Information We Collect
Information from Outside Sources
We may also collect additional information about a registered user from other sources in order to verify licensure status and identity. In some cases, we may ask a registered user for additional information, when necessary to process an order for purchase (e.g., credit card number). Additionally, we may contact financial or credit organizations to confirm customer credit cards.
Discussion Boards: When you post a message to our discussion board, your alias will be available for all registered users to see. An alias consists of your username, specialty and geographic information and other information you agree to show in a profile to others. You should not post any information to one of our discussion boards or other public forums if you want to keep such information private or you are required by law to keep such information private. Information you post to discussion boards is considered public information.
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.
In addition, when you use our Site, certain information about you is automatically collected by our Web server, such as your IP address and domain name. We may use this information to personalize our offerings and presentations to you, facilitate your movements throughout the Site, provide personalized services, and to communicate with you individually.
Your Web browser can be set to allow you to control whether you will accept cookies, reject cookies, or to notify you each time a cookie is sent to you. If your browser is set to reject cookies, Web sites that are cookie-enabled will not recognize you when you return to the Web site, and some Web site functionality may be lost. The Help section of your browser will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting cookies.
Although cookies do not normally contain personally identifiable information, if you are a registered user, we may elect to associate your registration information with cookies place on your computer’s hard drive. Associating a cookie with your registration data allows us to offer increased personalization and functionality. For example, you can elect to have the our Site “remember” your user name and password and bypass the sign-in process on each visit to our Site. Without cookies, this functionality would not be possible.
We also may use Web beacons to collect non-personally identifiable information about your use of the Site and the sites of sponsors and advertisers, as well as your use of special promotions or newsletters. Web beacons are tiny graphic image files, embedded in a Web page in GIF, JPG, or HTML format, that provide a presence on the Web page and send back to its home server (which can belong to the host site, a network advertiser, or some other third party) information from a user’s browser, such as the IP address, the URL of the page on which the beacon is located, the type of browser that is accessing the site, and the ID number of any cookies on the user’s computer that were previously placed by that server. Web beacons can also be used to place a cookie on the user’s browser. The information collected by web beacons allows the statistical monitoring of (i) how many people are using the Site, (ii) for what purposes these actions are being taken. Our Web beacons are not used to track your activity outside of the Site or those of the sponsors of the Site. We do not link non-personally identifiable information from web beacons to personally identifiable information without your permission; we do not use web beacons to collect or store personal health information about you.
We are committed to protecting the privacy of children. The Site is designed and intended for use by adults, and are not intended for, nor designed to be used by children under the age of 18. We do not collect personally identifiable information from any person we know is a child under the age of 18.
Uses We Make of Information
We create aggregate data about visitors to the Site for product development and improvement activities. We also use it for market analysis. We may provide information from each of our Professional Sites in aggregate form, with identifying information removed, to third parties. For example, we may tell a health care partner what percentage of our registered users reside in a particular geographical area. When aggregated health information is provided, we pool it from many individual records and strip it of any data that could be used to identify an individual before it is used. Any third party that receives aggregated health care data must agree not to attempt to re-identify the people it belongs to. For example, Nursing-Resource.com may provide a potential advertiser of a diabetes-related product information on the Site about the number of registered members of the Site that have identified themselves as endocrinologists. Depending on our agreement with the third parties, we may or may not charge for this information.
Marketing and Advertising
Nursing-Resource.com has no control of the ads shown on the site. However, we would like to emphasize that we do not reflect nor sanction any ads shown.
In addition to aggregate information (discussed previously), Nursing-Resource.com may share some kinds of personally identifiable information with third parties as described below.
Other Companies: We have strategic relationships with other companies who offer products and services on the Site. When you are interacting with those companies, different rules and privacy policies may apply. For example, if you order a book from a bookstore that advertises on the Site, you will be asked to provide identifying information and credit card information to the company that runs the bookstore. We do not control the collection or use of information you provide under those circumstances, but we do require that those companies clearly state their policies so you can decide whether to give them any information.
Promotional Offers: Sometimes Nursing-Resource.com sends offers to selected groups of users on behalf of other businesses. When Nursing-Resource.com does this, it does not give that business your name and address. Nursing-Resource.com provides a variety of mechanisms for you to tell it that you do not want to receive such promotional offers.
Legal Requirements: We may release account and other personal information when we believe release is required to comply with law. We may release personal health information, including information from a medical record, if, in our judgment after review by an attorney, the release is compelled by law or regulation, or if the release is necessary to prevent the death or serious injury of an individual.
Consent: We may release personally identifiable information to a third party in accordance with your consent, subject to the purposes and limits that we disclose when we request your consent.
If we discover that a third party inadvertently disclosed personal information about any of our users, we will take immediate action to prevent further occurrences.
Protection of Information
We have implemented technology and security policies, rules and other measures to protect the personal data that we have under our control from unauthorized access, improper use, alteration, unlawful or accidental destruction, and accidental loss. We also protect your information by requiring that all our employees and others who have access to or are associated with the processing of your data respect your confidentiality.
We use security methods to determine the identity of registered users, so that appropriate rights and restrictions can be enforced for that user. Reliable verification of user identity is called authentication. We use both passwords and usernames to authenticate users. Users are responsible for maintaining their own passwords.
For privacy questions or concerns, please contact us.