Privacy Statement

VISTA is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to the VISTA website and governs data collection and usage. VISTA has also implemented measures to comply with the principles of the EU-US Safe Harbor Program. By using the VISTA website, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

VISTA encourages you to review the privacy statements of Web sites you choose to link to from VISTA so that you can understand how those Web sites collect, use and share your information. VISTA is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on Web sites outside of the VISTA and VISTA family of Web sites.

Collection of Personal Information

VISTA may collect personally identifiable information such as your e-mail address, name, home or work address or telephone number. VISTA may also collect anonymous demographic information that is not unique to you, such as your ZIP code, age, gender, preferences, interests and favorites. Such information is not collected except when it is provided on a voluntary basis. On occasions when personal information is required to provide the services you requested, you will be informed why VISTA is asking for this information.

VISTA may also automatically collect information about your computer hardware and software. This information can include, but is not limited to: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring Web site addresses.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through VISTA public message boards, this information may be collected and used by others. Note: VISTA does not read any of your private online communications.

Use of Personal Information

VISTA collects and uses your personal information to operate the VISTA Web site and deliver the services you have requested. VISTA also uses your personal information to inform you of other products or services available from VISTA and its affiliates. VISTA may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

Information about your computer hardware and software is used for the operation of the VISTA service and to maintain the quality of the service. We also use non-identifying and aggregate information about the use of our Web site to provide general statistics regarding the use of the VISTA Web site. VISTA also keeps track of the Web sites and pages our customers visit within VISTA, in order to determine what VISTA services are the most popular. This data may be used to deliver customized content and advertising within VISTA to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.

You give permission to VISTA to use the information you supplied to form part of a database which may then be licensed to sponsors or other third parties to identify investigators to become involved in clinical trials and for other related purposes. You acknowledge and agree that once you have submitted said information to VISTA then VISTA will be free to use the information as set out herein, and where this information is incorporated into databases by VISTA, then VISTA will be the owner of all rights in such databases, including copyright rights. You will receive no compensation in connection with any of the foregoing.

In addition, VISTA may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to VISTA, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

VISTA does not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, without your explicit consent.

VISTA will keep your personally identifiable information private and will not share it with third parties outside its controlled subsidiaries and affiliates. VISTA will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on VISTA or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of VISTA; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of VISTA, or the public.

Use of Cookies

The VISTA Web site use “cookies” to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize VISTA’s pages, or register with VISTA site or services, a cookie helps VISTA to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same VISTA Web site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the VISTA features that you customized.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the VISTA services or Web sites you visit.

Security of your Personal Information

VISTA secures the information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment that is protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other Web sites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

Adherence to the Safe Harbor Privacy Policy

VISTA has implemented measures to comply with the Safe Harbor principles defined by the United States Department of Commerce. These principles apply to the transfer of personal information from the European Union to the United States.


Where VISTA collects personal information directly from individuals in the EU, VISTA will inform individuals about the purposes for which it collects and uses information about them, the types of third parties to which it discloses the information and the choices and means the organization offers individuals for limiting its use and disclosure.

This notice will be provided in clear language in a conspicuous manner at the same time individuals are first asked to provide personal information to VISTA, or as soon as possible thereafter, and in any event before VISTA uses or discloses information for a purpose other than that for which it was originally collected.


VISTA will offer individuals the opportunity to choose (opt-out) whether their personal information is (a) to be disclosed to a non-agent third party, or (b) to be used for a purpose other than the purpose for which it was originally collected or subsequently authorized by the individual.

For sensitive personal information, VISTA will give individuals affirmative and explicit choice (opt-in) to allow their information to be disclosed to a non-agent third party or to be used for a purpose other than the purpose for which it was originally collected or subsequently authorized by the individual.

VISTA will provide individuals with reasonable mechanisms to exercise their choices.

Onward Transfer

VISTA will disclose personal information to third parties pursuant to the Notice and Choice principles set forth above.

In the event that VISTA wants to transfer Personal Data to a third party that is acting as its agent, VISTA will obtain assurances from the third party that it:

  1. subscribes to the Safe Harbor Principles
  2. is subject to the EU Directive 95/46/EC
  3. is subject to another adequacy finding, or
  4. enters into a written agreement with VISTA requiring that the third party provide at least the same level of privacy protection as is required by the relevant Safe Harbor Principles


VISTA will take reasonable precautions to protect personal information collected from loss, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction.

Data integrity

VISTA will seek to ensure that personal information collected is processed in a way which is compatible with the purposes for which it was originally collected or subsequently authorized by the individual. VISTA will take reasonable steps to ensure that the data is relevant to its intended use, accurate, complete and current.


Upon request, VISTA will grant individuals reasonable access to personal information possessed by VISTA. In addition, upon request, VISTA will take reasonable steps to provide individuals with a means to correct, amend, or delete information that is found to be inaccurate or incomplete.


VISTA has put in place internal, self-assessment procedures for periodic reviews of its relevant privacy practices to ensure compliance with the principles set forth in this Policy.

Questions or concerns regarding the use or disclosure of personal information should be directed to Scientific Software Tools, Inc. at [email protected] VISTA will investigate and attempt to resolve complaints and disputes regarding use and disclosure of personal information in accordance with the principles contained in this Policy.

In the event that a complaint cannot be resolved between VISTA and any complainant, VISTA will cooperate and participate in the dispute resolution procedures of the panel established by the EU data protection authorities to resolve such disputes.

Changes to this Statement

VISTA will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect company and customer feedback. VISTA encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how VISTA is protecting your information.

Contact Information

VISTA welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that VISTA has not adhered to this Statement, please contact Scientific Software Tools, Inc. at [email protected] We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.