Last updated: February 7, 2022
This privacy notice discloses the privacy practices for the Vitamin C International Consortium Institute (VCICI), our website (www.VCICI.org), our social media platforms (including VCICI-based accounts on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.), our member resources, blogs, and forums.
This privacy notice will notify you of the following:
- Who we are;
- What information we collect;
- How it is used;
- With whom it is shared;
- How it is secured;
- How policy changes will be communicated;
- How to access and/or control or correct your information; and
- How to address concerns over misuse of personal data.
If you have any questions about this policy, contact the VCICI Office via email at Support@VCICI.org.
WHO WE ARE
The VCICI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and we are the premier international consortium of renowned scientists, educators, and leading medical practitioners in integrative medicine. VCICI is dedicated to promoting research, providing resources, sharing case studies, and facilitating the original high-dose Vitamin C therapy protocols pioneered by Dr. Frederick Klenner, MD, and Dr. Robert Cathcart, MD. VCICI’s mission is to provide focused educational platforms and practical training opportunities specifically designed to enhance the knowledge base of physicians and healthcare professionals with the common goal of improving care to immunocompromised patients with chronic and acute conditions.
INFORMATION COLLECTION, HOW IT IS USED, AND SHARING
VCICI has access to personal information that you give us voluntarily through email, social media, or direct contact from you. We may also use statistical information to track visitors to our website. This lets us see which of our features are the most popular so we can better serve our users’ needs. It also lets us provide aggregate data about our traffic (not identifying you personally by name, but by showing how many visitors came to a certain page, for example). More important details about the information that we collect is as follows:
Information You Provide Us: We collect information about you when you contact the VCICI Office in any way, join as a member, purchase products or services, register for a conference, or respond to a request. The information we collect often times includes your contact information including your name, address, email address, telephone, and company name. This information is used to contact you about, and provide you with, the products/services which you have signed up to receive.
We will not share your information with any other organization other than as necessary to fulfill your request. This may include shipping you an order or taking steps that are required to fulfill your activities as a member. We will not sell or rent this information to anyone.
Information Collected from Third Parties: We may pass your information to our third-party service providers, agents, subcontractors, and other associated organizations for the purposes of providing services to you such as processing credit card payments. It is important for you to know that if you purchase a product or service from us online, your card information is held by us, and it is collected by our third-party payment processors, who specialize in the secure online capture and processing of credit/debit card transactions. When we use third-party service providers, we disclose only the information that is necessary to deliver the service, and we make concerted efforts to ensure that your information is secure with third parties and within our own storage.
We may also receive information about you when participate as an exhibitor at a symposium, trade meeting or conference.
Information Collected Automatically: When you interact with us online, certain information about your use of our website is automatically collected. This information includes computer and connection information, such as statistics on your page views, traffic to and from our website, referral URL, ad data, your IP address, and device identifiers. This information also may include how you search for our services, the websites you click on from our site or emails, whether and when you open our emails, and your browsing activities across other websites.
Much of this information is collected through cookies, web beacons, and other tracking technologies, as well as through your web browser or device. The tracking technologies employed when you use our website may be first-party or third-party. It may be possible to switch off cookies by changing your browser preferences. Turning cookies off may result in a loss of functionality when using our website, and you may be unable to place an order.
Information from Social Media: When you interact with us or our services through a social media platform, we may collect the personal information that you make available to us on that page, including your account ID or username and other information included in your posts. If you choose to log in to your account with or through a social networking service, we and that service may share certain information about you and your activities.
Information for Legal Purposes: If required to do so by law or we think in our discretion that sharing is necessary, we may use or disclose information about you to (a) act to protect the personal safety of our employees and agents, other users of the website, or members of the public; (b) protect and defend our rights or property, our users; or out website; (c) comply with applicable law or legal papers served on us or our website. Additionally, we may transfer to another entity or its affiliates or service providers some or all information about you in connection with, or during negotiations of, any merger, acquisition, sale of assets or any line of business, change in ownership control, or financing transaction. You should be aware that the acquiring party or merged entity may not share the same privacy practices as we do as set forth here.
We use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server, to administer our websites, and for metrics used to track website visitor traffic.
We use “cookies” on our sites. A cookie is a piece of data stored on a site visitor’s hard drive to help us improve your access to our site and identify repeat visitors to our site. For instance, when we use a cookie to identify you, you would not have to log in a password more than once, thereby saving time while on our site. Cookies can also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance their experience on our site. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information on our site.
Our services (webpages, newsletters, social media posts, etc.) often contain links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our services and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personally identifiable information. Likewise, if you link to our website from a third-party site, we cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of the owners and operators of that third-party site and recommend that you check the policy of that third-party site.
When you submit sensitive information to us, we endeavor to protect your information online and offline.
Wherever we collect sensitive information (such as credit card data), that information is encrypted and transmitted to us in a secure way. You can verify this by looking for a closed lock icon at the bottom of your web browser, or by looking for “https” at the beginning of the address of the web page.
While we use encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, we also protect your information offline. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job are granted access to personally identifiable information. Employees are required to handle this information with the utmost of care, confidentiality, and security and to abide by all of the policies set forth by the VCICI. The computers/servers on which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment. The VCICI is PCI Compliant (meets the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard).
NOTIFICATION OF CHANGES
YOUR ACCESS TO AND CONTROL OVER INFORMATION & OTHER PROVISIONS
You may opt out of any future contacts from us at any time. You can do any of the following by contacting us via the email at Support@VCICI.org.
- Express any concern you have about our use of your data
- Change any data we have about you
- See what data we have about you, if any
- Have us remove any data we have about you
Numerous other provisions and/or practices may be required as a result of laws, international treaties, or industry practices. It is up to you to determine what additional practices must be followed and/or what additional disclosures are required. Please take special notice of the California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA), which is frequently amended and now includes a disclosure requirement for “Do Not Track” signals.