PICS Privacy Policy

Your privacy is critically important to us. At PICS we have a few fundamental principles:

  • We don’t ask for personal information unless we truly need it.
  • We don’t share personal information with anyone except to provide CE credits, complete competency evaluations, comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.
  • We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of one of our services.

Below is our privacy policy which incorporates these goals:

If you have questions about deleting or correcting your personal data please contact our support team.

It is PIC’s policy to respect personal privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our website.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, PICS collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. PICS’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how PICS’s visitors use our website. From time to time, PICS may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of our website.

PICS also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users. PICS only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that we use and disclose personally-identifying information as described below.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to PICS’s website choose to interact with PICS in ways that require PICS to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that PICS gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for CE courses to provide a full name, mailing address, username, and email address. This information is necessary to providing CE credits. Those who engage in transactions with PICS  are asked to provide additional information, including, as necessary, the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, PICS collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with PICS.  PICS does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

PICS may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its website. For instance, PICS may monitor the activity of users who take courses. PICS may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, PICS does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

PICS discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on PICS’s behalf or to provide services available at PICS’s website, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. By using PICS’s website, the user consents to the transfer of such information as described herein.

PICS will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, PICS discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when PICS believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of PICS, third parties or the public at large.

A registered user of the PICS website who has supplied his/her email address, may occasionally receive an email from PICS about new features, soliciting feedback, or just keeping users up to date with what’s going on with PICS and our products. We primarily use our Twitter feed and website to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. When users send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. PICS takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. PICS uses cookies to help identify and track visitors, their usage of the PICS website, and their website access preferences. PICS visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using PICS’s website, with the drawback that certain features of PICS’s website may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Business Transfers

If PICS, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that PICS terminates its business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. Users acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of PICS may continue to use personal information as set forth in this policy.

Ads

Ads appearing on our website may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize a user’s computer each time they send an online advertisement to compile information about users or others who use the same computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of interest. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by PICS and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, PICS may change our Privacy Policy from time to time, and in PICS’s sole discretion. PICS encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to our Privacy Policy. The continued use of this site after any change in Privacy Policy will constitute the acceptance of all such changes.