Privacy Considerations.

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We respect your privacy and the privacy of others, and we will, of course, endeavor to take care of any information you supply to us. If you believe, however, that any such information is so private to you or to any other person that possible disclosure would be embarrassing or otherwise inappropriate, we ask that you do not supply that information. We do require, however, that the information you elect to provide to us be true, accurate, current and complete, and we request that you update that information as necessary.

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Although Springer has no obligation to monitor any information provided to the Springer Site by users, including information that you provide, Springer reserves the right to monitor, retain and disclose that information if required to do so by law or in a good-faith belief that disclosure is reasonably necessary to comply with legal requirements, to respond to claims that any information violates the rights of third parties, or to protect the rights, property or personal safety of Springer, its users or the public.


For Italian users:

This is to inform you that Italian Law no.196/03 provides for the protection of persons and other subjects regarding treatment of their personal data.

As the party concerned, users are entitled to the rights laid down in art.7 of the above said Law 196/03:


7 – Right of the concerned party

1. In relation to the handling of personal data the concerned party has the right:
a) to be made aware of the existence of the handling of data that may concern him/her; for this purpose, the concerned party shall be granted free access to the register referred to in Article 31, sub-section 1, letter a);
b) to be informed of those matters indicated in Article 7, sub-section 4, letters a), b) and h);
c) to obtain without delay – through the owner or manager – the following:
1) the confirmation that personal data concerning him/her exists or not, even if such data has not been registered, and the notification in an intelligible form of such data and their origin, as well as how and to what purpose his/her data will be handled. The request may be renewed, barring the existence of justified motives, with a time interval of no less than ninety days;
2) the deletion, transformation in anonymous form or the block of the data handled in violation of the law, including those data whose preservation is not necessary in relation to the purposes for which the data has been collected or subsequently handled;
3) the updating, correction or, should he/she deem it appropriate, the integration of data;
4) the declaration that the procedures referred to in 2) and 3) – as well as their content – have been made known to those to whom the data were communicated or diffused, except where this proves impossible or involves the use of means clearly disproportionate with respect to the protected right;
d) to oppose, wholly or partially, for legitimate reasons, the handling of his/her personal data, although they are pertinent to the purpose of the collection.
e) to oppose, wholly or partially, the handling of his/her personal data for purposes of commercial information or for sending advertising material or for direct selling, or for carrying out market research or interactive commercial communication, and to be informed by the owner, at the time when the data is communicated or diffused, of the possibility to exercise such right free of charge.
2. For each request as referred in sub-section 1, letter c), number 1) a charge may be asked of the concerned party, where the existence of data concerning him/her is unconfirmed; such charge may not be in excess of the costs actually sustained, and shall be in accordance with the procedures, and within the limits set forth by the rules as referred to in Article 33, sub-section 3.
3. The rights as referred to in sub-section 1 regarding personal data on deceased persons may be exercised by anyone who has interest.
4. In exercising such rights referred to in sub-section 1, the concerned party may confer authorization or proxy in writing to persons or associations.
5. The rules regarding confidentiality of those exercising the profession of journalist are still in effect, limited to the source of information.

For exercising the rights as per Art. 10 Law 196/03 you can contact

Springer-Verlag Italia S.r.l.
Via Decembrio 28
20137 Milan, Italy


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