[Revised February 16, 2022]
- Why and what personally identifiable information of yours is collected
- How the information is used
- How information may be shared
- How we protect your information
- More about industry sponsorship on Sosido
- Notification of changes
- Consent to this policy
- Sosido’s contact address for privacy questions and requests
Setting up your Sosido account and profile
We have set up an account for you on Sosido because either (1) you have requested an account directly from Sosido, or (2) a group or association of which you are a member has requested a Sosido account on your behalf, as a benefit of your membership in that group or association. View a list of the associations/groups currently on Sosido: http://blog.sosido.com/about/our-partners
In order to set up your account, we collect your name, email address, employer/work institution, city, professional practice area (e.g., oncology, nephrology), and professional role (e.g., physician, nurse). This information may be provided to us by your group/association, by you directly, or we may collect this information from publicly-available online profiles (e.g., your LinkedIn or university/hospital website). Once your account and basic profile is set up by Sosido, you may be offered the opportunity to provide additional information in your Sosido profile; this additional information is entirely optional and can be altered or removed by you at any time.
Every computer connected to the Internet is given a domain name and a set of numbers that serve as that computer’s Internet Protocol or “IP” address. When you request a page from any page within the Site, our web servers automatically recognize your domain name and IP address. The domain name and IP address reveal nothing personal about you other than the IP address from which you have accessed the Site.
Opt Out Procedures
Upon initial communication from Sosido, you may opt-out of receiving further communications from Sosido. Unsubscribe instructions will be included on all email communications to you. To have your profile removed from Sosido and be completely removed from the Sosido mailing list, you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use of Your Personally Identifiable Information
We use the personal information collected to:
- set up an account and profile for you on Sosido. Profiles are available only to other members of Sosido, and will not be available to the general public. By default, your name, city, practice area and professional role (not your email address) are available to fellow Sosido members through your Sosido profile. (You can choose to display your email address as an additional piece of information on your profile.)
- customize the content you receive through Sosido.
- send you communications from Sosido directly related to your participation in Sosido, including the Sosido email digest, notice of your new publications added to your Sosido profile, notice of new questions from your association colleagues, etc.
Whenever we collect or process your personal data, Sosido will keep it for as long as necessary for the purpose for which it is collected.
Use of Personal Health Information
Sosido Q&A and Comments
Sale of Assets, Merger, Acquisition, Bankruptcy
Sosido is the sole owner of the information collected on this Site. We will share your personal information only with the professional healthcare association which is participating in Sosido of which you are a member or invited guest. If your community on Sosido is supported by an industry sponsor, your information will be shared with the sponsor only in the specific circumstances outlined below in “More About Industry Sponsorship on Sosido“. We will not sell, share, transfer or rent any personal information to any third parties.
Sosido will only disclose your personal information in the event it is required to do so by law, rule, regulation, law enforcement, governmental official, legal authority or similar requirements.
Confidentiality and Security
Sosido takes all necessary precautions to protect your personal information both online and off-line. When Sosido requests that you enter sensitive information, that information is encrypted using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software or other security protocol, which encrypts the information you input. No administrator at Sosido will have knowledge of your password. It is important for you to protect against unauthorized access to your password and to your computer. Be sure to log off from Sosido when finished using a shared computer.
Sosido shall not be liable for the transfer of any personal identification information resulting from loss or distribution of data, the delineation or corruption of storage media, power failures, natural phenomena, riots, acts of vandalism, sabotage, terrorism or any other event beyond Sosido’s control.
In the event of a data security breach, Sosido will notify you within 72 hours of discovering the breach.
On www.sosido.com, you will find links to other sites. The linked sites are not necessarily under the control of Sosido. Please be aware that Sosido is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. Sosido encourages you to be aware when you leave the Site and to read the privacy policies of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information. If you decide to access any of the third-party sites linked to the Site, you do this entirely at your own risk. Any links to any partner of the Site should be the responsibility of the linking party, and Sosido shall not be responsible for notification of any change in name or location of any information on the Site.
In order to provide Sosido as a free service to you, and to your association, some of the associations on the network are supported by industry sponsorship. Sosido is absolutely committed to ensuring a transparent and unbiased network. If the trust of our members is compromised, Sosido will not succeed.
Benefits of sponsorship
Industry sponsors of your association on Sosido may have corporate member accounts on the network. They may have access to the members’ area of the network, including the member publications, Q&A and member profiles, and they may receive a subscription to the Sosido Digest highlighting activity on the network. Industry sponsors may receive recognition on the site and in communications with members. If additional benefits of sponsorship are added in future, they will be approved by your association and fully disclosed to you.
Assurances against industry bias on the network
We have the following rules of industry engagement:
We select and work with industry partners that are committed to supporting an open exchange of knowledge and networking, with the goal of supporting your association to connect its members and ultimately facilitating better care for patients.
All conditions of sponsorship with industry are approved by your association/group.
If an industry sponsor contributes content to the network, it will be approved by your association/group and that content will be clearly marked as created or supported by an industry sponsor.
Industry sponsors have no influence over member-generated content on the site; sponsors have neither the right nor the technical ability to edit, delete, promote or demote member-generated content on Sosido.
Industry sponsors do not have access to any additional personal information about you beyond that which is available to all members through your Sosido profile and through your activity on the network, unless the information was previously available to the industry sponsor (through the sponsor’s own database or publicly-available sources), or you have specifically authorized that your information be shared with the industry sponsor.
No pharmaceutical or device manufacturing companies hold any ownership interest of any kind in Sosido Networks.
Duties of industry sponsors
If an industry sponsor becomes aware of content on the Site (e.g., discussion in the Q&A) about one of their products that may meet the criteria for a reportable adverse event, they are obligated to have a representative follow up with you for further details.
Using the Sosido services or accessing the Site after a notice of changes has been sent to you or published on our Site shall constitute your consent to the changed terms.
At any time, you may:
- Ask what personal data we hold about you and how that data is used
- Ask us to update and correct any out-of-date or incorrect personal data we hold about you or ask us to delete your personal data
- Opt out of any marketing or other communications that we or our third-party suppliers may send to you
- Have the right to withdraw your consent for Sosido to use your personal data
Should you have questions about this policy or Sosido’s information collection, use and disclosure practices, please contact us at Sosido Networks Inc., 2725 18th Avenue West, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6L 1B4, Email email@example.com.