Privacy and Cookie Policy

What Are Cookies?

Cookies are small text files placed on your computer, phone, or other device when you visit websites and are used to record information about your activity, including the pages you view, the content you listen to, ads you click on, your settings, and other actions you take on the Service.

Cookies can be “persistent” or “session” cookies. Persistent cookies stay on your device for a set period of time or until you delete them, while session cookies are deleted once you close your web browser.

Use of Cookies

Like most organisations, when you visit or interact with the Service, we and our service providers may use cookies and other tracking technologies for storing information, to help provide, protect and improve the Service. For example, to record user traffic, to assist in the authentication of registered uses, to save your preferences, personalize content, combat fraud and abuse, and streamline the functioning of and your access to the Service.

We allow certain service providers to place cookies and similar technologies on the Service for the same purposes listed above, including collecting information about your online activities over time and across different websites and devices in order to provide you with more relevant advertising.

For instance, to help us better understand how people engage with the Service, we work with third party analytics partners, including Google Analytics. To opt out of Google Analytics, you may install the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser here.

Other Information we collect, store and record

  • User-input data: these we use to record search sessions and other visits, as well as for supporting readings functionality (including reading levels, tags, and notes). This is information we store in our own servers for the duration of the provision of the service to a registered user.
  • Scholar ORCiD data: we store ORCiD data (such name and ORCiD ID) in our own servers as long as a user's BIP! Scholar profile is linked with their ORCiD account. Furthermore, we collect, process on-the-fly, and display privately in our UI the user’s public information in their ORCiD account to support the functionality of BIP! Scholar (albeit without storing anything). Moreover, we publish the same information through our UI and API in case the user has selected to make their BIP! Scholar profile public.

Data Storage and Retention

All data collected through our services, either through cookies or through forms and user input, are stored on our servers for the duration of the service provision.

User Rights

Users whose data we process in order to provide the necessary services have the following rights:

  1. The right to be informed regarding the objectives of processing, their lawful basis, the data retention period and who the data will be shared with. This information is included in this policy, however, the user may request additional information.
  2. The right of access to the data we collect, process and retain
  3. The right to rectification to correct any inaccurate personal data we may hold
  4. The right to erasure to erase data after the data subject has stopped received our services.
  5. The right to restrict processing in case this is beyond the scope of the processing objective or its lawful basis.
  6. The right to object in case there is a basis for such a request.

The user may exercise her rights by emailing us at

ARC reserves the right to charge for the transaction costs of responding to the user’s requests.

Privacy and Personal Data Settings

Athena Research Centre ( is the Data controller for processing the data collected by you when you sign up and when you use our services, i.e username, email, reading levels, tags, notes. IP addresses are also collected but only the first digits are stored for statistical purposes. Your personal data are processed for using BIP Finder service (sign in, use your readings, reset your password) and we may use your email for contacting you and providing you with useful information about the service. Data will be stored as long as the service is in use and they will not be used for other purposes nor given to third parties. Athena RC uses data security technologies to prevent any unauthorised access to data and guarantee data confidentiality. You have always the right to access, modify, erase and ask not to be the object of a decision based solely on automated processing including profiling. For this and for any further question you may have, please contact