Collection of Personal Information
As a visitor to the Site, you can engage in many activities without providing any Personal Information. In connection with other activities, such as utilizing online or hosted Services and Materials, PDA may ask you to provide certain information about yourself by filling out and submitting a form. It is optional for you to engage in these activities. If you elect to engage in these activities, however, PDA may ask that you provide Personal Information, such as your first and last name, mailing address (including ZIP code), country of residence, e-mail address, employer, job title and department, telephone and facsimile numbers, and other Personal Information. When ordering Services and Materials via the Site, you may be asked to provide a credit card number. Depending upon the activity, some of the information that PDA asks you to provide is identified as mandatory and some as voluntary. If you do not provide the mandatory data with respect to a particular activity, you will not be able to engage in that activity. Similarly, if you wish to delete your information (pursuant to the mechanism set forth in "Updating your personal information and privacy preferences") that is mandatory, you will no longer be able to engage in a particular activity.
When you use the Site, Services and Materials, PDA may also collect certain information about your computer to facilitate and evaluate your use of the Site, Services and Materials. For example, PDA may log environmental variables, such as browser type, operating system, referring or visited webpages, and the Internet Protocol (IP) address of your computer. PDA also uses such information to measure traffic patterns on the Site, and usage of the Services and Materials. PDA does not match such information with any other information held by PDA, unless we have your consent.
By using the Site, Services and Materials, you agree and acknowledge that personal information collected through the Site or in connection with the Services and Materials may be transferred across national boundaries and stored and processed in any of the countries around the world in which PDA maintains offices, including the United States. You also acknowledge that in certain countries or with respect to certain activities, the collection, transfer, storage, and processing of your information may be undertaken by trusted third parties. Such third parties are bound by contract with PDA not to use your personal information for their own purposes or provide it to any third parties.
Collection and Use of Sensitive Information
PDA does not generally collect Sensitive Information. However, to the extent such information is collected, it is not shared with any third party without your authorization.
Updating your Personal Information and privacy preferences
You may access and correct your personal information and privacy preferences at any time. With respect to Registration Information (as defined in the section entitled "Protection of your personal information"), this may be accomplished by linking to your account at Edit Your Account where you can view and make changes to your personal information. You may also access and correct your Personal Information and privacy preferences (such as whether you wish to receive promotional communications) by writing PDA at:
Parenteral Drug Association
Attn: Change of Address/Privacy
4350 East West Highway, Suite 150
Bethesda, MD 20814
or by emailing:
Please include your name, address, and/or e-mail address when you contact us. In your correspondence, please indicate with as much detail as possible the location on the Site or otherwise where you provided your Personal Information.
How your Personal Information is used
PDA collects your information in order to record, support and facilitate your participation in the activities you select. If you subscribe to or register for Services and Materials, for example, the information is used to register your rights, if any, to technical support or other benefits that may be made available to registered users. As another example, if you enter a contest, information is collected to qualify the entry and to contact you regarding the contest or prize awards. Your personal information is also used to track customer preferences and keep you informed about product upgrades, special offers, and other Services and Materials of PDA and selected third parties unless you have opted not to receive such communications or such communications are prohibited by law.
PDA may collect information about the use of the Site, Services and Materials, such as the number of downloads, types of Services used, how many users we receive daily, and the IP/Internet address of your computer. This information is collected in aggregate form, without identifying any user individually. PDA may use this aggregate, non-identifying statistical data for improving the Site, Services and Materials, providing more relevant experiences to our customers and for statistical analysis.
Your choices with respect to personal information
There are other instances in which PDA may divulge your personal information, such as where required by law, regulation, or litigation. We may also disclose information about you if we determine that such disclosure should be made for reasons of national security, law enforcement, or other issues of public importance.
Protection of your Personal Information
The Personal Information that you provide in connection with registering yourself as a user of the Site, Services and Materials is classified as Registration Information. Registration Information is protected in several ways. Access by you to your Registration Information is available through a PDA ID Number and password. This password is encrypted. We recommend that you do not divulge your password to anyone. In addition, your Registration Information resides on secure servers that only selected PDA personnel and contractors have access to via password. PDA encrypts your personal information and thereby strives to prevent unauthorized parties from viewing such information when it is transmitted to PDA.
Please note that any information you post to a public bulletin board, blog or chat room, is available to all persons accessing that location, and your e-mail address may also be posted on these venues. The information you share, including your email address, would then be available to all persons accessing these venues, and such information may be read, collected or used by others for any purpose, including sending you unsolicited messages. PDA is not responsible for any information you elect to submit in these venues or the use of such information. In addition, you should be aware that the Forums offer a service in which subscribers are e-mailed a copy of all messages posted to the Forums on a particular topic. Consequently, if you post a message to the Forums, your e-mail address will be sent to those subscribers who have indicated an interest in the topic of your message.
In order to improve our Services and Materials and the Site and provide more convenient, relevant experiences to our customers, we and our vendors may use "cookies", "web beacons", and similar devices to track your activities. A cookie is small amount of data that is transferred to your browser by a web server and can only be read by the server that gave it to you. It functions as your identification card and enables PDA to record your passwords, purchases, and preferences. A web beacon is a small transparent gif image that is embedded in an HTML page or email used to track when the page or email has been viewed. A similar device may be used by which a Product and Service may send data to a server when a set of user-initiated events occur such as the "Add to Cart" button is clicked. This device is similar to a cookie in that it tracks your visit and the data can only be read by the server that receives the data. It is different than a cookie in that it is not browser-based, may not function as an identification card, and does not store any data on your computer.
Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies, and most Services and Materials that include similar devices are typically initially activated to collect data. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, giving you the opportunity to decide whether or not to accept it. (For some web pages that require an authorization, cookies are not optional. Users choosing not to accept cookies or similar devices may not be able to access those pages or the related Services and Materials). Information about non-cookie tracking devices and their features, including disabling options, are contained in the information materials provided with such Services and Materials or on Site pages relating to such Services and Materials.
Information about Children
The Site, Services and Materials are intended for professionals in the pharmaceutical industry, and PDA does not knowingly collect any personal information from anyone under 13 years of age.
If a user elects to use our referral service for informing a friend about PDA and the benefits of membership, PDA will collect your e-mail address and the friend's email address and will send an email to that address inviting them to visit pda.org and providing more information about PDA membership. PDA will also retain your e-mail address and the friend’s email address and will use it to contact the friend with occasional items that may be of interest to potential members. The referred friend can contact PDA and opt-out of these messages at any time and they will only be contacted again if they directly request it.