AIDB Avian Influenza DataBase

Privacy Policy

The Avian Influenza Database (“AIDB”, complies with requirements for privacy policy listed below. This page outlines the way of treatment of the information which is provided or collected in the websites on which this Privacy Policy is posted. In addition the Privacy Policy also explains the information which is provided or collected in the course of using the applications of the Company which exist in the websites or platforms of other company (for example, YouTube, Facebook, Blog).

This Privacy Policy will become effective April 1, 2019, and AIDB will notify you through individual notice via bulletin boards or emails on the AIDB website.

Your Visit to the AIDB Websites

Your visit to the AIDB websites is private and secure. When you visit the AIDB websites, we do not collect any personally identifiable information about you, unless you choose to explicitly provide it to us. We do, however, collect some data about your visit to our website to help us better understand public use of the site and to make it more useful to visitors. This page describes the information that is automatically collected and stored. AIDB never collects information for commercial marketing or any purpose not related to AIDB's functions.

What Type of Information AIDB Collects

When you visit any website, certain information about your visit can be collected. AIDB automatically collects and stores the following type of information about your visit:

The name of the domain you use to access the Internet (for example,, if you are connecting from Seoul National University’s domain)

The date and time of your visit to our website

The pages and documents you viewed on our website from an external search engine such as Daum or Google

The URL of the website you visited prior to ours

The words you searched for on our website

The type and version of your Web browser and operating system, and

Your location at the time of your visit, down to the city-level

This information is used to measure the number of visitors to the various sections of our site and improve organization, coverage, system performance or other problem areas. This information is not used for associating search terms or patterns of site navigation with individual users. When search features offer suggested terms, these suggestions are based on aggregated data only. AIDB periodically deletes its web logs. Aggregated data cannot be relinked to an individual user.

How AIDB Uses Cookies

When you visit any web site, it may place a small text file, known as a "cookie," on your computer. The cookie allows the website to "remember" specific information about your visit while you are connected or when you return to that site.

The cookie makes it easier for you to use the dynamic features of web pages. Cookies from AIDB web pages only collect information about your browser's visit to the site; they do not collect personal information about you. While visiting certain AIDB websites, you may occasionally encounter a web page that automatically employs cookies to make it easier to use the web page’s dynamic features.

AIDB websites may use either single session (temporary) or multi-session (persistent) cookies. Session cookies last only as long as your web browser is open. Once you close your browser, the cookie disappears. Persistent cookies are stored on your computer for longer periods.

Session Cookies: We use session cookies for technical purposes such as to enable better navigation through our site.

Persistent Cookies: We use persistent cookies to enhance the web experience for our users. Persistent cookies remain on your computer between visits to AIDB until they expire.

How to Opt Out or Disable Cookies

If you do not wish to have session or persistent cookies placed on your computer, you can disable them at any time from your web browser. If you opt out of cookies, you will still have access to all information and resources at AIDB, but you may not be able to use cookie-dependent features.

Personally Identifiable Information

You do not have to give us personal information to visit the AIDB website.

If you choose to send us personal information by email, or by filling out a form on our web site, we use this information to respond to your message and to help us provide you with the information or material you requested. If provided, personally identifiable information is maintained in a database that is regularly purged after 365 days.

Third-party contractors employed by AIDB may have access to this information in order to provide a response to your question or comment. These contractors are held to strict policies to safeguard the information and provide the same level of privacy protection as guaranteed by AIDB.

On occasion, we may conduct a study concerning the types of questions sent to us. These studies help us to improve our websites in order to make them more responsive to the needs of our users.


AIDB does not give, share, sell, or transfer any personal information about our visitors, unless required by law enforcement or statute.

Information Protection Officer : Hang-Rae Kim

Seoul National University College of Medicine

103 Daehak-ro, Jongno-gu,

Seoul 03080, Republic of KOREA

Phone : +82-2-740-8214

Fax : +82-2-745-9528

Links from AIDB to Other Websites

Some websites, such as Seoul National University and Wonkwang University, provide links to other Internet sites that provide health information. Once you link to another site, you are subject to the privacy policy of the new site.


The AIDB regards the security of personal information of uses as very important. The company constructs the following security measures to protect the users' personal information from any unauthorized access, release, use or modification.

• Encryption of personal information

- Transmit users' personal information by using encrypted communication zone

- Store important information such as passwords after encrypting it

• Countermeasures against hacking

- Install a system in the zone the external access to which is controlled so as to prevent leakage or damage of users' personal information by hacking or computer virus

• Establish and execute internal management plan

• Install and operate access control system

• Take measures to prevent forging or alteration of access record