Terms and Conditions

Spine Intervention Society (SIS)

Community Rules, Etiquette, Disclaimer and Privacy Guidelines

  1. Community Rules

    1.1 Respect others. Focus on the content of posts and not on the people making them. Please extend the benefit of the doubt to newer guests and members; there’s no such thing as a stupid question.

    1.2 Respect the purpose of the community. Use the community to share successes, challenges, constructive feedback, questions, and goals instead of products or services that you provide. If you’ve found a product or service helpful, please share your experience with the group in a respectful way.

    1.3 Do not post patient names or any information or materials by which patients may be identified.

    1.4 Use caution when discussing products. Information posted on the discussion groups and in the libraries is available for all to see, and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws.

    1.5 Postings. Do not post anything that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you.

    1.6 Respect intellectual property. Post content that you have personally created or have permission to use and have properly attributed to the content creator.

    1.7 Publication. When posting items in our collaborative environment, please indicate if the item is not available for reuse. It’s also advisable to contact the owner of any material if you would like to reuse it.

    1.8 Appropriateness.  Post your message or documents only to the most appropriate communities. This helps ensure all messages receive the best response by eliminating "noise."
  1. Community Etiquette

    2.1 State concisely and clearly the topic of your comments in the subject line. This allows members to respond more appropriately to your posting and makes it easier for members to search the archives by subject.

    2.2 Send messages such as "thanks for the information" or "me, too" to individuals, not to the entire list. Do this by using the "Reply to Sender" link in every message.

    2.3 Do not send administrative messages, such as “remove me from the list,” to the group. Instead, use the web interface to change your settings or to remove yourself from a list. If you are changing email addresses, you do not need to remove yourself from the list and rejoin under your new email address. Simply change your settings.

  2. Disclaimer

    3.1 The Spine Intervention Society (SIS) makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information contained or available through this website, and such information is subject to change without notice. The clinician’s independent medical judgment, given the individual patient’s clinical circumstances and preferences, should always determine patient care and treatment. Practitioners are advised to consider management options in the context of their own training and background and institutional capabilities when selecting recommended treatment options. SIS is not responsible, nor does it assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, clinical efficacy, or value of any such information or any apparatus, product, or process described or referenced through this website or the information contained therein.

    3.2 This site is provided as a service for SIS members. SIS is not responsible for the opinions and information posted on this site by others. We disclaim all warranties with regard to information posted on this site, whether posted by SIS or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall SIS be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data, or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on this site.

    3.3 Do not post any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials.  Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that he or she owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner. In addition, the posting party grants SIS and users of this site the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material.

    3.4 Messages should not be posted if they encourage or facilitate members to arrive at any agreement that either expressly or impliedly leads to price fixing, a boycott of another's business, or other conduct intended to illegally restrict free trade. Messages that encourage or facilitate an agreement about the following subjects are inappropriate: prices, discounts, or terms or conditions of sale; salaries; profits, profit margins, or cost data; market shares, sales territories, or markets; allocation of customers or territories; or selection, rejection or termination of customers or suppliers.

    3.5 SIS reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines or any other legal remedy.  SIS reserves the right to delete any post for any reason.  By joining and using this community, you agree that you have read and will follow these rules and guidelines. You also agree to reserve discussions and shared files and content to that best suited to the medium. This is a great medium with which to solicit the advice of your peers, benefit from their experience, and participate in an ongoing conversation. Questions should be directed to our member services department via the Contact Us link on this site.

    Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with these important guidelines. If you have questions, contact the member services department. In order to preserve an environment that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue, we reserve the right to suspend or terminate membership in this community for anyone who violate these rules.
  1. Privacy Policy
    This policy sets out how the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) handles your personal information.

    4.1 The Type of Personal Information SIS Collects
    SIS collects certain personal information about visitors and users of our sites. The most common type of information SIS collects includes things like: user-names, names, email addresses, other contact details, survey responses, photos, payment information, content you direct us to make available on our sites (such as job postings), and web analytics data.

    4.2 How SIS Collects Personal Information
    SIS collects personal information directly when you provide it to SIS, automatically as you navigate through the sites, or through other people when you use services associated with the sites.

    SIS collects your personal information when it is provided it to SIS upon completion of a membership application and buy items or services on SIS sites, subscribe to the SIS email list, submit feedback, fill out non-anonymous surveys, or communicate with SIS.

    4.3 Personal Information SIS Collects About You from Others
    Although we generally collect personal information directly from you, on occasion we also collect certain categories of personal information about you from other sources. In particular: financial and/or transaction details from payment providers in order to process payments and third-party service providers like Your Membership (association software platform), Facebook (social networking platform), and Gather Digital (mobile app platform), which may provide information about you when you link, connect, or login to your accounts with the third-party provider. The information varies and is controlled by that service provider or as authorized by you via your privacy settings with those service providers.

    4.4 How SIS Uses Personal Information
    SIS will use your personal information to provide you information about: SIS educational offerings, news about advocacy and research, and membership dues. SIS also makes member contact information available through the SIS Membership Directory to other members using its sites and to those who register for conferences.

    SIS also will use your personal information where this is necessary for purposes which are in our, or third parties, legitimate interests. These interests include:

         4.4.1    operating the sites;

         4.4.2    providing you with services described on the sites;

         4.4.3    verifying your identity when you sign in to any of our sites;

         4.4.4    customizing our services and websites, where this involves the use of cookies or similar technologies in order to provide
                     a more personalized experience.

         4.4.5    helping facilitate the resolution of any questions;

         4.4.6    updating you with operational news and information about our sites and services, e.g., to notify you about changes to
                     our sites;

         4.4.7    carrying out technical analysis to determine how to improve the sites and services we provide;

         4.4.8    managing our relationship with you, e.g., by responding to your comments or queries submitted to us on the sites
                     or gathering data from survey instruments to produce CME certificates; 

         4.4.9    training SIS staff about how to best serve our user community;

         4.4.10  improving our products and services;

         4.4.11  advertising our products and services; and

         4.4.12  providing general administrative and performance functions and activities.

    4.5 When SIS Discloses Your Personal Information
    SIS will disclose personal information to the following recipients:

         4.5.1    subcontractors and service providers who assist us in connection with the ways we use personal information (as set out
                    above); badge production/management contractors; and payment processing, accounting, bookkeeping, and audit services.
                    (SIS does not maintain credit card payment information; however, subcontractors and services providers maintain credit
                    card, check, and wire transfer details for audit purposes.);

         4.5.2    exhibitors, on a limited (email address only) single-use basis, only after review by the SIS staff for appropriateness; and

         4.5.3    other recipients where we are authorized or required by law to do so.

    4.6 Where SIS Transfers and/or Stores Your Personal Information
    SIS takes care to work with subcontractors and service providers who we believe maintain an acceptable standard of data security compliance.

    4.7 How SIS Keeps Your Personal Information Secure
    SIS stores personal information on secure servers that are managed by us and our service providers and occasionally hard copy files that are kept in a secure location. Personal information that we store or transmit is protected by security and access controls, including username and password authentication, two-factor authentication, and data encryption where appropriate.

    4.8 How You Can Access Your Personal Information
    You can access some of the personal information that we collect about you by logging in to your account. You also have the right to make a request to access other personal information we hold about you and to request corrections of any errors in that data. You can also close the account you have with us for any of our sites at any time. To make an access or correction request, contact the SIS staff using the contact details at the end of this policy.

    4.9 Marketing Choices Regarding Your Personal Information
    Where we have your consent to do so (e.g., if you have subscribed to one of our email lists or have indicated that you are interested in receiving offers or information from us), we send you marketing communications by email about products and services that we feel may be of interest to you. You can ‘opt-out’ of such communications if you would prefer not to receive them in the future by using the “unsubscribe” facility provided in the communication itself.

    You also have choices about cookies, as described below. By modifying your browser preferences, you have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set, or to reject all cookies. If you choose to reject cookies, some parts of our sites may not work properly in your case.

    4.10 Cookies and Web Analytics
    When you visit our sites, or open our emails, certain information is recorded:

         4.10.1  your IP address or proxy server IP address;

         4.10.2  the domain name you requested;

         4.10.3  the date and time of your visit to the website;

         4.10.4  the length of your session;

         4.10.5  the pages which you have accessed;

         4.10.6  the file URL you look at and information relating to it;

         4.10.7  the website which referred you to our sites; and

         4.10.8  the operating system which your device uses.

    4.11 Information about Children
    SIS does not knowingly collect personal data online from or market online to children. Any guest badges a meeting attendee may purchase for a child will result in that name being utilized only for purposes of event admission.

    4.12 How Long SIS Keeps Your Personal Information
    SIS retains your personal information for as long as is necessary to provide services to you and others and to comply with our legal obligations. If you no longer want us to use your personal information or to provide you with services, you can request that we erase your personal information and close your SIS membership account. Please note that if you request the erasure of your personal information we will retain information from deleted accounts as necessary for our legitimate business interests, to comply with the law, prevent fraud, collect fees, resolve disputes, troubleshoot problems, assist with investigations, enforce the terms of service, and take other actions permitted by law. The information we retain will be handled in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

    4.13 Updates to This Policy
    SIS will need to change this policy from time to time in order to make sure it stays up to date with the latest legal requirements and any changes to our privacy management practices. We reserve the right to amend the Privacy Policy at any time, for any reason. When this policy does change, we will make sure to notify you about such changes where required. The date of the latest revision to the Privacy Policy will be indicated by the date at the bottom of this page.

    4.14 Data Security
    We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal information from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorized way, altered, or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal information to those employees, agents, contractors, and other third parties who have a business need to know. They will only process your personal information on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

    We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected data security breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected breach where we are legally required to do so.

    4.15 How You Can Contact Us
    If you have any questions about our privacy practices or the way in which we have been managing your personal information, please contact the SIS in writing at 120 E. Ogden Ave. Ste. 202, Hinsdale, Illinois 60521or membership@SpineIntervention.org.

    4.16 If You Are A User or Visitor in the European Economic Area These Rights Also Apply to You:
    For the purposes of applicable EU data protection law (including the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (the “GDPR”), SIS is a ‘data controller’ of your personal information.

    4.17 How You Can Access Your Personal Information
    You are entitled to ask SIS to provide you with a copy of your personal data, to erase it, or restrict its processing. You also have rights to object to some processing that is based on our legitimate interests, such as profiling that we perform for the purposes of direct marketing, and, where we have asked for your consent to process your data, to withdraw this consent as more fully described below.

    These rights are limited in some situations; for example, we can demonstrate that we have a legal requirement to process your personal information. In some instances, this means that we may retain some data even if you withdraw your consent. Where we require your personal information to comply with legal or contractual obligations, the provision of such data is mandatory; if such data is not provided, then we will not be able to manage our contractual relationship with you or to meet obligations placed on us. In all other cases, provision of requested personal information is optional.

    If you have unresolved concerns, you also have the right to complain to data protection authorities. The relevant data protection authority will be the data protection authority of the country: (i) of your habitual residence; (ii) of your place of work; or (iii) in which you consider the alleged infringement has occurred.

    Both personal information and personal data have the same meaning in the context of this Privacy Policy.

    SIS Privacy Policy effective date May 25, 2018