Privacy & personal data

Who we are

Our website address is: This is a research lab website of a lab based at the University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

What personal data we collect on this website & why?

Forms with questions

On our website we have two types of forms;  1) the apply-for-research form and 2) the contact form. In both cases the information will be send to our email-addresses which are hosted by TransIP. TransIP is a, so called, NE7510 certified hosting service, which means it is certified to handling even medical information. However, both forms are not meant to provide us with medical information and we do not ask for medical information via this form.

When you fill out the apply-for-research form, this only means you will receive more detailed information of the project of your interest, but this does not apply that you do consent to participate in our research. If you chose to participate in our research, we will not collect any information via this website. For details about what it implies to participate in research we refer to the specific information which will be send to you and  to the information at the current research page (see for example the section privacy and personal data). The personal data provided via this apply-for-research form will be deleted from the email hosting service after we processed it. Only if you register yourself for a specific research by signing an informed consent your information will be processed and kept for research purposes (encrypted on an University of Amsterdam owned and controlled server). If you do not wish to participate after reading the information or we do not hear back from you after we have send the information within three months all information you provided us with via this form will be deleted.

When you fill out the contact form, we will asap answer your question and will delete the information you provided us with within three months after you have send us the email.

Why do we collect this information? The information we ask in the apply-for-research form and contact form, is to ensure to provide you with the right information and to be able to actually contact you. So the information regarding the type of research you are interested in, your age, and biological sex is to ensure we send you the information letter related to the specific type of research you are interested in and to let you know whether we still need someone with your specific age and sex as we match on sex. We ask for this information to prevent that you need to fill out a series of questionnaires while we do no longer need this specific information from you. If you do not want us to have any kind of this information for a limited amount of time, one should not fill out the form and contact us directly via the information provided on


We only use functional cookies and no tracking or marketing cookies. An example of a functional cookie is a cookie to check whether the preferred language of the website is English or Dutch.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may sometimes include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Who we share your data with

We do not share your the information you provide via this website with third parties.

All research related data will be only used after you consent to take part in research. Your provided contact details are never stored with other personal information you provide us with for research. The research data is made anonymous and saved on the protected environment of the servers of the University of Amsterdam. Moreover, the data is encrypted in a Veracrypt fault. See for more details the end of the current research page for detailed information on privacy and personal data specifically related to research participation.

As aforementioned we use as hosting organization TransIP, which is a Netherlands based hosting which follows the European and Dutch GDPR rules. The website is made in WordPress and we use MailPoet to send emails to a list, but only if you consented to receive information via email. You can easily unsubscribe from these email lists. Only the PI, postdoc and a selected group of PhD students who are under contract of the University of Amsterdam have access to these emails.

How long we retain your data

How long data is retained depends on the type of information. The information in the forms you filled out will only be retained for processing. If you decide not to participate in our research, the information will be deleted within three months after our last contact. If you decide to participate in our research your information will be transferred to our UvA environment as discussed previously. The storage duration will follow the research data storage rules and depends partly on the type of research you are participating in and whether or not you consented to keep some of the information for, for example, keeping you posted about future research. See again for detailed  information on privacy and personal data at the end of description of a specific current project.

What rights you have over your data

You can request that we erase any personal data we hold about you by contacting us via This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes. For any questions regarding the processing of your data and your rights under the GDPR you can also contact the Data Protection Officer of the University of Amsterdam at