Privacy Policy

Version 1.0 - Last updated 04.04.2013 Please note that this Privacy Policy is still tentative and might evolve in the upcoming months.

SECTION I: Principles

Privacy is critically important to us. At the Global Health Forum we have a few fundamental principles:

  • - We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, or protect our rights. We do not sell, trade, share or transfer your personal data to any third parties
  • - We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of one of our services.
  • - In our websites products, we aim to make it as simple as possible for you to control what’s visible to the public, seen by search engines, kept private, and permanently deleted.

The Provider operates the Service in full compliance with Swiss laws on privacy and data protection. It is the Global Health Forum’ policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites. The Global Health Forum is not a Web service that exists primarily in order to collect personal data. This statement is a binding agreement between the Provider and each User. The User expressly consents to storage and processing of his/her personal data, as described and defined in this statement.

SECTION II: Master Data

What is master data?
Master data, in this statement, means all data related directly to a User as a person, irrespective of your actual usage of the Service. This includes i.e. a User’s name, e-mail address and other contact information, professional affiliation, research interest, information about what conferences the User attends and what Global Health Forum Groups the User is a member of.

What master data is collected and stored by the Global Health Forum?
The Global Health Forum stores data you enter and submit on the Web service; i.e., if you submit your academic career to your profile page, The Global Health Forum will store it. Or, if you join a group or a conference, the Global Health Forum will store that information.

What master data is processed by the Global Health Forum and why?
The Global Health Forum will process your data in order to run the Web service, for example, if any internet user visits your profile page, we process your data in order to show your profile page. Very basic data such as your profile is visible to all users. However, you can choose to make most of your data only visible to your closer professional connections or friends. The Global Health Forum will also process your master data randomly to provide dynamic Web pages to you that are individually adapted considering your master data. Furthermore, The Global Health Forum reserves the right to process your master data to generate anonymous statistics. Such anonymous statistics will contain no information about any individual user.

Does the Global Health Forum process my e-mail address and send e-mails?
The Global Health Forum process your email address solely to send e-mails to you containing information or notifications about the

How can I see what master data is stored and how can I change or delete it?
You can see and edit your data on your profile pages. You can also delete all your master data but your name, your e-mail address and your password. If you cancel your Global Health Forum subscription (if you wish to do so, you can do if from your profile, alternatively please contact The Global Health Forum by e-mail), we will delete all your data. Unlike some other Web services, The Global Health Forum will definitely not store any personal data of former users.

SECTION III: Traffic Data

What is traffic data?
Traffic data is data about your Global Health Forum usage. This is mainly tracking information on log-in times, duration, and activities while logged in Traffic data also includes your IP address/es and information sent automatically by your Web browser such as your browser software, preferred languages, and the name of your operating system.

What traffic does The Global Health Forum collect and store?
Like most website operators, the Global Health Forum 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 place, date and time of each visitor request. The Global Health Forum’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how the Global Health Forum’s visitors use its website. From time to time, the Global Health Forum may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

The Global Health Forum also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on the Global Health websites. The Global Health Forum only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that website commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.

The Global Health Forum reserves the right to process traffic data to generate anonymous statistics. The Global Health Forum may use this information to improve its services and user experience. The Global Health Forum may also process traffic data for security and fraud-detection reasons. The number of profile pages you viewed is a security measure for the protection of personal data. Processing this information helps The Global Health Forum detect and prevent “data harvesting”, meaning automatic retrieval of profile pages to gain many users’ personal data

The Global Health Forum platform may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, The Global Health Forum may monitor the most popular websites on the Global Health Forum site or use spam screened by our filters to help identify spam. The Global Health Forum may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, The Global Health Forum does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

How can I view stored traffic data, change or delete it?
Please contact the The Global Health Forum support team for any requests related to viewing, changing or deleting your traffic data. When you cancel your Global Health Forum subscription, we automatically delete your personal traffic data.


What are cookies?
Cookies are little files with information that are not stored by The Global Health Forum, but by your Web browser. A cookie is generated when The Global Health Forum sends such request to your Web browser and your web browser accepts it; later, your web browser will send that cookie back to The Global Health Forum on request.

Do I have to use cookies?
No. Cookies can make some functions more convenient for you, as they help to generate individualized pages, but The Global Health Forum can be used without cookies. Cookies are switched on by default in The Global Health Forum and in most Web browsers. You can switch off cookies on your Privacy Settings page; then, cookie requests will no longer be sent by The Global Health Forum. Please consult your Web browser's manual (or help file) for instructions how to delete existing cookies or how to tell your Web browser not to accept any.

What data is stored in cookies and why will it be processed?
If you choose to, there will be a cookie for your login information, so that you are automatically logged in when you visit The Global Health Forum. You must not use this option if the computer you use is not under your exclusive control, because other people using your computer will be able to log in to The Global Health Forum without a password. Furthermore, cookies can store information about the usage of certain pages or functions within The Global Health Forum. To generate such pages or functions dynamically, the information stored in the cookie will be processed randomly. The Global Health Forum will never store cookie data. Cookie data is always stored on your hard drive, and will never be processed independently from your usage of the The Global Health Forum network.

SECTION V: Transmission of data

Will the Global Health Forum sell personal data to any third parties?
No. The Global Health Forum will not sell or otherwise share personal data.

What about other third parties processing data on behalf of The Global Health Forum?
The Global Health Forum reserves the right to appoint third parties to certain tasks, such as database or software development. For that purpose, it might be necessary for personal data to be shared with and processed by such third parties. In this case, The Global Health Forum remains fully responsible for your personal data and will bind any and all third parties to a written agreement ensuring they comply with this statement on privacy and data protection. The Global Health Forum is committed to its user's privacy, hence we are dedicated to choosing a contractor that is trustworthy, and who will operate under the legal regime of Swiss law.

SECTION VI: Privacy and Data Protection Supervision

Whom can I contact if I have a request or complaint about Privacy or Data Protection?
The Global Health Forum considers privacy and data protection to be very important issues, as they directly affect the trust between us and our valued users. Therefore, The Global Health Forum has implemented specific measures to supervise data protection issues. For any requests or complaints relating to privacy and data protection, please contact the Global Health Forum team.

SECTION VII: Changes to Statement on Privacy and Data Protection

How does The Global Health Forum notify Users of changes in this Statement on Privacy and Data Protection?
By using the Service, you expressly agree to this Statement on Privacy and Data Protection.

Although most changes are likely to be minor, the Global Health Forum may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and at the sole discretion of the Global Health Forum. The Global Health Forum encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

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