Your access to systems and networks owned by Broad Institute is governed by, and subject to the following terms and conditions, as well as all Federal laws, including, but not limited to, the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. 552a, if the applicable Broad Institute system maintains individual Privacy Act information. Your access to Broad Institute systems constitutes your consent to the retrieval and disclosure of the information within the scope of your authorized access, subject to the Privacy Act, and applicable State and Federal laws.
Modification of the Agreement
The Broad Institute maintains the right to modify the Terms of Service, and may do so by posting notice of such modifications on this page. Any modification made is effective immediately upon posting the modification (unless otherwise stated). You should visit this page periodically to review the current Terms of Service.
You agree to access and use Terra for lawful purposes only. You are solely responsible for the knowledge of and adherence to any and all laws, statutes, rules, and regulations pertaining to your use of Terra.
By accessing and using Terra, you agree that you must:
- Conduct only authorized business on the system.
- Access Terra using only your own individual account. Group or shared accounts are NOT permitted.
- Maintain the confidentiality of your authentication credentials such as your password.
Do not reveal your authentication credentials to anyone; a Broad Institute employee should never ask you to reveal them.
- Report all security incidents or suspected incidents (e.g., lost passwords, improper or suspicious acts) related to Broad Institute systems and networks to the Broad Institute Operations Center (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Follow proper logon/logoff procedures. You must manually logon to your session; do not store you password locally on your system or utilize any automated logon capabilities. You must promptly logoff when session access is no longer needed. If a logoff function is unavailable, you must close your browser. Never leave your computer unattended while logged into the system.
- Ensure that Web browsers use Secure Socket Layer (SSL) version 3.0 (or higher) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 (or higher). SSL and TLS must use a minimum of 256 bit, encryption.
- Safeguard system resources against waste, loss, abuse, unauthorized use or disclosure, and misappropriation.
- Contact the Broad Institute Chief Information Security Officer or the Broad Institute Operations Center (email@example.com) if you do not understand any of these rules.
By accessing and using Terra, you agree that you must NOT:
- Use Terra to commit a criminal offense, or to encourage others to conduct acts that would constitute a criminal offense or give rise to civil liability.
- Process U.S. classified national security information on the system.
- Browse, search or reveal any protected data by Broad Institute except in accordance with that which is required to perform your legitimate tasks or assigned duties.
- Retrieve protected data or information, or in any other way disclose information, for someone who does not have authority to access that information.
- Establish any unauthorized interfaces between systems, networks, and applications owned by Broad Institute.
- Upload any content that contains a software virus, such as a Trojan Horse or any other computer codes, files, or programs that may alter, damage, or interrupt the daily function of Terra and its users.
- Post any material that infringes or violates the academic/intellectual rights of others.
- View or use TCGA controlled access data hosted on Terra unless you are authorized through dbGaP.
- Share or distribute TCGA controlled access data hosted on Terra with other users unless they have dbGaP authorization.
You must sign up to Terra under a Google-managed identity. Both private Gmail accounts and institutional Google Apps accounts are allowed. For increased security when using Terra, we recommend enabling 2-Step verification for your Google-managed identity.
Restrictions on the Use of Shared and Group Accounts
You cannot access Terra using group or shared accounts. The credentials used for authenticating to Terra must belong to a single individual.
Restrictions on the Use of Tutorial Workspaces
Terra provides tutorial workspaces preloaded with best practice analysis pipelines and example data from TCGA. These workspaces are intended for tutorial purposes only, not for computing on personal data.
You must not upload your own data sets to these workspaces, nor should you add tools (Method Configs). If you do not follow these guidelines, your Firecloud account may be deactivated.
Accessing a Government Website
Upon logging on to Terra, a notification message informs you that you are entering a U.S. Government website. Please review and adhere to the content in this message. Terra usage may be monitored, recorded, and subject to audit, and use of Terra indicates consent to monitoring and recording. Unauthorized use of Terra is prohibited and subject to criminal and civil penalties.
Your level of access to systems and networks owned by Broad Institute is limited to ensure your access is no more than necessary to perform your legitimate tasks or assigned duties. If you believe you are being granted access that you should not have, you must immediately notify the Broad Institute Operations Center (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Restricted Use of TCGA Controlled-Access Data
To access TCGA controlled access data, you must first request to link your Terra account to the eRA Commons or NIH identity under which you are granted dbGaP authorized access. If you have dbGaP authorized access, Terra permits read access to the TCGA controlled-access data files. If the NIH or eRA commons identity authentication fails or the authenticated identity no longer appears in the NIH-provided whitelist, you can no longer access TCGA controlled access data files. It is your responsibility to delete any TCGA controlled-access data in your personal workspaces if you lose dbGaP authorized access. You must also refrain from distributing TCGA controlled access data to users unless they have dbGaP authorized access.
Termination of Use
We may in our sole discretion suspend/terminate your access to Terra without notification for violation of the Terms of Service, or for other conduct that we deem harmful/unlawful to others. We may also periodically review accounts for which a user has not logged on.
Terra may provide links that are maintained or controlled by external organizations. The listing of links is not an endorsement of information, products, or services, and do not imply a direct association between the Broad Institute and the operators of the outside resource links.
By accessing Terra, you expressly consent to monitoring of your actions and all content or data transiting or stored therein. We reserve the right to delete, move, or edit any data, which we consider to be unacceptable or inappropriate whether for legal or other reasons.
Disclaimer of Warranty
You expressly understand and agree that your use of Terra, or any material available through it, is at your own risk. Neither the Broad Institute nor its employees warrant that Terra will be uninterrupted, problem-free, free of omissions, or error-free; nor do they make any warranty as to the results that may be obtained from Terra.
Limitation of Liability
In no event will the Broad Institute or its employees be liable for the incidental, indirect, special, punitive, exemplary, or consequential damages, arising out of your use of or inability to use Terra, including without limitation, loss of revenue or anticipated profits, loss of goodwill, loss of data, computer failure or malfunction, or any and all other damages.