You should be aware that the Foundation is not a healthcare provider (e.g. doctor, hospital, pharmacist, etc.) and is generally not subject to the Privacy Rule under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which imposes strict requirements on healthcare providers relating to individually identifiable healthcare information.
WHAT PERSONAL INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT?
Personal information may be collected in a number of ways when you visit our Site. We may collect certain information you voluntarily provide to us which may contain or may be tied to personal information. For example, we may collect information, such as your name, postal address, email address, phone number, and other contact and demographic information such as age, gender, zip code, health-related information, interests and preferences. We may collect this and other information when you register for our Magazine(s), respond to surveys, participate in promotions or contact us by email or other means for any reason. We may supplement this information with information collected from other companies.
We may also collect "aggregate" information, which is data we collect about the use of the Site or about a group or category of products, services or users, from which individual identities or other personal information has been removed. In other words, information about how you use a service may be collected and combined with information about how others use the same service. Aggregate data helps us understand trends and our users' needs so that we can better consider new features or otherwise tailor our Site. This policy in no way restricts or limits our collection and use of aggregate information.
When you visit the Site, some information is also automatically collected, such as your computer's Internet Protocol (IP) address, your computer's operating system, the browser type, the address of a referring website, and your activity on the Site. We treat this information as personal information if we combine it with or link it to any of the identifying information mentioned above.
Cookies and Clear Gifs (Web Beacons)
We may also automatically collect certain information through the use of "cookies" or "clear gifs." Cookies are small data files that are stored on a user's hard drive at the request of a website to enable the site to recognize users who have previously visited them and retain certain information such as customer preferences and history. Clear gifs (also known as web bugs or web beacons) are small, invisible graphic images that may be used on the Site and in emails to collect certain information about your use of and activity with our Site and emails. If we combine cookies or clear gifs with or link them to any of the personally identifying information, we would treat this information as personal information.
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HOW DO WE USE THE PERSONAL INFORMATION WE COLLECT?
In general, we use personal information we collect to process your requests or transactions, to provide you with information or services you request, to inform you about other information, events, promotions, products or services we think will be of interest to you, to facilitate your use of, and our administration and operation of, the Site, and for the purpose for which the information was provided. For example, we may use the information we collect:
- to send you a welcoming email and to contact you about your use of the Site such as for administrative purposes or to provide you with customer service;
- Â to provide you with all of the services, features, and functionality included within the Site, to provide other services or information you request and to complete any transactions in connection therewith;
- Â to respond to your emails, submissions, comments, requests or complaints;
- Â to request feedback and to enable us to develop, customize and improve the Site and our publications, and services;
- Â to personalize and improve Site content and features and your experience on the Site, such as providing ads, content or features to match your profile and interests;
- Â to contact you about our or a third party's services, products, activities, special events or offers and for other marketing, informational, product development and promotional purposes (including, without limit, to notify promotion winners); and
- Â for the specific purpose for which the information was provided or collected.
Personal information provided online may be linked together or merged with other personal information so that we may better understand your needs and inform you about our products or services and those of our partners. In addition, if we receive information from third parties with whom we have business relationships, we may combine this information with the other personal information we maintain about you. In either case, this Policy governs this information.
SHARING OF PERSONAL INFORMATIONExcept as described in this Policy, we do not share your personally identifying information with third parties for their own use without your consent. If you choose to let us share your personally identifiable information with third parties, we will not be responsible for the actions of such third party companies, nor are we responsible for any additional information you provide directly to these or to any other third parties.
We may also share personal information with third party vendors, consultants and other service providers who are engaged by or working with us in connection with the operation of the Site and who need access to such information to carry out their work for us. In addition, we may disclose personal information in the good faith belief that we are lawfully authorized or required to do so, or that doing so is reasonably necessary or appropriate to comply with the law or with legal process or authorities, respond to lawful requests, any claims, or to protect the rights, property or safety of the Foundation, our Site, our users, our employees or the public, including without limitation to protect the Foundation, our Site, or our users from fraudulent, abusive, inappropriate or unlawful use of our Site. Information about our users, including personal information, may also be disclosed or transferred as part of, or during negotiations of, any merger, sale of company assets, financing or acquisition, an insolvency, bankruptcy or receivership or in any other situation where personal information may be transferred as one of the business assets of the Foundation.
WHAT STEPS DO WE TAKE TO PROTECT PERSONAL INFORMATION ONLINE?
We have worked to put into place reasonable security measures in an effort to protect personal information while it is under our control. Please be aware, however, that despite our efforts, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. You should also note that email is not secure, and you should not send any confidential or sensitive information to us via an unsecured email.
WHAT CHOICES DO YOU HAVE REGARDING THE USE OF YOUR INFORMATION?Â
We may send you news, updates and information via email. You may choose to not receive promotional communications at any time by notifying firstname.lastname@example.org.
LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES
The Site is for general audiences and is not directed toward those under 13 years of age.
HOW CAN YOU CORRECT AND UPDATE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION OR OBTAIN ADDITIONAL INFORMATION?