Website and Privacy Policies

Looking for the College's policies regarding online privacy, internal and external linking, and copyright and disclaimer issues? Please review the information below and contact us if you have any questions.

Privacy Policy

The American College of Rheumatology (the "College") is committed to safeguarding your privacy. This statement explains our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way the information you provide us is collected and used. For easy and direct access, we provide a link to this statement from the footer of our home page and all other pages of the website (the "Site").

The College is the sole owner of and the only organization that uses the information collected on this Site. We will not sell or rent this information to others under any circumstances. Please see the Service Providers section of this Policy for an explanation of how we share certain information with some approved third party providers for specific services needed to conduct business.

What Information We Collect and How We Use That Information

We do not store sensitive information from our visitors, such as credit card or social security numbers. We sometimes request users of the Site to provide personally identifiable information. If you create an account, you will need a personal User Name and Password. You may be asked for your contact information, such as your name, email address, address, work setting, profession, principal professional field and country of residence ("Personal Information"). The Personal Information is linked directly to a personal User Name and Password chosen by the user and can be retrieved only by supplying the correct User Name and Password that is linked to that account. It is the user’s responsibility to maintain his/her password securely and to confirm the accuracy of his/her information. The College does not share your profile with third parties.

Service Providers

The College uses certain third-party providers as needed to conduct business and to provide specific services. For example, we use third party companies for certain meeting registration functions, abstract processing, market research, fundraising, journal publishing, shipping and credit card processing. We may share names, address information, phone, fax, and/or an email address as necessary for the third party to provide these services. These third parties are not allowed to use personally identifiable information except for the purpose of providing these services. We make our privacy policies clear to any providers, and adherence to these policies is required for maintaining a business relationship with the College. These companies are under contractual obligation with the College, and do not retain, share, store or use personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes.

Internet Protocol Address

We collect an internet protocol ("IP") address from all visitors to our Site. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the Internet. We use IP addresses to help diagnose problems with our server, administer our Site, analyze trends, track users' movement, gather broad demographic information for aggregate use in order for us to improve the Site, and deliver customized, personalized content. IP addresses may be collected in log files along with information regarding your browser type, internet service provider, referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, and number of clicks.  IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

"Cookies"

This Site uses cookies. By using this Site, you agree that the College may place cookies on your device and access them when you visit our Site. A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we put on your computer. The cookies we use aid us in improving our Site and your experience by tracking which areas and features of our Site are popular, making the Site easier to navigate, counting visits, and allowing a registered user to remain signed in to his/her user profile throughout a visit. If you want to opt out of our cookies, you can delete them and any other cookies that are already on your computer. Please refer to the help and support areas on your Internet browser for instructions on how to locate the file or directory that stores cookies. Some functionality on our Site may be affected if you delete our cookies.

Purchases/Subscriptions/Donations

The College collects the following information through our secure online financial-transaction pages: name, address, email address, phone number, and credit card information. This personally identifiable information is used for billing purposes, to process your order, to acknowledge receipt of your transaction and/or to include you on the College’s mailing/emailing list if you choose to join them. Additionally, if we have trouble processing an order, the information is used to contact the user.  By engaging in an kind of activity on the Site that uses financial information, you consent to our using your financial information, or providing your financial information to our service providers and to such third parties as we determine is necessary, to process your transactions.  These third parties may include banking institutions used to process these transactions  Any of these various third parties are authorized to use your financial information in accordance with our contractual arrangements with such third parties and in accordance with their own privacy policies, over which we have no control.

Security

We care about the security of your transactions and apply industry-standard practices and technologies to safeguard your credit card information. We use high-grade encryption and the secure https protocol to communicate with your browser software, which guards against interception of the credit card information you give us. We also employ several different security techniques to protect your personally identifiable information from unauthorized access by users inside and outside the organization. The Web servers for the College are located in a secure environment, and computer systems are maintained in accordance with industry standards to secure information. You should be aware, however, that “perfect security” does not exist on the Internet, and third parties may unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications.

Children's Privacy

None of the content and information on the College’s website is targeted toward children under 13 years of age. We make every effort possible to ensure that we do not collect or maintain information on our website from those we know to be younger than 16 unless parental consent has been obtained in writing.  If you are under the age of 16, please do not provide any Personal Information through the Site.  If you are under the age of 16 and have already provided Personal Information through the Site, please have your parent or guardian contact us immediately using the information below so that we can remove such Personal Information from our files.

Correcting/Updating/Deleting/Deactivating Personal Information

If a user's personally identifiable information changes (such as zip code, phone, email or address), or if a user no longer desires our service, the College provides a way to correct, update or delete/deactivate users' personally identifiable information. This can be done by logging into their account and updating information, by emailing the Membership Department or by contacting the College by telephone at the number provided below.

International Users

If you are visiting the Site from outside of the United States: your connection may be made through and to servers located in the United States; your registration, entries and orders placed through the Site may be fully processed in and from the United States; and all information you provide may be processed and maintained in our web servers and internal systems located within the United States.  The data protection and other laws of the United States and other countries might not be as comprehensive as those in your country, but please be assured that we take steps to ensure that your privacy is protected.  By using our services, you understand that your information may be transferred to our facilities and those third parties with whom we share it as described in this Policy.  By using the Site, you authorize the export of Personal Information to the United States and its storage and use as specified above when you provide such information to us.  This Privacy Policy and our legal obligations are subject to the laws of the State of Illinois and the United States, regardless of the location of any user.  Any claims or complaints must be filed exclusively in the courts of the United States in the State of Illinois.

Changes to this Policy

In the event that the American College of Rheumatology decides to alter its privacy policy, the changes will be added directly to this statement. We indicate the date of the current Privacy Policy below, so you know when it was last updated.  Continued use of this Site after any such revision or modification constitutes your acceptance of this Privacy Policy as so revised or modified. By using the site(s), you agree to this change procedure.

Updated August 2015

Website Linking Policy

Links to Other Websites

The College’s Site includes links, some temporary and some permanent, to other websites. We use the following criteria to evaluate sites for linking. The linked site should:

  • Relate to the mission of the College;
  • Complement and enhance the information on our site;
  • Provide credible, accurate, current, science-based information

We are not responsible for the privacy and security practices of any other website or the nature of the content contained therein. Users are encouraged to be aware when they leave the College's Site and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this website.

Incoming Links to the College

The College grants a nonexclusive, limited permission to websites to place a text link to www.rheumatology.org containing the exact words "American College of Rheumatology" or our domain name (presently http://www.rheumatology.org) on their Site to develop a link between their site and the College Site(s).

Content Integrity, Link Location

The College requests that sites do not use links to http://www.rheumatology.org other than a text link. The materials on the linking site should not imply any association with or in relation to the College or imply in any way that any materials from our Site are maintained within or originate from the linking website. The College does not permit any content from our Site to be framed within another site. Material may not be copied from our Site for publication in any form without the College's express written permission. Companies advertising products are requested to not link to the College Site from any advertising or marketing pages, or to include any pages that refer specifically to a particular drug by brand name through overt logo use or textual reference. All links should be for nonprofit or educational purposes only. The College shall not be responsible for any loss, damage, liability or expense that may accompany or result from your use of a text link to the College.

Updated August 2015

Website Proprietary Legend and Disclaimer

All materials posted on this Site are subject to copyrights owned by the College. The College hereby provides limited permission for the user of this Site to reproduce, retransmit or reprint for such user's own personal use (and for such personal use only) part or all of any document on this Site as long as the copyright notice and permission notice contained in such document or portion thereof are included in such reproduction, retransmission or reprinting. All other reproduction, retransmission, or reprinting of all or part of any document found on this Site is expressly prohibited, unless the College has expressly granted its prior written consent to so reproduce, retransmit, or reprint the material. All other rights reserved.

Trademark

The names, trademarks, service marks and logos of the College appearing on this Site may not be used in any advertising or publicity, or otherwise to indicate the College's sponsorship of or affiliation with any product or service, without the College's prior express written permission.

Disclaimers

The College is providing information and services online as a benefit and service in furtherance of the College's mission. The College makes no representations about the suitability of this information and these services for any purpose.

The College does not exert editorial control over materials that are posted by third parties and specifically disclaims any and all liability for any claims or damages which may result from any postings by third parties. Although the College's Site includes links providing direct access to other Internet sites, the College has not participated in the development of those other sites, and does not exert any editorial or other control over those other sites. The College accepts no responsibility for the opinions and information posted on this Site by users other than the College.

The College disclaims all warranties with regard to information posted on this Site, whether posted by the College or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall the College be liable for any special, indirect or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data or profits, whether in an action of contract, negligence or other tortious action, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on this Site.

Updated August 2015

ACR Beyond Terms of Use

ACR Beyond is a subscription-based service offered by the American College of Rheumatology (“ACR”) that provides users with access to innovative scientific and educational content (the “ACR Beyond content”) through ACR’s online learning platform, streamed over the Internet to certain Internet-connected, computers and other devices (“ACR Beyond-ready devices”).

Your use of the ACR Beyond service is governed by these Terms of Use. These Terms of Use apply only to the use of certain websites which are owned and/or operated by or on behalf of ACR and/or its affiliates (each, the “Site,” and collectively, the “Sites”), or available through our authorized third parties, or by any of the other means described herein. These Terms of Use do not apply to any site owned and/or operated by or on behalf of any third party even if we provide a link to such site on one of our Sites. Please refer to the terms of use of any such third-party sites for information regarding the terms and conditions of your use of such sites.

As used in these Terms of Use, “ACR Beyond service,” “our service” or “the service” means the service provided by ACR for discovering and watching ACR Beyond content, including all features and functionalities, website and user interfaces, as well as all content and software associated with the ACR Beyond service. When we refer to “ACR,” “we,” “us” or “our,” we mean the American College of Rheumatology or the specific division, subsidiary, or affiliate that operates the Site, provides its content, or processes information received through it, each as appropriate and applicable. When we refer to “you” or “your,” we mean the person accessing the Site. If the person accessing the Site acts on behalf of, or for the purposes of, another person, including a business or other organization, “you” or “your” also means that other person, including a business organization.

Acceptance of Terms of Use

By using, visiting, or browsing the ACR Beyond service, you accept and agree to these Terms of Use, which include ACR’s Privacy Policy (located on this page).

ACR makes this Site and the ACR Beyond service available subject to the terms and conditions set forth herein and all applicable laws. By accessing, browsing or otherwise using (collectively, “use” or “using”) this Site or the ACR Beyond service, you acknowledge that you, the individual user of this Site and/or the ACR Beyond service, have read, understood and agree to be legally bound by these Terms of Use, and to comply with all applicable laws and regulations, without limitation or qualification. By using this Site and/or the ACR Beyond service, you further acknowledge that you have the authority and do hereby legally bind the business entity, if any, for which you serve as an agent, independent contractor or employee thereof to the same Terms of Use, without limitation or qualification. These Terms of Use shall take effect immediately on your first use of the Site or the ACR Beyond service. If you do not agree to these Terms of Use, you are not authorized to access, browse or otherwise use this Site or the ACR Beyond service.

Changes to Terms of Use

ACR reserves the right to modify these Terms of Use (including the Privacy Policy) at any time without notice. The most current version of the Terms of Use will always be available to you by clicking on the link at the bottom of the Site. We will endeavor to post prior versions of the Terms of Use, if any, for the preceding twelve (12) -month period, but are not required to do so. If you find the Terms of Use unacceptable at any time, you may discontinue your use of the ACR Beyond service. By continuing to use the ACR Beyond service after the date of any change to these Terms of Use, including accessing the Site, you agree to be bound by the rules contained in the most recent version of these Terms of Use. You agree and understand that effective use of the Site may require your browser to use software plug-ins and modules, including without limitation JavaScript, in order to correctly display content and utilize features on the Site. ACR reserves the right to modify or terminate the ACR Beyond services and the Site or to terminate your access to the ACR Beyond services and Site, in whole or in part, at any time in its sole and absolute discretion. These Terms of Use constitute a contract between you and ACR governed by the laws of the State of Illinois.

Privacy

Personal Information (as defined in ACR’s Privacy Policy) is subject to our Privacy Policy, the terms of which are incorporated herein. Please review our Privacy Policy to understand how we utilize data that you provide to us.

Communication Preferences

By using the ACR Beyond service and registering to use the Site, you consent to receiving electronic communications from ACR Beyond relating to your account using the contact information that you provide to us. These communications may involve sending emails to your email address provided during registration, or posting communications on the ACR Beyond service, or in the “Your Account” page and will include notices about your account and are part of your relationship with ACR Beyond. You agree that any notices, agreements, disclosures or other communications that we send to you electronically will satisfy any legal communication requirements, including that such communications be in writing. You should maintain copies of electronic communications by printing a paper copy or saving an electronic copy. You also consent to receiving certain other communications from us, such as newsletters about new ACR Beyond features and content, special offers, promotional announcements and customer surveys via email or other methods. Please review our Privacy Policy (on this page) for further details.

Subscriptions, Free Trials, and Billing

Subscriptions

Annual Subscriptions. We offer an annual subscription for purchase that gives you access to recorded content within the ACR Beyond streaming package. Live events are not included in the annual subscription package and require a separate purchase. You must have Internet access and provide us with a valid, accepted method of payment (which you may update) to purchase the ACR Beyond service.

Special Subscriptions. We may offer a number of subscription plans, including special promotional plans or subscriptions subject unique criteria, conditions and limitations. Any terms that apply to such special plans or subscriptions and are materially different from those described in these Terms of Use will be disclosed at your signup or in other communications made available to you. We reserve the right to modify, terminate or otherwise amend our offered subscription plans.

Free Trials

We offer new users a one-time option to try the ACR Beyond subscription free for seven (7) days, or as otherwise specified during signup. Free trial subscriptions do not include access to ACR Beyond content within a live event. For free trial combinations with other offers, restrictions may apply. ACR reserves the right, at its discretion, to determine your free trial eligibility. While you are not charged for the free trial, you will need to upgrade to a paid subscription prior to or at the end of the trial period to continue uninterrupted use of the ACR Beyond service. You must have Internet access and provide us with a valid, accepted method of payment (which you may update), to purchase continued access to the ACR Beyond service.

Billing

Recurring Billing. We currently do not offer recurring billing, and all purchases are individual transactions. We reserve the right to offer or require recurring billing in the future once a subscription expires or other purchases are made.

Price Changes. We reserve the right to adjust pricing for our service or any components thereof in any manner and at any time as we may determine in our sole and absolute discretion. Except as otherwise expressly provided for in these Terms of Use, any price changes to your service will take effect on any future purchases or renewal of services.

Refunds. Payments are nonrefundable and we do not offer refunds or credits for partially used periods. At any time, and for any reason, we may provide a refund, discount or other consideration to some or all of our users (“credits”). The amount and form of such credits, and the decision to provide them, are at our sole and absolute discretion. The provision of credits in one instance does not entitle you to credits in the future for similar instances.

Live Events

Live events are purchased separately and prices will vary based on event. Availability of live event content may change, and availability is only guaranteed during the live event time frame, which is determined prior to registration opening for the live event. You must have Internet access and provide us with a valid, accepted method of payment (which you may update), to purchase access to a live event.

Promotions

From time to time, other types of promotional codes may be available, including those provided as part of a promotion offered by our third-party partners. . Promotional codes may be redeemed as described in the details of the promotion. Promotional codes can only be used once, cannot be redeemed for cash and may be combined with other offers, including a free trial, subject to certain restrictions as determined by ACR in its sole discretion. If you received a promotional code through an offer by an external entity, additional conditions may apply.

ACR Beyond Service

  1. You must be eighteen (18) years of age, or the age of majority in your province, territory or country, to become a user of the ACR Beyond service or use the Site. Individuals under the age of eighteen (18), or applicable age of majority, may utilize the service only with the involvement of a parent or legal guardian, under such person’s account and otherwise subject to these Terms of Use.
  2. The ACR Beyond service and any content viewed through our Site are for your personal and non-commercial use only (unless specifically outlined in a separate agreement). During your ACR Beyond subscription, we grant you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable license to access the ACR Beyond service and view ACR Beyond content through the service. Except for the foregoing limited license, no right, title or interest shall be transferred to you. You agree not to use the service for public performances without ACR’s prior written permission.
  3. We continually update the ACR Beyond service, including the content library. In addition, we continually test various aspects of our service, including our website, user interfaces, service levels, plans, promotional features, availability of ACR Beyond content, delivery and pricing. We reserve the right to, and by using our service you agree that we may, include you in or exclude you from these tests without notice. We reserve the right in our sole and absolute discretion to make changes from time to time and without notice in how we offer and operate our service.
  4. ACR Beyond content is not available for download or offline viewing without ACR’s prior written consent.
  5. You agree to use the ACR Beyond service, including all features and functionalities associated therewith, in accordance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations, or other restrictions on use of the service or content therein. Except as explicitly authorized in these Terms of Use, you agree not to archive, download, reproduce, distribute, modify, display, perform, publish, license, create derivative works from, offer for sale, or use content and information contained on or obtained from or through the ACR Beyond service without express written permission from ACR. You also agree not to circumvent, remove, alter, deactivate, degrade or thwart any of the content protections in the ACR Beyond service; use any robot, spider, scraper or other automated means to access the ACR Beyond service; decompile, reverse engineer or disassemble any software or other products or processes accessible through the ACR Beyond service; insert any code or product or manipulate the content of the ACR Beyond service in any way; or use any data mining, data gathering or extraction method. In addition, you agree not to upload, post, e-mail or otherwise send or transmit any material designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment associated with the ACR Beyond service, including any software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs.
  6. The availability of ACR Beyond content to view will change from time to time. The quality of the display of the ACR Beyond content may vary from device to device and may be affected by a variety of factors, such as your location, the bandwidth available through and/or speed of your Internet connection. HD availability is subject to your Internet service and device capabilities. You are responsible for all Internet access charges. Please check with your Internet provider for information on possible Internet data usage charges. ACR Beyond makes no representations or warranties about the quality of your viewing experience on your display. The time it takes to begin viewing ACR Beyond content will vary based on a number of factors, including your location, available bandwidth at the time, the ACR Beyond content you have selected and the configuration of your ACR Beyond-ready device.
  7. ACR Beyond software is currently developed by INXPO for ACR Beyond, and it is designed to enable streaming and viewing of content from ACR Beyond through ACR Beyond-ready devices. This software may vary by device and medium, and functionalities may also differ between devices. BY USING OUR SERVICE, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE TO RECEIVE, WITHOUT FURTHER NOTICE OR PROMPTING, UPDATED VERSIONS OF THE ACR BEYOND AND RELATED THIRD-PARTY SOFTWARE. IF YOU DO NOT ACCEPT THE FOREGOING TERMS, DO NOT USE OUR SERVICE. WE DO NOT TAKE RESPONSIBILITY OR OTHERWISE WARRANT THE PERFORMANCE OF THESE DEVICES, INCLUDING THE CONTINUING COMPATIBILITY OF THE DEVICE WITH OUR SERVICE. By using our service, you agree to look solely to the entity that manufactured and/or sold you the device for any issues related to the device and its compatibility with the ACR Beyond service.
  8. We may terminate or restrict your use of our service, without compensation or notice if you are, or if we suspect that you are, (i) in violation of any of these Terms of Use or (ii) engaged in illegal or improper use of the service.

Passwords and Account Access

The user who created the ACR Beyond account and whose payment method is charged is referred to here as the “Account Owner.” The Account Owner has access and control over your ACR Beyond account. The Account Owner’s control is exercised through use of the Account Owner’s password, and therefore, to maintain exclusive control, the Account Owner should not reveal the password to anyone. In addition, if the Account Owner wishes to prohibit others from contacting ACR Beyond Customer Service and potentially altering the Account Owner’s control, the Account Owner should not reveal the details associated with the account. Account Owners are responsible for updating and maintaining the truth and accuracy of the information provided to us relating to their accounts.

You should be mindful of any communication requesting that you submit credit card or other account information. Providing your information in response to these types of communications can result in identity theft. Always access your sensitive account information by going directly to the ACR Beyond website and not through a hyperlink in an email or any other electronic communication, even if it looks official. ACR reserves the right to place any account on hold anytime with or without notification to the user in order to protect itself and its partners from what it believes to be fraudulent activity. ACR is not obligated to credit or discount a subscription for holds placed on an account by either a representative of ACR or by the automated processes of the Site.

Disclaimers of Warranties and Limitations on Liability

THE ACR BEYOND SERVICE AND ALL CONTENT AND SOFTWARE ASSOCIATED THEREWITH, OR ANY OTHER FEATURES OR FUNCTIONALITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE ACR BEYOND SERVICE, ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” WITH ALL FAULTS AND WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. ACR DOES NOT GUARANTEE, REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT YOUR USE OF THE ACR BEYOND SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE. ACR SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS LIABILITY FOR THE USE OF APPLICATIONS, ACR BEYOND-READY DEVICES AND ACR BEYOND SOFTWARE (INCLUDING THEIR CONTINUING COMPATIBILITY WITH OUR SERVICE).

TO THE EXTENT PERMISSIBLE UNDER APPLICABLE LAWS, IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF RHEUMATOLOGY, OR ANY OF ITS MEMBERS, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AFFILIATES OR LICENSORS, BE LIABLE (JOINTLY OR SEVERALLY) TO YOU FOR PERSONAL INJURY OR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER.

SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR CERTAIN TYPES OF DAMAGES. THEREFORE, SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS IN THIS SECTION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

NOTHING IN THESE TERMS OF USE SHALL AFFECT ANY NON-WAIVABLE STATUTORY RIGHTS THAT APPLY TO YOU.

Intellectual Property

All information and content provided on this Site, whether explicitly marked or not, are the property of ACR or others, and are subject to U.S. and international copyright and unfair competition laws. The information and content provided includes, but is not limited to, the text, graphics, image, video, audio, animation and software, their related files and their arrangement on the Site.

All trademarks, service marks, logos, model and brand names, emblems and protectable trade dress elements (collectively, “Marks”), whether explicitly marked or not, used on this Site are owned by ACR or used under license, and are subject to U.S. (federal and state) and international trademark and unfair competition laws.

You may not copy, reproduce, download, upload, post, broadcast, transmit, distribute, publish, republish or otherwise use any information, content or Marks provided on this Site in any form or by any means, or by any information storage or retrieval system for any commercial use without the express written permission of ACR.

All of the content, pages and screens on the Site are owned and controlled by ACR, except as otherwise expressly stated, and are protected by U.S. copyright laws and international treaties. The copyrighted materials on the Site include, but are not limited to, the text, design, software, images, graphics, source code and content on the Site. You are authorized to view the information available on the Site for your informational purposes only. You acknowledge that you do not acquire any ownership rights by viewing copyrighted material. You may not copy, download for offline access, display, distribute, transfer, link to, reproduce, license, frame, alter, create derivative works of or republish all or any portion of the Site for any commercial or public purpose without ACR’s prior written consent. You may not use, copy, display, distribute, modify or reproduce any of the trademarks found on the Site except as authorized in this section. The Site may contain links to websites controlled or offered by third parties (non-affiliates of ACR). ACR hereby disclaims liability for any other company’s website content, products, privacy policies, or security. In the event you choose to use the services available at a linked site, you agree to read and adhere to the policies and terms of use applicable to that site. In addition, any advice, opinions or recommendations provided by the linked site providers are those of the providers and not of ACR. Your participation in any linked site, including payment for and the delivery of goods or services, is based solely on the agreement, if any, between you and the linked site provider.

Nothing contained in any Site shall be construed as conferring, by implication, estoppel or otherwise, any license or right to any copyright, patent, trademark or other proprietary interest of ACR or any third party. You are not permitted to create a hyperlink to any page or portion of any Site or frame any page or portion of any Site without the prior written permission of ACR. Any use of the information, content or Marks provided on any Site that does not comport with these Terms of Use shall be an unauthorized use and subject you to civil and criminal penalties as provided by U.S. and international intellectual property laws and other applicable laws.

Claims of Copyright Infringement

If you believe your work has been reproduced or distributed in a way that constitutes a copyright infringement or are aware of any infringing material available through the ACR Beyond service, please notify us immediately.

Governing Law

Terms of Use shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the state of Illinois, U.S.A. without regard to any conflict of laws provisions. Any claim relating to this Site or the ACR Beyond service shall be litigated in the state and/or federal courts located in Cook County, Illinois and you hereby consent to the jurisdiction and venue of those courts. These terms will not limit any consumer protection rights that you may be entitled to under the mandatory laws of your state of residence.

Use of Information Submitted

ACR is free to use any comments, information, ideas, concepts, reviews, or techniques or any other material contained in any communication you may send to us (“Feedback”), including responses to questionnaires or through postings to the ACR Beyond service, including the Site and user interfaces, worldwide and in perpetuity without further compensation, acknowledgment or payment to you for any purpose whatsoever, including, but not limited to, developing, manufacturing and marketing products and creating, modifying or improving the ACR Beyond service. In addition, you agree not to enforce any “moral rights” in and to the Feedback, to the extent permitted by applicable law. Please note ACR does not accept unsolicited materials or ideas for ACR Beyond content, and it is not responsible for the similarity of any of its content or programming in any media to materials or ideas transmitted to ACR. Should you send any unsolicited materials or ideas, you do so with the understanding that no additional consideration of any sort will be provided to you, and you are waiving any claim against ACR and its affiliates regarding the use of such materials and ideas, even if material or an idea is used that is substantially similar to the material or idea you sent.

Customer Support

To find more information about our service and its features, or if you need assistance with your account, please visit ACR Beyond Help Center within the platform, or email education@rheumatology.org. In the event of any conflict between these Terms of Use and information provided by Customer Support or other portions of our website, these Terms of Use will control.

Survival

If any provision or provisions of these Terms of Use shall be held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions shall remain in full force and effect.

Indemnification

You agree to defend, indemnify, save and hold harmless ACR and its subsidiaries, affiliated companies, joint partners and licensees and their respective directors, members, shareholders, officers, employees and agents from and against all liabilities, claims, damages and expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees as incurred, arising out of your use of this Site and the ACR Beyond service, including any violation or alleged violation of these Terms of Use.

Children’s Privacy

None of the content and information on the Site is targeted toward children under eighteen (18) years of age. We make every effort possible to ensure that we do not collect or maintain information on our website from those we know to be younger than 16 unless parental consent has been obtained in writing. If you are under the age of 18, please do not provide any Personal Information through the Site. If you are under the age of 18 and have already provided Personal Information through the Site, please have your parent or guardian contact us immediately using the information below so that we can remove such Personal Information from our files.

Disclosures

ACR is an independent, professional organization that does not endorse specific procedures or products of any pharmaceutical/biotech concern. Any ACR educational content presented on the Site or the ACR Beyond service has been independently planned by the appropriate planning committee under the ACR Committee on Education. The material presented is not intended to represent the only or the best methods appropriate for the medical situations discussed, but rather it is intended to present the opinions of the authors or presenters, which may be helpful to other practitioners. Individuals participating in ACR Beyond educational content do so with full knowledge that they waive any claim they might have against the ACR for reliance on any information presented.

Updated April 30, 2018

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