This website is provided as a public service by the African Centers of Excellence (ACE) Consortium. ACE does not disclose, give, sell, or transfer personal information about visitors to ace-bioinformatics.org unless required to do so by law. Most information presented on this site is in the public domain and may be distributed or copied with some exceptions.
Protecting your privacy is very important to us. We do not collect personally identifiable information (PII) about you during your visit to the ACE website unless you choose to give it to us. We do, however, collect some data about visits to our website to help us better understand how the public uses the site and how to make it more helpful. We collect information from visitors who read, browse, and/or download information from our site. We never collect information for commercial marketing or any purpose unrelated to the ACE mission and goals.
How ACE Collects Information
ACE uses Google Analytics to collect information about the use of its website, primarily for statistical purposes (that is, to measure the numbers of visitors to various sections of the site). This information also may be helpful when we consider changes to the website to make it more useful to visitors. We make no attempts to identify individual users or their usage habits, except when it may be required for authorized law enforcement investigations. Types of information collected include, but are not limited to, the domain from which you access the internet; information about the operating system and browser used when visiting the site; date and time of your visit; the pages you visited; the address of the website that brought you to the ACE website, such as google.com or bing.com; and demographic and interest data.
ACE also uses online surveys to collect opinions and feedback. ACE staff analyzes and reports on the aggregated data from the surveys. The reports are available only to ACE website managers, members of their teams, and other designated staff who need this information to perform their duties.
These surveys do not collect personally identifiable information (PII). Participation in the survey is voluntary. If you decline the survey, you still have access to the identical information and resources on the ACE website as those who do take the survey. Answers to the surveys help ACE improve its website, making it easier to use and more responsive to the needs of visitors.
When you visit any website, its server may generate a piece of text known as a "cookie" to place on your computer. The cookie allows the server to "remember" specific information about your visit while you are connected. The cookie makes it easier to use some features of Web pages. Requests to send cookies from ACE’s Web pages are designed to collect information about your browser session only; they do not collect personal information about you.
There are two types of cookies: single session (temporary) and multi-session (persistent). We use session cookies for technical purposes such as improving navigation through our site. These cookies let our server know that you are continuing a visit to our site. The "session" cookie is not permanently stored on your computer. The cookie and the information about your visit are automatically destroyed shortly after you close your browser to end the session.
We use persistent cookies to help us differentiate between new and returning visitors to the ACE website. Persistent cookies remain on your computer between visits to our site until they expire. We do not use this technology to identify you or any other site visitor.
How to Opt Out or Disable Cookies
If you do not wish to have session or persistent cookies placed on your computer, you can disable them using your Web browser. If you opt out of cookies, you will still have access to all the information and resources on the ACE website.
How Is Personal Information Protected?
You do not have to give us personal information to visit the ACE website.
If you choose to give us additional information about yourself through an email message, form, survey, conference registration, etc., we keep the information only as long as needed to respond to your question or to fulfill the stated purpose of the communication.
ACE does not disclose, give, sell, or transfer any personal information about our website visitors, unless required for law enforcement or by statute.
For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, we use software programs to monitor traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise cause damage. In the event of authorized law enforcement investigations, and pursuant to any required legal process, information from these sources may be used to help identify a person.