Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

This privacy notice is for registered members of the Biomass Biorefinery Network (BBNet), which has been set up by the University of York and the BBRSC (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council). It sets out the ways in which your data is gathered, used, stored and shared. It also sets out how long we retain your data and what rights you have in relation to your data under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

What is BBNet?

BBNet is a Network in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy funded by a research grant awarded to Professor Simon McQueen-Mason of the University of York by the BBSRC (grant code BB/S009779/1).

Where do we get your data from?

When you register as a member of BBNet, the University of York will ask you to provide certain personal data.

What data do we ask for?

The personal data we will ask you to provide is: full name, email address, the organisation you work for and your position within that organisation, your regional location, your gender (optional), your area of expertise and your expected contribution to the Network.

We will also maintain records of any Network activities you choose to take part in and any Network funding you are allocated. If you register to attend a Network event, we may ask for a contact telephone number and will give you the option of providing us with information relating to any dietary and accessibility requirements you may have.

What is our legal basis for processing your data?

The University of York and theBBSRC (which is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), an independent organisation which brings together the UK’s seven research councils including BBSRC), will jointly act as Controllers of the personal data you provide.

We will process the data you provide to fulfil our contract with you, to provide you with access to the benefits of membership of the BBNet Network. We will also process your data where it is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest, for example to reinforce open scientific enquiry and stimulate new investigations and analyses, and to fulfil the terms of grant code BB/S009779/1.

How do we use your data?

Your data will be processed for the following purposes:

  1. To create a database of registered members which is stored on the Network website’s secure UK-based web server in a manner which makes it accessible to other Network members, some of whom may live outside of the European Economic Area (EEA), but not to non-members. You will be able to search other members’ profiles, based on the registration form, with a view to exchanging research ideas and establishing research consortia.
  2. To allow the BBNet Network Manager to keep you up to date by email with relevant Network activities and funding opportunities and maintain a record of your involvement with BBNet. This will include regular newsletters sent by email every 4-6 weeks to all registered members and occasional emails containing details of Network activities and opportunities where this is considered relevant to your interests.
  3. To provide BBSRC with a record of registered BBNet members, as a required output of grant BB/S009779/1. BBSRC may use the information provided on the BBSRC NIBB Extranet for research related activities, including but not limited to, statistical analysis in relation to evaluation of the BBSRC NIBB, study of trends and policy and strategy studies. Retained statistical data will be anonymised. The BBSRC will have access to all your registration details except your email address and contact telephone number, and will not contact you directly.

Who do we share your data with?

Your personal data is provided via and stored on the BBNet website which was developed by Catlegate IT Ltd, and is supported, maintained and hosted by Castlegate IT Ltd. Castlegate IT Ltd acts as a Data Processor on behalf of the University of York in accordance with an Agreement which complies with the GDPR. The personal data you provide to the University of York when you register as a member of BBNet (with the exception of your email address) will be subsequently uploaded to an area of the secure BBSRC NIBB extranet which is only accessible by authorised representatives of the BBNet Network and BBSRC. Your registration details, apart from gender, will be available in the members only area of the BBNet website. This area is accessible only to members via a user name and password.

How do we keep your data secure?

The University of York takes information security extremely seriously and has implemented appropriate technical and organisational measures to protect personal data and special category data. For further information see, For information on how BBSRC keep data secure, please see

How do we transfer your data safely internationally?

In certain circumstances, it is necessary to transfer your Personal Data (including Special Category Data) outside the European Economic Area. In respect of such transfers, the University will comply with our obligations under Data Protection Law and ensure an adequate level of protection for all transferred data.

How long will we keep your data?

The University will retain your data in line with legal requirements or where there is a business need. Your data will be processed only during the period of time that the grant is active. After the end of the grant, records required for audit purposes will be retained by the University of York for a period of 10 years in accordance with the BBSRC Statement on Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice and any records of personal data which are no longer required will be deleted within six months.

What rights do you have in relation to your data?

Under GDPR, you have a right of access to your data, a right to rectification, erasure (in certain circumstances), restriction, objection or portability (in certain circumstances). See for further information.

You can make changes to the personal data in your membership profile at any time by logging in to your account on our website. If at any point you believe the personal data we process is incorrect you can request to see this information and have it corrected or deleted. You can terminate your membership of the BBNet Network at any time by sending an email to the Network Manager.

Questions or concerns

If you have any questions about this privacy notice or concerns about how your data is being processed, please contact the BBNet Network Manager by email in the first instance. You can also contact the University’s Data Protection Officer at

Right to complain

If you are unhappy with the way in which the University of York has handled your personal data, you have a right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office. For information on reporting a concern to the Information Commissioner’s Office, see

Cookie Policy

Biomass Biorefinery Network (“we” or “us” or “our”) may use cookies, web beacons, tracking pixels, and other tracking technologies when you visit our website, including any other media form, media channel, mobile website, or mobile application related or connected thereto (collectively, the “Site”) to help customise the Site and improve your experience.

We reserve the right to make changes to this Cookie Policy at any time and for any reason. We will alert you about any changes by updating the “Last Updated” date of this Cookie Policy. Any changes or modifications will be effective immediately upon posting the updated Cookie Policy on the Site, and you waive the right to receive specific notice of each such change or modification.

You are encouraged to periodically review this Cookie Policy to stay informed of updates. You will be deemed to have been made aware of, will be subject to, and will be deemed to have accepted the changes in any revised Cookie Policy by your continued use of the Site after the date such revised Cookie Policy is posted.

Cookies are text files placed on your device to collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information. This information is used to track visitor use of the website and to compile statistical reports on website activity. Learn more at or

You can set your browser not to accept cookies and the above websites tell you how to remove cookies from your browser. However, in a few cases some of our website features may not function as a result.

Use of cookies

A “cookie” is a string of information which assigns you a unique identifier that we store on your computer. Your browser then provides that unique identifier to use each time you submit a query to the Site. We use cookies on the Site to, among other things, keep track of services you have used, record registration information, record your user preferences, keep you logged into the Site, facilitate purchase procedures, and track the pages you visit. Cookies help us understand how the Site is being used and improve your user experience.

Types of cookies

The following types of cookies may be used when you visit the Site:

Advertising Cookies

Advertising cookies are placed on your computer by advertisers and ad servers in order to display advertisements that are most likely to be of interest to you. These cookies allow advertisers and ad servers to gather information about your visits to the Site and other websites, alternate the ads sent to a specific computer, and track how often an ad has been viewed and by whom. These cookies are linked to a computer and do not gather any personal information about you.

Analytics Cookies

Analytics cookies monitor how users reached the Site, and how they interact with and move around once on the Site. These cookies let us know what features on the Site are working the best and what features on the Site can be improved.

Our Cookies

Our cookies are “first-party cookies”, and can be either permanent or temporary. These are necessary cookies, without which the Site won’t work properly or be able to provide certain features and functionalities. Some of these may be manually disabled in your browser, but may affect the functionality of the Site.

Personalisation Cookies

Personalisation cookies are used to recognise repeat visitors to the Site. We use these cookies to record your browsing history, the pages you have visited, and your settings and preferences each time you visit the Site.

Security Cookies

Security cookies help identify and prevent security risks. We use these cookies to authenticate users and protect user data from unauthorised parties.

Site Management Cookies

Site management cookies are used to maintain your identity or session on the Site so that you are not logged off unexpectedly, and any information you enter is retained from page to page.

Third-Party Cookies

Third-party cookies may be place on your computer when you visit the Site by companies that run certain services we offer. These cookies allow the third parties to gather and track certain information about you.

Control of Cookies

Most browsers are set to accept cookies by default. However, you can remove or reject cookies in your browser’s settings. Please be aware that such action could affect the availability and functionality of the Site.

For more information on how to control cookies, check your browser or device’s settings for how you can control or reject cookies, or visit the following links:

In addition, you may opt-out of some third-party cookies through the Your Online Choices Opt-Out Tool.

Other tracking technologies

In addition to cookies, we may use web beacons, pixel tags, and other tracking technologies on the Site to help customize the Site and improve your experience. A “web beacon” or “pixel tag” is tiny object or image embedded in a web page or email.

They are used to track the number of users who have visited particular pages and viewed emails, and acquire other statistical data. They collect only a limited set of data, such as a cookie number, time and date of page or email view, and a description of the page or email on which they reside. Web beacons and pixel tags cannot be declined. However, you can limit their use by controlling the cookies that interact with them.

Privacy Policy

For more information about how we use information collected by cookies and other tracking technologies, please refer to our Privacy Policy posted on the Site. This Cookie Policy is part of and is incorporated into our Privacy Policy. By using the Site, you agree to be bound by this Cookie Policy and our Privacy Policy.


If you have questions or comments about this Cookie Policy, please contact us:

By email:
Write to us at: BBNet NIBB Network Manager, CNAP, Department of Biology, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD.

Last updated: 27/01/2020

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