Updated March 11, 2018
GreyLit was developed by professionals who are passionate about knowledge mobilization, information dissemination, closing the evidence access gap and not re-inventing the wheel. Our goal is to create a platform that allows grey literature to be searched, shared, reviewed and collaborated upon with people who want to move research forward by applying it to their work. We respect and appreciate all of the hard work that went into creating the intellectual property shared on GreyLit, we expect you to do the same.
The Personal Information that GreyLit collects from you and that you provide to GreyLit is processed in Canada and is stored on servers in Canada. The Canadian Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documentation Act has been deemed to provide adequate and similar protection to that which applies within the European Economic Area and the United States.
We use your Personal Information to generate statistics which pertain to reading behavior or achievements. We also generate statistics for internal purposes in order to constantly improve the platform and its features.
We have advertising on our platform so we can keep our costs low, and inform you of relevant products of services. We do not share Personal Information with third party advertisers for their direct marketing purposes.
GreyLit aims to connect readers to research/information. Any natural or legal person who, as a recipient of the Service, accesses or uses the Service for any purpose is a User ("User", "you"). Our registered Users ("Members") share their professional identities and credentials, display their academic publications, engage and collaborate with their networks, exchange knowledge and professional insights, post and view relevant content, and discover business and career opportunities. Some content is also visible to unregistered or logged-out Users ("Visitors").
In order for the Service to function, we need to collect from you and process certain data and/or information about your person or your scientific involvement ("Personal Information").
There are a number of ways in which we collect Personal Information from or about you. These may include, without limitation:
Please note: GreyLit does not process any payment data. All payment data are collected and processed by third party providers, namely Stripe.
We and service providers acting on our behalf store log files and use tracking technologies such as cookies, web beacons, tracking pixels, and local shared objects, also known as flash cookies, to collect information relating to you and your use of the Service.
"Cookies" are small files that enable us to store and collect specific information related to you and your use of the Service on your computer or other end devices. They help us to analyze the number of people who use the Service, usage frequency, User behavior, advertising effectiveness, to increase security and tailor our Service to your needs and preferences.
After you have logged in to your account on the Service, we use so-called "session cookies" to identify you during the course of your session. Upon the termination of your session, the session cookie is automatically deleted.
We also use "persistent cookies" to record information about repeat Users of the Service. Persistent cookies are designed to help us continually improve the products and services we offer you. Persistent cookies do not contain Personal Information such as your name, IP address, etc.
You can edit the settings of your browser to prevent cookies from being stored, to limit the storage of cookies to certain websites, or such that your browser informs you every time a cookie is sent. You can also delete cookies from your computer's hard drive at any time. However, please note that if cookies are deactivated you will not be able to take advantage of some of GreyLit's features.
We also use pixel-based and cookie-based conversion tracking technologies to, for example, measure the success of advertising campaigns served on GreyLit. To this end we use technologies provided by Google.
The information we automatically collect about you and your use of the Service includes:
We receive information about you and your activities on and off the Service from third party partners, such as information from advertisers about your experience or interactions with them. We also obtain information about you from publicly available sources, such as information regarding previous research published by you and affiliations that may be associated with your profile.
Third party advertising including tailored advertising and analytics
We have advertising on our Service so we can keep our costs low, and inform of relevant products of services. We do not share Personal Information with third party advertisers for their direct marketing purposes unless you give us your prior consent.
When advertisers or ad networks place advertisements on our Service, they may collect or we may share the following types of information from within our Service:
Advertisers or ad networks may collect this information through the use of tracking technologies like browser cookies and web beacons (see explanations above), and they may use a single tracking technology or multiple tracking technologies at the same time.
The information collected may be used to:
GreyLit reserves the right to use certain Google services, operated by Google, Inc., California, USA ("Google"). Google services may include Google Analytics, a web analytics service, Google Analytics Advertising Features, namely for remarketing with Google Analytics, Google Display Network Impression Reporting, Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting, and integrated services that require Google Analytics to collect data via advertising cookies and anonymous identifiers, and Google's DoubleClick Services. Any information generated by the cookies about your use of the Service (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States of America. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the Service, compiling reports on website activity for us, and providing other services relating to website activity and Internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law. More information about Google's data privacy and security can be found here. Please see Google's page on 'How Google uses data when you use our partners' sites or apps', and Google's terms and policies for further information.
With respect to Google Analytics, the following additional safeguards apply: we have activated IP anonymization so that your IP address will be shortened by Google within the European Economic Area before the data is forwarded and stored in the USA; only in exceptional cases are IP addresses sent to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. Google will not combine your IP address collected via Google Analytics with other data that Google holds.
Many communications that you initiate through our Service (for example, an invitation sent to a non-Member) will list your name in the header of the message. Messages you initiate may also provide the recipient with aggregate information about your network (for example, how many people are in your network). Other communications that you initiate through the Service, like a request for a full-text, will list your name as the initiator but will not include your personal email address. Once you have connected with an individual, regardless of who sent the invitation, your contact information that you choose to include in your researcher profile will be shared with that individual.
The Personal Information that you provide to us may reveal or allow others to identify aspects of your life that are not expressly stated on your profile (for example, your picture or your name may reveal your gender).
We use the Personal Information described above to:
In order to show these advertisements and measure their performance on and off our Service, we work with a variety of business partners.
If you wish to stop receiving promotional communications from us, you can follow the unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email we send, or, if you have an account with us, change your preferences by signing into your account through the Service.
You can object at any time to processing of your Personal Information for statistical purposes by filling out the form on the GreyLit.net platform or by changing your account preferences.
Generally, GreyLit does not share the Personal Information collected - or that you provide to GreyLit - with third parties unless we have obtained your prior consent. Note, however, that GreyLit reserves the right to share the Personal Information it has about you with vendors, agents, and contractors who assist GreyLit in administering the Service and in providing benefits to you.
We may also share Personal Information in response to legal process or when the law requires it (for example, in response to a court order) or, to the extent permitted by applicable law, to protect the rights, property or safety of GreyLit, the Service, Users of the Service (including you), and others.
GreyLit may also disclose Personal Information as is necessary to identify, contact, or bring legal action against a person or entity who may be violating GreyLit's Terms of Service, or who may be causing harm to, or interfering with, other Users of the Service.
In addition, in the event that assets of GreyLit are transferred or sold to another entity, Personal Information may be transferred to the acquiring entity and/or to potential acquiring entities to the extent permitted by applicable law and we will seek your consent where required.
The Personal Information that GreyLit collects from you and that you provide to GreyLit is processed in Canada and is stored on servers in Canada. The Canadian Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documentation Act has been deemed to provide adequate and similar protection to that which applies within the European Economic Area.
If we transfer your Personal Information to countries outside of Canada or other area which do not offer adequate and similar protection, we will ensure that we do this in accordance with applicable data protection regulations (for example, by putting in place an appropriate data transfer agreement). We will do this with a view to ensuring the level of protection which applies to your Personal Information processed in these countries is similar to that which applies within Canada and the European Economic Area.
All pages are secured using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) technology, which encrypts data between our computer and your end devices. To make sure your Internet browser is using the latest security features, you may want to download the most recent version of it, which should have full SSL support.
You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your User ID and password which relate to your access to certain pages of the Service and/or any account you set up with us. You agree to accept responsibility for all activities which occur in relation to the same. You should not permit other people to use your User ID or your password. Please contact us promptly if you believe your User ID or password may have been compromised. We will not be responsible to you if there is unauthorized access to your login details or unauthorized activity on the Service as a result of your login details becoming known by someone else, unless this was due to our negligence.
Despite our efforts regarding security it is important to bear in mind that the Internet is not a secure means of communication. Personal Information communicated through the Internet may be intercepted by other people. We cannot guarantee the security of Personal Information sent to us through the Service. You accept that you use the Service at your own risk.
If you have created an account through the Service, we will close your account upon your request. We may also close or disable inactive accounts or accounts that are used in violation of our Terms of Service or any applicable law.
We will retain Personal Information from closed or inactive accounts to the extent and as long as it is necessary and relevant for our operations and/or to comply with law, prevent fraud, collect any fees owed, resolve disputes, troubleshoot problems, assist with any investigations, enforce our Terms of Service, and/or take other actions otherwise permitted by law.
In general, Personal Information from closed or inactive accounts will be deleted or anonymized one year after the account is closed or deactivated unless we have reasonable grounds to believe that the Personal Information should be retained for one of the purposes identified above.
You may be entitled to exercise some or all of the following rights free of charge (such rights may vary depending on the requirements of the applicable legislation):
You may (i) exercise the rights referred to above or (ii) pose any questions or (iii) make any complaints regarding the data processing by contacting us at info@GreyLit.net.
You have the right to object, at any time, to the processing of your Personal Information on legitimate grounds by contacting us at info@GreyLit.net.
Data Protection Officer
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