Privacy Policy for AIMS

Back to AIMS home page

This policy discloses the privacy practices for the AIMS (Artificial Intelligence for Molecular Sciences) cloud-based molecular design software developed and operated by the Institute for Future Intelligence (IFI), a non-profit research organization based in Massachusetts that is dedicated to promoting STEM education and research. This policy applies solely to information collected by AIMS for service and research purposes.

Data Collection, Use, and Sharing

If you would like to store your AIMS design files on the cloud, you will need to register with AIMS so that it can create an account for you. Currently, AIMS allows you to sign in using the so-called OAuth-based Google Sign-In, which is provided by Google to simplify the registration process with a third-party app like AIMS with a single click. All the user authentication steps are securely handled by Google. When you sign into AIMS using this service from Google, AIMS collects only a unique alphanumeric string (such as P2wNcxhEdas8BN11hBstfZdDau2) for use to create and access your AIMS account — No personally identifiable data such as your name and email is gathered from you. IFI has no knowledge about your Google account. The alphanumeric ID string is used only with AIMS and cannot be used to log into any other app or website.

With an AIMS account, you receive benefits such as storing your files on the cloud, sharing your designs with others, being notified when someone is interested in your work, and using other computational and communal facilities within AIMS. While you are using these free services provided by AIMS, we may also collect usage data to support our research on how people learn and work with AIMS. The purpose is to use the information to improve our products and services for future uses. In some cases, we may share these information with researchers outside IFI through inter-institutional collaboration agreements. Again, these information contain no personally identifiable data about anyone.

Your Access to and Control Over Information

If you still do not feel comfortable about the above privacy statement, you may opt out of any future relationship with AIMS at any time. You can do the following by emailing

  • See what data we have about you, if any;
  • Change/correct any data we have about you;
  • Ask us to delete any data we have about you;
  • Express any concern you have about our use of your data.

As we have no other way to identify your data, please provide your alphanumeric ID string in your communication with us so that we can entertain your request. Your alphanumeric ID string can be found in the "My Account Settings" page within AIMS.


This policy may change from time to time and all updates will be posted on this page.

If you feel that we are not abiding by this privacy policy, you should contact us immediately via email:

Back to AIMS home page