Privacy Statement


Privacy

Western Institutional Review Board, Inc. ("WIRB") is committed to respecting your privacy. We recognize your need for appropriate protection and management of personally identifiable information you share with us. The purpose of this privacy policy is to inform you of what personally identifiable information we may collect from you when you visit our website, how we use such information, and the choices you have regarding our use of, and your ability to review and correct, the information.

Collecting information about you

You can visit many of our web pages without telling us who you are or revealing any personal information about yourself. However, there may be times (such as use of WIRBNET Tracking, submitting an order for services, registering to receive information, etc.) when we ask you to provide information about yourself, such as your name, shipping/billing address, telephone number, email address, etc. Whether you provide such information is completely your own choice. But if you choose not to provide the information we request, you may be unable to access and/or order certain services and content on our website.

We collect standard server log information such as IP addresses, time spent on the site, browser type, etc. on an aggregate basis in order to track site statistics. Individual users will remain anonymous unless you voluntarily tell us who you are. We do not share server log information with third parties.

Using information about you

We use the personally identifiable information you provide for internal purposes, such as confirming and tracking your order or registration, and analyzing trends and statistics. We may also use the personally identifiable information to inform you of new services. We do not share personally identifiable information with third parties.

From time to time we might establish a business relationship with other persons or entities to provide specific services, for example with regard to management of multi-site clinical trials. When you, the user, sign up for these services, we might share and cross-reference information, including personally identifiable information about you, that is necessary for such persons or entities to perform the services. These parties are not allowed to use personally identifiable information except for the purpose of providing these services.

Although unlikely, in certain instances we may disclose your personally identifiable information when we have reason to believe that it is necessary to identify, contact, or bring legal action against persons or entities who may be causing injury to you, to WIRB, or to others. We may also disclose your personally identifiable information when we believe the law requires it.

Security

WIRB uses sophisticated encryption and authentication tools to protect the security of your personal information that you share with us. We use strict security measures to safeguard online transactions through the use of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) with 128-bit encryption. Any connection between your web browser and an https-protected page on our site uses this level of encryption.

Unfortunately, however, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any information you transmit to or from our website, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we will do our best to protect its security on our systems.

Links

This website contains links to other websites. WIRB and its affiliates are not responsible for the privacy practices or content of these externally sponsored websites. We encourage you to read the privacy statement of any other website that you visit.

Policy changes

If we decide to change our privacy policy in whole or in part, we will inform you by posting a notice on our website. Those changes will go into effect on the date posted in the notice. The new policy will apply to all current and past users of our website and will replace any prior policies that are inconsistent. This policy was posted in April 2005.

Your feedback

To help us improve our privacy policy and practice, please give us your feedback. You may send us email at clientservices@wirb.com.