Last Updated: July 12, 2016

Americas Hernia Society (“AHS,", “we,” or “us”) is committed to protecting the privacy of its members and visitors with respect to the personal information they provide us through our website at  (“Website")  as reflected in this Privacy Policy (“Policy”).

By visiting the Website you are accepting the practices described in this Policy with respect to information that AHS collects about you through its Website.

AHS may amend this Policy at any time without notice.  Changes to this Policy may affect our use of personally identifiable information that you provided us prior to such changes.  Please visit our Website to obtain currzent information about our Policy.

AHS uses various technologies to protect the confidentiality, security, and integrity of information volunteered or collected from users of the Website. We do not require anyone to divulge any personally identifiable information to use the Website, although the use of certain features may require that you provide us with personally identifiable information to use those features. AHS will not collect personally identifiable information about you unless the information is provided voluntarily by you.

AHS does not knowingly collect, use or disclose personally identifiable information about any patient on its Website. You should not post any material in any area of our Website that could be used to identify a patient. If we learn that we have collected the personally identifiable information of a patient, we will take steps to delete the information as soon as possible.

You must be at least 18 years old to have our permission to use this site. We do not knowingly collect, use or disclose personally identifiable information about visitors under 18 years of age.

I. Information AHS Collects

The information we collect generally includes: (1) personal information you supply and (2) tracking information collected as you navigate through the Website.

Information Provided by You:
We may collect and store personally identifiable information that you provide to us.  The personally identifiable information we request from prospective members, members and registrants for AHS sponsored events may include your: (i) country of residence; (i) first, middle, and last name; (ii) email address; (iii) education, fellowships and certifications; (iv) gender, age and date of birth; (v) website URL; (vi) home or office phone and fax numbers; (vii) home or office address; (ix) practice affiliation; (x) areas of practice, experience, and specialization; (xi) AHS member identification number, user ID, and password; and (xii) credit card information (only if payments are made online, although the Website uses a PCI SSC compliant third party payment processor which collects all credit card information through a link to its site and only provides AHS with transaction detail that limits credit card information to the last 4 digits of the credit card account number).

In addition to the foregoing, members of AHS may elect to submit materials for presentation at  meetings and conferences sponsored by AHS.  In accordance with AHS’s policies, members submitting presentation materials will be required to submit personally identifying information related to disclosures of financial interests and other conflicts of interest related to the materials submitted for presentation.

Information Collected Through Technology: 
Primarily to tailor the Website to your needs, AHS collects information using technology, such as IP addresses and cookies. For example, your IP address provides AHS with non-personally identifiable information about how you entered the Internet, namely through your Internet service provider, your company, or some other source, and can permit AHS to identify the frequency with which you visit the Website. Standard features in Internet browser software such as "cookies" allow Websites to track certain user activities by assigning each of our visitors a unique number that resides on your computer. AHS uses cookies to make the Website more interesting and useful (for example, cookies let us know which of our sites you have been visiting and which you have not).

II. How AHS Uses Information it Collects

AHS uses your personally identifiable information for the purposes for which it was submitted.  For example, AHS uses the information collected to enable a user to: (i) apply for membership in AHS , (ii) pay membership dues, (iii) receive Hernia Journal, (iv) participate in the “Find a Hernia Specialist” directory; (v) receive AHS newsletters and product and/or service announcements, and (vi) participate in AHS sponsored meetings, programs, and activities.  We do not undertake to maintain any information about you for a duration greater than necessary to provide services to you or as provided by law, rule or regulation.

All members’ names and degrees are published in the AHS “Find a Hernia Specialist” directory and, if you elect to do so (by consenting to publication of such information on the Website), in addition to your name, AHS will publish as part of the “Find a Hernia Specialist” directory your  location, contact information (address, phone number, e-mail address), and, to the extent you provide it or a link to it, your specialty, subspecialty, education and training, areas of clinical concentration, hospital appointments, academic appointments, society memberships, date of birth, and gender) and as such will be available to search, access and view by the general public.

Once someone voluntarily provides an email address, AHS assumes it has permission to email that person with questions, transaction follow-up, membership information, and to send bulk email messages. AHS may collect data to track the effectiveness of emails to enable it to better serve its audiences. AHS does not sell or lease the email addresses of its members.

AHS may use information about use of the Website and aggregated information about you and other visitors to our Website in order to improve our Website and develop content and services that may be of interest to you and for its other business purposes.

Members who log into the Website will not be anonymous in the non-public areas of the Website and may not always be anonymous in the public areas of the Website. Non-member users will be anonymous in their browsing of the Website, except to the extent they voluntarily submit personally identifiable information through the Website.

III. Protection of Personally Identifiable Information

AHS employs reasonable security measures to protect your personal information, but please be aware that no method of electronic transmission is completely infallible, and we cannot guarantee the absolute security of your personal information.

IV. Information Sharing with Third Parties

We may share your personal information with our authorized service providers that perform certain services on our behalf.  These services may include providing electronic versions of Hernia Journal to our members, customer service, and supporting our Website functionality.  These service providers may have access to personally identifiable information needed to perform their functions but are not authorized to share or use such information for any other purposes. 

We may also provide your information to third parties to accomplish the purpose for which the information was submitted, such as transmitting through the Website your personally identifiable information to credit card processors to process a payment.

We may also transfer user or customer information, including personally identifiable information, in connection with a corporate transaction involving us, such as a divestiture, merger, consolidation, or asset sale.

We may disclose specific information in response to a valid court order, subpoena, government investigation, or as otherwise required by law, to enforce our Website policies, or to protect our or others' rights, property, or safety.  We reserve the right to report to law enforcement agencies any activities that we, in good faith, believe to be unlawful.  We may share information to prevent illegal uses of the Website, or defend ourselves against third-party claims.  We may also share information with companies assisting in fraud protection or investigation.  We do not provide information to these agencies or companies for marketing or commercial purposes.


V. Questions or Comments

If you have any questions or comments about Americas Hernia Society’s privacy policy, please contact us at:

American Hernia Society
4582 South Ulster Street, Suite 201
Denver, CO 80237
Phone (866) 798-5406
Fax (303) 771-2550

VI. Other Terms

This Policy is subject to, a part of, and incorporated into the Terms of Use which can be found under the Terms of Use tab on the Home Page of the Website.

This Website is operated from the United States. You consent to your personally identifiable information being transmitted to and processed within the United States according to this Policy regardless of your residency, citizenship, or location when you input such data and so long as the data is maintained by AHS. 

The Website may also contain links to third party websites that are not under our control.  You may wish to consider that these websites may have their own privacy policies or no privacy policies at all.  AHS is not responsible for the privacy practices used by these linked websites.