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Privacy Policy

Last updated: 5 June 2015



This Privacy Policy sets forth the privacy practices and policies of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology ("APSR", "us", "we", "our"). We are committed to respecting and protecting your privacy and helping you make the most of your time on the internet within a trusted environment. This APSR Privacy Policy ("Privacy Policy") governs our data collection, usage and services and applies to the following website: www.apsresp.org ("the Website"). In this Privacy Policy, the term "your Account" means your login details, membership profile, etc. This Privacy Policy discloses how we collect, protect, use and share information gathered about you on the Website. If you use this Website you explicitly agree to the terms and conditions of the Privacy Policy in effect at the time of your use. We hope that this disclosure will help increase your confidence in the Website and enhance your experience on the internet.

Information we collect

The following describes the types of personal and other information we may collect about you, and how we use and maintain that information.

Site-usage information

The web servers we use may collect the IP address of visitors to the Website. This information may be aggregated to measure the number of visits, average time spent on the Website, pages viewed, etc. We may use this information to measure the use of our Website and to improve the content we offer. We may share with third parties this experiential information or other data on an aggregated basis. This will not include any information that personally identifies you.

Use of cookies

Your internet browser has the in-built facility for storing small text files called "cookies" that hold information which allow a website to recognize your Account. We use cookies to save your preferences and login information, and to provide personalized functionality. We may use cookies to collect, store, and sometimes track information for statistical purposes to improve the products and services we provide. More specifically, we use different types of cookies for different purposes:

  1. "required cookies", necessary for the Website to work properly,
  2. "performance cookies" that allow us to analyze how visitors use the Website so we can measure and improve its performance,
  3. "functional cookies" that allow us to remember choices you may have made on the Website, such as remembering details you enter on an application form.

Your use of the Website will be deemed to be your consent to the placement of cookies on your computer or other devices. If you prefer not to receive cookies through the Website, you can set your browser to either reject all cookies, to allow only cookies from websites you specify as "trusted", or to accept only those cookies from those sites you are currently viewing. (For guidance in setting your browser, see the 'help' documentation provided by your browser, or contact your computer service provider.) Unless your browser is set to refuse cookies, our system may issue cookies when you use the Website. If your browser is set to reject cookies, or if your browser notifies you that you are about to receive a cookie and you reject it, then your use of the Website may not be as efficient or as enjoyable as it would be if the cookie were enabled, and some parts of the Website may not work at all.

Information you provide to us

By providing personal information through the Website you explicitly agree to our collection and use of that information as described in this Privacy Policy. If you choose to interact with the Website in ways including but not limited to renewing your APSR membership, participating in online surveys, registering for meetings, participating in conference programmes, and submitting information, including on any APSR web-based forms, we will retain the information you submit to respond to your inquiry and consider your request. You also agree that we may use any information that you provide for our general purposes, and may share it with our affiliates and third parties as described in this Privacy Policy.

Before you can utilize some portions of the Website, we may require that you register and provide us with your contact information and generate a password. This registration information may be used, for example, for identification purposes, to communicate with you regarding your Account with us or to facilitate the functioning of the Website. If you provide us with a telephone number, you expressly agree that we, or our authorized agents, can use that number to contact your about your Account, or about the APSR and its associated activities. If you provide us with your email address, you agree that we, or our authorized agents, can send you emails about your Account, or about the APSR and its associated activities.

We may keep any information that you provide to us indefinitely.

Social networking activities

The Website includes the ability for you and other users to link to social networking websites. As a result, we may receive information about you when you choose to post or otherwise share information about the Website on these social networking websites. We may use such information about you in a variety of ways, including to administer the Website and enhance your experience with the Website, and to communicate with you about the Website and new offerings or activities associated with the Website. We may keep all of this information indefinitely.

Opting out of communications

If you no longer want to receive emails from the APSR (such as the APSR Bulletin), you may opt out of receiving emails by clicking the "unsubscribe" link on email you receive. If you are having difficulty unsubscribing using the above method, please contact us directly at the email listed below under Contact.

Please allow time for us to process your request. However, please note that even if you opt out from receiving emails, we will send you service-related communications and may need to keep information we have collected about you for record-keeping, research and other purposes.

Disclosing information to third parties

We will not share, rent, sell or otherwise disclose any of the personally identifiable information that we collect about you through the Website, except in any of the following situations:

  • You request or authorize the release of your personal information.
  • We may use the information we collect from you to fulfil your requests, manage the Website, communicate with you about membership, registrations, products, services, events and education, and conduct research and analysis.
  • We may disclose information that we collect about you to our third-party contractors and payment processors who perform services for us in connection with the Website, or to complete or confirm a transaction or series of transactions that you conduct with us. We may also disclose information to service providers or suppliers if the disclosure will enable that party to perform business, professional or technical support for us.
  • We may disclose information about you as part of a merger, acquisition or transfer of the membership or business of the APSR. We do not guarantee that any entity receiving such information in connection with one of these transactions will comply with all terms of this Privacy Policy.
  • We may disclose information about you to comply with the law, applicable regulations, governmental and quasi-governmental requests, court orders or subpoenas, to enforce our Privacy Policy or other agreements, or to protect our rights, property or safety or the rights, property or safety of our users or others (e.g., to a consumer reporting agency for fraud protection). We reserve the right to release information that we collect to law enforcement or other government officials, as we, in our sole and absolute discretion, deem necessary or appropriate.
  • We may share aggregated or anonymous information that cannot identify you with third parties. For example, we may disclose the number of visitors to the Website or the number of people who have downloaded a particular document.


To help protect the privacy of data you transmit through the Website, where personally identifiable information is requested, we use technology designed to encrypt the information that you input before it is sent to us. In addition, we take steps to protect the user data we collect against unauthorized access.

However, you should keep in mind that the Website is run on software, hardware and networks, any component of which may, from time to time, require maintenance or experience problems or breaches of security beyond our control.

Please also be aware that despite our best intentions and the guidelines outlined in this Privacy Policy, no data transmission over the internet or encryption method can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. The APSR cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us. Be aware that you use the Website at your own risk.

While we take steps to protect your personal information and keep it secure, you also play a role in protecting your information. You can help to maintain the security of your online transactions by not sharing your Account information and password with anyone.

Links to other websites

Our Website contains links to other websites. However, this Privacy Policy only addresses the APSR's use and disclosure of your information collected on this APSR Website, if any. While we try to link only to websites that share our standards and respect for privacy, we are not responsible for the privacy practices of any third parties or the content of linked websites. We encourage you to read the applicable privacy policies and terms and conditions of such parties or websites.

Child Privacy

If you are under the age of 18, please do not use or access the Website in any way. We will not knowingly collect or use any personal information from any child under the age of 18. It is not our intention to collect personal information from anyone under 18 years of age. If we become aware that we have collected any personal information from children under the age of 18, we will promptly delete such information from our databases.

Access from outside the United States

Web servers used by this Website are located in the United States. Therefore, from whichever country or region you access this Website, information that we collect is transferred to servers in the United States. By allowing us to collect information about you, you consent to such transfer, process and retention of your data to servers in the United States.

Governing law

By choosing to visit the Website or provide information to us, you agree that any dispute over privacy or the terms contained in this Privacy Policy will be governed by the law of the State of Texas, USA.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to make changes to this Privacy Policy at any time. The use of your information is subject to the Privacy Policy in effect at the time of use. The provisions contained in this Privacy Policy supersede all previous notices or policies regarding our privacy practices with respect to the Website. Please check the Last updated date at the top of this page to see when this Privacy Policy was last revised. We encourage you to check frequently to see the current Privacy Policy to be informed of how the APSR is committed to protecting your information and providing you with improved content on the Website in order to enhance your experience.


If you have any questions or comments regarding our Privacy Policy or the Website, please contact us at: APSRinfo@theapsr.org or by letter to:

APSR Secretariat
Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
2F, UK's Bldg.
2-29-3 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
113-0033 Japan
Phone: +81-3-5684-3370
Fax: +81-3-5684-3382
Email: APSRinfo@theapsr.org
Office Hours: 9:30–16:30 (Monday to Friday)

This Privacy Policy may be changed at any time without notice. By using this Website, you acknowledge your acceptance of the version of the Privacy Policy in effect at the time of use.