PLEASE READ THIS PRIVACY STATEMENT OF USE (“PRIVACY STATEMENT”) CAREFULLY BEFORE USING ANY NURSING.com PLATFORM.
LAST REVISED: March 9, 2021
NURSING.com is a privacy conscious organization. This Privacy Statement explains how we protect visitors’ information gathered via the NURSING.com Platform.
By using the NURSING.com Platform you are agreeing to the use of your information as described in this Privacy Statement.
This Privacy Statement may be supplemented or amended from time to time by privacy statements that are specific to certain areas of the Platform (e.g. NURSING.com).
1. INFORMATION COLLECTION
1.1. You do not have to submit any personal information in order to use the NURSING.com website at www.nursing.com. This website only collects personal information that is specifically and voluntarily provided by visitors. Such information may consist of, but is not limited to, your first and last name, postal address, and email address.
1.2. We may also store and maintain any user content that you provide on the Platform, including but not limited to postings on any blogs, forums, wikis and other social media applications and services that we may provide.\
1.3. The Platform is intended for and directed at users that reside in North America. We do not intentionally collect or store personal information of users that reside outside of North America.
2. LOG INFORMATION, COOKIES, AND WEB BEACONS
3. INFORMATION USE
3.1. At times, you may provide personal information via this site, for example, to gain access to specific content, attend a hosted event, respond to a survey, or request communications about specific areas of interest. In such cases, the information you submit will be used to manage your request and to customize and improve the Platform and related services offered to you.
3.2. We may also use your personal information for marketing purposes, or to send you promotional materials or communications regarding products or services provided by NURSING.com that we feel may be of interest to you.
3.3. We may also contact you to seek feedback on products or services provided by NURSING.com or for market or other research purposes.
3.4. Your personal information may also be used to protect our rights or property and that of our users and, where appropriate, to comply with legal process.
3.5. You may at any time request that we discontinue sending you emails or other communications generated in response to your provision of personal information via the Platform.
4. DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION TO THIRD PARTIES
4.1. We will not provide your personal information to entities that are not part of NURSING.com, except in the case of disclosure to third parties in order to respond to your requests or inquiries, or as part of a corporate transaction such as a sale, divestiture, reorganization, merger or acquisition, or where those parties handle information on our behalf.
4.2. All of these disclosures may involve the transfer of personal information to countries or regions without data protection rules similar to those in effect in the United States.
4.3. Personal information may be disclosed if the creation of your NURSING.com access was initiated by a third party or your access was initiated by you with the use of a code provided to you by a third party. For example, if an educational institution purchases our content or initiates a free trial for a student user to access the platform, NURSING.com may share the student user’s personal information with the aforementioned educational institution. Personal information that may be shared includes user data, user actions, and user results. User data refers to personal information provided by the user that could be used to identify the user. Examples include user name, email address, or phone number. User actions refer to data collected while using the NURSING.com platform. Examples include number of logins, time on site, lessons viewed, study plan progress, and number of questions taken. User results refer to results of evaluations on NURSING.com. Examples include quiz results and questions statistics.
4.4. Personal information may also be disclosed to law enforcement, regulatory, or other government agencies, or to other third parties, in each case to comply with legal or regulatory obligations or requests.
4.5. By providing personal information through the Platform, you are consenting to the disclosures described above.
5. BLOGS, FORUMS, WIKIS, AND OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA
5.1. The Platform may comprise various blogs, forums, wikis, and other social media applications or services that allow you to share content with other users (collectively “Social Media Applications”). Any personal information or other information that you contribute to any Social Media Application can be read, collected, and used by other users of that Social Media Application over whom we have no control.
5.2. Therefore, we are not responsible for any other user’s use, misuse, or misappropriation of any personal information or other information that you contribute to any Social Media Application.
6. ACCESS TO INFORMATION
6.1. Platform Users who would like to request access to their information, to update their details or unsubscribe from communications should contact us at [email protected] We will treat requests to access information or change information in accordance with applicable legal requirements.
7. RETAINING AND DELETING PERSONAL DATA
7.1. This Section 7 sets out our data retention policies and procedure, which are designed to help ensure that we comply with our legal obligations in relation to the retention and deletion of personal data.
7.2. Personal data that we process for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.
7.3. We will retain your personal data as follows:
7.3.1. Personal data will be retained for as long as you retain a user account on the Platform or request erasure of your personal data, whichever is later.
7.3.2. Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Section 7, we may retain your personal data where such retention is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject, or in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural person.
8. YOUR RIGHTS
8.1. In this Section 8, we have summarized the rights that you may have under data protection law. Some of the rights are complex, and not all of the details have been included in our summaries. Accordingly, you should read the relevant laws and guidance from the regulatory authorities for a full explanation of these rights.
8.2. Your principal rights under data protection law may include:
(a) the right to access;
(b) the right to rectification;
(c) the right to erasure;
(d) the right to restrict processing;
(e) the right to object to processing;
(f) the right to data portability;
(g) the right to complain to a supervisory authority; and
(h) the right to withdraw consent.
8.3. You have the right to confirmation as to whether or not we process your personal data and, where we do, access to the personal data, together with certain additional information. That additional information includes details of the purposes of the processing, the categories of personal data concerned and the recipients of the personal data. Providing the rights and freedoms of others are not affected, we will supply to you a copy of your personal data. The first copy will be provided free of charge, but additional copies may be subject to a reasonable fee.
8.4. You have the right to have any inaccurate personal data about you rectified and, taking into account the purposes of the processing, to have any incomplete personal data about you completed.
8.5. In some circumstances you have the right to the erasure of your personal data without undue delay. Those circumstances include: the personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed; you withdraw consent to consent-based processing; you object to the processing under certain rules of applicable data protection law; the processing is for direct marketing purposes; and the personal data have been unlawfully processed. However, there are exclusions of the right to erasure. The general exclusions include where processing is necessary: for exercising the right of freedom of expression and information; for compliance with a legal obligation; or for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims.
8.6. In some circumstances you have the right to restrict the processing of your personal data. However, we will only otherwise process it: with your consent; for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims; for the protection of the rights of another natural or legal person; or for reasons of important public interest.
8.7. You have the right to object to our processing of your personal data on grounds relating to your particular situation, but only to the extent that the legal basis for the processing is that the processing is necessary for: the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of any official authority vested in us; or the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by us or by a third party. If you make such an objection, we will cease to process the personal information unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms, or the processing is for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims.
8.8. You have the right to object to our processing of your personal data for direct marketing purposes (including profiling for direct marketing purposes). If you make such an objection, we will cease to process your personal data for this purpose.
8.9. You have the right to object to our processing of your personal data for scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes on grounds relating to your particular situation, unless the processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out for reasons of public interest.
8.10. To the extent that the legal basis for our processing of your personal information is consent, you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. Withdrawal will not affect the lawfulness of processing before the withdrawal.
8.11. Use of the Platform and providing an email address shall constitute implicit consent for the purpose of receiving regular emails from NURSING.com for purposes of obtaining news and information about our services and products and general marketing emails. However, at any point in time you may withdraw your consent by unsubscribing following the instructions in the individual email communications you receive from us.
8.12. You may exercise any of your rights in relation to your personal data by contacting us at [email protected]
9. INFORMATION SECURITY
9.1. We have in place reasonable commercial standards of technology and operational security to protect all information provided by users via this Website from unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction.
10. CHANGES TO OUR PRIVACY STATEMENT.
10.1. We may modify or amend this Privacy Statement from time to time at our discretion. When we make changes to this Statement, we will amend the revision date at the top of this page, and such modified or amended Privacy Statement shall be effective as to you and your information as of that revision date. We encourage you to periodically review this Privacy Statement to be informed about how we are protecting your information.
11. CHILDREN’S PRIVACY PROTECTION
11.1. We understand the importance of protecting children’s privacy in the interactive online world. The Platform is not designed for, directed to, or intentionally targeted at children younger than thirteen (13) years of age. It is not our policy to intentionally collect or maintain information about anyone under the age of 13. IF YOU ARE YOUNGER THAN THIRTEEN (13) YEARS OF AGE YOU MAY NOT USE THE PLATFORM AND YOU SHOULD NOT SUBMIT ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION ON THE PLATFORM USING ANY DEVICE. IF YOU ARE THIRTEEN (13) YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER BUT UNDER EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE, YOU MAY ONLY USE THE PLATFORM WITH THE APPROVAL OF YOUR PARENT OR GUARDIAN.
12. COOKIE NOTICE
12.1. In order to provide you with a more personalized and responsive service we need to remember and store information about how you use the Platform. This is done using small text files called cookies. Cookies contain small amounts of information and are downloaded to your computer or other device by a server for the Platform. Your web browser then sends these cookies back to NURSING.com on each subsequent visit so that it can recognize you and remember things like your user preferences. You can find more detailed information about cookies and how they work at http://www.aboutcookies.org/.
12.3. Some of the cookies we use are necessary to enable you to move around the Platform and use its features such as accessing secure areas that may contain content for registered users.
12.4. We also use functional cookies to record information about the choices you have made and to allow us to tailor the Platform to our users; for example, to remember your language or region or that you have already completed a survey. This information is usually anonymized and is not used for any purpose unrelated to the Platform.
12.5. NURSING.com or our service providers also use analytic services to help us understand how effective our content is, what interests our users have, and to improve how the Platform works. In addition, we use web beacons, tracking pixels and similar services to understand more about the visitors to the Platform, and to count visitor numbers and performance cookies to track how many individual users access the Platform and how often. This information is used for statistical purposes and to improve how the Platform works and it is not our intention to use such information to personally identify any user.
12.6. However, if at any time you register and sign into the Platform we may combine such data with information from our web analytic services and cookies to analyze how you use the Platform in more detail.
12.7. The Platform does use targeting cookies to deliver targeted advertising on the Platform. We may use web beacons (also known as pixel tags) to determine which users have come to the Platform after viewing an advertisement we have served on third party websites. We also work with third parties to collect data so that we can determine the effectiveness of our ads and serve ads targeted to your interests. The use of web beacons does not provide us with any personal information and we do not use this technology to access your personal information. It is used only to compile aggregated data about users who visit the Platform and to gauge the effectiveness of our ads. Web beacons do not place information on your device, but may work in conjunction with cookies to monitor activity. You cannot remove or block web beacons, but you can remove or block cookies with which they work to block the collection of information about your user activity.
13. MANAGING COOKIES
13.1. Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies and to delete cookies. The methods for doing so vary from browser to browser, and from version to version.
13.2. You can however obtain up-to-date information about blocking and deleting cookies via these links:
13.2.1. https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en (Chrome);
13.2.2. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences (Firefox);
13.2.3. http://www.opera.com/help/tutorials/security/cookies/ (Opera);
13.2.4. https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies (Internet Explorer);
13.2.5. https://support.apple.com/kb/PH21411 (Safari); and
13.2.6. https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10-microsoft-edge-and-privacy (Edge).
13.4. Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites including the Platform.
13.5. If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on the Platform.
14. EMAIL COMMUNICATIONS
14.1. We may also use tracking technologies to determine whether you have read, clicked on, or forwarded certain email communications we send to you so that we can make our communications more helpful and interesting. If you do not wish us to confirm whether you have opened, clicked on or forwarded our communications, you will need to unsubscribe, as it is not possible for us to send these emails without tracking enabled. Registered subscribers can update their communication preferences at any time by contacting us, or you can unsubscribe following the instructions in the individual email communications you receive from us.
15. SMS COMMUNICATIONS
15.1 You may have opted in to receive automated promotional SMS text messages from us. Message and data rates may apply to our automated promotional SMS text message service. We may use tracking technologies to determine whether you have read or clicked links in the automated SMS messages that we send to you so that we can make our communications more helpful or interesting. If you do not wish us to confirm whether you have viewed or clicked links on our SMS messages, you will need to opt out of the messages by replying STOP to end our SMS messages. We store and maintain your name, email and mobile number that you voluntarily provide to us upon opting in to our automated promotional text messages. This allows us to record who has opted in to the automated promotional SMS text message service. We may also store and maintain responses to SMS messages that we receive from you after you have opted in to the automated promotional SMS text message service. After opting in to the service, you understand and agree that you must notify us if you change your mobile number at any time so we can cease sending automated promotional SMS text messages to your prior mobile number.