Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

User personal information
The following principles apply to the personally identifying information we ask for and that you provide. 'Personally identifying information' is information that individually identifies you, such as your name, physical address or email address. Any information you supply, including, where relevant, sensitive personal data relating to you, will not be shared with third party individuals or organisations. We would only disclose personally identifiable information to the relevant authorities if we are required to do so by law.

Personal information that this website collects and why we collect it

This website collects and uses personal information for the following reasons:

Site visits tracking
Like most websites, this site uses Google Analytics to track user interaction. We use this data to determine the number of people using our site, to better understand how they find and use our web pages and to see their journey through the website.

Although Google Analytics records data such as your geographical location, device, internet browser and operating system, none of this information personally identifies you to us. Google Analytics also records your computer’s IP address which could be used to personally identify you but Google do not grant us access to this. We consider Google to be a third party data processor.

Google Analytics makes use of cookies, details of which can be found on Google’s developer guides.

Email links
Should you choose to contact us using an email link via the website, none of the data that you supply will be stored by this website. Instead the data will be collated into an email and sent to us.

Contact forms
If you choose to contact us using the contact form on our Contact us page the data you supply will be collated into an email and sent to us. We will only store this data temporarily on this website database and will be deleted once we have replied to you.

If you choose to complete and submit our membership form and provide personally identifying information (typically your name, company name, email address and research interests), this data is stored on this site, which is hosted on a secure server, with an SSL certificate.

We always aim to maintain the reliability, accuracy, completeness and currency of personally identifying information in our databases. However, we will correct, amend or delete any personally identifying information that is inaccurate. If you wish to update or make any changes to your profile, please log on the or email Individuals can also request access to data held about them at any time by emailing

About this website's server

This website is hosted by Acquia within an EU data centre.

All traffic (transferral of files) between this website and your web browser is encrypted and delivered over HTTPS.

Third party data processors
We may use a third party to process personal data on our behalf. This third party has carefully been chosen and, to the best of our belief and understanding, complies with current legislation. The third party is based in the USA and are EU-U.S Privacy Shield compliant. 

Google privacy policy.

Our site may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of our stakeholders, partner organisations and affiliates.  If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies.  Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.

Data breaches
We will report any unlawful data breach of this website’s database or the database(s) of any of our third party data processors to any and all relevant persons and authorities within 72 hours of the breach if it is apparent that personal data stored in an identifiable manner has been stolen.

Data controller
The data controller for this website is:

The Pirbright Institute
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 232441

Changes to our privacy policy
This privacy policy may change from time to time in line with legislation or industry developments. We will not explicitly inform our clients or website users of these changes. Instead, we recommend that you check this page occasionally for any policy changes.

This Privacy Policy was last updated on 23 May 2018.

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