PRIVACY POLICY

Collection, Use and Security of Personal Information

HempResearchNews.com values and respects an individual's right to keep certain Personal Information private. Likewise, the HempResearchNews.com values the need to collect and use Personal Information, which will enable the HempResearchNews.com to effectively deliver products and services leading to a reduction in disability and death from heart diseases and stroke. This Privacy Policy applies to activities of the HempResearchNews.com and additionally to persons visiting HempResearchNews.com Web sites, signing up for HempResearchNews.com publications and mailings, or entering into transactions with the HempResearchNews.com, and covers the collection, use, storage and disclosure of information and data as described in this Privacy Policy. The Privacy Policy does not apply to information that the HempResearchNews.com collects on contractors, vendors or other entities with which the HempResearchNews.com does business, although the HempResearchNews.com will contractually require them to comply with relevant provisions of the Privacy Policy.

A. HempResearchNews.com Collection of Personal Information

1. The HempResearchNews.com will collect Personal Information on an individual only if the individual provides the information to the HempResearchNews.com. The HempResearchNews.com also may collect information about a person who has been referred to the website to send them emails regarding HempResearchNews.com’s efforts or a person to whom the HempResearchNews.com has been asked to send emails regarding HempResearchNews.com’s programs or efforts. If a person donates to the HempResearchNews.com, the HempResearchNews.com may collect sensitive Personal Information such as the donor’s credit card number, card type, expiration date and keep a record of the financial transaction.

The HempResearchNews.com may collect Demographic Information it obtains from individuals and third parties for fund raising purposes and to notify persons of HempResearchNews.com programs, events, educational opportunities and upcoming meetings.

The HempResearchNews.com may collect Aggregate and Transactional Information and add to its database every time a person visits an HempResearchNews.com Web Site. Also, the HempResearchNews.com collects Aggregate Information for research purposes.

2. Types of information: "Personal Information" is "Demographic Information" and/or "Medical Information" which identifies a specific individual with a minimal degree of effort. Demographic Information includes name, address, city and other similar information. Medical Information includes diseases, treatments, lifestyle behaviors, family history, genotype, phenotype and other similar information. Transactional Information is data collected on an individual based on the individuals' interactions with the HempResearchNews.com, which may include sensitive information such as credit card information and Medical Information. Aggregate Information is information presented in summary or statistical form which does not contain data that would permit the identification of a specific individual without extraordinary effort.

B. HempResearchNews.com Use of Personal Information

1. When an individual provides Personal Information to the HempResearchNews.com, the HempResearchNews.com may use the Personal Information for its programs, research and fund raising.

2. The HempResearchNews.com uses Transactional Information for research purposes for the development or implementation of its programs, products and services. The presumption is that, since Transactional Information is highly proprietary, it will not be disclosed to third parties.

3. The HempResearchNews.com will disclose all information as required by law.

4. The HempResearchNews.com will make every effort to discontinue the use of an individual's Personal Information as soon as practicable if requested by that individual. The HempResearchNews.com may need to retain Information in its archives and records to comply with law, resolve disputes, analyze problems, assist with any investigations, enforce HempResearchNews.com’s User Agreement and other policies, and take other actions otherwise permitted or required by law.

C. Specific Requirements

1. Administrative

a. The HempResearchNews.com will take reasonable and appropriate measures to keep Personal Information confidential and in a secure environment, including taking appropriate action in the event of unauthorized disclosure.
b. Access to Personal Information will be restricted to only those personnel with a legitimate business purpose.

c. The HempResearchNews.com owns all Personal Information provided to it by individuals and collected in accordance with this Policy. When an individual provides Medical Information to the HempResearchNews.com, the HempResearchNews.com will ensure that the individual acknowledges their assignment of the right to use the data to the HempResearchNews.com.

2. Scientific Research

Any research funded by the HempResearchNews.com that involves human subjects (e.g., information collected on individuals) must be endorsed by the sponsoring institution's committee on clinical investigation or other appropriate body, and conform ethically to the guidelines prescribed by the National Institutes of Health, which includes obtaining informed consent from each individual.

3.Third Party Disclosure

Permission is required before the HempResearchNews.com discloses Personal Information to a third party. No permission is necessary for Aggregate Information, since Aggregate Information does not identify a specific individual.

a. For disclosure of Demographic Information (e.g., rentals or exchanges of donor lists), the HempResearchNews.com as a minimum will use the "Opt Out" approach. An "opt-out" is obtained when the HempResearchNews.com through some correspondence gives an individual the opportunity to decline or "opt-out" of disclosures to third parties. If the individual does not opt out, permission is deemed granted. Depending upon the nature of an activity or project, a higher standard than "opt-out" may be used, such as "opt-in" whereby an individual must affirmatively give consent before information is disclosed.

b. For research awardees, permission is deemed granted upon submission of an application for a grant to the HempResearchNews.com. Therefore, the HempResearchNews.com may disclose Personal Information, including funding and project summary information, on research program awardees to third parties.

c. For disclosure of Medical Information, Informed Consent is required before the HempResearchNews.com discloses Medical Information to a third party. Informed Consent occurs when an individual has sufficient facts about the disclosure, comprehends those facts, and voluntarily consents to the disclosure. Where a third party such as the employer or healthcare provider of an individual requires the individual to participate in an HempResearchNews.com program which collects Medical Information, the HempResearchNews.com will require the employer or healthcare provider to procure Informed Consent before the HempResearchNews.com will release Medical Information to that employer or healthcare provider.

d. From time to time, there is a benefit in allowing a third party to use collected Personal Information on individuals. However, unless an individual gives permission, the HempResearchNews.com will not disclose Personal Information collected by the HempResearchNews.com to any third party. The HempResearchNews.com sometimes engages third parties to provide certain operational services to the HempResearchNews.com or on its behalf. The HempResearchNews.com may disclose Personal Information to those third parties on a “need to know” basis under a written contract.

e. The HempResearchNews.com uses and allows third parties to use Aggregate Information for research purposes for the development or implementation of its programs, products and services.