The Society for Simulation in Healthcare > Privacy Policy


Privacy Policy

1.    Summary of Purpose

This privacy policy aims to provide information on how SSH collects and processes personal data through use of the website, including any data you may provide through this website when you sign up to register/join, or register for an event, and/or sign up for any other event through SSH website.

This website is not intended for children and we do not knowingly collect data relating to children. 

It is important that you read this privacy policy together with any other privacy policy or fair processing notice we may provide on specific occasions when we are collecting or processing personal data about you so that you are fully aware of how and why we are using your data. This privacy policy supplements the other notices and is not intended to override them. For example, if you register for an event, this privacy policy supplements any notice you may receive in connection with that registration. 

  1. Scope

This is the website privacy policy of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (referred to as SSH, “we”, “us” or “SSH” in this privacy policy). This website privacy policy will inform you as to how we handle your personal data when you visit SSH website and tell you about your privacy rights.

This privacy policy is provided in a layered format so you can browse through to the specific areas set out below. Please also use the Definitions to understand the meaning of some of the terms used in this privacy policy.

  1. Definitions
      1. Legitimate Interest means the interest of SSH business in conducting and managing SSH business to enable us to give you the best service/product and the best and most secure experience. We make sure we consider and balance any potential impact on you (both positive and negative) and your rights before we process your personal data for SSH legitimate interests. We do not use your personal data for activities where SSH interests are overridden by the impact on you (unless we have your consent or are otherwise required or permitted to by law). You can obtain further information about how we assess SSH legitimate interests against any potential impact on you in respect of specific activities by contacting SSH Executive Director.
      2. Performance of Contract means processing your data where it is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are a party or to take steps at your request before entering into such a contract.
      3. Comply with a legal or regulatory obligation means processing your personal data where it is necessary for compliance with a legal or regulatory obligation that we are subject to. 

You have the right to: 

  1. Request access to your personal data (commonly known as a “data subject access request”). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal data we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.
  2. Request correction of the personal data that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate data we hold about you corrected, though we may need to verify the accuracy of the new data you provide to us.
  3. Request erasure of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal data where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal data where you have successfully exercised your right to object to processing (see below), where we may have processed your information unlawfully or where we are required to erase your personal data to comply with local law. Note, however, that we may not always be able to comply with your request of erasure for specific legal reasons which will be notified to you, if applicable, at the time of your request.
  4. Object to processing of your personal data where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground as you feel it impacts on your fundamental rights and freedoms. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal data for direct marketing purposes. In some cases, we may demonstrate that we have compelling legitimate grounds to process your information which override your rights and freedoms.
  5. Request restriction of processing of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of your personal data in the following scenarios: (a) if you want us to establish the data’s accuracy; (b) where SSH use of the data is unlawful but you do not want us to erase it; (c) where you need us to hold the data even if we no longer require it as you need it to establish, exercise or defend legal claims; or (d) you have objected to SSH use of your data but we need to verify whether we have overriding legitimate grounds to use it.
  6. Request the transfer of your personal data to you or to a third party. We will provide to you, or a third party you have chosen, your personal data in a structured, commonly used, machine-readable format. Note that this right only applies to automated information which you initially provided consent for us to use or where we used the information to perform a contract with you.
  7. Withdraw consent at any time where we are relying on consent to process your personal data. However, this will not affect the lawfulness of any processing carried out before you withdraw your consent. If you withdraw your consent, we may not be able to provide certain products or services to you. We will advise you if this is the case at the time you withdraw your consent.
  1. Policy Details
    1. WHO WE ARE
      1. CONTROLLER  

SSH is the controller and responsible for your personal data.

We have appointed SSH Executive Director to be responsible for overseeing questions in relation to this privacy policy. If you have any questions about this privacy policy, including any requests to exercise your legal rights, please contact the Executive Director using the details set out below. 


Full name of legal entity: Society for Simulation in Healthcare

Addressee: Executive Director

Email address: 

In the event of a dispute, you may have the right to make a complaint with your local authorities. We would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns first because your privacy is important to us.



This version was last updated on the date first set forth above. Historic version can be obtained by contacting SSH Executive Director. 

It is important that the personal data we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your personal data changes during your relationship with us, if applicable.


This website may include links to third-party websites, plug-ins and/or applications, including those of SSH affiliates. Clicking on those links or enabling those connections may allow third parties to collect or share data about you. We do not control these third-party websites and are not responsible for their privacy statements. When you leave SSH website, we encourage you to read the privacy policy of every website you visit. 


Personal data, or personal information, means any information about an individual from which that person can be identified. It does not include data where the identity has been removed (anonymous data).

We may collect, use, store and transfer different kinds of personal data about you which may include the following categories follows:

  • Identity Data includes first name, last name, username or similar identifier, and title.
  • Contact Data includes billing address, delivery address, email address and telephone numbers.
  • Transaction Data includes details about services you have obtained from us, including registrations.
  • Technical Data includes internet protocol (IP) address, your login data, browser type and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform and other technology on the devices you use to access this website.[MRE1] 
  • Profile Data includes your username and password, registrations, and sign-ups by you.
  • Usage Data includes information about how you use SSH website and services.
  • Marketing and Communications Data includes your preferences in receiving marketing from us and your communication preferences (including as to the Mail Sign Up).


We do not collect any Special Categories of Personal Data [MRE2] about you (this includes details about your race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sex life, sexual orientation, political opinions, trade union membership, information about your health and genetic and biometric data). Nor do we collect any information about criminal convictions and offences. 

Do not share any Special Categories of Personal Data with us.


Where we need to collect personal data by law, or under the terms of a contract we have with you and you fail to provide that data when requested, we may not be able to perform the contract we have or are trying to enter into with you (for example, to allow you to register for an event). In this case, we may have to cancel a service you have with us but we will notify you if this is the case at the time.[CR3] [MRE4] 


We use different methods to collect data from and about you including through: 

  • Direct interactions. You may give us your Identity and Contact Data by filling in forms or by corresponding with us by mail, phone, email or otherwise. This includes personal data you provide when you:
  • register for an event, etc.;
  • create an account on SSH website;
  • subscribe to one of SSH interest groups; or
  • give us some feedback (when you Contact Us).
  • Automated technologies or interactions. As you interact with SSH website, we may automatically collect Technical Data about your equipment, browsing actions and patterns. We collect this personal data by using cookies, server logs, and other similar technologies.
  • Third parties or publicly available sources. We do not collect information about you from third parties.

We will only use your personal data in order to carry out SSH mission as a non-profit organization. Most commonly, we will use your personal data in the following circumstances:

  • Where we need to perform the contract we are about to enter into or have entered into with you, such as SSH obligations to you in connection with your rights as to events, for example.
  • Where it is necessary for SSH legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests.
  • Where we need to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation. 

Generally we do not rely on consent as a legal basis for processing your personal data because we do not send third party marketing communications. In any event, if we send you any communications, you will have the opportunity to Opt-Out.


We have set out below, in a table format, a description of all the ways we plan to use your personal data, and which of the legal bases we rely on to do so. We have also identified what SSH legitimate interests are where appropriate.

Note that we may process your personal data for more than one lawful ground depending on the specific purpose for which we are using your data. Please contact the Executive Director if you need details about the specific legal ground we are relying on to process your personal data where more than one ground has been set out in the table below.



Type of data


Lawful basis for processing including basis of legitimate interest


To register you as a new member


(a) Identity

(b) Contact


Performance of a contract with you


To process and deliver your membership activities (events, etc.), including:

(a) Manage payments, fees and charges

(b) Collect and recover money owed to us


(a) Identity

(b) Contact

(d) Transaction

(e) Marketing and Communications


(a) Performance of a contract with you

(b) Necessary for SSH legitimate interests (to recover debts due to us)


To manage SSH relationship with you which will include:

(a) Notifying you about changes to SSH policies or terms of service


(a) Identity

(b) Contact

(c) Profile

(d) Marketing and Communications


(a) Performance of a contract with you

(b) Necessary to comply with a legal obligation

(c) Necessary for SSH legitimate interests (to keep SSH records updated and to study how customers use SSH products/services)


To administer and protect SSH operations and this website (including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, system maintenance, support, reporting and hosting of data)


(a) Identity

(b) Contact

(c) Technical


(a) Necessary for SSH legitimate interests (for running SSH operation, provision of administration and IT services, network security, to prevent fraud etc.)

(b) Necessary to comply with a legal obligation


To use data analytics to improve SSH website and visitor experiences


(a) Technical

(b) Usage


Necessary for SSH legitimate interests (to keep SSH website updated and relevant)


  1.     MARKETING  

All marketing to members is done in connection with the members’ membership opportunities (events, etc.) and each member will have the opportunity to Opt-Out from such marketing. 

If we market to non-members, we will do so only upon receiving consent from such non-members and in accordance with applicable privacy laws. In any event, non-members will have the opportunity to Opt-Out from such marketing. 


We do not share your personal data with any company outside SSH for marketing purposes.[CR5]  If we ever do share your personal data with a third party for the third party’s own marketing purposes, we will obtain your prior consent before we do so.[MRE6] 

  1.    OPTING OUT  

You can ask us to stop sending you marketing messages at any time by logging into the website and checking or unchecking relevant boxes to adjust your marketing preferences or by following the opt-out links on any marketing message sent to you or by contacting the Executive Director. Please allow a reasonable time for us to respond to your request. 

Where you opt out of receiving these marketing messages, this will not apply to personal data provided to us as a result of your status as a member, or a registrant for an event or other transactions.

  1.    COOKIES  

A cookie is a small text file that can be stored on your computer when you visit websites. Information is saved in this text file to ensure a smooth and interactive experience on the internet. Cookies usually also have an expiration date. For example, some cookies are automatically deleted when you close your browser (so-called session cookies), while others can be stored longer on your computer, sometimes until you delete them manually (so-called permanent cookies).

You can set your browser to refuse all or some browser cookies, or to alert you when websites set or access cookies. If you disable or refuse cookies, please note that some parts of this website may become inaccessible or not function properly. For more information about the cookies we use, please see SSH Cookie Policy. 


We will only use your personal data for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose. If you wish to get an explanation as to how the processing for the new purpose is compatible with the original purpose, please contact the Executive Director.

If we need to use your personal data for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and we will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so.

Please note that we may process your personal data without your knowledge or consent, in compliance with the above rules, where this is required or permitted by law.


We may have to share your personal data for the purposes set out in the table in Paragraph 4 above, as follows:

  • Service providers, acting as processors, based in the United States who provide IT and system administration services.
  • Professional advisers, acting as processors or joint controllers, including lawyers, auditors and insurers based in the United States who provide consultancy, legal, and insurance services.
  • State and federal government agencies, regulators and other authorities, who may require reporting of processing activities in certain circumstances.

[MRE8] We require all third parties to respect the security of your personal data and to treat it in accordance with the law. We do not allow SSH third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes and only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with SSH instructions.


We collect your data in the United States. If we transfer your data to a Third Party outside the European Economic Area (EEA) we may use specific contracts approved by the European Commission which give personal data the same protection it has in Europe. For further details, see European Commission: Model contracts for the transfer of personal data to third countries. Alternatively, we may transfer data to them if they are part of the Privacy Shield which requires them to provide similar protection to personal data shared between the Europe and the US. For further details, see European Commission: EU-US Privacy Shield.

Please contact the Executive Director if you want further information on the specific mechanism used by us when transferring your personal data out of the EEA.


We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorized way, altered or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal data to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need to know. They will only process your personal data on SSH instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected personal data breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach where we are legally required to do so. 


We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements.

To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorized use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.

By law we may have to keep basic information about SSH members (including contact, identity, and transaction data) for up to seven years after they cease being members (for tax purposes.)[MRE9] 

In some circumstances, you can ask us to delete your data: see Request erasure below for further information.


Under certain circumstances, you have rights under data protection laws in relation to your personal data. Please see Section 3 (Glossary) to find out more about these rights: 

  • Request access to your personal data.
  • Request correction of your personal data.
  • Request erasure of your personal data.
  • Object to processing of your personal data.
  • Request restriction of processing your personal data.
  • Request transfer of your personal data.
  • Right to withdraw consent.

If you wish to exercise any of the rights set out above, please contact the Executive Director.


You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal data (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with your request in these circumstances.



 We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access your personal data (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is a security measure to ensure that personal data is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. We may also contact you to ask you for further information in relation to your request to speed up SSH response.


We try to respond to all legitimate requests within one month. Occasionally it may take us longer than a month if your request is particularly complex or you have made a number of requests. In this case, we will notify you and keep you updated. 

  1. Procedures for Ensuring Compliance
    1.   The SSH Executive Director will provide oversight of compliance with this policy
  1. Appendices / Attachments
    1.  None

 [MRE1]This assumes that this is the type of data collected by the “session” cookies when a visitor browses the website. 

Note: The website appears to have fifty (50) other cookies in use. This is a very large number. Are they necessary? If Yes, for the use of ANY analytics cookies, a separate “COOKIE POLICY” is required.

 [MRE2]This assumes that no healthcare data is collected on the website.

 [CR3]Does not apply to SSH.

 [MRE4]This applies broadly, including for example where someone creates an account for the website. You need their information on a contractual basis to set them up with an account. Similarly, you may need to keep payment information about them if they purchase anything on the website (i.e., registration for an event).

 [CR5]We do not share your personal data with any third party outside of SSH for marketing purposes.

 [MRE6]I added this to address the exhibitors comment from below.

 [MRE7]You will need this if you use analytics cookies.

 [MRE8]Exhibitors are third parties. When they send emails of any kind, they are considered marketing emails. So, exhibitors should go in the “third party marketing” section.

For practical purposes, sharing information with exhibitors will (should) be governed by the Privacy Notice (events, etc.) and the Event Registration Language (where “exhibitors” should be added to “vendors”)

 [MRE9]For SSH to-do list, if SSH does not have one already, is a Data Retention Policy.

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