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AGREEMENT

BY ENTERING AND USING THE ACMG SITE, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE OF ACMG.NET, THAT THE PROVISIONS, DISCLOSURES AND DISCLAIMERS SET FORTH ABOVE ARE FAIR AND REASONABLE, AND THAT YOUR AGREEMENT TO FOLLOW AND BE BOUND BY THEM IS VOLUNTARY AND IS NOT THE RESULT OF FRAUD, DURESS OR UNDUE INFLUENCE EXERCISED UPON YOU BY ANY PERSON OR ENTITY.

 

YOU ALSO AGREE TO INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS ACMG AND ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, MEMBERS, AGENTS, AFFILIATES, THIRD-PARTY INFORMATION PROVIDERS, LICENSORS, AND OTHERS INVOLVED IN THE DELIVERY OF THE WEBSITE OR THE DELIVERY OF INFORMATION, PRODUCTS OR SERVICES OVER THE WEBSITE, FROM AND AGAINST ANY AND ALL LIABILITIES, EXPENSES, DAMAGES, AND COSTS, INCLUDING REASONABLE ATTORNEY’S FEES, FROM ANY CLAIM, COMPLAINT OR DAMAGE ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF THE SITE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY VIOLATION BY YOU OF THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

 


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Welcome to the website of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (the "ACMG"). Please take a few minutes to review the following statements containing important legal information, privacy policies and other terms and conditions of use of this site.

 

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SUMMARY OF IMPORTANT LEGAL INFORMATION
The acmg.net website (the "Site") is produced by and for the ACMG. All use of the Site is subject to the Terms and Conditions set forth below. By entering and using the Site, you acknowledge that you have read and understood such Terms and Conditions and that you agree to abide by them. The Site is designed and intended for educational purposes only. ACMG does not endorse, guarantee, warrant, or recommend any information, products or services discussed or advertised on the Site or linked from the Site.

No Medical Advice or Physician-Patient Relationship. THE CONTENT OF THE SITE IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT, AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED TO BE, MEDICAL ADVICE. THIS INFORMATION IS NOT INTENDED TO CREATE, AND RECEIPT OF IT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE, A PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP. THE CONTENT IS NOT INTENDED FOR USE IN THE DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT OF ANY INDIVIDUAL CONDITION OR AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR A CONSULTATION WITH A LICENSED MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. THE CONTENT SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED COMPLETE; IS NOT EXHAUSTIVE; AND DOES NOT COVER ALL DISEASES, AILMENTS, PHYSICAL CONDITIONS, OR THEIR DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT. THE CONTENT SHOULD NOT BE USED IN PLACE OF A VISIT, CALL OR CONSULTATION WITH, AND THE ADVICE OF, YOUR PHYSICIAN OR OTHER HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS. SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY HEALTH CARE-RELATED QUESTIONS, CALL OR SEE YOUR PHYSICIAN OR OTHER HEALTH CARE PROVIDER PROMPTLY. TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST BEFORE TAKING ANY PRESCRIPTION OR OVER THE COUNTER DRUGS, INCLUDING ANY HERBAL MEDICINES OR SUPPLEMENTS. NEVER DISREGARD PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE, OR DELAY IN SEEKING IT, BECAUSE OF SOMETHING THAT YOU HAVE READ ON THE SITE.

Information Presented by ACMG. The information presented on behalf of ACMG on the Site is designed for informational and educational purposes only. Although ACMG endeavors to ensure the accuracy and reliability of information presented by or on behalf of ACMG on the website, it does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficacy or timeliness of such information, and therefore, makes no representation or warranty regarding the same. Furthermore, ACMG does not endorse, guarantee, warrant, or recommend any information, products or services discussed or advertised on the Site or linked from the Site. Reliance on any information, products or services appearing on the Site that is provided by ACMG or ACMG employees is solely at your own risk.

Information Presented by Users and Third Parties. Any content and/or opinions uploaded or submitted by a third party, including all materials, articles, hyperlinks, documents, spreadsheets, presentations, images, individual user profiles, comments, opinions, or other dialogue, any other content or opinions in any form and responses to questions (hereinafter "User-Posted Content") are solely the opinions and responsibility of the person or entity submitting them and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ACMG. ACMG makes no representation or warranty regarding User-Posted Content that is posted or uploaded by users of the Site or other third parties, and ACMG expressly disclaims any and all liability related thereto. By using the Site, you agree to hold ACMG harmless from any and all claims arising out of User-Posted Content. Reliance on any information, products or services appearing on the Site, whether provided by third parties at the invitation of ACMG or visitors or contributors to the website is solely at your own risk.

Liability of ACMG and its Licensors. The Site and information provided on the Site is provided on an "as is" and "as available" basis, with all faults. Neither ACMG nor any person associated with ACMG makes any warranty or representation with respect to the quality, accuracy, or availability of the Site. Specifically, but without limiting the foregoing, neither ACMG nor anyone associated with ACMG warrants or represents that the Site or the information provided on the Site will be accurate, reliable, error-free, uninterrupted; that defects will be corrected; that the Site or the servers that make them available are free from viruses or other harmful components; or that the Site will otherwise meet your needs or expectations. ACMG disclaims all warranties of any kind, express or implied, including any warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or non-infringement. In no event will ACMG or its contractors be liable for any damages of any kind, under any legal theory, arising out of or in connection with your use of, or inability to use, the Site, including any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or punitive damages, including, but not limited to, lost profits or damages resulting from delay, interruption in service, viruses, deletion of files or electronic communications, or errors, omissions, or other inaccuracies in the Site or the content transmitted on the Site or personal injury, whether or not there is negligence by ACMG and whether or not ACMG has been advised of the possibility of any such damages.

Member and User Obligations. You agree to comply in all respects with these Terms and Conditions as they may be amended, updated or revised from time to time. Your failure to comply with the provisions of copyright and trademark restrictions and member obligations may expose you to civil and/or criminal liability.

Copyright and Trademark Notices. The content of material provided by ACMG on the Site is copyrighted by ACMG or used by ACMG under license or other legal authority. ACMG and its licensors retain all copyrights and other proprietary rights in or relating to any content, including any software, provided on the Site. All rights are reserved and such content may not be reproduced, downloaded, modified, published, displayed, disseminated, or transferred, in any form or by any means, except with the prior written agreement of ACMG or as indicated below. You may download and print a small number of copies of the content for scientific or educational uses. You may not sell, transfer, reproduce, transmit, distribute, perform or display such content for any commercial purpose without the prior express written consent of ACMG.

 

PRIVACY POLICY
ACMG provides the following privacy policy (the "Privacy Policy") in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy. ACMG may need to change this Privacy Policy from time to time in order to address new issues and to reflect changes on our Site. Please refer back to this Privacy Policy regularly because your use of the Site signifies that you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy, as amended from time to time.

          a. Collection of Personal Information. ACMG may ask for information about our users at the point of registration. Such information may include name, age, education level, gender, e-mail address, zip code and areas of interest. This information tells us about the types of people (e.g., providers vs. patients, members vs. nonmembers) who use the Site, allows us to verify a user’s identity and helps us tailor the Site to our audience.

          b. Use of Personally Identifiable Information. ACMG will not sell or otherwise transfer or disclose personally identifiable information to third parties without the user's prior consent except as may be required by federal, state or local law, or by exigent circumstances. That means that ACMG will not disclose your name, e-mail address, street address or phone number without your consent. We may use your personally identifiable information to compile and display content and information that we think you might be interested in. ACMG also may use your profile information on an aggregate basis -- without personal identifiers -- to develop and display new features and content for the Site, and to provide others with aggregate information about our users and the usage patterns of the Site. ACMG also may perform statistical analyses of user behavior (on an aggregate basis) in order to measure interest in and use of the various areas of the Site.

          c. Use of Personally Identifiable Information in the Member Directory and Expertise/Laboratory Databases. The ACMG Site also provides member profile and contact data such as name, address, telephone number, city, state, job title, and workplace to other members through the ACMG online directory. Other identifying information is not available. Users of the Site agree to use directory and database information for individual, personal and confidential reference purposes only and agree not to use the directory or databases, in whole or in part, for mailing lists, solicitations, fundraising or commercial purposes. Users of the Site further understand and agree that their names and contact information may be posted on this site in a membership database for access by members only. Such users agree to hold ACMG harmless from any and all claims arising out of or relating to the publication or display of their names and/or contact information.

          d. Retention of User Information. It is not possible for a user to delete his or her profile from our database, nor is it feasible to delete all traces of a user's activity in the system. Messages posted to bulletin boards are examples of user activities that are not feasible to delete.

          e. Voluntary Disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information on Bulletin Boards, News Groups and Chat Rooms, and other Interactive Areas (collectively "Interactive Areas"). Users should be aware that when they voluntarily disclose personally identifiable information (for example, user name, e-mail address) on an Interactive Area of the Site, that information, along with any substantive information disclosed in the user's communication, can be collected and correlated and used by third parties and may result in unsolicited messages from third parties. Such activities are beyond the control of ACMG and ACMG is not responsible for the discoverability of any user’s identity by methods beyond our control.

          f. Cookie Technology. ACMG collects non-personal identification information through the use of "cookie" technology and/or Internet Protocol ("IP") address tracking. Cookies are small text files a website can use to recognize repeat users and facilitate the user’s ongoing access to and use of the site. Non-personal identification information might include the browser used by the user, the type of computer, the operating systems, the Internet service providers and other similar information. The ACMG system also automatically gathers information about the areas the user visits on the Site and about the links the user may select from within the Site to other sites. ACMG cannot control the use of cookies by advertisers or third parties displaying data on the Site or whose sites a user visits or links to from the Site. Most browsers are set to accept cookies. You can set yours to refuse cookies, or to alert you when cookies are being sent.

 

          g. Password Protected Areas. ACMG does not warrant or represent that the information you submit to the Site will be protected against loss, misuse, or alteration by third parties. You are responsible for taking all steps to ensure that no other person has access to your password or account. It is your sole responsibility to (1) control the dissemination and use of your password; (2) authorize, monitor, and control access to and use of your password; and (3) promptly inform ACMG of any need to deactivate your user name or password. You permit ACMG and all other persons or entities involved in the operation of the website to transmit, monitor, retrieve, store and use your information in connection with the operation of ACMG Site. ACMG does not and cannot assume any responsibility or liability for any information submitted by you to the Site or for your or third parties’ use or misuse of information transmitted or received through the Site.

          h. Links to other sites. Users will find advertising or other content on the Site that enable linking to the sites of ACMG advertisers and other third parties. These third party sites may have their own privacy policies or no policy at all. The ACMG Privacy Policy does not apply to such other sites. ACMG has no control over and is not responsible for the content displayed on such sites, nor over the measures, if any, that are taken by such sites to protect the privacy of user information. Users should check the privacy policy of any third party site before providing personally identifiable information.

          i. Security of Information. ACMG is committed to keeping user information secure, and uses industry standard technology in an attempt to achieve that goal.

          j. Release of Information to Comply with Legal Requirements or Government Request. ACMG reserves the right at all times to disclose any information uploaded to or appearing on the Site to the extent necessary to comply with any applicable law, regulation, legal process, subpoena or governmental request.

          k. Removal of Information and Termination of Usage. ACMG reserves the right, but does not assume any responsibility, to (1) remove from the Site any material posted by you which ACMG, in its sole discretion, deems inconsistent with these Terms and Conditions; and/or (2) terminate your access to all or part of the Site. However, ACMG can neither review all material prior to transmission on the website nor ensure prompt action with respect to objectionable material after it is transmitted on the Site. Accordingly, ACMG assumes no liability for any action or inaction regarding transmissions, communications, or other content that is provided by third parties. ACMG reserves the right to take any action it deems necessary to protect the personal safety of users of the Site and the public, however, ACMG has no liability or responsibility to anyone for performance or nonperformance of the activities in this paragraph.

          l. Parental Permission. ACMG does not intend that children will use the Site. Some of the information available on the Site may not be appropriate for children. USERS UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE MUST OBTAIN PARENTAL PERMISSION TO USE THE SITE. Adults should not assist unauthorized children to access the Site. ACMG will not knowingly collect, use or disclose personally identifiable information about visitors under 18 years of age.

          m. Contact Information. ACMG welcomes your comments and questions. All comments and questions regarding this Privacy Policy should be directed to ACMG by email at acmg@acmg.net.

 

LINKS TO OTHER SITES AND ADVERTISING ON ACMG.NET

The Site contains links to third party websites. These links are provided solely as a convenience to users and not as a guarantee, warrantee, endorsement or recommendation by ACMG of the content on such third-party websites or as an indication of any affiliation, sponsorship or endorsement of such third party websites. ACMG is not responsible for the content of linked third-party sites and does not make any representations regarding the privacy practices of, or the content or accuracy of materials on, such third-party websites. Furthermore, ACMG is not responsible for webcasting or any other form of transmission received from any linked website. If you decide to access linked third-party websites, you do so at your own risk. Your use of third-party websites is subject to the terms of use for such sites.

 

THE SITE ALSO MAY CONTAIN ADVERTISEMENTS BY THIRD PARTIES. ACMG MAY RECEIVE ROYALTIES FROM SUCH ADVERTISERS. ACMG DOES NOT ENDORSE, GUARANTEE, WARRANT, OR RECOMMEND ANY INFORMATION, PRODUCT OR SERVICE CONTAINED IN ADVERTISEMENTS.

 

USE OF INTERACTIVE AREAS

ACMG may provide interactive forums, chat rooms, news groups, bulletin boards and other interactive areas ("Interactive Areas") on the Site. If you use any of the Interactive Areas, you are solely responsible for your own communications and the consequences of posting those communications, and you assume responsibility for such communications, including its legality, reliability, and appropriateness. By posting or otherwise displaying information on the Site, you grant to ACMG the right to display, copy, distribute and publish in any format User-Posted Content you upload or otherwise transmit to the Site. ACMG does not assume any responsibility for the truthfulness, accuracy or reliability of any material posted on any Interactive Area, or of consequences of any Interactive Area communications on or arising from use of the Site. IN CASES WHERE YOU FEEL THREATENED OR BELIEVE SOMEONE ELSE IS IN DANGER, YOU SHOULD CONTACT YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY IMMEDIATELY.

 

In consideration of being allowed to use the Interactive Areas, you agree not to engage in the following activities:

 

          1. Using an Interactive Area for any purpose in violation of local, state, national, or international laws;

 

          2. Posting material that infringes on the intellectual property rights of others or on the privacy or publicity rights of others;

 

          3. Posting material that is unlawful, offensive, obscene, defamatory, threatening, harassing, abusive, hateful, or embarrassing to another user or any other person or entity as determined by ACMG at its sole discretion;

 

          4. Posting material that contains any virus, worm, Trojan horse or other code which may contaminate, destroy or interfere with the files or programs of ACMG or its users;

 

          5. Posting advertisements or solicitations of business without prior express written consent from ACMG in advance of making the posting;

 

          6. After receiving a warning, continuing to disrupt the normal flow of dialogue, or post comments that are not related to the topic being discussed (unless it is clear the discussion is free form);

 

          7. Posting chain letters or pyramid schemes;

 

          8. Impersonating another person;

 

          9. Allowing any other person or entity to use your identification to post or view comments;

 

          10. Posting the same note more than once (i.e., "spamming"); or

 

          11. Posting messages or any other content that may restrain trade or encourage or facilitate an agreement about the following subjects: prices, discounts, or terms or conditions of sale; salaries; profits, profit margins, or cost data; market shares, sales territories, or markets; allocation of customers or territories; selection, rejection, or termination of customers or suppliers; or any other information that violates federal or state anti-trust or competition laws.

 

          12. Engaging in any other conduct that restricts or inhibits any other person from using the Interactive Areas, or which, in the judgment of ACMG, exposes ACMG or any of its users or Sponsors to any liability or detriment of any type.

 

ACMG reserves the right but is not obligated to record the dialogue in public chat rooms. ACMG does not screen communications in advance and is not responsible for screening or monitoring material posted by users, or any other person or entity. If notified by a user of communication(s) which are alleged not to conform to the terms of this Section, ACMG may but is not obligated to investigate the allegation and determine in its sole discretion to remove or request the removal of the communication(s). ACMG reserves the right but is not obligated to remove or edit communications which are abusive, illegal, disruptive, or that otherwise fail to conform with these Conditions. In addition to the removal rights described above, ACMG reserves the right to terminate a user's access to any or all Interactive Areas at any time, without or without notice, in the exercise of its sole discretion.

 

ACMG reserves the right but is not obligated to monitor, edit, or disclose any posting on the Interactive Areas for lack of adherence to the Conditions, if required in the course of normal operation and maintenance of ACMG, or if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to: (i) comply with the law or comply with legal process served; (ii) protect and defend the rights of ACMG or others; or (iii) protect the personal safety of our users, Sponsors, or the public. ACMG HAS NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY TO USERS OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY FOR PERFORMANCE OR NONPERFORMANCE OF THE AFOREMENTIONED SCREENING ACTIVITIES.

 

ACMG MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS, PROMISES, WARRANTIES OR UNDERTAKINGS CONTRARY TO THOSE SET FORTH ABOVE.


ACMG SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY AND CODE OF CONDUCT

Information Provided by ACMG

The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) social media channels were created to provide our members and other interested parties with information in order to build visibility and awareness of ACMG and its programs, products and positions. Although ACMG tries to ensure the accuracy and reliability of information presented by or on our behalf on these channels, it does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficacy or timeliness of such information, and therefore, makes no representation or warranty regarding such information.


Information Provided by Other Users

 The ACMG social media channels were not created to allow other organizations or companies to advertise products for commercial gain. ACMG does not endorse, guarantee, warrant, or recommend any products or services discussed or advertised on its social media channels. Reliance on any information appearing on these channels is solely at your own risk.

Any content and/or opinions posted by a third party, including all materials, articles, hyperlinks, documents, spreadsheets, presentations, images, individual user profiles, comments, opinions, or other dialogue, any other content or opinions in any form and responses to questions (hereinafter "User-Posted Content") are solely the opinions and responsibility of the person or entity posting them and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the ACMG.  ACMG makes no representation or warranty regarding User-Posted Content that is posted on its social media channels. ACMG expressly disclaims any and all liability related to such posts. By using the social media channels, you agree to hold ACMG harmless from any and all claims arising out of User-Posted Content.

 

Frequent off-topic posts by the same individual or organization, or posts that are blatantly designed to generate commercial gain rather than discussion, may be deleted at the sole discretion of the ACMG platform administrators. ACMG does not condone uncivil dialogue on its social media channels including but not limited to bullying, threatening language, intimidation, profanity, obscenity, spamming, ethnic slurs or personal attacks. By using the ACMG social media channels, you agree not to post any such uncivil dialogue. ACMG may, but does not accept any responsibility to, monitor or delete posts or take other steps to ensure that the dialogue on its social medical channels conforms to this policy. ACMG will be the sole judge of what is appropriate for this purpose


COMPLAINT PROCEDURES

Any suspected violations of these Terms and Conditions or misuse of the Site should be immediately reported to acmg@acmg.net.

 

MISCELLANEOUS CONDITIONS OF USE

Resolution and Disputes. These Terms and Conditions shall be governed in all respects by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Maryland, without regard to its conflicts of law principles. These Terms and Conditions, as they may be amended from time to time, completely and exclusively state the agreement between you and ACMG with respect to the Site, and no other terms that may have been communicated to you orally or in any other manner shall have any force or effect. Any cause of action you may have that arises out of or relates to the Site must be commenced within one (1) year after the claim or cause of action arises or such claim or cause of action is barred. Exclusive jurisdiction over any cause of action arising out of or relating to the Site shall be in the state or federal courts located in the State of Maryland. You agree and submit to the jurisdiction of such courts.

 

If any part of the Terms and Conditions are unenforceable, the unenforceable part shall be construed to reflect, as nearly as possible, the original intentions of the parties. The other provisions of the Terms and Conditions shall remain in full force and effect. ACMG’s failure to insist upon or enforce strict performance of any provision of the Terms and Conditions shall not constitute a waiver of the provision. Neither a course of dealing or conduct between you and ACMG nor any trade practices shall be deemed to modify the Terms and Conditions.

 


In order to use this site, please click “Yes” to indicate that you have read, understand and agree to the College’s Terms and Conditions of Use, which includes its Privacy Policy.

 

If your computer permits, cookie technology will be used to record your agreement and you will not have to go through this process again unless significant changes are made to the Terms and Conditions of Use.

 

AGREEMENT

BY ENTERING AND USING THE ACMG SITE, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE OF ACMG.NET, THAT THE PROVISIONS, DISCLOSURES AND DISCLAIMERS SET FORTH ABOVE ARE FAIR AND REASONABLE, AND THAT YOUR AGREEMENT TO FOLLOW AND BE BOUND BY THEM IS VOLUNTARY AND IS NOT THE RESULT OF FRAUD, DURESS OR UNDUE INFLUENCE EXERCISED UPON YOU BY ANY PERSON OR ENTITY.

 

YOU ALSO AGREE TO INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS ACMG AND ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, MEMBERS, AGENTS, AFFILIATES, THIRD-PARTY INFORMATION PROVIDERS, LICENSORS, AND OTHERS INVOLVED IN THE DELIVERY OF THE WEBSITE OR THE DELIVERY OF INFORMATION, PRODUCTS OR SERVICES OVER THE WEBSITE, FROM AND AGAINST ANY AND ALL LIABILITIES, EXPENSES, DAMAGES, AND COSTS, INCLUDING REASONABLE ATTORNEY’S FEES, FROM ANY CLAIM, COMPLAINT OR DAMAGE ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF THE SITE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY VIOLATION BY YOU OF THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

 

 


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