PRIVACY POLICY – ETOP-EU.ORG

SCOPE. The European Thoracic Oncology Platform respects the privacy of visitors to its websites, as a result, we have developed this website privacy statement. This website privacy statement applies only to the operation of websites owned by European Thoracic Oncology Platform ("ETOP") that directly link to this statement when you click on "privacy statement" in the website footers.

PERSONAL INFORMATION COLLECTED AND PROCESSED. Through this website ETOP will collect various information about you as follows:

Identifiable Information Submitted by you. We will collect personal information from you that can identify you, such as your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and other similar information ("Your Information") when it is voluntarily submitted to us. You may be submitting Your Information to us through our registration page or through a portion of the site that allows you to contact us. We will clearly indicate to you on this site when we collect this information from you.

Web Server logs. Like the vast majority of Internet websites, we automatically gather webserver log information from you when you visit one of our websites by the computer that hosts our website (called a "webserver"). The webserver automatically recognises some non-personal information, such as your IP Address, the date and time you visited our site, the pages you visited on our site, the website you came from, the type of browser you are using (e.g., Internet Explorer), the type of operating system you are using (e.g., Windows 2000), and the domain name and address of your Internet Service Provider (e.g., AOL). If our site is using cookies (which is disclosed below), the webserver will also collect this information. We often review the server logs to see what website pages are being visited to get a better understanding of how the site is being used by our visitors. This is popularly known as Web Statistics and allows us to maintain and enhance our service. In addition, in cases of system abuse, we may use this information in conjunction with your Internet Service Provider and/or local authorities to trace the source of any such abuse.

IP Addresses. This website uses Internet Protocol (IP) Addresses. An IP Address is a number assigned to your computer by your Internet Service Provider so you can access the Internet. Generally, an IP address changes each time you connect to the Internet (it is a "dynamic" address). Note, however, that if you have a broadband connection, depending on your individual circumstance, it is possible that your IP Address that we collect, or even perhaps a cookie we use, may contain information that could be deemed identifiable. This is because with some broadband connections your IP Address doesn't change (it is "static") and could be associated with your personal computer. IP Addresses are used as part of the webserver log information as stated above.

Cookies. This website uses a technology called a "cookie". A cookie is a piece of information that our webserver sends to your computer (actually to your browser file) when you access a website. This section details what cookies we set, how to find cookies on your machine, and how to change your privacy settings to restrict the use of cookies.

Please keep in mind that restricting the use of cookies may impact your user experience, and may result in this (and other) sites becoming inaccessible for you. We use the following types of cookies on this site:

i) Webtrends
Our Web server will install a cookie on your machine in order to aid the accuracy of a statistical program called "webtrends." While a profile can be built up of a user's surfing habits through the use of this cookie, the cookie itself contains no Personal Information. We use these profiles to establish common surfing patterns of our users, which helps us to maintain and enhance the service we provide. This cookie will remain on your computer indefinitely, even after you leave our site.

ii) Session Cookies
As you surf around our site, there are often times when we need to remember technical information about you as you surf page to page. We use this technical information in a multitude of ways to enhance your user experience. This cookie contains no personally identifiable information and only lasts until you end your session and leave our site.

iii) Persistent or Login Session Cookie
When you log into a restricted area, we may set a cookie on your PC, to remember your login details. This can be used for your convenience so that on subsequent visits, you aren't required to provide the entire login information again. This cookie will remain on your computer indefinitely, even after you leave our site.
Third party cookies on our sites. ETOP does not allow third parties to set cookies on your computer through this website unless these cookies are set at our request and are under our direct control and are not used or accessed by such third party except as set forth in this statement.

Refusing and/or Controlling Cookies. Most of this website will still be visible to you if you elect not to allow cookies to be placed on your computer; however, certain functions such as becoming a registered user, may not be available. There are different methods for viewing and deleting cookies set on your machine, depending on the browser you are using. Below are instructions if you have Internet Explorer 7.0 or above. If you use another browser, we recommend you visit the website of the manufacturer, where you should be able to find this information or visit a site such as http://www.aboutcookies.org/deletecookies.html.

To view cookies for Internet Explorer 7.0 or above:
1. Choose Tools, then
2. Internet Options
3. Click the General tab
4. Click Settings
5. View Files

To control cookies if you have Internet Explorer 7.0 or above:
1. Choose Tools, then
2. Internet Options
3. Click the Privacy Tab
4. Click on Custom Level
5. Click on the 'Advanced' button
6. Check the 'override automatic cookie handling' box and select Accept, Block or Prompt for action as appropriate.

USES AND DISCLOSURES. We will use Your Information to respond to requests you may make of us, and from time to time, we may refer to Your Information to better understand your needs and how we can improve our websites, products and services. We may also use Your Information to contact you and/or provide you with general health information (like information on certain health conditions) as well as information about our products and services. We may also enhance or merge Your Information with data obtained from third parties for the same purposes.

We may share Your Information with agents, contractors or partners of ETOP in connection with services that these individuals or entities perform for, or with, ETOP. These agents, contractors or partners are restricted from using this data in any way other than to provide services for ETOP, or services for the collaboration in which they and ETOP are engaged. We may, for example, provide Your Information to agents, contractors or partners for hosting our databases, for data processing services, or so that they can mail you information that you requested. ETOP requires that such contractors enter into contractual guarantees to observe security and privacy obligations at least as stringent as those set forth in this Privacy Policy.

ETOP reserves the right to share Your Information to respond to duly authorised information requests of governmental authorities or where required by law.

We may also provide Your Information to a third party in connection with the sale, assignment, or other transfer of the business of this website to which the information relates, in which case we will require any such buyer to agree to treat Your Information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Any third parties we share data with (except for governmental agencies to whom disclosure is required by law) will be contractually obligated to provide a level of privacy protection at least as high as that provided for in this policy.

CHOICES.

Access and Correction.
We provide you with the ability to edit the information in your user account information that you provided to us in registration by using your personal page configuration area. You may request deletion of your user account by e-mailing us to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. including your Last Name, First Name, e-mail address and Post Code; you will be notified when your account has been deleted. Content or other data that you may have provided to us and that is not contained within your user account, such as posts that may appear within our forums, may continue to remain on our site at our discretion even though your user account is deleted.


INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS.
Your Information may be transferred internationally among ETOP's business partners and agents as set forth in the "Use and Disclosures" section of this Privacy Statement. This website is hosted in Switzerland. That means that Your Information that you provide as well as the other information set forth in the "personal information collected and processed" section, is automatically transferred to this hosting centre for storage and processing.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION.
Minors. You should be aware that this site is not intended for, or designed to attract, individuals under the age of 18. We do not collect personally identifiable information from any person we actually know is an individual under the age of 18.

Links to other sites. As a convenience to our visitors, this website currently contains links to a number of sites that we believe may offer useful information. The policies and procedures we described here do not apply to those sites. We suggest contacting those sites directly for information on their privacy, security, data collection, and distribution policies. ETOP cannot be held liable for any actions by or content of such third-party sites.

Changes to this Website Privacy Statement. We may update this Website Privacy Statement from time to time. When we do update it, for your convenience, we will make the updated policy available on this page. We will provide 30 days notice prior to the effective date of the new policy. Last Updated: September 24, 2010.

CONTACT INFORMATION.
If you have any questions about this policy or our website, please feel free to contact the ETOP Administrator in Switzerland at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..