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Privacy policy

EARCO (European Alpha-1 Research Collaboration) is committed to protecting your online privacy. This policy governs all pages under the website www.earco.org. EARCO is represented by the European Respiratory Society.

EARCO uses the information it collects about you to better understand how its website is used and to send relevant information about the EARCO project that you have requested.
To understand how your personal details will be managed, please read the following policy. This policy may change from time to time, so please refer to it periodically. In addition, and where applicable, we will send you notices to update you of such changes.

What identifiable information is collected from you?

The type and amount of information received and stored by EARCO depends on how you use the EARCO website. You can access most EARCO pages without stating who you are and without revealing any personal details, except in the case of the contact form. Once you use the contact form, the following information will be collected: name and e-mail address.

EARCO does not collect information that may identify you personally (such as your name, address, phone number or e-mail address) unless that information is voluntarily disclosed.
If you subscribe to a newsletter or mailing list, place an order for a publication, request information, provide feedback or join a discussion group, you may be asked to provide personal information such as your name, postal address and e-mail address. This information is collected only with your knowledge and permission and is securely stored in the EARCO mailing list. Information that you supply in this way will not be shared with any third-parties except where necessary, in order to provide a requested service or as required by law.

How does EARCO use this information?

EARCO does not distribute, sell or rent user information to anyone. EARCO uses the information it collects to improve its understanding of website visitors, to send information that you have requested or that may be considered of interest to you, and to provide services that you have requested.

Who can/will EARCO share this information with?

EARCO will not disclose or share any identifiable details about web users unless prior explicit permission has been given or unless it is required by law.

Opting out, changing permissions or removing your details

You can ask at anytime to see your data by contacting us through the contact form. EARCO takes very seriously the accuracy of the information it holds regarding your details. Where contact details are not provided on the page, and if you wish to have all your personal information deleted from our databases, you can contact us via the contact form for further information.

How does EARCO protect your personal information?

EARCO ensures to the best of its ability that any personal information you provide is stored securely on its systems. However, it cannot guarantee that submitting information using the internet is 100% secure. As a result, EARCO does not confirm or warrant the security of personal information submitted; you do so at your own risk.

Automatically collected information

(refers to Cookies policy for further details)

The EARCO website uses cookies in order to provide you with a more personalised web experience. A cookie is a text-only string of information that is created and stored on your computer or mobile by your browser. It contains information about your visit that your browser uses to personalise certain pages or elements. For statistical analysis purposes, a cookie may also be used to pass a randomly generated and anonymous unique number to our servers. Cookies cannot be used by themselves to identify you. A cookie will typically contain the name of the domain that the cookie has come from, as well as the lifetime and expiration of the cookie, and a value (usually a text value) or a randomly generated unique number.

If you do not wish to receive cookies, you can easily modify your browser to reject all cookies or to notify you whenever one is about to be placed on your computer. However, if cookies are not accepted you may not be able to experience all the interactive features of the EARCO website. You are therefore encouraged to allow cookies in order to fully enjoy the EARCO websites features.

Log files

Most web servers, including the EARCO web servers, use log files to record information such as service provider IP addresses, browser brand and version, referring websites, search terms used, average number of requested pages, average visit duration, total visitor traffic and information gathered for aggregate use.


The content of the EARCO website is managed by EARCO members and can only be used to communicate on activities directly linked with EARCO. All scientific content and communication contained on the EARCO website do not reflect the position of the European Respiratory Society.
The EARCO website contains hypertext links to other sites. EARCO is not responsible for any third-party content or privacy practices accessible through these websites. EARCO does not endorse any of the companies or opinions listed in or linked to / or from the website. EARCO does not accept or host any advertising.