Research Graph Foundation recognises that your privacy and the protection of your personal information is important to you. This policy sets out how the Research Graph Foundation collects, uses, discloses and secures your personal information. It also sets out your rights to access and correct your personal information.
At Research Graph Foundation, we take our privacy obligations seriously and are committed to ensuring that we handle personal information in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) contained in the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act).
What is personal information?
Collection of your personal information
We collect personal information relating to users of our services and visitors to our website.
Research Graph Foundation may collect personal information including (but not limited to) the following: your title, name, job title, address, email address, telephone numbers, birthdate, occupation and other information reasonably necessary for us to provide our services to you or which is otherwise reasonably necessary for us to carry out our functions and activities.
Research Graph Foundation collects personal information directly from you when you communicate with us. For example, when we receive an email from you, we are collecting your personal information.
Research Graph Foundation also collects information about you from third parties or via other methods. This would include where you use one of our services.
If you send an email to any of our staff, we will record your email address. We will use your email address for the purpose for which it was provided, and for any other purpose for which you would reasonably expect us to use it. In particular, we may include your email address on our mailing lists. We will not use your email address for any other purpose without your express consent.
If we require you to provide personal information when you complete an electronic form on the websites, we will collect that information to assist us in responding to your request. Research Graph Foundation will not collect personal information in a way that would be unlawful or where such information is unnecessary or unrelated to our functions, activities or business.
Use and disclosure of your personal information
We use the personal information we collect for our business purposes (including as described on our websites), to fulfil our legal obligations and to keep our suppliers, partners and users informed of our activities and the services that we provide. Our business purposes are generally to enable scientific and research projects, and related services to our research partners and users, to administer our relationships with our users and potential users, and with suppliers, corporate partners and others, and to operate our websites.
Research Graph Foundation will only use or disclose your personal information for the purpose for which it was collected, for another, related purpose for which you would reasonably expect us to use it, or for any other purpose with your consent (whether express or implied). For example, we may use your personal information to analyse data obtained on our websites to determine the websites’ effectiveness and to modify it to improve its functionality and the service it provides to suppliers and users.
Research Graph Foundation may from time to time send you research/marketing material that we consider may be useful to you, including information about our business and activities. If you do not wish to receive this information, you can let us know and we will stop sending such information to you.
We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties for marketing purposes unless we have your permission. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting if you tell us that you wish this to happen.
Depending on the purpose of collection, your personal information may be disclosed to:
(a) external service providers (on a confidential basis and in circumstances where those service providers may only use your information for the purpose of Research Graph’s activities), including institutions which we collaborate with or subcontract to in order to deliver our services to you and specialist advisers that Research Graph have engaged to provide us with legal, accounting, administrative, financial, insurance, research, marketing or other services; and
(b) any other person authorised and specified by you.
Except as set out below, we will only access information contained in data or material, including sensitive information, that users have stored in cloud hosting services provided by us, for the purpose of providing administrative or support services.
Research Graph may use or disclose your personal information (including sensitive information):
(a) where required or authorised by or under an Australian law (including the Privacy Act) or an order of a court or tribunal;
(b) in accordance with the Privacy Act, including where we hold a reasonable belief that the use or disclosure is required for certain enforcement or health and safety purposes, or that use or disclosure is necessary in relation to certain suspected unlawful activity or misconduct; or
(c) if reasonably necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of a legal or equitable claim or for the purposes of confidential alternative dispute resolution.
Research Graph may at other times notify you about our disclosure practices in respect of specific services that we provide.
You may, in some circumstances, have the option of not identifying yourself or using a pseudonym when you deal with Research Graph, such as if you are making a general enquiry about our services. However, if you choose not to provide your personal information, we may not be able to provide you with a service you request.
Cookies and analytics
A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. The cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs and preferences by collecting and remembering information about you.
Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie does not give us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you provide to us.
You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser settings to decline cookies if you prefer. This may, however, prevent you from using the full capabilities of the website.
We may also use third-party analytics tools, including Google Analytics, to provide us with information about how you use our website. These analytics tools may place or access cookies on your device, which allows them to monitor your web browsing activity.
Storage and security of your personal information
Research Graph may hold your personal information in a number of different formats, including software programs (located both onsite and offsite, including in the cloud), databases, filing systems and in offsite backup storage. Personal information held by Research Graph may be stored in email accounts that are accessible through mobile devices.
Research Graph is committed to ensuring that the information you provide is secure and we take all reasonable steps to protect your personal information from loss, unauthorised access, modification, disclosure or misuse. However, we cannot ensure the security of any information that you transmit to us over the internet and you do so at your own risk.