IGSHPA IS COMMITTED TO PROTECTING YOUR PRIVACY
Our website address is: https://igshpa.org.
If you are a user outside of the United States, you recognize and acknowledge that your personal information will be transferred out of your country and into the United States. You consent to such transfer through your use of the Sites or our Products.
VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
Personal information is data that identifies, relates to, describes, is capable of associated with, or reasonably can be linked, directly or indirectly, with a particular individual or household.
The Sites allow you to fill out forms for the purpose of learning more about IGSHPA, registering for an event, submitting an abstract, or making general inquiries. You can always elect not to fill out these forms. By filling out these forms, however, you agree to send to us all of the information you input into those forms, including personal information in some cases. These forms may prompt you to fill in your:
- First and Last Name;
- Email address;
- Telephone number;
- Reason for contacting us; and
- Payment information.
IGSHPA may associate the data you voluntarily disclose to us with the data we collect when you visit the Sites, as well as with data obtained from outside sources. By voluntarily disclosing such information to us, you expressly permit this use of your personal information by IGSHPA. You also should be aware that if you include information such as your name in a comment on the Sites, such information becomes public information, meaning that you lose any privacy rights you might have with regard to that information. Such disclosures also may increase your chances of receiving unwanted communications from third parties.
The Sites link to IGSHPA’s pages on various social networking sites, such Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. If you become a fan, follow us, or otherwise interact with IGSHPA on these social networking sites, then we may be able to personally identify you because we may be able to see whatever information you make publicly available about yourself on that social networking site. By doing so, you expressly permit this use of your personal information by IGSHPA.
INFORMATION WE MAY COLLECT AUTOMATICALLY
We also may use, collect, track, and store certain data automatically when you visit the Sites, including:
- Your IP address;
- The website that referred you to the Sites;
- The search terms you used to find the Sites;
- Your device information, such as operating system, browser type, and device type, used to access the Sites;
- Session information, including how you use the Sites; and
- Cookies and other technologies, such as pixel tags, described in more detail below, see “Cookies and Online Advertising.”
We might use this information, for example, to better understand visitor behavior, to improve services and advertising, or to provide our members with more useful information about our Sites.
APIs AND HOW MY INFORMATION MAY BE SHARED
Some of our Products make use of an application programming interface (an “API”). An API allows our members to automatically retrieve information from our Sites, for use/display elsewhere (e.g. on the member portal). For example, we might use APIs to retrieve the names and membership expiration dates; we could then display that information on the member portal. These examples are for illustrative purposes only.
USE AND SHARING OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
- To fulfill your requests to access, purchase and use our Sites, including providing you with receipts, and to provide you with the services you request from us, including by others involved in fulfillment.
- To contact you for customer satisfaction surveys, market research or in connection with certain transactions.
- To provide you with notices such as communications about purchases and changes to our terms, conditions and policies.
- To communicate with you—via telephone, email, SMS or other means—as may be required in the context of our business relationship related to your access, purchase or use of our related services.
- For marketing purposes.
- For internal purposes such as auditing, analysis (e.g., clickstream data) to improve our Sites or our advertising.
- To develop our business relationship.
IGSHPA does not sell or rent any of the personal data we collect or maintain. IGSHPA does not maintain or use any payment information beyond the immediate need to process a transaction.
In the course of meeting our members’ needs and in improving our services, we may share certain data, including personal information, with service providers, vendors, marketing agencies and services, data management and analytics services, affiliates, and contract workers. If you tell us that you do not want your personal information used for further marketing contact, please contact us at and we will respect your wishes.
Additionally, we may store certain data, including personal information, on servers located at third-party data centers. In addition, we may obtain data, including personal information, from outside sources.
IGSHPA may disclose your personal information in connection with a business transaction, such as a sale of all or a portion of our business or assets. In that case, your information may be shared with the prospective purchaser or investor and transferred as part of the transaction.
Other than as described above, IGSHPA discloses your personal information only when permitted to do so by law, or when IGSHPA believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property, rights or safety of IGSHPA, third parties or the public at large. This may include providing or using personal information to comply with any valid legal process such as a search warrant, subpoena, statute, or court order or to assist in any legal investigation or other proceeding when we deem necessary or appropriate.
DO NOT TRACK
We may also use data we collect, including personal information, to track visits to the Sites and improve the user experience of the Sites. If you have enabled the Do Not Track feature in your browser, our technology observes that signal and does not utilize information collected through the Sites to further track you. However, we may track clicks from data obtained through other means, including newsletters, promotional offers, and the like. IGSHPA does not authorize third parties to collect your information or to conduct their own online tracking of you while you are on the Sites.
COOKIES AND ONLINE ADVERTISING
We retain your personal data relating to the use of our products and services for the duration of the customer relationship and for seven years after the customer account is closed for legal, regulatory, audit and tax requirements, subject to our legal requirements to keep your personal information for a longer period. After this period has expired, the personal information relating to your account and your use of the services will be deleted. Any personal information which you have provided to us for marketing purposes will be kept for these purposes until you notify us that you no longer wish to receive these communications.
IGSHPA takes very seriously the security of the information we collect and maintain. To prevent unauthorized access or disclosures, we utilize physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect all of the information we collect and maintain, including any personal information you voluntarily provide. Please be aware that, although we endeavor to provide appropriate security for the information we collect and maintain, no security system can prevent all potential security breaches.
The Sites are not directed to children and we do not knowingly solicit data from or market to children. If a parent or guardian becomes aware that his or her child has provided us with information without their consent, he or she should contact us at . We will delete such data from our files upon request.
CHOICE AND OPT-OUT
We only send permission-based email for notification of membership or certification expiration data, for industry updates, and for marketing purposes. In addition, users always have the opportunity to opt-out or change preferences via a link in the footer of all non-transactional email messages. These options are made available when you sign-up for our email lists and in email messages delivered from our company. Alternatively, you may email us at . If you believe that you have received an unsolicited commercial email from IGSHPA on behalf of any of our customers, you may report it to us at .
Some communications (e.g. important account notifications and billing information) are considered transactional and are necessary for members and certified individuals. Please note that unsubscribing from e-mail messages will also remove notification of membership and certification expiration dates. It will be your responsibility to contact us for renewal of membership or certification if you have opted out of e-mail messages.
REVIEWING AND REQUESTING CHANGES TO PERSONAL INFORMATION
You may review and request changes to the personal information we maintain about you by contacting us via email at . Please note that some information may remain in our records after your request is submitted.
LINKS TO THIRD PARTY SITES
CROSS-BORDER TRANSFER OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
The Sites are operated in the United States. Therefore, your personal information may be transferred to and stored in the United States or other countries with data protection laws that differ from the country where you are located. Your personal information may be available to government authorities under lawful orders and laws applicable in such foreign jurisdictions.
If have any questions regarding our privacy practices, please contact us at .
Updated on August 14, 2023.