The Belgian Society of Cardiology (the “BSC“) operates bscardio.be and may operate other websites. It is the BSC’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.
Last updated: 24/10/2022
Like most website operators, BSC collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. The BSC’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how visitors use its website. From time to time, BSC may release aggregated non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g. by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
The BSC also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on bscardio.be sub sites. The BSC only discloses logged in user and related IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that related IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog/site where the comment was left.
Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to BSC’s websites choose to interact with the BSC in ways that require the BSC to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that is gathered depends on the nature of the interaction. Those who engage in transactions with BSC are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, the BSC collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with the BSC. The BSC does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
The BSC may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. The BSC may display this information publicly or provide it to others.
However, the BSC does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
The BSC discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on the BSC’s behalf or to provide services available at BSC’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organisations may be located outside of your home country; by using the BSC’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. The BSC will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, the BSC discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when the BSC believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of the BSC, third parties or the public at large.
If you are a registered user of an BSC website and have supplied your email address, the BSC may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with the BSC and related services. If you send us a request (for example via email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. The BSC takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
Sharing of information
The name, address and email information of BSC members is shared with the ESC, for the purposes of ESC Membership and with Taylor & Francis for the purpose of the distribution of the ACTA Cardiologica Journal.
The BSC may share information with congress partners. The scope and purposes for which this information sharing takes place are as follows:
- In the case of a virtual meeting platform we will exchange your Email address, family name, first name, title and RIZIV/INAMI number for the purposes of accreditation tracking. The RIZIV/INAMI organisation requires the BSC to demonstrate that attendees were present in a session for a majority of the time period.
- In the case of an onsite event the aforementioned information will also be shared with assigned PCO for the purposes of in person congress registration.
- Information about congress attendance (as mentioned previously) may be shared with sponsors.
If the BSC, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that the BSC goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of the BSC may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.
To receive accreditation from attending a congress the BSC uses your name, email and RIZIV/INAMI number to uniquely identify your attendance at sessions. If the congress is a virtual event this information is passed over to the congress portal when you click on the “Enter the Congress” button. For on-site events the badge number is used as the link to your name/email.
Terms and Conditions of Sale
The Terms and Conditions for any event or product ordered via the website can be found under on the /Commerce page. These do not change the aforementioned privacy provisions, only the commercial agreement.