Use of and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

General information is a publication of Ipnet, the International Porphyria Network, a non-profit learned association (or scientific association), having its office in Bergen, Norway. 
Chief Editor: 
Caroline Schmitt, Chair of the Webpage Working Group
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Ipnet seeks the accuracy of the information and the publications on 
However, Ipnet cannot guarantee at any moment the accuracy of the information available on 
This information is non-contractual, and can be changed any time for update or integration of any new element or relevant data. Information provided on does not intend to replace professional medical care or advice. Only medical professionals are authorized to give medical advice. Even if Ipnet aims at keeping this information up-to-date, medical professionals are strongly encouraged to consult the most recent sources and to contact Ipnet in any case. 
Ipnet cannot be held responsible for harmful, truncated or erroneous use of any information found on 
The medical professional using the information provided on is solely responsible for the diagnosis made. 

General Data Protection Regulation and data privacy (GDPR) and Confidentiality 
Ipnet may process your personal data. Your data is protected in accordance with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). 
Ipnet is committed to guarantee the accuracy, integrity and relevance of the personal data collected.

Legal basis 
If relevant, your surname, name and professional email address, your IP address and your professional phone number can be collected, in the context of Ipnet's scope as described in §2 of its Statutes & Bylaws

If you are involved in the activities of expert center, medical laboratory, research project, clinical trial, patient organization in the porphyrias field, or as a contributor to Ipnet content as an expert, we can collect and register in our information system your surname, name, professional email address and your professional phone number in order to: 
- Display your data on the Ipnet website and derived applications produced by Ipnet. You have indeed the option of declaring that you do not want your email and/telephone number to be published. 
- Contact you by email and invite you to declare your new activities and/or to update those already registered on We may also use your personal data to strengthen our scientific data and to credit your work as an expert. 
- Invite you or to keep you informed of events relating to the porphyrias community (conferences, seminars...); 

Any other use of your personal data than the ones cited above will be asked for in a specific and personal request. 

Responsibilities, storage and duration
Data is collected and stored by servers as long as you do not ask for it to be deleted, or as long as the content mentioning it (text, article, study, research project or organization) is still available on 
In any case, the data keeping period will not exceed 10 years of inactivity, after which personal data will be erased. 
Ipnet ensures that only authorized Ipnet members and service providers can access your personal data. Personal data can not by any mean be transferred to any other entity.

Storage of IP addresses (Ipnet web traffic and analytics tools) 
IP addresses are automatically recorded by the system in server logs during one year, only for security analysis purposes. uses analytic tools to analyze its audience and this data is presented in an anonymized format. Only IP addresses are collected as personal data. 

Storage of email addresses
Contact forms can be filled on Data and content of these forms are not stored by the website. Only the user filling it and the final contact(s) can view the content of these messages. The content of these forms is not stored in database: it is sent as an email to the contact(s). use is limited to personal use only. Access to the site can be interrupted at any moment, without warning, especially in case of maintenance, or if Ipnet decides to suspend or stop this service.

Intellectual Property 
Ipnet holds all intellectual property rights concerning the structure of the database, the format of the website, the logo and copyright, as well as the data and information on the site (content, texts, classifications, nomenclatures, and press statements).
No element or part of the site (including, but not limited to, the database and the information contained within) can be copied, translated, reproduced, exploited, published, electronically stocked or redistributed for commercial use without prior written consent. However, Ipnet allows the user to reproduce all or part of the site's content, in one saved or printed copy. This right applies strictly to personal, private and non-collective use of the material. Non-profit organizations are authorized to copy and distribute information from the site, as long as this information is neither modified nor sold. In addition to this, the terms of the intellectual property rights and the source of the information must be provided. 

Links contains links to other websites. These links are validated before online publication. However, Ipnet has no way of checking these sites continuously, and cannot offer any further guarantee concerning the respect of the current laws by these sites.

Ipnet may change, without warning, the present terms of use of
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We therefore recommend that you create links towards the Ipnet web pages containing the links towards these documents, instead of creating links directly to these documents.
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The editors and authors of the content and publications cannot be held responsible for errors and omissions made in the information published on, nor for the technical problems encountered on the website and on other websites you may be directed to through links on an Ipnet webpage, nor for the interpretation of information published on these sites, as well as the consequences of the use of this information.

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Use of cookies on the portal website 
Browsing the Ipnet portal website can lead to the use of a persistent cookie (saved on your computer’s hard drive). These cookies have not been devised to collect personal information; they are uniquely intended to ease browsing of the site. For reasons due to the technology used by one of our contractors, a session cookie may be used when visiting our website in order to make statistical analyses and to record site traffic. If you wish, you can dis-activate this cookie by changing the settings of your internet browser.

Cookies used by third parties 
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Cookie management 
You can manage cookies in a number of different ways. Internet browser settings: At any time you can chose to disactive these cookies. Your browser can also be configured to alert you when cookies are placed on your computer and can ask you to accept them or refuse them. You can accept or refuse cookies on a case by case basis or refuse them systematically once and for all. Please be aware that such a configuration is likely to change the access conditions to services which call for the use of cookies. Please configure your browser bearing in mind the goal of these cookies as aforementioned. Ipnet In order to limit or block cookies: The configuration of each browser is different. This process is described in help menu of your navigator, and will guide you in configuring cookie management according to your wishes. You can disactivate cookies by following these instructions: if you use internet Explorer
Click the Tools button, and then click Internet Options.
In the 'General' tab, in Browsing History, click on Parameters.
Click on the button 'Show files'.
Click on the column header 'Name' in order to sort files by alphabetical order, then go through the list until you see files starting with 'Cookie' (all cookies use this prefix and contain the name of the website which created the cookie).
Select and delete the following cookies: 'displayCookieConsent', 'PHPSESSID', 'BE_USER_AUTH' and 'BE_PAGE_OFFSET'.
Close the window containing the list of files, then click twice on OK to return to Internet Explorer
if you use Firefox
Go to the 'Tools' tab of the browser, then select 'Options'
In the window that opens, choose 'Privacy' and click on 'Show cookies'.
Look for the files containing the names mentioned above. Select them and delete them
if you use Safari
In your browser, choose the menu 'Publication preferences'.
Click on 'Security'.
Click on 'Show cookies'.
Select the cookies containing the names mentioned above and click on Delete or Delete all.
After deleting the cookies, click on Finish.
if you use Google Chrome
Click on the Tool menu icon.
Select Options.
Click on the tab Advanced options and go to 'Confidentiality'.
Click Show cookies.
Find the files that contain the names mentioned above. Select them and Delete them.
Click Close to go back to your browser. 

Last update: November 2023