Privacy policy


The International Ocular Inflammation Society ("IOIS" or "we") is concerned with the protection of your privacy and complies with all relevant data protection legislation.

Please have a quick look at the summary (section 2) to get a quick overview of our privacy policy, or read sections 3 to 8 to know all details on how we collect personal data, for which purposes we collect personal data, which rights you have and how you can exercise your rights.


While we also gather some personal data when you surf on the website, we mainly gather personal data when you create an account on the website, when you become an IOIS-member, when you register for a congress, when you make a payment and when you submit an abstract.

In general, the personal data collected only includes the information you submit, such as your contact details, email address, congress registration details, etc. When you browse the IOIS-website, other technical data, such as your browser type and IP-address, are also collected.

As for payments performed through the website, please note that all credit card payments are actually performed by Ingenico, a credit card processor. We only receive the results of successful payments (amount, date, etc.) and do not store the credit card data itself.

We use the personal data to perform/organize the bi-annual IOIS-congress (including management of scientific content) and maintain annual membership information of our members. We do not sell or transfer your personal data to any third party.

By using the IOIS-website or by getting involved in any of our activities, you agree with the content of this privacy policy. For more information regarding our privacy policy, or to get access to or rectify your personal data, please contact the IOIS office.


We collect and process your personal data responsibly and in accordance with legal requirements. We process it only for the purposes for which you provide the personal data to us and in the following occasions:

when you surf on the IOIS website
when you create a personal account on the IOIS website
when you perform a payment through the website (membership fee or congress registration fee)
when you become a member of IOIS
when you register for an IOIS congress
when you submit an abstract for an IOIS congress
when you contact the IOIS office.


While surfing on the IOIS-website at, our server will track the following information: page visited, date and time of visit, web browser and IP-address (together "page statistics"). In case you login on the IOIS-website, the server will also track your personal account ID.

Although the page statistics cannot as such be considered as personal information, they do become personal information once you login on the website, as we can then associate this information with your account ID in our database.

In case of technical difficulties (e.g. abstract submission, membership application, registration), on your request, we may also investigate the page statistics to offer you support in using the website's facilities. Without your request for technical assistance, we will never investigate personalized page statistics.

The IOIS-website uses so-called "cookies" to facilitate differentiation and identification of visitors. Although cookies have a bad reputation with respect to privacy, please note that the IOIS-website only uses session cookies, i.e. cookies that are deleted after you close your browser. This way, the cookies used by us only store a very minimal amount of personal data during a very limited amount of time.


In order to become an IOIS-member, submit abstracts or register for an IOIS-congress, you need to create an account on the website.

When you create an account, you explicitly provide us with several types of personal data, such as your name, email address, contact details, sex, birthday. Completing some fields is mandatory, as indicated on the account "Create Account" page.

By registering, you explicitly agree that these personal data can be used by us for any further IOIS-activities you get involved in (e.g. performing payments or submitting abstracts).

At any time, you can update your account details by logging in on the IOIS-website and clicking on "Manage account". If you want to delete your entire account, please contact us.


The IOIS-website allows you to perform on-line credit card payments to pay your membership fee or register for the annual congress.

The actual payments are performed by Ingenico, a secure credit card processor. Although our server receives certain information from Ingenico after a successful payment (e.g. amount, transaction ID, date and time), our server does not store your credit card number or expiry date. As a result, IOIS does not have access to such data.

The amount, transaction ID, date and time of every payment are stored on the IOIS database, to allow you and us to get an overview of past payments.


By paying the annual membership fee, you become a member of IOIS.

In addition to other benefits, becoming an IOIS-member will allow you to participate in the elections organized periodically. When you vote in an election, we store the results of your vote in an anonymized way, so that it is not possible for anyone (including our webmaster) to know the actual content of your vote. The only personal data we collect during your vote, is the fact that you have voted, so that we can ensure that you cannot vote twice in the same election.


IOIS organizes scientific congresses. In order to participate, you need to register for the congress and pay the registration fee.

By registering for an IOIS-congress, you allow us to process your personal data and send you relevant information in the context of the organisation of the congress. For example, we will print a congress badge for you to wear on site or in case of a virtual event we can send you the login details to the congress virtual platform.


Through the IOIS-website, you can submit abstracts for an upcoming IOIS-congress. These abstracts will then be reviewed by IOIS scientific board and then, unless rejected, be published in the IOIS app and mentioned in the IOIS programme book and on the IOIS-website or in case of a virtual event we will publish it on the congress virtual platform.

Although each abstract mainly contains scientific content, it will also contain personal data (name, city, hospital) of yourself and your colleagues. Please make sure you have the right to reference the personal data of your colleagues.


By contacting the IOIS office, your personal data (in particular your contact data) may be stored and later on processed, in order to enable the IOIS office to respond to your requests.


The IOIS database are appropriately protected against theft, unauthorized access and loss of your personal data. Our data are stored on a professionally maintained, externally hosted server that is regularly backed up and updated to prevent security breaches.

Although we have used all reasonable measures to prevent security breaches, please note that no website can be 100% protected against targeted hacking attacks.

Your account on the IOIS-website is protected by a combination of a unique personal username and password. You may never share this username or password with third parties, as this may expose your personal data (such as contact details and previous payments) and allows these third parties to access some personal data of some other IOIS-members. You are personally responsible for keeping this username and password secure.

Should your username and/or password at any time be compromised, you can change it by logging in and going to "Manage account". You can also contact the IOS office in such case.


We will never share your personal data with third parties, unless these third parties execute tasks on behalf of IOIS (the so-called "service providers").


We hate spam (unsolicited emails) as much as you do! We will therefore never hand over your personal data to third parties. At any time, you can "unsubscribe" from our mailing therefore please contact IOIS office. We only store your personal data as long as it is necessary or useful for us or you: statistical information from the website will be periodically released to facilitate easy registration, abstract submission, membership application in the future, your account data (contact details) will be stored until you ask us to deleted this account.


At any time, you can access and modify most personal data held by us by logging in on the website and accessing your personal data. Should you have any further question relating to access, modification or deletion of your personal data, do not hesitate to contact the IOIS office.


We reserve the right to change this Online Privacy Policy at any time. The version published on our website is the applicable version.

Updated April 2022