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Privacy & Cookie Policy

Posted By Donna Wicks, October 2, 2012

The Hypermobility Syndromes Association (HMSA) takes the privacy of visitors seriously. We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of our visitors while providing a valuable service. This Privacy Policy statement explains the data processing practices of the HMSA. If you have any requests concerning your personal information or any queries with regard to these practices please click here to contact us.

Information collected

The HMSA will collect personal information from you through the use of enquiry and registration forms and every time you e-mail us your details. We also collect information automatically about your visit to our sites. The information obtained in this way, which includes demographic data and browsing patterns,  is only used in aggregate form.

Use and Disclosure of personal information

We process personal information collected via the HMSA web site for the purposes of dealing with your enquiry and providing you with information. We do not disclose your details to third parties other than in the following specific circumstances:

– We may disclose your information to third party suppliers we engage to purchase equipment on your behalf via our bulk ordering scheme

– We may disclose your information when, and if, we contract with third parties who either provide services which involve processing data on our behalf or where there is a requirement to communicate this information in order to fulfil our obligations to you.

– With your explicit consent we may disclose your details to our medical advisors.

– With your explicit consent we may disclose your details to other members via our contact list or with other site visitors via our community directory.

We also use information in aggregate form (so that no individual user is identified) to ascertain demographic information about the visitors to the website and to audit usage of the site.

Use of cookies

We use “cookies” to identify you when you visit the HMSA web site and to build up a demographic profile. A cookie is a small piece of information sent by a web server to a web browser, which enables the server to collect information back from the browser. Find out more about the use of cookies on Our use of cookies also allows registered administrators and group leaders to be presented with a personalised version of the site.

Internet-based transfers

Given that the Internet is a global environment, using the Internet to collect and process personal data necessarily involves the transmission of data on an international basis. Therefore, by browsing the HMSA web site and communicating electronically with us you acknowledge and agree to our processing of personal data in this way.

The information provided by the HMSA should not take the place of advice and guidance from your own health-care providers. Material in this site is provided for educational and informational purposes only. Be sure to check with your doctor before making any changes in your treatment plan. Articles were last reviewed by our Medical Advisors as being correct and up to date on 5th June 2004.

Please be aware that information posted on the discussion boards is the opinion of the authors and has not necessarily been approved or endorsed by the medical advisors.