Blog Policies

Comment Policy

This blog has been developed for the benefit of our members as well as our key stakeholders, including the public. We hope the blog will be a positive, informative, and friendly experience for all visitors.

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) may review comments from time to time and reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove/delete comments that contain any of the following:

  • profanity, obscenity, offensive language, harassing or discriminatory content, or threats;
  • disparaging or personal attacks on any organization or individual;
  • claims alleging the therapeutic effects of “miracle” treatments, products that are neither approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration nor currently being investigated in a clinical trial, or substances that are illegal in the United States;
  • material that infringes on the rights of any third party, including intellectual property, privacy, or publicity rights;
  • product marketing or the promotion of business or commercial transactions;
  • spam, such as the same comment posted repeatedly;
  • topics that do not relate to the discussion at hand;
  • content that is inconsistent with the mission of the AACR; and
  • any other comments that the AACR concludes do not further the purposes of the blog.

By submitting a comment to our blog, you agree to the AACR’s posting the comment as submitted or as edited by the AACR in its sole discretion.

You are solely responsible for what you post. You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the AACR and all its subsidiaries and representatives against any legal claims related to posted comments, such as damages, losses, liabilities, judgments, costs, or expenses.

We aim to respond to direct questions in a timely manner; however, we cannot guarantee responses to all questions and comments. The fact that we do not respond to a comment does not mean that it is not valued.

Our purpose is to promote professional dialogue about cancer research. Therefore, we welcome diversity of respectful thought.

At the same time, we want to make clear that any opinions expressed in this blog by an AACR employee or guest blogger are those of the contributor and do not necessarily reflect the views of the AACR, and the AACR does not endorse them.

Similarly, we occasionally may share content from organizations and institutions that partner with the AACR in some capacity, or that share the AACR’s mission to prevent and cure cancer. When posts contain links to external websites, those sites do not necessarily reflect our views, and the AACR does not endorse them.

Finally, the fact that the AACR posts a comment you have submitted does not mean that the comment reflects the view of the AACR or that the AACR endorses the comment.

The AACR does not treat patients or offer medical advice. If you have medical questions or concerns, please contact a health care professional.

We may revise this policy at any time, and without notice to you.


Content Re-use Policy

We encourage you to share the information on this blog. Any re-use of this material should be properly cited, where possible, as follows:  “…an article published [date] on blog.aacr.org, the American Association for Cancer Research’s official blog.”

If the citing is online, please link back to the original article.


Privacy Policy

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) respects the privacy and security of the users of the AACR blog (“Blog”).

This AACR Blog Privacy Policy (“Policy”) applies only to the features and uses of the Blog. This Policy does not apply to any websites managed, maintained, or hosted by third parties not directly affiliated with the AACR that you may visit, e.g., via a link provided through the Blog or on a website maintained by any third party. The AACR does not control the privacy policies of other websites to which the Blog may provide links. We encourage you to learn more about the online privacy and data security policies of third party websites directly from such third parties, as their policies may differ from ours.

By submitting information to us and by using our Blog, we will assume that you have read, understood, and consent to this Policy and all other terms, conditions, and policies that may be applicable to our Blog from time to time. We also assume that you consent to our use of your information as described in this Policy and all other such terms, conditions, and policies. If you do not consent, or disagree with, this Policy or any such terms, conditions, and policies, please do not use our Blog.

Information We May Collect

The AACR collects certain information from and about its Blog users in three ways – directly from the user, from our web server logs, and with cookies and other web technologies, as described below.

User-Supplied Information: In order to post to our Blog, we ask you only for your name and e-mail address. We also ask for this information if you contact us through our contact form. Of course, you may also choose to disclose additional information about yourself through the Blog.

Server Log Information: When you visit the Blog, as with any website, you disclose certain information about yourself, such as your internet (TCP/IP) address, the manufacturer of the device used to access the Blog, the time of your visit, and the referring location (e.g., the website that provided the hypertext link to the Blog). This basic information is automatically recorded in the server log and is accessible to the AACR to determine, for example, the number of unique visits to a web page at any given time on any given day.

Cookies and Other Web Technologies: The use of cookies allows us to provide a customized and more personal website experience. Cookies are small bits of code that can associate certain preferences and browsing history on a particular website to your laptop, PC, or other web-enabled device. When you use that same device to return to the website, the cookie remembers your preferences as you load the website. The AACR may use cookies to store and help track your information. The AACR may contract with trusted third parties to collect and analyze data about use of the Blog, and such third party contractors may use cookies and web scripts that send data directly to them for this purpose.

Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. If you prefer, however, you can reset your browser either to notify you when you receive a cookie, or to refuse to accept cookies. You should understand that certain areas of many sites might not function properly, if you set your browser not to accept cookies.

We may also use clear gifs or pixel tags, which are tiny graphic images, in order: (i) to advise us of what parts of the Blog users have visited, (ii) to measure the effectiveness of any searches users perform, and (iii) to enable us to send emails in a format that users can read and tell us whether such emails have been opened in order to ensure us that we are sending messages that are of interest to users.

How We Respond to Do Not Track Signals and Similar Mechanisms: Some browsers may be configured to send Do Not Track signals to websites, or users may use similar mechanisms, to indicate a user’s preference that certain web technologies not be used to track the user’s online activity. Our Blog does not accept or process such Do Not Track signals or similar mechanisms.

How and When Information We Collect Is Used

We may use information we collect in different ways, depending on the type of information:

User-Supplied Information: We ask for your name and e-mail address when you use our Blog principally so we can manage the Blog and provide access to approved users. Once a user is approved to post after a first submission, the user will be permitted to post directly. Each post by a user will publish the name provided by the user. We may also use your name and email address for purposes such as personalizing your visit to the Blog and verifying other information we receive from you. This information can be used in creating an individualized Internet environment. The AACR may, on occasion, send emails to you about the Blog, the AACR, or third-party products or services. If you do not want to receive email from us, visit the “Opt Out” or “Unsubscribe” link at the bottom of any such email to remove yourself from continued receipt of such email messages. We will not provide the email addresses of our Blog users to any third party for any marketing or sales purpose without their prior express consent.

Server Log Information:We use server log information to monitor and analyze use of the Blog and for technical administration of the Blog, to increase the functionality and user-friendliness of the Blog, and to better tailor it to the needs of users.

Aggregated Information: We may aggregate information we collect about you with information collected from other users to attempt to provide you with a better experience, to improve the quality and value of the Blog, and to analyze and understand how the Blog is used. We may also contract with trusted third parties for these purposes.

Who Has Access to Your Information

We may share the user information we collect, including with our trusted third-party partners and contractors, in order to facilitate the Blog; to provide the Blog or portions of the Blog on our behalf; to perform related services, including without limitation, maintenance services, database management, fulfillment, web analytics, and improvement of the features or functionality; or to assist us in analyzing how the Blog is being used.

We may release user information when we believe, in our sole discretion, that release is appropriate: to comply with the law, in response to a subpoena served on the AACR; to enforce or apply the Policy or any other terms, conditions, or policies applicable to the Blog; to protect the rights, property, or safety of the AACR, our Blog users, or others; or to prevent activity that we believe, in our sole discretion, may be or may become illegal, unethical, or legally actionable.

Please note that when you use the Blog or other public communication service, forum, or feature offered by the AACR, any of the information that you post or share will be visible to other users and visitors. The information that you make available can be read, used, and collected by other users and visitors to send you unsolicited messages outside of the AACR’s control. The AACR is not responsible for the manner in which the personal information that you decide to share will be used by other users or visitors.

No data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Accordingly, despite the safeguards in place to protect your personal information, the AACR cannot ensure or warrant the security of any non-public information you transmit to us with respect to our online products or services. You transmit all such information at your own risk.

How Long Your Information May Be Retained

We may keep user information on file indefinitely.

International Transfer

Please note that the AACR is based in the United States and the Blog is hosted on servers located in the United States.If you use the Blog from outside the United States, please note that your information may be transferred to and maintained on computers and servers located outside of your state, province, country, or other governmental jurisdiction, where privacy laws may not be as protective as those in your jurisdiction.Your consent to this Policy followed by your submission of information through the Blog, represents your agreement to the transfer of such information to the United States and the handling of your information consistent with applicable United States law.

Children’s Privacy

We are committed to protecting the privacy of children. Users must be at least thirteen (13) years of age to access and use the Blog. By using the Blog, you represent and warrant that you are thirteen (13) years of age or older and that you consent to this Policy, and all other applicable terms, conditions, and policies. If we believe that you are under the age of thirteen (13) or that you are not old enough to consent to and be legally bound by the Policy, we may, at any time, in its sole discretion, and with or without notice: (i) terminate your access to or use of the Blog (or any portion, aspect, or feature of them), or (ii) delete any content or information that you have posted through the Blog.

Future Changes to the AACR Website and to this Policy

From time to time, we may use information obtained through our Blog for new, unanticipated uses not previously disclosed in this Policy. If our information practices change at some time in the future, we will post changes to this Policy on the Blog. If you are concerned about how your information is used, please bookmark this page and check back periodically. The information we gather is and will be subject to the version of this Policy in effect at the time the information is gathered.

If you believe that our Blog is not following this Policy, or if you have any further questions, please contact us:

American Association for Cancer Research
615 Chestnut Street, 17th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106-4404
Telephone: 215-440-9300
Toll Free Telephone: 1-866-423-3965
Fax: 215-440-9313
Email: blog@aacr.org

LAST REVISED: August 18, 2014


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