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Written by Administrator   
Monday, 05 September 2005 15:58

Surgeons Net Privacy Policy

Surgeons Net has created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to protecting your privacy. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for the following Surgeons Net sites: www.surgeons.org.uk, www.surgeons-net.com, www.surgical-tutor.com

  1. What information this site gathers/tracks about you
  2. What organization is collecting the information
  3. What this site does with the information it gathers/tracks
  4. With whom this site shares the information it gathers/tracks
  5. What choices are available to you regarding collection, use and distribution of the information gathered/tracked
  6. This site's policy on correcting and updating personally identifiable information
  7. This site's policy on deleting or deactivating your name from our database
  8. What kind of security procedures are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information under the company's control
  9. This site's links to other sites

We always suggest that you practice reasonable discretion when providing any web site with personal information. Additionally, note that whenever you post personal information in publicly accessible places, such as discussion areas or chat rooms, this information becomes available to anyone with access to the Internet. Therefore, we recommend that you refrain from posting any information you do not want seen in these public areas. You should feel free to contact any site that requests personal information from you if you have any questions regarding its policies.

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site or your dealings with this Web site, contact the Surgeons Net's Privacy Advocate.

What information does Surgeons Net collect?

At different times, Surgeons Net may collect five types of information about you.

1) We use a feature of your browser called a cookie to assign an unique identification to your computer. The unique user ID contained within your cookie automatically identifies your computer - but not you - to our servers every time you visit our site. We use the unique cookie ID for access to the restricted access areas of the site, eg the online email and multiple choice question areas. For added security, the cookie is only valid for 20 minutes. However, we suggest that once you have finished using our services, you always log off to prevent unauthorised access to your account.

Advertising networks that serve ads onto Surgeons Net may also use their own cookies. We have no control over the information stored or gathered in this setting.

Note that cookies themselves cannot be used to find out the identity of any user but may be correlated with identity information in our log files. You can turn the cookies feature off by using your browser's preference options, but you may not be able to utilize some of our services properly.

If you want to get more information about cookies see Netscape's cookie specification at http://www.netscape.com/newsref/std/cookie_spec.html.

2) we keep track of your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our Web site. Your IP address is also used to gather broad demographic information about you, such as your location and your Internet service provider. Surgeons Net may also collect aggregate information on how our users are utilizing the site. This may include but is not exclusive to information regarding traffic patterns through the site and search queries.

3) We log browser types, access times, URLs from which visitors came to our site and URLs viewed by visitors while on our site. Except as otherwise stated in this privacy policy, we do not provide this information to third parties, except in aggregate form.

4) At specific times we may ask you to provide us with personal information in order for you to register for a service (e.g., to set up a Surgeons Net Email account or to create a message board on our discussion area). This information may include but is not limited to your name and email address. You may always choose not to provide us with this information. However, this may limit our ability to provide you with a specific service or offer you personalized content. For example, Surgeons Net's email registration form requests that you provide demographic information (such as age and gender), as well as information regarding your professional interests; if you do not provide us with certain, required information, we cannot open an email account for you.

5) We may collect credit card information if you register for any paid services on our site. Any time we ask for a credit card number we transmit that credit card number in an encrypted format. We use industry-standard, SSL (secure socket layer) encryption. In order to complete a transaction, payment information may be transferred through one of our partners who process such information.

What organization is collecting the information?

Surgeons Net usually collects the requested information. However, Surgeons Net has chosen select partners in order to provide you with full-service Web sites. In order to use these areas, it may be necessary to enter information that then goes to our partner and is not kept by Surgeons Net. The areas of our sites in which partners are collecting information may be co-branded with our partners' logos.

If you have any questions regarding who is collecting or receiving the information you provide on our sites, please contact us via the feedback page. If you have questions regarding the privacy policy or data-collection practices of one of our content partners, please contact that partner directly.

Some of our content partners, as well as advertisers who display ads on our site, may use cookies. We do not control their use of cookies or have access to the information contained in or related to those cookies.

What does Surgeons Net do with the data it collects?

Whenever Surgeons Net collects data, the data is intended to tailor or improve the experience of visitors to our site. From the data collected we can customize content and advertising based on the user's preferences. We analyse what our users prefer in order to improve Surgeons Net.

We use information from a cookie (a feature of your browser used to assign identification to your computer) to count and track site visits in the aggregate, to personalize the site for each unique user, to control the frequency of individual advertisements directed to individual computers, and to target advertisements to broad demographic segments. For example, if an advertiser wants to target males between the ages of 25 and 40, we will limit ad presentation to this group. We also use information about your interests to display banner advertisements. Some broad statistical customer data is provided to our advertisers (e.g., percentage of males or females visiting the site), but specific personal information is not shared with our advertisers, except as otherwise stated in this privacy policy.

We use IP addresses to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our Web sites. IP addresses may be disclosed to a third party if we believe in good faith that the law or legal process requires it, or to protect the rights or property of Surgeons Net or others. If you use the message boards, your IP address at the time of posting may be publicly displayed along with your post, at the moderator's option.

On occasion we will email bulletins to provide you with information that we think you will find useful, including information about new products and services. We might also contact you to see if you are interested in participating in market research regarding Surgeons Net. Surgeons Net also may contact you by email to respond to customer-service complaints you have submitted, to address a problem affecting your use of the service or to verify your account information if you submit a password request.

With whom does Surgeons Net share data?

Surgeons Net may disclose your personal information to our business partners in order to provide you with the services you have requested, or to companies that offer a co-branded version of one of our sites. If you have questions regarding the privacy policy or data-collection practices of one of our content partners, please contact that partner directly. Surgeons Net does not have control over and is not responsible for the data collection and use practices of our business partners.

We also may disclose your personal information to a third party if we believe in good faith that the law or legal process requires it, to protect the rights or property of Surgeons Net or others, or as otherwise described in this privacy policy.

We may share aggregate demographic information with our advertisers.

What choices are available regarding collection, use and distribution of the information (Opt Out Policy)?

Many of the services available on our sites provide you with the opportunity to opt out of receiving communications from us and our partners. In addition, in the majority of our email communications, we will have instructions on how to un-subscribe so that you will not receive any future emails from us if you so choose.

As previously noted, you may always choose to not provide us with any of the information we request; however, this may limit our ability to provide you with a specific service or limit our ability to offer personalized content.

How can you update or correct your information?

Surgeons Net does not currently have a method for users to change their user information online. In the case of personalized services, you will be able to modify your user information through contact on the feedback page.

How can you delete your information or deactivate your membership?

If you would like to deactivate your membership with one of the services offered on Surgeons Net, please visit tell us via the feedback page.

Some information is automatically deleted from our site after a certain period of time. For example, session information is deleted every 20 minutes for security reasons, which may require you to log back in after periods of inactivity.

What procedures have been designed to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information under Surgeons Net's control?

Except as otherwise stated in this privacy policy, Surgeons Net has taken measures to ensure that information that is not publicly available through its sites is accessible only to the user who initially entered the information or to authorized personnel at Surgeons Net or its partners, and only after a password has been entered.

What about privacy policies for sites linked to Surgeons Net?

Surgeons Net contains links to other sites not affiliated with Surgeons Net. These sites have their own policies and practices with respect to online privacy and Surgeons Net cannot be responsible for the privacy practices or the content of these unaffiliated Web sites. In addition, in certain instances a Surgeons Net advertiser may ask you for personal information. Surgeons Net cannot be responsible for the privacy practices of its advertisers.

Notification of Changes

This policy may be revised over time as new features are added to the web site. To keep yourself updated on such changes please check this site for information about revisions to our privacy policy.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or about Surgeons Net's information-collection practices, please contact us at via the feedback page.

 
 
 
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