Cookie policy

Effective date: this cookie notice was last updated on 15 December 2022

This Cookie Notice applies to all Human Cell Atlas websites. You may access and change your cookie preferences at any time by clicking on the Cookie Settings button in the bottom righthand corner of any page.

What are cookies?

Human Cell Atlas (also referred to as “we” or “us“) uses cookies and other similar technologies on its website. A cookie is a very small text document, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are created when your browser loads a particular website. The website sends information to the browser which then creates a text file. Every time the user goes back to the same website, the browser retrieves and sends this file to the website’s server. Find out more about the use of cookies on If you would like more information about our privacy practices, please consult our Privacy Notice.

What cookies do we use and what information do they collect?


  • Essential cookies: these cookies are required to enable core functionality. Without these cookies, services you have asked for, like cookies that allow you to access secure areas of our website, cannot be provided. If you disable these cookies certain parts of the website will not function for you.
  • Functional cookies: We may use cookies that are not essential but enable various helpful features on our websites.
    For example, these cookies collect information about your interaction with services provided on the website, and may be used on our website to remember your preferences (such as your language preference), your interests and the presentation of the website (such as the font size). We will ask for your consent to use these cookies when you request the relevant service.
  • Tracking cookies: these cookies help us improve or optimise the experience we provide. They allow us to measure how visitors interact with website and we use this information to improve the user experience and performance of the website.
    These cookies are used to collect technical information such as the last visited website, the number of pages visited, whether or not email communications are opened, which parts of our website or email communication are clicked on and the length of time between clicks.

Google Analytics

Our websites also use Google Analytics, which is a web analytics service provided by the third party provider Google, Ireland Limited (“Google”). Google Analytics is used for the purpose of evaluating your use of our website, compiling reports on website activity and other services relating to website activity and internet usage. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website is usually transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. The data transmission takes place on the basis of standard contractual clauses as appropriate guarantees for the protection of personal data. These are available at and

IP anonymization is activated on this website. This means that your IP address will automatically be shortened after it is collected so it can no longer be connected to you.

Cookies or comparable technologies are used with your consent on the basis of Art. 6 (1) (a) GDPR. Your personal data will be processed with your consent on the basis of Art. 6 (1) (a) GDPR. You can revoke your consent at any time without affecting the legality of the processing carried out on the basis of the consent up to the revocation.

You can find more information on terms of use and data protection at:

Third parties

Your use of website may result in some cookies being stored that are not controlled by us. This may occur when the part of the website you are visiting makes use of a third party analytics provider or includes content displayed from a third party website, for example, YouTube or Facebook.

You should review the privacy and cookie policies of these services to find out how these third parties use cookies and whether your cookie data will be transferred to a third country. A list of the third parties who place cookies on the website can be found via the Cookie Settings panel (see blue button in bottom righthand corner of any page).

 How can you manage your cookie preferences?

When you visit our website, you are asked to fully or partially accept or decline that cookies will be placed on your devices. However, it is not possible to decline cookies that are strictly necessary to provide the functionality of the website. In case you have consented to the use of other cookies, you can always withdraw your consent by changing your preferences here.

You can also change the settings of your internet browser to prevent cookies from being placed on your devices. In addition, you can delete cookies that have already been set on your devices. Please click on the links below in order to know how you can delete or block cookies in the most common browsers:

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