Last modified: November 27, 2019
1. ACCEPTANCE OF OUR TERMS
By viewing, accessing or otherwise using any of the services or information created, collected, compiled or submitted, you agree to be bound by the following Terms and Conditions of Service. If you do not want to be bound by our Terms your only option is not to visit, view or otherwise use the services. You understand, agree and acknowledge that these Terms constitute a legally binding agreement between you and Genetic Genie and that your use of Genetic Genie shall indicate your conclusive acceptance of this agreement.
2. USAGE OF THE SERVICE
You must be at least 18 years old to use the Platform. You agree that you shall not include any personally identifiable information or protected health information for any individual within any of the queries you submit to the Platform.
Even though we take steps to preserve the anonymity of your data, you agree to not upload any personally identifiable information of someone else without explicit consent from the person whose genetic information you are uploading. Uploading data from public databases is considered consent and is allowed on the platform. However, you agree to not re-identify any individual’s data using this service.
Government organizations, universities, and other institutions are allowed to use the platform as long as it’s not for law enforcement purposes, state defense purposes, medical insurance purposes, or for the purposes of targeting a specific individual or groups of people.
You agree to use this service for educational, research, and entertainment purposes only.
You agree to cite “Genetic Genie” and “GenVue” in any study that you publish during which you use the service unless written explicit permission is obtained to not use a citation.
Under any circumstances, you agree that you will not:
- Upload, save, or share any data that violates an individual’s personal privacy rights (such as protected health information, personally identifiable information, etc) unless you are the owner of such rights or have obtained explicit permission from the rightful owner of the data.
- Use the service unlawfully or to promote any illegal activity, or for the purposes of harming or discriminating against any individual or group.
- Use this service for the purpose of altering the human genome or human enzyme function.
- Impede or attempt to interfere with the service or use it for an unintended purpose.
- Take any action that may cause an unreasonably large load on our servers and services without explicit written permission to do so.
- Use any technology to scrape, harvest, or manipulate data.
We reserve the right to restrict your usage of this service (such as banning specific IP Addresses or IP ranges) for any reason.
3. FEES AND CONTRIBUTIONS
This service is free of charge on an individual use basis. For bulk processing of data, you must contact us to acquire a license or temporary permission. Obtaining a license or permission helps prevent overutilization of server resources and can help us know when we need to scale up computing resources.
Contributions are appreciated, but not required to use our services. Contributions are non-refundable.
4. NOT FOR DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT, OR PREVENTION OF DISEASE
While this platform is meant for disease and trait research, you agree that you will not use this service to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Medical conditions should be diagnosed by a healthcare provider. Any potential genetic findings relating to the health of an individual should be confirmed by an accredited laboratory. Data provided by this service is not diagnostic and has no guarantees of accuracy. Accuracy of data can vary based on the quality and evolving nature of this service as well as the quality of third-party data.
5. OWNERSHIP OF GENOMIC DATA
Rights of data ownership are reserved. Unless data is shared publicly by you, access to your genomic data and results is not given by Genetic Genie to anyone other than its employees subcontractors, or advisors.
We have the right to view or use temporarily stored and public results (such as generated HTML and PDF files) for the purpose of improving our service. In addition, we may use results indirectly to derive meta-information without reference to an individual or their genetic data (such as calculating statistical information about data submitted).
We do not sell, share, display, or distribute private genetic information.
6. LEGAL REQUESTS AND GOVERNMENT REQUESTS
In the event of a legal request, we reserve the right to access, read, preserve, and disclose any information as we reasonably believe is necessary to satisfy the legal request. However, because of the nature of how our services work (all non-public genetic information is deleted upon processing or within 24 hours), it seems unlikely that we will be able to adequately fulfill specific legal requests pertaining to genetic information.
7. PROVISION OF SERVICES
You agree and acknowledge that we are entitled to modify, improve or discontinue any of our services at its sole discretion and without notice to you even if it may result in you being prevented from accessing any information contained in it. Furthermore, you agree and acknowledge that we are entitled to provide services to you through subsidiaries or affiliated entities.
8. PROPRIETARY RIGHTS
You acknowledge and agree that our website and services may contain proprietary and confidential information including trademarks, service marks and patents protected by intellectual property laws and international intellectual property treaties. We authorize you to view and make a single copy of portions of its content for offline, personal, non-commercial use. Our content may not be sold, reproduced, or distributed without our written permission. Any third-party trademarks, service marks and logos are the property of their respective owners. Any further rights not specifically granted herein are reserved.
Genetic Genie does not store any personal genetic information beyond 24 hours without your explicit consent to make your information public (such as a checkbox for sharing). We use safeguards to securely protect personal health information, but by uploading your data, you understand that you are taking a risk in the event that the service becomes compromised.
9. SUBMITTED CONTENT
We do not sell, share, display, or distribute private genetic information. However, when you submit content to public areas of our website (such as blog comments) or choose to make your genetic information public, you simultaneously grant us an irrevocable, worldwide, royalty free license to publish, display, modify, distribute and syndicate your content worldwide. You confirm and warrant that you have the required authority to grant the above license to Genetic Genie.
10. TERMINATION OF AGREEMENT
The Terms of this agreement will continue to apply in perpetuity until terminated by either party without notice at any time for any reason. Terms that are to continue in perpetuity shall be unaffected by the termination of this agreement.
11. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES
You understand and agree that your use of Genetic Genie is entirely at your own risk and that our services are provided “As Is” and “As Available”. We do not make any express or implied warranties, endorsements or representations whatsoever as to the operation of the Genetic Genie website, information, content, materials, or products. This shall include, but not be limited to, implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement, and warranties that access to or use of the service will be uninterrupted or error-free or that defects in the service will be corrected.
12. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
You understand and agree that Genetic Genie and any of its subsidiaries or affiliates shall in no event be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, or exemplary damages. This shall include, but not be limited to damages for loss of profits, business interruption, business reputation or goodwill, health anxiety or concern, health expenses, loss of programs or information or other intangible loss arising out of the use of or the inability to use the service, or information, or any permanent or temporary cessation of such service or access to information, or the deletion or corruption of any content or information, or the failure to store any content or information. The above limitation shall apply whether or not Genetic Genie has been advised of or should have been aware of the possibility of such damages. In jurisdictions where the exclusion or limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages is not allowed the liability of Genetic Genie is limited to the greatest extent permitted by law.
13. EXTERNAL CONTENT
We may include hyperlinks to third-party content, advertising or websites. You acknowledge and agree that we are not responsible for and do not endorse any advertising, products or resource available from such resources or websites.
You expressly understand and agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the country, state, province or territory determined solely by Genetic Genie to resolve any legal matter arising from this agreement or related to your use of our services. If the court of law having jurisdiction, rules that any provision of the agreement is invalid, then that provision will be removed from the Terms and the remaining Terms will continue to be valid.
15. ENTIRE AGREEMENT
You understand and agree that the above Terms constitute the entire general agreement between you and Genetic Genie. You may be subject to additional Terms and conditions when you use, purchase or access other services, affiliate services or third-party content or material.
16. CHANGES TO THE TERMS
Genetic Genie reserves the right to modify these Terms from time to time at our sole discretion and without any notice. Changes to our Terms become effective on the date they are posted and your continued use of Genetic Genie after any changes to Terms will signify your agreement to be bound by them.