Privacy notice


This Privacy Notice explains what personal data is collected by the specific service you are requesting, for what purposes, how it is processed, and how we keep it secure.

1. Who controls your personal data and how to contact us?


Rhea is a collaborative effort between the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and the EMBL-EBI that are joint data controllers. The contact details of each institution are:

The SIB data controller’s contact details are:
Alan Bridge, Co-Director SIB Swiss-Prot Group
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SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, CMU, 1 rue Michel Servet, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland.

The SIB Data Protection Officer's contact details are:
Marc Filliettaz
Tel: +41 21 692 40 50
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SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Quartier Sorge - Batiment Genopode, 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland.

The EMBL-EBI data controller's contact details are:
Rolf Apweiler and Ewan Birney, EMBL-EBI Directors
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EMBL-EBI, Wellcome Genome Campus, CB10 1SD Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, UK.

The EMBL Data Protection Officer’s contact details are:
EMBL Data Protection Officer
Tel: +49 6221 387-0
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EMBL Heidelberg, Meyerhofstraße 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany.

2. Which is the lawful basis for processing personal data?


Processing your personal data is necessary for our legitimate interests in providing services to you, to help improve our resources and for the purposes of day-to-day running of the Rhea resource and underlying infrastructure.

3. What personal data is collected from users of the service? How do we use this personal data?


We collect the following personal data from users of the service:
The data controller will use your personal data for the following purposes:

4. Who will have access to your personal data?


Personal data will only be disclosed to authorized staff at the institutions providing the service.

5. Will your personal data be transferred to third countries (i.e. countries not part of EU/EAA) and/or international organisations?


There are no personal data transfers to international organisations.

Rhea uses Google Analytics as a third-party analytics service to collect information about website performance and how users navigate through and use our sites to help us design better interfaces. We do not use Google Analytics to track you individually or collect personal data.

6. How long do we keep your personal data?


Any personal data directly obtained from you will be retained as long as the service is live, even if you stop using the service. We will keep the personal data for the minimum amount of time possible to ensure legal compliance and to facilitate internal and external audits if they arise.

7. The joint Data Controllers provide these rights regarding your personal data


You have the right to:
  1. Not be subject to decisions based solely on an automated processing of data (i.e. without human intervention) without you having your views taken into consideration.
  2. Request at reasonable intervals and without excessive delay or expense, information about the personal data processed about you. Under your request we will inform you in writing about, for example, the origin of the personal data or the preservation period.
  3. Request information to understand data processing activities when the results of these activities are applied to you.
  4. Object at any time to the processing of your personal data unless we can demonstrate that we have legitimate reasons to process your personal data.
  5. Request free of charge and without excessive delay rectification or erasure of your personal data if we have not been processing it respecting the data protection policies of the respective controllers.

Requests and objections can be sent via https://www.rhea-db.org/feedback

It must be clarified that rights 4 and 5 are only available whenever the processing of your personal data is not necessary to: