Privacy Policy

MDBriefCase Group Inc. recognizes the importance of protecting the privacy of personal information. You have a right to know the type of information collected on MDBriefCase Group Inc. websites and how and why we collect and use it. You also have a right to choose if you wish to provide us with this information.

MDBriefCase Group Inc. follows our national privacy legislations. Please read this Privacy Statement carefully to understand how your personal information will be treated. By using any of the MDBriefCase Group Inc. sites (MDBriefCasegroup.com, MDBriefCase.com, MDBriefCase.net, medschoolforyou.ca), you are agreeing to the terms of this Privacy Statement.

The range of services we offer continues to expand. In the future, we may make changes to our privacy policy. We will notify you of any material changes and obtain your consent for any significant new uses of your personal information. We recommend checking this posted Privacy Statement regularly to ensure that you have viewed the most recent version. If you do not agree to the terms of this Privacy Statement or any revised statement, please exit the site.

Language of Terms

Where this Privacy Policy has been translated into a language which is not English, this has been done for your convenience only and to aid your interpretation of the policy. The English language version of this Privacy Policy is available here and it shall prevail in the event of any conflict between the English language version and a version in any other language.

What we collect and why:

Personal Information

Personal information is information about an identifiable individual. Upon registration with MDBriefCase Group Inc. sites, we request certain personal information from you such as your name and email address, province, country, postal code/zip code, profession, specialty, and company, physician/professional ID. You may choose to update and/or supplement the personal information that you provided at registration at any time through your account settings.

Certain portions of MDBriefCase Group Inc. sites are reserved for healthcare professionals only. We require occupational information, such as registration number, to confirm you are a healthcare professional.

We require your email address so that we can confirm that you have successfully registered. You will not receive further email communication from us unless you check the appropriate box during initial registration. We ask you for you to OPT IN for further communications and if you would like to receive updates about the features and contents of the website that we believe might be of interest to you. You can unsubscribe at any time by following the instructions provided in the footer of every email, or  by updating your user profile.

Please note that some personal information, including your name, designation and email address, may be shared with third-party suppliers for product registration and customer support purposes only.

We may also use the information you provide to notify you of developments to the website, products and services. You can choose at any time to stop receiving such email notifications.

Public Information

When you post a comment on a discussion forum, your occupation and province will be displayed along with your comment by default. Information that you post within a discussion forum is public information.

Learning Information

When you use MDBriefCase Group Inc. sites you may be presented with informational programs (“Sponsored Programs”), in each case consisting of content selected by third party sponsors, including pharmaceutical companies. All Sponsored Programs will be identified to you via the program Disclosure Information, or some similar designation indicating that the content has been selected by a third-party sponsor. When you choose to engage in a Sponsored Program, you may be asked to provide Personal Information which may be provided directly to the third-party sponsor and also used by us as described in this Privacy Policy. We also collect non-personal information about your use of sponsored programs through cookies, as described below.

Market Research

From time to time, we may invite you to participate in market research surveys conducted on behalf of third party sponsors. In this context, “sponsor” refers to the product/service provider commissioning the survey. For some surveys, you may be asked to provide contact information for honoraria fulfillment.

Cookies

Apart from the personal information collected when visitors sign up, we also collect anonymous non-personal information through the use of “cookie technology”. Cookies are small text files a website creates when you visit a site. There are two common types of cookies, “session cookies” and “persistent cookies”. Session cookies store information only for the length of time that you are connected to a website. Unlike “persistent cookies”, they are not saved onto your hard drive. The use of cookies is an industry standard and many major websites use them to provide useful features to their visitors. Cookies do not personally identify users, although they do identify a user’s computer.

Use of Google Analytics

Currently, we use Google Analytics to analyze our online traffic and improve our content. No personal information is shared with or collected from Google Analytics. For further information on the privacy policy concerning Google Analytics, please visit support.google.com.

Other information collected

Each time you use the internet, an Internet Protocol (“IP”) address is assigned to your computer or internet-capable device via the internet service provider. This number may either be the same or different each time you access the internet. Each time your computer or internet-capable device requests information from one of our websites, we log your IP address on our server. We may also log operating systems and browser types for the purposes of system administration and to report aggregate information. We may use this in order to gather information about the website traffic and usage. To clarify, whether you are a registered user or not, our web server collects certain information including (a) IP address; (b) host names (c) domain name (d) time and date information as requested (e) browser version and platform when it is requested, (f) a record of which pages have been requested (g) location data from your IP address. Location data may be necessary for us to “geo-block”, or regionalize, our website content or services.

If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence and use it to contact you and/or to update our records. We may use all information we obtain to enforce our legal rights and protect against unauthorised access, use, activity and/or copying, either personally or via third party contractors and advisers.

Other uses of personal information

Other than for fulfilling our obligations to you (where these exist), on some occasions we use the information you provide to produce aggregate statistics in relation to pages being accessed. The statistical and aggregate reports generated about web usage on MDBriefCase Group Inc. websites may be shared with third parties such as content suppliers and sponsors who might assist us in managing, financing and improving the websites. For example, we might inform third parties regarding the number of users of our site and the activities they conduct while there. We require third parties to whom we disclose aggregate information to agree that they will not attempt to make this information personally identifiable by combining it with other databases or through any other means.

How long we keep the information we collect

We keep (including via our contractors) your personal information for as long as necessary to fulfil our obligations to you and to protect our legal interests or as otherwise stated to you when such data is collected.

Cookies and web usage reports

We use session cookies to learn how all our visitors navigate the various parts of the website. This website tracking data is used in the aggregate to help us provide the most efficient service and navigational tools for our visitors.

For registered visitors, we also link the website tracking data generated from the session cookies to some of the personal information you provided. Through this linkage, we can create aggregate demographic profiles of web usage. These statistical and aggregate reports do not contain any personally identifiable information.

We also create a record of individual web usage from e-commerce portions of MDBriefCase Group Inc. websites when you make a purchase. We use this purchase history information for billing, shipping, fraud protection and marketing purposes.

We use aggregate reports to learn how many visitors with certain characteristics (e.g. chain, geographic region) visit a particular portion of the website. This aggregate information will help us to determine areas of the website of particular interest to certain segments within the healthcare community. The aggregate reports could also serve as the catalyst for the creation of new website features and the development of future benefits and services. With your permission, you will receive email notices about these new features and services. As stated above, you can indicate at the initial registration stage, or at any other time, whether you wish to receive email updates about the website features.

Cookies and Login Preferences

Cookies can also make your use of the web easier by saving language and login preferences. We use persistent cookies to store your language preference and login information so that you will be “remembered” by our server. You will not have to go through the “splash page” and enter your login ID each time you visit the site. You can indicate at initial registration whether you wish to have your computer “remembered” by checking the “Remember Me” box at sign-up. You will have to re-enter your login information each time if you do not choose this option.

With most internet browsers, you can erase cookies from your hard drive, block all cookies or receive a warning before a cookie is used. Please refer to your browser instructions or help screen to learn more about these functions.

Disclosing information

Only selected individuals within MDBriefCase Group Inc. have access to personal information collected from our sites. This access is granted strictly for the purposes identified in this Privacy Statement.

Other than as expressly agreed by you or stated when data is collected or stated within this policy we will not disclose your personal data to any third parties other than:

  1. to third parties authorized by us, such as contractors and advisers who must keep this data confidential.;
  2. required to enforce our legal rights (including property, safety, our customers or others);
  3. in compliance with a law, regulation, or search warrant;
  4. for fraud protection and credit risk reduction;
  5. where you have opted for a service which allows you to select a third party to see data you submit;
  6. where you have opted to share your program completion information with an accreditation partner in order to receive credits.

Security

MDBriefCase Group Inc. websites have physical and technical measures in place to ensure the security of information. Like many of today’s most trusted companies, our data is being stored securely on the “cloud” via Amazon Web Services (AWS). Additional backup locations are in place, with traditional rackmount servers in use as required. Physical servers reside in passcode-secured rooms accessible to a limited group of authorized personnel. All entrants are tracked and escorted by facility staff. No unescorted entry is permitted to the facility. In addition, we employ advanced encryption and firewall technology. Please note, although we will make every reasonable effort to protect your personal information from loss, misuse or alteration by third parties, you should be aware that there is always some risk involved in transmitting information online.

The data that we collect from you (or which you supply to us by email or otherwise) may be transferred to and stored at a destination outside of the European Economic Area (“EEA”).

Questions about this Policy Statement

We will in all cases respect your privacy preferences.

This Privacy Statement applies only to MDBriefCase Group Inc. websites. Once you enter another website, be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage you to look for and review the privacy statements of each and every website that you visit through a link on this or any other site.

You have a right to know about the personal information the MDBriefCase Group Inc holds about you, and to have your data corrected or deleted. Please address requests or queries about our data protection policies to the Data Protection Officer at dataprotection@MDBriefCase.com.

Users of the website have the right to complain to a supervisory authority.

Funding and Advertising Policy

All funding for accredited continuing medical education is provided in the form of an unrestricted educational grant. A large portion of this funding is from private industry and the remainder comes from other organizations such as medical societies, non-for-profit organizations and government agencies. We encourage users to view the faculty disclosures for potential conflicts of interest. These are listed at the beginning of every program.

MDBriefCase Group Inc. does not accept any form of advertising within our learning modules.