Privacy Policy

CancerCommons.org (or successor URLs collectively the “Site”) is a rapid learning community of patients, physicians, and scientists collaborating to advance our understanding and use of individualized cancer therapies. Cancer Commons values your privacy and the privacy of our other customers and visitors of the Site (referred to individually as “User” and collectively as “Users”).

This Privacy Policy document (the “Policy”) is incorporated into and is subject to the Cancer Commons Terms of Use document. Your use of the Site and any personal information you provide on the Site are subject to the terms of this Privacy Policy and Cancer Commons’ Terms of Use.

The Information Cancer Commons Collects:

User‐provided Information: You may provide to Cancer Commons what is generally called ”personally identifiable” information such as your email address and medical information when using the Site.

For example, if you use the Site to contact Cancer Commons, we will ask for your email address so that we can respond to you. Cancer Commons may also receive personally identifiable information from individuals and entities that you have authorized to disclose such information to Cancer Commons.

“Automatically Collected” Information: When you visit the Site, we may automatically record certain information from your web browser by using different types of technology. This ”automatically collected” information may include Internet Protocol address (“IP Address”), web browser type, the web pages or sites that you visit just before or just after the Site, the pages you view on the Site, and the dates and times that you visit the Site.

The Way Cancer Commons Uses Information: Cancer Commons uses the information you provide or that we collect to further the educational and research missions of Cancer Commons as well as to operate, maintain, enhance, and provide all of the features and information found on the Site. We will use your email address, without further consent, for administrative purposes, for customer service purposes, to address intellectual property infringement, rights of privacy, or defamation issues.

Cancer Commons uses all of the information that we collect to understand and analyze the usage trends and preferences of our Users, to improve the way the Site works and looks, and to create new features and functionality.

Cancer Commons may use “automatically collected” information to: (a) remember your information so that you will not have to re‐enter it during your visit or the next time you visit the Site; and (b) monitor aggregate site usage metrics such as total number of visitors and pages viewed.

Cancer Commons will not use your email address or other personally identifiable information to send promotional messages unless you have opted in or otherwise requested that Cancer Commons contact you about Cancer Commons products and services or other information.

When Cancer Commons Discloses Information:

Cancer Commons will not share your personally identifiable information with other organizations for their marketing or promotional uses without your express consent.

Cancer Commons shares automatically collected and other aggregate non‐personally‐identifiable information with interested third parties to assist such parties in understanding the usage, viewing, and demographic patterns for certain programs, content, services, advertisements, promotions, and/or functionality on the Site.

Cancer Commons works with some authorized service providers to provide website hosting and maintenance as well as other services for us. Cancer Commons requires these services providers to safeguard personally identifiable information you provide to us. To the extent it is necessary for these service providers to complete their contractual obligations to Cancer Commons; these third parties may have access to or process your personally identifiable information. Cancer Commons generally limits their use of your personally identifiable information to the purpose for which you provided it.

Cancer Commons may also disclose User information if required to do so by law or in the good‐faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with state and federal laws or respond to a court order, judicial or other government subpoena, or warrant. In some cases, we may make such disclosures without first providing notice to Users.

Cancer Commons also reserves the right to disclose User information that we believe, in good faith, is appropriate or necessary to take precautions against liability; protect Cancer Commons from fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful uses; to investigate and defend ourselves against any third‐party claims or allegations; to assist government enforcement agencies; to protect the security or integrity of the Site; or to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of Cancer Commons, our Users, or others.

Your Choices: You may, of course, decline to share your personally‐identifiable information with Cancer Commons, in which case Cancer Commons will not be able to provide to you some of the features and functionality found on the Site.

Our Commitment to Children’s Privacy: Protecting the privacy of young children is especially important. For that reason, Cancer Commons does not knowingly collect or maintain personally identifiable information on Site from persons under 18 years‐of‐age, and no part of Site is directed to persons under 18. IF YOU ARE UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE, THEN PLEASE DO NOT USE OR ACCESS SITE AT ANY TIME OR IN ANY MANNER. If Cancer Commons learns that personally‐identifiable information of persons less than 18‐years‐of‐age has been collected on Cancer Commons without verifiable parental consent, then Cancer Commons will take the appropriate steps to delete this information.

Our Commitment to Data Security: Cancer Commons uses commercially reasonable physical, managerial, and technical safeguards to preserve the integrity and security of your personal information. We cannot, however, ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to Cancer Commons, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission of information, Cancer Commons makes commercially reasonable efforts to ensure the security of our systems. However, please note that this is not a guarantee that such information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards.

If Cancer Commons learns of a security systems breach, then we may attempt to notify you electronically so that you can take appropriate protective steps. Cancer Commons may post a notice on the Site if a security breach occurs. Depending on where you live, you may have a legal right to receive notice of a security breach in writing. To receive a free written notice of a security breach you should notify us at 955 Alma Street, Palo Alto CA 94301.

International Visitors: Personally identifiable information collected on the Site may be stored and processed in the United States or any other country in which Cancer Commons or its affiliates, subsidiaries or agents maintain facilities, and by using the Site you consent to any such transfer of information outside of your country.

In the Event of Merger or Sale: In the event that Cancer Commons is acquired by or merged with a third‐party entity, we reserve the right, in any of these circumstances, to transfer or assign the information that we have collected from Users as part of such merger, acquisition, sale, or other change of control.

Changes and Updates to this Privacy Policy: This Privacy Policy may be revised periodically without further notice to you and this will be reflected by a “last modified” date below. Please revisit this page to stay aware of any changes. In general, we only use your personal information in the manner described in the Privacy Policy in effect when we received that personal information. Your continued use of the Site constitutes your agreement to this Privacy Policy and any future revisions.

For revisions to this Privacy Policy that may be materially less restrictive on our use or disclosure of personal information you have provided to us, we will make reasonable efforts to notify you and obtain your consent before implementing such revisions with respect to such information.

Cancer Commons Contact Information:

Please contact Cancer Commons with any questions or comments about this Privacy Policy, your personal information, our third‐party disclosure practices, or your consent choices at: info@cancercommons.org

Last Updated: July 26, 2013