Website Terms of Use

for deCODEme.com

Terms of Use

Legal Notice

Welcome to the world wide website of deCODEme.com. This Website will be referred to as the “deCODEme.com Site” or “this Website” and is owned by deCODE genetics, ehf, an Icelandic private limited company (“deCODE”).


These Web Site Terms of Use will be referred to as these “Terms” and are designed to govern your use of this Website. Please read them carefully as your use of this Website constitutes acceptance of them. If you do not want to be bound by these Terms, do not use this Website.


deCODE may revise these Terms of Use at any time by updating this posting. You should visit this page from time to time to review the then-current Terms of Use because they are binding on you. Certain provisions of these Terms of Use may be superseded by expressly designated legal notices or terms located on particular pages at this Website. If you do not want to be bound by a change, you must discontinue your use of this Website.


Your violation of these Terms of Use will constitute grounds for deCODE to refuse you any further access to this Website or other websites of deCODE or its affiliates or any services of deCODE. deCODE will not refund anything you have paid in such a case.


You will be responsible for any use of this Website by any minor child whom you allow to access this Website.

Use of Material on the deCODEme Website

All content, including the information, artwork, text, animations, video, audio, pictures and media files, (collectively, “Materials”) contained on the deCODEme.com Site is owned or controlled by deCODE and is protected by worldwide copyright and trademark laws. You may access and use the Materials only for personal, non-commercial purposes. You may not modify, reproduce, republish, resell, post, transmit, distribute or use any Materials for any other purpose, without deCODE’s express written consent. You must include any copyright or other proprietary notice originally included with the Materials, including without limitation the copyright notice contained in the section below captioned “Copyright and Trademark Notices” in any copies you print. Except as expressly provided herein, nothing contained in this Website shall be construed as conferring any license or right under any deCODE copyright or other proprietary right.


The Materials are for informational purposes only. They are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Disclaimer of Liability

Your use of this Website and any data offered here is at your own risk. The data, Materials, services, information and data (collectively, “Information”) made available at the this Website are provided “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, CURRENCY OR ANY OTHER MATTER, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT OF PROPRIETARY RIGHTS. Neither deCODE, or its divisions, subsidiaries, successors, parent companies, affiliates or their employees, partners, principals, agents and representatives, nor any other party involved in creating, producing or delivering this Website is liable for any direct, incidental, consequential, indirect, punitive or any other damages arising out of your access to, or inability to access, or use of, or inability to use, this Website, or out of any loss or corruption of data provided by deCODE or by you through use of this Website. This includes liability for damage to your computer hardware, data, information, materials, and business as well as personal injury or death resulting from the information or the lack of information available on this Website, from viruses that may infect computer equipment, or from unauthorized access or use of any party’s systems, applications or data including yours, deCODE’s and any of deCODE’s agents or contractors.


IN NO CASE SHALL THE LIABILITY OF DECODE AND ANY OF ITS AFFILIATES, DIRECTORS, SHAREHOLDERS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF THIS SITE OR ANY DATA OR OTHER INFORMATION EXCEED THE AMOUNT YOU PAID. Third Party Content and Sites Linked From this Website This Website may contain Information provided by third parties and links to sites of other organizations solely for your convenience. deCODE has not reviewed all of this Information or these sites and they are not under deCODE’s control. Your use of such third-party Information or linking to these sites is at your own risk. deCODE, and its divisions, subsidiaries, successors, parent companies, affiliates and their employees, partners, principals, agents and representatives, do not assume any responsibility or liability for any communications or materials available at such third party Information or linked sites and do not intend these links to be referrals to or endorsements of the linked entities.

User Submissions

Any non-personal material, information or other communication you transmit or post to this Website (“Non-Personal Communications”) will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary. deCODE will have no obligations with respect to the Non-Personal Communications. By sending Non-Personal Communications to deCODE, you grant it a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, transferable, irrevocable and fully sublicensable right to copy, disclose, distribute, incorporate into other materials and otherwise use the Non-Personal Communications and all data, images, sounds, text, and other things embodied therein for any and all commercial or non-commercial purposes. You are prohibited from posting or transmitting to or from this Website any unlawful, threatening, harassing, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, or other material that would violate any law or expose deCODE to liability. deCODE may delete, remove or destroy any Non-Personal Communications in deCODE’s discretion that deCODE believes in its sole discretion may be illegal or expose deCODE to liability or objectionable for any other reason.


You agree to indemnify deCODE for any and all claims, damages, losses and causes of action arising out of your publication or transmittal of information sent by you to this Website or any sites accessible through links provided on this Website. By sending Non-Personal Communications to deCODE through this Website, you represent and warrant that you own or otherwise control the rights to these Non-Personal Communications. Any personal information you send to deCODE via use of this Website will be handled in accordance with the deCODEme.com Privacy Policy. Genetic samples you may send to deCODE via the use of this Website will be handled in accordance with the deCODEme Service Agreement available on this Website..

deCODEme.com Privacy Policy

deCODE takes your online privacy seriously. deCODE does not gather personally identifiable information about visitors to the deCODE Website except as described below. In some circumstances, deCODE may request relevant personal information from you, such as your name, e-mail address, company name or telephone number. Your response to these inquiries is strictly voluntary. deCODE uses this information to customize your experience on this Website and to process specific requests you may choose to make. For instance, if you do not provide deCODE with your e-mail address, deCODE will not be able to include you on its mailing lists. In general, however, you may visit this Website without divulging any personal information.


deCODE may use information about your use of this Website for internal research and development. deCODE is interested in assessing the number of visitors to the different sections of this Website, what information is of most and least interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas. For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, deCODE uses software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. Information in the aggregate, such as demographic information, may be made available to our customers, partners, developers and others. All such information made available to any third party will be stripped of personal information and cannot be traced back to individuals.


Most pages on this Website use cookies to maintain secure sessions with clients. Cookies are small files that are placed on your hard disk by your browser and automatically uploaded by the web browser to the web server in the domain that issued the cookie. deCODEme cookies have time expiration and are intelligible to any other applications. Your web browser may allow you to be notified when you are receiving a cookie, giving you the choice to accept it or not. Not accepting cookies, however, will prevent you from logging into the Website.


deCODE will take reasonable steps to protect your personal information as you transmit your information from your computer to this Website and to protect such information from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction. You should keep in mind that no Internet transmission is ever 100% secure or error-free. In particular, e-mail sent to or from this Website may not be secure, and you should therefore take special care in deciding what information you send to this Website via e-mail. Moreover, where you use passwords, or other special access features on this Website, it is your responsibility to safeguard them.


Some deCODEme pages contain disease related information that is based on people’s gene profile. Users should keep this in mind when they access their data from an insecure client computer because some browsers may cache the content of these pages to the hard disk drive.


deCODE will not intentionally share your personal information with third parties without your express consent except (i) to contractors deCODE uses to support its business (e.g., fulfillment services, technical support, and delivery services), in which case deCODE will require such third parties to agree to treat such information in accordance with this Privacy Policy, (ii) in connection with the sale, assignment, or other transfer of the business of this Website to which the information relates, in which case deCODE will require any such buyer to agree to treat such information in accordance with this Privacy Policy, or (iii) where required by applicable laws, court orders, or government regulations.


deCODE may send electronic mail to you, for the purpose of informing you of the availability of the results of your Genetic Scan, should you request one, or changes or additions to this Site, or of any deCODE’s other products and services such as opportunities for you to participate in studies or other research activities, or for other purposes. You may opt out of this notification service by making the appropriate elections in the Service Agreement.


This privacy policy applies generally to your use of this Website, regardless whether you decide to submit a genetic sample. Should you do so, the deCODEme Privacy Policy and the deCODEme Service Agreement will also apply.

Copyright and Trademark Notices

deCODEme and the deCODEme logos are trademarks of deCODE genetics or its affiliates. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. The trademarks, service marks, trade names, trade dress and products in this Website are protected in the United States and internationally. No use of any of these may be made without the prior, written authorization of deCODE or any other owner thereof except to identify the products or services of the company.


Any Materials printed from this Website must bear the following notice in addition to any other copyright or proprietary notices contained on the Materials: Copyright © deCODE genetics 1995-2012. All rights reserved.

Other Legal Matters

This Website is controlled by deCODE genetics from its offices in Reykjavik, Iceland. deCODE makes no representations that materials in this Website are appropriate or available for use in other locations and those who choose to access this Website from other locations are solely responsible for compliance with any and all local laws to the extent local laws apply. In particular, you should not construe anything on this Website as a promotion or solicitation for any product or use of any product that is not authorized by the laws and regulations of the place where you are located. No information or content from this Website may be downloaded, exported or re-exported, and no product purchased through this Website may be exported or re-exported, into (or to a national or resident of) any countries that are subject to U.S. export restrictions.


These Website Terms of Use, along with the Service Agreement, if you choose to submit a biological sample, constitute the entire agreement between you and deCODE with respect to the subject matter thereof.


These Website Terms of Use shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the domestic internal laws of Iceland, without regard to conflict of laws principles. Any action you may bring in connection with these Website Terms of Use shall be brought solely in the Reykjavik District Court of the Republic of Iceland.


Any action arising in connection with your use of this Website, or the Genetic Scan must be brought within one (1) year of the date of the event giving rise to such action occurred.


If any provision of these Website Terms of Use is found to be invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions, which shall remain in full force and effect. No waiver of any of these terms and conditions shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or condition or any other term or condition.


Last revised on March 09, 2012.

Version: 24