Effective July 2019

Your privacy is of great importance to the organizers of Live Valves 2019, the Cardiovascular Research Foundation and Leipzig Heart Institute (“Live Valves”, "we," or "us"), and we are committed to being responsible custodians of the information you provide to us and the information we collect in the course of operating our business.

We take your personal privacy seriously. This privacy statement ("Statement") describes how we, each as an individual data controller, may collect, use, and share information, particularly in association with the operation of the Live Valves website (the "Site") and, as the case may be, regarding your participation to an event hosted by us. This Statement applies to all personal data collected by us from individuals in the United States, the European Union, and from countries where similar data protection laws apply.

Because we want to demonstrate our commitment to your privacy, we share our information practices with you, including:

  • What personal data is collected from users of our Sites
  • The organization collecting the personal data
  • How the collected personal data is used
  • With whom the personal data may be shared
  • What rights and choices are available to users
  • The security procedures in place to protect the loss, misuse, or alteration of information under our control

What Personal Data Is Collected From Users of the Site?

We collect your personal data when you provide it to us; for instance, by visiting our website, contacting us, or entering into a contract with us. "Personal data" is any information that can be used to identify you or that we can link to you, such as your name, e-mail address, and IP address. We may automatically collect certain information when you use, access, or interact with us via our websites, including via browser settings or cookies. We may also collect information from other sources, such as social media platforms, if you interact with us via our social media accounts or in the cases where such platforms share information about how you interact with our social media content.

Providing us with personal data or allowing us to automatically collect such personal data is voluntary. However, without providing us with certain personal data such as your e-mail address, we may not be able to respond to your request or deliver our services.

Our websites and services are generally not directed towards children under the age of 16. We do not knowingly collect personal data from anyone under 16 without parental consent. If you become aware that we have collected personal data from a child under the age of 16 without parental consent, please let us know so that we can take appropriate action.

How We Use the Information We Collect

We will only process personal data where we have a legal basis to do so.

We may use the information we collect:

(a) To enter into a contract or settlement, or to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract or settlement (such as account registration for which we require your name, e-mail address, city, state, country, zip/postal code, and clinical/non-clinical classification);

(b) To communicate with you. Users who elect to join one or more of our electronic communication distribution lists will occasionally receive communications about features, products, services, or updates from us or in relation to the Site. It is our legitimate interest to send these communications. Users who elect to join one or more of our electronic communication distribution lists and consent to receiving third-party communications and may also occasionally receive communications about features, products, services, or updates sponsored by third parties that may be of interest to users of our Site;

(c) To respond to your inquiries, to provide you with services that you request, to communicate with third parties in the handling of claims or complaints, and/or to maintain business administration records and prevent fraud, which is our legitimate interest;

(d) To keep records and administration on how services were provided and claims and complaints were handled, including the documents underlying such services, claims, and complaints, which is our legitimate interest;

(e) To understand how people use our websites and services in order to operate, maintain, and improve our website and services, which is our legitimate interest;

(f) To organize and host events for you pursuant to a contract with you or, where allowed, pursuant to our legitimate interest;

(f) To comply with legal obligations applicable to us, such as responding to legal process or requests for information issued by government authorities or other third parties.

How We May Share the Information We Collect

We and our affiliated entities share information with each other or with third-party service providers (including consultants and attorneys) for general business purposes pursued by us, such as internal administration, billing, claim handling and services, and providing you or your organization with services.

We and our affiliated entities may share information with, or obtain information from, third-party data controllers (including law enforcement agencies and potential transaction partners, sponsors, and investors) where we and our affiliated entities have a legal basis to do so.

During your attendance at an event organized by us, your badge containing personal data or information that reasonably identifies you will be scanned for administrative and legal compliance purposes (e.g., attendance, Sunshine Act reporting) and moreover will also provide third-party data controllers (e.g., our sponsors, supporters, and exhibitors whose event, presentation, or booth you visited or attended) with your personal data or information for such third party data controller’s independent use as it is their legitimate interest to record and analyze attendance and further process that personal data in compliance with their privacy statements.  

If we transfer your personal data to a recipient outside of the European Union, we will only do so in compliance with the European General Data Protection Regulation. If you have questions about the international transfers of your personal data or the appropriate safeguards we have in place, or if you wish to obtain a copy of such safeguards, please contact us via and .

Third-Party Services and Content

Our Site may include integrated content or links to content provided by third parties (such as social media platforms). This Statement does not address the privacy, security, or other practices of the third parties that provide such content. We recommend considering the privacy policies applicable to third-party websites prior to visiting those websites. We engage third parties that support the operation of our websites, such as analytics providers. For instance, we use Google Analytics to analyze the audience of the Site and improve our content. For further information on the privacy policy concerning Google Analytics, please visit These third parties may use technologies to track your online activities over time and across different websites and online platforms.

Protection and Storage of the Information We Collect

We deploy administrative, technical, and physical safeguards designed to safeguard the information that we collect. However, no information system can be 100% secure. This means that we cannot guarantee the absolute security of your personal data. Moreover, we are not responsible for the security of information you transmit to us over networks that we do not control, including the Internet and wireless networks.

We retain the information we collect in an identifiable form as reasonably necessary and only for as long as required to fulfill the purposes for which we collect the information and to comply with our legal obligations.

Your Choices and Rights

We encourage you to contact us to update or correct your information if it changes or if you believe that any information that we have collected about you is inaccurate. If provided for under applicable law, you can also ask us to see what personal data we hold about you, to rectify or erase your personal data, or to port your personal data; you may also tell us if you object to or want to restrict our use of your personal data. If you would like to discuss or exercise such rights, please notify and . You can also use this address to lodge a complaint.

If you are not satisfied about the manner in which we handle your complaint, depending on your location, you may also lodge a complaint with the competent data protection authority.

Where we process your personal data on the basis of your consent, you may withdraw your consent at any time by contacting us at and . Where we process your personal data on the basis of our or a third party's legitimate interest, depending on your location you may object to such processing at any time by contacting us.

Changes to This Statement

We may update this Statement from time to time. The effective date of the current Statement is noted at the top of this page. We encourage you to periodically review this page. You will be informed separately if needed, for instance should we process your personal data for other purposes than set out in this Statement.

Use of Cookies

We collect certain information by automated means when you visit our Sites through the use of cookies.  A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that is stored on your browser or the hard drive of your computer.  Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive.  Cookies are used to speed up your access to the Sites and the information you wish to see, as well as for website analytics, marketing efforts, and for functionality.

Cookies are also used to distinguish you from other users of our Sites. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our Sites and allows us to improve our Sites.  Our Sites may also use web beacons (either directly or through our third party service providers) along with cookies to understand your browsing and buying activities and to determine if you have visited a particular site as this aids us in providing you with more relevant advertising and allows us to measure the success of online advertising campaigns.  Web beacons allow us to obtain information such as the IP address of the computer that downloaded the page on which the beacon appears, the URL of the page on which the beacon appears, the time the page containing the beacon was viewed, the type of browser used to view the page, and the information in cookies set by the third party.  We also collect IP addresses. An IP address is a unique identifier that certain electronic devices use to identify and communicate with each other on the Internet. When you visit our websites, we may view and/or store the IP address of the device you use to connect to the internet. For a third party cookie or web beacon, the third party will have access to the collected information in order to provide us with information or services to enhance the performance or functionality of our Sites.  We use this information to determine the general physical location of the device and understand from what regions of the world our website visitors come from. We use the information collected from these technologies to compile reports and help us improve our Sites.

The Types of Cookies We Use

We use the following types of cookies on our Site:

  • Permanent and strictly necessary cookies.These are cookies that are required for the operation of our Site.  They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our Site, use a shopping cart, or make use of e-billing services.  They also remember your login details and password, so you don't have to type them in every time you use our Site.
  • Analytical/performance cookies. These are cookies that allow us to recognize and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our Site when they are using them. These cookies help us to improve the way our Site work, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
  • Functionality cookies.These are cookies that are used to recognize you when you return to our Site.  These cookies enable us to personalize our content for you, greet you by name, and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
  • Session cookies: These are temporary cookies that expire when the browser is closed.

Controlling Cookies

You may control cookie settings in your web browser to refuse the setting of some or all cookies.  For detailed guidance on how to control or disable cookies, we recommend you visit  If you view our Sites without changing your cookie settings, you are indicating your consent to receive all cookies from our Sites.  However, if you change your cookie settings to block cookies, some features and functionality of our Sites may not operate as expected.