Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy was last updated on 20 September 2021.

“Armenian Bioinformatics Institute” Scientific Educational Foundation (hereinafter referred to as the “Foundation”) is committed to protecting your privacy and the security of your personal data. This Privacy Policy informs you of what personal information the Foundation collects from you by means of the website accessible at https://abi.am/ (the “Website”) and explains how the Foundation uses this information. 

Please read this document carefully before starting to use the Website to be aware of the ways in which your personal data may be treated. This Privacy Policy should be read alongside, and in addition to, terms and conditions accessible online (the “Terms”). By submitting your personal data to the Website, you are giving your free consent to its processing in accordance with terms set forth in this Privacy Policy (including as amended from time to time). 

Any personal data collected from you by means of the Website will be controlled and processed by the Foundation, a non-profit organization duly registered and acting under the Armenian legislation. Whenever you provide the Foundation with personal data, such data will be processed in line with this Privacy Policy and the existing legislation of the Republic of Armenia and other applicable data protection regulations. At the same time, being focused on observing requirements established by national legislation, the Foundation will also take into consideration international best practices generally accepted in the field of data protection. 

You can browse through the Website without providing any personal data. At the same time in some cases, personal data is required in order to facilitate communications between you and the Foundation. This being so, the following personal data may be collected and processed by the Foundation: full name, date of birth, e-mail, affiliation or place of studies, professional interests, photos of you. All personal data is only collected when provided to the Foundation by filling in forms available on the Website or specifying the data in correspondence. Please note that if you contact the Foundation via post or e-mail, records of these communications may be kept. 

The Website may contain links to other online resources. If you follow a link to any of these resources, please note that the Foundation does not accept any responsibility for the privacy practices adopted by the owners of the respective resources even if you access those using links from the Website.  Please check their privacy policies before you submit any personal data to those websites.

The Foundation may process your personal data:

(a) to ascertain your identity before entering into agreements regarding materials submitted to the Website,

(b) to carry out contractual obligations arising from its agreements with you, including the Terms,

(c) to contact you regarding submissions you have made, including any materials you provide,

(d) to indicate you as an author or originator of the materials submitted,

(e) to facilitate your participation in events launched by the Foundation,

(f) to consider your requests,

(g) to send you recent newsletters to which you have subscribed and to inform you about our activities,

(h) to put your public information on ABI website upon your approval,

(i) to put you in contact with the ABI community members to facilitate research and educational activities at ABI.

The Foundation will not use your personal data for any purposes inconsistent with the purposes above or not permitted by law. Where the Foundation proposes using your personal data for any other purposes it will ensure that you are properly notified where legally required. You will also be given the opportunity to withhold or withdraw your consent for the use of your personal data for purposes other than those listed above. The Foundation will keep your personal data for as long as it is reasonably required for the purposes for which it was obtained.

As far as the above purposes are met, the Foundation may conduct the following operations with your personal data: collecting, recording, storage, systematization, depersonalizing, extracting, and transfer to third parties (including by granting access to personal data). Unless otherwise expressly stated by you, it is assumed that by submitting content to the Website, including words of support or any other materials, you confirm that you agree with subsequent disclosure of your full name and country of residence by publication of this data on the Website, as well as on any other online platforms and printed publications. 

We have put in place technical and organizational security measures to prevent the loss of or unauthorized access to your personal data. While your personal data is stored in secured databases that are hosted with the use of technical facilities controlled by the Foundation, security of this data is protected by appropriate authentication mechanisms, firewalls and encryption tools (protocols). 

Whilst the Foundation uses its best efforts to ensure the security of your personal data please be aware that the Foundation is not liable for any incidental or consequential damages or lost profits resulting from processing your data, use or inability to access or use the Website by you, caused by any technical malfunction and/or prophylactic works undertaken by the Foundation.

Your personal data will not be disclosed or transferred to any third party, subject to the following exceptions: 

(a) personal data may be transferred to third parties such as the Employees and affiliates of the Foundation, persons providing business and/or legal consultation, financial services, technical support, professional website hosting or data management services, auditors for proper implementation of their obligations,

(b) personal data may be transferred to a third party as part of a sale of assets or business restructuring,

(c) personal data may have to be disclosed under applicable law for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or requested of the Foundation in the exercise of official authority,

(d) personal data may be required to be disclosed for the protection of state and public security,

(e) the disclosure of personal data may be otherwise required or permitted by applicable law. 

Whatever the reasons for the disclosure of your personal data may be, the Foundation will take all reasonable steps to ensure that your privacy rights continue to be protected at least in line with this Privacy Policy. 

You have the right to obtain at any time confirmation as to whether or not personal data relating to you is being processed. Where such personal data is being processed, you may also be provided with information on the content of such personal data, the recipients to whom the personal data have been disclosed, and other information relating to the terms of your personal data processing. You also have the right to object to the processing of your personal data on legitimate compelling grounds except when it is collected in order to comply with a legal obligation or is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are a party.

If you would like to receive further information concerning the processing of your personal data or to ask us to correct, update or delete any personal data relating to you, you may contact the Foundation with a request to do so at [email protected]. At the same time, to protect your privacy and security, the Foundation may take reasonable steps to verify your identity before taking any steps based on your request (e.g., by asking you to indicate the e-mail address that you have previously submitted to the Website). 

You can unsubscribe from a newsletter or other electronic information about our activities at any time by sending an unsubscribe e-mail at [email protected].

The Foundation may update or amend this Privacy Policy from time to time to comply with law or to meet its changing internal policies. You will be duly notified on the relevant updates of this Privacy Policy. Any updates will be posted, and the date of recent revisions will appear on the Website. 

If you have any questions about how we collect, store and use your information, you may contact us:

e-mail: [email protected]