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Privacy Policy

This page outlines the Research Data Alliance Privacy Policy. Effective Date: March 27, 2024

This website collects some Personal Data from its Users

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) ,, (“Site”) abides by the following principles when handling personal information:

This Privacy Notice describes The Research Data Alliance policies with respect to the personal information that it collects through the Site or when it communicates with its users (“you” or “user”), and the choices that are available to its users. “Personal information” means any information that relates to an identified or identifiable individual.

1.    Your consent

Your use of the Site signifies that you agree to all terms of this Privacy Notice. If you communicate with us and provide us with personal information, we will assume that you agree that we can use it to communicate with you. If you disagree with any part of this Privacy Notice, please do not use the Site or communicate with us.

2.    Scope

This Privacy Notice applies solely to personal information that The Research Data Alliance collects through the Site or through electronic communications that you send to The Research Data Alliance as indicated on the Site. It does not apply to the websites of third parties, such as business partners or sponsors, to which the Site may link. The Research Data Alliance does not endorse, and is not responsible for the content of these third party websites or their policies or practices.
If you provide any personal information to or through third party websites, your transaction will be subject to the terms and conditions and the privacy policies of these third party websites.

3.    What information we collect, and how we collect it

The Research Data Alliance is managing different types of data, all complying with the current European legislation on Data Protection. The Research Data Alliance services will be provided via the web portal whose servers are located in Canada, and the present privacy policy is provided pursuant to Article 13 of the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (hereinafter, “GDPR”), to those who interact with the website services, with the purpose of protecting personal data accessible by computer.

Data voluntarily supplied by the User — The web platform is designed to allow users browse through it without providing any contact information. However, certain areas may require, or allow for, the submission of personal information, such as when a user fills out a newsletter form or contacts us. As an example, clients of the The Research Data Alliance services need to register to become part of the Research Data Alliance community and use the Research Data Alliance solutions.

The data collected and further processed are necessary for accessing the Research Data Alliance solutions, as well as for communication and follow-up activities. Appropriate detailed information is provided and, where required, consent for the processing of personal data is obtained before a given service is activated. Said consent may be revoked at any time, whereby the ability to use the service in question is lost.

Children — The Site is not directed to children. The Research Data Alliance does not knowingly collect personal information from children.

Log information — Our server software automatically gathers general information from all users. For example: IP address, computer type, screen resolution, OS version, domain name, location, date and time of the visit, page(s) visited, time spent on a page, website from which the user came, action taken by the user when leaving our Site. Some of this information is provided directly by the user’s browser, the remainder is obtained through cookies and tracking technologies.

Registration information — Webinars and other events may be provided with the assistance of unaffiliated third party vendors, which may require that the vendors have access to personal information such as name, company, and email address. These vendors will provide us with this information, so that we can keep track of who registers to, or attends these events. In this case, the information that you provide as part of this registration will be subject to both our Privacy Notice and the applicable privacy statement posted on the vendor’s website.

4.    How we use this information

The Research Data Alliance uses personal information as follows:

5.    To whom we disclose personal information

The Research Data Alliance Members — We may share personal information with members of the RDA for the purpose of creating a knowledge base and potential customer leads for the exploitation of results and assets.

Law enforcement; compliance — We may use or disclose personal information to any third party (a) if we believe that we are required to do so by law; (b) to comply with legal process or respond to requests from governmental or public authorities; (c) to prevent, investigate, detect, or prosecute criminal offenses or attacks on the technical integrity of our Site or network; (d) to enforce our Terms and Conditions; or (e) to protect the rights, privacy, property, business, or safety of The Research Data Alliance , its business partners, employees, members, Site users, or the public. Unless this is prohibited by applicable law, we will let you know if a third party requests access to personal information about you.

6.    Right to access and rectification

You have the right to have access to the personal information that we hold about you, and to have this information corrected and amended, as defined in the GDPR art. 12, GDPR art. 15, GDPR art. 16. To do so, please contact us as indicated in section 14. How to contact The Research Data Alliance . However, please be aware that in some cases, the administrative and technical burden associated with the retrieval of archived data may be substantial. We would need to be compensated for this effort in a manner that is consistent with our actual cost.

7.    Right to erasure

You have the right to request that we delete Personal Information that we hold about you. The Research Data Alliance website is compliant with the Right to Erasure as defined in the GDPR, art. 17. If you would like us to erase the Personal Information that we hold about you, please contact us by email at

8.    Right to object

You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time to processing of your personal data, as defined in the GDPR, art. 21. Please note that all the data you provide on this website will be used only for the delivery of the Research Data Alliance services as described in section 4. How we use this information. If you would like to apply your right to object, please contact us by email at

9.    Retention of information

We will retain personal information about a user for so long as necessary to fulfil the purposes outlined in this Notice unless a longer retention period is required by law and/or regulations.

10.    Security

The Research Data Alliance seeks to adopt commercially reasonable security measures consistent with industry practice to protect personal information under its control against loss, misuse, and alteration. However, we cannot guarantee the security of our servers, the means by which personal information is transmitted between your computer and our servers, or any personal information that we receive through or in connection with the Site.

We attempt to strike a reasonable balance between security and convenience. Emails are usually sent as unencrypted text. If misrouted or intercepted, an unencrypted email could be read easily. If there is a matter that requires high security or confidentiality, please keep us informed about the sensitivity of the information, and do not send the related information through email.

11.    Jurisdiction

The Research Data Alliance does not represent or warrant that the Site is appropriate or available for use in any particular jurisdiction. Those who choose to access the Site do so on their own initiative and at their own risk, and are responsible for complying with all local laws, rules, and regulations that apply to them.
We may limit access to the Site to any person, geographic area, or jurisdiction that we choose, in our sole discretion.Inquiries and Complaints

If you have any question, comment, or complaints about this Privacy Notice, or the use, management or disclosure of personal information collected on or through our Site, please contact us at

12.    Updates to the Privacy Notice

We update this Privacy Notice from time to time. If the changes are significant, we will post a prominent notice on this Site for a reasonable time to notify you of these changes. Unless, and until, you object in writing, by contacting us at, all changes will apply to the existing information about you that the Research Data Alliance already holds, and the personal information collected from the effective date of the revised Privacy Notice. Your use of our Site following the effective date of any revision will constitute your acceptance of the terms of the updated Privacy Notice.

13.    How to contact The Research Data Alliance

If you have any questions, comments, or complaints, regarding this Privacy Notice, or our privacy, security or data protection practices, please contact us by email at

14.    Site Operator and Data Controller 

This website is operated by Wicket Inc., a company specialized in member-based organizations with its corporate address at: PO Box 70, Carleton Place, Ontario, K7C3P3, Canada, on behalf of the Research Data Alliance Foundation.

The Data Controller of this website and all its content is the Research Data Alliance Foundation with its legal headquarters at the Rutherford Appleton Library, Harwell Oxford, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 0QX – England, Company No: 09021881 & Registered Charity Number: 1162762. RDA Foundation can be contacted via email: enquiries[at]

Effective Date: March 27, 2024

Some of the data gathered from the platform is obtained via the use of third-party services. The data collected and how this is used is listed below:

User contact details
User contact form

Personal Data acquired: name, surname, email, city, and various typologies of data.

Google Analytics

Personal Data gathered: Anonymous IP address. Cookies and usage data.

Tag management
Google Tag Manager

Personal Data acquired: Cookies and data on usage

Contact management and communications
Newsletters, Announcements

Personal Data gathered: email, name and surname

Feed Management

Personal data gathered: Cookies and data on usage

Interaction with social networks
Like button and Facebook social widgets, Tweet button and Twitter and AddThis social media widgets

Personal Data gathered: Cookies and usage data

Visualisation of content from third-party platforms
Widget Google Map

Personal Data gathered: Cookies and usage data

The Data Controller

Research Data Alliance Foundation
Rutherford Appleton Library

Harwell Oxford
Oxfordshire, OX11 0QX – England
Company No: 09021881 & Registered Charity Number: 1162762
Data Controller email: