Privacy Policy

Updated on: 04/09/2016
Effective from: 04/09/2016
This privacy policy is specific to the website (referred as "Website") and overrides any other privacy policies appearing elsewhere on Porto Biomedical Journal or Porto Biomedical Society websites.

PBJ – Associação Porto Biomedical (referred as “Porto Biomedical Society” or“PBS”) and any company and legal entity owned or controlled by PBS from time to time are referred to in this Privacy Policy as the “PBS”, "we", "us" or "our". PBS is committed to protecting your privacy online. This privacy policy explains how we will do this. We will review this privacy policy in the light of comments we receive so please check the latest version. If you have any questions about this privacy policy, please contact us by email to
By using, you are accepting the practices described in this statement.
What kind of information do we collect and how do we use it?
When you visit the Website, we may collect information and statistics that contain your identifying information. The information collected may include information relating to your behaviour and navigation on the Website including but not limited to, traffic data, location data, IP address, weblogs and other communication data and the resources that you access. We also keep details of your computer (e.g. information about your browser, computer, operating system and settings). In addition, please note that we may combine all information (including anonymous information) which we collect about you (including those from other of our affiliates’ websites) so that we can better understand, and in turn, provide you and other customers with more customised information, products and services, viewing recommendations and advertising.

If you register on our Website, we ask for your name, email address, postal address, and other relevant personal information. Personal information submitted in this way is added to our access control database, hosted by a third party hosting company, and to our customer databases at our and/or our affiliates' premises. This information will be updated if you inform us of any changes.

If you are registered on our Website, your personal information will be used to enable us to verify that you are a subscriber and to deliver any restricted content on the Website to you.

If you sign up to receive newsletters and promotional offers, we will ask you for your email address and your name and this information will be added to our customer databases.

If you sign up to receive news regarding PBJ and our products and services or its partners, we may use information in our customer databases to send you data about us, our affiliates, our products and services, and our affiliates' products and services that we think may be of interest to you, electronically or otherwise.

We may contact you by email to request that you provide feedback by completing surveys on your user experience of the Website and its content. Completion of these surveys is not compulsory. Any feedback will be used for internal PBS purposes only and will not be shared with third parties other than those affiliates, licensors and suppliers, which assist us in making the Website available to you.

We request personal information (such as your name, email address and other contact details) from you when you contact us with subscription management queries, technical problems, or when you ask for information about how to use the products and/or services made available on the Website. Personal information submitted by you via the "contact us" page will not be added to our customer databases and we request it simply so that we can respond to you about your query. Statistics regarding the types of queries submitted to us via the "contact us" page may be collated by us in aggregate form so that we can effectively monitor the Website and improve levels of service.

If you have asked for information or subscribed to restricted content on the Website in the past and no longer subscribe to such service and do not wish us to store information about you, please contact us through and we will remove your details from our customer databases. We need to store information about current subscribers in order to fulfil our contractual requirements to you and grant you access to restricted content on the Website.

You may notify us by email to that you object to being contacted or being contacted in a particular stated way. If you use more than one email address to communicate with us, please notify us of each email account you use.
When do we share information?
We do not sell your personal information to third parties.

We share your information within the PBS. We also share your information with our affiliates, licensors and suppliers, which assist us in making the Website available to you (e.g. our hosting supplier).

When you subscribe to Porto Biomedical Journal, we share your subscription details with PBS, which may be used to invite you to other activities, conferences and events organised by or for the society

If you sign up for services that are managed or offered by other organisations, they will obtain your information and their privacy policy may apply to you.

A number of third party websites have links on our Website. If you visit any of those websites, they may collect information. Such websites are not within our control and are not covered by this privacy policy. These websites may have their own privacy policies and we do not accept any responsibility or liability for those policies. Please check those policies before you submit any personal data to such third party websites.

Where we use third party tools, for example, Google Analytics, to assist us with the Website, these service providers may collect certain data from your visits to the Website including, for example, the web address of the page that you're visiting, and your IP address. They may also set cookies on your browser or read cookies that are already there. For further information on how Google uses this data, please go to:

If we believe that your use of the Website is unlawful or damaging to others, we reserve the right to disclose the information we have obtained through the Website about you to third parties to the extent that it is reasonably necessary in our opinion to prevent, remedy or take action in relation to such conduct.

We may also disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation; in order to enforce or apply any agreements or licences with you; or to protect the rights, property, or safety of PBS, our members, affiliates, licensors, suppliers, and/or our customers. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organisations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.

If any part of our business (including those of our affiliates) is sold or integrated with another business, your details may be disclosed to our advisers and any prospective purchasers and their advisers.
Use of cookies
PBS uses cookies and other technologies to collect information on the website. The collection of such information helps PBS to facilitate your browsing of the website; it enables us to improve the website, to promote trust and safety and to monitor the web page flow of the website

If you disable or decline cookies, you may not be able to access some parts of the website, and some features may not function properly or be available to you

If you choose to accept our cookies, you can also delete such cookies later from your computer. If you delete the cookies, any settings and preferences controlled by those cookies will be deleted and will need to be re-created when you visit the website subsequently.

You can manage the cookies stored on your device by adjusting your web browser settings. This will allow you to refuse cookies altogether, restrict the cookies stored on your device or even delete those that have already been set. You can adjust your device's web browser settings by using the 'Help' function within the web browser.

PBS may also track certain information regarding your use of the website through the use of third party website analytics providers.

By using the website, you are agreeing to the provisions regarding cookies set out in this Privacy Policy.
Some of your personal information is stored at a data centre managed by our third party hosting company. The data centre managed by our third party hosting company is specifically designed to be physically secure and to admit authorised personnel only, who are contractually bound to keep all of our data confidential.

Access to our customer databases is only given on a 'need to know basis '.

The transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your information including personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to the Website; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.
Updating Your Details
If any of the information that you have provided to PBS changes (e.g. if you change your e-mail address) you may update your account details online on the Website or by contacting Customer Services on
Changes to our Privacy Policy
We reserve the right to make changes to this privacy policy. Any changes we may make to this privacy policy will be posted on this page and, whenever appropriate, notified to you by e-mail.
Governing Law
You agree that this privacy policy shall be exclusively governed in accordance with the laws of and the courts in Portugal.

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