The Medical Educator Consortium (“Medical Educator Consortium”, “MEC”, “we”, “us”, or “our”), wants you to know how we use and protect the personal information you provide to us. We take the protection and proper use of your personal information seriously and are committed to protecting your personal information in our possession. In order to preserve your trust, we want you to understand what personal information we collect from you, how we use such information, and the choices you have regarding the use of this information.

Acceptance of Terms: The following is the privacy policy applicable to the website.

Information We Collect

Personal Information: “Personal Information” refers to any information we can use to identify or contact you, such as your name (first and last), address (city, state, zip), email address, telephone number, profession, contact preference, connection to kidney disease, etc. We may collect information in the following ways:

  • When you apply for a subscription
  • Register for an event
  • When you sign-up for newsletters or other communication from us
  • When you participate in an online evaluation/survey
  • When you provide personal information in a community area or other public forum

From Your Activity: We may capture the IP address and ID of the device you use to connect to the online service, the type of operating system and browser you use, and the information about the site you came from, the parts of our online service you access, the type of mobile device you use and the site you visit next.

From Cookies: A cookie is a small amount of data which often includes an anonymous unique identifier that is sent to your browser from a website and is stored on your computer’s hard drive. Each website can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser’s preferences allow it, but to protect your privacy your browser only permits a website to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other sites. You can configure your browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies, or notify you when a cookie is set. (Each browser is different, so check the “Help” menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.)

Using pixel tags and other similar technologies: Tracking pixels may be used to, among other things, track how you engage with our services (e.g. email newsletters) to help ensure we are providing you with valuable content.

Information Collected by and From Social Media Services and Other Third-Party Platforms:

MEC may employ or contract with third parties to facilitate certain services and/or to provide certain services on our behalf. These third parties have access to your personal information only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose it or use it for any other purpose.

You may also be able to engage with our content on or through social media services or other third-party platforms, such as Facebook, or other third-party social media plug-ins, integrations and applications. When you engage with our content on or through our website, social media services or other third-party platforms, plug-ins, integrations or applications, we may have access to certain Information in your profile. This may include your name, email address, photo, gender, birthday, location and an ID associated with the applicable third party platform or social media account user files, like photos and videos, your list of friends or connections, people you follow and/or who follow you, or your posts, topics of interests, or “likes.” For a description on how social media services and other third-party platforms, plug-ins, integrations or applications handle your information, please refer to their respective privacy policies and terms of use, which may permit you to modify your privacy settings.

When we interact with you through our content on third party websites, applications, integrations or platforms, we may obtain information regarding your interaction with that content, such as content you have viewed, information about advertisements within the content you have been shown or may have clicked on.

When you use a link online to visit a third-party website, you are subject to that website’s privacy and security practices, which may be different from ours. You should familiarize yourself with the privacy policy, terms of use and security practices of that third-party website before providing any information on that website.

How We Use and Share the Information

MEC will not sell, trade or share your personal information with any other entity, nor will we send mailings to you on behalf of other organizations unless you have given us specific permission to do so.

Other Business Purposes: We may use Personal Information for other business purposes, such as conducting audits, fraud monitoring and prevention, developing new services, enhancing, improving and modifying our programs and our Services, identifying usage trends, determining the effectiveness of our mission activities, and updating and expanding our business activities.

Online payment information, i.e. credit card numbers, is not stored in any MEC system. Should you voluntarily disclose personal information online, e.g. on message boards, through email or in chat areas, that information may be collected and used by others.

Email communication from MEC adheres to the and contains an opt-out link. If you have any questions or concerns about your privacy on this site, please contact us at

This policy applies to all information received by Medical Educator Consortium, both online and offline, on any Platform (“Platform”, includes the Medical Educator Consortium website and mobile applications), as well as any electronic, written, or oral communications.

Online Security

The MEC websites employ Secure Socket Layer (SSL) security for data. System passwords are routinely changed. All credit card information transmitted during online transactions is processed with Secure Socket Layer (SSL) security, an established protocol for transmitting information via the Internet which uses server authentication and data encryption to ensure that your data is safe and secure. Once processed, credit card information is not stored in any MEC system. Access to coding and protocols is restricted to MEC staff. Despite use of these safeguards, we cannot guarantee and do not represent that your information will always be secure from unauthorized access.

If you use a log-in and password to access this site, it is your responsibility to keep your password confidential. If you suspect that your login and/or password have been lost or stolen, contact us and we will assist you in changing your site credentials.

Data Protection Rights Under GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)

Residents of the European Union (EU) have certain data protection rights. MEC aims to take reasonable steps to allow you to correct, amend, delete or limit the use of your personal information.  MEC will retain your personal information only for as long as is necessary for the purposes set out in the privacy policy. We will retain and use your personal information to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligation, resolve disputes, and enforce our legal agreements and policies.

If you are from the EU, MEC ‘s legal basis for collecting and using the personal information described in this privacy policy depends on the personal data collected and the specific context in which we collect it. MEC may process your personal data because you have given us permission to do so, for payment processing purposes, to comply with the law, or if the processing is in our legitimate interests and is not overridden by your rights.

You have the right to have your information corrected if that information is inaccurate or incomplete. You have the right to object to our processing of your personal data. You have the right to request that we restrict the processing of your personal information. You have the right to be provided with a copy of your personal information that we possess in a readable format. You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time where MEC relied on your consent to process your personal information.

Withdrawal of Consent

Consent may be withdrawn at any time. If you are unable to access, update, or delete your information yourself, please contact so that we can assist you.

Links to Other Sites: Our website and communications may contain links to other sites that are not operated by MEC. If you click on a link to a third-party site, you will be directed to that third party’s site. We advise you to review the privacy policy of every site that you visit.

Changes to this Online Privacy Policy: MEC may change this Online Privacy Policy from time to time. When we do, we will let you know by appropriate means such as by posting the revised policy on this page with a new “Last Updated” date. Any changes to this Online Privacy Policy will become effective when posted unless indicated otherwise.

Last Updated: April 13, 2020