Privacy is an important concern for internet users, and is something that F1000 Research Limited ('F1000') takes very seriously. What follows is an explanation of F1000's policy for protecting users' personal information.
What personal information does F1000 ask users to supply, and why?
Registration on F1000 is optional and voluntary. Browsing and viewing material on F1000 does not require any personal information to be submitted from users. Nor do these functions require the user's browser to be set to accept cookies.
In accordance with European Union guidelines, registrants may decline to provide the information requested. They should be advised, however, that F1000 may be unable to deliver its services unless at least the information necessary to enable fulfillment of the service, security and identification purposes is provided.
What further information does F1000 track, and why?
In order to offer the best possible service to users, F1000 tracks the patterns of usage of pages on the site. This enables us to identify the most popular material and services. Where users have provided details of their research areas of interest, this information can be correlated, helping F1000 to provide a useful service for scientists and clinicians, offering them the most relevant information based on their areas of interest.
What is F1000's policy on sharing email addresses with third parties?
User information will only be shared with third parties with the explicit consent of the user. If the user has explicitly opted to receive special offer and product information emails from F1000 partners, then F1000 may from time to time email the user on behalf of these partner companies. However, these companies will not be given the user's details without that user's explicit consent.
What is F1000's policy on emailing its registered users?
F1000 may contact registered users from time to time to draw the registered users' attention to information that may be of interest. Registered users may opt out from receiving such emails when registering, or at any time thereafter by responding to such an email or contacting customer services on email@example.com.
What is F1000's policy on using demographic information about users for online advertising purposes?
Statistical demographic information about F1000 usage may be supplied to advertisers. F1000 may target online advertising to specific users on the basis of this demographic information, or on the basis of their past behavior on the site, but information about an individual user will not be passed on to an advertiser without the user's express consent.
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small file sent by web servers to web browsers and stored on your computer or mobile device, if you agree to this request. Cookies usually contain a unique identifier and some anonymous information and will be unique to your web browser. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.
Cookies on F1000.com
- To remember you and your preferences
- Track user movements
- Measure page usage
- Target content or advertising
Persistent cookies remain on your device until a set expiry date or until you delete them, for example: information about you and your preferences; session cookies expire when you close the web browser, for example: information about pages you visited on the site.
You may be sent cookies by other websites that you interact with when you use F1000.com, such as social media sites. F1000 also uses third party products that set cookies, for example: Google Analytics, which helps us monitor site usage and therefore improve user experience.
Control of cookies
Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser settings to notify you when a cookie is sent, and then you can then choose to accept or decline the cookie. However, this may mean that any preferences you set on the site will be lost or you will not be able to use the auto login or remember me facility at login.
F1000 reserves the right to disclose users' personal information if required to do so by law, or in the good faith and belief that such action is reasonably necessary to comply with legal process, respond to claims, or protect the rights, property or safety of F1000, employees or members.
Who should I contact if I have any questions or concerns about my privacy?
If you have any questions or concerns about your privacy and F1000 please contact our customer service team on firstname.lastname@example.org.