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 3rd 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:

1. Gnatwork membership

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 Gnatwork or email enquiries [at] gnatwork [dot] ac [dot] uk (subject: Changes%20to%20profile) . Individuals can also request access to data held about them at any time by emailing enquiries [at] gnatwork [dot] ac [dot] uk (subject: Changes%20to%20profile) .


2. 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.


3. Email links

Should you choose to contact us using an email link, 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.


4. Email newsletter

If you choose to join our email newsletter, the email address that you submit to us will be forwarded to MailChimp who provide us with email marketing services. We consider MailChimp to be a third party data processor. The email address that you submit will not be stored within this website’s own database or in any of our internal computer systems.

Your email address will remain within MailChimp’s database for as long as we continue to use MailChimp’s services for email marketing or until you specifically request removal from the list. You can do this by unsubscribing using the unsubscribe links contained in any email newsletters that we send you or by requesting removal on the emails themselves, or by emailing enquiries [at] gnatwork [dot] ac [dot] uk (subject: Please%20remove%20me%20from%20the%20Gnatwork%20mailing%20list) . When requesting removal via email, please send your email to us using the email account that is subscribed to the mailing list.

If you are under 16 years of age you MUST obtain parental consent before joining our email newsletter.

While your email address remains within the MailChimp database, you will receive periodic (monthly) newsletter-style emails from us.


5. BBSRC reporting

The Gnatwork (BB/R005362/1) is one of four Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Networks in vector-borne disease research that are co-funded by The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Medical Research Council (MRC) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). In order for BBSRC to monitor and report on the progress the Gnatwork, in terms of community and capacity-building, Gnatwork members’ full names, institutions, current roles and dates joined the network are uploaded onto the BBSRC ‘NetVect’ extranet. This data is stored under the conditions of BBSRC’s privacy policy and is accessible only by Network Managers and associated staff, Directors, and a small number of BBSRC staff who administrate the site. This data is not circulated in any format outside of the extranet or used for any other purposes. Any written documents resulting from this reporting will not contain any personal data of any individual network members.


About this website's server

This website is hosted by Linode within a UK data center run by Telecity.

Telecity implements high-end physical security in their data centers: All facilities are well protected by 24×7 human security, biometrics, secure monitored single person entry and video surveillance (source: Telecity).

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


Third party data processors

We use a number of third parties to process personal data on our behalf. These third parties have been carefully chosen and, to the best of our belief and understanding, all of them comply with current legislation.

BBSRC (Privacy policy)

Both the below third parties are based in the USA and are EU-U.S Privacy Shield compliant.

Google (Privacy policy)

Mailchimp (Privacy policy)

Our site may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of our partner networks 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
Manta Ray Media Ltd
Telephone: +44 (0)20 3815 7155
Email: hello [at] mantaraymedia [dot] co [dot] uk


Changes to our privacy policy

This privacy policy may change from time to time inline 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 17 May 2018