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This section of our Privacy Policy more specifically describes some of the ways in which we may collect and use your information through your use of the Pivot and Scholar Universe websites and database services, as well as related services and similar Sites (collectively, the "Profile Databases").

The information provided here is part of our Privacy Policy and should be read in conjunction with it and any applicable Terms Of Use, both of which are incorporated herein, and all of which form your overall agreement with ProQuest. Certain terms herein are defined within the other sections of the Privacy Policy and we use them here for ease of reference.

The Profile Databases may be available on or through the platform and features located at http://search.proquest.com and related platforms (collectively, the "Platform"), as well as on other ProQuest Sites, including www.scholaruniverse.com, http://pivot.cos.com/ and the CSA Illumina Site(s). Your access to the Profile Databases can be through several different mechanisms, depending on your or your Institution's subscription or membership status.

The Profile Databases. Pivot and Scholar Universe are comprehensive online databases of scientists, researchers and scholars worldwide in sciences, social sciences, and humanities. In addition to the terms and manners set forth in other sections of our Privacy Policy, we may collect and use your Personal Information in connection with your use of the Profile Databases in the ways described below.

The Personal Information We Collect When You Use The Profile Databases, Generally.
Your privacy while using the Profile Databases and the Personal Information you may choose to provide to us (and we will collect) will depend on the manner in which you choose to use the Profile Databases.

As with some of the other ProQuest Sites, some portions of the Profile Databases can be accessed or used without entering any Personal Information and other portions of the Profile Databases may require you to provide Personal Information in order to access and/or use certain services, features or benefits.

For example, if you are using a campus computer at a Member Institution, you may be able to search and access the Profile Databases directly without a username or password. If you have a corporate or stand-alone subscription to a Profile Database, you may either have domain-enabled access or need a username and password for direct access. In some instances the username and password may be provided to you by your Institution. In other cases, you may choose to log in to the Platform with your username and password which you create through the Sites.

If you chose to create an account to access, search and/or access the features of Pivot and/or Scholar Universe (the "Account"), you will be asked to provide certain Personal Information, such as your first and last name, email and Institution. You may also be required to have a user name and password that you will use to sign in to your account and access certain features.

The Personal Information We Collect When You Use The Profile Databases, Generally.
Information you provide through Pivot is subject to use and/or disclosure by ProQuest consistent with the terms set forth in our Privacy Policy.

In addition, we may use and/or disclose the Personal Information you or your Institution provide to us to Pivot users, such as Subscribing Institutions, researchers, corporations, foundations, and other users ("Pivot Users") in order to provide the Pivot features and services to you and other Pivot Users. For example, we may make the information contained in your Expertise Public Profile available to Subscribing Institutions as an aid to research and to foster collaboration between researchers around the world.

We may also make this information available to foundations and other research-commissioning organizations, who may use the information in a variety of ways, including to identify individuals whom they can approach to act as peer reviewers, consultants or employees. We may also use the Personal Information you chose to provide to us in order to allow you to create and submit forms for grant applications. While your Pivot Public Profile is not generally available to the public at large (unless you chose to make it available), third parties may, in some instances, access your Personal Information through other sources. We are not responsible for third party uses of your Expertise Public Profile.

In addition, ProQuest may make the Personal Information you provide in your Expertise Public Profile available to you and other Scholar Universe Users in order to provide Pivot features and services, which may include:
Searching and viewing Expertise Public Profiles;
Contacting other Expertise Public Profile users;
Searching research and academic expertise;
Finding collaborators;
Identifying peer reviewers; and
Exporting your Expertise Public Profile information to your own website or other platform.

Please remember that any information you disclose in your Expertise Public Profile becomes public information and may be searchable and viewable by anyone who has access to the Profile Databases, and in some instances by the entire World Wide Web. Therefore, you should exercise caution when deciding whether or not to disclose certain information about yourself in your Expertise Public Profile. Your Expertise Public Profile will contain the information, including Personal Information, when you or your Institution created or updated your Expertise Public Profile. For example, some or all portions of your Expertise Public Profile may show up on searches conducted on the World Wide Web if you have exported your Expertise Public Profile to a publicly viewable and/or searchable platform, and may be used to generate links back to the Profile Databases, the Platform, the ProQuest Sites, and/or other ProQuest's goods and services.

The Personal Information We Collect on Scholar Universe, Generally.
Anyone who is involved in scientific or scholarly research may have a profile in the Scholarly Universe database ("Scholar Public Profile"). ProQuest creates the Scholar Public Profiles using information publicly available on the World Wide Web, including Institution websites and/or any other sources of information. Scholar Public Profiles may include your first and last name, email, professional address, Institution, current position(s) held, affiliations, title or rank, research interests, links to academic or professional webpage(s), publication lists and/or curriculum vitae.

Some or all portions of your Scholar Public Profiles may be searchable by members of subscribing Institutions or other parties and might, in some instances, show up on searches conducted on the World Wide Web. For example, when someone searches Scholar Universe and clicks on your Scholar Public Profile, Scholar Public Profiles may display your full name, position, biographic and current professional contact information and publications.
The Personal Information We Collect When You Create a Scholar Universe Account.

You may create an account in order to provide us with feedback and updated information and/or links about your Scholar Public Profile. You may be asked to provide such Personal Information as your first and last name and email. When you chose to provide us feedback and updates to your Scholar Public Profile, you may be asked to provide such Personal Information as professional address, Institution(s), current and prior position(s) held, current and prior affiliation(s), homepage, degrees, research interests, and links to publication lists or curriculum vitae.

If you chose to create an account, you may be required to create a user name and password that you will use to sign in to your account and access certain features.
In the absence of and in conjunction with direct feedback from users, ProQuest uses commercially reasonable efforts to maintain the currency and accuracy of the Scholar Universe Profiles. Please remember that any information you chose to add to your Scholar Universe Profile may become available to Scholar Universe Users (as that term is defined below) and might be searchable on the World Wide Web.

Ways In Which We May Use Your Information In Conjunction With Scholar Universe.
Information you provide through Scholar Universe is subject to use and/or disclosure by ProQuest consistent with the terms set forth in our Privacy Policy.
In addition, we may use and/or disclose to Scholar Universe users, such as Subscribing Institutions, researchers, corporations, foundations, and other users ("Scholar Universe Users") the Personal Information in your Scholar Public Profile, in order to provide the Scholar Universe features and services to you and other Scholar Universe Users.

Some of the ways that Scholar Universe Users can use (and ProQuest can disclose) the Personal Information provided in your Scholar Public Profile include:

Suggesting Scholars. Scholar Universe allows you to suggest yourself or other scholars or researchers for a Scholar Public Profile ("Suggested Scholar"). If you chose to use this service, we will ask you for such Personal Information as the Suggested Scholar’s full name, email, address, Institution, department and role or position. After reviewing the request, as well as validating or corroborating the request based on publicly available sources, we may (but are not obligated to) create a Scholar Public Profile for the Suggested Scholar. ProQuest may use Personal Information about the Suggested Scholar, including name and email to confirm the Suggested Scholar’s Public Profile information and/or confirm creation of his or her Public Profile.


Exporting Mailing Lists. Scholar Universe may allow certain select Scholar Universe Users to create and export mailing lists from Scholar Public Profile search results. Scholar Universe Users who have export privileges may be able to use this feature to create customized mailing or e-mailing lists based on their search results of Scholar Public Profiles. Exported mailing lists may include full name, address and e-mail address of individuals featured in Scholar Public Profiles. Third parties who use this service may be able to contact you, using your Scholar Public Profile information. We are not responsible for the use that Scholar Universe users and other third parties may make of exported mailing lists. When creating and exporting a mailing list, you may be required to provide your full name, as well as a valid email and telephone number, which we may use for manual verification and delivery of the exported mailing list (including verification of exporting privileges), as well as to improve monitor usage and user experience.

In addition, ProQuest may make the Personal Information in your Scholar Universe Public Profile available to you and other Scholar Universe Users in order to provide other Scholar Universe features and services, which may include:

Searching research and academic expertise;
Finding collaborators;
Identifying peer reviewers; and
Making purchases on the site.
Updating, Correcting or Deactivating an Account or Profile

If you wish to update, correct or deactivate your Account or Public Profile, you may email us with your request at privacy@proquest.com. We will attempt to process your request promptly. Please be aware that even after your Profile is deactivated, edited or modified, some or all of your information may still remain visible and/or searchable on or through the Platform or the World Wide Web.

In some instances, information about you (including Personal Information such as full name, email or position) may be resubmitted to ProQuest by your Institution or other party and may be reposted on a Profile Database as a result of such resubmission or as a result of a routine update of the Profile Database.

A request to remove Personal Information or a Profile from our databases will not result in the removal of information collected and already put in aggregate form or information that cannot be removed using reasonably commercial efforts. If your Profile is deactivated for any reason, you understand and agree that we may continue to retain copies of your information, including without limitation all information contained in your Expertise or Scholar Public Profile and any shared content, and we may use and/or disclose this information in accordance with the general terms set forth in our Privacy Policy.

For further information about account deactivation, see our Privacy Policy.