UHMWPE Lexicon's Privacy Policy

The UHMWPE Lexicon understands how important the privacy of personal information is to our users. UHMWPE Lexicon is committed to honoring your privacy. The document you are reading is the privacy policy for our Web site that is accessible by users, and it describes what information we may collect about you, what uses we may make of it, how you can tell us what to do with your information, and what precautions we take against unauthorized access or use of your information.

About this Privacy Policy

Web Site Covered

This privacy policy applies only to our Web site that provides information about UHMWPE for students, researchers, engineers, scientists, physicians and allied health care professionals.

Uhmwpe.org (www.uhmwpe.org), and its mirror site, www.uhmwpe.net, is our Web site for students, researchers, engineers, scientists, physicians and allied health care professionals. However, it is open to non-professionals as well. The Lexicon provides peer-reviewed pre-print manuscripts, draft book chapters, conference updates, standards news, and other information relevant to UHMWPE.

The Lexicon is also the name we use to refer to our entire company, even though our formal corporate name is The UHMWPE Lexicon, Inc. When we refer to ourselves as "we" or "Lexicon," we mean our company, UHMWPE Lexicon, Inc., including any subsidiary that we control (for example a subsidiary that we own). We may share information among our subsidiaries that we own or control, but it is always protected under the terms of this privacy policy.

This privacy policy only applies to the Lexicon web site. You should read the privacy policy at each Web site that you visit after you leave our site. We are not responsible for how other Web sites treat your privacy, once you leave the Lexicon site.

Privacy Policy Changes

As our privacy policies change in significant ways, we will make every effort to notify you of the changes. Minor changes to the policy may occur that will not affect our use of individually identifiable health information. When the privacy policies change in a way that significantly affects the way we handle personal information, we will not use the information we have previously gathered without obtaining consent from the appropriate individual. We will post privacy policy changes on our Web sites in a timely manner.

Information We Collect

In this section of our privacy policy, we discuss the different types of information we may collect about you, and the ways in which we collect them.

Information We Collect from Unregistered Visitors

Visitors to each of our Web sites can access the Web site's home page, and browse some areas of the site, without disclosing any personally identifiable information. We do track information provided to us by your browser, including the Web site you came from (known as the "referring URL"), the type of browser you use, the time and date of access, and other information that does not personally identify you. On most of our sites, you must register with us to use the entire site.

Information We Collect When You Register

Users registering for access to all of the Web site are asked to provide us with identifying information, such as name, and other identifying information. On our registration screen, we clearly label which information is required for registration, and which information is optional and may be given at your discretion. You will also be given a choice about whether or not you want to receive newsletter information. The Lexicon Web site will ask for the user's consent before collecting personally identifiable information.

Other Information

Discussion Boards:

When you are using a discussion board on our Web sites, you are posting a message and your user name, which is available for all registered users to see. When you are posting publicly, any user of our web site can see your message. You should not post any information you want to keep private to a discussion board or other public forum on our Web sites.

In addition, we gather information about you that is automatically collected by our Web server, such as your IP address and domain name.

Use of Cookies

Cookies are a technology used by the Lexicon Web site to identify a registered user as the user moves through the Web site. Your browser allows us to place some information on your computer's hard drive that identifies the computer you are using. We use cookies to personalize our Web sites and to track your usage across all of our Web sites.

Your Web browser can be set to allow you to control whether you will accept cookies, reject cookies, or to notify you each time a cookie is sent to you. If your browser is set to reject cookies, Web sites that are cookie enabled will not recognize you when you return to the Web site, and some Web site functionality may be lost. The Help section of your browser will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting cookies.

Although cookies do not normally contain personally identifiable information, if you are a registered user we may associate your registration information with cookies our Web site places on your computer's hard drive. Associating a cookie with your registration data allows us to offer increased personalization and functionality. For example, you can elect to have our Web sites "remember" your user name and password and bypass the sign-in process on each visit to the site. Without cookies, this functionality would not be possible.

Uses We Make of Information

In this section of our privacy policy, we identify the ways we may use information about you that we have collected.

Aggregate Data

We create aggregate data about visitors for site development and improvement activities. We also use it for market analysis. We may provide information from our Web sites in aggregate form, with identifying information removed, to third parties. For example, we may tell our sponsor what percentage of our registered users resides in a particular geographical area.

Third Parties

In addition to aggregate information (discussed previously), we may share some kinds of information with third parties as described below.

Companies and People Who Work with/for Us:

We contract with other companies and individuals to help us provide services. For example, we may host some of our Web sites on another company's computers, hire technical consultants to maintain our Web-based health tools, or work with companies to remove repetitive information from user lists, analyze data, provide marketing assistance, and provide user service. We also contract with our sponsor to provide funding necessary to maintain and expand the web site. These other companies may have access to some of the personal information we maintain about our users. We require all such companies to comply with the terms of our privacy policies, to limit their access to any personal information to the minimum necessary to perform their obligations, and not to use the information they may access for purposes other than fulfilling their responsibilities to us.

Business Transfers:

If we transfer a business unit (such as a subsidiary) or an asset (such as a Web site) to another company, we will require them to honor the applicable terms of this privacy policy.

Legal Requirements:

We may release account and other personal information when we believe release is required to comply with law.

When we share information with third parties, we ask that they agree in writing to abide by Lexicon's privacy policies.

If we discover that a third party inadvertently disclosed personal information about any of our users, we will take immediate action to prevent further occurrences.

Other than the cases described above, Lexicon will not release personally identifiable information to a third party without the user's consent.

Protection of Information

In this section of our privacy policy, we discuss the security measures we take to protect information that we have collected about you.

General Policies

We have implemented technology and security policies, rules and other measures to protect the personal data that we have under our control from unauthorized access, improper use, alteration, unlawful or accidental destruction, and accidental loss. We also protect your information by requiring that all our employees and others who have access to or are associated with the processing of your data respect your confidentiality.

Lexicon uses security methods to determine the identity of its registered users, so that appropriate rights and restrictions can be enforced for that user. Reliable verification of user identity is called authentication. Lexicon uses both passwords and usernames to authenticate users. Users are responsible for maintaining their own passwords.

Access to Information and Choices

In this section of our privacy policy, we tell you how to obtain and correct information we have about you, and how to choose what types of information you may share with us.

Correction of Information We Have About You

If you believe that any information collected by our Web site(s) is in error, you may edit your personal profile any time that you like. You can directly edit your user profile on our Lexicon web site. Requests for deletion of your record may result in your removal from the registry, but we may keep certain demographic information about you for product improvement purposes. You may contact Web User Support and ask for the changes that you would like to make.

Lexicon Employees

Lexicon employees are required to keep user information private, as a condition of their employment with the company. All employees and contractors must abide by our privacy policy, and those who violate that policy are subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of their employment and legal action.

Privacy Questions or Concerns about One of Our Web Sites

For privacy questions or concerns about the Lexicon Web site, please contact lexiconprivacy@uhmwpe.org.

Related Information

Terms of Use

Our terms of use agreements can be found here.

Revision date:

This policy was last updated on December 15, 2005.