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.

General Privacy Policy

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
Phone: 404-633-3777
Fax: 404-633-1870

This Privacy Policy details how we are processing personal data, including personal data of individuals in the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) when they interact with our services.

In principle, ACR:

  • Collects, uses and stores the minimum amount of personal data that is necessary for one or more legitimate business purposes and to comply with legal obligations.
  • Limits who has access to the personal data in our possession to only those who need it for a legitimate business purpose.
  • Protects personal data through physical and technical security measures tailored to the sensitivity of the personal data we hold.
  • Communicates with our employees, customers, suppliers, business partners and others about how we intend to use personal data in our day-to-day operations.
  • Takes reasonable steps to ensure our personal data is accurate and up-to-date.
  • Integrates privacy in the design of our activities and projects that involve the use of personal data.

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 privacy@rheumatology.org.

Types of Information Collected

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:

  • For our app: Name, email address, password, country of residence, time zone, app language, postal code, the state of the device (on, off, standby, battery required), logins, account configurations,linking to nutritionist and physicians, errors, push notifications received, email notifications received, IP address. We may also process street and billing addresses or phone number, if the user provides it.
  • Membership accounts on our website: name, email address, log activity, country of residence, professional affiliation, ABIM number and year of certification, memberships or fellowships information to verify applications for membership.
  • Registration to events, conferences and the annual meeting: name, affiliation, contact details, accommodation preferences, and payment details.
  • Marketing activities: email addresses and information about the interaction with our communications (such as IP addresses, click-through data). We may also send surveys and collect various responses to these surveys which may include contact and professional information. These surveys may be sent directly from us or from an approved business partner. We do not send independent surveys on behalf of members or third parties.
  • Gallery of videos and photos: We have a gallery of videos publicly available and some of them include presentations and testimonies of persons that have pre-authorized us to share these artifacts. We also share some before and after photos and information that has been provided by our different physicians and members with the appropriate authorizations.
  • Career Connection: name, contact information, password, resume, preferred employment types/disciplines/specialties/locations, work authorization (visa or other document).
  • Information collected automatically: there is other information that we collect automatically when you visit our site through the use of cookies or similar technologies such as your IP address, browser type, access times. See our Cookies Notice for more information.
  • Our courses: name, affiliation, grades, credits toward certifications.

Why we process your personal data

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:

  • We process personal data collected through our mobile app for the purpose of facilitating communication with our members.
  • We process personal data of our members when they log into their online accounts for the purpose of managing their membership and providing them membership related services.
  • We process personal data in the context of article/abstract submissions for the purpose of publication of cutting edge research in the field of rheumatology.
  • We process personal data of individuals who subscribe to our courses for the purpose of providing educational services
  • We process personal data of participants to our events for the purpose of organizing the event/conference.
  • We process personal data in the context of marketing activities for the purposes of marketing our services and of communicating with our members. In order to keep our members and others who interact with the ACR informed of important ACR activities, services, and news pertaining to the rheumatology field, we send out certain marketing emails and publications. In order to better serve our constituents needs and target communications to their preferences, we collect information about their use of these communications.
  • We process personal data in the context of the gallery of videos and photos that we maintain, for the purposes of informing the public about different cases related to rheumatology.
  • We process personal data for the “Career Connection” page on our website in order to match candidates with jobs in our field of activity.
  • We process personal data collected through cookies placed by our website to support the operation of our website and to analyze the traffic patterns on our site.
  • We process personal data of individuals that support or provide professional services to ACR including speaker payment, information includes their SSN/TIN, and bank details.

Our Policy Towards Children

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.

Disclosures to Third Parties

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:

  • Authorization of credit card transactions (based in the US),
  • Order fulfillment (based in the US);
  • Cloud storage (based in the US);
  • Email blasting (based in the US);
  • Mailing services for our journals;
  • Software for conference registration and abstracts submission;
  • Mobile apps for connection to ACR and online courses;
  • Surveys for ACR research purposes.

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.

Your European Privacy Rights

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:

  • Our Mobile app: Collection is based on our legitimate interest in providing services to our members
  • Membership information and payment details: Collection is based on the necessity to enter into, or for the performance of, a contract and to provide you membership services and process or receive payments;
  • Account management and cookies: Collection is based on our legitimate interest in facilitating access to different services to our members, and to analyze traffic patterns.
  • Publications of articles and submissions: we publish cutting edge research in the field of rheumatology submitted by health professionals, based on our legitimate interest in advancing research to improve the health of people with rheumatic diseases.
  • Registration to events, conferences, courses and the annual meeting: Collection is based on the necessity to enter into, or for the performance of, a contract and to put on the event for all attendees;
  • Marketing activities: Collection is allowed where you provide consent for email marketing, and collection for marketing conducted other than through email or phone call is based on our legitimate interests;
  • Gallery of videos and photos: Collection is allowed where you consent;
  • Career Connection: Collection is allowed where you consent.

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:

  • Opt-out of marketing communications: you can exercise your right to object and opt-out anytime by following the opt-out instructions in our commercial emails, by logging into your ACR account and changing your communication preferences or contacting us at privacy@rheumatology.org. You will still continue to receive emails relevant to course registrations or purchases (e.g. registration confirmations or purchase receipts) or necessary to your continued membership in the ACR (e.g. dues notices). If you believe that SPAM has been sent from us, please contact us at privacy@rheumatology.org so that we can investigate and rectify the situation.
  • To exercise the rest of your rights: you should send a communication in writing to privacy@rheumatology.org. In order to fulfill this request, we may require you provide us information to validate your identity and specify your request. We will attend to your request in a timely manner within 30 days after receiving your request. If for any reason we need to extend this period of time, we will contact you.

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.

International Transfers of Personal Data

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:

  • Explicit consent, for newsletter subscribers and certain processing in relation to organizing events - such as storing photos;
  • Necessity to enter and for the performance of a contract for registration information to participate to our events; for processing personal data of our members to maintain their relationship with our organization, provide them services including when they log in to their member accounts; and also for processing personal data for online and offline courses.

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.

Data Security

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.

Retention Periods

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.

Disclaimer

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.

Changes to this Policy

We reserve the right to modify this Privacy Policy at any time. We will duly inform you of any changes.

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 privacy@rheumatology.org 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

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

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Updated April 30, 2018

Rheumatology Image Library License and Terms of Use

Please read this page carefully before using the ACR Rheumatology Image Library. This is a legal agreement between you (the end user) and the American College of Rheumatology (ACR). Your use of the ACR Rheumatology Image Library signifies your acceptance of the terms of this License. If you do not agree to the terms of the License, you must not proceed into the ACR Rheumatology Image Library, and you must return to ACR or delete/destroy any images from the ACR Rheumatology Image Library currently in your possession.

  1. License: By this license, you are granted the right to use the ACR Rheumatology Image Library for non-commercial educational, informational, and research purposes only. You are not granted a right to use the ACR Rheumatology Image Library for the purpose of journalism, investigation, or reporting absent a specific license granted by ACR, and you may not use the ACR Rheumatology Image Library for any commercial purpose. The images and associated captions of the ACR Rheumatology Image Library may be copied and used for oral educational presentations delivered by you along with any supporting documents needed for the presentation. ACR requests that you appose to images taken from the ACR Rheumatology Image Library a notice of Copyright ownership to ACR in the form of “Copyright (year of creation of presentation) ACR.” You may not use or share (e.g. in the form of a link) the ACR Rheumatology Image Library on any network, internet, or intranet without express written permission from ACR. Images and associated captions may not be incorporated into any work that is published, such as a journal without express written permission from ACR.
  2. Media Usage: All images (and the associated captions) in the ACR Rheumatology Image Library are provided free of charge, upon approval, to media for purposes of news coverage only. Any other use falls under the ACR Rheumatology Image Library's terms of License. Media includes television, print, radio, online (e.g., bloggers), trade publications, and other approved outlets that cover rheumatology news. Images are provided for one-time, news-related use only. Use of images in commercial, non-news-related publications or any other for-profit use is strictly prohibited. Images from the ACR Rheumatology Image Library cannot be published, reproduced, transferred, or distributed without advance written approval from the ACR. Images showing a patient's face, either in part or whole, must be pixilated or otherwise blurred. Other image-specific terms may apply and will be provided once use of an image is approved. An appropriate image credit for each image is required and will be provided once use of an image is approved. To request permission to use an image in your media coverage, contact ACR’s public relations staff at pr@rheumatology.org or 404-633-3777.
  3. Restrictions: The ACR Rheumatology Image Library is a proprietary, copyrighted work, derivative work, and compilation owned by ACR. You agree that you will not use the ACR Rheumatology Image Library except as permitted by this License and Terms of Use, and you expressly agree not to modify, rent, lease, sell, or create derivative works using the ACR Rheumatology Image Library. You agree that you will not remove any notice of copyrights, trademark, or other proprietary right from any place where it is on or embedded in the content of the ACR Rheumatology Image Library . If you have any reason to believe that images from the Image Library are attributed a wrongful ownership, you must report the discrepancy to ACR.
  4. Terminations: A license is granted each time an image from the ACR Rheumatology Image Library is downloaded. The license is specific to the copyrighted single work obtained from ACR. A license is effective until terminated or until the natural expiration of the Copyright in the images downloaded from the ACR Rheumatology Image Library. ACR may terminate any license at any time in its sole discretion. In the case of termination of any license, all copyrighted materials or copies associated with this specific grant must be destroyed.
  5. Disclaimer of Warranty on ACR Rheumatology Image Library and Data: You expressly acknowledge and agree that use of this ACR Rheumatology Image Library is at your sole risk. THE ACR RHEUMATOLOGY IMAGE LIBRARY IS PROVIDED “AS IS” AND WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, SATISFACTION QUALITY, MEDICAL INFORMATION, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND FREEDOM FROM INFRINGEMENT OR ORIGINALITY. No warranties are made that the ACR Rheumatology Image Library will meet your requirements, or that the operation of this website will be uninterrupted, virus free, or error free. No warranty is given as to the accuracy or reliability of the data on the ACR Rheumatology Image Library.
  6. Limits of Liability: ACR shall not be liable for any damages, including direct, indirect, digital, incidental, special or consequential damages, or damages for loss of profits or revenues incurred by you or any third party, whether in an action in contract or tort, arising out of the use or application by you of the ACR Rheumatology Image Library or any component within.
  7. Indemnification: You agree to indemnify and hold ACR harmless from and against any claims, expenses, losses, or liabilities (including professional fees and expenses) in connection with any claim by a third party arising out of your use of any component of the ACR Rheumatology Image Library or the application by you of the medical information contained by the ACR Rheumatology Image Library.
  8. Transferability: The rights granted to you by ACR under this License Agreement may not be assigned, transferred, or licensed to any third party. ACR may transfer and/or assign at will this License to any third party including any personal data associated with the ownership of the License.
  9. Governing Law, Jurisdiction, and Enforcement: This License will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois, without regard to conflict of law principles. All suits, proceedings, or claims in connection with this License shall be brought in the courts of the State of Illinois in the County of Cook and you hereby consent to the jurisdiction and venue of those courts. If any provision of this License is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, unreasonable, or unenforceable, such provision or requirement will be enforced only to the extent that it is not invalid, unreasonable, or otherwise unenforceable and all other provisions of this License shall remain in full force and effect.
  10. Contact: If you have comments, suggestions, or questions about the content of the ACR Rheumatology Image Library, please contact:

American College of Rheumatology
2200 Lake Boulevard NE
Atlanta, GA 30319
Phone: 404-633-3777
Fax: 404- 633-1870
education@rheumatology.org