Effective August 25, 2016
This policy applies to your use of the JNS website. This policy does not apply to your use of other websites, apps or other third-party online services to which the JNS website may link.
What kinds of information may we request?
The types of information we request depend on your purpose in visiting our site.
Casual visitors to our site are only asked to provide personal information if they wish to receive email alerts about upcoming articles, become a subscriber, or purchase an article. All visitors have free access to any article in Neurosurgical Focus and to selected articles in the other journals. Only aggregate data – such as the number of hits per page – are collected in the public areas of our website. Aggregate data is only used for internal and marketing purposes and does not include any personally identifiable information.
Visitors who request email alerts about upcoming articles are asked to provide their names and email addresses.
Customers who wish to purchase one or more articles are asked to provide their names, email addresses, and credit card information, and to select a user name and password.
Subscribers are asked to provide their names, postal/email addresses, phone/fax numbers, some demographic information, and credit card information. They also are asked to select a user name and password so that they may access all online journals at any time.
What kinds of information are automatically collected?
We track how our Site is used by both anonymous visitors and visitors who interact with the Site and we may store some information on your computer. One way we track is by using "cookies." A cookie is a small data file that is automatically transferred from the website to the visitor’s computer. Two types of cookies are commonly used. A session cookie is created by a website when that website is accessed; that type of cookie is automatically deleted by closing the web browser. A persistent cookie is a cookie that is stored on the hard drive of the user’s computer or device for a period of time chosen by the website that sets the cookie, usually for a number of years, unless the user deletes it manually. This policy distinguishes between short-lived cookies and long-lasting cookies. Short-lived cookies include all session cookies and those persistent cookies that are set to be stored for no more than one week. Our websites may at times require users to accept short-lived cookies in order for the websites to function properly. Long-lasting cookies may be used on the site to track visitor practices to help determine which site features and services are most important and guide editorial direction. Other long-lasting cookies may make it possible for the user to access the site without requiring entry of a user name or password, allow the user to view different restricted areas of the site without reregistering, allow the user to personalize the site for future use and provide other features and benefits. Users who do not desire the functionality created by the long-lasting cookie should have the option to disable the long-lasting cookie function, either by indicating when asked that they do not wish to have a long-lasting cookie created or by disabling the long-lasting cookie function on their web browser. Individuals should be able to opt out of long-lasting cookie functions that permit tracking of personal information at any time. Further, you should have the option of setting your browser to reject cookies. However, doing this will hinder performance and negatively impact your experience on our Site.
Cookies are required for the Members-Only and e-commerce sections of the website. Cookies are essential for site administration and security.
A log file records computer transactions. Information in a log file may include, among others, the IP address of the computer used by the visitor, the host and domain names, and the type of web browser used to access the website. Such information is used to analyze website use so that we may improve service.
Do we share this automatically-collected information?
This information is accessible only to employees of the JNS Publishing Group and our service providers that host our website. We will not share information that can identify visitors to our site with other organizations unless we believe that action is required by law, necessary to protect the rights and property of the JNS Publishing Group, or necessary to protect the personal safety of our employees, website visitors, or other members of the public.
What about credit card account information?
Credit card information provided to the JNS, such as credit card numbers, will be used only for billing purposes, to fill orders, to provide services, and for other ordered products/services.
For publication orders, this may involve providing your credit card number to our designated business partners. The JNS and its designated partners will only use your credit card number to process transactions you request.
When members and customers choose to pay using their credit cards, the JNS submits the information needed to obtain payment to the appropriate clearinghouse. Credit card information provided to the JNS will never be sold or shared with any other party, except as noted above. Neither the JNS, nor its designated partners and agents, disclose credit card account information provided by its members and customers to outside parties.
By purchasing products or services that require the disclosure of your financial information on the website, you consent to our providing your financial information to our service providers and to such third parties as we determine is necessary to process your transactions.
How do we safeguard personal information?
All credit card transactions are safeguarded by secure sockets layer (SSL) data encryption. Other personal information is stored in databases at the JNS Publishing Group.
The JNS website and and the information it contains are provided as a service by the JNSPG. This system is monitored to ensure proper operation, to verify the functioning of applicable security features, and for comparable purposes. Anyone using this system expressly consents to such monitoring. Unauthorized attempts to modify any information stored on this system, to defeat or circumvent security features, or to utilize this system for other than its intended purposes are prohibited and may result in criminal prosecution.
No website or app is 100% secure. You can usually tell whether encryption is being used on a website by noting the “locked” or other status indicator on the browser you are using. If the browser you are using does not indicate that the session is secure (e.g., by displaying a lock, a key or similar icon), you should assume that the connection is not secure and that third parties will receive the information shared by you and us during that part of the session.
If you are visiting the website from outside of the United States, your connection may be through and to servers located in the United States. Your registration, entries, order or other use of the website may be fully processed in and from the United States and all information you provide may be processed and maintained in our servers (or our service provider’s servers) and internal system located within the United States. By using the website, you authorize the export of personal information to the United States and its storage and use as specified herein when you provide such information to us.
Access to other websites
Through links on the thejns.org website, visitors can access other websites belonging to the federal government, scientific publications, and manufacturers of medical equipment. These websites have their own privacy policies, which may differ from our own. The JNS Publishing Group is not responsible for the content of these websites or for their privacy policies.
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