WAVD values individual privacy, and we want to give visitors to the WAVD Website the opportunity to know what information we collect about them, what we do with that information, and how they can limit the use of personally-identifiable information beyond the purposes for which they first provided it. At all times, however, WAVD reserves the right to disclose information where required by law or to comply with valid legal process (such as a search warrant, subpoena, or court order), to protect WAVD’s rights or property, including without limitation in the event of a transfer of control of WAVD or substantially all of its assets, or during emergencies when safety is at risk.
Data We Collect and How We Use It
We do not collect personally identifiable information, such as your name, address, phone number or email address, if you are only browsing the WAVD Website and do not interact for any online product or service from the WAVD. We do, however, collect certain non-personally identifiable information from all visitors to WAVD Website, as described more fully below.
We will collect and retain certain personal information from you when needed to process your transactions or fulfill your requests for information, or allow you to access certain services or areas of the WAVD Website. The type of personal information we collect will vary but may include your name, contact information (address, phone number, billing and delivery information, email address), and other demographic information. The type of information you provide will determine the personal information that is collected. Note that data collection includes information on scholarship applications, and this information may be stored on a separate site (e.g., Dropbox Business).
While the WAVD does not anticipate the selling of services, if that becomes necessary in the future, we will not give out your credit card number or other financial account information to third parties unless you authorize us to do so, or if it is necessary to fulfill our responsibilities with respect to the transaction, including but not limited to delivering a product or service you order.
We do collect and store information that does not identify you personally when you visit the WAVD Website, including but not limited to: the name of the domain and host from which you access the WAVD Website; the Internet protocol address used to access the WAVD Website; the date and time you access the WAVD Website; and the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to the WAVD Website. We use this information to track and analyze traffic to the WAVD Website, including the number of visitors and which pages are viewed by visitors, and to help us improve the WAVD Website. We may also share this information in aggregate with sponsors to determine advertising effectiveness.
Like most websites, we employ cookies to assist users to more efficiently use the WAVD Website. A “cookie” is a string of information that is sent by a website and stored on a user’s computer. Cookie information is used only by the WAVD and our contractors, and is not provided to other organizations. You may block cookies by modifying the cookie option in your browser’s settings, but doing so may inhibit certain features or services of the WAVD Website from being accessible or functioning properly.
We do not share, sell or rent email addresses to anyone outside the the WAVD Website except in the following circumstances:
- If needed for vendors to provide services to the WAVD (for example, when using a third-party vendor to send an email)
We sometimes collect specific information on email responses, such as how many recipients open an email or choose to click through to links provided in the email message. This information is used solely within the WAVD to analyze areas of interest and to enhance our services, and the WAVD Website. None of this information is sold or distributed outside the WAVD.
Sharing Personal Information Other than Email Address
WAVD may share limited member data, including postal address, to third parties, such as companies that sponsor the World Congresses of Veterinary Dermatology (WCVDs) and/or exhibitors at the WCVDs. WAVD also may hire vendors to perform certain services for the WAVD, such as processing event registration. We only provide the information these companies need to perform these services.
WAVD uses up-to-date technology to keep any information you provide as secure as possible. We also have in place privacy protection control contractual obligations with any vendors designed to ensure that personal information is protected from unauthorized access or disclosure. WAVD committee members are obligated to maintain the confidentiality of personally-identifiable information and are subject to disciplinary action for any breach, up to and including termination. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Accordingly, and despite our efforts, WAVD cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us.
Children Under the Age of 13
We do not knowingly solicit data online from or market online to children under the age of 13.
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