Types of Personal Information We Collect
When you create an account to become a registered user on our Sites or choose to interact with us in other ways, you may be invited to provide us with information that enables ACLM to identify you (“Personal Information”). The types of Personal Information we may collect from you will depend on the products or services you seek.
The types of Personal Information that ACLM may collect includes, but is not limited to:
- General information (e.g. your name, address, phone number, email address, birth date, and other types of demographic information);
- Professional information (e.g. occupation, specialty, practice setting);
- Financial information (e.g. billing and delivery information, credit card information);
- IP address and geolocation data related to devices that access our Sites;
- Topical interests information (e.g. cardiology, oncology, pathology); and
- Individual responses to surveys administered by or on behalf of ACLM.
ACLM also collects information about how our Sites are used by both anonymous visitors and registered users but which may not directly identify you (“Non-Personal Information”). This may include cookies, web beacons, and tracking tools that may recognize digital device identifiers and browsers, information about Site usage, products or services viewed, or other similar information. This information helps us analyze visitors’ practices and preferences. More information is provided in the “Tracking Activity on Our Sites” section below.
Aggregated Statistics. ACLM may monitor your use of the Sites and collect and compile Aggregated Statistics. “Aggregated Statistics” means data and information related to use of the Sites that is used by ACLM in an aggregate and anonymized manner, including to compile statistical and performance information related to the provision and operation of the Sites. All rights, title, and interest in Aggregated Statistics, and all intellectual property rights therein, belong to and are retained solely by ACLM. You acknowledge that ACLM may compile Aggregated Statistics based on data input into the Sites. You agree that ACLM may (i) make Aggregated Statistics publicly available in compliance with applicable law, and (ii) use Aggregated Statistics to the extent and in the manner permitted under applicable law.
How We Use Your Information
ACLM processes your Personal Information as necessary in connection with our legitimate business interests, which includes, without limitation, activities such as to:
- Identify you when you visit our Sites;
- Personalize and improve the usability of the Sites;
- Provide service communications such as bill reminders, order confirmations, program registrations and customer service messages;
- Process or provide you with information regarding your membership or membership application;
- Provide products, information, opportunities, or services you may be interested in (such as journal content, newsletters, meetings, or events);
- Fulfill or deliver ACLM products, offerings and services you request;
- Deliver and process CME, CEU, CE and quizzes for a variety of accreditation types and formats;
- Deliver targeted advertisements and marketing materials in print and online publications;
- Compile and report completion data and education transcripts based on participation in educational quizzes, CME or specialty board certification requirements;
- Deliver professional and personal surveys to you;
- Support credentialing and physician network affiliation products of interest to hospitals, health insurance payers and patients;
- Review content or publishing materials provided by you;
- Facilitate your participation in ACLM-sponsored or affiliated in-person and/or online live events;
- Answer your emails or other on-line requests;
- Verify, correct, or deliver requested Personal Information; or
- Notify you about new products/services, special offers, upgrades and other related information from ACLM and approved third parties.
ACLM uses Non-Personal Information to ensure or improve the functionality and performance of our Sites and for other business reasons. We or other third-party companies also use Non-Personal Information to deliver targeted advertisements and marketing materials in print and online publications to you (ads based on the Non-Personal Information). You should know that when you select an advertising link or other link that takes you to websites not operated by ACLM, you may be subject to the privacy policies of these third-party websites. More information can be found in the “Tracking Activity on Our Sites” section below.
Tracking Activity on Our Sites
ACLM tracks how our Sites are used by both anonymous visitors and registered users who interact with the Site using Personal Information and Non-Personal Information for the purposes of site administration and security.
A cookie is a small file or string of text on the Site user’s computer that is used to aid web functionality. Our Sites utilize two types of cookies:
- Short-lived cookie. Short-lived cookies are created by a website when that website is accessed; this type of cookie lasts seven (7) days or less or is automatically deleted by closing the web browser. Short-lived cookies include all session cookies and persistent cookies (described below) that are set to be stored for no more than one week. Our Sites may at times require users to accept short-lived cookies in order for the Sites to function properly.
- Long-lasting cookie. A persistent cookie is generally a long-lasting cookie that is stored on the hard drive of the user’s computer or device for a period of time chosen by the website that set the cookie. Such cookies may be used on our Sites to assess what features are most important to users, and to allow you to access the Sites without re-entering a username or password, personalize Sites for future use, and other similar activities. Users who do not desire the functionality created by the long-lasting cookies can disable the long-lasting cookie function by disabling the long-lasting cookie function on their web browser. Users can also delete long-lasting cookies manually. Blocking or rejecting cookies may prevent access to some features of our Sites.
- Web Storage. We also track interactions with our Sites by leveraging HTML5 web storage within a user’s browser (also known as local storage on a user’s device or hard drive). Local storage is used to track information such as the topics of information, login tokens, and demographics of users who view our Sites. This information is used to provide a more personalized experience. Users can disable local storage on their web browsers. Blocking or rejecting cookies may prevent access to some features of our Sites.
Another way we track Site activity is by using transparent electronic images called “clear GIFs,” “web bugs,” “spotlight tags,” “pixel tags” or “web beacons” (collectively, “Web Beacons”). These images count the number of users who visit a page from links in an ad, an article or an email. A “spotlight tag” is used on web pages where transactions take place. The spotlight tag collects numeric information, such as the dollar amount of an online purchase, to help us understand Site usage and performance. We do not use any of these Web Beacons to collect Personal Information.
Email messages sent to you may contain Web Beacons or other tracking tools to measure the effectiveness of an alert, offer or opportunity so we know how to serve you better. You may refuse or remove the placement of these and other cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your web browser or within your email client.
Third-Party Tracking on Our Sites
Ad networks and data analytics firms track and analyze traffic on our Sites, in part, to determine advertising effectiveness, browser types and website usage trends, website and systems performance and to present targeted ads based on anonymous information collected through tracking. Third-party vendors and service providers, such as Google, may then pool the anonymous information that they collect from our websites with other sources of information, which may include your Personal Information for purposes of determining whether you might be interested in receiving direct mail, email, a catalog or a journal. The anonymous aggregate data on visitors and their use of our content provides business intelligence to better serve visitors, improve our content and track trends that might signal the outbreak of an infectious disease, or contribute to improving health outcomes. If you open an ad, you leave our Sites and become subject to the terms and practices of that separate website, which may have different rules about tracking and data usage.
With Whom We May Share Personal Information
ACLM may share your Personal Information, sometimes in combination with Non-Personal Information in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, the below:
- With business partners in order to provide them an opportunity to offer products or services that may be of interest to ACLM members and others.
- With vendors or third parties with whom we have contracted to perform business functions (e.g., to help fulfill or deliver services, offerings, or products that you order, to process payment information, to provide customer support or consulting services, or to provide event registration services). We provide third parties with access to information as, in our discretion, is required to fulfill our services to you. They are commonly directed to use that information for the stated purpose.
- With social media or email platforms if you “sign in” or access content via an existing social media or email account, such as Google, Facebook, or Twitter. These third parties, and others, may offer you products and services that may be of interest to you, including by way of “targeted ads.”
- With third parties if ACLM and/or its assets (or a portion of its assets) are sold, assigned, transferred, or merged, or if ACLM undergoes some other change including a change to its corporate form as part of a bankruptcy proceeding or otherwise; information may be transferred as part of that transaction or change.
- With third parties under other unanticipated situations, but only with your consent.
We may also disclose Personal Information to:
- Companies Involved in Mergers and Acquisitions Transactions. If we sell or otherwise transfer part or the whole of our business or assets to another organization (e.g., in the course of a transaction like a merger, acquisition, bankruptcy, dissolution, or liquidation), any information collected through the Site, including Personal Information, may be among the items sold or transferred.
- Law Enforcement, Government Agencies, and Courts. We may disclose Personal Information at the request of law enforcement or government agencies; in response to subpoenas, court orders, or other legal process; to establish, protect, or exercise our rights; to defend against a legal claim; to protect the rights, property, or safety of any other person; or as otherwise required by law.
Additionally, if you are a U.S. physician, medical student or other healthcare professional, some Personal Information you provide through our Sites may be incorporated into ACLM’s lifestyle medicine professional database, “lifestylemedpros.” Each ACLM Lifestyle Med Pros record includes educational and demographic information such as name, address, educational history, practice type, and specialty.
Except as described in this section, third parties do not collect Personal Information about your online activities over time or across different websites when you use our Sites.
Why We Share Your Data
ACLM will only disclose your Personal Information to a third party when such disclosure is:
- reasonably necessary to perform a service or deliver a product or publication or focus an offer specifically to you;
- authorized by you;
- required by law; or
- reasonably necessary to: (1) conform to legal requirements or comply with legal process served on ACLM; (2) protect and defend the rights or property of ACLM; (3) protect the personal safety of ACLM’s personnel or members of the public in urgent circumstances;
Children under 13 — ACLM does not knowingly solicit data online from or market online to children under the age of 13. If you are a parent or legal guardian and think your child has given us their Personal Information, you can contact us at 971-983-5383
ACLM implements reasonable security measures to protect against unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure, or destruction of data. We restrict access to Personal Information to only the employees and ACLM’s business partners who may need to know that Personal Information in order to operate, develop or improve our services, products and offerings. Any third party with which we share your Personal Information is bound by confidentiality obligations and may be subject to discipline such as termination and criminal prosecution, if they fail to meet these obligations.
Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Accordingly, and despite our efforts, ACLM cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, or to or from our online products or services. Email messages sent to or from a website may not be secure. Confidential information should not be sent by email. Site visitors sending email accept the risk that a third party may intercept email messages.
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How You Can Access and Change Personal Information
Our commitment to your privacy includes multiple ways you can reach us and inquire about the Personal Information in our possession. You may take the following actions related to your account and contact information here:
- See and receive a copy of the Personal Information we have about you, if any;
- Correct or update any Personal Information we have about you;
- Ask us to delete any Personal Information we have about you.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to complete such requests.
For other inquiries – you can contact us here or via phone at 971-983-5383.
Additionally, you may also contact us via postal mail at the following address:
American College of Lifestyle Medicine P.O. Box 6432 Chesterfield MO 63006 Attn: Data Privacy Team
ACLM reserves the right to hold updates to or freeze accounts based on suspicious activity. Please note that there may be circumstances where we are not required to comply with your requests outlined above, for example, if we have an ongoing requirement to retain your Personal Information for our own business or legal compliance purposes.
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Transfer of Personal Data outside of the European Economic Area (“EEA”) and International Users
We are headquartered in the United States. Your Personal Data may be accessed by us or transferred to us in the United States or to our affiliates, partners, merchants, or service providers who are located worldwide. If you are visiting our Site from outside the United States, be aware that your information may be transferred to, stored, and processed in the United States where our servers are located, and our central database is operated. By using our Service, you consent to any transfer of this information.
How Long we Store your Personal Data
We will store your Personal Data, in a form which permits us to identify you, for no longer than is necessary for the purpose for which the Personal Data is processed. We may retain and use your Personal Data as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements and rights, or if it is not technically reasonably feasible to remove it. Consistent with these requirements, we will try to delete your Personal Data quickly upon request.
We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you with our Site. If you wish to cancel your account or request that we no longer use your information to provide you service, contact us at email@example.com. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements. We maintain one or more databases to store your Personal Data and may keep such information indefinitely.
Where we store your personal data
The Personal Data that you provide to us is generally stored on servers located in the United States. If you are located in another jurisdiction, you should be aware that once your Personal Data is submitted through our Site, it will be transferred to our servers in the United States and that the United States currently does not have uniform data protection laws in place