Privacy Statement | International Society for Disease Surveillance

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Internet Privacy

The International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) is committed to improving population health by advancing the field of disease surveillance. We work to insure that Internet privacy is protected. The following is our policy regarding user Internet privacy.

Collection of personal information

All of the personal information that is collected during the registration process is kept in a secured area and is password protected. Your information will be kept on file for an indefinite period of time unless you notify ISDS that you would like your information deleted. To delete your information, you must send an e-mail to ISDS at [email protected], requesting all personal information be removed. We will delete your personal information from our databases within several business days of receipt of your request; however, it will take approximately 6 weeks to ensure that all personal information is deleted from archival media used to ensure the integrity of our databases.

E-Mail Messages

International Society for Disease Surveillance may send you periodic messages regarding system and program. You will receive messages in this regard unless you register to limit or decline these services as discussed below.

Limitation on use of collected information

International Society for Disease Surveillance will not sell or exchange users’ personal information and registered e-mail addresses to any other party or organization without the explicit prior permission of the user. Collected information will not be shared with other 3rd parties unless ISDS specifically identifies otherwise at the time the information is collected.

Update/delete/deactivate E-Mail Services

Users may request changes to e-mail services delivered by International Society for Disease Surveillance, including requests to receive no e-mail services. Users can send a request to have their email service eliminated by contacting International Society for Disease Surveillance support at [email protected] However, once the E-Mail address is deleted, the user loses access to valuable information assets delivered via E-mail.

Cookies

A “cookie” is a small text file that a web site can send to your computer’s hard drive while you are viewing the site. ISDS uses cookies to verify your identity while using our service and to give you faster access to pages on our site so that you do not have to log in to every page you visit. We DO NOT use cookies to collect any personal information about you or from your computer. The cookie and all the information it contains is erased every time you end your session at ISDS’s website, unless we obtain your prior consent to do otherwise. You may set your browser not to accept cookies, but that will limit your use of many features on our site.

Log Files

International Society for Disease Surveillance records certain non-personal information in our web logs, such as: Internet Protocol address, browser type (e.g., whether you use Netscape or Internet Explorer), the page requested and the time of each page request. We collect this non-personal information to: track times to manage resources, analyze trends to provide better service, and for other site administration. This demographic information is not connected to any personally identifiable information, such as a name or address, and will be used only to provide better, more targeted services. This information, if shared, will be shared only in aggregate form, with only select 3rd parties, unless ISDS specifically identifies otherwise at the time the information is collected. International Society for Disease Surveillance will never release any user’s personally identifiable information to 3rd parties unless subpoenaed or ordered by court of law, or to protect the security and safety of our visitors and our web site.

Security

Access to computer data and files at International Society for Disease Surveillance are secured by password coding and internal file security. ISDS uses reasonable efforts to ensure that all personal information is protected from Internet access in a secured area and can only be accessed by authorized International Society for Disease Surveillance employees. Users should be aware that e-mail is not necessarily secure against interception and that any information considered sensitive by the user should be delivered to ISDS by postal mail or telephone.

Changes to this policy and Use of the Web Site

Although International Society for Disease Surveillance does not intend to change its privacy-confidentiality policy, it reserves the right to do so at any time. ISDS will inform users of the ISDS Web Site of any change in ISDS’s privacy policy by posting the changed policy on our web site. You should check the ISDS site periodically to view our current privacy policy. By using ISDS’s web site, you agree to the provisions of our privacy policy and to the collection and use of information as described in this policy.

Unsolicited E-mail as a Result of Participation in a Member Community

At International Society for Disease Surveillance, we recognize that the value of open, discussion-based member communities is in the free exchange of information and communication on a given subject, and that preventing unsolicited e-mails is vital to the health and value of these communities. International Society for Disease Surveillance is committed to preventing abuse of the Member communities to the full extent of our abilities within reason. If you are the victim of unsolicited e-mail advertising on a International Society for Disease Surveillance list, or one claiming to be sent from International Society for Disease Surveillance, please forward it to [email protected] We will make every reasonable effort to stop unsolicited advertising to our members.

If you have any questions regarding ISDS’s Privacy Statement, please contact us.