Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy governs the manner in which Faculty of Biotechnology collects, uses, maintains and discloses data collected, from users (each, a "User") of the website ("Site"). This Privacy Policy applies to the Site and all products and services offered by Faculty of Biotechnology.

Personal Data and other

We may collect personal data from Users in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, when Users visit our Site, register on the Site, subscribe to the newsletter, respond to a survey, fill out a form, and in connection with other activities, services, features or resources we make available on our Site. Users may be asked for, as appropriate, name, email address or other personal data. Users may, however, visit our Site anonymously. We will collect personal data from Users only if they voluntarily submit such data to us or authorise us to collect them. Users can always refuse to supply personal data, but that may prevent them from engaging in certain Site related activities.

Subject to prior consent for that purpose, Users’ personal data may be updated by Faculty of Biotechnology pursuant to the respective Users’ data available in publicly accessible sources. Collection and use of relevant data shall in any event be made in accordance with the particular rules concerning and governing those sources.

We may collect other information about Users, namely non-personal data, whenever Users interact with our Site. Non-personal data may include the browser type, the type of computer, access times, referring website addresses and technical information about Users’ means of connection to our Site, such as the operating system and the Internet service providers utilized and other similar information.

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Our Site uses "cookies" to enhance Users’ experience, as well as to assess the usefulness, interest and number of accesses to the Site, allowing for a more efficient browsing.

Users’ web browsers place cookies on their hard drive for record-keeping purposes and sometimes to track information about them. Cookies are text files that identify Users’ computers in our servers, but not the individual Users’ themselves. Cookies are not used to collect personal data. To know more about Cookies, Users are encouraged to visit the website or similar sources of information.

The Site uses the following Cookies:

Strictly necessary Cookies

Cookie name(s) Description

This cookie is set once the visitor opts in to the cookies through the cookie notification message. This is used to stop this notification displaying every time a visitor re-visits the site. Expires within 1 year.

ctools-collapsible-state This cookie is placed by the content management system to remember whether collapsible items are open or closed. The cookie is deleted when you close your web browser.
Drupal.tableDrag.showWeight, Drupal.visitor.admin_compact_mode, ctools-collapsible-state

These cookies are placed by the content management system to remember display preferences. Expires within 1 year.

has_js Informs the content management system whether you have javascript enabled in your browser settings. It can deliver content in a suitable way depending on your settings. The cookie is deleted when you close your web browser.
PHPSESSID, SESSxxxxxxxx A random unique number or string of letters and numbers. A session cookie is required to follow your progress through the website. It is essential to ensure that any information you enter or routes you take are remembered by the website. Without this cookie, every page you visited would treat you as a completely new visitor. This cookie does not identify you personally and is not linked to any other information we store about you. The cookie is deleted when you close your web browser.

A string of numbers that record the number of submissions made to webforms throughout the website. Each cookie expires 24 hours after the webform submission.

Third party cookies

Cookie name(s) Description

Google Maps


Various unique identifiers, except for PREF that stores your options such as preferred zoom level. Google set a number of cookies on any page that includes a Google Map. While we have no control over the cookies set by Google, they appear to include a mixture of pieces of information to measure the number and behaviour of Google Maps users. Most of the cookies expire 10 years after your last visit to a page containing a Google Map.

View Google's privacy policy.


__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmv, __utmz, last_page, embed_preferences, has_logged_in, stats_start_date, stats_end_date, CAL, GAPS, N_T, S_adsense, adsenseReferralSourceId, adsenseReferralSubId, adsenseReferralUrl, adsenseReferralUrlQuery, APISID, HSID, NID, PREF, SAPISID, SID, SNID, SSID

Various alphanumeric unique identifiers, date of use information, list of viewing settings for the video being viewed, Vimeo and Google Adsense alphanumeric authenticating tokens. Vimeo sets a number of cookies on any page that embeds a Vimeo video. While we have no control over these cookies, they appear to include a mixture of pieces of information to measure the number and behaviour of Vimeo viewers, to hold information about current viewing video settings as well as a personal identification token, if you are logged into Vimeo. Furthermore, a set of cookies regarding Google Adsense advertising campaigns might be set, which contain identifiers that record user browsingbehavior. There are some cookies that expire 10 years after first viewing a Vimeo video while most of them expire between a few days for up to two years after the last viewing of a Vimeo video.

View Vimeo's privacy policy. View Vimeo’s cookie policy.

SID, LOGIN_INFO, use_hotbox, PREF, SSID, HSID, watched_video_id_list, __utma, __utmz, demographics, VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE, YSC

Various unique identifiers, as well as login information that may relate to a Google account. Google set a number of cookies on any page that includes a YouTube video. While we have no control over the cookies set by Google, they appear to include a mixture of pieces of information to measure the number and behaviour of YouTube users, including information that links your visits to our website with your Google account if you are signed in to one. Information about your use of our website, including your IP address, may be transmitted to Google and stored on servers in the United States.This cookie does not identify you personally unless you are logged into Google, in which case it is linked to your Google account. Most of the cookies expire 10 years after your last visit to a page containing a YouTube video, although some expire sooner.

View Google's privacy policy.

All web browsers may be configured to accept, refuse or delete Cookies, as well asto alert Users when cookies are being sent. Please note, however, that if a User does not accept Cookies, some parts of the Site may not function properly.

This site uses web analytics and with purpose in mind it sets the following cookies:

Cookie name(s) Description
pk_ref, _pk_cvar, _pk_id, _pk_ses

PTo track visitors, Matomo by default uses 1st party cookies, set on the domain of the website. Cookies created by Matomo start with: _pk_ref, _pk_cvar, _pk_id, _pk_ses.


Used by Universal Analytics to distinguish users.

gat Used by Universal Analytics to throttle request rate.

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Purposes of data collection

The Faculty of Biotechnology may collect and use Users’ personal data for the following purposes:

  • To improve customer service

Information you provide helps us respond to your customer service requests and support needs more efficiently.

  • To personalize User experience

We may use information in the aggregate to understand how our Users as a group use the services and resources provided on our Site.

  • To improve our Site

We may use feedback you provide to improve our products and services.

  • To run promotions, contests, surveys, activities, services or other Site features

To send Users information they agreed to receive or interact with them, regarding topics we think will be of interest to them.

  • To send periodic emails

We may use the email address to respond to inquiries, questions, and/or other requests. If User decides to opt-in to our mailing list, User will receive emails that may include news, updates, related product or service information, etc. If at any time the User would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, detailed unsubscribe instructions are included at the bottom of each email or any User may contact us via our Site.

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How we protect your data

We adopt appropriate data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures to protect against unauthorised access, involuntary loss, alteration, disclosure or destruction of your personal data, such as username, password, transaction information and data stored in our Site.

Please be advised, however, that while we strive to protect User information and privacy, we cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any information you disclose or transmit to us online and there is a risk that such information may be circulated on the internet without security measures and may be in peril of being seen and used by unauthorised third parties. In this event, Faculty of Biotechnology is not responsible for the theft, destruction, or inadvertent disclosure of your personal data. In the unfortunate event that your "personal data" (as the term or similar terms are defined by any applicable law requiring notice upon a security breach) is compromised, we may notify you by email (at our sole and absolute discretion) to the last email address you have provided us in the most expedient time reasonable under the circumstances; provided, however, delays in notification may occur while we take necessary measures to determine the scope of the breach and restore reasonable integrity to the system.

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Sharing your personal data and other

The Faculty of Biotechnology shall not share, sell, trade, or rent Users personal data to any third parties without your express consent.

Subject to prior consent, Users’ personal data may be shared with other Users of the Site.

Generic aggregated demographic information not linked to any personal data regarding visitors and Users of the Site may be shared with our business partners, advertisers and related entities for the purposes outlined above.

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Accessing and updating personal data, as well as other information

We will provide you with the means to ensure that your personal data is correct and current.

You may, in accordance with applicable data protection legal provisions, request the access, rectification, erasure or blocking of your personal data, as well as oppose to treatment thereof, and Faculty of Biotechnology shall endeavour to do so, without excessive costs and as promptly as practical, unless Faculty of Biotechnology is required to keep such data pursuant to applicable legal provisions.

Please note that a reasonable period of time may be required to amend, delete or remove the mentioned data from the Site and/or our backup systems.

As permitted under applicable legal provisions, Users may, at any time and within reasonable criteria, request additional information concerning data collection, storage and processing practices, as well as regarding the purposes of the data collection.

For the purposes of the preceding, you may contact us at the contacts provided below.

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Third party websites

Users may find advertising or other content on our Site that link to the sites and services of our partners, suppliers, advertisers, sponsors, licensors and other third parties. We do not control the content or links that appear on these sites and are not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from our Site. In addition, these sites or services, including their content and links, may be constantly changing. These sites and services may have their own privacy policies and customer service policies. Browsing and interaction on any other website, including websites which have a link to our Site, is therefore subject to that website's own terms and policies.

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Changes to this Privacy Policy

The Faculty of Biotechnology has the discretion to update this privacy policy at any time. When we do, we will revise the updated date at the bottom of this page. We encourage Users to frequently check this page for any changes to stay informed about how we are helping to protect the personal data we collect. Material or significant changes to the Privacy Policy shall be notified by Faculty of Biotechnology by any means deemed suitable, including by placing a specific notice or warning on the Site.

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Contact and opt-out information

You may contact the Faculty of Biotechnology as provided below if you: (i) have questions or comments about our Privacy Policy; (ii) wish to make corrections to any personally identifiable information you have provided; (iii) want to opt-out from receiving future correspondence, including emails, from us; or (iv) wish to withdraw your consent to sharing your personal data with other Users.

For the purposes of the preceding, please contact us:

By E-mail:
By Mail: Support to the Faculty of Biotechnology of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Rua Diogo de Botelho 1327, 4169-005 Porto, Portugal.
By Phone: (+351) 22 619 62 00

We will respond to your request and, if applicable and appropriate, make the requested change in our active databases as soon as reasonably practicable. Please note that we may not be able to fulfill certain requests while allowing you access to certain benefits and features of the Site.

This document was last updated on July 16, 2020.

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