Privacy for Jalview Users
The Jalview Desktop application which is available from the
www.jalview.org site does not contain code designed to collect
personal or private information without your consent. However, we do
collect usage statistics to work out who is using Jalview, so we can
apply for funding to support Jalview development, and make it better
for our users.
Usage data is collected from the logs of various web services
that the Jalview Desktop contacts through its normal operation.
These are described below:
- HTTP logs on the Jalview website
IP addresses of machines which access the web site, either via the
browser when downloading the application, or when the Jalview Desktop
user interface is launched.
- The Jalview Getdown Launcher (Since 2.11.0) examines
release channels every time Jalview launches to determine if a new
release is available.
- The questionnaire web service at
www.jalview.org/cgi-bin/questionnaire.pl is checked and a unique
cookie for the current questionnaire is stored in the Jalview
- The Jalview web services stack is contacted to
retrieve the currently available web services. All interactions
with the public Jalview web services are logged, but we delete all
job data (input data and results) after about two weeks.
- Usage Analytics
Since Jalview 184.108.40.206, the
Jalview Desktop records usage data with a self-hosted instance of the
analytics stack Plausible.io via a
custom GPLv3 client developed by Ben Soares. Prior to this, Jalview
versions as far back as 2.4 recorded application launches via JGoogleAnalytics
Usage logs for Jalview record the fact that the
application was started, and details about the OS, installed Jalview
launcher (if any) and java version used. In the future, we will use
this mechanism to improve the Desktop user interface, by tracking
which parts of the user interface are being used most often.
Stopping Jalview from calling home
run Jalview in 'headless mode' via the command line, then the
program shouldn't try to contact any of the web servers mentioned
above (if it does, then it's a bug!). You can also specify some command line options to
disable the questionnaire and usage statistics check. Finally, the Connections
Tab of the Jalview preferences contains options for controlling
the submission of usage statistics.
Other Web Clients in Jalview
desktop is intended to make it easier to interact with web-based
bioinformatics resources. However, we can't take any responsibility
for the integrity of any external services you might access via the