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Privacy Policy

Effective as of August 28, 2019.                                                                                            

This “Privacy Policy” describes the privacy practices of Vir Biotechnology, Inc. and our subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively, “Vir”, “we”, “us”, or “our”).  This Privacy Policy describes how we collect, use, disclose and otherwise process personal information in connection with the websites on which we post or link to this Privacy Policy (the “Sites”) and when individuals otherwise interact with us, and explains the rights and choices available to individuals with respect to their information.

Individuals who interact with our European subsidiary, Humabs BioMed SA (“Humabs”), should be sure to read the important information provided here.

Personal Information We Collect

Cookies And Similar Technologies

How We Use Your Personal Information

How We Share Your Personal Information

Your Choices

Security

Children

International Data Transfer

Other Sites And Services

Changes To This Privacy Policy

Contact Us

Notice To Individuals Who Interact With Humabs BioMed SA

Personal Information We Collect

Information you provide to us.  Personal information you provide to us through the Sites or otherwise includes:

  • Business and personal contact information, such as your first and last name, email and mailing addresses, phone number, professional title and company name.
  • Feedback or correspondence, such as information you provide when you contact us with questions, feedback, or otherwise correspond with us online.
  • Usage information, such as information about how you use the Sites and interact with us.
  • Marketing information, such as your preferences for receiving communications about our activities and publications, and details about how you engage with our communications
  • Information provided by job applicants, such as professional credentials and skills, educational and work history, and other information of the type that may be included on a resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Other information that we may collect which is not specifically listed here, but which we will use in accordance with this Privacy Policy or as otherwise disclosed at the time of collection.

We may combine other publicly available information, such as information related to the organization for which you work, with the personal information that you provide to us.

Information automatically collected
We may automatically log information about you and your computer or mobile device when you access the Sites. For example, we may log your computer or mobile device operating system name and version, manufacturer and model, browser type, browser language, screen resolution, the website you visited before browsing to our websites, pages you viewed, how long you spent on a page, access times and information about your use of and actions on our websites.  We collect this information about you using cookies. Please refer to the Cookies and Similar Technologies section for more details.

Cookies And Similar Technologies

What are cookies?
We may collect information using “cookies.” Cookies are small data files stored on the hard drive of your computer or mobile device by a website. We may use both session cookies (which expire once you close your web browser) and persistent cookies (which stay on your computer or mobile device until you delete them) to provide you with a more personal and interactive experience on our Sites.

We use two broad categories of cookies: (1) first party cookies, served directly by us to your computer or mobile device, which we use to recognize your computer or mobile device when it revisits our Sites; and (2) third party cookies, which are served by service providers on our Sites, and can be used by such service providers to recognise your computer or mobile device when it visits other websites.

Cookies we use
Our Site uses the following types of cookies for the purposes set out below:

Type of cookie Purpose
Essential Cookies These cookies are necessary to allow the technical operation of our Sites (e.g., they enable you to move around on a website and to use its features).
Analytics and Performance Cookies

These cookies help us understand how our Sites are performing and being used.  These cookies may work with web beacons included in emails we send to track which emails recipients open and which links recipients click.

We use Google Analytics for this purpose. Google Analytics uses its own cookies. You can find out more information about Google Analytics cookies here and about how Google protects your data here.  You can prevent the use of Google Analytics relating to your use of our Site by downloading and installing the browser plugin available here.

Disabling cookies
Most browsers let you remove or reject cookies.  To do this, follow the instructions in your browser settings.  Many browsers accept cookies by default until you change your settings.  Please note that if you set your browser to disable cookies, the Sites may not work properly. 

For more information about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set on your computer or mobile device and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org. If you do not accept our cookies, you may experience some inconvenience in your use of our Sites. For example, we may not be able to recognize your computer or mobile device and you may need to log in every time you visit our Sites.

Other technologies
We may also use web beacons (which are also known as pixel tags and clear GIFs) on our Sites and in our HTML formatted emails to track the actions of users on our Sites and interactions with our emails. Unlike cookies, which are stored on the hard drive of your computer or mobile device by a website, pixel tags are embedded invisibly on webpages or within HTML formatted emails. Pixel tags are used to demonstrate that a webpage was accessed or that certain content was viewed, typically to measure the success of our marketing campaigns or engagement with our emails and to compile statistics about usage of the Sites, so that we can manage our content more effectively.

Do Not Track Signals
Some Internet browsers may be configured to send "Do Not Track" signals to the online services that you visit. We do not currently respond to “Do Not Track” signals. To find out more about "Do Not Track," please visit http://www.allaboutdnt.com.

How We Use Your Personal Information

To operate our Sites and related services. We use your personal information to:

  • Operate, maintain, administer and improve the Sites
  • Provide information about our products and services
  • Better understand your needs and interests, and personalize your experience with the Sites
  • Provide support and maintenance for the Sites
  • Respond to your service-related requests, questions and feedback


To support our research and related activities. We may use your personal information when necessary to facilitate our research and related activities, including to:

  • Recruit investigators for our clinical trials
  • Support public health initiatives, symposia, conferences, and scientific, educational and volunteer events
  • Identify and engage thought leaders and external experts
  • Award scholarships and grants
  • Attribute authorship to academic and promotional materials
  • Pay for services that physicians, researchers and other individuals may provide to us


To send you marketing and promotional communications. We may send you Vir-related marketing communications as permitted by law. You will have the ability to opt-out of our marketing and promotional communications as described in the Opt out of marketing section below.

To manage our recruiting and process employment applications. We use personal information, such as information submitted to us in a job application, to facilitate our recruitment activities and process employment applications, such as by evaluating a job candidate for an employment activity, and monitoring recruitment statistics.

To comply with law. We use your personal information as we believe necessary or appropriate to comply with applicable laws, lawful requests and legal process, such as to respond to subpoenas or requests from government authorities.

For compliance, fraud prevention and safety. We use your personal information as we believe necessary or appropriate to (a) enforce the terms and conditions that govern our websites, mobile apps, products and services; (b) protect our rights, privacy, safety or property, and/or that of you or others; and (c) protect, investigate and deter against fraudulent, harmful, unauthorized, unethical or illegal activity.

With your consent. In some cases we may ask for your consent to collect, use or share your personal information, such as when required by law.

To create anonymous, aggregated or de-identified data. We may create anonymous, aggregated or de-identified data from your personal information and other individuals whose personal information we collect. We make personal information into anonymous, aggregated or de-identified data by removing information that makes the data personally identifiable to you. We may use this anonymous, aggregated or de-identified data and share it with third parties for our lawful business purposes.

How We Share Your Personal Information

Affiliates. We may disclose your personal information to our subsidiaries and corporate affiliates for purposes consistent with this Privacy Policy. 

Service providers. We may employ third party companies and individuals to perform services on our behalf, including:

  • Contract research organizations that conduct clinical trials
  • Technology services and support (including email and web hosting providers, data storage and analytics vendors, and marketing and advertising technology providers)
  • Event planning and travel organizations that help facilitate Vir programs
  • Payment service providers

These third parties may use your information only as directed by Vir and in a manner consistent with this Privacy Policy, and are prohibited from using or disclosing your information for any other purpose.

Business partners and other professionals and organizations. We may disclose your personal information to partners with whom we jointly develop products or services, in connection with the development and promotion of such products or services. We will ask for your consent before disclosing your information with our business partners where required by applicable law. We may also share your personal information with researchers, academics, and publishers for purposes consistent with this Privacy Policy.

Professional advisors. We may disclose your personal information to professional advisors, such as lawyers, bankers, auditors and insurers, where necessary in the course of professional services that they render to us.

For compliance, fraud prevention and safety. We may share your personal information for the compliance, fraud prevention and safety purposes described above

Business transfers. We may sell, transfer or otherwise share some or all of its business or assets, including your personal information, in connection with a business deal (or potential business deal) such as a merger, consolidation, acquisition, reorganization or sale of assets or in the event of bankruptcy or dissolution.

Your Choices

Marketing communications. You may opt out of marketing-related emails by clicking the “Unsubscribe” link at the bottom of each such email. You may continue to receive service-related and other non-marketing emails.

Choosing not to share your personal information. Where we are required by law to collect your personal information, or where we need your personal information in order to provide the Service to you, if you do not provide this information when requested (or you later ask to delete it), we may not be able to provide you with our services. We will tell you what information you must provide to receive the Service by designating it as required at the time of collection or through other appropriate means.

Security

The security of your personal information is important to us. We employ a number of organizational, technical and physical safeguards designed to protect the personal information we collect. However, security risk is inherent in all internet and information technologies and we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information.

Children

We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under age 13 in the United States through our websites. If we learn that we have collected personal information directly from a child under the age of 13 through our websites, we will delete that information as soon as practicable.

International Data Transfers

Vir is headquartered in the United States and has affiliates and service providers in other countries. Your personal information may be transferred to the United States or other locations outside of your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where privacy laws may not be as protective as those in your jurisdiction.

Individuals who interact with Humabs should read the important information provided below about transfer of personal information outside of Europe.

Other Sites And Services

For your convenience and information, we may provide links to websites and other third-party content that is not owned or operated by Vir. These links are not an endorsement, authorization or representation that we are affiliated with that third party. We do not exercise control over third party websites or services, and are not responsible for their actions. Other websites and services follow different rules regarding the use or disclosure of the personal information you submit to them. We encourage you to read the privacy policies of the other websites you visit and services you use.

Changes To This Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to modify this Privacy Policy at any time. If we make material changes to this Privacy Policy, we will notify you by updating the date of this Privacy Policy and posting it on the Service. We may, and if required by law will, also provide notification of changes in another way that we believe is reasonably likely to reach you, such as via e-mail (if we have your contact information) or another manner through the Service.

Any modifications to this Privacy Policy will be effective upon our posting the new terms and/or upon implementation of the new changes on the Service (or as otherwise indicated at the time of posting). In all cases, your continued use of the Service after the posting of any modified Privacy Policy indicates your acceptance of the terms of the modified Privacy Policy.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns about our Privacy Policy or privacy practices, please contact us at:

Vir Biotechnology, Inc.
Attn: Legal – Privacy
499 Illinois Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94158
info@vir.bio

Humabs BioMed SA
Attn: Legal – Privacy
Via dei Gaggini 3
CH-6500 Bellinzona
Switzerland
info@humabs.com

Notice To Individuals Who Interact With Humabs BioMed SA

Personal information. References to “personal information” in this Privacy Policy are equivalent to “personal data” governed by European data protection legislation.

Controller. Humabs BioMed SA is the controller of your personal information for purposes of European data protection legislation. 

Legal bases for processing. We use your personal information only as permitted by law. Our legal bases for processing the personal information described in this Privacy Policy are described in the table below.

Processing purpose Legal basis

Details regarding each processing purpose listed below are provided in the section above titled “How we use your personal information”.

 

To operate our Sites and related services

To support our research and related activities

Processing is necessary to perform the contract governing our provision of the Sites or related services or to take steps that you request prior to entering into the contract.  If we have not entered into a contract with you, we process your personal information based on our legitimate interest in providing the services you access and request.  

To send you marketing and promotional communications

To manage our recruiting and process employment applications

For compliance, fraud prevention and safety

To create anonymous, aggregated or de-identified data

These activities constitute our legitimate interests.  We do not use your personal information for these activities where our interests are overridden by the impact on you (unless we have your consent or are otherwise required or permitted to by law).

To comply with law Processing is necessary to comply with our legal obligations.
With your consent Processing is based on your consent. Where we rely on your consent you have the right to withdraw it any time in the manner indicated when you consented.

Use for new purposes. We may use your personal information for reasons not described in this Privacy Policy where permitted by law and the reason is compatible with the purpose for which we collected it.  If we need to use your personal information for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and explain the applicable legal basis.

Sensitive personal information.  We ask that you not provide us with any sensitive personal information (e.g., information related to racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religion or other beliefs, health, biometrics or genetic characteristics, criminal background or trade union membership). If you provide us with any sensitive personal information, you must consent to our processing and use of such sensitive personal information in accordance with this Privacy Policy. If you do not consent to our processing and use of such sensitive personal information, you must not submit to us such sensitive personal information.

Retention
We retain personal information for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes for which we collected it, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements, to establish or defend legal claims, or for fraud prevention purposes. 

 To determine the appropriate retention period for personal information, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal information, the potential risk of harm from unauthorized use or disclosure of your personal information, the purposes for which we process your personal information and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.

In some circumstances we may anonymize your personal information (so that it can no longer be associated with you) in which case we may use this information indefinitely without further notice to you.

Your rights
European protection laws give you certain rights regarding your personal information. If you are located within the European Union or Switzerland, you may ask us to take the following actions in relation to your personal information that we hold:

  • Access.  Provide you with information about our processing of your personal information and give you access to your personal information.
  • Correct.  Update or correct inaccuracies in your personal information.
  • Delete.  Delete your personal information.
  • Transfer.  Transfer a machine-readable copy of your personal information to you or a third party of your choice.
  • Restrict.  Restrict the processing of your personal information.
  • Object.  Object to our reliance on our legitimate interests as the basis of our processing of your personal information. 


You can submit these requests by email to info@humabs.com or our postal address provided above.  We may request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and process your request. Applicable law may require or permit us to decline your request.  If we decline your request, we will tell you why, subject to legal restrictions. If you would like to submit a complaint about our use of your personal information or response to your requests regarding your personal information, you may contact us as described above or submit a complaint to the data protection regulator in your jurisdiction.  You can find your data protection regulator here.  

Cross-Border Data Transfer
If we transfer your personal information out of Europe to a country not deemed by the European Commission to provide an adequate level of personal information protection, the transfer will be performed:

  • Pursuant to the recipient’s compliance with standard contractual clauses, EU-US Privacy Shield (or Swiss-US Privacy Shield, as applicable), or Binding Corporate Rules
  • Pursuant to the consent of the individual to whom the personal information pertains
  • As otherwise permitted by applicable European requirements.

You may contact us if you want further information on the specific mechanism used by us when transferring your personal information out of Europe.