Privacy Policy

Who we are

The Wolbachia Project is under the umbrella of Discover the Microbes Within!, founded by Seth and Sarah Bordenstein. The Wolbachia Project is an outreach arm of the Bordenstein lab, currently housed at Vanderbilt University. The main page for The Wolbachia Project is The database for The Wolbachia Project can be found at

Data we collect and why we collect it

User uploaded content

All uploaded content (other than your email address) is public, and most of it is published under the CC BY-NC-ND license. There is an exception for molecular biology data.

Molecular biology data

In keeping with the spirit of collaboration and encouraging access within the scientific community to data, The Wolbachia Project places no restriction on the use or distribution of molecular data, such as nucleotide sequences, molecular variation, and mapping data. This is also in line with standards set by NCBI.


An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, we automatically remove the image’s embedded location data (EXIF GPS). These images may be used by The Wolbachia Project or other entities or individuals under the CC BY-NC-ND license.

Contact forms

When you report a post, we will collect your email and IP address. This information is only available to the website administrators, and is to protect against abuse.


If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may 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 personal data with

The Wolbachia Project Database does not share personal data with other entities.

How long we retain your data

For users that register on our website, we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

We require your e-mail address upon registration. This is used to set your password. If you opt-in to The Wolbachia Project! newsletter, this newsletter will be sent to your provided email.