Ghent University/Ghent University Hospital is committed to protecting the privacy and security of the users of the Vitiligo Calculator. This Privacy Policy will tell you what information we collect, how it is used and what your choices are.

By using the Vitiligo Calculator, you agree to acceptance of this Privacy Policy. Please read the following carefully before using the Vitiligo Calculator.

Information Collection and Use

Personal information- includes information that is unique to an individual, such as a name, address, job title, email address or telephone number.

If you submit to Ghent University/Ghent University Hospital any personal information relating to other people, you represent that you have the authority to do so and permit us to use the information in accordance with this privacy policy. By submitting personal information, you grant Ghent University/Ghent University Hospital the right to transmit, monitor, retrieve, store and use your information in connection with the operation of the Vitiligo Calculator.

How We Use This Information

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:

  • To help us improve the tools we offer
  • To personalize your experience and inform you about the tools in which you have indicated an interest
  • To send you information and updates
  • To respond to your questions and requests and improve customer service
  • To communicate changes to our privacy policy or legal notice

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. Those third parties are equally required to guarantee patient privacy and confidentiality of the information collected via the site.

Data Security

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.

The outcome of the scores that you generate will not be stored by Ghent University/Ghent University.

Online Forms

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.

Email Information

Occasionally, we will request personal information from you in order to deliver materials you have requested, to 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 at an aggregate level 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.

Third-Party Vendors/Content Providers

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.

Links to External Websites

This Website Privacy Policy applies only to the Ghent University/Ghent University Hospital website and app. In order to provide website users with other helpful information, the Ghent University/Ghent University Hospital website contains links to other websites. However, Ghent University/Ghent University Hospital provides no guarantees in relation to external organizations’ websites and this policy does not apply to external sites that are provided as links. We encourage you to read the Privacy Policies on any external websites before providing them with personal information.

Changes to This Policy

Ghent University/Ghent University Hospital has the right to change or update this Website Privacy Policy from time to time without notice; so please review it periodically to keep informed of any changes.