Privacy policy


About this policy

This policy explains what types of personal information will be gathered when you visit the MalariaGEN website (, and how this information will be used.

This site is operated by The Wellcome Sanger Institute, acting as the Malaria Genomic Epidemiology Network (“MalariaGEN”). The Wellcome Sanger Institute has charitable status in the United Kingdom is based at the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Saffron Walden CB10 1RQ.

MalariaGEN is a project that is based within the Wellcome Sanger Institute, but which relies upon the support and contributions from a large number of research institutions throughout the world.

If you follow a link to any other website, please check their policies before you submit any personal information to those websites.

Information collected

On some parts of the website, you may be asked to provide some limited personal information in order to enable the provision of certain services (e.g. to create a user account, view and download managed access resources). MalariaGEN may store this information manually or electronically. By supplying this information you are consenting to MalariaGEN holding and using it for the purposes for which it was provided. Information provided will be kept for as long as is necessary to fulfil that purpose.

We may also collect information about your computer, including where available your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration and to report aggregate information to our webmasters. This is statistical data about our users' browsing actions and patterns which does not identify any individual and allows us to ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer or mobile device.

How the information collected is used

Personal information provided to MalariaGEN by you will only be used for the purposes stated when the information is requested. Personal information will not be sold to third parties, or provided to direct marketing companies or other such organisations without your permission. Personal information collected and/or processed by MalariaGEN is held in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Demographical and statistical information about user behaviour may be collected and used to analyse the popularity and effectiveness of the MalariaGEN website. Any disclosure of this information will be in aggregate form and will not identify individual users.

How we store information collected

Information which you provide to us will ordinarily be stored on our secure servers. However, we do work with third party contractors, some of whom host and operate certain features of the website. Accordingly, information we collect from you may be collected in or transferred to a destination outside the European Economic Area ("EEA"). That information may be processed by staff operating outside the EEA who work for us or for one of our contractors. By submitting personal information, you agree to this transfer, storing and processing. We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

We use an email service provider, Mailchimp, to send our email updates and data release notifications. We use Mailchimp as our data processor for our mailing list service. In line with standard Wellcome Sanger Institute practice for third party data processors we have undertaken an assessment to ensure that Mailchimp complies with our standards for technical and information security as well as data protection. All Wellcome Sanger Institute users of the system are also required to take an annual data protection/information security training course. For more information on Mailchimp, please see Mailchimp's privacy notice.

We may disclose your personal information to third parties if we are under a duty to disclose or share such information in order to comply with any legal obligation or to protect the rights, property or safety of the Wellcome Sanger Institute, its members or others.

How we use cookies

Most of our web pages use cookies. A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we place on your computer or mobile device. These cookies allow us to distinguish you from other users of our website, which helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allow us to improve our website. You have the ability to prevent your computer from accepting cookies but, if you do, it is likely to impact the functionality and/or performance of our website, or prevent you from using certain services provided through it.

For more detailed information on the cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them, and how to manage cookies within your browser, please see our Cookie statement.

Access to information

The Data Protection Act 1998 gives you the right to access information held about you. For further information about this right and how to exercise it, please see the Wellcome Sanger Institute's Privacy Policy.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

Any changes to our Privacy Policy will be posted on this page and will supersede earlier versions this policy. Where appropriate we will notify you of changes by email.


Any queries or concerns about privacy on this website should be sent to support [at]