When you browse the Websites and do not interact with the site for any online service or product from the USI, you browse anonymously. Personally identifiable information is not collected as you browse. We do, however, collect Web Information and other non-personally identifiable information for the purposes described below.
When you choose to interact with our Websites (i.e., subscribing to USI publications, purchasing an USI product or service, registering for a course or event or requesting information and materials), we will collect certain personally identifiable information from you. The type of information collected will be determined based on the type of product or service you seek, but may include your name, address, phone number billing and delivery information, email address or other demographic information. Examples of information we collect in specific circumstances include:
As you interact on our Websites, we may collect information about your computer or device and visits to one or more of our Websites (“Web Information”) through cookies, web beacons, pixel tags and other technologies, Internet Protocol (IP) address tracking/URL tracking, and other tools (collectively, “Tracking Technologies”). The types of Automatically Collected Data collected on our Websites through the use of these and other tools, which we may add from time to time, may include: the search terms you used, new or returning user information, browser information, computer or device type, operating system, internet service provider, website usage, referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, number of clicks, and ads viewed.
Banner advertisements on the Websites do not collect any personally identifiable information on individual visitors. The USI does collect aggregate data on visitors such as time of day and Web browser type, which is shared with advertisers to determine their advertising effectiveness.
In general, we process your information to advance the USI legitimate interest in communicating with members, meeting attendees, product purchasers and other website users and providing these individuals with access to high-quality educational, scientific information via our wide array of in-person meetings, online learning resources, publications and other products and services. The USI exists to advance the collective interests of our members and the urologic community, and processing your information for the purposes described in this policy is necessary for us to continue to serve your needs.
When we use your information based on our legitimate interest, we strive to strike an appropriate balance between USI’s need to collect, use and retain your information and how such processing may impact you. We will ask for your consent before using your information for a purpose that extends beyond what you may reasonably expect from the USI and/or that has a more significant privacy impact.
Once collected, we may use your personally- and non-personally identifiable information for the following purposes:
If you prefer not to accept any cookies, you can set your Internet browser to notify you when you receive a cookie or to prevent cookies from being placed on your hard drive. If you consent to our collection of cookies and you subsequently wish to withdraw your consent, you will need to manage the settings on your web browser to delete all cookies and disallow further acceptance of cookies. Please note that disabling cookies on your browser will prevent us from tracking your activities in relations to our Websites, however, it may also disable some of the functions and features of the Sites and the Sites may not work properly.
The USI sends “transactional or relational email messages,” which include, but are not limited to, electronically transmitted news, informational bulletins, meetings and member-benefit announcements, and surveys. You may opt-out of a specific email list by communicating your preferences to [email protected] of any email message sent to you from the USI or its component or affiliated organizations. Additionally, the USI will:
Email addresses are captured during the USI Annual Meeting registration process. This information is made available to USI Annual Meeting exhibitors. Registrants may opt out of making this information available to exhibiting companies.
USI member email addresses are made available to other USI members through the USI Member Directory.
We share your Personal Data with third parties who provide certain services to us to assist us in meeting business operation needs. These parties are authorized to process your Personal Data, on our behalf and pursuant to our instructions, only as necessary to provide these services to us. We share your Personal Data with the following service providers:
Aspects of the Sites require the use of a user ID and password. The user ID and password enables the USI to verify your identity and thereby, allows you access to member information such as your my USI account, and prevents unauthorized access.
When you have finished using a secure area of the Websites, make sure you always click on the “Log Out” link which appears on every secure page. When you click on the “Log Out” link, you will be given the option to end your secure session. No further secure transactions can be conducted without re-entering your user ID and password. You should be aware, browser software often “caches” a page as you look at it, meaning some pages are saved in your computer’s temporary memory. Therefore, you may find when clicking on your “Back” button it shows you a saved version of a previously viewed page. Caching in no way affects the security of your confidential user ID or password.
The USI realizes the importance of security, so we’ve taken a number of steps to enhance the protection of information sent to or from the USI over the Internet. We require a “secure session” be established, using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology. This is done any time you supply or access information in one of our secure online areas. You will know you are in a secure online area because the URL in your browser will start with “https”. SSL technology creates a private conversation only your computer and the USI systems can understand. The SSL technology encodes information as it is being sent over the Internet between your computer and USI systems, helping to ensure the transmitted information remains confidential.
Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100 percent secure. Accordingly, and despite our efforts, the USI cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, or to or from our online products or services.
USI acknowledges that you have the right to access your Personal Data. Our Websites currently allow you to access, correct, amend, or delete inaccurate data on your myUSI profile page. In case you request us to remove data, we will respond within a reasonable timeframe.
Upon request, USI will provide you with information about whether we hold any of your Personal Data. You may access, update or correct your Personal Data or remove it from our system by making a request to us at [email protected], Requests typically receive a response within three working (3) days. If access cannot be provided within that time frame, we will provide the requesting party with an estimated date by which the information will be provided. If for some reason access is denied, we will provide an explanation of why access has been denied. We may not accommodate a request to change information if we believe the change would violate any law or legal requirement or cause the information to be incorrect.
Subject to applicable law, you have the following rights in relation to your Personal Data:
You may exercise your rights by contacting us at [email protected]