Rest assured, dear surgeon, PONSIST does not track and/or commercialise your online behaviour. We do not use tracking cookies, we do not store your details in order to sell them to third parties and we won’t trick you with sneaky changes made to our policies without you being aware.
You are our respected member and we appreciate your presence.
This is our most important message.
Our mission is to help you share and gain knowledge and help improve wisdom throughout the surgical world. To do that, we show you content that fits your medical expertise and interest, based on information you provide us. We only use information where we have a proper legal basis for doing so.
Do read this policy, it is actually quite interesting and refreshing, if we might say so ourselves.
What are Cookies?
Cookies are small pieces of text sent by your web browser by a website you visit. A cookie file is stored in your web browser and allows PONSIST to recognise you, make your next visit easier and the platform more relevant to you.
Cookies can be ‘persistent’ or ‘session’ cookies. Persistent cookies remain on your personal computer or mobile device when you go offline, while session cookies are deleted as soon as you close your web browser.
Types of Cookies
Also called a transient cookie, a cookie that is erased when you close the Web browser. The session cookie is stored in temporary memory and is not retained after the browser is closed. Session cookies do not collect information from your computer. They typically will store information in the form of a session identification that does not personally identify the user.
Also called a permanent cookie, or a stored cookie, a cookie that is stored on your hard drive until it expires or until you delete the cookie. Persistent cookies are used to collect identifying information about the user, such as user preferences for a specific website.
To enable certain functions of the platform;
We use both session and persistent cookies on the platform and we use different types of cookies to run the platform called Essential Cookies;
We use essential cookies to authenticate users and prevent fraudulent use of user accounts.
What are your choices regarding Cookies?
Please note, however, that if you delete cookies or refuse to accept them, you might not be able to use all the features we offer, you may not be able to store your preferences, and some of our pages might not be displayed properly.
The information collected by log files includes Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, web browser type, Internet Service Provider (ISP), date and time stamps, referring/exit pages, and possibly the number of clicks. These are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable. The purpose of the information is to analyse for trends, administering the site, analysis of website usage and gathering demographic information.
When you sign up for or use PONSIST, certain information is given to us voluntarily. This includes your name, email address, phone number, medical license number, profile photo, comments, surgical specialty, areas of interest and any other information that you may provide.
We gather the initial information for verification purposes. Upon being provided access to the Society you can delete, edit or add information to your profile at any time.
We will not use, share or sell any of your information outside PONSIST Global Surgical Society, period.
How and when we share information?
PONSIST is exclusively available to members who are verified surgical specialists (in training). Our closed Society and its content are inaccessible by anyone or anything outside of the platform.
Only verified members are allowed access to the Society’s content. Visibility of content within the Society is based on preferences regarding surgical specialty.
Once credentialed and verified, other members can see your profile with the information you have chosen to display.
In case a law enforcement authority as well as the law itself dictates us to share information relating to your account, we will cooperate with the relevant authority, order or request. However, we will only share information if we believe that such disclosures are reasonably necessary to comply with a law, regulation or legal request; to protect the safety, rights, or property of the public, any person, or PONSIST; or to detect, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues.
How long we keep your information?
We keep your information only for the period necessary to provide PONSIST to you and fulfil the various purposes described in this policy. When there is no need to use your information and/or there is no need for us to keep it to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes and enforce our policies, we will delete such information from our systems or depersonalise it.
Processing your personal information is in our legitimate interests.
If you wish to be informed what personal information we hold about you and if you want it to be removed from our systems, please contact us at [email protected]
In certain circumstances, you have the following data protection rights:
- The right to access, update or to delete the information we have on you.
- The right of rectification
- The right to object
- The right of restriction
- The right to data portability
- The right to withdraw consent
PONSIST is very passionate about and dedicated to anyone’s privacy. We feel that it is anyones right to have their privacy protected. The only exception to this is when you break the law.
We pledge to treat you, your information and anything you share within PONSIST with respect and care.
Above all this means that;
We will never commercialise your personal details or your online behaviour.
We will not make use of commercial third parties.
We are not interested in doing anything with your data that goes against our own believes.
We run a fair, open and honest project with the objective to support all hero’s of surgery.
Changes to this policy
We may change this policy from time to time and if we do, we’ll post any changes on this page. If you continue to use PONSIST after those changes are in effect, it is being understood that you agree to the new policy.
Laws only require us to notify you of significant changes, however we will notify you of any changes we make. In cases where the changes are significant, we will provide you with a reasonable notice or get your consent where applicable.
PONSIST, located at https://www.ponsist.com, is an enterprise of Eloquentor LLC, registered at Sharjah Media City Free Zone (SHAMS), Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
For any questions about your personal data protection and other policies, you can reach us at [email protected]
Last updated: November 3, 2019