Science and Medicine Group
("we", "us" or "our") grant you permission as a
user ("User", "you" or "your") to access and use
our sites, software, applications, content, products and services
("Services"), which are owned or licensed by us on our properties (the
provision of the Services on which this policy is posted. PLEASE READ THIS
The privacy of our users on the
Internet is of the utmost importance to us. Since Science and Medicine Group
and its related network of Site and Services gather certain types of
information about our users, we feel that you should completely understand the
conditions and terms surrounding the gathering and use of information about those
information we gather, how we use it, and how to correct, change, or remove it.
The Services made available through Science and Medicine Group may be provided
in a variety of media and devices now known or hereinafter developed including
mobile applications, and include without limitation online market research
surveys, communities and forums, reference tools, and applications, sponsored
programs, personalized scientific or medical content, medical education, job
boards, communication tools, and discussion boards.
Use apply each time you access the Site or use the Services. When you access
Use as if you had signed them, and you consent to our collecting and using your
Site or use the Services.
We may revise or terminate these
Your access of the Site or use of any of the Services following the posting of
should be directed to Science and Medicine Group at email@example.com
- INFORMATION WE COLLECT VIA OUR SITE
Information We Collect from Unregistered Visitors
You must register to access our full
Services; however, you may be able to access certain limited areas of the Site
without disclosing any personally identifiable information. We will collect
non-personally identifiable information, i.e. information that is not traced
back to any individual and is not used on its own to identify an individual.
Even if you have not registered, Science
and Medicine Group will collect such data including: the referring website, if
applicable, the type of browser you use, the time and date that you accessed
the Services, the pages you visited and viewed throughout our Site, and what
computers responded to a market research survey.
Taken in aggregate, this information
enables us to better develop and fund the Services, provide content, and
respond to our users‘ needs. We will explain how this is done in the
"Information Collected through Tracking Technology" section of this
Information We Collect from Registered Users
Account Registration: You must register to access our full Services. When
you register for the Services, you are asked to provide identifying information
such as your name, email address, zip code and other professional information,
e.g. profession and science application. Additional information may be
requested, which may be required to access some Services. We may collect
additional information about registered users from third party sources to
assist us in providing the Services. For example, we may use such third party sources to verify and update registration
information and confirm licensure status.
Information We Collect through Services We Offer
Market Research: Registered users of the Services may opt-in to receive
offers to participate in market research studies offered by Science and
Medicine Group. From time to time, registered users may also be invited to participate
in a sponsored or unsponsored market research study through an email
invitation, mail, on-site popup or some other means. In order to participate in
any such survey, you will be required to agree to additional terms and
conditions as part of the opt-in process.
Furthermore, in addition to
providing your responses to the survey questions you may be asked to provide
personally identifiable information that may be combined with information that
you have already provided at registration or that we have received from a third
party source. These studies are intended to give specific anonymous feedback to
third parties as described in the "IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT
Reporting Compensation and Tax
Information: If you participate in a survey
that pays compensation, Science and Medicine Group may have an obligation to
report such payments. By participating in a market research survey, you are
permitting us to disclose your earned compensation as appropriate to comply with
all laws and other reporting requirements. In addition, IRS regulations prevent
us from paying individuals in excess of $600 in any given tax year without
valid tax information. If tax information is not provided within 12 months
after completing a survey, compensation above $600 in any tax year is
Additional Forms and Emails: We may also ask you to provide additional information
after you register if you want to obtain additional services or information, or
to resolve complaints or concerns.
III. INFORMATION COLLECTED THROUGH
Science and Medicine Group collects
information about your activity on the Site using technologies such as cookies,
including third-party cookies, web beacons and server log files.
Science and Medicine Group uses traffic analysis software on our servers to
track user traffic patterns throughout the Services. Science and Medicine Group
uses this data to break down overall usage statistics according to IP address,
domain name, browser type, and MIME type by reading this information from the
data automatically sent by the browser whenever a web page is requested.
Additionally, solely in connection with your voluntary participation in a
market research study or screening, your computer may (i)
be tracked by digital fingerprinting or watermarking to help ensure unique
responders to a survey, and (ii) accessed to assess browser compatibility
and/or video cam usability.
A cookie is a small text file placed in your computer‘s browser to store your
preferences. A cookie can be accessed only by the server that originally
created the cookie. A cookie cannot store or send back any information to us
that you have not specifically and voluntarily provided while on a Site, or
that is not among the information mentioned above that is contained in every
user‘s browser (e.g., domain name, browser type). Cookies do not contain
personally identifiable information; however, once you choose to furnish a Site
with personally identifiable information, this information may be linked to the
data stored in the cookie.
Science and Medicine Group uses
cookies to monitor and manage Service development and delivery, and potentially
to permit greater personalization of the Service based on your preferences and
specifications. We may assign cookies to devices that access our Services to
help us dynamically generate content to users of the Services.
Science and Medicine Group and our third party business partners may also use
"web beacons" or clear .gifs, or similar technologies, which are
small pieces of code placed on a web page, to monitor the behavior and collect
data about the visitors viewing a web page. For example, web beacons may be
used to count the users who visit a web page or to deliver a cookie to the
browser of a visitor viewing that page.
We and our third-party business
partners use the information automatically generated by cookies and web
beacons, as well as other information that we or they have, to provide you with
an optimal website experience.
At this time, the Site do not
recognize automated browser signals regarding tracking mechanisms, which may
include "do not track" instructions. However, you can change your
through your browser. You may set your browser to accept all cookies, block
certain cookies, require your consent before a cookie is placed in your
browser, or block all cookies. If your browser is set to block cookies,
websites that are cookie-enabled will not recognize you when you return to the
website, and some website functionality may be lost. The Help section of your
browser will tell you about your options for managing your cookies.
- HOW WE USE INFORMATION WE COLLECT
We retain and use the information we
collect about you as follows:
- To provide our Services to you, to communicate with
you about your use of our Services, to respond to your inquiries, and for
other customer services purposes.
- To tailor the content and information that we may send
or display to you, to offer location customization, and personalized help
and instructions, and to otherwise personalize your experience while
using the Site or Services.
- To understand how users access and use our Site and Services, both on an aggregated and
individualized basis, in order to improve our Site and the Services and
respond to desires and preferences.
- To personalize content.
- As necessary to comply with our legal obligations,
prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud,
and situations involving potential threats to the safety of any person.
- We may also use aggregate or de-identified information
about users for other marketing, research and other purposes as further
described in the "INFORMATION SHARING AND DISCLOSURES" section
- INFORMATION SHARING AND DISCLOSURES
Except as described in this Privacy
Policy or as specifically agreed to by you, we will not disclose to any third
party personally identifiable information we gather from you through the Site.
Your email address will not be sold to a third party. You may opt out or
unsubscribe at any time.
We aggregate data from registered and unregistered users for use in Service
funding, analysis, development and delivery. Aggregate usage information
provided to third parties or used to deliver services to third parties allows
us to keep our services free to users. Aggregated information is pooled from
many individual records and stripped of any data that could be used to identify
an individual. Information collected in the registration process is never
shared with third parties in a personally identifiable way, except as
In addition to aggregate information, we may share some kinds of personally
identifiable information with third parties as described below.
Market Research Studies: From time to time, we may invite you via e-mail to
participate in sponsored or unsponsored market research studies. When you agree
to participate in a study, you agree to share with Science and Medicine Group
personally identifiable information, such as your name, email address, zip code
and professional information. Generally, these studies provide specific
feedback using aggregated, de-identified data to third parties used to analyze
trends and statistics for research and development purposes, and neither your
identity nor your specific feedback is shared with third parties. However,
under the following circumstances, your identity may be shared with third
parties and/or associated with specific feedback: (i)
when we have your consent, (ii) when we match user information with such third
party‘s data, (iii) when we suspect your answers are fraudulently provided and
(iv) when we believe in good faith that the law requires it. In all
circumstances, the privacy of our panel members is protected, and if such sharing
is permitted or required, your answers and identity will remain confidential.
Please review the "IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT CONSENT" section of
In participating with our studies,
you have the option to provide us with information that you report about
yourself through our surveys ("Self-Reported Information"). For
example, you may provide us with information about your ethnicity, conditions,
other health-related information related to the objective of the study.
Affiliated Companies: Science and Medicine Group and its affiliates including
AuntMinnie.com, DrBicuspid.com, IBO, IMV, SDi, and
the Science Advisory Board are part of the Science and Medicine Group of
companies that provide Internet services for scientists, healthcare
professionals, physicians and other specialists around the world (collectively,
"Affiliates"). Science and Medicine Group may share your personal
information with Affiliates, which may use your personal information to send
you emails about services they provide, new programs and selected information
from their sponsors as it relates to your specialty or area of practice.
Companies Who Work with Us: From time to time, we contract with third parties to
help us provide or improve our services. For example, we may hire consultants
who help us prevent fraud and violation of our terms of service, analyze data,
provide marketing assistance, or provide customer service or fulfillment
services. In order to provide these services, these third parties may have
limited access to some of the personally identifiable information we maintain
about users of our Services. We require all such parties to comply with the
to the minimum necessary to perform their obligations, and not to use the
information they may access for purposes other than fulfilling their
responsibilities to us.
- IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON CONSENT
Consent to the Use of Sensitive Information
Certain Services may request personal and sensitive information, such as
information about your health and self-reported information such as racial, or
ethnic origin. We will not use your sensitive information without your consent
unless: (i) the information has been anonymized or
aggregated so that you cannot reasonably be identified as an individual; or
(ii) a legal obligation requires us to use it in some way (e.g. a court order
requires us to disclose the information).
Consent to the Transfer of your Personal Information
- By using the Site, you consent to the storing and
processing of your personal information, including sensitive information
(if applicable), in the USA and countries outside of the country you live
in. We use a range of measures to safeguard information but these
countries may have laws that are different from those of your country of
residence. You also consent to your personal information, including
sensitive information (if applicable), being transferred in the event of
a business transition such as a merger, acquisition by another company,
or other transaction or proceeding. In such a case, your information
would be used as set out in any pre-existing Privacy Statement.
- We will not disclose or sell your individual-level
information (i.e., information about a single individual's information)
to any third-party or to a third-party for research purposes without your
- We may share anonymized and aggregate information with
third-parties; anonymized and aggregate information is any information
that has been stripped of your name and contact information and
aggregated with information of others or anonymized so that you cannot
reasonably be identified as an individual.
- If you have any questions about our privacy practices,
please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a letter to the address provided
in the "Contact Information" section located at the bottom of
Using information with your consent
You have the choice to participate in Science and Medicine Group market
research by providing your consent. Science and Medicine Group market research
may be sponsored by, conducted on behalf of, or in collaboration with
third-parties, such as non-profit foundations, academic institutions or
analytical or pharmaceutical companies. Science and Medicine Group market
research may study a specific group or population, identify potential areas or
targets to conduct or support the development of drugs, diagnostics or devices
to diagnose, predict or treat medical or other health conditions, work with
public, private and/or non-profit entities on research initiatives, or
otherwise create, commercialize, and apply this new knowledge to improve health
care. Science and Medicine Group uses your aggregate Self-Reported Information
Consent process for research
Your Self-Reported Information may be used for market research only if you have
consented by checking the opt-in checkbox during your registration. If you‘ve
signified consent by checking this checkbox on the application page, Science
and Medicine Group may use all Self-Reported Information for research purposes.
When your Self-Reported Information is being used for market research purposes,
it will not be linked to your personal identifiable information (Account
Withdrawing your Consent
You may withdraw your consent to participate in market research at any time by
sending a request to the Privacy Administrator at email@example.com Science and Medicine Group will not include your
Self-Reported Information in new market research occurring after 30 days from
the receipt of your request. Any market research involving your data that has
already been performed prior to our receipt of your request will not be
reversed, undone, or withdrawn. You may also discontinue your participation in
market research by closing your account. If you withdraw your consent for
market research your Self-Reported Information may still be used by us and
shared with our third-party service providers to provide and improve our
Services and shared as Aggregate Information that does not identify you as an
VII. ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT
Accessing and Modifying your Account
If your Registration Information changes, you may access, correct or update most
of it from your Account Settings page. You may also modify and delete certain
parts of your information. You may be able to view your self-reported
information entered into a survey, form, or feature from your account on the
surveys page. Please note that you may not be able to delete certain user
content that has been shared with others through the Service and that you may
not be able to delete information that has been shared with third-parties,
though we can work with you to prohibit your data from being shared with
third-parties in the future. We will respond to your request to access within
Upon request Science and Medicine
Group will provide you with information about whether we hold, or process on
behalf of a third party, any of your personal information; or, for assistance
on correcting or updating or receiving a copy of your data, please send a
request for this information and please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Account Closure and Erasure
If you no longer wish to participate in our Services or no longer wish to have
your personal information be used, you may close your account by sending a
request to the Privacy Team at email@example.com When closing an account, we remove all Personal
Information within your account (or profile) within thirty (30) days of our
receipt of your request. Information and/or Self-Reported Information that you
have previously provided and for which you have given consent to use cannot be
removed from ongoing or completed studies that use the information. In
addition, we retain limited Registration Information related to your order
history (e.g., name, contact, and transaction data) as long as your account is
active or as needed to provide you services, as well as for accounting, audit
and compliance purposes.
Information Processing Preferences
If, at any point, you decide to change or limit the extent of processing of
your personal information, you can contact our Privacy team; refer to Contact
Information below for contact details. We will respond to your request to
access within thirty (30) days.
Notification of Preference Changes
Upon modification or erasure of your personal data, we will communicate the
changes with each recipient to whom your personal data have been disclosed. We
will inform you about those recipients if requested.
You always have the option to review your personal information you‘ve shared
with us on your account profile page including past surveys, survey statuses,
and compensation information. In addition, you may ask to receive a copy of
this personal information; you may also request to have this data transmitted
to another company. Please note, to protect the confidentiality of our users,
we may verify your identify prior to transmitting this
Right to Object
As a user of our Services, you have the right to object at any time to the
processing of your personal information and any direct marketing that you
receive based on your personal data.
Science and Medicine Group engages with users who register on our Site and
elect for e-mail communication. For example, we may use your email address to
send newsletters or discussion group updates, to send you notice of payments,
to send you information about changes to our products and services, and to send
notices and other disclosures as required by law.
We provide you the opportunity to
exercise an opt-out choice if you do not want to receive other types of
communication from us, such as emails or updates from us regarding new services
and products offered or if you do not want us to share your personally
identifiable information with third parties.
Users always have the opportunity to
"opt‘out" or change preferences via a link in the footer of all
non‘transactional email messages or by accessing the "My Account"
page on the registered site. These options are made available in email messages
delivered from our company. Alternatively, you may request to have your
personal information modified or removed from our databases by sending a
request via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that you may not opt-out
of receiving non-promotional messages regarding your account, such as technical
notices, purchase confirmations, or Service-related emails.
VIII. IMPORTANT SECURITY INFORMATION
We may release account and other personally identifiable information when we
believe release (1) is required to comply with valid legal requirements such as
a law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena or court order; or (2) is
reasonably necessary to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal
activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the
safety of any person, violations of our Terms and Conditions or this Privacy
Policy, or as evidence in litigation in which we are involved.
In the event of a change in control resulting from, for example, a sale to, or
merger with, another entity, or in the event of a sale or assets or a
bankruptcy, Science and Medicine Group shall have the right to transfer all
personal information collected through the Services to the acquiring party. In
the event of such change, your personal information will continue to be treated
in accordance with this Privacy Polity until such time as any changes to the
Security of Information
Science and Medicine Group takes information security seriously. To prevent
unauthorized access or disclosure, to maintain data accuracy, and to ensure the
appropriate use of information, Science and Medicine Group uses a range of
physical, technical, and administrative measures to safeguard your Personal
Information. In particular, all connections to and from our website and mobile
application are encrypted using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.
Please recognize that protecting
your Personal Information is also your responsibility. We ask you to be
responsible for safeguarding your password authentication information you use
to access our Services. You should not disclose your authentication information
to any third-party and should immediately notify Science and Medicine Group of
any unauthorized use of your password. Science and Medicine Group cannot secure
Personal Information that you release on your own or that you request us to
Your information collected through
the Service may be stored and processed in the United States or any other
country in which Science and Medicine Group or its subsidiaries, affiliates or
service providers maintain facilities and, therefore, your information may be
subject to the laws of those other jurisdictions which may be different from
the laws of your country of residence.
Science and Medicine Group is committed to protecting the privacy of children
as well as adults. Neither Science and Medicine Group nor any of its Services
are designed for, intended to attract, or directed toward children under the
age of 18.
We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as
needed to provide you with our services. If you wish to cancel your account or
request that we no longer use your information to provide you services, contact
us at email@example.com.
In addition, we will retain and use your information as necessary to comply
with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.
- PRIVACY COMPLIANCE The Science and Medicine Group complies with the EU-U.S.
Privacy Shield Framework, the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks, and
the European Commission-approved Standard Contractual Clauses in place
with our customers. These frameworks set forth by the U.S. Department of
Commerce and EU Commission govern the collection, use, and retention of
personal information transferred from the European Union, the United
Kingdom, and/or Switzerland to the United States. The Science and Medicine
Group has certified to the Department of Commerce that it adheres to the
Privacy Shield and EU Commission Standard Contractual Clause Principles.
Privacy Shield Principles, or the Standard Contractual Clauses, the
Privacy Shield Principles and Standard Contractual Clauses shall govern.
To learn more about the Privacy Shield program, and to view our
certification, please visit https://www.privacyshield.gov/.
The Science and Medicine Group is responsible for the processing of personal data it
receives under the Privacy Shield Framework and the Standard Contractual
Clauses as well as subsequent transfers to third parties acting as an agent on
its behalf. The Science and Medicine Group complies with the Privacy Shield
principles and EU Commission Standard Contractual Clauses for all onward
transfers of personal data from the EU, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland,
including the onward transfer liability provisions.
The Science and Medicine Group submits to being subject to the investigatory and
enforcement powers of the FTC, or any other U.S. authorized statutory body with
regards to our self-certification and implementation of the Principles, and
acknowledges the right of the EU, United Kingdom, or Swiss individual, under
certain conditions, to invoke binding arbitration, at no cost to the
individual, in filing a complaint disputing The Science and Medicine Groups
adherence to these practices.
On July 16, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued a judgment
declaring as ‘invalid‘ the European Commission‘s Decision (EU) 2016/1250 of 12
July 2016 on the adequacy of the protection provided by the EU-U.S. Privacy
Shield. Similarly, on September 8, 2020, the Federal Data Protection and
Information Commissioner (FDPIC) of Switzerland issued an opinion concluding
that the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework does not provide an adequate level
of protection for data transfers from Switzerland to the United States pursuant
to Switzerland‘s Federal Act on Data Protection.
As a result of these decisions, the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield and the Swiss-U.S. Privacy
Shield Frameworks are no longer valid mechanisms to comply with EU and Swiss
data protection requirements when transferring personal data from the European
Union and Switzerland to the United States. At present, the US Department
of Commerce will continue to administer the Privacy Shield program, including
processing submissions for self-certification and re-certification to the Privacy
Shield Frameworks and maintaining the Privacy Shield List. Therefore, the
Science and Medicine Group will continue to comply with the Privacy Shield
Frameworks when processing personal data from the European Union, UK, and
Switzerland. Where we receive personal data from customers in the EU, United
Kingdom, and/or Switzerland, or we transfer personal data relating to data
subjects located in the EU, UK, and/or Switzerland to a country that has not
received an adequacy decision by the European Commission (such as the US), we
will rely on alternative safeguards to protect such data, including the
European Commission-approved Standard Contractual Clauses.
Independent Dispute Resolution Mechanism
In compliance with the Privacy Shield and EU Commission Standard Contractual
Clause Principles, The Science and Medicine Group commits to resolve complaints
about our collection or use of your personal information. Individuals in the
European Union, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland with inquiries or
complaints regarding our Privacy Shield policy should first contact The Science
and Medicine Group, refer to our Contact Information section below. If you have
an unresolved privacy or data use concern that we have not addressed
satisfactorily, please contact our U.S.-based third party dispute resolution
provider (free of charge) at https://feedback-form.truste.com/watchdog/request.
Under certain conditions, more fully described on the Privacy Shield website, you may
invoke binding arbitration when other dispute resolution procedures have been
In addition, you may lodge a complaint to a supervisory authority if you consider that your
personal data has been processed in breach of applicable legislation or this
Protection Authorities (http://ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/article-29/structure/data-protection-authorities/index_en.htm)
- CONTACT INFORMATION
If you have questions about this Privacy Statement, please mail The Science and Medicine Group Privacy Administrator at:
Science and Medicine Group
671 N Glebe Rd #1610
Arlington, VA 22203
Please refer to our Privacy Shield profile on the Privacy Shield Website for specific details regarding our direct contact details at Science and Medicine Group Privacy Shield profile