The purpose of this policy is to clearly state how EBSCO Information Services operates its Health Library website(s) and how information (if any) is collected from users and used EBSCO Information Services.
EBSCO Information Services is a leader in setting ethical standards for Internet consumer health websites and our policy is to respect and protect the privacy of our users. We present this policy to give you a clear understanding of how we operate our website and how we collect information from you and how it is used by us.
The information you provide, whether it is when you research a topic of interest or elect to register for certain services, is personal to you. EBSCO Information Services will not disclose your personal health information or the subjects that you search while visiting EBSCO Information Services (or a member of the EBSCO Information Services Network) to third parties without your consent.
EBSCO Information Services does not require users to register in order to gain access to the Health Library.
There may be some services that EBSCO Information Services does license that require registration.
EBSCO Information Services does not store any personal health information..
EBSCO Information Services collects data from the Web logs of the servers—the computers that “serve up” Web pages—delivering the EBSCO Information Services -copyright-owned content sources. This includes information about what you view and, along with information gathered from our other users, we create “aggregate data” reports that we may disclose to third parties. The third parties with whom we share aggregate data with may include our “Information Partners,” or the companies, organizations, and professional societies that supply us the medical information that you access, and applicable members of the EBSCO Information Services Network. The EBSCO Information Services Network consists of those hospitals and other websites with which EBSCO Information Services has an agreement to provide content. For example, if you visit us from one of the hospitals to which we supply content, we will aggregate the data about what information you used while on the site with other visitors from that site and supply it to the sponsoring hospital. EBSCO Information Services may also study aggregate data from the entire EBSCO Information Services Network in order to enhance existing services or develop new services. EBSCO Information Services will not disclose any individually identifiable information to a third party without your express prior written authorization.
Medical Information and Minors
EBSCO Information Services does not operate a commercial website or an online service directed to children under 13 years of age. The Company does not collect personal information from children, nor operate a general audience website that collects personal information. To ensure that the Company stays in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), EBSCO Information Services reviews the details of COPPA on an annual basis.
EBSCO Information Services’ content and other services are not written, intended, or designed for children under the age of 13.
Use of IP Addresses
An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web. Many Web servers automatically identify your computer by its IP address.
EBSCO Information Services collects IP addresses from the Web server logs for the purposes of system administration, to report aggregate information to our clients through whose websites you access EBSCO Information Services’ content, and to audit the use of our site. When users request pages from EBSCO Information Services, our servers log the users’ IP addresses. We do not normally link IP addresses to anything personally identifiable, which means that a user’s session will be logged, but the user remains anonymous to us. We can and will use IP addresses to identify a user when we feel it is necessary to enforce compliance with our house rules or terms of service or to protect our service, site, customers, or others.
There are two types of cookies: persistent and session. Persistent cookies are pieces of information that a website transfers to an individual’s hard drive for record-keeping purposes. EBSCO Information Services’ Health Library platform does not use persistent cookies and, therefore, does not place bits of computer code found with cookies on your computer. EBSCO Information Services does utilize session cookies that enable you to navigate the content that you use during your visit. Session cookies do not give us access to any personally identifiable information about you.
EBSCO Information Services’ Health Library platform uses session cookies with one single purpose in mind: to help you better understand and navigate areas of the EBSCO Information Services that our users find valuable. While this activity depends on the use of a session cookie, visitors to EBSCO Information Services always have the option of disabling cookies via their browser settings.
We do not control cookies from the other sites that you may link to from EBSCO Information Services.
Links to Other Sites
Links to external websites are selected based on an individual author’s assessment of: (1) source, (2) accuracy, (3) relevance, and (4) balance. The Clinical Editor has final discretion as to whether an embedded link meets these criteria. All content links undergo editorial review for content and functionality on the same schedule as the content in which they are embedded.
EBSCO Information Services’ policy does not extend to anything that is inherent in the operation of the Internet, and therefore beyond EBSCO Information Services’ control, and is not to be applied in any manner contrary to applicable law or governmental regulation.
When you click on "Send to a friend" at the top of some of our pages, we will ask for your email address and the address of the person receiving the page URL and you also may add personal comments. The email address of the receiver of the page URL will not be used for any other purpose than to send the page URL and any personal comments you added. EBSCO Information Services does not store either your email address or the address of the person receiving the page URL.
The importance of security for all personally identifiable information associated with our users is of utmost concern to us. The level of security is established by the member of the EBSCO Information Services Network. You can determine the security status of the site by looking at the url: urls that start with “https: “ are secure sites.
EBSCO Information Services cannot completely ensure the privacy of email communications to and from our site because they are not encrypted and, therefore, not secure. These communications, like most Internet email, could be intercepted without your knowledge and permission, while in transit to or from our site. This includes email you send to us through our various mailboxes, and URL information emailed from our site to others using the "Send to a friend" feature. If you are concerned about your privacy, we suggest that you do not use email to communicate information to us that you consider sensitive.
Once we have information that we may have obtained while you have visited a site on the EBSCO Information Services Network, we store this information on database servers at the EBSCO Information Services facilities, that are housed in Ipswich, Massachusetts. EBSCO Information Services maintains a security presence, pass code locked doors access, and pass code authority.
Although EBSCO Information Services will make every effort to safeguard your personal information, you should know that no site could warrant that it is 100% secure from “hackers” who might learn how to evade security systems or intercept transmissions over the Internet.
EBSCO Information Services may disclose user information in special cases when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact, or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) EBSCO Information Services’ rights or property, other EBSCO Information Services users, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities. EBSCO Information Services may disclose user information when we believe in good faith that the law requires it. In the event that we are compelled to disclose personal and/or health-related personal information, we will notify affected users, if the law allows, before making the required disclosure.
Removal of Information
You may request that we delete any personal information we may have collected about you (such as email address) from our computers by contacting us directly using any of the following:
1. Email your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Call 800-653-2726 or 978-356-6500 and ask for Health Library Customer Support
3. Send regular mail to:
Due to our regular schedule for creating back-ups for our active databases and the need to retain accurate business records, it is impossible for us to remove each and every occurrence of any information that you have provided to us or that we may have learned about your searching habits. However, we will remove such information from our active files immediately upon receipt from you of any such request.
Last reviewed March 2010 by EBSCO Information Services Consumer Health Editorial Staff
Last Updated: 7/18/2013