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PRIVACY POLICY FOR AWHONN

PRIVACY POLICY FOR AWHONN.org and AWHONN Section Websites

This Privacy Policy was last updated on May 13, 2008

YOU SHOULD READ THIS PRIVACY POLICY CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS WEBSITE. By using our Website, you consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of information in accordance with the terms of this Privacy Policy.

The AWHONN website includes any and all AWHONN Section websites. AWHONN Sections are required to comply with the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy in order to have a link on our site; however, beyond this requirement, AWHONN has no control over and is not responsible for the practices and content of the individual websites of the AWHONN Sections.

Overview

AWHONN recognizes and respects the personal privacy of its website users and strives to provide a safe, secure user experience. This Privacy Policy describes how we collect, use, protect and disclose information we receive through this website.

Your data will be stored in the United States. If you access the AWHONN website or an AWHONN Section Website from outside the United States, you do so at your own risk. 

Information We Collect

We use various web tools such as cookies, web beacons, and other technology that are sent to and stored on your hard drive to automatically collect information that tells us how website users are generally using our site, or accessing services that are available on our site. We use various web tools such as cookies, web beacons, and other technology that are sent to and stored on your hard drive to automatically collect and log web usage data from you when you visit the AWHONN website. This information is not personally identifiable and cannot be used to identify or contact you.

Information You Provide

The personally identifiable information we receive comes directly from website users who voluntarily provide such information in connection with registering or participating in certain activities on the AWHONN or AWHONN Section websites. This information includes, but is not limited to name, postal address, e-mail address, and telephone number. We may also collect other types of information on the AWHONN or AWHONN Section websites as submitted by website users in connection with surveys, testing and other services we offer. 

If you purchase products from the AWHONN online store or make donations to HealthFunds on the AWHONN or AWHONN Section websites, your order is processed by a third party and your credit card information is collected and processed by that third party. In connection with such purchases/donations, AWHONN will record certain information, such as the type of products ordered or purchased, and the date of the transaction.


If you reside outside the United States, the personally identifiable information you provide will be processed by AWHONN in the United States, where data protection and privacy regulations may not offer the same level of protection as in other parts of the world, such as the European Union, and are considered inadequate by the European Union.  When you furnish personal information to AWHONN or an AWHONN Section through this website, you will be deemed to have consented to a cross-border transfer of that information.

How And With Whom We Share Information

AWHONN will not disclose to third parties any personal information it gathers from you on our website except as specifically agreed to by you or as follows: 

  • To Provide Services to Members/Registered Users. We may share your personal information with certain third party vendors or suppliers to process any orders for products or services that you may have placed with the AWHONN Store. In addition, specific services that we make available on our site may require that we disclose some or all of your personal information to third parties. For example, it may be necessary for us to provide your personal information to an accrediting body to verify that you have successfully completed one of our continuing education (CE) courses. Once your personal information is in the possession of any such third party, that information will become subject to the third party’s privacy policy.

  • To Provide Membership Lists. AWHONN does make its membership list available to certain companies on a rental basis. Each rental of the AWHONN membership list is for one use only and must meet very strict guidelines. All AWHONN members can "opt-out" or choose to not have their name included on the membership list.

  • To Law Enforcement Authorities and Governmental Entities.  We may disclose such information if legally required to do so, or if requested to do so by a governmental entity, or if we believe in good faith that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to legal requirements or comply with legal process; (b) protect the rights or property of AWHONN; (c) prevent a crime or protect national security; or (d) protect the personal safety of users or the public.

  • To our Business Partners and Sponsors.  We may share aggregate statistical information about our visitors, sales, traffic patterns and site usage with our business partners and advertisers. There is nothing in this information that could be used by our partners or sponsors to identify or contact you. 

In addition, AWHONN may provide to third parties non-personal information about you that does not allow you to be identified or contacted and that may be combined with the non-personal information of other users. Depending on the circumstances, we may or may not charge third parties for this aggregated or non-personal information. We also may not limit the third parties' use of the aggregated or non-personal information. 

External Links

In order to provide our members and registered users with high-quality content and services, the AWHONN site features different types of external links:

  • Third Party Websites. The AWHONN site features links to other websites that we believe our visitors might find interesting. We are not responsible for the content or privacy policies of any sites maintained by third parties, including the websites of our sponsors or of employers that post jobs on our Nursing Career Center. This Privacy Policy does not apply to websites maintained by any third parties, even if the AWHONN website provides links to those sites. AWHONN does not endorse and is not responsible for the privacy practices of those sites. If you choose to link to a third party website, you should review the privacy policy posted on the other site to understand how that third party website collects and uses your personal information. 

  • AWHONN Sections. We feature links to all the AWHONN Sections in the United States, Canada and the Armed Forces. AWHONN Sections are required to comply with the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy in order to have a link on our site; however, beyond this requirement, AWHONN has no control over and is not responsible for the practices and content of the individual websites of the AWHONN Sections.

  • Related Websites. In addition to links to our Sections, we feature links to related sites such as Nursing for Women's Health (formerly AWHONN Lifelines) (http://nwh.awhonn.org), JOGNN (Journal of Obstetric, Gynecological and Neonatal Nursing) (http://jognn.awhonn.org), and Health 4 Women Online (http://www.health4womenonline.com). AWHONN provides some content on these sites. However, AWHONN has no control over the operations of these websites, which operations are controlled and maintained by a third party. This Privacy Policy does not apply to AWHONN-related websites. AWHONN does not endorse and is not responsible for the privacy practices of these sites. If you choose to link to one of the AWHONN-related websites, you should review the privacy policy posted on the other sites to understand how that party's website collects and uses your personal information.  To learn more about the information policies at the Nursing for Women's Health, JOGNN or Health 4 Women Online websites, contact those websites directly.

Security

AWHONN has implemented technical and organizational measures designed to secure your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration or disclosure.  From time to time, we review our security measures in order to consider appropriate new technology and methods.  Please be aware that we cannot guarantee that unauthorized third parties will never be able to defeat those measures or use your personal information for improper purposes.

When you place an order online at AWHONN, your credit card information is protected through the use of SSL encryption. SSL makes it difficult for your credit card information to be intercepted or stolen while being transmitted. In addition, AWHONN participates in the Paypal e-commerce system for handling credit card transactions online.

Children

The AWHONN website is not intended for nor does it knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. IF YOU ARE UNDER 13 YEARS OF AGE, PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT PERSONAL INFORMATION TO AWHONN.

Your Privacy Choices

AWHONN recognizes that your privacy is important to you. Therefore, it is important to us that you know what your privacy choices are:

  • E-mail. When you register with our site, you will be required to provide an e-mail address that we can use to contact you with and provide you with information that we believe may be of interest to you. If you later decide that you do not want to receive e-mails from AWHONN you may unsubscribe to our e-mail list by writing or sending an e-mail to the address below. Additionally, each e-mail communication sent by AWHONN provides functionality to allow you to unsubscribe from all future e-mail communication.

  • Changing/Deleting Personal Information. You may correct or edit any of the optional personal information that you provide during the registration process by using the “update profile” tool on the website or by writing or sending an e-mail to us at the address below. AWHONN retains the personal information that you provide as part of our registration process. However, if at a later date, you decide that you do not wish AWHONN to use or disclose that information in the future, you may write to AWHONN at the address below and request that your information not be used , except as required by law or as necessary for internal operations, after the date such information is deemed inactive. For all inquiries or requests about the AWHONN site, please write to:

AWHONN, Attention: Webmaster
2000 L Street, N.W. Suite 740
Washington, D.C. 20036
Or
E-mail
webmaster@awhonn.org


Changes To Our Privacy Policy

AWHONN will only use and disclose personal information in the manner described in the Privacy Policy in effect when the personal information was collected from you. However, we reserve the right to change the terms of this Privacy Policy at any time by posting revisions on our site. If, at any point, we decide to use or disclose personal information in a manner that differs significantly from what we stated in our Privacy Policy at the time the personal information was collected, we will notify AWHONN registered users by e-mail.

It is your responsibility to ensure that AWHONN has a current and correct e-mail address for you. Should your e-mail address change at any point and your preferences are not updated to reflect such a change, AWHONN will not be responsible for the your failure to receive an updated version of the AWHONN Privacy Policy or Website Terms and Conditions as well as any other e-mails distributed by AWHONN.  If at any time you have any questions or concerns about AWHONN's Privacy Policy, please feel free to email us or otherwise contact us at the addresses set forth above.


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