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Website & e-Network Forum Privacy Statements

Web Site Privacy Statement

The California Blood Bank Society (CBBS) is committed to safeguarding the privacy and security of our website users. Our goal is to provide you with an Internet experience that delivers the information and resources that are most relevant and helpful to you. This Web site ( and affiliate sites (,, CBBS, are owned and operated by the CBBS. This policy discloses the privacy practices for the websites listed above.

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, contact:

CBBS Central Office
915 L Street, PMB-C416
Sacramento, CA 95814-370


Personally Identifiable Information supplied to CBBS via our Website

Our online membership registration process requires a valid email address and a unique User ID and password, and at least one postal mailing address. Membership data (including contact information and committee participation) is maintained on all of our members using hosted mySQL databases. This data can be accessed through a secure online member directory. This directory may be accessed only by other current CBBS members through the password-protected, members-only area of the website. This directory is not made available to the general public. Members who wish to opt out of being included in the directory may do so by accessing their member profile online.

If you choose to join our Members Interactive Groups or Online Connections in the Members area of the website, you may receive emails from other users if you opt to allow them to send you emails. You may change your preference at any time by going to User Control Panels.

Both CBBS members and non-member users of the websites may be asked to enter personally identifiable information (such as name, phone number, mailing address, e-mail address) in order to perform certain functions, such as registering for meetings, submitting abstracts, and requesting additional information. By using our websites, you agree that we may provide any or all of such information to third parties, such as payment processors, in order to complete your transaction (e.g., to confirm an order, resolve billing issues).

Unless you give CBBS permission, the personally identifiable information you provide will be known only to you and to CBBS. CBBS will always ask you before providing this information to anyone else. If others want this information, including your name or your email address, CBBS will provide it only if you give us permission to do so. You should remember that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information online, at this or any other site, such as on message boards, through email, discussion groups or in chat areas, your information can be collected and used by others.


Visitors should be aware that non-personal information and data is currently collected by the CBBS web site through the use of "cookies." Cookies are small text files a website uses to recognize repeat visitors. We use cookies to record session information, such as items that users add to their shopping cart, record user-specific information on what pages users access or visit, record past activity at a site in order to provide better service when visitors return to our site, customize Web page content based on visitors' browser type or other information that the visitor sends, and to enable access to specific areas on the web site. We use both session and persistent cookies when you access our website or content. Session cookies expire and no longer have any effect when you log out of your account or close your browser. Persistent cookies remain on your browser until you erase them or they expire. You are free to decline our cookies if your browser or browser add-on permits, but doing so will interfere with your use of our websites. The help section of most browsers or browser add-ons provides instructions on blocking, deleting or disabling cookies.

Gathering of Information

Each time a visitor accesses the CBBS Web site, we automatically collect some information to improve the overall quality of the online experience using a website analytics program. Examples of information we collect include, but are not limited to: operating system in use, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, pages visited, items downloaded, date/time stamp, number of clicks, and search queries.

Information we gather on our websites is stored within controlled databases (hosted by us and by a third party on our behalf). As effective as the reasonable security measures implemented by us and our service providers may be, no security system is impenetrable. We cannot guarantee the security of any of our or our service providers' systems or databases nor can we guarantee that information supplied will not be intercepted while being transmitted over the Internet. You are also solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of any passwords you set up and/or any account information.

The information we collect may be used to create an aggregate demographic profile of our user base so that we can improve content and services and provide aggregate information to potential sponsors (no individual information is provided to any third-party without your consent), to customize the content and/or layout of our email messages or pages for each individual visitor, to notify you about updates to our web site and services, to send you our opt-in e-mail newsletter(s), to provide you with the products and/or services for which you signed- up or registered, which may include sending service disruption notices or other service- or product-related information via email, and is not shared with other organizations for commercial purposes without your consent. Upon request, we will provide you with the information (e.g., email address, name, etc.) that we maintain about you.

Credit Card Information

CBBS online payment processing is currently handled by PayPal. PayPal automatically encrypts your confidential information using an SSL protocol with an encryption key length of 168 bits (the highest level commercially available). When registering or logging in to PayPal’s site, PayPal verifies that your internet browser is running Secure Sockets Layer 3.0 (SSL) or higher. Once user information is entered into PayPal's processing, it resides on their server that is heavily guarded both physically and electronically. PayPal servers sit behind an electronic firewall that are not directly connected to the internet, so private information is available only to authorized computers. PayPal is responsible for all credit card and financial institution information you submit online. This information is NOT transmitted to or maintained by CBBS.

PayPal also offers a comprehensive section on Privacy, Prevention, and Identify Theft Protection at
PayPal’s Privacy Policy may be accessed at

e-Network Forum Discussions

In questions or responses for general distribution, the individual submitting each item will not be identified, unless he/she so wishes. Emails from the persons granting permission to use their attribution may be maintained on the moderators' computers. As a condition to utilizing the website and e-Network Forum, users agree to waive any claims related to such inadvertent loss of attribution permission information.

It is understood that if a request is received by CBBS to directly contact an author of a question or comment, the moderator(s) may contact the author and it is the decision of him/her to contact the requestor. However, there may be some situations where we simply cannot keep this promise - if required by a valid subpoena, CBBS may be required to turn over personal information about users and authors.

Links to Other Sites

Our Web site contains links to other Web sites, sites that may be maintained by organizations that are not affiliates of CBBS, and whose privacy policies we do not control. Once you leave our sites, any information you provide at another site will be governed by the privacy policy of that site you are visiting. We encourage you to use caution when visiting these sites and that you view the privacy policy posted on each site to confirm that the site's policies are acceptable to you.

Newsletter E-Mail Lists Privacy Policy

CBBS email lists are hosted on our server. When you subscribe to one or more of our email lists, you agree to receive newsletters, press releases, and/or educational meeting information. We use your email address and any other information you give us until you ask us to stop (by using the 'unsubscribe' link at the bottom of each email communication.

We will never use your email address or other information to provide you with any unsolicited messages or information, nor will we share it with or sell, rent or lease it to any third party for such use.

To report any abuse or violations of this Email List Privacy Policy, please send email to and attach an unedited copy of the email message that you feel was sent to you in error or without your permission. Include all header information so that CBBS can trace origin of the message. Also include any notes or other information that you feel are pertinent.

E-mail List Information Collection

For each visitor that signs up for our email list, we collect only the information that is supplied in the request to subscribe. Our web servers may collect the domain name or IP address of visitors to our web page(s). Unless otherwise stated on our web site, we collect the email addresses of those who communicate with us via email and information volunteered by you such as but not limited to list signup information, survey information, and/or membership registrations. We also may collect clickstream information.


We strive to maintain appropriate security measures in our respective physical facilities to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of information that we have collected from you for being part of our email list. Although we take reasonable measures to secure our data, we cannot guarantee that the measures taken are or will remain adequate. One of the best ways to protect yourself online is by making sure your browser is up-to-date. Your browser must protect data with 128-bit encryption and should offer anti-phishing functionality. Please note that we do not support Internet Explorer version 6 or less.

An important note about email security:

  1. NEVER respond to any request, or click on ANY links or attachments in emails that "appear" to be from PayPal or any other financial institution stating that you urgently need to "update your account to avoid termination" or that "your account is in jeopardy" or similar. These typically have a generic greeting, such as "Dear Valued 'Financial Institution Name' Member", suggest a sense of urgency that you must "respond ASAP", and contain fake links that even may contain the words of the financial institution in them. These are called "spoofs" or "phishing scams" which actually link to fraudulent sites.
  2. PayPal and/or CBBS will NEVER send emails asking you for credit or debit card numbers, bank account numbers, driver's license numbers, email addresses, passwords or your full name.
  3. ALWAYS log in to PayPal by opening a new web browser and typing in the following: "". One should never log into PayPal or any other financial institution website from a link in an email.

Changes to Privacy Policy

From time to time, we may use customer information for new, unanticipated uses not previously disclosed in this Privacy Policy notice. If our information practices change at some time in the future, we will post the policy changes to this Privacy Policy page to notify you of these changes and provide you with the ability to opt out of our list. If you are concerned about how your information is used, you should check back at this Privacy Policy page periodically.

The e-Network Forum is supported in part by the California Blood Bank Society (CBBS) and the American Red Cross Blood Services (ARCBS) and endorses collegial discussion among blood banking and transfusion medicine professionals. However, neither the CBBS nor the ARCBS in any way endorse the specific views and opinions expressed in the forum. The forum is not intended as a substitute for medical or legal advice and the content should not be relied upon for any medical or legal purposes. Readers should make their own determinations as to: (i) what constitutes appropriate medical, technical, and administrative practices, and (ii) how best to comply with laws and regulations relevant to their questions. For the latter, they should consider consulting, as to any medical matters, a qualified physician, and, as to any legal matters, an attorney familiar with related state and federal laws. The user of the forum, by accessing same, assumes all risks arising out of such use and releases CBBS and their respective members, directors, officers and agents from and against any loss, damage, claim or liability arising out of such use of the Forum.


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