Last Updated: 18th Last Updated: 18th November, 2019
“Affiliated Company” refers to a company that is related to BGI due to joint ownership or control.
“Third Party” refers to a company or person who does not have a related relationship arising out of joint ownership or control with BGI (i.e., a non-affiliated company) or other non-related person, or the Customer who engage the Services from BGI (i.e., Clinician, Hospital, Health Professional, Healthcare Service Provider, University, Research Institution, Pharmaceutical Companies)
“Genetic Data” refers to personal data relating to the inherited or acquired genetic characteristics of a natural person which give unique information about the physiology or the health of that natural person and which result, in particular, from an analysis of a biological sample from the natural person in question
“Personal Information” refers to any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (“Personal Data Subject”), including Genetic Data. An identifiable natural person is one who can be identified directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location information, an online identifier or one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person.
“Sensitive Personal Information” refers to any Personal Data that the leakage, disclosure, or abuse of which could easily endanger personal and property safety, and easily lead to the harm of one’s personal reputation and mental and physical health, or lead to discriminatory treatment.
The Personal Information can be collected by BGI directly from the Personal Data Subject or from a Third Party.
BGI is responsible for the processing and treatment of Personal Information of you regarding to the Services entrusted to BGI. For the information which may constitute sensitive Personal Information in certain jurisdictions and regions, relevant terms and articles would be marked in bold for your special attention.
The Personal Information collected by BGI can include but is not limited to:
Certain Personal Information concerning you including Genetic Data are collected directly from you by BGI.
BGI might collect the Personal Information in the following circumstances:
To enable us to provide better Services to you, where permitted by applicable laws, we may collect your Personal Information indirectly from a Third Party.
We will put efforts to ensure the legitimacy of source of your Personal Information. However, please note that we do not control, supervise or respond for how the Third Party processes your Personal Information. Any request regarding the disclosure of your Personal Information to us should be directed to such Third Party.
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As true of most websites, our website gathers certain information automatically. This information may include Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet Service Provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, the files viewed on our website (e.g., HTML pages, graphics, etc.), operating system, date/time stamp, and/or clickstream data to analyse trends in the aggregate and administer the site.
You may manage or delete Cookies based on your preferences. You can clear all Cookies on your computer and most web browsers have Do Not Track function. If Do Not Track is enabled on your browser, all of our websites will respect your choice.
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We collect your Personal Information so that we can:
Provide and improve our Services: The Personal Information we collect will be used to provide you with our Services, process your orders or fulfil the contract between you and BGI. In particular, we will not use your Genetic Data for any purpose other than to provide our Services without your prior consent.
Advertising and marketing: The Personal Information we collect will be used to personalize and improve our advertising, send you promotional messages, marketing, advertising, and other information that may be of interest to you based on your preferences. You can opt-out of receiving marketing messages from us easily by following the unsubscribe instructions included in our marketing messages. After you choose to opt-out, we will stop processing and delete your relevant Personal Information promptly.
In accordance with applicable laws, BGI may process your Personal Information for the one of the following purposes without your consent:
To perform its contractual obligations;
To protect the vital interests of the Personal Data Subject or another natural person if the Personal Data Subject is physically or legally incapable of giving consent;
To comply with applicable laws, regulations and guidance; in the course of our legitimate interests.
BGI will retain the Personal Data for no longer than it is necessary for the purposes as long as needed to provide the Services requested from BGI or requested by applicable laws and regulations. Beyond the above retention period, we will delete or anonymize your Personal Information.
Within BGI, the Personal Information collected are only accessible to the members of BGI who, within the scope of their specific tasks, are responsible for it and whose access to these data is expressly required for the performance of their tasks.
BGI may also share the Personal Information collected with its affiliated companies, trusted third parties, suppliers and sub-contractors through which you have ordered one of our services and consented to receive your Personal Information, as well as the Insurance Company if their intervention is required.
We will never share or disclose your Personal Information without obtaining your consent unless when:
It is directly relevant to national security or national defence security;
It is directly relevant to public security, public health or significant public interest;
It is directly relevant to investigation, prosecution, trial and execution of judgment of crimes;
It is for the purpose of protecting life, property or other significant legal rights and interests of Personal Data subjects or others, and it is difficult to obtain consents from such persons;
The Personal Information collected has been disclosed by the Personal Data Subject to the public actively; or
It is otherwise provided by applicable laws and regulations.
We will never transfer any Personal Information of you outside of the country or jurisdiction where our Services are performed without your authorization and consent.
After acquiring your authorisation and consent, and subject to applicable local legal requirements, your Personal Information may be transferred, stored and processed outside of the country where you live or have ordered our Services from. The primary location of where your Personal Information will be stored or processed for the Services you have ordered from BGI will be stated in the governing contract and/or the test request form.
We only provide your Personal Information to our subsidiaries and affiliated companies where it is necessary to meet the purpose for which you have submitted your Personal Information and in particular if necessary for the provision of services and support. We take steps to ensure that BGI companies follow our data protection policy, this privacy notice and applicable local law when handling Personal Information.
BGI will implement appropriate measures to ensure that Personal Information remain protected and secure when transferred outside EU, in accordance with applicable data protection and privacy laws, such as:
The country to which the Personal Data are transferred has benefited from an adequacy decision by the European Commission under Article 45 of the GDPR; or
Standard data protection contractual clauses as approved by the European Commission pursuant to Article 47 of the GDPR have been established.
In the absence of the above appropriate safeguards, we will ask you for your explicit consent for cross-border transmission of your Personal Information. In the meantime, security measures such as encryption or de-identification will be adopted for the safety of your Personal Information.
BGI uses a variety of security measures and technologies to help protect Personal Information from unauthorised access, use, disclosure, alteration or destruction with applicable data protection and privacy laws.
Amongst others, when BGI shares the Personal Information of a Personal Data Subject with external suppliers/subcontractors, BGI may put in place a written agreement which commits the suppliers/sub-contractors to keep these Personal Information confidential and put in place appropriate security measures to keep this information secure.
Some of the safeguards we use to protect your information are firewalls, data encryption, and access controls. The administrative measures we use include establishment of department and designation of person responsible for protection of Personal Information, conducting self-evaluation on security of Personal Information, organization of training on relevant staff, etc.
In case of Personal Information security incident, we will in a timely manner according to laws and regulations inform you about the basic conditions and possible influence of security incident, response measures that are already taken or to be taken by us, suggestions for you regarding precautions and risk control, corrective measures for you, etc. We will inform you about relevant situations of the incident in a timely manner via email, fax, telephone, push notification, etc. When it is difficult to notify every Personal Data Subject individually, we will properly and effectively issue a public announcement.
We respect your legal rights with regards to your Personal Information. Below are the rights you may exercise before us by sending an email to BGI_INTL_GDPR@bgi.com. Please note that for the sake of security, we may ask you to verify your identity before further processing your request.
To access the Personal Information BGI hold about you: You are entitled to access and request copies of Personal Data that you provided to us, unless applicable laws provide otherwise.
To have these data rectified promptly in case of inaccuracy/incompleteness: If you find that your Personal Information processed by us is inaccurate or incomplete, you are entitled to ask us to make rectifications.
To have your Personal Information erased in specific circumstances: You can request us to delete your Personal Information if we do not have a legal reason to continue to process and hold it.
To restrict the processing of your Personal Information: You have the right to ask us to restrict how we process your Personal Data. If you restrict our processing, we will not further process but are still permitted to store the data.
To object to the processing of your Personal Information: You have the right to object to our processing your data even if it is based on our legitimate interests, the exercise of official authority, direct marketing (including data aggregation), and processing for the purpose of statistics.
The right to data portability: To the extent permitted by laws and regulations, you have the right to request for the receipt of the transfer to another firm/organization in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable form of the Personal Data provided to BGI.
To lodge a complaint to BGI: You have the right to lodge a complaint by contacting BGI_INTL_GDPR@bgi.com or to the local data protection authority if your privacy rights are violated or if you have suffered as a result of the unlawful processing of your Personal Information.
However, please note that BGI is contractually obliged to retain certain information as necessary for our legitimate business interests, to comply with our legal interest, or in accordance with legislation.
Although the definition of children varies according to laws and customs in different jurisdictions, we treat anyone under 14 years old (or equivalent minimum age in relevant jurisdiction) as a child.
We will only collect and process Children’s Person Information after we have obtained explicit consent of their guardian. When we find that a child’s Personal Information is collected without explicit consent of his or her guardian, we will delete the relevant data as soon as possible.
For any privacy concern, you may, at any time, contact BGI through BGI_INTL_GDPR@bgi.com and generally you will get our reply in thirty (30) working days.
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