March 12, 2020

Privacy Policy

Please read this privacy notice carefully. We recognize the importance of protecting your personal information and are committed to processing it responsibly and in compliance with applicable data protection laws in all jurisdictions in which we operate.


This website (our “site”) is operated by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (“MLSC”), also referred to in this notice as “the Center”, “we”, “us” and “our”). MLSC is a body politic and corporate constituting a public instrumentality of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, created by and exercises its powers and responsibilities in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 23I of the General Laws. The offices of are located at: 1075 Main Street, Suite 100, Waltham, MA 02451. You can contact us about any queries you have regarding this privacy notice at our postal addresses above, or at

The MLSC is committed to respecting and protecting your privacy. This privacy notice (together with any other documents referred to in it) sets out how we look after your personal data when you visit our website at, and tells you about your privacy rights and how certain laws may apply to you. Our data and personal information collection practices are not intended to collect data of children under the age of 18. If you have any queries about this policy or how we use your personal information, please contact us at

To protect your privacy and help you to make informed choices, we provide this notice explaining our information practices, how you can choose how we use your data, and your rights in relation to your data. In brief, we will only use your information: (1) to optimize our website performance; (2) where you have contacted us online or offline, whether by email or other sources; or (3) where you have consented to us doing so.


We collect different information depending on how you use the site and how you interact with us. ‘Personal Data’ means any data which can be associated with you as an individual, either directly or indirectly. The personal data we collect may include identity information, such as your name, organization name and position; contact data, such as your address and email and telephone details, technical data, such as your internet protocol (IP) address, browser type and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform and other technology on the devices you use to access the site, and/or usage data, which includes information about how you use the site, and any communications we may receive from you.  We may also collect marketing and communications data, including your preferences in receiving marketing and other communications from us.

When entering our websites, or contacting us online and/or through email, we will record information necessary to provide you with access, for the operation of the website and for us to comply with security and legal requirements in relation to operating our site, such as passwords, IP address and browser settings. We also collect information about your activities during your visit in order to personalize your website experience, such as recording your preferences and settings, and to collect statistics to help us improve and further develop our websites and services.

Our site is not intended for storing or transmitting ‘special categories’ of personal data, such as details about your race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, political opinions, trade union membership, health information, or criminal convictions and offenses. Different personal data is collected in different ways.

  • Personal data you provide to us: When you request information and/or materials from us, you will provide us with your identity, contact information, IP address, and your marketing and communications preferences. This data is collected via direct solicitation as well as by the use of email tracking codes embedded in our marketing emails. You will also provide us with personal data when you correspond with us.
  • Personal data we collect automatically: As you use the site, we will collect certain technical data including your browser type, the Internet Protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the internet, and your usage habits, patterns and preferences. We collect this data using cookies, beacons and similar technologies. We use Google Analytics to help us analyze user habits while visiting our site. The data gathered from cookies may be transmitted to Google servers in the United States. We employ IP address anonymization to ensure that there is no direct reporting of individual user IPs as part of this process. The information will be used by Google only for the purpose of evaluating website use, creating website activity reports, and other services relating to website activity and internet usage on behalf of the Center. The IP address that your browser conveys within the scope of Google Analytics, will not be associated with any other data held by Google. You can remove cookies from your computer through the settings on your browser, but be aware that this may impact your ability to make use of some features on this and other web sites. Management of cookie settings varies from one browser to another. The “Help” menu of your web browser will provide full instructions. For your convenience, you can follow these links for details on how to manage cookies in each of the major web browsers:


We will only use your information where:

  • You have given us permission to do so If you request information from us whether by signing up for a mailing list, request information on events, or otherwise request general information from us, we will send you updates and marketing information that you have consented to receive. Likewise, we may need your contact, identity, technical and/or usage information to respond to a question you have asked us, or to register you for an event that you have requested to attend. If you apply for a position with us, we treat any information you send to us as strictly private and confidential and will only use it in relation to the application you have submitted.
  • We have a legitimate interest (reasonable business purpose) for doing so, where our doing so will not unduly affect your rights.

We will use your identity, contact and usage information to keep our records up to date.

We will use your technical information to provide and make improvements to the site, system maintenance, support, reporting and hosting of data, and troubleshooting, ensure that the site is secure, analyze how users interact with the site and address any issues you may experience with the site.

We may also use any or all of the information above to administer and manage our business in general. If you feel that your interests and fundamental rights outweigh our business purposes, and that we should therefore stop processing your data, please let us know. We need to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation in certain circumstances, and therefore may need to retain or use your data to comply with these regulations and/or the law.


We may share your information with our trusted third party service providers (including information technology providers such as website and mailing list hosts). When we share your information with our service providers, we will ensure that your data is kept secure and used only in accordance with this notice.

On rare occasions, we may share personal data when we believe it is necessary to comply with the law, regulation or legal request (including a court order or government inquiry) and/or to enforce or apply our terms of use or other agreements.


We register individuals visiting our sites and locations (name, identification and business contact information) and use camera supervision for reasons of security and safety of persons and belongings.


The safety of your personal data is important to us, and we use various measures to ensure that your data is secure. Our Site uses encryption, data security, and intrusion prevention technologies to protect and secure all personal information in our possession. Our data environment is monitored malicious and/or unusual activity. However, the transmission of information via the Internet is not completely secure. Although we take appropriate measures to safeguard against unauthorized disclosures of information, we cannot guarantee the security of your data.


We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements. We consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorized use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements when determining the appropriate retention period for personal data.


This site may contain links to other sites whose information practices may be different than ours. Please consult all third party sites’ privacy notices and refer to our Terms and Conditions for additional information regarding third-party links.


We respect your rights concerning the processing of personal information.  Depending on how and where you interact with us, you may have a right to one or more of the following with respect to your personal information we process or control (1) request access to, or copies of, your personal information, together with details about how we process it; (2) request rectification of any inaccuracies; (3) request erasure or restriction of Processing; (4) object to processing by us or on our behalf; (5) have personal information transferred to another party; (6) withdraw consent to processing; and/or (7) submit complaints with a data protection authority regarding any processing by us or on our behalf.

To exercise one or more of these rights or to ask a question about them, please contact us at To protect your privacy and security, we will take reasonable steps to help verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.


We may change this policy without prior notice.  Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for additional information.

This privacy statement was last updated on April 9, 2021.