Statement of Privacy

The South Carolina Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (SC ACS) is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to the SC ACS website and governs data collection and usage. By using the SC ACS website, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

Collection of Your Personal Information

The SC ACS collects personally identifiable information, such as your e-mail address, name, home or work address or telephone number. The SC ACS also collects anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you, such as your ZIP code, age, gender, preferences, interests and favorites.

There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by the SC ACS. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring website addresses. This information is used by the SC ACS for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the SC ACS website.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through the SC ACS public message boards, this information may be collected and used by others.

The SC ACS encourages you to review the privacy statements of websites you choose to link to from the SC ACS so that you can understand how those websites collect, use and share your information. The SC ACS is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on websites outside of the SC ACS and the SC ACS family of websites.

Use of your Personal Information

The SC ACS collects and uses your personal information to operate the SC ACS website and deliver the services you have requested. The SC ACS also uses your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from the SC ACS and its affiliates. The SC ACS may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

The SC ACS does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties. The SC ACS may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. The SC ACS may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to the SC ACS, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

The SC ACS does not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, without your explicit consent.

The SC ACS keeps track of the websites and pages our customers visit within the SC ACS, in order to determine what SC ACS services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within SC ACS to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.

The SC ACS websites will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on the SC ACS or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of the SC ACS; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of the SC ACS, or the public.

Use of Cookies

The SC ACS website use “cookies” to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a  webpage server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize SC ACS pages, or register with the SC ACS site or services, a cookie helps the SC ACS to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same SC ACS website, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the SC ACS features that you customized.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the SC ACS sites you visit.

Security of your Personal Information

The SC ACS secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. The SC ACS secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other Web sites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

Changes to this Statement

The SC ACS will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect company and customer feedback. The SC ACS encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how the SC ACS is protecting your information.

Contact Information

The SC ACS welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that the SC ACS has not adhered to this Statement, please contact the SC ACS. The SC ACS will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.

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