Last Updated January 1, 2007
The goal of our sites is to provide current and useful information about HSS, our medical services, our educational and research activities, our physicians, and information for physicians, other health providers, and members of the public in the broad area of musculoskeletal medicine. We therefore need to collect information about our users to understand their interests. We collect two types of information from you, "aggregate and anonymous information" and "personally identifiable information."
If you elect to use the HSS Web Sites to send a friend an article, we ask for your friend's name and email address, and HSS will use that information to automatically send your friend a one-time email containing the article. HSS does not store this information; it is only used to send this one-time email.
If you would like to review the personally identifiable information collected about you through the HSS Web Sites, you may send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or you may send a letter or fax to Director, HSS.edu, Hospital for Special Surgery, 535 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021, facsimile (212) 774-7240.
Any e-mail that you receive from our site will also offer the option of removing your name and e-mail address from our mailing lists. If you would like to advise us of changes required in the personal information that you have submitted through our site, or to remove your e-mail address from any e-mail services on this site to which you have subscribed, you may advise us by e-mail to email@example.com or you may send a letter or fax to Director, HSS.edu, Hospital for Special Surgery, 535 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021, facsimile (212) 774-7240.
Protecting the privacy of children is very important to HSS. Thus, we never collect or maintain personally identifiable information from anyone we actually know to be under age 13.
The HSS Web Sites use a variety of other measures to maintain the security of your personal information. Protocols have been developed to comply with the security requirements of government agencies and commercial organizations.
All personally identifiable information supplied by you through the HSS Webs Sites is kept within our secured network and, other than as set forth above in connection with limited use by Authorize.Net™ and Blackbaud NetCommunity™, access to your information is limited to authorized HSS employees, staff and affiliated health care providers.
The HSS Web Sites are carefully secured to preserve the privacy of your personal information. However, please remember that no transmission of data over the Internet or any wireless network (for example, a WiFi Hotspot in a coffee shop or airport) can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. In addition, our security is dependent upon your efforts to protect the security of any computer you use to access the HSS Web Sites, including any wireless network you use, and also the confidentiality of the password you use to access the areas of the HSS Web Sites that require you to register and log-in. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, the HSS Web Sites cannot guarantee the absolute security of any information that you transmit to us or receive from us, and you therefore agree to use the HSS Web Sites at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we do make reasonable efforts to ensure its security on our systems. All personally identifiable information about you that HSS creates, receives, stores, or transmits is covered by our privacy and security policies.
We take steps to help protect the integrity of any credit card information you submit to and through the HSS Web Sites. As noted above, we use Authorize.Net™ to facilitate confidential online business transactions if you enroll in an Education Division program. When linking through the HSS Web Sites to make Education program enrollment payments, your credit card information is encrypted using secure socket layer (SSL) technology and sent to the Authorize.Net™ server. Authorize.Net™ uses security technologies to facilitate secure on-line transactions and to protect your credit card information when it transfers it to the appropriate financial institutions. Access to the Authorize.Net™ database by designated HSS employees and officers is limited, through the use of restricted passwords. For more information about Authorize.Net™ and its security policies, please visit that company's web site at http://www.authorize.net/™.
As noted above, we use Blackbaud NetCommunity™ to facilitate online credit card transactions if you wish to make a gift to HSS through the HSS Web Sites. When linking through the HSS Web Sites to make online charitable donations, your credit card information is encrypted using SSL technology and sent to the Blackbaud NetCommunity™ server. Blackbaud and its third-party credit card transaction processing services use security technologies to facilitate secure on-line transactions and to protect your credit card information when they transfer such information to the appropriate financial institutions. For more information about Blackbaud and its security policies, please visit its web site at http://www.blackbaud.com/. HSS does not have access to any information maintained by Blackbaud.
Although we make efforts to preserve user privacy, we may need to disclose personal information when required by law or when we have a good faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with a judicial proceeding, a court order, or other legal process. In addition, we reserve the right to report to law enforcement agencies any activities that we reasonably believe to be unlawful, and to release to such agencies information about users of the HSS Web Sites who we reasonably believe to be engaged in or involved with such activities.
Finally, in the unlikely event that HSS is (or all or substantially all of our assets are) acquired by a third party, merges with a third party, or is bankrupt or ceases operations and dissolves, you should expect that any information you submitted through the HSS Web Sites will be transferred to a third party.
If we would like to make any substantial change in connection with use of any personally identifiable information that we have already collected from you through the HSS Web Sites, then we will contact you by e-mail to give you the option to accept or decline the proposed change in use of the personal information that we collected from you.