Privacy Policy

The Incubator Website and its content are the works of individual authors; they do not represent the views and opinions of, and are not approved or endorsed by, The Incubator or The Rockefeller University. For more information, please see the Terms of Use.


General Description

Welcome to The Incubator, a blog run by The Rockefeller University community. The mission of The Incubator through its website (the “The Incubator Website”) is to encourage users to engage in thought and discourse about science. The following terms disclose the information gathering and dissemination practices for The Incubator Website. We reserve the right to modify the information contained herein at anytime without prior notice. If we do make changes to our privacy policy, we will modify this page accordingly. We encourage you to check this page periodically for amendments and to review our most current policy. This site and all information and materials on it are provided to you “as is” without warranty of any kind.

Normal Browsing

As with many websites, we may collect certain information, even when you are not logged in. When you browse, read, or download information from The Incubator Website, data may be collected by The Incubator, including your IP address, time of access, browser type, and web pages visited. We do not collect any other information without your knowledge and permission. We may use cookies to accomplish this collection.

Information You Provide

The Incubator requests personal identifying information when you register for an account (the “Account”). All The Incubator Website users and Accounts are subject to the Terms of Use of The Incubator Website. Information collected as part of the Account creation process may be used to improve usability of the site or to administer the Forum section of The Incubator Website. This information may include, but is not limited to, name, email address, location, title, and affiliation.

Disclosure of Information

Log records, account information, and data stored on our servers may be accessed by our system administrators, employees, consultants and agents. We may share information about you in response to subpoenas, court orders, legal processes, law enforcement investigations, or circumstances under which disclosure, in the sole discretion of The Rockefeller University or The Incubator, is required by law or is appropriate to protect the legal rights, including the intellectual property rights, of The Rockefeller University and The Incubator.


As set forth above under “Normal Browsing,” anonymous users may receive session cookies while visiting The Incubator Website while their browser is open. The Incubator Website users and Account holders are subject to the Terms of Use of The Incubator Website. Account holders receive session cookies when they are signed into The Incubator Website. To facilitate our registration and sign-in functions, we may use cookies to recognize when you return to The Incubator Website. If you do not delete them, these cookies allow us to keep track of your username and password so that you do not have to resubmit the information to sign into your account. If others will be using your computer, you should sign out of your account and delete any cookies so that your sign-in information is cleared. The settings on cookies contained in your browser constitute a grant of permission (or lack thereof) for use to store information on your computer. If you do not wish to grant us this right, consult the documentation provided with your web browser to turn off the appropriate “accept cookies” feature in your browser.

Children’s Privacy

This website’s content is intended for adults and we will not knowingly collect personal information from children under 16 years of age. If you are a parent or legal guardian of a child under age 16 who you believe has submitted personal information to this site, please contact us immediately.

Public Forum

Any information that is posted in a forum or as a comment or otherwise, becomes public and you should therefore exercise caution when deciding to disclose confidential information in such places. For the avoidance of doubt, identification of all contributed content may include, but is not limited to, display of your account name. All content may be retained for restorative, archival, or research purposes by The Incubator. Editing or deleting content may alter the displayed state of the content, but may not permanently delete the content from The Incubator Website.


Please be aware that most information transmitted over the internet is not secure, thus confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. This site has security measures in place to attempt to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. However, we cannot guarantee that these efforts will always be successful, and your confidential use of this site cannot be guaranteed by The Incubator or The Rockefeller University. The Incubator and The Rockefeller University shall not be responsible for any harm that you or any person may suffer as a result of a breach of confidentiality in connection with your use of The Incubator Website, or for any loss or theft of your information.

Other Websites

Material on The Incubator Website may link to independently run websites outside of The Incubator Website domain. The Incubator and The Rockefeller University are not responsible for the privacy policy, security or content of such websites.

Google Analytics

Some sections of this website may use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may transfer this information to third parties if required to do so by law, or when such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.