Privacy Policy

We are committed to protecting your privacy. Keeping your information secure is one of the reasons EUROSPINE, the Spine Society of Europe ("EUROSPINE") will never sell ads. In this notice, you can read about the information we collect from you when you visit (“Website”) and how we use it. If you have any questions or concerns, you can email us at:

In this Privacy Policy we inform you about possible rights you are entitled to. Such rights depend on the data protection laws applicable to us. Therefore, you may have further rights than set forth in this Privacy Policy or certain rights may not be accessible to you. If you do not provide the information requested from us, we may not be able to maintain your membership, provide you information about our activities and the functionality of the Website may be limited.

1. What information do we collect about you?
This notice applies to all information collected or submitted on the Website, including but not limited to software and other downloads. We collect this Information in order to conveniently inform you about our activities, or for technical reasons.
The information we may collect includes:Information about (1) your internet connection, (2) the browser type and version used, (3) the operating system used by the accessing the Website, (3) the website from which an accessing system reaches our Website (so-called referrers), (4) the equipment you use to access our Website, (5) and usage details such as date and time of access to the Website;Information about your IP addresses, and information collected through cookies[, web beacons,] [and other tracking technologies];Anonymous usage statistics.
2. What information do we collect through automatic data collection technologies?
Cookies (or browser cookies). A cookie is a small file placed on the hard drive of your computer. You may refuse to accept browser cookies by activating the appropriate setting on your browser. However, if you select this setting you may be unable to access certain parts of our Website. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies when you direct your browser to our Website.

Flash Cookies. Certain features of our Website may use local stored objects (or Flash cookies) to collect and store information about your preferences and navigation to, from, and on our Website. Flash cookies are not managed by the same browser settings as are used for browser cookies. For information about managing your privacy and security settings for Flash cookies, visit the Flash player settings page on Adobe’s website.

Web Beacons (tracking pixels). Pages of the Website and our e-mails may contain small electronic files known as web beacons (also referred to as clear gifs, pixel tags, and single-pixel gifs) that permit us, for example, to count users who have visited those pages or opened an email and for other related Website statistics (for example, recording the popularity of certain Website content and verifying system and server integrity).
Host Europe GmbH. In order to fulfil the above purposes, it may also be necessary to pass on your data to the aforementioned hosting company. It is a prevailing legitimate interest to use a professional IT infrastructure to ensure the proper functioning of the website.  

3. On what basis we use your information?
We use your personal information on the following bases:To fulfill our contract with you, in particular to provide you with the goods or services you have requested or purchased from us, courses, publications and other content, accreditation and compliance.For legitimate purposes, to better understand the needs, concerns, and interests of our members and customers so that we can operate optimally as an association.To comply with legal and regulatory obligations, in particular to response to subpoenas, court orders, or other legal process, or to establish or exercise our legal rights or to defend against legal claims.We do not use your personal data for activities where our interests are overridden by the impact on you (unless we have your consent or are otherwise required or permitted to by law). You can obtain further information about how we assess our legitimate interests against any potential impact on you in respect of specific activities by contacting us at With limited exceptions (for instance, in relation to some of our marketing and promotion activities), generally we do not rely on consent as the legal basis for processing your personal data.
4. How we use your information?
We use your personal information for membership administration, to deliver member benefits to you, and to inform you of our activities, content, and other benefits or opportunities associated with your membership. We may also use this information to help us understand our members’ needs and interests to better tailor our offerings and services to meet your needs.
Sometimes we may use anonymous information about your use of our Website in combination with other users’ usage to make decisions about the contents and design of the Website. We may also share these anonymous statistics with potential sponsors and partners.
We may disclose your information in response to subpoenas, court orders, or other legal process, or to establish or exercise our legal rights or to defend against legal claims.
We may disclose your information when we believe it necessary or desirable in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, violations of our policies, and/or to protect our rights and property. 

5. How we share your information with third parties?
We do not reveal your personal data to third-parties for their independent use unless: (1) you request or authorize it; (2) it’s in connection with our general meetings, courses, accreditation and compliance as described above; (3) the information is provided to comply with the law (for example, to comply with a search warrant, subpoena or court order), enforce an agreement we have with you, or to protect our rights, property or safety, or the rights, property or safety of our employees or others; (4) the information is provided to our agents, vendors or service providers who perform functions on our behalf; (5) to address emergencies or acts of God; or (6) to address disputes, claims, or to persons demonstrating legal authority to act on your behalf; and (7) through our member directory. We may also gather aggregated data about our members and Website visitors and disclose the results of such aggregated (but not personally identifiable) information to our partners, service providers, advertisers and/or other third parties for marketing or promotional purposes.

6. What are your rights on your information?
The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation and other countries’ privacy laws provide certain rights for data subjects.

You can view, edit, or delete your personal data online. If you wish to confirm that we are processing your personal data, or to have access to the personal data we may have about you, please contact us at Reasonable access to your personal data will be provided at no cost to you by us. If access cannot be provided within a reasonable time frame, we will provide you with a date when the information will be provided. If for some reason access is denied, we will provide an explanation as to why access has been denied.

You may also request information about: the purpose of the processing; the categories of personal data concerned; who else outside us might have received the data from us; what the source of the information was (if you did not provide it directly to us); and how long it will be stored. You have a right to correct (rectify) the record of your personal data maintained by us if it is inaccurate. You may request that we erase that data, cease or restrict processing it, subject to certain exceptions. In case of automated decision making, including profiling, you may request human intervention or challenge a decision.

In many countries, you have a right to lodge a complaint with the appropriate data protection authority if you have concerns about how we process your Information. When technically feasible, we will — at your request — provide your Information to you or transmit it directly to another controller.

7. How we keep your information safe?
We have put in place systems to safeguard the information you provide to us. We will never provide access to our databases to any third party, except to the extent necessary to conduct the operations of the Website and our activities (see section, What information do we collect through automatic data collection technologies).

8. How long we keep your information?
We process and store the personal data of you only for the period necessary to achieve the purpose of storage, or as far as this is granted by laws or regulations to which we are subject to. The criteria used to determine the period of storage of personal data is the respective statutory retention period. After expiration of that period, the corresponding data is routinely deleted, as long as it is no longer necessary for the fulfillment of the contract or the initiation of a contract.

If the storage purpose is not applicable, or if a storage period prescribed by the European legislator or another competent legislator expires, the personal data are routinely blocked or erased in accordance with legal requirements.

9. Who is responsible?
The controller of the processing of your Information is:

EUROSPINE, the Spine Society of Europe
c/o Pfister Treuhand AG
Bankstrasse 4
8610 Uster


Our Website contains links to other websites. This Privacy Policy only applies to this Website. So, when you link to other websites you should read their own privacy policies. We keep our Privacy Policy under regular review, and we will place any updates on this Website. This Privacy Policy was last updated December 2022.

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