INTRODUCTION

The EM Clerkship Podcast and its associated website www.emclerkship.com (herein referred to as “we”, “us”, and “the site”) values your privacy. The purpose of this privacy policy (“policy”) is to provide you with a clear and transparent explanation about the information we collect from you and what we do with that information.

We hope that you read this privacy policy in its entirety, and that after doing so, your mind will be at ease about the steps we have taken to respect your privacy and protect your information.

WHAT INFORMATION WE COLLECT AND HOW WE COLLECT IT

  • We collect information when you provide it to us.

We may collect personal identifying information such as your name, home address, email address, phone number, medical school and residency program when you voluntarily provide it to us.

You provide us this information when you email us, call us, fill out forms on the website, register for the website, fill out surveys, or submit comments on our web pages.

  • We collect information automatically from your device

Some information may be automatically collected about your computer, mobile phone, or the other devices that you use to access this website. This may include your IP address, device identifiers, operating system, browser details, geolocation, as well as other usage analytics such as the pages you access, how long you spend on each page, and when you access these pages.

We collect this information by using cookies, web beacons, and other similar technologies.

  • Cookies
    • A cookie is a string of information that the site stores on your computer or device which your browser provides back to us each time you return.
  • Web Beacons
    • A web beacon is a clear picture file used to keep track of your navigation through a single website or a series of websites

For more information about our use of cookies and other similar technologies for tracking, including how you can control the use of cookies, please contact us at zack@emclerkship.com

HOW WE USE THIS INFORMATION

  • To respond to you regarding the reason you contacted us.
  • To enhance the usability and overall website experience while you use the site and minimize technical issues.
  • To personalize your experience as you interact with the site.
  • To keep the site secure, and protect it from security breaches and spam.
  • To improve the overall quality of the content provided by the site, remove or modify unpopular content, and identify more content you will enjoy.
  • To provide you with information or products that you request from us.
  • To estimate our audience’s size and usage patterns.

HOW AND WHEN WE SHARE INFORMATION WITH THIRD PARTIES

  • Non-Identifying, Aggregate Data

We may share information that has been aggregated and does not identify an individual without restriction. For example, this type of sharing includes (but is not limited to) the number of times an episode has been downloaded, the total number of downloads over the life of a podcast, or our most popular episodes.

  • Business Acquisitions

We may share information during any merger, sale of company assets, acquisitions by another company, divisions, transfers, restructurings, bankruptcy proceedings, or similar events. If any of these events do occur, your information will be included among business assets, and this privacy policy will still apply.

  • Legal Requirements

We may disclose your information if required to do so by law, court order, subpoena, or in conjunction with other legal or litigation processes. This includes disclosing your information in response to a government or regulatory request.

  • To Protect Ourselves

We may disclose your information to enforce our rights arising from contracts between you and us. This includes any situation where disclosure would be necessary or appropriate to protect the rights, property, or safety of the site, its owners, partners, or users.

  • When You Give Consent

If we ask you for information and you give consent for us to share it, we may use your information to the extent that you consent for us to do so. You retain your right to request that we stop sharing your information, and you may exercise this right at any time by contacting the email listed in this policy.

  • When You Share Publically

Please remember that anything you choose to make public while using the site or its services is (obviously) PUBLIC. This includes, but is not limited to, comments you make on the site, likes, and your username. Please use common sense and do not publicly share something if you do not want everybody to see it.

  • When Working With Our Third Party Vendors

We work with multiple third party vendors to carry out the functions and services of this site (for example, web hosting, media hosting, website analytics, spam reduction, and email). These parties commonly use cookies, web beacons, and similar data collection technologies.

These third parties have their own information practices and links to their privacy policies have been listed below for your review. If you do not want your information shared with these third parties, please discontinue your use of this site and its services immediately.

We do not assume any liability due to the policies, information collection practices, or other issues with these third parties.

  • GoDaddy’s Privacy Policy– This company provides us with domain name servicing, website hosting, and other similar services.
  • Blubrry’s Privacy Policy– This company provides us with media hosting and aggregate, anonymized analytics regarding your usage of the media content on this site.
  • Google Analytics Privacy Policy– This service provides us with analytics about your usage of the site. This includes (but is not limited to) number of users, the browser or device you use, the pages visit, the site the referred you to use, etc.
  • Akismet Privacy Policy– This service provides us with anti-spam services. It keeps the comments under each episode from being filled with annoying ads so that only user questions and comments are displayed.
  • Microsoft Office Privacy Policy– This company provides our official email hosting.

DO NOT TRACK

Do Not Track (DNT) is a privacy setting that can be selected in certain web browsers. It allows users to opt out of tracking by websites. However, there is not yet a consensus or universal standard for recognizing this signal. For this reason, this site does not recognize or respond to DNT requests.

HOW WE PROTECT YOUR INFORMATION

We implement measures to protect your data from unauthorized use, disclosure of, and access to your information. Please keep in mind, no data transmission over the internet is ever 100% secure. Because of this, we cannot fully ensure the security of any information transmitted to or from us and a user does this at their own risk.

  • Encryption

Information is encrypted and protected during transmission via SSH/SFTP.

  • Storage

We only keep your information for as long as necessary to complete the purposes set out in this privacy policy, to comply with legal obligations, resolve disputes, or to enforce our legal agreements and policies.

  • Passwords

When registering for our site, all users will be required to select a password. In addition, the devices that we use to access our servers are also password protected.

  • Training

Members of our team with access to your protected information are trained on data protection.

CHILDREN’S PRIVACY

This site is not directed at children and does not address anyone less than 13 years of age.

We do not knowingly collect information from anybody under this age. No person under the age of 13 may use or provide any information to our website without explicit parental consent. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your child has provided us with personal data, please contact us at the email listed below. If we become aware about what has happened we will take steps to remove this information from our servers.

GEOGRAPHIC RESTRICTIONS

This site and its services are intended for use within the United States only and complies with United States privacy laws. This site is not directed towards nor intended for citizens, residents, or domiciles of the European Union. By accessing this site, you affirm that you are not a citizen, domicile, or resident of the European Union.

CHANGES TO OUR PRIVACY POLICY

We may update this privacy policy from time to time. If we do this, we will update the effective date at the bottom of this page. You are responsible for periodically checking this page to see if there have been any changes.

If we make significant material changes that affect how we disclose your information, we will provide additional notification via either an email, blog post, podcast episode, or by making a prominent notice appear on the site. We reserve the right to make minor changes and updates to this policy at any time without additional notice.

ACCESSING AND CORRECTING YOUR INFORMATION

Please send an email to zack@emclerkship.com with the subject line “Privacy” if you would like to request what information that we have about you, correct your information, or delete any personally identifiable information that you have provided to us. We reserve the right to refuse this request if it violates any legal requirements, breaks the law, or causes your information to be incorrect.

Please note, user contributions and comments publicly shared on this website are very difficult to permanently delete. If you request that this information be deleted, we will do so to the best of our ability, however this information may still exist in many formats outside of our control such as on cached pages, as well as stored and saved by other users. As mentioned previously in this policy, please be careful and use discretion when sharing information publicly. You share this information at your own risk.

CONTACT

Please send an email to zack@emclerkship.com with the subject line “Privacy” if you have any questions, comments or concerns about this privacy policy.

  • Effective Date – July 30, 2020