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Equine Cushing’s and Insulin Resistance Group Inc.

Privacy Policy

UPDATED: October 05, 2018

This statement is one way of sustaining Your ("You" and "Your") trust in Equine Cushing's and Insulin Resistance Group Inc. ("ECIR," "We," "Us," and "Our,") and Our products and services. This Privacy Policy describes Our policies and procedures regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of Your information on ("Site"), Our discussion forums (, and the services We offer.

EU-US Privacy Shield

Pursuant to the General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"), We adhere to the Privacy Shield Principles. All personal data We receive from the European Union ("EU") are subject to the Privacy Shield Principles. Additionally, all of Our entities and subsidiaries also adhere to the Privacy Shield Principles.

Information We Collect From You

We collect personal information about and from You that is necessary for Us to provide You the services that You request, to help serve Your needs, to make customized offerings of Our products and services for You, and to fulfill legal and regulatory requirements. Both the amount and type of information collected will be limited to that which is necessary to fulfill these purposes. The purpose for collecting this data is to provide You the products and services You requested from Us. We collect and hold Your information as long as reasonably necessary to give effect to these purposes. We currently collect Your name, email, and country when You create an account on Our discussion forums.

By creating an account, or purchasing a ticket to Our NO Laminitis! Conference, You gave consent for Us to contact You regarding Our discussion forums and/or event as part of Our commitment to customer service.

If You opt-in to receive marketing emails from Us, You voluntarily consent to receive such messages. You may contact Us regarding this use at anytime using the contact information below. These messages may include information about future conferences, surveys, equine-focused research and information, fundraising events, and/or other related topics.

We shall keep Your information on Our mailing list until You withdraw Your Consent. You may opt out of receiving these messages at any time. We do not share this information with any third parties outside Our organization, except as stated below.

Information Voluntarily Submitted by Discussion Group Members

ECIR outreach discussion groups maintain the ECIR library as a convenience for members to voluntarily store support information for discussion concerning the animal(s) in their care. You are solely responsible for the removal of any personal identifying information on lab results, hay analysis, radiographs, photos, or the like, that You submit.

Participation in surveys is completely voluntary. Survey results will be used to understand the needs of Your equine(s), and to monitor or improve Your use and satisfaction with Our services.

On Our discussion forums, We ask You to provide Your general location in the "signature" section of each post. The location of an equine can impact how the animal is affected due to seasonal changes and what feeds, medications, supplements, and other products are available. This information helps You obtain more effective information for Your equine and obtain beneficial information from similarly situated equine owners and caretakers.

Information Used in Research

ECIR may, from time to time, use aggregate equine information submitted to Our discussion forums for published research and articles, including information in the case history database (or website). All data in the ECIR case history database is stored in a password-protected electronic format. To help protect Your confidentiality, research data reports will not contain personally identifiable information, except in the rare cases where We have asked and received specific written permission to do so.

The results of these research reports will be used for scholarly purposes only.

Processing Payments

We use a third party to process payments from customers who make donations to ECIR or who make purchases from Us. We never have access to Your credit or debit card information. The processing of Your payment is performed according to the payment processing company's terms of service and privacy policy.


We may use cookies on Our Site. These cookies track how You use Our Site, which will help inform Us which areas are useful to Users and what areas need improvement. You can turn off these cookies via Your browser's settings. If You turn off cookies, You may still access this Site.

Unless You opt-out of cookies, Our cookies from Google Analytics track Your IP address and activities on and interactions with Our Site. This information is anonymous or pseudonymous. The Site may also collect anonymous aggregate "traffic data" (contains no personally identifiable information about individual Users) that may help Us improve and market Our services.

We may share aggregated demographic information from cookies and other sources with our members, benefactors, potential donors, and advertisers. This information is general in nature and is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual.

Some of the websites and social media platforms where ECIR has accounts may use cookies; however, We have no access to or control over these cookies.

Sharing Information with Others

We share personal information about You, as required or permitted by law, with third parties, such as service providers, who assist Us in the day-to-day operations of Our organization. We require third-party service providers to enter into confidentiality agreements with Us, prohibiting them from using any personal information they obtain for any purpose other than those for which they were retained or as permitted by law.

We will not share or sell Your information with other third parties without Your explicit consent except as stated herein. We may share Your information with a third party if We have a good-faith belief that sharing the information is necessary to comply with a law, regulation, or enforceable government request including court orders; to investigate potential violations or technical issues on Our Site; or to protect against harm to Us, Our users, or Our affiliates' rights, property, safety, or to the public as permitted by law.

Transmitting Your Information Overseas

We are a U.S.-based company. When We transmit a person's personal information from overseas, We will only do so with Your consent to the transmission or otherwise in accordance with the applicable privacy laws. Making a donation or making a purchase requires that You provide certain personal information about yourself, and doing so is an expression of consent to Your personal information being sent overseas as part of the transaction process.

Pursuant to the GDPR, We use reasonable efforts to comply with the requirements of the EU-US Privacy Shield.

Your Rights Regarding Your Information

At any time, You may request that We update, correct, or delete Your personal information, and We will comply with such requests as permitted by law or contract. You may also request a copy of the personal information We have for You and information about how We are using it, and We will comply with such requests unless We are required or authorized by law to withhold such information.

Under California Civil Code §§ 1798.83-1798.84, California residents may ask Us for information about the categories of data We collected about them and shared with third parties for marketing purposes in the preceding calendar year and provide the contact information for those third parties. If You are a California resident who would like a copy of such information, please send Us a written request using Our contact information below. 

In accordance with the GDPR, EU residents may, under certain circumstances, invoke binding arbitration to resolve a dispute regarding Your personal information. Additionally, You may lodge a complaint with the appropriate supervisory authority at any time.

Safeguarding Personal Information

We have internal policies and procedures designed to protect Your personal information, including protection from unauthorized use or disclosure. We have implemented physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to maintain confidentiality and integrity of the personal information in Our possession and to guard against unauthorized access. These may include, among other things, procedures for controlling access to User files, building security programs, and information technology security measures such as the use of passwords, firewalls, plus virus and use-detection software. We continue to assess new technology as it becomes available and to upgrade Our physical and electronic security systems as appropriate.

Our policy is to permit employees and independent contractors to access Your personal information only if they have a business purpose for using such information, such as administering, providing, or developing Our products or services. Employees and independent contractors are provided with Your personal information on a need-to-know basis only and are bound by contract to keep all personal information confidential and to protect such information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Modifications to Our Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to amend this Privacy Policy from time to time, with or without advanced notice, and will post the latest version on Our Site in a timely manner. We may also announce changes on Our discussion forums. Such revisions shall be effective immediately upon posting. We recommend that You review this Privacy Policy periodically so that You are aware of any changes. Your continued participation on this Site and Our discussion forums indicates Your acceptance of this Privacy Policy and of the collection, use, disclosure, management, and retention of Your personal information as described herein. All additional terms are hereby incorporated into this Privacy Policy by this reference.

Contact Us

Please contact Us with inquiries or complaints or to request access to, or correction of, Your personal information held by Us at ECIR Group Inc., 2307 South Rural Road, Tempe, AZ 85282 or