How we collect information at the mdPassport.com site
mdPassport.com uses state of the art technology to safeguard your data. There are three places at mdPassport.com where information can be collected
1. During registration, you provide us with personal information;
2. Completing surveys, discussion boards or case study programs;
3. When you access the site, your computer leaves a data trail.
What information is collected at the mdPassport.com site and why
a. Personal information
Personal information is information about an identifiable individual. Certain portions of mdPassport.com are reserved for physicians, medical students and residents. We require personal information like your physician ID number and to confirm you are a physician
b. Email Address
We also require your email address so that we can confirm that you have successfully registered. You will not receive further email communication from us unless you check the appropriate box during initial registration. We ask you if you would like to receive updates about the features and contents of the web site that we believe might be of interest to you. You can change your mind at any time about receiving email communication by using the unsubscribe instructions provided with each e-mail.
Please note that some personal information including your identity and email address may be shared with third-party suppliers for product registration and customer support purposes only. We may also use the information you provide to bring to your attention future areas of the web site, products and services of potential interest to you. You can choose at any time to stop receiving such e-mail notifications.
Use of Google Analytics
Apart from the personal information collected when physician visitors sign up, we also collect anonymous non-personal information through the use of "cookie technology". Cookies are small text
files a Web site creates when you visit a site. There are two common types of cookies, "session cookies" and "persistent cookies". Session cookies store information only for the length of time that you are connected to a web site. Unlike "persistent cookies", they are not written onto your hard drive.
a. Cookies and Web Usage Reports
We use session cookies to learn how all our visitors navigate throughout the various parts of the web site. This web site tracking data is used in the aggregate to help us provide the most efficient service and navigational tools for our visitors.
For registered physician visitors, we also link the web site tracking data generated from the session cookies to some of the personal information you provided. Through this linkage, we can create aggregate demographic profiles of web usage. These statistical and aggregate reports do not contain any personally identifiable information.
We also do create a record of individual web usage at the e-commerce portion of mdPassport.com if you have actually made a purchase. We use this purchase history information for billing, shipping, fraud protection and marketing purposes.
We use aggregate reports to learn how many visitors with certain characteristics (e.g. specialty, geographic region) visit a particular portion of the web site. This aggregate information will help us to determine areas of the web site of particular interest to certain segments of the physician community. The aggregate reports could also serve as the catalyst for the creation of new features at the mdPassport.com site and the development of future benefits and services for physicians. With your permission, you will receive email notices about these new features and services. As stated above, you can indicate at the initial registration stage or at any time whether you wish to receive e-mail updates about the web site features.
b. Cookies and Log-in Preferences
Cookies can also make your use of the web easier by saving language and log-in preferences. We use persistent cookies to store your language preference and log-in information so that you will be "remembered" by our server. You will not have to go through the "splash page" and enter your log-in id each time you visit the site. You can indicate at initial registration whether you wish to have your computer "remembered" by checking the "Remember Me" box at sign-up. You will have to re-input your log-in information each time if you do not choose this option.
With most internet browsers, you can erase cookies from your hard drive, block all cookies or receive a warning before a cookie is used. Please refer to your browser instructions or help screen to learn more about these functions.
Only selected individuals within mdPassport Inc. have access to the personal information that you provide at the mdPassport.com web site. This access is granted strictly for the purposes identified in this On-line Privacy Statement.
We will not sell or share personal information collected at the mdPassport.com web site with other organizations except to the extent that disclosure is required by a valid legal requirement such as a law, regulation or search warrant. Note that some of our accreditation partners require that we share basic member information in order to grant credits. For specific details please visit your accrediting body's website.
The statistical and aggregate reports generated about web usage at mdPassport.com may be shared with third parties such as content suppliers and sponsors who might assist us in managing,financing and improving the web site. For example, we might inform third parties regarding the number of users of our site and the activities they conduct while there. We require third parties to whom we disclose aggregate information to agree that they will not attempt to make this information personally identifiable by combining it with other databases or through any other means.
The mdPassport.com web site has physical and technical measures in place to ensure the security of information. Servers reside in pass code secured rooms that are accessible only to a limited group of authorized personnel. All entry is tracked and escorted by staff of the hosting facility. No unescorted entry is permitted to the facility. We also use advanced encryption and firewall technology. Although we will make every reasonable effort to protect your personal information from loss, misuse or alteration by third parties, you should be aware that there is always some risk involved in transmitting information over the Internet.
Questions about this Policy Statement
We will in all cases respect your privacy preferences. This privacy statement applies only to the mdPassport.com website. The mdPassport.com site does contain links to other sites. Once you enter another website, be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage you to look for and review the privacy statements of each and every web site that you visit through a link on mdPassport.com site or any site that collects personal information from you. If you have any questions about the mdPassport.com Online Privacy Statement, please feel free to e-mail us.
Funding and Advertising Policy
All funding for accredited continuing medical education is provided in the form of an unrestricted educational grant. A large portion of this funding is from private industry and the remainder comes from other organizations such as medical societies, non-for-profit organizations and government agencies. In accordance with the CMA Policy: Guidelines for Physicians in Interactions with Industry (see https://www.cma.ca/En/Pages/physician-industry-interaction.aspx), program faculty members maintain full editorial control over the content, independent of the sponsor. We encourage users to view the faculty disclosures of potential conflicts of interest listed at the beginning of every program. On pages containing unaccredited content, the sponsor will be identified in the footer.
Page last modified on January 13, 2016