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Privacy Policy

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) website is intended for public information, communication, and the consumption of goods and services provided by ASN. This privacy policy describes the way that ASN collects and handles information from visitors and members to its website, affilate websites, and from users of ASN mobile applications ("apps") and Application Programming Interface (API) requests that interact with the ASN website and its data stores. These services will be collectively referred to in this document as "asn-online.org".

ASN makes every effort to protect the privacy of its members. Individual user accounts will close out in 90 minutes if there is no activity, but users should close out of their own account information as soon as they are through accessing or modifying information. Users should not share their passwords with anyone. In cases where it is necessary to write down a password, that password should be stored in a secure location and properly destroyed when no longer needed.

ASN may rewrite this Privacy Policy at any time. We will post any changes to this webpage, so be sure to check back periodically.

All products and services on asn-online.org are made available subject to this Privacy Policy. By using the products and services, you agree, without limitation or qualification, to be bound by this Privacy Policy.

Questions regarding this statement should be directed to:

Hal Nesbitt
Vice President of Information Technology
American Society of Nephrology
1510 H Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20005

Frequently Asked Questions

What information does asn-online.org collect?

Anonymous Information
The web servers automatically log certain information that asn-online.org uses for statistical analysis of web site traffic. The information is stored as log files on the asn-online.org server. The log files are regularly collected and analyzed by software to produce visitor trend reports. The information that is collected includes:

  • Your IP Address
  • The length of time you stayed on asn-online.org
  • Where you came into the site
  • Where you left the site
  • The referring site that sent you to asn-online.org
  • The type of browser you are using

This information is used to determine:

  • Traffic Patterns
  • Average visitor session length
  • Number of visitors to certain areas of the site
  • Tracking results of Promotional Campaigns
  • Other user trends

Server logs do not contain personally identifiable information on individual users, such as names, addresses, email address, occupation, etc. This type of data will only be collected in forms, surveys or event registrations on asn-online.org.

Personally Identifiable Information
Asn-online.org also collects personally identifiable information that you voluntarily submit through online forms on our website, such as:

  • Name
  • Postal Address
  • Email Address
  • Business or Company Name and Address
  • Phone Number

Personally identifiable information is used for the following purposes:

  • To facilitate communication between you and asn-online.org
  • To conduct surveys and polls
  • To provide you with information on events, products and services, or other news that we think might interest you
  • You can let us know that you do not wish to receive information by contacting us

How does asn-online.org use the information it collects?

Asn-online.org collects information to provide you with the services you request and to improve our website.

Asn-online.org also uses this aggregate, anonymous data to perform statistical analyses of the collective characteristics and behavior of our site visitors; to measure user interests regarding specific areas of asn-online.org; and to analyze how and where best to use our resources. Without such data, we would not know which parts of asn-online.org are the most popular, and we would not be able to change and update the content and services appropriately.

Asn-online.org may be required by law enforcement or judicial authorities to provide information on individual users to the appropriate governmental authorities. In matters involving a danger to personal or public safety, asn-online.org may voluntarily provide information to appropriate governmental authorities.

Who collects the information and who has access to it?

Data collected through the website is collected and maintained solely by the ASN. More specifically:

Personally identifiable information

When you provide personally identifiable information on asn-online.org to register for a service, buy a product, or take advantage of a promotion, that information is collected and maintained solely by the ASN, unless specifically stated otherwise at the point of collection. If you do not want to share your information with that company, you can choose not to use that service and will be provided an opportunity to opt-out.

Is my contact information online?

Member contact information is published in the Member Directory. The directory is only available to current members and requires authentication to access. Use of the directory is governed by the Member Directory Use Policy and is strictly enforced. We encourage all members to participate in the directory. However, if you choose to opt-out, you can do so quickly and easily through your member profile by unchecking the 'Show my information in the member directory' on the privacy tab. This will completely remove your listing in the Member Directory. If you change your mind later and would like to be listed again, simply return to the page and then check the box.

What are cookies and how does asn-online.org use them?

A cookie is a small text file containing a unique identification number that is transferred from a website to the hard drive of your computer. This unique number identifies your web browser - but not you - to ASN computers whenever you visit asn-online.org. A cookie will not provide personally identifiable information about you, such as your name and address. The use of cookies is now an industry standard, and cookies are currently used on most major websites. Most web browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. If you prefer, you can reset your browser to notify you when you have received a cookie. You can also set your browser to refuse to accept cookies altogether. While asn-online.org does not require you to use cookies, keep in mind that certain services will not function properly if you set your browser to refuse all cookies. Generally, cookies enable our server to remember visitors, allow entry into password-protected areas, and to help ensure accurate measuring of web traffic. Cookies can be deleted or rejected by changing the settings on your web browser. However, the deletion or rejection of cookies on a visitor's part may impact your ability to use parts of asn-online.org effectively. Because advertisers or third party websites may use cookies in different ways, this statement regarding the use of cookies only covers asn-online.org. In no way are cookies on the ASN website harmful to the machines on which they are placed or how the information is used.

What you can do to better protect yourself on the Internet?

Know the risks

The opportunity to network in an online community (chat room, forum, message board, etc.) is one of the best things about the Internet, but you should always be careful about disclosing personal information such as an actual name, member name, e-mail address, and so on. This information may be collected and used by others within the online community to send unsolicited email messages outside asn-online.org. Some of the messages you receive may be useful to you, but some may not.

Educate yourself

Search the Web for as much information as you can about how to protect your privacy. Look for a privacy policy on the websites you visit. A good place to start is TRUSTe—an independent, non-profit organization with a mission to build trust and confidence in the Internet. The Federal Trade Commission has a website with useful information on being a savvy Internet user along with other privacy initiatives.

Comments and questions

If there are any parts of this statement that require more explanation or clarification, or if you have any comments or suggestions regarding changes and updates, please contact hnesbitt@asn-online.org.