Purpose of Privacy Statement
The purpose of this privacy statement is to explain what Mercer University does with personally identifiable information that you provide to us. We want you to know how your personally identifiable information will be protected, who we may share it with, and for what purposes.
Reason for Collection of Your Information
Some of our services require registration. Some fields are required and some are optional. This allows us to send you information that you request or contact you about services on either a one-time basis, or longer.
Personal Information Collected From You
The type of information collected from you will be based on the specific service that you register for, as indicated at the time of your registration. Mercer University limits the collection and processing of personal information to what is necessary to fulfill the purposes for which it is to be used.
Consolidation of Information Collected From You
When you register with us more than once, we may combine your personally identifiable information as well as any anonymous computer information collected and store it collectively. This helps us keep track of all of your preferences in one organized place, and helps us provide information to you based on a more informed review of your requests and medical conditions of interest.
Mercer University takes reasonable steps to ensure that personal data collected is reliable for its intended use, accurate, complete, and current.
Consent to Provide Your Information to Mercer University
We request your consent to collect your personally identifiable information when you seek to register for a Mercer University service. We offer you the option of discontinuing your consent ("unsubscribing") if you later decide that you no longer want to participate in that service or receive additional information from us. If we wish to use this information for purposes incompatible from those for which the data was initially collected, we will offer an effective way to opt out of the secondary use.
Sharing Your Information With Third-Parties
Mercer University will not share your personal information with third-parties (other marketers) for their own separate use unless we have obtained your opt-in consent to do so. Mercer University requires third-parties to whom it discloses personal data to protect personal information using substantially similar standards to those required by Mercer University. We also require that they do not use your personal information for any separate use that is not specifically authorized by Mercer University.
There may also be instances where Mercer University may be required to share your information with third-parties who have not been retained by us (directly or indirectly), such as with health authorities to report possible adverse drug experiences, during inspections or audits, or as ordered or directed by courts or other governmental agencies. Many entities receiving personally identifiable information under these conditions have privacy requirements that apply to their handling of your information.
Information That Is Routinely Collected By Our Site Technology:
We record the Internet Protocol ("IP") address of your computer when you visit our site. Without more, the IP address does not identify you personally, but it is what allows us to maintain communications with your computer as you move about our site.
We also collect information about your use of our site through technology such as cookies and web beacons. A "web beacon" is a piece of code on our site that enables us to monitor things like user activity and site traffic. A "cookie" is a unique numeric code that we transfer to your computer so that we can keep track of your interests and preferences and recognize you as a return visitor to our site. Cookie technology allows us to collect "clickstream" data, which is not personally identifying information, but which reflects your activities on the site, including your interest in certain healthcare conditions. A cookie does not collect or keep your name or other personal identifying information, but when you revisit our site, the cookie allows us to bring you the content and features likely to be of greatest interest to you based on your previous activities on our site.
We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads on other websites. These companies may use information (not including your name, address email, address, or telephone number) obtained from cookies and web beacons about your visits to this site and other websites in order to measure advertising effectiveness and to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you.
Security of Your Information
We use appropriate technical, administrative and physical safeguards to protect data that pertains to you from loss, misuse or alteration. In addition, we take steps to ensure that our safeguards take into account new known threats. Of course, no organization can guarantee the absolute security of personal information. You should keep in mind that Internet transmissions, particularly email transmissions, are never 100% secure or error-free. Accordingly, we also caution you to guard your own computer and password against unauthorized access by others.
Protection of Children
Mercer University will not knowingly collect, use or disclose personally identifiable information from a minor under the age of 13, without obtaining prior consent from a person with parental responsibility (parent or guardian). Mercer University abides by the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) in the United States, and respects similar laws of other countries that protect the privacy of children. Should a child whom we know to be under 13 provide personally identifiable information to us, we will use that information only to respond directly to that child to inform him or her that we must have parental consent before receiving information about him or her.
Our privacy practices are periodically reviewed to verify compliance with this Privacy Statement.
Updating and Accessing Your Information
We encourage you to update the information you provide to us, such as providing us with a new mailing or email address, or a name change. This will help us continue to provide information to you that best meets your needs.
In addition, Mercer University complies with laws and regulations applicable to the right to amend your data in our files. These rights are limited in some ways. In addition, in order to protect your data from unauthorized access or alteration by third parties, all requests to update or access your information will be subject to verification of the identity of the requesting individual.
Updated Mercer University Privacy Policies
This Privacy Statement becomes effective on September 17, 2013. Mercer University may update this Statement from time to time. We encourage you to review our Privacy Statement periodically.
How to Contact Us
If you have any questions about our Privacy Statement, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.