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Personal data processed via this website may relate to information you provide to us directly (by creating a user account or by contacting us, including through the contact page), or indirectly (through automated personal data collection via your browser).
In the former case (data that you directly provide to us), the personal data processed by us is limited to the personal data that you choose to provide, which may include your name, contact information, affiliation and any other information you choose to divulge. Such information will solely be used for the following purposes:
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Your personal data will be retained by us for as long as you continue to use the site and any e-services related to the site, including by maintaining an account on this website, or for as long as required for us to manage our legal responsibilities. Personal data that is automatically collected will not be retained by us for more than a year after your most recent visit.
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