Privacy & General Data Security Policy


This Data Privacy and Security Policy is a dynamic document, which will reflect our continuing vigilance to properly handle and secure information that we are trusted to maintain.  This privacy policy informs you about the information we collect and how we may share it and your choices regarding the sharing of your personal information. This policy applies to the website, Social Media pages, Mobiles Applications, Contact form, registration form, Membership Application form, newsletter registration and other places where we may collect personal information.

By registering under, you are accepting the practices described in this “Privacy & General Data Security Policy”.
The “Website” includes, without limitation the MELANOMAGROUP Website, statistics collections, and any other online platforms and/or mobiles applications used by MELANOMAGROUP which could require your personal data.

This policy is also designed to establish processes for ensuring the security and confidentiality of confidential information and to establish administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to protect against unauthorized access or use of this information.


MELANOMAGROUP respects your privacy and is committed to protecting the confidentiality of your personal information. This policy explains how MELANOMAGROUP collects and uses members and site visitors’ information, and how it protects your privacy. It also explains how you can manage your own personal information held by MELANOMAGROUP in the ‘Membership area’ of the MELANOMAGROUP website.

This policy applies to personal information held about individuals. It does not apply to information MELANOMAGROUP holds about companies and other organizations. It is in addition to any specific policies concerning specific products or services. MELANOMAGROUP reserves the right to amend this privacy policy at its sole discretion, without prior notice, at any time, with the proviso that details of the amendments are published on the MELANOMAGROUP Website. They become effective from the time of publication. MELANOMAGROUP is the sole owner of the Website and as such is the sole owner of any information collected through the Website.
No information and data about Members and statistics will be distributed or sold to other organizations.

Website and Registration

Some features on the Website may require you to register as a user and to receive our authorization before you can use those particular features. Whether you are an individual or a corporation, partnership, or other form of commercial enterprise, in order for you to obtain our authorization to use those features and to be considered as a registered user, you may be required to provide us with certain information about you or your business and affiliation (e.g. names, addresses, e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, and other personally identifiable information of each individual who will use the Website). Once we have authorized you as a registered user and/or MELANOMAGROUP Members, we may provide you with identification (login) and a password. As an MELANOMAGROUP Members you will have access to the private area dedicated to the MELANOMAGROUP Members.

Generally (depending on the program), you will be able to change your password and any personal data you have given to us. Please note that submitting information to us is not a guarantee or assurance that we will grant authorization to you or permit you, or anyone you designate, to use any or all of the services of the Website. If for any reason you are not granted authorization we will retain the information you submit to us only in order to communicate with you regarding your application; we may, however, request additional or follow-up information as may be required by law or regulation.

How MELANOMAGROUP collects personal information, how we use it and how you can access it?
MELANOMAGROUP is a professional non-profit Association which combines a wide range of activities in the field of medical oncology (melanoma), including

  • Provision of Membership Services
  • Collection and dissemination of scientific information
  • Provision of Products and Services
  • Newsletters
  • Awards

The sources of personal information received by MELANOMAGROUP are:

  • The individuals themselves
  • Third parties acting on behalf of individuals (eg. an agent or secretary arranging registration for an MELANOMAGROUP organized meeting or event; the submission of abstracts for events by third parties, etc)
  • Secretary that provides Members data: First Name, Last Name and email address, all other data are provided by the member itself.

MELANOMAGROUP may collect personal information in the following ways:

  • When you register personal details when creating or updating  your account on MELANOMAGROUP Website
  • When you, or an agent or secretary on your behalf, enter personal details on a form (electronic or paper) requesting an MELANOMAGROUP product or service (eg when registering for an MELANOMAGROUP organized meeting or event or to become a member)
  • When you, or someone on your behalf, submits proposals or content in connection with scientific sessions at an MELANOMAGROUP organized meeting or event (eg Abstract submission)
  • When you enter personal details on a form applying to become an MELANOMAGROUP member or to apply for affiliate membership through an affiliate Society
  • When you subscribe to an MELANOMAGROUP newsletter or other electronic communication
  • When you participate in a survey, questionnaire or forum discussion

What personal information is collected by MELANOMAGROUP?

Mandatory Personal Information
As a general rule, to enable MELANOMAGROUP to correctly identify you, to provide you with the products and services you have requested, to communicate with you and to become an MELANOMAGROUP Members, the following minimum information must be provided in order for your order, request, application, etc. to be processed:

  • Title
  • First Name(s)
  • Last Name(s)
  • Full Postal Address (work) and affiliation
  • Email address
  • Gender
  • Diploma
  • Date of Birth

Email address information
Your email address is mandatory when you use MELANOMAGROUP electronic services.
Electronic communication is for most purposes MELANOMAGROUP’s preferred method of communication because it is generally convenient, rapid, environmentally friendly and efficient.
You are required to supply your email address when you create your MELANOMAGROUP account, which enables you to access a variety of online services.

Data from surveys and questionnaires
MELANOMAGROUP can conduct a number of surveys or questionnaires whereby we collect data from volunteer respondents about a certain number of topics that are of interest to us as a society or to the practice of oncology and/or head and neck. The respondent data remains completely anonymous, unless the respondents specifically choose to share their contact data. Upon completion of the survey or questionnaire, to ensure confidentiality, information is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) to the survey tool platform. Data entered are stored on the survey tool server, which is accessible through a dedicated MELANOMAGROUP account only. When exported, data are stored on MELANOMAGROUP's internal server. To ensure the complete anonymity of all respondents, all data collected are kept confidential and no individual respondent’s answers will be disclosed at any time by MELANOMAGROUP.

How MELANOMAGROUP uses personal information?
Personal information is needed by MELANOMAGROUP to enable it to properly manage its member files. These files are used to enable MELANOMAGROUP to fulfil its role in providing a wide range of services to its members or contributors.
The personal information which you supply may be specifically used to enable MELANOMAGROUP to:

  • provide you with the products or services you request
  • communicate with you about specific matters regarding your transaction, eg. Registration for a meeting or event, abstract submission, grading, membership...
  • send you information about MELANOMAGROUP activities which it believes may interest you

Listed below are some of the security procedures that MELANOMAGROUP uses to protect your privacy:

  • A personal username and a password is required in order for users to access their personal data
  • Uses firewalls to protect information held in our servers.
  • Closely monitors the limited number of MELANOMAGROUP employees who have access to your data
  • Requires all MELANOMAGROUP employees to abide by our Privacy Policy and be subject to disciplinary action if they violate it.
  • Backs-up our systems to protect the integrity of your data.
  • Keep all your data private and not sell it or distribute it to others

Accessing your personal information
You may at any time manage your personal information held by MELANOMAGROUP by accessing the private area.

  • use of your existing login details (username and password)
  • the ‘Retrieve your Login’ and/or ‘Retrieve your Password’ feature which, if your email address is recognized, will automatically send details of your username and a newly generated password (for your protection) to the email address given
  • the password is encrypted in the database, it then impossible to retrieve it

Managing your personal information
You have the absolute right to access, amend, and oppose the use of your personal data. By accessing the Private area, you have direct control over the information in your personal profile. You can access and change this information at any time from your Private Membership homepage. Once logged in to your account, you can easily view and update your personal details, email address and password. Usernames are unique and cannot be updated.

Right of access to your MELANOMAGROUP information
If you would like to know exactly what personal information MELANOMAGROUP holds about you, you are entitled to obtain it. If it transpires that the information is inaccurate, or you wish to oppose its use in future, MELANOMAGROUP will make the necessary amendments and confirm that these have been made. Please contact MELANOMAGROUP in either of the following ways:

-    By contacting us by email: contact form.
Data security

To protect your information, MELANOMAGROUP uses an industry standard security protocol called Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to encrypt the transmission of sensitive information between you and our website.

Despite MELANOMAGROUP’s efforts to protect your personal data, there is always some risk that an unauthorized third party may find a way around our security systems or that transmissions of information over the Internet will be intercepted. MELANOMAGROUP is not responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort arising from or relating to any breach of our security or interception of your transmissions (see Terms of Use)

If you have any further questions about the MELANOMAGROUP Privacy and Security Policy or its implementation, or if at any time you believe that MELANOMAGROUP has not adhered to the principles stated in this Policy, please contact us by email: Contact Form.