reference genomes, or other information you submit to the Site with other users of the Site or third parties, such shared information might be copied or redistributed by other users and third parties. Even after you remove information from your account or delete your account, copies of that information may remain viewable elsewhere to the extent it has previously been shared with others.
We and our service providers may make available through the Site certain services to which you are able to post information and materials (for example, forums, chat rooms, message boards, and news groups). If you utilize such Site services, please remember that any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and may be available to other users of the Site and the general public. In addition, when you choose to make a posting on such services, certain Personal Information (such as your user name) will be available for other users to view.
We urge you to exercise discretion and caution when deciding to disclose Personal Information, or any other information, on the Site. We are not responsible for the use of any Personal Information or other information you voluntarily disclose or make available to other users or the public through the site.
You may review, update, correct or delete the Personal Information you provide to us by contacting us. If you completely delete all such information, then your account may become deactivated. If you would like us to delete your account in our system, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a request that we delete your Personal Information from our database. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to honor your request. We may retain an archived copy of your records as required by law or for legitimate business purposes.
If you no longer wish to receive new product/service notices, email newsletters or other future promotional communications from us, please follow the opt- out instructions included in each such communication or notify us by email at email@example.com with the word “remove” in the subject header, and we will remove your name from our email recipient list. You may not, however, opt out of necessary service or account maintenance notices or other administrative and transactional notices.
This Site and our services are not directed towards users under the age of 13 and we do not knowingly collect Personal Information from users under the age of 13. If a parent or guardian becomes aware that his or her child under the age of 13 has provided us with Personal Information without their consent, he or she should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If we become aware that a child under 13 has provided us with Personal Information, we will delete such information from our files.
On the Site, we may provide links to websites or applications maintained by third parties, which we believe you may find useful. WuXiNextCODE is not responsible for the privacy practices of these other websites or applications and we encourage you to review the privacy policies of each of those other websites or applications 7 before using such websites and applications. If you click on these third-party links, these other websites or applications may place their own cookies or other files on your computer, collect data, or solicit Personal Information from you. Other websites and applications will have different policies and rules regarding the use or disclosure of the personal information you submit to them. We make no representation with regard to the policies or business practices of any websites or applications to which you connect through a link from this Site, and are not responsible for any material contained on, or any transactions that occur between you and any such website or application.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding this Policy, please contact us by email at