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The American College of Rheumatology (hereinafter “ACR”,”the “Society”, “we”), is a professional membership organization based at 2200 Lake Boulevard, NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30319, committed to improving the care of patients with rheumatic disease and advancing the rheumatology specialty.” Founded in 1934, we are a not for profit, global medical society that serves physicians, health professionals, and scientists worldwide and our mission is to advance research and training to improve the health of people with rheumatic diseases. Learn more about the ACR.
You can contact us at:
2200 Lake Boulevard NE
Atlanta, GA 30319
In principle, ACR:
If you are based in the EU or the EEA and you are interacting with the ACR in the context of us providing services or goods to you, or us monitoring your use of our services, then the related processing of your personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its implementing national laws. We are controller of the processing of your personal data. If you have any questions or inquiries, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We recognize personal data as any information related to an identified or identifiable individual. Depending on the context of your interactions with ACR, we collect and use different types of personal data from website visitors, members and others that interact with us.
Types of information we collect:
The purposes for which we collect and use your personal data may vary depending on the type of relationship you have with us, such as if you are one of our members or a website visitor.
See below why we use your information:
Our services are not directed to children.
We do not knowingly collect personal data from children. We may incidentally process personal data of children, for instance where participants to our events travel with family or when images we capture for our gallery of videos are those of conditions suffered by children. If a parent or guardian becomes aware that his or her child has provided us with personal data without their consent, please contact us. If we become aware that a child has registered for our services and has provided us with personal data without the consent of their parent or guardian, we will delete such information from our files.
At times, ACR engages third party contractors, service providers, and other vendors to help us accomplish our business objectives. There are other circumstances where we are required by law to disclose personal data to third parties such as public bodies or judicial authorities.
We engage with our agents, representatives, contractors, service providers or other third parties for the following services:
If the engagement involves the transmission of personal data, we require the service provider to treat that data consistent with this Policy. A contract to protect the personal data is executed before any data is disclosed, if that vendor will process personal data of individuals in the EU/EEA on our behalf.
ACR may also disclose information in special cases when it has a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to legal requirements or comply with legal process; (b) protect and defend our rights or property; (c) enforce the College's policies regarding online privacy, internal and external linking, and copyright and; or (d) act to protect the interests of our users or others.
Occasionally ACR may be required by law enforcement or judicial authorities to provide personally identifiable information to the appropriate governmental authorities. We will disclose such information upon receipt of a court order, subpoena, or to cooperate with a law enforcement investigation. ACR reserves the right to report to law enforcement agencies any activities that we in good faith believe to be unlawful.
If you reside or otherwise find yourself in the European Union or the European Economic Area (EEA), ACR is committed to processing your personal data lawfully and facilitating the exercise of your rights granted by the European data protection law. You can contact us at any time to discuss your privacy concerns.
Legal basis for data collection and use: we only collect and use personal data when there is a fair and legal basis for its collection and use and/or when you have consented to our collection. For example, we collect personal data because it is necessary to become member of the College, to meet our legitimate interests to send marketing material, or to comply with legal obligations. See below the legal basis for each collection:
Privacy rights under the European regulation:
Transparency and the right to information: We provide notice to our members, website users and other third parties who interact with us about how we use personal data in our day-to-day activities at the time of collecting personal data, or as soon thereafter as possible. We also publish this privacy notice for greater transparency.
Right to access, rectification, restriction of processing, erasure, and data portability: If you are based in the EEA we provide you with access to your own personal data. In addition, when requested in writing by you, we will rectify any errors in your personal data when it is incorrect or inaccurate, and we will ensure the right to erasure, portability and to restriction of processing when these rights are not incompatible with other legal obligations.
Right to object and withdraw consent at any time: for all marketing materials, you can opt-out anytime, and free of charge. The right to object for other processing activities will be balanced to ensure that it is not incompatible with local regulations or our legitimate interests.
These requests should be submitted as follows:
If you are not satisfied with our response, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority of your habitual residence, place of work or place of the alleged infringement.
If you are located outside the United States and you interact with our website or provide us personal data, then your personal data may be transferred to the United States.
We transfer your personal data to the United States whenever you interact with us. The US has not sought, nor obtained adequacy status from the European Union. The EU-US Privacy Shield framework obtained an adequacy decision. The level of protection of your personal data is not deemed equivalent to the one in the EU, unless the receiving organization is self-certified under the EU-US Privacy Shield. As a not-for-profit organization, we are not able to adhere to the EU-US Privacy Shield Principles.
We transfer your personal data on the basis of the derogations in Article 49 GDPR, particularly:
As for safeguards to your personal data, we directly apply the GDPR provisions to your personal data. As a matter of principle, we do not engage in any onward transfers regarding your data, beyond the access that our processors have to your data. We select carefully our processors and we require that they are EU-US Privacy Shield certified, or that they provide equivalent safeguard mechanisms.
ACR is committed to the security, confidentiality and integrity principle. We take commercially reasonable precautions to keep all information obtained from our online visitors secure against unauthorized access and use and we periodically review our security measures.
We care about the security of your transactions and apply industry-standard practices of like organizations 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 mitigates the risk of 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 of like organizations 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. We encrypt the transmission of personal information using secure socket layer technology (SSL).
This site contains links to other sites. While ACR strives to link only to sites that share our high standards and respect for privacy, ACR is not responsible for the privacy practices employed by other sites.
ACR applies the storage limitation principle in order to retain personal data in our records only for the length of time required to fulfill the purpose for which the data was collected.
We only keep personal data in our records as long as they are necessary for the purposes they have been processed. The retention period depends on the context in which we process data and on specific circumstances such as regulations requiring retaining information for a certain period of time. These circumstances may include local laws, the reasonably anticipated future business needs for the data, the benefit to the user to have the data available, legal requirements to hold the data, or similar circumstances.
ACR MAKES NO CLAIMS, PROMISES OR GUARANTEES ABOUT THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS OR ADEQUACY OF THE CONTENTS OF ITS SITE, AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS LIABILITY FOR ERRORS AND OMISSIONS IN THE CONTENTS OF THIS SITE. NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, IMPLIED, EXPRESSED OR STATUTORY, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF NON-INFRINGEMENT, TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND FREEDOM FROM COMPUTER VIRUS, IS GIVEN WITH RESPECT TO THE CONTENTS OF THIS WEBSITE OR ITS HYPERLINKS TO OTHER INTERNET RESOURCES. REFERENCE IN THIS WEBSITE TO ANY SPECIFIC COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS, PROCESSES OR SERVICES, OR THE USE OF ANY TRADE, FIRM OR CORPORATION NAME IS FOR THE INFORMATION AND CONVENIENCE OF THE PUBLIC AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE ENDORSEMENT OR RECOMMENDATION BY ACR.
ACR may occasionally update this privacy statement and other statements referenced by it as new services and programs are introduced. You will be notified of these changes via email@example.com and/or by placing a prominent notice on the Site. The time stamp you see on the policy will indicate the last date it was revised.
Updated July 12, 2018
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:
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
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”).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
American College of Rheumatology
2200 Lake Boulevard NE
Atlanta, GA 30319