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PRIVACY & CONFIDENTIALITY POLICY

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ASCCP is committed to protecting the privacy of our visitor's personal information. This statement applies with respect to the information that we collect from the ASCCP Website, located at www.asccp.org. Amendments to this statement will be posted at this URL and will be effective when posted. Your use of this Website constitutes acceptance of this Privacy Policy and Our Website Terms of Use. Your continued use of this site following the posting of any amendment, modification or change shall constitute your acceptance thereof. We encourage You to familiarize yourself with both policies. Our Website Terms of Use may found at www.asccp.org/TermsofUse. If You do not agree to the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy, Our Terms of Use or any revised policy, please exit this Website immediately.

I. INFORMATION COLLECTED
We collect IP addresses and e-mail addresses (when provided). We do not collect any other personally identifiable information about You unless You voluntarily submit such information to Us. We do track aggregated information on what visitors to Our site view on our site, what pages are visited, etc.

II. USE OF INFORMATION
In general, We will only use any information You provide to Us for the purpose for which such information was provided. We may also use this information to deliver to You information about the ASCCP, and for Our own internal trend analysis, pattern detection, and site administration. We may use Your email address, mailing address, phone or fax number to contact You regarding feedback that You may have provided or information that You actively requested from Us.  Your information may also be used to contact You when necessary. Users may opt-out of receiving future mailings from ASCCP by following the instructions set forth in the opt-out section below.

Non-personal demographic and profile data is used to tailor Your experience at Our site, showing You content we think You might be interested in.

We may be required to disclose personally identifiable information by court or administrative order such as a law, regulation, search warrant, or subpoena. We may also provide third parties with aggregate information regarding users of the Website. For example, We might inform third parties regarding the number of unique users of our Website, the number of times a Website link was selected by users, and aggregate information on the types of the activities such users conducted while on Our Website. This aggregate information will contain nothing that can identify You, and will not contain any personally identifiable information that refers or relates to You.  

III. USE OF IP ADDRESSES
We use your IP Address to help diagnose problems with our server, and to administer our Website.

IV. USE OF COOKIES
While we do not currently use "cookies", we reserve the right to do so in the future. If We do, then when You view our Website, We might store some information on Your computer. This information will be in the form of a "cookie" or similar file. Cookies are small pieces of information stored on Your hard drive not on our site. Cookies do not spy on You or otherwise invade Your privacy, and they cannot invade Your hard drive and steal information. Rather, they help You navigate a Website as easily as possible. Cookies would be used to deliver content specific to Your interests and to prevent You from reentering all Your registration data at each connection.

V. SECURITY
We take the security of personally identifiable information very seriously.  Our Website has industry standard security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. Reasonable efforts are made to secure web servers, networks, host operating systems and databases against unauthorized access.   Please remember that the security measures taken above are not foolproof; no website can guarantee that personally identifiable information will be protected in all situations. Therefore We can only state that We will make a reasonable effort to protect from unauthorized access the information that You provide, and that if we are notified of a breach, we will comply with applicable law, however, unless a statute provides You a right that cannot be waived, you specifically waive and covenant not to sue us for any data loss or breach of our system resulting in loss of personal information.

VI. OTHER WEBSITES AND/OR LINKS
Our Website contains links to other Websites. We cannot control nor are We responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such Websites.  It is always a good idea to read the privacy policy on any third party website that You visit.

VII. CORRECT AND/OR UPDATE
ASCCP provides You with the ability to change, modify or update information previously provided to Us by You.  
(Unfortunately, to the extent that such information is also stored in other ASCCP databases, We cannot always ensure that such corrections or deletions that You have made will reach the other databases. We will use all reasonable efforts to ensure that Your information is removed from or corrected in Our records).

VIII. CHOICE TO OPT OUT
You may opt-out of receiving communications from Us (except necessary administrative notices), by sending an e-mail to apowell@asccp.org.

IX. PUBLIC  FORUMS
To the extent that this Website allows forums for members to post questions, messages, or other communication to the Website, please remember that any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and You should exercise caution when deciding to disclose Your personal information.

X. CREDIT CARDS
Any credit card transaction taking place on Our site is carried on over a secure socket layer connection. We do not store or re-use any Your credit card data.

XI. CONFIDENTIALITY
At times information regarding patients (“Patient Information”) may be discussed in Our forums. You shall adhere to the AMA's published patient privacy and anonymity policies.  In addition, state and federal laws, as well as ethical and licensure requirements may impose obligations with respect to patient confidentiality that may limit Your ability to receive, disclose, or make use of Patient Information, including transmitting Patient Information to others.  You warrant that You will comply with all laws that may directly or indirectly govern your retrieval, use, transmission, processing, receipt, reporting, disclosure, or storage of Patient Information.  Additionally, Patient Information may not be falsified or modified in an attempt to maintain the confidentiality of the patient.  When in doubt obtain informed consent of the patient.

XII.  CHILDREN.  This Site is designed for members of the ASCCP who are licensed physicians or others who have attained or completed a college degree or an advanced clinical degree from an accredited institution.  As such, this Site is not designed nor intended to collect personal information from children who are under the age of 13.  In order to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, children under the age of 13 should not provide information to the site.  

XIII. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY AND INDEMNITY
In the event Your postings and/or e-mails violate a patient's right of privacy or are held to be defamatory or otherwise actionable and a claim is made against ASCCP as a result of Your postings or actions, You agree to indemnify and hold ASCCP harmless and pay any and all costs, expenses, damages, judgments and reasonable attorney fees which ASCCP incurs as a result of such a claims.

ASCCP,  ITS AGENTS, EMPLOYEES, OR SUBCONTRACTORS SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING LOST PROFITS (EVEN IF WE ARE ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY) ARISING IN ANY WAY FROM THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS WEBSITE OR ANY INFORMATION TRANSMITTED VIA THIS WEBSITE. ASCCP IS NOT LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES THAT MAY BE CAUSED TO ANY EQUIPMENT AND OTHER SOFTWARE DUE TO ANY VIRUSES, DEFECTS OR MALFUNCTIONS IN CONNECTION WITH ACCESS OR USE OF THIS WEBSITE.

Contacting us:
If You have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or Your dealings with this Website, You can contact us at apowell@asccp.org.
   
 
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