Personal information- includes information that is unique to an individual, such as a name, address, job title, email address or telephone number.
Ghent University/Ghent University Hospital uses the information you provide to fulfill online requests and respond to customer service inquiries, or in other ways as required by law.
We may use your information:
Only those who need the information provided to perform a specific task have access to your information. These are authorized members of the Ghent University/Ghent University Hospital workforce, who are required to attend training on patient privacy and confidentiality. In some cases, third parties contracted by Ghent University/Ghent University Hospital may have access to your information to perform a specific task, for example, to send you an e-newsletter.
Ghent University/Ghent University Hospital makes every reasonable effort to ensure that your personal information remains as secure as possible. Accordingly, we prevent unauthorized access by a secure firewall and use of security technologies to protect the integrity and privacy of any personal information you provide.
As an additional security measure, your personal information is also encrypted during transmission by Secure Socket Layer 128-bit encryption software. (Encryption is a common method used to transmit sensitive data across the Internet. Encryption temporarily makes the text unreadable during the time it is being transmitted over the Internet.) This is an industry standard.
Although we endeavor to protect your personal information, Ghent University/Ghent University Hospital cannot warrant the security of any information you transmit to us through online applications, and you do so at your own risk. Depending on the nature of the inquiry, your communication could be discarded or archived.
Forms provided on Ghent University/Ghent University Hospital website may include event registration, newsletter signups, appointment requests and referral requests. The information required to complete the transaction is noted on each specific form. Although we provide robust security measures to protect the transmission of information, Ghent University/Ghent University Hospital is not responsible if unauthorized parties gain access to the confidential information shared in the online forms.
Occasionally, we will request personal information from you in order to deliver materials you have requested, respond to your questions or provide information. Ghent University/Ghent University Hospital keeps personal information on file, but does not share, sell, license or transmit this information to third parties or external vendors unless required to do so by legal, judicial or governmental proceedings, or in order to provide the services requested. Please note that email is considered a nonencrypted (and therefore nonsecure) form of communication, and it can be accessed and viewed by others without your knowledge and permission. For that reason, to protect your privacy, please do not use email to communicate information that you consider confidential.
The Ghent University/Ghent University Hospital website uses "cookies" to determine the number of times a page on the website has been accessed. Cookies are small computer files that a website can transfer to your computer. Examples of information we collect include how often someone visits our site and what they do while on our site. We use this information in the aggregate to understand how our visitors as a group use different resources and to help us improve our site. We also collect information about the activity of individual website users. For users who have opted in to receive updates or other information from Ghent University/Ghent University Hospital via email, these reports may contain personal information.
Most Internet browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can set your browser to refuse them or to alert you when they are being sent. You can access the information on the Ghent University/Ghent University Hospital website without enabling cookies in your browser.
Some sections of the Ghent University/Ghent University Hospital website may require login identifiers and/or passwords. You are responsible for taking reasonable steps to ensure that no unauthorized person has access to your password or account login information. It is your sole responsibility to control the use of login information and passwords, to authorize, monitor and control access to and use of your website account and password and to inform the website promptly of any need to deactivate a password.
Ghent University/Ghent University Hospital never shares any personal information you provide when requesting information with third parties, except as required by law or in order to provide the services requested. Ghent University/Ghent University Hospital occasionally will engage reputable third-party vendors to help us manage our website, provide content and information, and interact better with our patients and visitors.