Privacy Policy
ISID respects the privacy of every individual who visits the ISID web site (the "Web Site"). This Privacy Policy outlines the information ISID will collect and how we will use that information. This Policy will also instruct you on what to do if you do not want your personal information collected or shared.

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ISID may ask you for personally-identifiable information as follows:
  • we request your full name, affiliation and country of residency when you submit reports or comment on outbreaks
  • we request your email address (and may request your street address) when you subscribe to ProMED lists
ISID will not collect any personally-identifiable information about you unless you provide it to us voluntarily.

When you do provide us with personally-identifiable information, ISID may:
  • store and process that information to better understand your needs and how we can improve our products and services
  • use that information to contact you via email for informational purposes
  • disclose that information to third parties when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) ISID's rights or property, other members or users of the Web Site, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities
  • disclose that information to third parties when we believe in good faith that the law requires it
Any reports or comment on outbreaks you submit (including your full name, affiliation and country of residency) may also be posted publicly on the Web Site.

Except as stated in this Privacy Policy, or as otherwise stated at the time personally-identifiable information is gathered, we will not provide personally-identifiable information to third parties.

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ISID may also collect information about you that is not personally-identifiable. This type of information includes your field of practice, city, state, country, zip code, interests and preferences. ISID will not collect any such information about you unless you provide it to us voluntarily. ISID may share this information in the aggregate with business partners, sponsors and other third parties. For example, ISID may inform a sponsor that x percent of the user base of the Web Site is from the eastern United States. This data is used to customize the Web Site's content and to deliver a better experience for our members and users.

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To keep you in control of your personally-identifiable information and the communications directed to you, we allow you to opt-out of receiving ProMED communications by following the instructions included in the communication or by visiting the Subscribe and Unsubscribe Page.

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ISID may also automatically collect non-personally-identifiable information about your use of the Web Site, such as the domain from which you access the Internet (for example,, if you are connecting from an America Online account), the date and time you access the Web Site, and the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our Web Site. This information will not be linked to personally-identifiable information. ISID may use this information to analyze and enhance the Web Site, and may aggregate this information and share such aggregated information with business partners, sponsors and other third parties.

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When you view the Web Site, we may store some information on your computer. This information will be in the form of a "Cookie" or similar file and will help us in many ways. For example, Cookies allow us to tailor the Web Site to better match your interests and preferences. With most Internet browsers, you can erase Cookies from you computer hard drive, block all Cookies, or receive a warning before a Cookie is stored. Please refer to your browser instructions or help screen to learn more about these functions. (Remember, however, that blocking or deleting Cookies may limit your ability to access some or all of the features and services of the Web Site.)

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The Web Site is not directed at individuals under thirteen years of age, and ISID does not intend to collect any personally-identifiable information from such individuals.

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The Web Site allows links to various other web sites. ISID assumes no responsibility for the information practices of sites you are able to access through the Web Site. These links to other sites do not imply affiliation or endorsement of a linked site.

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Please keep in mind that whenever you give out personal information online --- for example, via message boards or chat --- that information can be collected and used by people you don't know. While ISID strives to protect your information and privacy, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you disclose online and you do so at your own risk.

The importance of security for all personally-identifiable information associated with our users and members is of utmost concern to us. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personally-identifiable information, ISID can't ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us or from our online products or services, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your personally-identifiable information, we will take reasonable efforts to ensure its security on our systems.

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By using the Web Site, you signify your assent to the ISID Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to this Policy, please do not use the Web Site. Your continued use of the Web Site following the posting of changes to these terms will mean you accept those changes.

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If you have questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy, you should contact ISID at:

International Society for Infectious Diseases
9 Babcock Street, Unit 3
Brookline MA 02446 USA

Phone: (617) 277-0551
Fax: (617) 278-9113

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