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Website Privacy Policy

Illinois State Medical Society, its affiliates and subsidiaries ("ISMS"), is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. This policy describes how ISMS handles the information obtained from our websites, portals, and our products and services that collect data. This policy also establishes the type of information we collect, how we collect it, how we use it, why we use it, who we share it with, and the rights you are entitled to.


Protecting your privacy is a matter of great importance to ISMS. ISMS maintains processes and procedures, both physical and electronic, in order to safeguard your information and to comply with federal and state laws. Information we obtain from you, and information you voluntarily provide to us through ISMS websites, may be used to provide you with information we believe may be of interest to you. We may also share the information with third parties who provide services to us. We retain your information securely in our database and will only keep your information for a reasonable period of time, or until you provide us notice of your desire for it to be removed or limited.


We do not collect personally identifiable information unless you voluntarily provide it to us when utilizing a service, requesting information or logging onto one of our application systems. We do not require you to provide this information in order to view our sites or have access to most of the site content.

We do not disclose personally identifiable information collected through our site unless we have your consent, or unless disclosure is otherwise permitted or required by law. Credit card transactions enabled by our website are processed through a PCI DSS certified credit card processing company. We do not collect or retain credit card information through our website. The privacy policy of the processing company controls the information they retain.



Our website uses "cookies" or other technologies to collect certain information about visitors and users to help us customize and enhance your online experience. By consenting to the use of cookies, you consent to our website using cookies in order to differentiate you from the other users of our website. Cookies are text files individually assigned to a user and can only be read by the web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you. Some information such as your Internet Protocol (IP) address, Internet service provider, operating system, the site from which you arrived, geolocation information, and the date and time of your visit may be collected automatically as part of the software operation of the website. In addition, we may collect information about your browsing behavior on our website, such as the amount of time you spent viewing a webpage or the number of times you returned to the website.

ISMS uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service for the purposes of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity, and providing other services related to Internet usage. Google Analytics will not associate your IP address with any other information held by Google Analytics.

You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser; however doing so may prevent you from using the full functionality of the website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you.


All personally identifiable information will be managed in accordance with applicable law.



ISMS is the sole owner of all information obtained through our websites. ISMS does not sell or otherwise disclose personal information about you to third parties. ISMS shares personal information with its affiliates and subsidiaries to better serve you, including for the activities listed above. We do not rent, sell or otherwise disclose personal information with unaffiliated third parties for their own marketing use.

We do not share your personal information with third parties except in the following circumstances discussed below:  

Authorized Service Providers

We may, in the ordinary course of business, disclose your information to service providers we have retained to perform services on our behalf. Service providers are contractually restricted from using or disclosing the provided information except as necessary to perform the services on our behalf or to comply with legal requirements. Service providers are required by contract to safeguard the information and keep it confidential.

Legal Requirements and Business Transfers

ISMS may disclose information when we are required by law, statute, rule, regulation, or professional standard; to respond to a subpoena, search warrant, or other legal request; to law enforcement authority or other government official requests; to prevent physical harm or financial loss; to investigate suspected or actual illegal activity; as part of a company audit, to investigate a complaint or security threat; or to the new owner of the business if ISMS is subject to a merger or acquisition.


At your request, ISMS will remove from its files any contact information you provided. If you use our website to reach any of our specific software applications, additional policies may apply. You have certain rights over your personal information. The rights you will be able to exercise will depend on how and why ISMS uses your information. ISMS will not discriminate against you for exercising your right to request that your personal information not be collected, sold or disclosed.

All or some of these rights may not be available to you if we are required by law to keep the information or if the information is subject to a legal dispute. We reserve the right to update this policy without notice.


To request that your personal information be limited, deleted, or to request additional records about the management of your personal information, please email your request to info@isms.org or call 312-853-2055 or 800-782-4767 ext. 2055.


ISMS has implemented appropriate physical, electronic, and administrative procedures to protect the personally identifiable information we collect online. The forms used on our website to collect personally identifiable information are secure forms and are indicated by the letters "HTTPS" in the URL of the form.

However, when communicating via email, ISMS is not responsible for the privacy of the messages in either direction. ISMS cannot guarantee the security of any information you choose to disclose in an email. If you wish to communicate with ISMS via a secure email system, we can provide you with login information so that the communications can be secure.


ISMS uses appropriate safeguards to prevent unauthorized use or disclosure of Protected Health Information (PHI) other than as permitted or as required by law. ISMS utilizes administrative, physical, and technical safeguards that reasonably and appropriately protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of PHI that it receives.


ISMS websites contain links to external websites not owned by us. ISMS is not responsible for and assumes no liability for the privacy policies or practices or the content of other sites. We encourage you to read the privacy statement of any website you visit, especially those that collect personally identifiable information.


If our privacy policy changes, changes will be posted at https://www.isms.org/About_ISMS/Website_Privacy_Policy. Your continued use of this site shall be deemed your acceptance of the modified privacy policy.


If you have questions about this privacy statement or the practices of this website, please contact us at Illinois State Medical Society, 20 North Michigan Ave., Suite 700, Chicago, Illinois 60602; 1-800-782-4767 ext #2055; or info@isms.org.


We respect your privacy, and take great care to safeguard your Continuing Medical Education (CME) information in our possession. The protection and proper use of your personal information is of upmost importance.

Member information (including email addresses) is not shared outside of our direct CME affiliates and partners. Any third-party companies used to provide you with CME products or services are required to keep your information secure and confidential.

If you have any other questions or concerns regarding access to or use of your CME information, please email us at cme@isms.org

(July 2019)

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