Privacy & Data Retention Policy

Updated May 24, 2018

The American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) recognizes and respects the importance of maintaining your privacy and has established this Privacy & Data Retention Policy as a result. This policy describes our information collection and usage practices related to the use of the ABO website,

Information Collection and Use

ABO is the sole owner and operator of this website. We do not collect personally identifiable information from general users of this website.

Users who establish a portal account agree to our terms of service. These users grant permission for the ABO to collect and store certain types of personally identifiable information necessary to facilitate board certification programs, services, and communications. The ABO restricts access to personal information collected by the ABO to ABO employees and contractors who need to know this information to conduct the business and affairs of the ABO. This information may be stored indefinitely, in accordance with the ABO’s file retention policies.

Users in the EU may request to close their ABO account and permanently delete this data. The following conditions apply:

  • All assessment and/or activities must be cancelled prior to closure. If there are any active products or services in the account, the account cannot be closed.
  • All data that is required for legitimate business purposes or legal or contractual record keeping requirements will be retained. This includes certification history.
  • All fee payments will be forfeited.
  • Users will no longer be able to log into their account after it is closed.

Upon closing an account, EU users may request account deletion. This process may take up to 30 days. Upon deletion, EU users will no longer be able to access their account and the account will become unrecoverable.

The ABO has implemented appropriate measures to protect the security of the information it processes. Although we will do our best to safeguard your information, use of the ABO website and transmission of any personal information to and from our sites is at your own risk. You should only access the services of our website within a secure environment. 


A cookie is a piece of data stored by a website on a user's hard drive, which contains information about the user. The ABO does not use cookies on this website. However, we may provide links to other websites that use cookies. Please note that we have no control over any other websites.

Log Files

The ABO uses Internet Protocol (IP) addresses to administer the site, track users' movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. Users’ IP addresses are not linked to any other personally identifiable information.


This site contains links to other third-party websites. The ABO is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of any other websites. We encourage you to read the privacy statements of each and every website that may be linked through this website. This Privacy Policy applies solely to the ABO website.

Notification of Changes

Changes to the ABO’s privacy policy will be posted to our website so that users are informed of the nature and type of information we collect and how we use it. If you have any concerns that the ABO might not be abiding by this Privacy Policy, please contact Beth Ann Comber by email at