MedicalPEEK.org, and its mirror sites, PEEKImplants.org and PEEKMedical.org, is our Web site for students, researchers, engineers, scientists, physicians and allied health care professionals. However, it is open to non-professionals as well. The Lexicon provides peer-reviewed pre-print manuscripts, draft book chapters, conference updates, standards news, and other information relevant to Medical PEEK.
Visitors to each of our Web sites can access the Web site's home page, and browse some areas of the site, without disclosing any personally identifiable information. We do track information provided to us by your browser, including the Web site you came from (known as the "referring URL"), the type of browser you use, the time and date of access, and other information that does not personally identify you. On most of our sites, you must register with us to use the entire site.
Users registering for access to all of the Web site are asked to provide us with identifying information, such as name, email, address and other information. On our registration screen, we clearly label which information is required for registration, and which information is optional and may be given at your discretion. You will also be given a choice about whether or not you want to receive newsletter information. The Lexicon Web site will ask for your consent before collecting personally identifiable information.
Your Web browser can be set to allow you to control whether you will accept cookies, reject cookies, or to notify you each time a cookie is sent to you. If your browser is set to reject cookies, Web sites that are cookie enabled will not recognize you when you return to the Web site, and some Web site functionality may be lost. The Help section of your browser will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting cookies.
Although cookies do not normally contain personally identifiable information, if you are a registered user we may associate your registration information with cookies our Web site places on your computer's hard drive. Associating a cookie with your registration data allows us to offer increased personalization and functionality. For example, you can elect to have our Web sites "remember" your user name and password and bypass the sign-in process on each visit to the site. Without cookies, this functionality would not be possible.
We create aggregate data about visitors for site development and improvement activities. We also use it for market analysis. We may provide information from our Web sites in aggregate form, with identifying information removed, to third parties. For example, we may tell our sponsor what percentage of our registered users reside in a particular geographical area.
In addition to aggregate information (discussed previously), we may share some kinds of information with third parties as described below.
We contract with other companies and individuals to help us provide services. For example, we may host some of our Web sites on another company's computers, hire technical consultants to maintain our Web-based health tools, or work with companies to remove repetitive information from user lists, analyze data, provide marketing assistance, and provide user service. We also contract with our sponsor to provide funding necessary to maintain and expand the web site. These other companies may have access to some of the personal information we maintain about our users. We require all such companies to comply with the terms of our privacy policies, to limit their access to any personal information to the minimum necessary to perform their obligations, and not to use the information they may access for purposes other than fulfilling their responsibilities to us.
We may release account and other personal information when we believe release is required to comply with law.
When we share information with third parties, we ask that they agree in writing to abide by Lexicon's privacy policies.
If we discover that a third party inadvertently disclosed personal information about any of our users, we will take immediate action to prevent further occurrences.
Other than the cases described above, Lexicon will not release personally identifiable information to a third party without the user's consent.
We have implemented technology and security policies, rules and other measures to protect the personal data that we have under our control from unauthorized access, improper use, alteration, unlawful or accidental destruction, and accidental loss. We also protect your information by requiring that all our employees and others who have access to or are associated with the processing of your data respect your confidentiality.
Lexicon uses security methods to determine the identity of its registered users, so that appropriate rights and restrictions can be enforced for that user. Reliable verification of user identity is called authentication. Lexicon uses both passwords and usernames to authenticate users. Users are responsible for maintaining their own passwords.
If you believe that any information collected by our Web site(s) is in error, you may edit your personal profile any time that you like. You can directly edit your user profile on our Lexicon web site. Requests for deletion of your record may result in your removal from the registry, but we may keep certain demographic information about you for product improvement purposes. You may contact Web User Support and ask for the changes that you would like to make.
For privacy questions or concerns about the Lexicon Web site, please contact lexiconprivacy@MedicalPEEK.org.
Revision date: This policy was last updated on October 3, 2007.