Privacy Policy

The San Francisco Dental Society (SFDS) is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. We will not sell, share, or rent website collected information to others in ways different from what is disclosed in this statement. The SFDS respects the privacy of its members and other visitors to its Web site. The SFDS strongly believes that if electronic commerce and online activities are to flourish, consumers must be assured that information provided online is used responsibly and appropriately. To protect online privacy, the SFDS has implemented the following policy.

What Information Does the SFDS Collect?

Most data the SFDS collects is used only to help us better serve our members. It is our general policy to collect and store only personal information that our members and visitors knowingly provide. If our privacy policies change, we will notify all users by e-mail or a special announcement placed on the Web site.

From General Users:The SFDS does not collect any personal information from users browsing its Web site. Only aggregate data -- such as the number of hits per page -- are collected.  Aggregate data are only used for internal purposes and do not provide any personally identifying information.

From the SFDS's Members, Meeting Registrants, and Other Customers:To gain access to members-only resources and personalization features on sfds.org, members are required to logon. The SFDS may ask users to provide their name, member number (for members), organization name, business phone, and e-mail through membership applications, meeting or seminar registrations, publication orders, subscriptions, and event registrations. Additionally, for some e-mails sent in HTML format by the SFDS to its members through its electronic newsletters, we will collect specific information regarding what the recipient does with that email. For those emails, the SFDS will monitor whether a recipient subsequently clicks through to links provided in the message. Other information collected through this tracking feature includes: email address of a user, the date and time of the user's "click," a message number, tracking URL number and destination page.  The SFDS only uses this information to enhance its products/services and distribution of those products/services to its members. This information is not sold or distributed in any other manner.  We will not share aggregated demographic information with our partners and advertisers.

How Does the SFDS Use Data Collected?

The SFDS uses information voluntarily submitted by members and other customers in the following ways:

The SFDS Member Services and Products:Generally, the SFDS uses data collected to improve its own web content; to respond to visitors' interests, needs and preferences; and to develop new products and services.

Disclosures to Third Parties:The SFDS also makes member contact information available through the Find-a-Dentist and Membership Directory to other members using its Web site.  On occasion, the SFDS may also provide limited data to third parties that offer products and services. These limited data include names, titles, and business addresses, but do not include business phone numbers, business fax numbers or e-mail addresses.  Users may contact the SFDS at info@sfds.org or 415-928-7337 to express their preferences if they determine later that they do not wish to have the practice information shared.

Credit Card Account Information:The SFDS does not disclose credit card account information provided by its members and customers. When members and customers choose to pay using their credit cards, the SFDS submits the information needed to obtain payment to the appropriate clearinghouse.

How Does the SFDS Use Cookies?

Cookies are files that contain information created by a web server that can be stored on a User's hard disk for use either during a particular session ("per-session" cookie) or for future use ("persistent" cookie).  The SFDS uses cookies only to facilitate automated activity, store and track passwords, determine appropriate solicitations, and review navigation patterns. Cookies are not used to disseminate significant information about Users over the Internet or to analyze any information that Users have knowingly or unknowingly provided. When a user registers, the system will ask whether the user approves of the attachment of a cookie. Users may instruct their Internet browsers to opt out of accepting a "persistent" cookie and rather accept only a "per-session" cookie, but will need to login each time they visit the site to enjoy the full benefits. If the user declines the attachment of any cookie, the user may not have access to the full benefits of the website. Registration enables the site to better determine members' interest areas and provide the most relevant information.

What Privacy Issues Arise With Links To Other Sites?

This Web site contains links to other web sites.  The SFDS has no control over and is not responsible for the privacy policies or content of such sites.

What Means Of Redress Are Available?

If any User suspects the SFDS has handled its personal information in a manner that does not comply with this privacy statement, please contact us by e-mailing to info@sfds.org or by calling 415-928-7337.