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Privacy Policy


Thank you for your interest in the Gout & Uric Acid Education Society and for taking the time to read our Privacy Policy. Privacy is very important to the Gout & Uric Acid Education Society and we are committed to protecting the information you provide to us. This Privacy Policy tells you how we protect the privacy of personal information that you may provide to us.

Collection of Information

The Gout & Uric Acid Education Society collects information we need to provide our services to you. We generally collect your name, zip code, e-mail address and certain other types of personally identifiable information (“PII”) you provide to us.

We also receive PII when you subscribe to our e-mail list or provide feedback through our website or by other means (such as by e-mail, telephone or regular mail). This PII may include additional types of information such as your telephone number or an identification of the types of information you provide.

The Gout & Uric Acid Education Society reserves the right to collect additional information, as necessary, to ensure that our Web site best meets the needs of our visitors.

Personal Information Collected from You

We will use the PII you provide to:

  • If requested, send e-mail notifications of updates to our website; including possible surveys you can participate in
  • Respond to your questions or suggestions. Or to respond to you if you encounter and report a problem with our website
  • Improve the quality of our website

No Third-Party Disclosure or Marketing

We do not disclose your PII to third parties or engage in any marketing with third parties that involves the disclosure of your PII. Occasionally, we may send summary data pertaining to all of our users to third parties in order to enhance the services we make available to you, but the summary information does not include any information that can personally identify you.

Other Uses of PII

Should the Gout & Uric Acid Education Society have a need to use your PII for a purpose other than those stated here, we will request your permission before doing so.

Website Usage

In order to ensure that our websote is as useful as possible, the Gout & Uric Acid Education Society may collect and retain details concerning visits to the website. The purpose of such collection is to analyze details about our website users’ activities so that we can track the number of visits to our site, how many times each page is accessed, the paths visitors take to access various pages and other usage details. Whenever you access our website, our servers document the pages visited, partners’ Web sites visited and certain information about your computer, including your IP (Internet Protocol) address, operating system, web browser information and screen resolution. Each time you access the Internet, your computer is automatically assigned an IP address by your ISP (Internet Service Provider) or network. When you visit pages on the Gout & Uric Acid Education Society website, our servers record your IP address in a log. These logs are then used for system administration (such as site usage reporting and analysis) so we can constantly improve the content we provide. We will not use your IP address or Web site usage information for marketing purposes.


A cookie is a small text file containing a unique identification number that is transferred from a website to the hard drive of a computer. The web server, in turn, uses this information to present a visitor with custom web pages, session tracking, etc. The cookie identifies the Web browser — not the visitor — so that the stored information can be sent back to the server when the browser requests a page from the server. A cookie will not let a website know any personally identifiable information such as a real name and address. We do not use cookies to collect or preserve visitor information in the general public portion of our website. If you delete our cookies from your computer, your experience on our website will revert to a default state. We reserve the right to use cookies as necessary to meet the needs of our website visitors.


The Gout & Uric Acid Education Society uses appropriate technical, administrative and physical safeguards to protect data that pertains to you from loss, misuse or alteration. In addition, we take steps to ensure that our safeguards take into account new known threats. Of course, no organization can guarantee the absolute security of personal information. You should keep in mind that Internet transmissions, particularly email transmissions, are never 100% secure or error-free. Accordingly, we also caution you to guard your own computer and password against unauthorized access by others.
In the future, the Gout & Uric Acid Education Society may incorporate new technologies as they evolve to ensure a reasonable level of protection at all times.


We do not knowingly collect any personal information from anyone under the age of 18, nor do we knowingly market our websites to anyone under the age of 18.


The Gout & Uric Acid Education Society website provides hyperlinks to other websites maintained by independent third parties. This privacy statement applies solely to the information collected on this website. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage you to be aware when you leave this site and to read the privacy policies of any website that you may visit.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or you feel we have not addressed your concerns, please feel free to contact us by email.

This policy is effective as of October 24, 2006. The Gout & Uric Acid Education Society reserves the right to change this privacy policy at any time by the posting of a modified version on its website.

The Gout & Uric Acid Education Society is intended for use only by U.S. residents 18 years of age or older.