Privacy Policy

EICRI Institute shares your concerns about maintaining the integrity and privacy of personal information collected on the internet. EICRI Institute is committed to protecting your privacy, and this privacy policy (“Policy”) is intended to explain our information collection and dissemination practices in connection with EICRI Institute family of websites. Please review the entire Policy and feel free to contact us at if you have any questions. Also, please read our Terms & Conditions for accessing the Sites and using the content.

By using the Sites, you consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of information in accordance with the terms of this Policy. This Policy was last updated on January 1st, 2018.

In addition, EICRI Institute reserves the right to update this Policy at any time. If we change our Policy, we will provide notice of the change on this page or send you an email so that you are aware of the information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it. Use of the Sites after the effective date of any additional modifications of this Policy is deemed to constitute your consent to this Policy as further amended.

1) Collection of Personal Information

In order to monitor the Sites’ performance, provide you with a better experience when visiting the Sites and for statistical and routine system maintenance purposes, EICRI Institute may automatically collect the following through the use of first-party cookies: (a) the home server domain names, IP addresses, geographic location, type of computer and operating system, type of web browser or device of users of the Sites (“you”), and (b) aggregate information on which pages you access and relevant information such as the date on which these pages were accessed. This information is only used in aggregate form and does not identify you personally. EICRI Institute uses the services of Google Analytics to monitor visitor interaction with the Sites:

Beyond the above information, EICRI Institute only collects personal information (e.g., name, email, mailing address and phone number) that you voluntarily submit to us. This information is used by EICRI Institute or its contracted service providers solely to provide you with the information and materials you have requested, such as datasets, email updates and other materials regarding EICRI Institute and its programs. If you choose to email us and provide personally identifiable information, we will not use the information for any purpose other than to respond to your inquiry.

Registration for EICRI Institute Websites:

Registration is not required for the Sites. However, all researchers wishing to access EICRI Institute datasets will be required to provide personal contact information and to read and accept our dataset agreement. We collect this information solely for the purpose of contacting scholars who have accessed a particular data set, in the event that errors are discovered in the data.

2) Use of Personal Data Collected

EICRI Institute will not sell, share, rent or disclose to third parties any individually identifying information, such as names, postal and email addresses, telephone numbers, and other personal information which you voluntarily provide to us, except (a) to provide the services you have requested; (b) to the extent necessary to comply with applicable laws or valid legal processes; or (c) to protect EICRI Institute’s intellectual property and other legal rights. Information submitted to us is only available to employees managing this information for the purposes of contacting you or sending you permission-based emails following your request for information, and to contracted service providers for the purposes of providing services relating to our communications with you.

EICRI Institute works with third-party vendors MailChimp to provide users with its email update and newsletter services. While these vendors have access to your personally identifiable information in order to provide email services, they are required to maintain the privacy of all information in their control and can only use the information on our behalf for the stated purpose and are not authorized to use your information for any other purpose. You may opt out of any EICRI Institute newsletter by clicking “unsubscribe” at the bottom of each newsletter and following the subsequent instructions.

3) User’s Rights

You may obtain a summary of your personally identifiable information retained by us, or modify, correct, change or update such information by contacting EICRI Institute via email.

You may also request that EICRI Institute remove from its database any personally identifiable information you have previously provided by contacting EICRI Institute via email. Complete removal may not be immediate, and in some instances, all archival copies may be impossible to delete. Also, if you would like to opt out of receiving any communications, please contact EICRI Institute.

4) Links

The Sites may contain links to other Internet web sites. However, EICRI Institute does not endorse, and is not responsible for, the privacy practices or the content of these web sites. You should review these policies in connection with your use of such third-party sites.

5) Security Measures

EICRI Institute has established reasonable precautions to protect collected personal information from loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration or destruction, which includes contractual, administrative, physical, and technical steps. Technical measures include the use of firewall protection. Although EICRI Institute takes reasonable precautions to assess the reliability of such technology, it relies on the statements of the vendors of those products and services as part of its security evaluation. Please note that while EICRI Institute has endeavored to create secure and reliable Sites for its users, the confidentiality of any communication or material transmitted to/from EICRI Institute via the Sites or email cannot be guaranteed.

EICRI Institute urges you to take reasonable precautions to protect your personal data when you are on the Internet.

6) EICRI Comment Policy

The purpose of our website(s) and social media presence is to inform readers and supporters about news from the EMEA-region. We encourage readers and supporters to engage with one another, and of course, take part in the discussions ourselves.

But since many of the topics that we report on and comment upon are controversial and can evoke passionate, and sometimes inappropriate, responses, we decided to put together a few guidelines that we will follow, and a few guidelines that we hope you will follow.

These guidelines apply to Readers’ Comments on our website and on our official Social Media pages (in addition to any Terms of Use those sites may have).

What we will do

To the best of our abilities:

  • we will be honest in everything we write and publish
  • we will be open to discussions, and so will not ban anyone or delete comments simple because we disagree
  • we will remain civil and courteous in our posts and responses
  • we won’t edit your comments, but may prevent the publishing of, delete parts of, or in the case of social media pages, report it to the website’s administrators if they breach these guidelines
  • we will delete posts and even ban users (where possible) who repeatedly violate this policy

What we ask of you

  • Don’t be a “prune” – Treat people well. No racist, homophobic, sexist, agist, abusive or otherwise discriminatory comments. No personal attacks. No incitements to violence. No foul language.
  • Don’t “hijack” the thread – Please stay on topic, and don’t post comments and links to something that is unrelated to the discussion.
  • Don’t be “that guy” – You know, the one who hogs the conversation. Don’t be that person who has to have the first and last word in everything. It discourages others from taking part, and more often than not, harms the very point you’re trying to make.
  • Don’t spam – we are not an advertisement board for your birthday party or event :). We have an absolute zero-tolerance policy on spam.
  • Do use the “Report this comment” link to report comments that violate this policy
  • If you’ve been banned, please don’t try to come back with another account. It’s not a good look for anyone.

And just to summarise…

EICRI does not accept any responsibility for any statement or comment posted on our website(s) or our social media pages. Any statement or comment posted on these platforms does not necessarily represent the views of EICRI, unless where specifically stated otherwise.

We reserve the right to unpublish, or delete parts or the entirety of any comments that breaches these guidelines, or is otherwise deemed to be non-conducive to the discussion.

7) Right to Contact

EICRI Institute reserves the right to contact users of the Sites regarding changes to this Policy, the terms of use of the Sites, or any other policies, agreements or transactions relevant to Site users.

Questions or concerns regarding EICRI Institute’s data protections practices should be addressed to:


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