Privacy Policy

(Version September 2020)


The Global Society for Migration, Ethnicity, Racism and Health (GSMERH) respects the privacy of the GSMERH members and other visitors to their websites. This Privacy Policy explains how GSMERH collect, safeguard and use personal information on and all subsequent webpages, emails and other digital communications under the control of GSMERH.

Information GSMERH collects and how it is used

Most data we collect are used only to help us better serve our members and visitors. It is our policy to collect and store only information that our members and visitors knowingly provide.

Website visitors

Visitors to the GSMERH website may browse anonymously. We only collect aggregate data such as total site visitors, page views, etc. that is used to improve our websites, internal analysis and evaluation. No personally identifiable information is utilised for these purposes. We collect the IP address from all visitors, which is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the Internet. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information. The IP addresses are used to identify and solve problems with our server and our website. The addresses are also used to gather broad demographic information and analyse trends and user’ movements. This data helps us improve the website and deliver customized, personalized content.

Our website may use cookies to enhance your online experience. Use of cookies makes Web surfing easier by performing certain functions, such as saving your personal preferences and completing your basic site login to access content.  Cookies do not allow access to your member account. These steps require an additional login.  Your browser is probably set to accept cookies. However, if you would prefer not to receive cookies, you can alter the configuration of your browser to refuse cookies. If you choose to have your browser refuse cookies, it is possible that some areas of our website will not function fully or may be slower than you are used to.

We do collect limited identifying information volunteered by visitors to the website through website sign-up. This information includes, but is not limited to, name, organization name, country and email. We use this information ONLY for the purposes for which it was provided and to enhance your experience with GSMERH. We do not allow other organisations access to this personal information and we do not sell mailing lists to anybody. We can – at some occasions – contact you to ask for your collaboration with GSMERH-linked projects, but participation is voluntary.

If you would like to change personal information we have collected from you, please go to membership login and sign in using your login and password. For your protection, we recommend that you do not provide your login or password to anyone. If you become aware of any suspicious activity relating to your information, please contact us immediately at

User directory

All active GSMERH members are included in the GSMERH user directory. If you do not want to be listed in the user directory, please contact to opt out. Once every five year we will remove accounts that are inactive.

Privacy issues with links to other sites

Our websites contain links to other websites. We have no control over and are not responsible for the privacy policies of any websites other than our own.


Future changes to this policy

From time to time our policies may change to reflect new business practices and changes in the communications environment. Check this Privacy Policy periodically for updates and changes. Where applicable, we will provide you with the ability to opt out of any new uses.

Security and cookies

To protect your data during transfer over the Internet our web site uses ‘https’ using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption. This encrypts all data between your web browser and our server. Our databases are in the USA and subject to data protection regulations.

In addition, small anonymous cookies are installed in your web browser. These are in place to allow our database modules to operate correctly. We do not share cookies with any third parties and do not use them to participate in any external linking or tracking.

Mergers and acquisition

In the event that GSMERH should merge with, or be acquired by, another entity, GSMERH may merge your data then stored by GSMERH with the data of the other entity, in compliance with the law in effect at the time.


If you have any questions about our Privacy Policy, the practices of our websites, or your dealings with these websites, send an email The data protection officer is Mr Ludo Van Vooren