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This page last updated: Saturday, 1st January 2022

S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories


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It is common practice with almost all websites to use 'cookies', which are tiny files that are downloaded to your computer, to help improve your experience. This page describes what information they gather, how the information is used and why we sometimes need to store these 'cookies'.

Hopefully, the information below will also show you how you can prevent these cookies from being stored. However, this may downgrade or 'break' certain elements of the sites functionality.

How we use Cookies
at S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories

S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories will NEVER transfer information about you to third parties for the purpose of providing or facilitating third-party advertising to you. We will NEVER give, supply, sell or transfer information about you to any third-party.

We use cookies for a variety of reasons detailed below. Unfortunately, in most cases there are no industry standard options for disabling cookies without completely disabling the functionality and features they add to this site. It is recommended that you leave 'on' all cookies if you are not sure whether you need them or not in case they are used to provide a service that you use. 

You can prevent the setting of cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser (see your browser Help for how to do this). Be aware that disabling cookies will affect the functionality of this and many other websites that you visit. Disabling cookies will usually result in also disabling certain functionality and features of the this site. Therefore it is recommended that you do not disable cookies. 

If you create an account with us then we will use cookies for the management of the signup process and general administration. These cookies will usually be deleted when you log out however in some cases they may remain afterwards to remember your site preferences when logged out.

We use cookies when you are logged in so that we can remember this fact. This prevents you from having to log in every single time you visit a new page. These cookies are typically removed or cleared when you log out to ensure that you can only access restricted features and areas when logged in.

This website offers newsletter or email subscription services and cookies may be used to remember if you are already registered and whether to show certain notifications which might only be valid to subscribed/unsubscribed users.

From time to time we offer user surveys and questionnaires to provide you with interesting insights, helpful tools, or to understand our user base more accurately. These surveys may use cookies to remember who has already taken part in a survey or to provide you with accurate results after you change pages. When you submit data to through a form such as those found on contact pages or comment forms cookies may be set to remember your user details for future correspondence.

In some special cases we also use cookies provided by trusted third parties. The following section details which third party cookies you might encounter through this site.

This site uses Google Analytics which is one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solution on the web for helping us to understand how you use the site and ways that we can improve your experience. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the site and the pages that you visit so we can continue to produce engaging content.

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Third party analytics are used to track and measure usage of this site so that we can continue to produce engaging content. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the site or pages you visit which helps us to understand how we can improve the site for you.

From time to time we test new features and make subtle changes to the way that the site is delivered. When we are still testing new features these cookies may be used to ensure that you receive a consistent experience whilst on the site whilst ensuring we understand which optimisations our users appreciate the most.

The Google AdSense service we use to serve advertising uses a DoubleClick cookie to serve more relevant ads across the web and limit the number of times that a given ad is shown to you.

For more general information on cookies see the Wikipedia article on HTTP Cookies.

For more information on Google AdSense see the Official Google AdSense privacy FAQ.

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However, if you are still looking for more information then you can contact us through one of the following methods. Thank you for your time!

S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories
Privacy Policy and Statement

This policy explains what information we collect when you use S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories website, services, mobile applications, products, and content (“Services”). It also has information about how we store, use, transfer, and delete that information. Our aim is not just to comply with privacy law. It is to earn your trust.

The Information We Collect & How We Use It
S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories doesn’t make any money from advertisements. So we don’t collect data in order to advertise to you. The tracking we do at S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories is to make our product/s work as well as possible. This includes basic product functions like allowing our metered paywall to work and key features like personalizing what posts you see based on what we think you’ll like. So, to give you the best possible experience, we collect information from your interactions with our Services. Some of this information, you actively tell us (such as your email address, which we use to track your account or communicate with you). Other information, we collect based on actions you take while using the S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories website, such as what pages you view (including how much of a given page and for how long) and your use of product features. This information includes records of those interactions, your Internet Protocol address, information about your device (such as device or browser type), and referral information (how you got to a particular page).

We use this information to:
● Provide, test, improve, promote and personalize the Services.
● Fight spam and other forms of abuse.
● Generate aggregate, non-identifying information about how people use the Services.

When you create your S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories account, and authenticate with a third-party service (like Twitter, Facebook or Google) we may collect, store, and periodically update information associated with that third-party account, such as your lists of friends or followers. We will never publish something through one of your third-party accounts without your express permission.

Information Disclosure
S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories
will NOT transfer information about you to third parties for the purpose of providing or facilitating third-party advertising to you. We will NEVER sell information about you to a third-party.

Public Data
Search engines may index your user profile page, public interactions (such as claps or highlights), and post pages, such that people may find these pages when searching against your name on services like Google, DuckDuckGo, or Bing. Users may also share links to your content on social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter.

Data Storage
S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories 
uses third-party vendors and hosting partners, such as 123-REG, Intel, and others for hardware, software, networking, storage, and related technology we need to run on our systems. We maintain two types of logs: server logs and event logs. By using the Services, you authorise S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories to transfer, store, and use your information in all and any other countries where we operate.

Tracking & Cookies
We use browser cookies and similar technologies to recognize you when you return to our Services. We use them in various ways, for example to log you in, remember your preferences (such as default language), evaluate email effectiveness, allow our paywall and meter to function, and personalize content and other services. Without cookies, our metered paywall would not work, so they are necessary to S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories basic functionality.

S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories saves data about the URLs you Save to our servers (an optional feature that you may choose to use or decline to use), but we do not otherwise track your visits or activities off Medium Services. We track your interactions within the S.R.L. Services (which encompasses, custom domains hosted by S.R.L., and your interactions with our mobile application/s).

Some third-party services that we use to provide the Service, such as Google Analytics, may place their own cookies in your browser. This Privacy Policy covers use of cookies by Medium only and not the use of cookies by third parties.

Modifying or Deleting Your Personal Information
If you have a S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories account, you can access, modify or export your personal information, or delete your account on request. To protect information from accidental or malicious destruction, we may maintain residual copies for a brief time period (generally several weeks). But, if you delete your account, your information and content will be unrecoverable after that time. Medium may preserve and maintain copies of your information beyond this time period when required to do so by law.

Data Security
We use encryption (HTTPS/TLS) to protect data transmitted to and from our site. However, no data transmission over the Internet is 100% secure, so we can’t guarantee security. You use the Service at your own risk, and you’re responsible for taking reasonable measures to secure your account.

Emails from
Sometimes we’ll send you emails about your account, service changes, new policies or other information. You can’t opt out of this type of “transactional” email (unless you delete your account). But, you can opt out of non-administrative emails such as digests, newsletters, and activity notifications through your account’s Settings page.

When you interact with an email sent from (such as opening an email or clicking on a particular link in an email), we may receive information about that interaction.

We WILL NOT EVER email you to ask for your password or other account information. If you receive such an email, please forward it to us at so we can investigate.

Changes to this Policy
We may periodically update this Policy. We’ll notify you about significant changes to it. The most current version of the policy will always be here and we will archive former versions of the policy here.

Your questions
We welcome feedback about this policy at

S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories collects and stores personal information about its users to customize their reading experience and enable personalized distribution of content. We DO NOT share data with anyone else.

Purposes of Processing
● Provide, test, promote, and improve the Services
● Gather usage statistics of services
● Provide customized reading experience
● Publish and distribute user-generated content
● Fight spam, fraud, and other abuse of services

Legal Bases
In order to provide the Services, we collect and store personal data about users to fulfill its contractual obligations to users as described in our Terms of Service and to Members as described in our Membership Terms of Service.

S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories also pursues its legitimate interests by collecting minimal data of logged out users to provide the Services, as outlined above, as well as to ensure that new users trying out the free member preview do not exceed their maximum limit of free articles per month before a paid subscription is required to read further. These legitimate interests are not outweighed by (nor do they violate) our users’ privacy interests because we collect minimal user data for these purposes and we are fully transparent about these activities.

Where S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories collects and stores personal data about non-users mentioned in user-generated content, it does so under performance of contract obligations to users who use the Services to publish content on web sites hosted by S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories. In such cases, users authoring such user-generated content containing personal data of third parties are responsible for that content. S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories will consider related complaints in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation’s rights of the data subject, as well as rights of expression and access to information.

Public Nature of Personal Data
Logged-in users may choose to interact publicly with the Services in the form of clapping for a post, highlighting parts of a post, following other user accounts, sharing links on connected social media accounts, or writing original posts. Where such personal data may reveal special category protected data, it is processed on the basis that it is manifestly made public by the user. Additional information on potential consequences of such processing can be found below. If you do not agree to this public usage, do not create an account or use these features of the Services.

Search engines may index your S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories user profile page, public interactions (such as claps or highlights), and post pages. Users may also share links to your content on social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter.

Categories of Personal Data Collected
Logged out users:
● Reading history
● IP address
● Browser information
● DNT status

Logged in users:
● Username
● Display name
● Bio
● Avatar image
● Email address (non-public)
● Session activity (security)
● Linked social media accounts (optional)
● IP address
● Browser information
● Reading history (on Medium Services only)
● Meta-data about URLs saved by using the optional feature Save to Medium
● Network interactions (recommends, follows, etc.)
● Posts, responses, or series published by user

S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories shares minimal personal data with third-party processors in order to provide the Services. These processors offer at least the same level of data protection as that set out in this statement. This includes the following categories of recipients:
● Hosting, Storage, & Other Infrastructure
● Security
● Analytics
● Communication & Support
● Payment Processors

Use of Algorithms to Personalize User Experience
S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories collects and stores personal data about its users to customize their reading experience by displaying content tailored to the preferences and interests indicated by the users (including through their reading history and Services interactions). This does not constitute automated decision-making as that phrase is used in the GDPR because it does not produce any legal effects or similarly significant effects for users. S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories also moderates content for the purposes of fighting and preventing spam, fraud, and other forms of abuse, and may rely on algorithms as part of doing so.

Potential Consequences of Processing
By creating and using an account on S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories, users may make certain personal data about themselves public and accessible to others on their profile and through network interactions. This may in some cases constitute special category protected data which is considered manifestly made public by the user. Due to the public nature of information posted to S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories, it may be possible for third parties to derive identifying personal data from posts, whether by reading, inference, supplemental research, or automated extraction and analysis. Users are free to use their real name and information, or a pseudonym of their choosing, for their account. Users may also choose to use the service without posting data or engaging in network interactions. However, if you do not agree with and accept the risks of such usage, you may not use the Services.

Cross-border Transfers
S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories is hosted in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States. By using our Services, you authorise S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories to transfer, store, and use your information in the UK, Europe and the USA and any other country where we operate. Where your data is disclosed to our processors, it is subject by contract to at least the same level of data protection as that set out in this statement. However, any data is always secured and encrypted.

S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories retains personal data associated with your account for the lifetime of your account. If you would like to delete your personal information, you can delete your account at any time. Deleted account profile pages will yield an error 404 “file not found” page, immediately upon initiating deletion, and will become unrecoverable in our system after a period of fourteen days. It may take several additional days for your personal data to be de-indexed from search engines, depending on those search engines’ practices, over which S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories may have limited or no control.

To delete your payment or billing information, you will need to do so with your payment provider, as S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories only has minimal secure access to those records as needed to provide the Services.

Rights of Data Subjects
If you sign up for a S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories account, you may at any time request an export of your personal information from the Settings page.

You may correct information associated with your account from the Settings page, and the Customize Your Interests page to update your interests.

You may withdraw consent by deleting your account at any time through the Settings page, which will erase your personal information completely within 14 days (except to the extent S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories is prevented by law from deleting your information).

You may object at any time to the use of your personal data by contacting If your complaint relates to alleged misuse of your personal data by a third party, it may result in suspension of that post or account in keeping with relevant law, public interest, our contractual obligations, and the rights of expression and access to information of others.

Under EU law you have the right to lodge a complaint regarding the processing of your personal data by S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories with the dedicated Supervisory Authority of your EU member state.

Subject Access Requests
For security and account ownership verification reasons, we process Subject Access Requests and account deletion requests from the account holder only. We are unable to process requests made by third-party services.

Contact Information
If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, you can contact us at

Contact Information : If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or any other matter, please contact us at