This policy is applicable to both the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, and the AATS Foundation, herein use of AATS will represent both the Association and the Foundation.
Contact information may be submitted to AATS by others on your behalf when nominating you for membership, registering you for meetings or in other scenarios. When received you will be notified that your information was received and by whom. At any time you can request your information be removed from our system by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-252-2200.
AATS does not track its users across third party websites and therefore does not respond to Do Not Track (DNT) signals. However, some third-party plug-ins may keep track of your browsing activities when they serve you content, to enable them to tailor your experience. Third parties that have content embedded on AATS’ websites such as a social feature or a streaming video may set cookies on a user's browser and/or obtain information about the fact that a web browser visited a specific AATS website from a certain IP address. Third parties cannot collect any other personally identifiable information from AATS’ websites unless you provide it to them directly.
Personal information collected is intended to provide you a better experience when using the website, to adhere to all contractual requirements between You and AATS, to ensure all behavior is ethical and principled, and to ensure communications being sent to you are consistent with what you have requested. At any time, you can request AATS to provide you details on how and when your information was used. To submit a request please contact us email@example.com or 978-252-2200.
AATS is committed to upholding the highest ethical values and to encourage professional and principled behavior by its staff,members and participants. It is the role of AATS to educate staff, members and participants, and others on these issues, actively recognize potential conflicts and develop proactive policies for individuals and the organization. Conflict of interest disclosure statements are filed by contributors (members, non-members, staff, etc.) when submitting content. A third-party vendor is used to track a subset of disclosures submitted by contributors. Only required information will be submitted to the vendor for tracking, and will be done as part of a contractual agreement with regard to submissions. Any agreement with a third party entered into by AATS will ensure that the same standards for privacy upheld by AATS will be upheld by the third party.
Personal information will be used to indicate membership status as part of AATS. This information will include name, title, and institution. This information will be accessible on AATS website as well as potentially in communications on behalf of AATS. Permission for use of personal information will be granted when accepting membership to AATS. At any time you can request your information not be shared, however, due to contractual requirements of the membership agreement your information must remain stored in our systems.
We may disclose award recipients' personal information such as name, institution, professional position and other information received during the application process. Additional information shared may include funding and project summary information, for the purpose of publicizing AATS awards and/or assessing the subsequent success of AATS award recipients. We deem that you have granted us your permission to do so when you submit an application for a fellowship, travel or other grant to AATS.
If you make a donation to AATS, your personal information, including your name, beneficiaries, amount of your donation and information about your estate, will be kept strictly confidential, unless you give us permission to release such information. We will honor your request for anonymity, except to the extent that AATS is legally required to disclose the identity of donors.
We may ask you for certain information, such as credit card information, when you order products or services, or when you register for a meeting or educational event. We use this information to process your request and may share this information with credit card processing companies, merchants, and other third parties that may need the information for your request to be processed. These organizations have their own privacy and data collection practices, and we are not responsible for their independent policies. We only use your credit card information for completing the requested transaction and it is retained only as necessary for administrative purposes.
From time to time, we request information from members and other contacts via surveys. Participation in these surveys is completely voluntary. Information requested may include demographic information, such as name, address, age, membership category or professional affiliation. We use survey information to improve our programs, products and services, support our strategic planning efforts and gauge the satisfaction of our stakeholders.
Information posted on AATS Website or presented at events hosted or sponsored by AATS may contain personal information of contributors or presenters of the content. Permission for sharing this information is granted as part of the submission process. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-252-2200.
AATS will send you information about our programs, products and services via e-mail messages. If you no longer wish to receive our e-mail newsletters or promotional messages, you may opt-out of receiving these communications by following the "unsubscribe" or opt-out instructions in our e-mail messages. Unsubscribing will remove you from all but transaction-based messages from AATS such as membership dues invoices, receipts, registration confirmations, etc., while opt-outs provide you the opportunity to select specific types of information that you do not wish to receive. If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com or 978-252-2200.
Subject to the Data Subject Rights section below with respect to data subjects to which the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”) applies, if you are visiting the Site from outside of the U.S., your connection may be through and to servers located in the U.S., your registration, entries, order or other use of the Site may be fully processed in and from the U.S., and all information you provide may be processed and maintained in our servers and internal system located within the U.S.. By using the Site, you authorize the export of personal information to the U.S. and its storage and use as specified herein when you provide such information to us.
The GDPR and other countries’ privacy laws provide certain rights for data subjects. A clear explanation of them (in English) is available on the website of the United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office.
Subject to the Data Subject Rights section above with respect to data subjects to which the GDPR applies, you may request that AATS remove all or a subset of your information from our system, as long as purging the data does not conflict with a contractual or regulatory requirement. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-252-2200.
Subject to the Data Subject Rights section above with respect to data subjects to which the GDPR applies, you may correct or update any of the information you provide to us at any time. We will make our best effort to provide a way to correct, update or remove your personal information from our records, but this may require additional effort as AATS works to synchronize all customer data sources. To update your contact information and communication preferences, please log in to AATS.org and select ‘My Account.' Opt-out options can be found under the section entitled 'Preferences.' If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com or 978-252-2200.
No website is 100 percent secure. You can usually tell whether encryption is being used by noting the “locked” or other status indicator on the browser you are using. If the browser you are using does not indicate that the session is secure (e.g., by displaying a lock, a key or similar icon), you should assume that the connection is not secure and that third parties will receive the information shared by you and us during that part of the session
AATS MAKES NO CLAIMS, PROMISES OR GUARANTEES ABOUT THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS OR ADEQUACY OF THE CONTENTS OF ITS SITE, AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS LIABILITY FOR ERRORS AND OMISSIONS IN THE CONTENTS OF THIS SITE. NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, IMPLIED, EXPRESSED OR STATUTORY, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF NON-INFRINGEMENT, TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND FREEDOM FROM COMPUTER VIRUS, IS GIVEN WITH RESPECT TO THE CONTENTS OF THIS WEBSITE OR ITS HYPERLINKS TO OTHER INTERNET RESOURCES. REFERENCE IN THIS WEBSITE TO ANY SPECIFIC COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS, PROCESSES OR SERVICES, OR THE USE OF ANY TRADE, FIRM OR CORPORATION NAME IS FOR THE INFORMATION AND CONVENIENCE OF THE PUBLIC AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE ENDORSEMENT OR RECOMMENDATION BY AATS.
Subject to the Data Subject Rights section above with respect to data subjects to which the GDPR applies, you may opt out of email communications using the instructions included in emails you receive from AATS. You will still continue to receive emails relevant to course registrations or purchases (e.g. registration confirmations or purchase receipts) or necessary to your continued membership in the AATS (e.g. dues notices). If you believe that SPAM has been sent from us, please let us know immediately so that our engineers can investigate and rectify the situation