Collection and Use of Personally Identifiable Information
The MDS collects personally identifiable information on the Site from Visitors when Visitors voluntarily submit such information via the Site. Visitors may submit personally identifiable information when they perform activities on and use features of the Site, including but not limited to: registering for the Yankee Dental Congress and other events; ordering MDS publications or brochures; requesting an article be emailed to a friend; requesting MDS assistance; and facilitating communications among Visitors who are registered Members (each, a “Member”) through the MDS online community.
Visitors and MDS members who provide their email address to MDS may receive periodic emails describing the legislative, public affairs, membership, meetings and convention, or other activities of the MDS, including the Yankee Dental Congress. We have instituted opt-out capabilities to help you avoid receiving unwanted commercial email messages from the MDS. We may disclose your contact information if you serve in a leadership capacity. We will not knowingly give or sell your personal data to any unrelated entity outside the MDS, its service providers, subsidiaries and affiliated entities, local district societies, and the American Dental Association. Basic member contact information is shared through the MDS Find-a-Dentist directory.
Visitors may also submit their e-mail addresses and the e-mail address of a friend via the “E-mail this Article to a Friend” feature on the Site. By doing so, the Visitor is authorizing the MDS to send the friend a single e-mail inviting him or her to visit the Site.
Collection and Use of Anonymous Information
The MDS collects anonymous information, such as IP addresses, referral data, browser and platform type, information about page views, and similar non-personal information about Visitor activity on the MDS Web site. This information cannot be tied back to a specific individual. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are using the Internet.
The MDS collects anonymous information for the purposes of system administration and to audit the use of the Site.
The MDS sets a cookie on your computer that identifies you as a Member when you sign onto or otherwise access the Site. The cookie facilitates you gaining access to protected areas of the Site, pre-populates information on certain forms to save you from re-keying your information, and delivers custom content and images. The cookie is set for a one-day period after which without activity, the cookie expires and you must identify yourself as a Member or a guest again when you sign onto the Site.
Accessing and Editing Personally Identifiable Information
Any Member may revise the personally identifiable information stored about them by the MDS (or opt-out from receiving emails and other information from the MDS) at anytime by updating his or her preferences within the Member Profile Page, by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the MDS at (800) 342-8747.
The Site has security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of your personally identifiable information submitted via the Site. The MDS uses physical, electronic and procedural safeguard to protect any personally identifiable information stored on its computers. Any particularly sensitive information, such as credit card information, is encrypted prior to transmission. While the MDS cannot guarantee that loss, misuse or alteration of personally identifiable information will not occur, the MDS takes many precautions to prevent such unfortunate occurrences. The MDS reminds you that you are responsible for the security of your login information and password and urges you to take appropriate precautions to protect such information.
Links to Other Sites
The Site includes links to other Web sites operated and controlled by third parties. These Web sites are beyond MDS’s control. These other Web sites may send their own cookies to you, collect data, or solicit personally identifiable information. Please consult the privacy statement of each other Web site that is linked to and from the Site for information about their policies.
Compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act
In compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, the MDS does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13.