International Genome Sample Resource (IGSR) Disclaimer, Privacy and Cookies


IGSR is part of EMBL - European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) and the “Terms of Use for EMBL-EBI Services” apply to online services, data and software provided by IGSR. The following information specific to IGSR should be read in addition to the Terms of Use for EMBL-EBI Services.

In relation to the “Data Services” section of the “Terms of Use for EMBL-EBI Services”, users should be aware that data made available by IGSR comes from many different owners and that consequently restrictions on different pieces of data within IGSR and rights claimed on pieces of data vary. These variations can occur both between and within subsets of data in IGSR. In addition, restrictions and claimed rights may vary over time.

Where specific restrictions or claimed rights have been made known to IGSR, that information will be provided by IGSR with the data, however, IGSR can not guarantee the information being accurate for any purpose. It remains the responsibility of users to ensure that their exploitation of the data does not infringe any of the rights of third parties, including the data owners.

Data from the 1000 Genomes Project is now available without embargo, following the final publication from the project. Use of the data should be cited in the usual way, with current details available at

Data from the Human Genome Structural Variation Consortium (HGSVC) continues the philosophy of the 1000 Genomes Project, making data available prior to publication in line with Fort Lauderdale principles, allowing others to use the data but allowing the data producers to make the first presentations and to publish the first paper with global analyses of the data. Users should see the data reuse statement accompanying the data.

For all data collections in IGSR, please check the accompanying data reuse statements and cite any available publications appropriately.

For any enquiries, including the terms of use of data and citation, please contact

Privacy and Cookies

As noted above, IGSR is part of EMBL - European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) and EMBL-EBI’s policies apply.

We collect information related to our legitimate interests in providing services to you, to help improve our resources and for the purposes of day to day running of the IGSR resources and underlying infrastructure. Information collected may remain stored beyond the life of the service.

When browsing our website we collect information about your IP address, date/time of visit, page visited, browser type, data transferred and success of the request. This collection and processing is done by EMBL-EBI. We also use Google Analytics.

IGSR uses Google Analytics as a third party tracking service, but we don’t use it to track you individually or collect personal data. Instead it collects information about website performance and how users navigate through and use our site helping us design better interfaces.

Google Analytics gathers certain simple, non-personally identifying information over time, such as your anonymised IP address, browser type, internet service provider, referring and exit pages, time stamp and similar information. We do not link this information to any of your personal data.

Google provides further information about its own privacy practices and offers a browser add-on to opt out of Google Analytics tracking.

IGSR uses cookies to ensure you are aware of our cookie and personal data policies. By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your computer or device. If you disable your browser or device’s ability to accept cookies your ability to use our services will suffer. You can view more details about the cookies in use on EMBL-EBI’s sites from

Further details are available in the Privacy Notice for this service.

There is also a Privacy Notice for our FTP site and a Privacy Notice for our helpdesk at, which are specific to those services.

Privacy Notices are effective from 25th May 2018.

This document was added on 11th January 2016 and updated on 23rd May 2018.