HematologyTimes.com™ Privacy Information
Registering users on www.HematologyTimes.com (the “Site”) are asked to provide identifying information, such as name, contact information, and other personal and professional information. On our registration page, we clearly label which information is required for registration, and which information is optional and may be given at your discretion. You will also be given a choice about whether or not you want to receive newsletters and other information that we distribute from time to time.
Visitors to the Site can access the home page and browse some areas of the Site without disclosing any personal information. We do track information provided to us by your browser, including the website you came from (known as the “referring URL”), the type of browser you use, the time and date of access, and other information that does not personally identify you.
When you use a discussion board on the Site, you may post a message and your user name, which is available for all registered users to see. When you are posting publicly, any user of the Site can see your message. You should not post any information you want or are required by law to keep private to a discussion board or other public forum.
In addition, we gather information about you that is automatically collected by our web server, such as your IP address and domain name. We will use this information to personalize its offerings and presentations to you, facilitate your movements throughout the Site, provide personalized services, and to communicate with you individually.
A cookie is a small amount of data, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier that is sent to your browser from a website’s computers and stored on your computer’s hard drive.
Your web browser can be set to allow you to control whether you will accept cookies, reject cookies, or to notify you each time a cookie is sent to you. If your browser is set to reject cookies, sections of the Site that are cookie-enabled will not recognize you when you return to the website, and some website functionality may be lost.
The Site uses its own cookies for a number of purposes, including to:
Access your information when you sign in so we can provide you with customized content or remember the last page you visited at the Site
Keep track of preferences you specify while you are using the Site
Provide general internal and customer analytics
Conduct research to improve the Site’s content, products, and services
Assist in identifying possible fraudulent activities
Protection of Information
We have implemented technology and security policies, rules, and other measures to protect the personal data that we have under our control from unauthorized access, improper use, alteration, unlawful or accidental destruction, and accidental loss. We also protect your information by requiring that all our employees and others who have access to or are associated with the processing of your data respect your confidentiality.
We use security methods to determine the identity of the Site’s registered users, so that appropriate rights and restrictions can be enforced for that user. Reliable verification of user identity is called authentication. We use both passwords and usernames to authenticate users. Users are responsible for maintaining their own passwords.
Information in our data centers is backed up routinely, in order to aid in the recovery of information in the event of accidental damage of information or due to a natural disaster. The backup media are stored in a physically secure storage facility.
Access to Information
If you believe that registration information collected by the Site is in error, you may edit your personal profile any time. Requests for deletion of your record may result in your removal from the registry, but we may keep certain demographic information about you for product improvement purposes. You may contact our support service and ask for the changes that you would like to make. Our employees are required to keep customer information private, as a condition of their employment with the company.
The Site uses information for the following general purposes: to customize the content you see, fulfill your requests for products and services, improve our services, contact you, conduct research, and provide anonymous reporting for internal and external clients.
The Site does not rent, sell, or share personal information about you with other people or non-affiliated companies except to provide products or services you’ve requested.
We are committed to protecting the privacy of children. The Site is designed and intended for use by adults, and is not intended for, nor designed to be used by children under the age of 18. We do not collect personally identifiable information from any person we know is a child under the age of 18.
Continuing Medical Education
When you register for a Continuing Medical Education (“CME”) or a Continuing Education (“CE”) activity through HematologyTimes.com, we collect certain personally identifiable information from you such as your name, email address, and mailing address. If you are a nurse or a pharmacist and wish to receive CE credit, you are also required to provide the state in which you are licensed and your license number. In addition to personally identifiable information, we collect aggregated non-personally identifiable information about the activities undertaken by our users. We use the information that we collect through CME/CE activities in several ways:
- We are required periodically to submit aggregated data about CME/CE participants and the CME/CE
activities, as well as personally identifiable information, to accredited CME/CE providers who certify CME/CE activities posted on HematologyTimes.com, as required by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (“ACCME”) and other accrediting bodies. These reports may include personally identifiable information about you and credits issued to you, for the purpose of maintaining records that you can request from the accredited provider for up to six (6) years;
- Commercial supporters of CME/CE activities on HematologyTimes.com will receive only aggregated data
about CME/CE activities that are relevant to their interests and/or the courses they support;
- HematologyTimes.com editorial and customer support staff will have internal access to files containing
personally identifiable information, including evaluation forms and aggregated CME /CE participant information. These files can be accessed in order to respond to your questions or comments. HematologyTimes.com staff may also use personally identifiable information, including registration information and evaluation data, in assessing educational needs and planning marketing activities.