The Institute of Medicine of Chicago (IOMC) has created this Privacy Policy to explain why we collect particular information and how we will protect your personal privacy within our website. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for the website located at www.iomc.org.

IOMC is strongly committed to protecting the privacy of our online guests, customers, members, donors, and friends. We believe that maintaining privacy on the web is critical, and that informing our visitors about the types of information we collect and how we use it is very important.

Because we want to demonstrate our commitment to your privacy, this Privacy Policy notifies you of:

  • What information of yours is collected through the site and how it is used;
  • How such information is protected;
  • With whom your information may be shared; and
  • How you can contact us to review the personal information collected and request corrections.

Questions regarding this policy should be directed to IOMC by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please reference "Privacy Policy" in your subject line.

Donor Information
Donor information provided to IOMC is maintained by and accessible only to IOMC unless specifically stated otherwise. IOMC uses reasonable precautions to keep all personal information secure. Our staff is educated about the importance of safeguarding your information and we are committed to holding them accountable for protecting your confidentiality. However, such precautions do not guarantee that our website is invulnerable to all security breaks. IOMC makes no warranty, guarantee, or representation that the use of our website is protected from viruses, security threats, or other vulnerabilities, or that your information will always be secure.

Personal and Financial Information
Our registration forms require users to give us contact information that may include name, email address, format preference (HTML vs. Text), address, interests, and similar information. If you pay to register for an event, join, or make a donation, we will request other sensitive information from our visitors, such as birth dates and credit card numbers.

Credit Card and Personal Information Security
All information provided to IOMC is transmitted using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption. SSL is a proven coding system that lets your browser automatically encrypt, or scramble, data before you send it to us. Online donations and other financial transactions completed on our website are PCI DSS compliant. PCI DSS is the payment card industry security requirement for entities that store, process or transmit cardholder data, and has been endorsed by all the major card brands &emdash; Visa Inc., MasterCard Worldwide, Discover Network, American Express and JCB. PCI DSS compliance gives consumers the confidence they need to know that organizations accepting electronic payments or donations are doing so in a verified, secure, and consistent fashion. This means that the processes, procedures, network configuration and overall environment used to process your financial support of our organization have met the stringent guidelines of a third-party audit and are in compliance with the high standards set by the industry. This comprehensive standard is intended to help organizations such as ours proactively protect your account data, a responsibility we take very seriously. Unfortunately, however, no data transmission over the Internet is 100% secure. While we strive to protect your information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of such information.

Internet Protocol Address
We collect an IP address from all visitors to our site. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the Internet. We use IP addresses to help diagnose problems with our server, administer our site, analyze trends, track site usage, gather broad demographic information for aggregate use in order for us to improve the site, and deliver customized, personalized content. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

Use of "Cookies"
Our site uses cookies to enhance your browsing experience. Cookies are pieces of information that some websites transfer to the computer that is browsing that website for record-keeping purposes. Use of cookies makes web surfing easier by performing certain functions such as saving your passwords and your personal preferences regarding your use of the particular website. Cookies are considered to be an industry standard.

Your browser is probably set to accept cookies. If you would prefer not to receive cookies, you can alter the configuration of your browser to refuse cookies. Please note, though, that if you choose to have your browser refuse cookies, some areas of our site will not function properly when you view them.

Other Websites
Our site contains links to other websites. Please note that when you click on one of these links, you are entering another website for which IOMC has no responsibility. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on all such sites as their policies may vary from ours.

Sharing of Personal Information/Correcting Inaccuracies
IOMC does not sell or rent the personal information we collect from our online registrations, membership subscriptions, or donations. We do post basic information about our members on the IOMC website. If you do not want your personal information posted on the website, you may send us written notice either by mail or by email to the address below, and all access to your personal information will be restricted. If you identify any inaccuracies in your personal information, you may send us written notice either by mail or by email to the address below.

Email, Newsletter, and Listserv Policy
We will use personal identification information that you submit for IOMC marketing and promotional purposes. If you join IOMC, you will be added to the membership Listserv and receive the IOMC email newsletter. If you sign up to receive IOMC’s e-mail newsletter, you have willingly provided the personal information required. You will have the option to "opt-out" of the Listserv and newsletter by "unsubscribing." Please follow the instructions for "unsubscribing" associated with each form of communication.

Policy Changes
These policies apply only to our online practices and do not encompass other areas of the organization. Periodic changes may be made as new services and content are added to our site or to reflect changes in IOMC’s policies. Any such changes will be effective immediately upon posting. Visitors to IOMC’s website are encouraged to check this document periodically to stay informed of current IOMC privacy guidelines. Your continued use of the IOMC site following the posting of changes to these terms will indicate your acceptance of those changes.

Acceptance of Terms
By using the Institute of Medicine of Chicago website, you signify your acceptance of our Privacy Policy. IOMC is not responsible for a security breach by a third party. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use our site.

Contact Us
If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, please contact:

Institute of Medicine of Chicago
142 E Ontario St.
Suite 711
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312.663.0040
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