Privacy policy

The Belgian Society of Lymphology (the “BeSL“) operates and may operate other websites. It is the BeSL’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.

Last updated: 29/05/2024

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, BeSL 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 BeSL’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how visitors use its website. From time to time, BeSL 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 BeSL also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on sub sites. The BeSL 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 BeSL’s websites choose to interact with the BeSL in ways that require the BeSL 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 BeSL are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, the BeSL collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with the BeSL. The BeSL 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.

Aggregated Statistics

The BeSL may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. The BeSL may display this information publicly or provide it to others.
However, the BeSL does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

The BeSL 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 BeSL’s behalf or to provide services available at BeSL’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 BeSL’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. The BeSL 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 BeSL discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when the BeSL believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of the BeSL, third parties or the public at large.

If you are a registered user of an BeSL website and have supplied your email address, the BeSL 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 BeSL 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 BeSL 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 BeSL 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 BeSL 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 symposium registration.

Information about symposium attendance (as mentioned previously) may be shared with sponsors.

Business Transfers

If the BeSL, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that the BeSL 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 BeSL may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

Symposium Accreditation

To receive accreditation from attending a congress the BeSL 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.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, the BeSL may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and at the BeSL’s sole discretion. The BeSL encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. If you have a account, you might also receive an alert informing you of these changes. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. The BeSL uses cookies to help the BeSL identify and track visitors, their usage of the BeSL website, and their website access preferences. BeSL visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using the BeSL’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of the BeSL’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.