Privacy Policy

Your privacy on the Internet is of the utmost importance to us. At RheumatologyInformation.Org we want to make your experience online satisfying and safe.

Because we gather certain types of information about our users, we feel you should fully understand our policy and the terms and conditions surrounding the capture and use of that information. This privacy statement discloses what information we gather and how we use it.

ACCME COMPLIANCE

RheumatologyInformation.org shall adhere to the policy framework of online Internet activities or enduring material as defined by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

A full description of these policies may be found at the following web addresses:

1. CME activities delivered via the Internet are expected to be in compliance with ACCME Essential Areas, Elements, and Policies.

2. There shall be no CME activities of an ACCME accredited provider on a pharmaceutical or device manufacturers’ product website.

3. The learner will be clearly notified that they are leaving the educational website when links from the website lead to pharmaceutical and device manufacturers’ product websites. In addition, links may exist before or after the educational content of a CME activity, but shall not be embedded in the educational content of a CME activity.

4. Advertising of any type is prohibited within the educational content of CME activities on the Internet including, but not limited to, banner ads, subliminal ads, and pop-up window ads.

5. At the start of each Internet CME activity, the hardware and software required for the learner to participate will be identified.

6. There will be a mechanism in place for the learner to be able to contact the provider if there are questions about the Internet CME activity.

7. RheumatologyInformation.org will adhere to, and inform the learner about its policy on privacy and confidentiality that relates to the CME activities it provides on the Internet.

8. Documentation will be provided upon request that RheumatologyInformation.org owns the copyright for, or has received permissions for use of, or is otherwise permitted to use copyrighted materials within a CME activity on the Internet.

INFORMATION RheumatologyInformation.org GATHERS AND TRACKS

RheumatologyInformation.org gathers two types of information about users:

Information that users provide when registering for updates from our website, and information gathered through aggregated tracking information derived mainly by tallying page views throughout our sites. This information allows us to better tailor our content to readers’ needs and to demonstrate the utilization of our educational service to our sponsors. Under no circumstances does RheumatologyInformation.org divulge any information about an individual user to a third party.

Children

Consistent with the Federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), we will never knowingly request personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13 without requesting parental consent.

Usage tracking

RheumatologyInformation.org tracks user traffic patterns throughout all of our sites. However, we do not correlate this information with data about individual users. RheumatologyInformation.org does break down overall usage statistics according to a user’s domain name, browser type, and MIME type by reading this information from the browser string (information contained in every user’s browser).

Cookies

We may place a text file called a “cookie” in the browser files of your computer. The cookie itself does not contain Personal Information although it will enable us to relate your use of this site to information that you have specifically and knowingly provided. But the only personal information a cookie can contain is information you supply yourself. A cookie can’t read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites. RheumatologyInformation.org uses cookies to track user traffic patterns (as described above).

You can refuse cookies by turning them off in your browser. If you’ve set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies, you will receive the warning message with each cookie. You do not need to have cookies turned on to use this site.

Privacy Policy Use

How the information you gather is used if relevant.

USE OF INFORMATION

RheumatologyInformation.org uses any information voluntarily given by our users to enhance their experience in our site, and to better prepare future content based on the interests of our users.

As stated above, we use information that users voluntarily provide in order to send out updates. RheumatologyInformation.org never shares mailing lists with any third parties, including sponsors or partners.

When we use tracking information to determine which areas of our sites users like and don’t like based on traffic to those areas, we do not track what individual users read, but rather how well each page performs overall. This helps us continue to build a better service for you. We track search terms entered in Search function as one of many measures of what interests our users. But we don’t track which terms a particular user enters.

RheumatologyInformation.org creates aggregate reports on traffic patterns. We don’t track the usage patterns of individual users, sponsors will never know that a specific user clicked their link. We will not disclose any information about any individual user except to comply with applicable law or valid legal process or to protect the personal safety of our users or the public.

SHARING OF THE INFORMATION

RheumatologyInformation.org uses the above-described information to tailor our content to suit your needs and to demonstrate the utilization of our educational service to our sponsors. We will not share information about individual users with any third party, except to comply with applicable law or valid legal process or to protect the personal safety of our users or the public.

SECURITY

RheumatologyInformation.org operates secure data networks protected by industry standard firewall and password protection systems. Our security and privacy policies are periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary and only authorized individuals have access to the information provided by our customers.

YOUR CONSENT

By using this site, you consent to the collection and use of this information by RheumatologyInformation.org. If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it.

SYSTEM REGISTRATION

When accessing the content on RheumatologyInformation.org website, we request that the user complete a registration form in order to receive updates from our site.  Information collected via registration will strictly be used for internal purposes. All information collected from our site is the proprietary content of RheumatologyInformation.org alone and shall not be shared with any third party.

LOG FILES

We use IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the site, track user’s movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

LINKS

This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this Web site.

Choice/Opt-out

Users who no longer wish to receive our updates may opt-out of receiving these communications by replying to unsubscribe in the subject line in the email or contact us here.

ADVERTISING & FUNDING

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on our privacy page located at [http://http://www.rheumatologyinformation.org/privacy.php] so our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under which circumstances, if any, that we disclose it this information. If at any point we decide to use personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, users shall be notified by way of an email. Users will have a choice as to whether or not they give us permission to use their information in this different manner. We will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected.

SHARING

RheumatologyInformation.org does not share our user’s personally identifiable information with any of our partners. At this time, we do not share any anonymous or demographic information to any outside parties or partners.

EMAIL COMMUNICATIONS

RheumatologyInformation.org uses opt-in email to communicate to our users major updates to the system, system outages, and any changes with our pricing structure or privacy policies.

Corrections/Update Personally Identifiable Information

You may change your personally identifiable information at any time. If you would like to have us change your information, please contact us here and we will change it for you.

CONTACTING THE WEB SITE

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this Web site, you can contact us here.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER

Though we make every effort to preserve your privacy we may need to disclose personal information when required by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary in order to conform to the edicts of the law or comply with a legal process served on our Web site.