This statement describes the policies and practices of HematosLife.org regarding the collection and use of your personal information from your visit to our web site and your use of our other Internet services. HematosLife.org is committed to maintaining the privacy of visitors to our Site and users of our Internet services.
To monitor site usage and improve its quality, we gather general information about the use of our Site. Every time access is made to a page on the HematosLife.org website and every time a file is viewed, so-called log files are stored recording these occurrences. The data thus stored serves exclusively for statistical purposes pertaining to the internal system. In detail, the following data-set is stored on every access to this Site:
* Date and time of accessing
* IP address
* Type of web browser, monitor resolution and operating system used
* Name of the file accessed
* the accessing domain and referrer (URL of the page from which you made connection with our website)
* Volume of data accessed
* Report as to whether the access was successful
These data could possibly be used for identification but, in fact, no use is made of any person-related data. This enables the data to be evaluated for statistical purposes, whereby the anonymity of the user, however, remains guaranteed. HematosLife.org may share these anonymous aggregate statistics with other parties to provide general information about our services, to sell advertising, or arrange business relationships.
Person-related data, such as your name, address or telephone number, are only recorded if you volunteer this information to us when sending us an e-mail, filling in forms, answering a questionnaire, or responding to a request for information or material, etc.
For technical reasons and for the further development of means for combating spam, all information that you voluntarily transmit to us by completing forms (e.g. when requesting information regarding events, when filling out the feedback form, etc.) is recorded. In the case of a misuse of our offer, attacks or publications with illegal content matter, the data transmitted is passed on by order of the court.
Should you wish to receive regular information about HematosLife.org through our mailing list, we need from you a valid e-mail address as well as information which enables us to ascertain that you are the owner of said e-mail address and/or that the owner of the e-mail address is in agreement with receiving such information. At any time, you are entitled to withdraw your consent to the recording of your e-mail address or the use of same for the purpose of sending information.
Information transmitted to us via answer forms or e-mails, respectively, is additionally stored on a local pc (in order to enable us to document the communication and response more promptly to questions, etc.). On written request, we erase also this information / these e-mails immediately.
Your person-related data is neither sold nor passed on to third parties without your prior consent.
Person-related data is erased
* if you so request this in writing,
* if it is no longer necessary to store such data for the intended purpose or
* the storage of said data is otherwise impermissible for legal reasons.
On some of the pages of our website, so-called Cookies are used. Cookies are text files that can be sent to your computer by a web server so that the computer can be identified during your visit. The default settings of most browsers automatically accept cookies. However you can set your browser so that it will inform you when cookies are sent or you can deactivate the storing of cookies.
If you leave our site via a link to another site, it may happen that cookies are also sent by the addressee of the selected site. We are not legally responsible for these cookies. For information on the use of such cookies and the information stored thereon by the providers of other sites, please refer to their respective declarations regarding data protection.
You post User Content on the Site at your own risk. Although we allow you to set privacy options that limit access to your pages, please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. We cannot control the actions of other Users with whom you may choose to share your pages and information. Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that User Content you post on the Site will not be viewed by unauthorized persons. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the Site. You understand and acknowledge that, even after removal, copies of User Content may remain viewable in cached and archived pages or if other Users have copied or stored your User Content.
By applying all necessary technical and organisational security measures we endeavour to store your person-related data in such a manner that they are accessible neither to third parties nor to the general public. Should you wish to contact us via e-mail, we draw your attention to the fact that the confidentiality of information transmitted by this mode of communication cannot be fully guaranteed. Hence we recommend you to send us confidential information exclusively by post.
Information to Process Transactions
When you use our Site to register for events, purchase products or services, or join forum groups, we will collect information necessary to process the transaction. This may include your name, address, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail address, and credit card number or other payment information. This payment information is encrypted in order to assure that your private information is transmitted in a secure fashion, but please understand that no one can guarantee that unlawful or inappropriate use by third parties will not happen.
If we collect information for payment purposes, it is stored and used by us or by others we contract with to process orders only to process the transaction and is discarded immediately after the transaction is complete.
We may provide information to service providers to help us bring you the services we offer. Specifically, we may use third parties to facilitate our activites, such as to host the service at a co-location facility for servers, to send out email updates about HematosLife.org, to remove repetitive information from our user lists, to process payments for products or services, or to provide search results or links (including sponsored links). In connection with these offerings and business operations, our service providers may have access to your personal information for use for a limited time in connection with these business activities. Where we utilize third parties for the processing of any personal information, we implement reasonable contractual and technical protections limiting the use of that information to the HematosLife.org-specified purposes
HematosLife.org takes appropriate precautions to protect our users' information. Your account information is located on a secured server behind a firewall. When you enter sensitive information (such as credit card number), we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). (To learn more about SSL, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secure_Sockets_Layer). Because email and instant messaging are not recognized as secure communications, we request that you not send private information to us by email or instant messaging services. If you have any questions about the security of HematosLife.org Web Site, please contact at: info [at] hematoslife dot org
HematosLife.org may be required to disclose user information pursuant to lawful requests, such as subpoenas or court orders, or in compliance with applicable laws. HematosLife.org does not reveal information until HematosLife.org has a good faith belief that an information request by law enforcement or private litigants meets applicable legal standards. Additionally, HematosLife.org may share account or other information when HematosLife.org believes it is necessary to comply with law, to protect HematosLife.org interests or property, to prevent fraud or other illegal activity perpetrated through the HematosLife.org service or using the HematosLife.org name, or to prevent imminent bodily harm. This may include sharing information with other companies, lawyers, agents or government agencies.
Unlike most sites on the Web, HematosLife.org limits access to site information by third party search engine "crawlers" (e.g. Google, Yahoo, MSN, Ask). HematosLife.org takes action to block access by these engines to personal information beyond your name, profile picture, and limited aggregated data about your profile (e.g. number of forum postings).
We will sometimes use your e-mail address, address, phone number or other information to confirm a transaction, verify your identity, send you general information such as newsletters, or for similar purposes, either directly or through others we contract with. We will not disclose any information to third parties for any other purpose, and we will not sell mailing lists. In some cases, you will be given the choice not to have your information used for some of these purposes. In those cases, you will see information on how to make that choice.
If you send us questions that are similar to other questions that we have already received, we may decide to use such information to improve our website and to add the questions, in anonymous, form on our Site The originator of all and any information communicated on this website or the owner of same is responsible for the truthfulness and correctness of said information. We may occasionally use your name and email address to send you notifications regarding new services offered by HematosLife.org that we think you may find valuable.
If you choose to use our invitation service to tell a friend about our site, we will ask you for information needed to send the invitation, such as your friend's email address. We will send your friend an email or instant message in your name inviting him or her to visit the site, and may send up to two reminders to them. HematosLife.org stores this information to send invitations and reminders, to register a friend connection if your invitation is accepted, to allow you to see invitations you have sent, and to track the success of our referral program. Your friend may contact us through the form on our help page to request that we remove this information from our database.
Changes to this Statement
The material contained within the HematosLife.org website includes copyrighted animations, photographs, images, videos, text, music, and sounds (collectively, the "Content").
The "Site" refers to the HematosLife.org website, its content, design, organisation, layout and functions.
You may contact us about our privacy practices at any time:
By e-mail at: info [at] hematoslife dot org
This policy is effective as of May 2009 © HematosLife.org