PRIVACY STATEMENT

The British In Vitro Diagnostics Association (“BIVDA”) is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to the BIVDA Web Site and governs data collection and usage. By using the BIVDA Web Site, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

COLLECTION OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

BIVDA collects personally identifiable information, such as your e-mail address, name, home or work address or telephone number. BIVDA also collects anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you, such as your post code, age, gender, preferences, interests and favourites.

There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by BIVDA. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring Web Site addresses. This information is used by BIVDA for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the BIVDA Web Site.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through BIVDA public message boards, this information may be collected and used by others. Note: BIVDA does not read any of your private online communications.

BIVDA encourages you to review the privacy statements of Web Sites you choose to link to from BIVDA so that you can understand how those Web Sites collect, use and share your information. BIVDA is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on Web Sites outside of the BIVDA and BIVDA family of Web Sites.

USE OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

BIVDA collects and uses your personal information to operate the BIVDA Web Site and deliver the services you have requested. BIVDA also uses your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from BIVDA and its affiliates. BIVDA may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

BIVDA does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties. BIVDA may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (e-mail, name, address, telephone number) is not transferred to the third party. In addition, BIVDA may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to BIVDA, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

BIVDA does not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, without your explicit consent.

BIVDA keeps track of the Web Sites and pages our customers visit within BIVDA, in order to determine what BIVDA services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within BIVDA to customers whose behaviour indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.

BIVDA Web Sites will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on BIVDA or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of BIVDA; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of BIVDA, or the public.

USE OF COOKIES

The BIVDA Web Site use "cookies" to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize BIVDA pages, or register with BIVDA site or services, a cookie helps BIVDA to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same BIVDA Web Site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the BIVDA features that you customized.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the BIVDA services or Web Sites you visit.

List of the main BIVDA cookies

This is a list of the main cookies set by the www.bivda.co.uk website, and what each is used for:

.ASPXANONYMOUS

This cookie stores a session ID for users who have not registered and logged in to the website to view standard website content.

Language

When a user accesses the website, annonymous users get displayed either the preferred language set in their browser or the portal default language, for registered users the preferred language is taken from the user profile.

PortalAliasId

PortalAlias is used to determine exactly which portal in the Content Management System installation is being requested.

PortalRoles

This cookie is used by our Content Management System to store role memberships for the current authenticated user.

.DOTNETNUKE

Passes data between dotnetnuke ASCX controls to allow a logged in user to view information assigned to their user group (security role).

Authentication

This is the login cookie which keeps the session open for each user for a set period of time when they have successfully logged in.

CookieDirective

This cookie is used to identify when the cookie directive warning should be displayed to a new visitor when they enter the website. It will continue to show until the user accepts the notice.

SECURITY OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

BIVDA secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. BIVDA secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other Web Sites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

CHANGES TO THIS STATEMENT

BIVDA will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect company and customer feedback. BIVDA encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how BIVDA is protecting your information.

CONTACT INFORMATION

BIVDA welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that BIVDA has not adhered to this Statement, please contact BIVDA at info@bivda.co.uk. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.