Clinical Trial Media, Inc. (“CTM”)
Effective as of 22 January 2021
CTM is committed to respecting and protecting your privacy.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- THE DATA WE COLLECT ABOUT YOU
- HOW YOUR PERSONAL DATA IS COLLECTED
- HOW WE USE AND DISCLOSE YOUR PERSONAL DATA
- INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS
- DATA SECURITY
- DATA RETENTION
- YOUR DATA PRIVACY RIGHTS UNDER GDPR AND UK PRIVACY LAW
- YOUR CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS
1.2 CONTACT DETAILS
Our contact details for privacy rights requests and information about our privacy practices are:
Full name of legal entity: Clinical Trial Media, Inc.
Name or title of data protection officer: Henry Shinn
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone number: 516-470-0720
Postal address: 100 Motor Parkway, Suite 528, Hauppauge, NY 11788, USA
You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the relevant national supervisory authority in the country in which you reside. To find out more about this right and to locate the appropriate Data Privacy Authority, go to the European Commission website (https://ec.europa.eu/info/policies/justice-and-fundamental-rights_en) or if in the UK, go to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) website (www.ico.org.uk). If you are in the United States, you may contact the US Federal Trade Commission regarding your concerns. For more information, please see https://www.ftc.gov/faq/consumer-protection/submit-consumer-complaint-ftc.
We would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach one of the national supervisory authorities, so please contact us in the first instance.
1.5 THIRD-PARTY LINKS
2. THE DATA WE COLLECT ABOUT YOU
Personal data, or personal information, means any information related to an identified or identifiable natural person. It does not, however, include data where the identity has been removed (anonymised data).
We may collect, use, store and transfer different categories of personal data about you, which we have grouped together as follows:
- Identity Data includes first name, maiden name, last name, username or similar identifier, date of birth and gender.
- Contact data includes billing address, delivery address, email address and telephone numbers.
- Financial data includes client, supplier and agent banking details, which we use to make payments and which are used to make payments to us for the services that we provide.
- Transaction data includes details of products and services you have received or purchased from us and/or our affiliates.
- Technical data includes internet protocol (IP) address, your login data, browser type and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform and other technology on the devices you use to access this website.
- Profile data includes your username and password, purchases or orders made by you, your interests, preferences, feedback and survey/questionnaire responses.
- Usage data includes information about how you use our website, products and services.
- Marketing and communications data includes your preferences in receiving marketing from us and/or our affiliates.
- Health data includes information related to any aspect of your health and/or consequences of taking part in any clinical trials organised by our clients.
Other than health data and industry-wide or governmental survey(s)/questionnaire(s) where we are obliged to take part, we do not normally collect any special categories of personal data about you (this includes details about your race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sex life, sexual orientation, political opinions and trade union membership.)
2.1 IF YOU FAIL TO PROVIDE PERSONAL DATA
Where we need to collect personal data by law, or under the terms of a contract we have with you, and you fail to provide that data when requested, we may not be able to perform the contract we have or are trying to enter into with you (for example, to provide you with our services). In this case, we may have to cancel a product or service you have with us but we will notify you if this is the case at the time.
3. HOW YOUR PERSONAL DATA IS COLLECTED
We use different methods to collect the categories of data described above from and about you, including through:
- Direct interactions. You may give us your personal data by filling in forms or by corresponding with us by post, phone and email or otherwise. This includes personal data you provide when you:
- apply online or otherwise for our services or products;
- contracts or sign up to receive our services; or
- request marketing material to be sent to you.
- Automated technologies or interactions. As you interact with our website, we may automatically collect technical data about your equipment, browsing actions and patterns. We collect this personal data by using cookies, log files and other similar technologies. We may also receive technical data about you if you visit other websites employing our cookies. This aggregate data gives a “macro-view” of the visitor traffic pattern and insight to what sections of the website users visit most. We use this information to determine what kind of technology is available on visitors’ computers, so it can better serve them by using more advanced technologies (e.g. Macromedia Flash). None of this information is linked to any personal information.
- We passively collect and log such information from visitors to our site as:
- Browser type
- IP Address
- Domain Name
- Access Time
- Operating System
- We passively collect and log such information from visitors to our site as:
- Third parties or publicly available sources. We may receive personal data about you from various third parties and public sources, as set out below:
- We may receive technical data from the following parties:
- analytics providers such as Google;
- advertising networks;
- search information providers;
- Contact and transaction data from providers of technical, payment and delivery services.
- Identity and contact data from data brokers or aggregators.
- We may receive technical data from the following parties:
4. HOW WE USE AND DISCLOSE YOUR PERSONAL DATA
We will only use your personal data when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we will use your personal data in the following circumstances:
- Where we need to perform the contract we are about to enter into or have entered into with you, or to perform other legal obligations.
- Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests (this applies in the EEA and the UK).
- Where we need to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation.
In the EEA, in relation to sending direct marketing communications to you via email or text message, we will only do so where (i) we have your express consent or (ii) you are an existing client. You have the right to withdraw consent to marketing at any time by contacting us.
4.1 PURPOSES FOR WHICH WE WILL USE YOUR PERSONAL DATA
We have set out below, in table format, a description of the ways in which we plan to use your personal data, which also shows the legal basis we rely on to do so. We have also identified what our legitimate interests are, where appropriate.
Note that we may process your personal data on more than one lawful ground, depending on the specific purpose for which we are using your data. Please contact us if you need details about the specific legal ground we are relying on to process your personal data where more than one ground has been set out in the table below.
|Purpose/activity||Category of data||Lawful basis for processing, including basis of legitimate interest|
|To register you as a new customer||(a) Identity(b) Contact||Performance of a contract with you|
|To process and deliver services and/or perform contractual obligations for you, including collecting and recovering money owed to us||(a) Identity(b) Contact(c) Financial(d) Transaction(e) Marketing and communications||(a) Performance of a contract with you(b) Necessary for our legitimate interests (to recover funds due to us)|
|To enable you to complete a survey/questionnaire||(a) Identity(b) Contact(c) Profile(d) Usage(e) Marketing and communications||(a) Performance of a contract with you(b) Necessary for our legitimate interests (to study how customers use our products/services, in order to develop them and to grow our business)|
|To consider whether you are eligible/suitable for taking part in a specific clinical trial, related clinical investigation or clinical support programme carried out by our clients||(a) Identity(b) Contact(c) Health||(a) Necessary for our legitimate interests to develop our products/services(b) Necessary in order to comply with contractual obligations with our end clients|
|To administer and protect our business and this website (including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, system maintenance, support, reporting and hosting of data)||(a) Identity(b) Contact(c) Technical||(a) Necessary for our legitimate interests (for running our business, provision of administration and IT services, network security, to prevent fraud and in the context of a business reorganisation or group restructuring exercise)(b) Necessary to comply with a legal obligation(c) Necessary to resolve disputes|
|To deliver relevant website content and advertisements to you and measure or understand the effectiveness of the advertising we serve to you||(a) Identity(b) Contact(c) Profile(d) Usage(e) Marketing and Communications(f) Technical||Necessary for our legitimate interests (to study how customers use our products/services, to develop them, to grow our business and to inform our marketing strategy)|
|To use data analytics to improve our website, products/services, marketing, customer relationships and experiences; to provide an audit record for consent||(a) Technical(b) Usage||Necessary for our legitimate interests (to define types of customers for our products and services, to keep our website updated and relevant, to develop our business and to inform our marketing strategy)|
|To make suggestions and recommendations to you about goods or services that may be of interest to you||(a) Identity(b) Contact(c) Technical(d) Usage(e) Profile||Necessary for our legitimate interests (to develop our products/services and to grow our business)|
|To comply with legal obligations, including proper government investigations, court orders, or other legal process or as otherwise necessary to prevent physical or financial harm or to prevent crime and fraud||(a) Identity(b) Contact(c) Technical(d) Usage(e) Profile||(a) Necessary for our legitimate interests (to protect our business, employees, customers and the public)(b) Necessary to comply with a legal obligation(c) Necessary to resolve disputes|
4.2 DISCLOSING INFORMATION TO THIRD PARTIES
We generally do not share your personal clinical data with any company outside CTM except for our trusted clients and service providers, where needed for investigations and trials.
We may have to share your personal data with the parties set out below for the purposes set out in the table in section 4.1 above.
- Third-party sub-contractors who provide services for us and/or help to provide services to you. In the event that we use sub-contractors who have access to your personal data, we ensure that there are strict contractual terms in place to ensure that they only process personal data to the extent that we instruct them to do so, in writing, and there are suitably worded confidentiality and data protection clauses in all such contracts.
- We may disclose personal information to law enforcement, government authorities or otherwise in response to legal court orders or process as required by applicable law or in circumstances involving the possibility of physical or financial harm, fraud or crime.
We require all third parties to respect the security of your personal data and to treat it in accordance with the law. We do not allow our third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes and only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.
We do not sell your personal data to any third party. Our use and disclosure of Personal Identifiable Health Information (PIHI) is limited to the minimum amount of personal data needed to accomplish the intended purpose of the specific clinical investigation or clinical trial and is used in relation to pre-screening activities for such clinical research projects. This includes using study questionnaires that only ask health- and medical-related questions that are directly associated with the relevant clinical research project, as specified in approved protocols.
PIHI will generally not be used by us or disclosed by us to any third parties, unless we have clear consent from you to do so.
Exceptionally, PIHI may be disclosed by us where we are required to do so by a relevant law or regulation. In particular, this includes, but is not limited to, situations where we are required to disclose such PIHI in relation to requests by public authorities to meet national security or law enforcement requirements. This will include use and/or disclosure in order to:
- prevent or control disease, injury or disability;
- report disease, injury or disability;
- assist public health surveillance, investigations or interventions;
- report child abuse or neglect or domestic violence;
- avert a serious threat to individual(s) or public health or safety;
- to coroners and/or medical examiners or for tissue donation;
- in response to legal proceedings and relevant court orders or summonses;
- for specialised government functions and workers’ compensation;
- by workforce members who are whistle-blowers or victims of a criminal act;
- when we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights or to protect your safety, the safety of others or investigate fraud.
4.3 OPTING OUT
You can ask us or third parties to stop sending you information/reminder messages at any time by contacting us.
Where you opt out of receiving these information/reminder messages, this will not apply to personal data provided to us as a result of a product/service purchase, warranty registration, product/service experience or other transactions.
4.4.1 Cookie Control. CTM’s interactive cookie statement clearly states how the user’s behaviour is tracked and offers easy-to-use controls for granting and revoking consent. The user has the control to prevent cookies from being placed on their computer until consent via an affirmative act.
4.5 CHANGE OF PURPOSE
We will only use your personal data for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose.
If we need to use your personal data for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and we will explain the legal basis that allows us to do so.
Please note that we may process your personal data without your knowledge or consent, in compliance with the above rules, where this is required or permitted by law.
4.6 USE OF HEALTH DATA IN THE UNITED STATES
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and subsequent regulations published by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) impose restrictions on other organisations (Covered Entities) which may be covered under HIPAA with respect to your relationship with CTM. CTM may, in providing subject-recruiting call-centre services for one of these organisations, be required to comply with certain aspects of HIPAA in their conduct of human-subject research activities.
All PIHI data collected by CTM in connection with subject recruiting for a clinical research study is captured electronically and transmitted through a secure network connection to a secure database. CTM’s data security policies are consistent with Good Clinical Practices, HIPAA and GDPR standards. CTM maintains separate Security Policies for Physical Security, Network Security and Application Security.
5. INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS
Some personal data may be held on servers in the US. This will involve transferring your data outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”) or the UK. In addition, we use third parties that have IT servers located in the United States that hold your personal data. You consent to the transfer of your personal information to the United States.
Whenever we transfer and/or process your personal data outside of the EEA or the UK, we ensure a similar degree of protection is afforded to it by using specific contracts approved by the European Commission (or UK ICO), which give personal data the same protection it has in Europe.
6. DATA SECURITY
We and our third-party hosting partners have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way or altered or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal data to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need to know. They will only process your personal data on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.
We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected personal-data breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach where we are legally required to do so.
7. DATA RETENTION
We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes for which we collected it, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting or reporting requirements.
To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the amount, nature and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.
In some circumstances in the EEA and the UK, you can ask us to delete your data: see the section below entitled “Your Data Privacy Rights Under GDPR and UK Privacy Law” for further information.
We may also anonymise your personal data (so that it can no longer be associated with you) for research or statistical purposes, in which case we may use this information indefinitely without further notice to you.
8. YOUR DATA PRIVACY RIGHTS UNDER GDPR AND UK PRIVACY LAW
Under certain circumstances in the EEA and UK, you have the following rights under data protection laws in relation to your personal data:
Request access to your personal data (commonly known as a “data subject access request”). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal data we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.
Request correction of the personal data that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate data we hold about you corrected, though we may need to verify the accuracy of the new data you provide us with.
Request erasure of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal data where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal data where you have successfully exercised your right to object to processing (see below), where we may have processed your information unlawfully or where we are required to erase your personal data to comply with local law. Note, however, that we may not always be able to comply with your request of erasure for specific legal reasons, which you will be notified of if applicable, at the time of your request.
Object to processing of your personal data where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation that makes you want to object to processing on this ground, as you feel it impacts on your fundamental rights and freedoms. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal data for direct marketing purposes. In some cases, we may demonstrate that we have compelling legitimate grounds on which to process your information, which override your rights and freedoms.
Request restriction on the processing of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of your personal data in the following scenarios: (a) if you want us to establish the accuracy of the data; (b) where our use of the data is unlawful but you do not want us to erase it; (c) where you need us to hold the data even if we no longer require it, as you need it to establish, exercise or defend legal claims; or (d) you have objected to our use of your data but we need to verify whether we have overriding legitimate grounds to use it.
Request the transfer of your personal data to you or to a third party. We will provide to you, or a third party you have chosen, your personal data in a structured, commonly used, machine-readable format. Note that this right only applies to automated information for which you initially provided consent for us to use or where we used the information to perform a contract with you.
Withdraw consent at any time, where we are relying on consent to process your personal data. However, this will not affect the lawfulness of any processing carried out before you withdraw your consent. If you withdraw your consent, we may not be able to provide certain products or services to you. We will advise you if this is the case at the time you withdraw your consent.
If you wish to exercise any of the rights set out above, please contact us.
In the EEA, you have the right to make a complaint at any time to the relevant national supervisory authority. For example, in the UK, this would be the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) – the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues (www.ico.org.uk). We would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach one of the national supervisory authorities, so please contact us in the first instance.
A list of Supervisory Authorities is available here: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/bodies/authorities/index_en.htm.
8.1 NO FEE USUALLY REQUIRED
You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal data or to exercise any of the other rights.
8.2 WHAT WE MAY NEED FROM YOU
We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access your personal data (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is a security measure to ensure that personal data is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. We may also contact you to ask you for further information in relation to your request to speed up our response.
8.3 TIME LIMIT TO RESPOND
We try to respond to all legitimate requests within 30 working days. Occasionally, it may take us longer than 30 working days if your request is particularly complex or you have made a number of requests. In this case, we will notify you and keep you updated.
9. YOUR CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS
If you are a resident of California, you have the following rights with respect to your personal information
- The right to know what personal information we have collected, used, disclosed and sold about you. To submit a request to know, please contact us. You also may designate an authorised agent to make a request for access on your behalf.
- The right to request that we delete any personal information we have collected about you. To submit a request for deletion, please contact us. You also may designate an authorised agent to make a request for deletion on your behalf.
When you exercise these rights and submit a proper request to us, we will verify your identity by asking you for identifying information, such as your email address, telephone number and/or information about your account with us. We also may use a third-party verification provider to verify your identity. Please note that we are only required to honour such requests twice in a 12-month period.
Your exercise of these rights will have no adverse effect on the price and quality of our goods or services.
EEA and UK
Legitimate Interest means, in the EEA or UK, the interest of our business in conducting and managing our business to enable us to give you the best service/product and the best and most secure experience. We make sure we consider and balance any potential impact on you (both positive and negative) and your rights before we process your personal data for our legitimate interests. We do not use your personal data for activities where our interests are overridden by the impact on you (unless we have your consent or are otherwise required or permitted to by law). Please contact us to obtain further information on how we assess the potential impact that our legitimate interests may have on you, with regards to specific activities.
Performance of Contract means processing your data where it is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are a party or to take steps at your request before entering into such a contract.
To comply with a legal or regulatory obligation means processing your personal data where it is necessary for compliance with a legal or regulatory obligation that we are subject to.
GDPR is the European Union General Data Protection Regulation.
Covered Entity means an institution, organisation or other entity that is subject to the rules of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Covered Entities include: (i) a health plan, (ii) a healthcare clearing house and (iii) a healthcare provider who transmits any personal identifiable health information in electronic form in connection with a transaction covered by HIPAA.
Personal Identifiable Health Information (PIHI) means any information including demographic information collected from an individual that:
i. relates to (a) the past, present or future physical or mental health or condition of an individual; (b) the provision of healthcare to an individual; or (c) the past, present or future payment for the provision of healthcare to the individual; and
ii. identifies the individual or there is a reasonable basis to believe it can be used to identify the individual; and
iii. PIHI does not include education records or medical records covered by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act or employment records held by CTM in its role as an employer.
Personal information means any information that identifies, relates to, describes, is reasonably capable of being associated with or could reasonably be linked – directly or indirectly – to a particular consumer or household.
FOR ANY JURISDICTION
Third Parties means:
- Service providers acting as processors and who provide services to us.
- Professional advisers acting as processors or joint controllers, including lawyers, bankers, auditors and insurers who provide consultancy, banking, legal, insurance and accounting services to us.
- Regulators and other state authorities acting as processors or joint controllers in any jurisdiction in which we are operating and who require reporting of processing activities in certain circumstances.