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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Updated August 2015
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.
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
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