uBiome Innovation Challenge Privacy Policy

Last updated on September 12, 2018


The uBiome Clinical Outcomes in Microbiome Innovation Challenge’s (“The Challenge” or “Challenge”) goal is to connect physicians, medical students, medical researchers and other healthcare professionals to facilitate scholarship, mentorship, collaboration and advance the science of the microbiome as it relates to clinical outcomes.

The Challenge website (challenge.ubiome.com) is owned and operated by Medical Networking, Inc. and contracted by uBiome. We are committed to protecting your personal information by following industry-standard practices. We only share your information as allowed under this Privacy Policy, so please be sure you have read it and understand it before signing up for an account at The Challenge.

This Privacy Policy is subject to change at any time at our sole discretion. We will notify you in advance if it changes, and we always post the latest version here on our website so be sure to check back from time to time.

Information Collected

Minimum Required Information

In order for you to create an account on The Challenge, you are required to enter your name, email address and whether you are a clinician. If you register for an account in response to an invitation from an existing The Challenge user, then The Challenge will automatically "connect" you with that user.

Information You Provide to The Challenge

When we refer to "Information You Provide to The Challenge" we mean any of the following:

  • Information that you enter into web forms on the The Challenge site, such as your profile information, status updates, job listings, etc.
  • Information that you upload to the The Challenge site, such as your profile photo, photos you post on your timeline and other files you upload to the site
  • Information that you authorize us to access from other websites, such as your Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter profile information, contacts, etc.

By default, the information you provide to The Challenge is visible only to you and to other Challenge users, with the exception of the following:

  • Information that you have specifically designated as "Public" will be visible to anyone on the Internet
  • Your name, job title, current employer, "tagline," specialty and profile photo are visible to anyone over the Internet. What this means is that this information might show up in a Google Search, for example. However, whoever clicks on the search result will not be able to see any additional information unless they are a member of The Challenge, or you have designated that information as publicly visible. The Challenge membership is limited to physicians and medical students only.
  • Any information that you post to The Challenge Groups or The Challenge Pages that are designated as "Public". This information will be accessible to anyone on the Internet.
  • If you list a job or research opportunity in the "Opportunities" section the title, description, job location and other information will be visible to anyone on the Internet. Your contact details will not be visible (unless you include them in the description or other public field).

Usage Information

In order for us to improve your user experience and understand what features of The Challenge are most useful to our members, The Challenge also collects information regarding how you use the website. This includes when and how often you log in to the site, which links you click and how often, what information you look at on The Challenge and other usage metrics. We keep this information private and only disclose it to The Challenge employees, contractors and affiliates who have a need to know the information in order to improve your experience on The Challenge and provide you with information and features that are useful to you.

Third Party Information Collection

Some information posted on The Challenge may be provided by "plug-ins" managed by third parties other than The Challenge. Depending on the security settings of your browser, these third party plugins may access "cookies" on your browser in order to customize the information they provide to you and collect statistics on your usage and interests. The Challenge is not responsible for the actions of any third parties. For a full list of third-party plugins used on The Challenge, please email us at privacy@medstro.com

Information Submitted to The Challenge from Third Party Sites

The Challenge offers other websites the ability to embed The Challenge "buttons" such as "Share on The Challenge", "Like on The Challenge", etc. When you use these buttons you understand that you are submitting information to The Challenge just as if you were submitting it directly on our website.

Using your The Challenge Account to Log In to Third Party Sites

The Challenge offers other websites the ability to identify you using your The Challenge account. This will normally be labeled as "Login with The Challenge", "Login using your The Challenge Account" or "Link your The Challenge Account". In these cases, you will be asked for your The Challenge username and password. If you enter this information correctly you will then be able to confirm what information the third party site is asking us to share with them. You have the option to either authorize or not authorize us to share the information. If you authorize us to share the information, we provide it to the requesting party and it then becomes subject to that party's privacy policy. We strongly recommend you read the privacy policy of third party sites before authorizing them to access your information on The Challenge. UBIOME IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY USE OF YOUR INFORMATION BY PARTIES WITH WHOM YOU HAVE AUTHORIZED US TO SHARE YOUR INFORMATION.


We use cookies and similar technologies, including mobile device identifiers, to help us recognize you when you return to our website, improve your experience on The Challenge, gather information on use of our website, and provide you with relevant information and advertising. Most browsers allow you to control how cookies are stored on your computer. You are free to change your cookie settings and delete your cookies as you like, however the The Challenge site will not work unless you allow us to store "first party" cookies (that is, cookies generated by The Challenge). By using the The Challenge website, you give us your permission to place cookies and beacons in your browser.

Web "Beacons" and Other Technologies

The Challenge may display advertisements to you on our website that are customized for you based on information you provide us in your profile and your use of the The Challenge website. These advertisements may be provided by several third-party online advertising networks and exchanges. These third parties may use technologies such as cookies, web "beacons", pixels and mobile identifiers. By using the The Challenge website, you consent to the use of these technologies to provide you with customized advertising. You may choose to block these advertisements using an ad-blocker plug-in or extension in your browser.

Network and Device Information

Whenever you use the The Challenge website, our computers automatically collect and store information in log files. These log files enable us to diagnose problems with our website and keep it secure. We may also use this information to customize your experience on The Challenge (for example, by displaying relevant ads based on your location). Information that we collect can include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • The date and time you access the website
  • The IP address of your computer
  • Your operating system
  • Your web browser type and version
  • Which website you came from
  • What URLs you click on while on the The Challenge website
  • What URL you are directed to when you leave the The Challenge website
  • If you are viewing the The Challenge website on a mobile device, we record the mobile device type, operating system, mobile device identifier and browser type/version
  • If you have enabled location services, we may receive information about your physical location

Other Information

Technology changes constantly and we always strive to provide you with the latest features and information to improve your experience on The Challenge. As we introduce new features, these new features may collect new types of information not explicitly mentioned in this privacy policy. Although we will try to keep this Privacy Policy updated to inform you of how we handle specific types of information, by using our website you agree to use it with the understanding that this Privacy Policy may not always reflect the entirety of the information we collect or how we use it.

Your Use of The Challenge is Voluntary

You acknowledge that your use of the The Challenge website is voluntary. You may cease using The Challenge at any time, however by using the The Challenge website you consent to us collecting your information and using it as outlined in this Privacy Policy. If at any time you wish to completely remove your user information from The Challenge, contact us by email at privacy@medstro.com. We will delete all information about you that we have on our servers, with the exception of the following:

  • We cannot delete your status updates, comments on other users' status updates or comments you make in groups because that may result in incongruities in discussion threads with other users. Your name, photo and the content of your updates or comments will remain on our website even after you delete your account.
  • We reserve the right to preserve any other information that you have provided to us if deleting that information would impact the experience of other users of the website.
  • We will preserve any other information as required by law.

Third Party Use of your Information

You understand that the information you provide to us is visible to other users of The Challenge and could be used by them to infer other aspects of your life. For example, your profile photo could reveal your race and gender or a status update may reveal your physical location at a given date and time. By using The Challenge and providing us with your personal information you consent that we have no control over how any third party may interpret or use this information and we are in no way responsible for any damages you may incur as a result.

Contractors and Affiliates

We may share your personal information with our contractors and affiliates in order to provide you with services and information customized to your interests.

Legally Required Disclosure

If The Challenge is presented with a subpoena or court order of valid jurisdiction requesting information about you that we possess, or is otherwise required by law to disclose information about you that we possess, you consent to us disclosing that information to the minimum extent required by law. Where allowable by law, we will notify you of any disclosures under this clause.

In addition, you consent that we may disclose your information if that is required for us to:

  • Enforce our Terms of Service
  • Investigate and defend ourselves against any third-party claims or allegations
  • Protect the security or integrity of our service
  • Exercise or protect the rights, property, or safety of The Challenge, our members, personnel, or other members of the public
  • Investigate or prevent suspected illegal activities or activities which could cause harm to the public


Change in Control or Sale of The Challenge

If a third party acquires a controlling interest in The Challenge, that third party shall take control of all information we possess about you and our other users, and shall have the right to amend or modify this Privacy Policy at its sole discretion and without prior notification to you.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to change the terms of this Agreement and will provide you advance notice if the terms change, by sending you an email to your email address as registered in your account profile, and by notifying you with a popup message the next time you log in. If you don't agree to these changes, you have the option to delete your account and stop using the website. We agree that changes cannot be retroactive.

Your Right to Know

You may request from us a disclosure of any information we have shared with third parties for direct marketing purposes in the preceding calendar year. You can make such a request once per year and at no cost to you by sending an email to privacy@medstro.com

Limitation of Liability

You agree that you use the The Challenge website voluntarily and that your use of the The Challenge website is entirely at your own risk. You understand that there is always a risk that your personal information could be obtained illegally by "hackers" or other third parties, and you agree that The Challenge, its officers, employees, shareholders, contractors and affiliates shall not be liable in any way for any damages, direct or indirect, that you incur as a result. Where local law does not allow such limitation of liability our liability shall be limited to the lowest amount allowed by local law.


You agree to indemnify and hold harmless The Challenge, its officers, employees, shareholders, contractors and affiliates from any action arising from your use of the The Challenge website.