EBI Privacy Policy


Welcome to The Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI) Web site.

The EBI (http://www.energybiosciencesinstitute.org) Web site is owned and hosted by Energy Biosciences Institute, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720.

Use of the EBI Web site is subject to all applicable state and federal laws, as well as general EBI policies. It is EBI’s usual practice not to share any personal information with those outside the EBI.

As part of its commitment to maintain the privacy of users of this Web site, EBI has developed this privacy notice to inform you of our Privacy Policy and practices and of the choices you can make about the way your information is collected online and how that information is used. We collect no personal information about you when you visit our Web site unless otherwise stated or unless you choose to provide this information to us. However, we collect and store certain information automatically:

Server Log Information

EBI Web servers generate logs that may contain information about computers or devices used to access the EBI Web site, or about general activity on the EBI Web site, such as the following:

* Internet address of computer or device

* Type of browser or other client application used

* The operating system of the computer or device

* Web pages requested

* Referring Web pages

* Time spent on the site

This information is not shared with anyone beyond the Web site support staff, except when required by law enforcement investigation, and is used only as a source of anonymous statistical information. We use the summary statistics to help us make our site more useful to visitors, such as assessing what information is of most and least interest to visitors, and for other purposes such as determining the site’s technical design specifications and identifying system performance or problem areas.

We log visitor’s domain and IP address automatically; this information does not identify you as an individual, but only the computer that is being used to view the site. This data is used to see where the site is being used in the world to ensure coverage, and for click stream analysis to help better understand site usage, so that we can improve our service to you. We do not link information automatically logged by such means with personal data about specific individuals.

Data collection and use

When you request information through this site, we may need to know some personal information about you. When emailing us, or subscribing for free news or information we need your e-mail address, name and other limited personal identifiers, typically name and contact number. Your personal data will be processed to provide information, and services you request in the form that you require.

We also reserve the right to disclose your personally identifiable information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on our Web site.

Except as set out above, we will not pass your details to anyone else outside the EBI organization without your permission.

If we look to use your personal data for a new purpose, beyond what it was originally provided for, we will ask for your consent. You can choose to provide this consent in advance by indicating in the ‘opt-in’ box at the point that personal data is collected.

Data retention

Data will be held for the lifetime your subscription is active for the purposes of contacting you effectively after which time it is depersonalized and non-identifiable. We do not collect any additional information about you other than that outlined above.

Unsubscribe and Opt-Out

You may unsubscribe or opt-out of services at any time, details of how to opt-out are outlined on the Web site and generally, it is a simple process.


We have implemented security policies, rules and technical measures to protect the personal data that we have under our control that complies fully with data privacy & protection legislation appropriate to the jurisdiction applicable to the site. The security measures are designed to prevent unauthorized access, improper use or disclosure, unauthorized modification & unlawful destruction or accidental loss.

At present we do not give visitors to our Web site the option of using a secure transmission method to send us their personal data

Rules for Individuals under Thirteen Years of Age

EBI is committed to complying fully with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. Accordingly, if a user of the EBI Web site is under the age of thirteen, such user is not authorized to provide EBI with personally identifying information, and the EBI will not use any such information in its database or other data collection activities. The EBI appreciates cooperation with this federally mandated requirement. Users under the age of thirteen and their parents or guardians are cautioned that the collection of personal information volunteered by unauthorized children online or by e-mail will be treated the same as information given by an adult until EBI becomes aware that the user is under the age of thirteen and such information may be subject to public access.

Changes to this policy

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes to this privacy statement, the homepage, and other places we deem appropriate so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it frequently. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by email, or by means of a notice on our homepage.


The EBI Web site may provide links to third-party Web sites for your convenience and information. If you access those links, you will leave the EBI Web site. EBI does not control those sites or their privacy practices, which may differ from EBI’s. We do not endorse or make any representations about third-party Web sites. The EBI Privacy Statement does not cover the personal data you choose to give to unrelated third parties. We encourage you to review the privacy policy of any company before submitting your personal information. Some third-party companies may choose to share their personal data with EBI; that sharing is governed by that third-party company’s privacy policy.


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