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Privacy Policy

Approved by the Bureau 18 June 2014

This website is administered in the United States. Users of the web site agree to the transfer of whatever personal information they choose to disclose to the United States, which has data privacy laws that may be different from those of the user’s own country.

This Privacy Policy explains how we handle the personal information that you provide to us on websites controlled by the World Association of Societies of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (hereinafter called WASPaLM) or which link to this Privacy Policy. Unless otherwise specifically noted, this Privacy Policy does not apply to personal information collected from you offline or to any websites that do not link to this Privacy Policy, to residents of countries other than the United States, or to third-party websites to which WASPaLM websites may link. Your use of WASPaLM websites which link to this Privacy Policy is subject to this Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use.

Please read this Privacy Policy before using WASPaLM and any affiliated websites or submitting personal information to us.

How does this Privacy Policy define "personal information"?

"Personal information" means information that identifies you or could reasonably be used to identify you and which is submitted to and/or collected by WASPaLM in an accessible form. Examples of personal information include your name, your postal address, and your telephone number.

How does WASPaLM collect information online?

WASPaLM collects information in two ways:

Personal Information You Submit:

WASPaLM collects personal information that you enter into data fields on WASPaLM and any affiliated websites. For example, you may submit your name, postal address, email address, and/or other information in order to access and maintain society information, contact WASPaLM information, submit Gordon Signy information or respond to WASPaLM surveys. To protect your privacy, you should not provide WASPaLM with any information that is not specifically requested, such as your medical history.


Passive Collection of Unidentifiable Information:

WASPaLM and any affiliated websites may collect information about your visits to WASPaLM websites without you actively submitting such information. Unidentifiable information may be collected using various technologies, such as cookies, internet tags, and web beacons. Your internet browser automatically transmits to WASPaLM and any affiliated websites some of this unidentifiable information, such as the URL of the web site you just visited and the browser version your computer is operating. Passive information collection technologies can make your use of WASPaLM and any affiliated  websites easier by allowing WASPaLM to provide better service, customize sites based on consumer preferences, compile statistics, analyze trends, and otherwise administer and improve WASPaLM websites. Certain features of WASPaLM and any affiliated  websites may not work without use of passive information collection technologies. Information collected by these technologies cannot be used to identity you without additional identifiable information.

In what circumstances might WASPaLM and any affiliated organizations collect and use personal information?

WASPaLM and any affiliated organizations will use the personal information you provide through WASPaLM to verify you authority to edit certain portions of the web site, to respond to your questions and to provide you with efficient customer service. After you have entered personal information into a form or data field on a WASPaLM and any affiliated  web site, WASPaLM may use certain identifying technologies to allow that web site to "remember" your personal preferences, such as sections of that web site that you visit frequently and, if you choose, your user ID. We may also use this personal information for other business purposes, such as to offer you the opportunity to receive notices regarding WASPaLM and any affiliated  products or services, to invite you to participate in surveys, or to notify you about special promotions.

Does WASPaLM consolidate personal information?

WASPaLM and any affiliated organizations may consolidate the personal information of patrons who use WASPaLM websites. We use this information to help us better design WASPaLM websites and WASPaLM products, to communicate information to you, to enhance our marketing and research activities, and to facilitate other business functions.

What choices do I have about how WASPaLM and any affiliated organizations collect and use personal information about me?

You may always limit the amount and type of personal information that WASPaLM and any affiliated organization receives about you by choosing not to enter any personal information into forms or data fields on WASPaLM websites. Some of our online services can only be provided to you if you provide us with appropriate personal information. Other parts of WASPaLM websites may ask whether you wish to opt out or opt into our contact lists for offers, promotions and additional services that may be of interest to you.

You may also be provided with preference questions or preference boxes allowing you to indicate that you do not want WASPaLM and any affiliated websites to use tracking technologies, such as cookies, to "remember" your personal information, such as user IDs or mailing addresses, on return visits. However, WASPaLM and any affiliated websites that use tracking technologies to collect unidentifiable information do not generally provide you with the ability to opt out of the tracking technologies. Some Internet browsers allow you to limit or disable the use of tracking technologies that collect unidentifiable information.

Who will have access to personal information about me?

Personal information can be accessed by a restricted number of WASPaLM web site maintenance team members and by individuals and entities with whom WASPaLM contracts to carry out web site-related maintenance activities. We emphasize to these individuals and entities the importance of privacy and how to handle and manage customer data appropriately and securely.  It is WASPaLM's practice is to require its contractors to keep your personal information confidential and to use personal information only to perform functions for WASPaLM.

Does WASPaLM share personal information with third parties?

As a general rule, WASPaLM and any affiliated organizations do not share your personal information with third parties, unless it is necessary to conduct a joint program or to carry out a program or activity through a contractor.  WASPaLM and the World Pathology Foundation will not disclose your personal information to third parties for any reason except as specified in this paragraph.  If  WASPaLM and any affiliated organizations provide your personal information to individuals and entities which assist us with our business activities, it is WASPaLM practice to require those individuals and entities to keep your personal information confidential and to use your personal information only to perform functions for WASPaLM.  WASPaLM and any affiliated organizations reserve the right to disclose your personal information to respond to authorized information requests from government authorities, to address national security situations, or when otherwise required by law.

How does WASPaLM secure personal information?

It is WASPaLM practice to secure each web page that collects personal information; however, the confidentiality of personal information transmitted over the internet cannot be guaranteed. We urge you to exercise caution when transmitting personal information over the internet, especially personal information related to your health.  WASPaLM and any affiliated organizations cannot guarantee that unauthorized third parties will not gain access to your personal information; therefore, when submitting personal information to WASPaLM and any affiliated  websites, you must weigh both the benefits and the risks.

How does WASPaLM protect the privacy of children?

WASPaLM does not knowingly collect or use any personal information from children (we define "children" as younger than 17) on WASPaLM websites. We do not knowingly allow children to communicate with us or use any of our online services. If you are a parent and become aware that your child has provided us with information, please contact us using one of the methods specified below, and we will work with you to address this issue.

How may I correct personal information or delete it from current customer records?

You may request to remove your personal information from our current records or to amend your personal information. Please notify us of your wishes by contacting us in one of the ways specified below. For our record keeping purposes, we will retain certain personal information you submit in conjunction with commercial transactions.

How can I contact WASPaLM?

If you have questions about the use, amendment, or deletion of personal information that you have provided to us, or if you would like to opt out of future communications from an WASPaLM business or a particular WASPaLM program, please contact us by clicking on the "Contact Us" link on the web site you are visiting or by emailing us at info@waspalm.org.

In all communications to WASPaLM, please include the email address used for registration (if applicable), the website address on which you provided any personal information about which you have questions or concerns and a detailed explanation of your request. If you would like to delete or amend your personal information and are contacting us by email, please put "Deletion Request" or "Amendment Request", as applicable, in the subject line of the email. We will do our best to respond to all reasonable requests in a timely manner.

How will I know whether WASPaLM has updated this policy?

WASPaLM reserves the right to amend this Privacy Policy without prior notice to reflect technological advancements, legal and regulatory changes and good business practices. If WASPaLM changes its privacy practices, a new Privacy Policy will reflect those changes and the effective date of the revised Privacy Policy will be set forth in this paragraph.

This Privacy Policy was last updated on 18 June 2014 and is effective as of that date.