The Information Physiopedia Collects and How It Is Used
Readers (no registration required)
You do not need to register for a Physiopedia account in order to visit and use the Site. For these no-registration-required services Physiopedia collects the following information:
Log information: When you use the Physiopedia services, our servers automatically record the data that your browser sends whenever you visit a Web site. These “server logs” include data such as browser type, Internet Protocol address, your Web request, the date and time of your requests, and your Physiopedia cookie(s) that uniquely identify your browser. The log data is used primarily for the Web site technicians to monitor the health of the Site and solve any technical problems. The log data can also be used to track down malicious Editors and Members by correlating their IP address to a username. Examples of malicious activity include harassment, duplicate accounts, abuse of the system and disruption of the Physiopedia service. Physiopedia’s policy is not to disclose the log data publicly, but such data may be shared with third parties in the following cases: a) if it is required to comply with compulsory requests from law enforcement, b) if it is required to pursue an investigation of abuse, c) if it is required to resolve technical issues, d) if it is required to help block certain IP addresses to stop abuse, or e) if it is required to protect the safety, property, or rights of Physiopedia, its users, or the public.
Clear Gifs Information: When you use the Site, we may employ clear gifs (a.k.a. web beacons), which are used to anonymously track the online usage patterns of users without collecting any personally identifiable information about you.
E-mail Messages: If you send an email to Physiopedia we may retain those communications and your email address in order to reply to your inquiries, fulfil your requests and to improve our services.
We use the non-personal information described above to: (a) remember information so that you will not have to re-enter it during your current or subsequent visits to the Site; (b) provide custom, personalized content and information; (c) monitor the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns; (d) monitor aggregate metrics such as total number of visitors and traffic; (e) diagnose or fix technology problems; (f) access your information after you sign in; and (h) market the Site to advertisers and other third parties.
Editors (registration required)
Profile Information: Editors must disclose in their public profiles their corporate and academic affiliations and they must disclose if they receive, or expect to receive, any form of compensation for the content they contribute to Physiopedia, or any compensation related to medicine, medical information, or products and services related to the body. This is standard practice in the medical field and those policies carry over to the Physiopedia community, and are meant to encourage a “neutral point of view” with respect to Physiopedia contributions.
Your IP Address: In addition to your profile, you may also be identified in the Physiopedia system by your IP address, the numerical address of the location from which you are connecting to the Site. That IP address may be traceable specifically to your computer, or it may only be traceable to the Internet Service Provider (ISP) you use to access the Internet, depending on what type of connection you have. In either case, Physiopedia will have the ability to link your IP address to your contributions on the site, which helps to prevent abuse and fraud.
Contributions: When Editors submit content to the Site, that information becomes publicly available throughout the world via the Site, and each such “post” will be attached to the Editor’s profile. This material will be stored indefinitely and is always publicly viewable. Removing content from a Physiopedia article does not permanently delete that content. The features of the Site permit anyone to retrieve a previous version of an article and see content that was previously deleted. If the article itself is deleted, a copy will permanently remain on the Physiopedia servers and be accessible by Physiopedia personnel.
Other Data: In order to maintain an open and transparent community, certain other data on Editors is made public through “user contributions” lists and by other users, typically in aggregated form. Such data might include the times at which an Editor edited content on the Site and the number of edits they made.
Email: Other Editors may send email to you through the Physiopedia service, however your email address will not be revealed to them unless you respond, or possibly if their email to you is “bounced” back to them. Physiopedia may use Editors’ email address to communicate with them periodically. If you subscribe to a mailing list for a project, your address will be visible to others on the project.
Invitation emails: You may choose to opt-out of Physiopedia invitation emails by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the invitation email.
Links: Physiopedia may present links in a format that lets Physiopedia keep track of when these links are clicked. Physiopedia uses this information to improve the quality of Physiopedia services, to estimate traffic Physiopedia sends to third party sites, and to customize content and advertising.
Public areas of Physiopedia
The Site is open to public viewing. Any information shared (including personal information) that you reveal is by design open to the public and is not a private, secure service. You should think carefully before disclosing any personal information. What you have written may be seen, disclosed to or collected by third parties and may be used by others in ways we are unable to control or predict, including to contact you for unauthorized purposes. As with any public forum on any site, this information may also appear in third-party search engines like Google, Yahoo, MSN etc.
Physiopedia shares non-personal information (such as anonymous web site use data) with third-parties to assist them in understanding the Site, including usage of the Site and the services Physiopedia provides and the success of advertisements and promotions.
Physiopedia may release collected information if required to do so by law, or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with state and federal laws or respond to a court order, subpoena, or search warrant. It may be necessary to share collected information in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding suspected or actual illegal activities, including but not limited to, fraud, potential threats to public safety or the physical safety of any person, violations of Physiopedia’s Terms of Service, or as otherwise permitted by law.
Physiopedia also reserves the right to disclose collected Information that Physiopedia believes is appropriate or necessary to enforce Physiopedia’s Terms of Service, take precautions against liability, to investigate and defend itself against any third-party claims or allegations, to assist government enforcement agencies, to protect the security or integrity of the Site, and to exercise or protect the rights, property, or personal safety of Physiopedia, Physiopedia users or others.
In the unlikely event of Physiopedia’s bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, receivership, or assignment for the benefit of creditors, or the application of laws or equitable principles affecting creditors' rights generally, Physiopedia may not be able to control how your personal information is treated, transferred, or used.
Except as described above, Physiopedia will not share your personal information with third parties unless you have elected to “opt-in” to such sharing of your information.
Please contact Physiopedia for any additional questions about the management or use of personal data.
When you register as an Editor, Physiopedia asks you for personal information. If Physiopedia wants to use your personal information for purposes other than those described in this Policy, Physiopedia will provide you with an effective way to opt-in to such use.
You can decline to submit personal information to Physiopedia, in which case you will not be able to participate as an Editor.
Physiopedia has adopted certain measures to preserve the integrity and security of your personal information. Physiopedia cannot, however, ensure or warrant the security of any personal information and you provide such information at your own risk.
Updating personal information
You may update your collected information by visiting your profile page. For more information, please see the FAQ pages.
Removing personal information
If you have a complaint or problem, please email here. We will forward your complaint to the appropriate internal Physiopedia department for a response or resolution. We try to answer every email within 48 business hours, but may not always able to do so.
If you do not receive adequate resolution of a privacy related problem, you may write to Physiopedia’s Privacy Office at: Physiopedia, 7 The Maltings, Cerne Abbas, Dorchester, DT2 7JE, UK
We will notify you within 30 days of receipt of your letter to confirm your personal identifiers have been removed.
Limitations on Removing or Changing Information
Upon your request, we will delete your personal information or personal health information from our active databases and where feasible from our back-up media. You should be aware that it is not technologically possible to remove each and every record of the information you have provided to Physiopedia from our servers.
Our Commitment To Children's Privacy
Protecting the privacy of young children is especially important. No part of Physiopedia’s Site is directed to persons under 13. If you are under 13 years of age, then please do not use or access the Physiopedia Site at any time or in any manner. Physiopedia does not knowingly collect personal information on the Site from persons under 18 years of age.
Changes to this Policy
For more information about Physiopedia privacy practices, please email here or write to this address: Physiopedia, 7 The Maltings, Cerne Abbas, Dorchester, DT2 7JE, UK
What is personal information?
Physiopedia defines “personal information” as information that personally identifies you, such as your name, email address, home address, phone numbers or other data which can be reasonably linked to such information, including but not limited to personal health information.
What is non-personal information?
Physiopedia defines “non-personal information” as data collected from many people and aggregate into groups so that it is no longer connected to individually identifiable users.
What is collected information?
Physiopedia defines “collected information” as both the personal and non-personal information that Physiopedia collect from users.
What is personal health information?
Physiopedia defines “personal health information” as information you provide to Physiopedia that combines information that personally identifies you with information about your health.
What is opt-in?
“Opt-in” as means you are actively indicating your preference to participate in a program, email, feature, tool, or enhancement on a web site. Typically, if you “Opt-in” you must provide certain information, usually Personal Information, to the web site or otherwise actively indicate your choice or preference to participate in the web site program.
What is opt-out?
“Opt-out” means that if you do not take some action you are indicating your preference to participate in a program, email, feature, tool or enhancement on a web site. Typically, if you “opt-out” you must uncheck a box next to a stated preference or otherwise take some indicate action to indicate your preference not to participate in a program.
What is a Physiopedia Account?
A cookie is a small file containing a unique string of characters that is sent from a Web site’s servers and saved by your browser software when you first visit the Web site. On subsequent visits to the same Web site, the cookie allows the site to recognize your browser. The unique string of characters in a cookie may store user preferences and other information. You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to notify you when a cookie is being sent. However, some Web site features or services may not function properly without cookies.
Deleting cookies is different for each browser. These are instructions for popular browsers used. If you don't use any of these browsers refer to your browser's Web site for instructions
- Select 'Internet Options...' from the 'Tools' menu.
- Click on “Delete Cookies...” from the 'Temporary Internet files' section.
- Click 'Ok' on the confirmation window that appears.
- Select 'Options' from the 'Tools' menu.
- Click on 'Privacy' from the top selections, then click on the 'Cookies' tab.
- Click 'Clear Cookies Now'
- Select 'Preferences' from the 'Safari' menu.
- Click on 'Security' from the top selections.
- Click on the 'Show Cookies' button.
- Select the 'Physiopedia' cookies and click on the 'Remove' button. Or you can also 'Remove All'
What are server logs?
Physiopedia maintains a set of computers called “servers” which are configured to provide web sites, pages, images, and other files to people who request them from those servers. These servers automatically record, or “log,” the page requests made when a user visits a web site. These “server logs” include data such as browser type, Internet Protocol address, your web request, the date and time of your requests, and your cookie(s) that uniquely identify your browser.
When you click on a link displayed on Physiopedia, Physiopedia records the fact that someone using your browser, as identified by your unique cookie, clicked on that link.
What protections do I have against government investigations into my use of Physiopedia services?
Physiopedia complies with the same laws and processes that all lawful companies abide by, including search warrants, court orders, subpoenas and other processes seeking personal information. The primary protections you have against intrusions by the government are the laws that apply to where you live.
Physiopedia does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.