Revised February 2022
Changes in this Policy
COSM may amend this Policy at any time without notice. Changes to this Policy may affect our use of personally identifiable information that you provided us prior to our notification to you of the changes. Please visit our Website to obtain current information about our Policy.
COSM uses various technologies to protect the confidentiality, security, and integrity of information volunteered or collected from users of the Website. We do not require anyone to divulge any personally identifiable information to use the Website. COSM on occasion requires a user to register, when for example applying for membership or purchasing products or services. COSM will not collect personal information about you unless the information is provided voluntarily by you.I
I. Information COSM Collects
The information we collect generally includes: (1) personal information you supply and (2) tracking information collected as you navigate through the Website.
Cookies and Web Beacons
Cookies are small text files that web servers typically send to users’ computer when they visit a website. Cookies are stored as text files on users’ hard drive, and can be accessed by web servers when the user visits a website or views an advertisement. A session cookie is a cookie that stores information as a user is using the Site but is deleted once the browser session is finished. A persistent cookie is a cookie that stores information as a user utilizes the Site and stores and uses that information in connection with future visits of the user to the Site. Third-party cookies and/or web beacons are cookies or web beacons provided by our technology and/or advertising partners. Any third-party cookie or web beacon that we authorize for use on the Site only collects that information described below for the same stated purposes as if we were directly collecting the information. For a third-party cookie or web beacon, the third-party will have access to the collected information in order to provide us with information or services to enhance the performance and functionality of the Site.
The cookies and web beacons we use collect non-personally identifiable information about users of the Site, including: browser used to access the site, date and time, the URL of the page being loaded, users who have visited a particular website(s), any previously assigned cookie identification (a unique identifier assigned to a user to identify repeat visitors), browser window size, the geographic location of the user, device and operating system used to access the Site. The information we collect from these cookies and web beacons is used to determine information about a user’s visit to our Site, including the number of visits, average time spent, pages viewed, navigation history through the website, and other statistics. This information is used to enhance the users experience while visiting our Site and to improve the performance of our Site by, among other things, allowing us to monitor Site performance, making the Site easier to use, measuring the effectiveness of promotional placements, and tailoring the Site (including the ads and offers a user receives) to better match a user’s interests and preferences.
Users who prefer not to accept cookies can set their Internet browser to notify them when they receive a cookie or to prevent cookies from being placed on their 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 Site, however, it may also disable some of the functions and features of the Site and the Site may not work properly.
If you would like to determine your consent status, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you do not wish to accept cookies or web beacons in connection with your use of this Site, please discontinue use of the Site.
Information Collected from You
We may collect and store personally identifiable information that you provide to us. The personally identifiable information we request from you may include your: (i) country of residence; (ii) first, middle, and last name; (iii) age and date of birth; (iv) highest level of education attained; (v) job title; (vi) home or office phone and fax numbers; (vii) employer’s name and address; (viii) home or office address; (ix) home or office e-mail address; (x) member identification number, user ID, and password; and (xi) credit card information (only if purchases are made) (collectively “Personal Data”).
Information Collected Through Technology
Information Is Not Collected Online from Children Under 13
COSM does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information online from children under the age of 13.
II. How COSM Uses That Information
COSM uses your personally identifiable information for the purposes for which it was submitted. For example, COSM uses the information collected to enable a user to: (i) fulfill membership benefits (ii) purchase COSM educational materials for purposes of obtaining Continuing Medical Education (“CME”) credit, (iii) pay membership dues, (iv) make charitable contributions, (v) to purchase other COSM products, (vi) to receive COSM newsletters and product and/or service announcements, (vii) to participate in COSM sponsored meetings, programs, and activities; and (viii) such other use related to COSM’s mission. We do not undertake to maintain any information about you for a duration greater than necessary to provide services to you or as provided by law, rule or regulation.
COSM may use your personally identifiable information in a public directory and/or a private member directory. Participation in the COSM directory is entirely optional. In the event that you choose to participate in the COSM directory you acknowledge that your personally identifiable information will be available to search, access and view by the general public. You may elect to not participate in the directory by updating your profile or by contacting us using the contact information listed below.
COSM may use information about use of the Website and aggregated information about you and other visitors to our Website in order to improve our Website and develop content and services that may be of interest to you and for its other business purposes.
III. Security Measures Taken to Protect Personally Identifiable Information
COSM uses firewalls, vulnerability scans, and secure server encryption technology to protect personally identifiable information. COSM also employs internal physical and technologic security measures to detect and block unauthorized intrusions to its computer systems. However, while we employ reasonable security measures to protect your personal information, please be aware that no method of electronic transmission is completely infallible, and we cannot guarantee its absolute safety.
IV. Information Sharing with Third Parties
Limited personally identifiable information we request from you (namely, your name and home or office address) is occasionally sold to third parties, generally for educational programs. For example, the list of registrants to a COSM Meeting may be sold to exhibitors to the COSM Meeting. Moreover, personally identifiable information is occasionally shared with third parties so that these parties can send you promotional material about goods and services offered by COSM or the third parties.
We may also share your personal information with our authorized service providers that perform certain services on our behalf. These services may include providing customer service, performing business and sales analysis, and supporting our Website functionality, other features offered through our Website. These service providers may have access to personal information needed to perform their functions but are not authorized to share or use such information for any other purposes.
We may also provide your information to third parties to accomplish the purpose for which the information was submitted, such as providing your personally identifiable information to credit card processors to process a purchase.
We may disclose specific information in response to a valid court order, subpoena, government investigation, or as otherwise required by law, to enforce our Website policies, or to protect our or others’ rights, property, or safety. We reserve the right to report to law enforcement illegal uses of the Website, or defend ourselves against third-party claims. We may also share information with companies assisting in fraud protection or investigation. We do not provide information to these agencies or companies for marketing or commercial purposes.
V. Rights in Relation to Your Personal Data
COSM enables users of its Website and interactive educational products to update contact information and to opt out of the collection of personally identifiable information or particular communications or services by e-mail, telephone, or regular mail. Please use the contact information listed below. Due to production, mailing, and system timelines, it may take some time to process your request. In addition, we may still use your information to communicate with you for other purposes, such as for customer service.
Right of access: Upon request, COSM will confirm any processing of your Personal Data and, and provide you with a copy of that Personal Data in an acceptable machine-readable format.
Right to rectification: You have the right to have COSM correct any inaccurate Personal Data or to have COSM complete any incomplete Personal Data;
Right to restrict processing: You have the right to ask COSM to suppress the processing of your Personal Data but COSM may still store your Personal Data.
Right to object to processing: You have the right to object to your Personal Data used in the following manners: (a) processing based on legitimate interests or the performance of a task in the public interest/exercise of official authority (including profiling); (b) direct marketing (including profiling); and (c) processing for purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics.
Right to erasure: You may ask COSM to delete or remove your Personal Data and we will do so in some circumstances, such as where we no longer need it (we may not delete your data when other interests outweigh your right to deletion).
Right to data portability: Effective 25 May 2018, you have the right to obtain your Personal Data from us that you consented to give us or that is necessary to perform fulfillment of member benefits with you. We will give you your Personal Data in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
Right to withdraw consent: We rely on your consent to process your Personal Data, you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. This will not affect the lawfulness of processing based on your prior consent.
Right to file a complaint with a supervisory authority: You have the right to file a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the European Member State of your habitual residence, place of work or place of the alleged infringement if you consider that the processing of Personal Data relating to you infringes upon your rights.
You may exercise your rights by contacting us as indicated under “Contact Us” section below.
VI. Transfer and Storage of Your Information
Please note information COSM collects about you may be transferred, processed and/or accessed by us in the United States, or another country where we, or our Service Providers operate. Please be aware Personal Data may be transferred to, and maintained on, computers located outside of your state or country where privacy laws may differ from and may not be as protective as those where you live. If you are located outside the United States and choose to allow us to collect information about you, please be aware that COSM may transfer your Personal Data to the United States and process and store it there.
Website Hosting: Please contact email@example.com for its current web hosting services provider. COSM shares your data, including Personal Data, with our website hosting Service Provider for the purposes of processing your data pursuant to your use of the Services.
Data Hosting: Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for its current data hosting services provider. COSM shares your data, including Personal Data, with our data hosting Service Provider for the purposes of processing your data pursuant to your use of the Services.
Safely Using COSM’s Services
Despite COSM’s safety and privacy controls, we cannot guarantee the Services are entirely free of illegal, offensive, pornographic, or otherwise inappropriate material, or that you will not encounter inappropriate or illegal conduct from other Users when using the Services. You can help COSM by notifying us of any unwelcome contact by contacting us using the information below.
Your California Privacy Rights
Under California Civil Code Section 1798.83 (known as the “Shine the Light” law), COSM members and customers who are residents of California may request certain information about our disclosure of personal information during the prior calendar year to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please write to us at the address below or at email@example.com with “Request for California Privacy Information” on the subject line and in the body of your message. We will comply with your request within thirty (30) days or as otherwise required by the statute. Please be aware that not all information sharing is covered by the “Shine the Light” requirements and only information on covered sharing will be included in our response.
Questions or Comments
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This Website is operated, in whole or in part, from the United States. By using this Website, regardless of where you live in the world, you consent to have your Personal Data transferred to and processed in the United States, and allow COSM to use and collect your personal information in accordance with this Policy.
Third Party Links
The Website may also contain links to other third party websites that are not under our control. These websites may have their own policies or no policies at all, regarding privacy. You should seek and review these policies before providing information to these websites. COSM has no responsibility for linked websites and provides these links solely for the convenience and information of our visitors. COSM also maintains a strict “no-spam” policy and fully complies with CAN-SPAM Act regulations.