The Shipley ProstateThe prostate is a walnut-sized gland located between the bla... Full Definition CancerCancer is a group of diseases where cells grow abnormally an... Full Definition Research Center is committed to protecting the privacy of its online users. We do not collect personally identifiable information about individuals, except when it is knowingly provided by such individuals (e.g., web forms). We do not share voluntarily provided, personally identifiable information for any purpose other than its intended use. This privacy statement, updated March 2017, describes the information we collect and how we use it.

Information Collection and Use

Web log file data

The Shipley Prostate Cancer Research Center (“the Shipley Center”) reserves the right to track non-personal information about users of its website, including without limitation: the URL that the user has come from (whether this URL is on its website or not), the URL the user goes to next (whether this URL is on its website or not), the Internet browser being used, the type of operating system used, the user’s location, and the user’s IP address. A user’s IP address is used for system administration purposes and to track a user’s session, in order to give the Shipley Center an understanding as to which parts of its website users are visiting. Many sites automatically collect this information. The Shipley Center may use such information for purposes including but not limited to site management and administration and to improve the content and overall performance and user-experience on our site.

Subscription to newsletter or press releases

If you subscribe to a newsletter, publication, or press release published by the Shipley Center and distributed via email, we will keep your email address in a private distribution list. Messages sent electronically do not reveal recipients’ email addresses or any other personal information. Boston University will only send messages to individuals who have opted-in to subscribe and who have provided their email addresses to us directly. We do not use this email address list for any other purpose, and we only add individuals at their request. At any time, you may opt-out by using the unsubscribe link provided on our website and in the publication email, which will remove your information from the distribution list for that publication.

Third-party service providers

The Shipley Center, or Boston University, may engage reputable third-party vendors to help us manage our websites and allow us to better service our visitors.

Links to other sites

This site has links to other sites we think may be of interest to our visitors. Their purpose is to provide visitors with convenient access to other sites that might interest them. A link to another site does not imply an endorsement of the site’s content or services. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of sites not owned by Boston University. We encourage you to be aware of that when you leave our site and to read privacy statements at any sites that collect personally identifiable data.

Email communication

The Shipley Center does not collect your email address unless you voluntarily submit it to us or choose to communicate with us via email. We do not sell or rent any email addresses. Please do not email patient health information, as that information is confidential and should only be discussed with your physician.

How we use the information

The Shipley Prostate Cancer Research Center uses the information you provide to fulfill your online request, facilitate customer service, and inform you of our programs and events.

We do not share any personally identifiable information we may collect in surveys, although we may share aggregated survey results with analysts, as described above. The aggregate data cannot be used to identify individuals and participation in the survey is voluntary.

It is possible that we could be forced to disclose personally identifiable user information in response to a search warrant, subpoena, or court order; that can happen to any organization keeping records. Disclosures may also be appropriate to protect our legal rights and the security or integrity of our website, or to avoid liability. Those kinds of disclosures are highly unlikely, but possible.


We are committed to protecting the privacy of children. This site is not intended or designed to attract children under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect personal data from anyone under 13 years of age. If we become aware that a person under 13 years of age has registered, we will delete any personally identifiable information of such person from our records.

Policy changes

The Shipley Prostate Cancer Research Center reserves the right to change this policy from time to time, without advance notice. We will promptly post any changes to our privacy policy on this site.

Deletion and removal of information

Non-identifiable information in our aggregate database will not be deleted. Like all responsible website publishers, we maintain backup files as a protection against natural disasters, equipment failures, or other disruptions. Backup files protect you and us because they lower the risk of losing valuable data. Removing a record from our main files does not remove that record from any backup systems. It may take up to six months before all information in a backup record is completely erased through the normal recycling of backup files. In the meantime, as long as backup records exist, they receive the same privacy and security protections as our other records.