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Privacy Statement

Privacy Statement

Your personal data is collected and processed by WONCA Association (hereinafter “WONCA”).

Legal Address: Effingerstrasse 1, 3011 Bern, Switzerland

Correspondence Address: Avenue des Arts 7-8, 1210 Brussels, Belgium

Belgian Company number: 0792.779.416

WONCA acts as the data controller for the Personal Data that is collected via the Website.

Scope of the Privacy Statement

WONCA values privacy and is therefore committed to protecting the (personal) data of all its stakeholders with the greatest possible care and to process personal data only in a fair and lawful manner. This Privacy Statement is applicable to our members and website visitors for the personal data collected and processed by WONCA through this website and the related services.

This Privacy Statement contains essential information on how WONCA as the data controller collects and processes personal data for what purposes and explains your rights as a data subject.

Processing of Personal Data

Personal data can be defined as any information that allows a natural person to be identified directly or indirectly. You can provide us with your personal data in the context of the following activities for the corresponding purposes and based on the stated grounds:

  • Contact form or correspondence: By completing the contact form on the website you consent to WONCA processing your name, email address, phone number, country, and your question or message. If you contact us directly (by e-mail, telephone, or letter), we will process your contact details and the content of this correspondence. We only use this information to sufficiently handle your question or message.
  • Newsletter: If you subscribe to our newsletter, you provide us with your email address. WONCA collects these data based on your consent and for the purpose of sending you relevant information and keeping you up to date with our latest news.
  • WONCA Shop: When you are buying an article from the WONCA shop, you are giving your consent that WONCA is collecting your name, postal address, postcode/zipcode, city, country, phone, email address.
  • WONCA Forums: By joining the WONCA Forums, you consent to WONCA processing your username, name, address of practitioner, country of residence, email address, national family medicine organization.
  • Submit a resource: By submitting a resource, you consent to WONCA processing your name and email address.
  • Website analytics: By accepting the cookies used on the website, you consent to WONCA processing your IP address, country, and behavioral data.

WONCA considers your personal data as confidential and commits to process it only in a way that is compatible with the purposes for which the data were initially collected.

Your Rights as a Data Subject

At all times the data subject has the possibility to exercise his or her rights as described in the General Data Protection Regulation. The data subject can exercise the following rights:

  • Right of access: You have the right at any time and free of charge to access your personal data and to request a copy of the personal data that WONCA collects about you.
  • Right to rectification: You always have the right to have incorrect personal data corrected or incomplete personal data completed.
  • Right to erasure (“right to be forgotten”): You can request to have your personal data erased from WONCA’s systems.
  • Right to object: You have the right to object to the processing of your personal data if the processing takes place on the ground of the legitimate interest of WONCA or on the ground of the public interest. We will stop processing unless we can prove that there are compelling legitimate grounds for the processing or for the exercise of legal claims. You can also object in the case of direct marketing so the personal data will no longer be processed for these purposes.
  • Right to withdraw consent: For the processing of your personal data collected by WONCA with your consent, you can withdraw your consent at any time. For example, you can always unsubscribe from the newsletters. However, the withdrawal of your consent does not apply to processing previously carried out by WONCA.
  • Right to restriction of processing: In certain cases, the data subject is entitled to obtain the restriction of the processing of his or her personal data. We will continue to store your data but will restrict its use. You can e.g., submit this request when you think that your personal data is inaccurate or the processing by WONCA is unjustified. We only have to grant these requests in specific cases as defined by law.
  • Right to data portability: The data subject has the right to receive the personal data concerning him or her, processed by WONCA in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and/or to transmit those data to another controller.

These rights can be exercised free of charge by sending an e-mail to [email protected]. We commit to answer your request within one month upon its receipt. It is possible that we request additional information first in order to confirm your identity and ensure the request originates from you.

Right to lodge a complaint: If at any time you believe that WONCA infringes your privacy, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the competent Supervisory Authority.

Disclosure to Third Parties

WONCA will refrain from disclosing or selling personal data of data subjects to third parties as well as publicly disclosing data subjects’ personal data unless in the following specific cases:

  • Personal data can be shared with third party service providers to which WONCA outsourced certain processing activities. In any case, they are limited to processing your personal data in accordance with our instructions. WONCA will conclude data processing agreements with such processors so they are obliged to comply with all obligations required by the applicable data protection legislation.
  • If it is required by applicable laws or regulations.
  • Regarding international transfers of personal data and processing outside the European Economic Area (EEA), your data are only transferred to parties in third countries such as software providers and cloud or mailing services when permitted under the applicable data protection legislation. We guarantee appropriate safeguards which ensure that your rights are also respected by the data recipient outside the EEA in accordance with an adequate level of data protection.

Retention of your Personal Data

WONCA acknowledges the importance of the protection of personal data. We do not retain your personal data longer than strictly necessary for the realisation of the purposes for which we received the data or for the execution of a contract or for fulfilling a legal obligation. The retention periods differ with regards to the type of processing activity and the purpose for which the personal data were collected.

The personal data that we collect on the basis of your consent will be kept by us for as long as your consent remains valid.

In all cases, personal data may be retained for a longer period if there is a legal or regulatory reason to do so or for a shorter period if the data subject objects to the processing of his/her personal data and there is no longer a legitimate reason to retain them.

We guarantee to only provide limited access to archived data and to remove or render anonymous your personal data if the retention period has passed.

Security and Confidentiality of your Personal Data

WONCA has taken technical and organisational security measures to prevent the destruction, loss, falsification, alteration, unauthorized access or disclosure of your personal data to third parties and any other unauthorized processing of these data.

We have made every effort to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the information systems and services that process personal data. These measures include physical and operational security measures, access control, awareness raising, and confidentiality clauses. All our employees and third parties engaged by us are obliged to respect the privacy and security of your data.

Contact Details

If you have comments, questions or concerns about any of the information in this Statement or any other issues relating to the processing of your personal data by WONCA, please contact us via [email protected].

In the event you prefer to contact us by post, please see below our address:

Avenue des Arts 7-8
1210 Brussels

Changes to this Privacy Statement

We may amend or update this Privacy Statement from time to time to reflect changes in our practices with respect to the processing of your personal data or changes in applicable law. We will be doing this by posting the updated version on this website. When we publish changes to our Privacy Statement, we will change the date and version number of the “last update” of our Privacy Statement. Significant changes will be reported on our homepage. Nevertheless, we encourage you to read our Privacy Statement periodically.

This version of the Privacy Statement is effective as of 15 March 2021.