Terms of Use & Confidentiality Policy

This Online Privacy Policy is designed to inform you about the use of information that you provide to BGI (“BGI,” “we,” or “us”) through BGI’s website relating to its products and/or services located at www.bgi.com (“Site”).

 

This Online Privacy Policy should be read carefully prior to using the Site, and may be printed or downloaded at any time. By using the Site, you consent to the terms of this Online Privacy Policy.

 

Collection and Use of Information

We only collect personally identifiable information from you when you voluntarily choose to provide us with such information, such as when you register for newsletters, place orders, request information from BGI, or if you are a healthcare service provider, if you register for access to the Site’s login section. Such personal information may include information that can be used to identify and/or contact a natural person such as name, postal address, telephone number, email address, fax number, organization, job description, scope of business operations, among others (collectively “Personally Identifiable Information”). By submitting Personally Identifiable Information to BGI, you agree that we may contact you by phone, post, e-mail or fax to keep you updated about any subscription you may have, possible changes to your account, as well as about any information which may be relevant for you as a registered user. We maintain such Personally Identifiable Information for internal purposes only, as well as to ensure that you receive any information that you may request from BGI, and to provide you with information on our products and services. We will not sell, exchange, transfer or otherwise give your Personally Identifiable Information to any third party without your consent, subject to the exceptions elaborated below in the section of this Online Privacy Policy entitled “Disclosure of Personal Information”.

 

Cookies and Use of Google Analytics

A ‘cookie’ is a small text based file given to you by a visited website that helps identify you to that site. Cookies are used to maintain state information as you navigate different pages on a website or return to the website at a later time. The Site does not use any specific ‘cookie’ programmed by BGI or bought from a third party by BGI to track individual users. However, BGI does use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics does make use of cookies in order to facilitate analysis of how users use the Site and to track Site traffic. This data does not identify individual users and BGI is not able to use this data to individually identify any user of the site. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. However, please note that should you refuse the use of cookies, you may not be able to use certain features otherwise available on the Site.

 

Security

We use a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your Personally Identifiable Information when you place an order, register, login, submit, or access your Personally Identifiable Information. We take great care to ensure that your Personally Identifiable Information is stored securely on our servers, and we follow the standards generally accepted in the industry to protect Personally Identifiable Information submitted to us.
It is important to note, however, that no method of transmission or storage via the Internet is 100% secure, and thus we cannot absolutely guarantee the security of your Personally Identifiable Information submitted via the Site.

 

Disclosure of Personal Information

As a general matter, we do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to third parties your Personally Identifiable Information.
However, this policy of maintaining confidentiality Personally Identifiable Information does not apply to trusted third parties so designated by BGI, who assist us in operating the Site, conducting our business, or servicing you (“Trusted Third Parties”). Rather, we may transmit your Personally Identifiable Information to Trusted Third Parties. We will only transmit your Personally Identifiable Information to Trusted Third Parties following their agreement and commitment to keep all Personally Identifiable Information confidential.
We may also release your Personally Identifiable Information when we believe such release is necessary comply with applicable law, enforce the Site’s policies, or protect BGI’s legal rights, property, or safety, or those of third parties.

 

Opting Out

We provide you with the opportunity to “opt-out” of having your Personally Identifiable Information used for certain purposes.
These “opt-out” opportunities include, by way of example only, if you no longer wish to receive BGI newsletters, you may opt-out of receiving them by following the instructions included in each communication, or by contacting us in the manner as described in the section of this Online Privacy Policy entitled “Contact Information”.

 

Changes to our Online Privacy Policy

We may amend this Online Privacy Policy from time to time as we add new features and services to the Site, as laws change, and as privacy and security practices evolve.
Should we change our Online Privacy Policy, we will notify you of any material changes by posting them to the Site, and to other places that we deem appropriate for informing you thereof.

 

Applicable Law

By visiting this Site, you agree that the laws of the People’s Republic of China, without regard to principles of conflict of laws, will govern this Online Privacy Policy.

 

BGI Contact Information

If you have questions or concerns regarding this Online Privacy Policy, if you want to change or delete any Personally Identifiable Information about you that we may have collected, or if you have any other questions regarding BGI please contact us by e-mail at info@bgi.com.

These Terms of Use describe rules for visitors to www.bgi.com (“Site”), owned and operated by BGI (“BGI,” “we,” or “us”).
These Terms of Use should be read carefully prior to using the Site.

 

Information Contained on the Site

General informational and educational nature of information on the Site The information, and materials on the Site relate to products, and services offered by BGI (“Services”). It is intended for informational, educational and marketing purposes only. It does not constitute medical advice, nor is it a substitute for medical advice from a qualified healthcare provider. BGI does not practice medicine or provide medical services or advice. Prior to undergoing any testing or treatment, patients should consult with a qualified health care professional regarding any risks, diagnoses, treatment, and/or any other potentially relevant healthcare issues.

 

Furthermore, healthcare information is constantly developing, and recommended standards and practices may change quickly.Please note that BGI does not administer genetic testing directly. Rather, tests are administered by BGI’s local partners throughout the world. Patients should consult with qualified healthcare professionals, and/or BGI’s local partner regarding whether any genetic test is right for them, and whether there is additional information available regarding testing. Furthermore, the Site may contain information about products or Services that are not available or authorized in your country.

 

The Terms of Use Generally

These Terms of Use for this site were last updated on 26/06/2015. We may revise and update these Terms of Use from time to time, at our discretion, by posting the amended Terms of Use on the Site. Please review the Terms of Use each time you visit the Site. You are solely responsible for ensuring your review of the most up to date version of the Terms of Use. By using the Site, you accept and agree to the conditions contained in the most recent version of the Terms of Use, and the Privacy Policy.

 

Your Use of the Site

The materials on the Site belong to or, are licensed to BGI. The materials are protected by copyright. You may e-mail, download, or print copies of the materials on the Site, for your personal, non-commercial use only. However, when you e-mail, download, or print a copy of the materials on the Site for your personal use, you must also include all copyright and other notices that are in the materials, including the copyright notice on the bottom of the page. We own the names we use for our products and Services on the Site, and these names are protected by trademark laws. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners. There may be special rules for the use of materials provided on certain parts of the Site, which will be posted near the relevant materials.

 

Use of the materials or trademarks on the Site in a way that is not permitted by these Terms of Use, constitutes a violation of your agreement with us and may also be a violation of copyright, trademark, and other laws. In such cases, we automatically revoke your permission to use the Site. Title to the materials remains with us or with the authors of the materials contained on the Site. We reserve all rights not expressly granted to you.

 

License to use the Site

BGI hereby grants you a non-exclusive, limited, and revocable license to link to the Site. BGI reserves the right to revoke this license generally, or otherwise restrict your right to use specific links at any time. If BGI revokes this license, you agree to immediately remove and disable any and all of your links to the Site.

 

You agree not to present the link to the Site in such a way that it is associated with advertising or appears to be an endorsement of any organization, product, or service. You agree that the link will not appear on a web site that a reasonable person may consider obscene, defamatory, harassing, grossly offensive, or malicious. Under no circumstances may you “frame” the Site or any of its content or copy portions of the Site to a server. You agree not to display or use the BGI logo or trademarks in any manner without our prior written consent.

 

Third Party Websites

The Site may contain links to third party web sites not operated by BGI. We provide these links for your convenience, but we do not review, control, or monitor the materials or any other web sites. These third party web sites may contain information about uses of BGI products that have not been approved in your country. We do not control or endorse this type of information. We are not responsible for the performance of these third party web sites or for your business dealings with them. Your use of third party web sites is subject to the terms of use of those webs sites, including the privacy policies of those web sites.

 

Warranty Disclaimer

To the maximum extent permitted by law, BGI provides the site, including all information contained therein, and any services “as is,” without any warranty or condition, express, implied, or statutory. BGI specifically disclaims any implied warranties of title, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement.

 

To the maximum extent permitted by law, BGI is not responsible for the accuracy of any information contained on the site, or in connection with any services provided. You are solely responsible to ensuring that you obtain competent medical advice prior to obtaining any service, and may not rely on any statement on the site, or otherwise made by BGI in connection with any service.

 

BGI makes no representations or warranties that use of the site will be uninterrupted or error-free. Furthermore, to the maximum extent permitted by law, you are responsible for taking all precautions necessary to ensure that any content you may obtain from our site is free of viruses and any other potentially destructive computer code. The foregoing representations and warranties are in lieu of all other representations and warranties not expressly set forth herein.

 

Limitation of Liability

To the maximum extent permitted by law, you agree that neither BGI nor any person or company associated with BGI shall be liable for any damage resulting from your use or inability to use the site, the materials on the site, or any information contained on the site. This protection covers claims based on warranty, contract, tort, strict liability, and any other legal theory. This protection covers BGI, its officers, directors, employees, agents, and suppliers whether or not mentioned on our site. This protection covers all losses including, without limitation, direct or indirect, special, incidental, consequential, exemplary, and punitive damages, personal injury/wrongful death, lost profits, or damages resulting from lost data or business interruption.

 

Additional Terms

Terms additional to these Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy on the Site may apply when you access particular services or materials on certain areas on the Site, such as when you register to receive materials. Please read our Privacy Policy to learn how we protect and use information that we gather through the Site.

 

If any provision of these Terms of Use is found to be invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these Terms of Use, which shall remain in full force and effect. No waiver of any of these Terms of Use shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or condition or any other term or condition.

 

If you violate these Terms of Use or the Privacy Policy in a way that causes harm to others, you agree to indemnify, defend, and hold BGI harmless against any liability for that harm. You and BGI are independent contractors, and no agency, partnership, joint venture, employee-employer or franchiser-franchisee relationship is intended or created by these Terms of Use.

 

These Terms of Use shall be governed in all respects by the laws of the People’s Republic of China. We do not guarantee continuous, uninterrupted or secure access to the Site, and operation of the Site may be interfered with by numerous factors outside of our control.

 

These Terms of Use and all incorporated agreements may be automatically assigned by BGI, in our sole discretion, to a third party in the event of a merger or acquisition. Our failure to act with respect to a breach by you or others does not waive our right to act with respect to subsequent or similar breaches.