Who we are
This website is hosted by the ID Cohorts research group at the University Clinic of Cologne. Our website address is: https://leoss.net.
What personal data we collect and why we collect it
when accessing the website
To ensure a secure transmission, we are using the TLS encryption standard, this is indicated by the https:// in your address bar and the green lock icon. This prevents third parties from accessing your data.
When you access our website our server stores the following data:
- IP-address (anonymized)
- visited page
- time of access
- amount of data sent
- referring site from which you came to this site
- browser version, browser language and available plugins
- operating system
- screen resolution
- type and brand of device
We store this data to improve our website. We reserve the right to store full IP-adresses if there are signs of misuse. In other cases we will store the shortened IP-address so that no connection to your person is possible.
The legal basis for this storage is art. 6 paragraph 1 lit. f) GDPR.
On this site we use Matomo. Matomo is an open source analytics software which allows us to analyze the usage of our website. To facilitate this the software processes your IP-address, which subpages you visit, the website from which you came (referrer URL), the amount of time you spend on our page, as well as the number of times of access.
Your IP-address will be shortened by two bytes, to prevent it from being traceable to your internet connection.
The legal basis for this is art. 6 paragraph 1 lit. f) GDPR. It is our legitimate interest to analyze, debug and optimize our website.
When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.
In case you use any of the contact forms on our website an email to our team will be sent. No information will be stored on the website’s database.
If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.
If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
Who we share your data with
The data is stored on servers of Digital Ocean in Germany. We have a contract that ensures GDPR conformity.
How long we retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
What rights you have over your data
If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
Where we send your data
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
Your contact information
Prof. Dr. med. Jörg-Janne Vehreschild
Telefon: +49 221 47886973
Telefax: +49 221 4783611
The registration process for the Lean European Open Survey on SARS-CoV‑2 Infected Patients (LEOSS) has its own data security agreement.
How we protect your data
All employees with access to the website’s database are trained in IT security measures. We use strong passwords >20 characters as well as automated updating procedures. Encryption via SSL is supplied by Let’s Encrypt Certificates.
What data breach procedures we have in place
In case of a data-breach we will inform everyone who had data stored on our system about the breach. We will investigate the reasons for the data breach as soon as we are aware of it and will implement additional measures.
What third parties we receive data from
What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data
Industry regulatory disclosure requirements