Information Collected About You
Newsletters & Emails to You
When you sign up for our email newsletters on the HealthandMedicineFoundation.org Web Sites or at any time, you can choose to opt out of receiving additional promotional newsletters from HealthandMedicineFoundation.org or our Sponsors.
You can unsubscribe from a newsletter by:
Following the directions included at the bottom of the newsletter.
Logging in to the HealthandMedicineFoundation.org Web Sites and unchecking the newsletters you no longer wish to receive under the “My Profile” section.
Email a Friend
If you use our Email a Friend service to tell a friend about a feature on the HealthandMedicineFoundation.org Web Sites or a newsletter, we will ask you for your name, your email address and your friend’s email address. We will automatically send your friend a one-time email inviting him or her to visit the site using your name and email address as the “from” email address. HealthandMedicineFoundation.org does not use your friend’s email information for any other purpose. We will only use the information you provide to send the requested email to your friend.
Community, Health Communities, Blogs and Other Public Forums
HealthandMedicineFoundation.org features several community areas and other public forums where users with similar interests or medical conditions can share information and support one another or where users can post questions for experts to answer. We also offer online discussions moderated by healthcare experts. Our communities are open to the public and should not be considered private.
Any information (including Personal Information) you share in any online community area including a chat room, Health Community, Ask Our Expert posting or online discussion is by design open to the public and is not private. You should think carefully before posting any Personal Information in any public forum. What you post can be seen, disclosed to or collected by third parties and may be used by others in ways we cannot control or predict, including to contact you for unauthorized purposes. As with any public forum on any site, the information you post may also show up in third-party search engines.
If you mistakenly post Personal Information in our Community areas and would like it removed, you can send us an email to request that we remove it by using the Contact Us link on every page of the HealthandMedicineFoundation.org Web Sites. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your Personal Information.
Emails You Send to HealthandMedicineFoundation.org
Even if you do not register with or provide any Personal Information to HealthandMedicineFoundation.org, we collect Non-Personal Information about your use of the HealthandMedicineFoundation.org Web Sites. “Non-Personal Information” means information that we cannot use to identify or contact you. We may also acquire Non-Personal Information about our users from external sources. While you may use some of the functionality of HealthandMedicineFoundation.org without registration, many of the specific tools and services on the HealthandMedicineFoundation.org Web Sites require that you register with HealthandMedicineFoundation.org.
Cookies and Web Beacons
Mobile Device Applications (“Apps”) and Mobile Optimized Sites
Non-Personal Information Collected by Third Parties Not Acting on HealthandMedicineFoundation.org’s Behalf
What Choices Do I Have?
Updating/Removing Your Personal Information
If you have registered and desire to delete any of your Personal Information you have provided to us from our systems please contact us using the contact information listed below. Upon your request, we will delete your Personal Information from our active databases and where feasible from our back-up media. You should be aware that it is not technologically possible to remove each and every record of the information you have provided to the HealthandMedicineFoundation.org Web Sites from our servers.
If you decide that you would prefer not to receive personalized email or secure electronic messages from the HealthandMedicineFoundation.org Health Manager tool, you may “Opt-out” of the service by clicking on the settings tab on your Health Manager home page and changing your email preference or following the unsubscribe instructions included in each promotional email. Emails that HealthandMedicineFoundation.org sends with opportunities from HealthandMedicineFoundation.org or with offers or informational materials from HealthandMedicineFoundation.org on behalf of our sponsors will contain an opportunity to unsubscribe from getting additional emails of that type in the future from HealthandMedicineFoundation.org unless you resubscribe.
Most browser software can be set to reject Cookies. Most browsers offer instructions on how to reset the browser to reject Cookies in the “Help” section of the toolbar. If you reject our Cookies, certain of the functions and conveniences of the HealthandMedicineFoundation.org Web Sites may not work properly but you do not have to accept our Cookies in order to productively use the HealthandMedicineFoundation.org Web Sites. It is important to note that in order to use the opt-out services described below, such as the Network Advertising Initiative and the TRUSTed Ads Program, you must not reject all Cookies because these opt-out procedures work by placing Cookies on your browser that enable these opt-out procedures to function. The “opt-out Cookies” are placed, for example, in order to help prevent the placement of Cookies used for the targeting of advertising.
We work with third party ad networks to display advertising on our Sites. Our ad network vendors use technologies to collect non-personally identifiable information about your activities on our web sites to provide you cookie-based targeted advertising based upon your browsing activity and your interests. To read about how to opt out of targeted advertising on the HealthandMedicineFoundation.org sites see the section of this policy named TRUSTed Ads Program Ad Choices below. The HealthandMedicineFoundation.org Web Sites do not respond to web browser “do not track” signals.
TRUSTed Ads Program Ad Choices
In order to give you more control over your privacy choices we have implemented the TRUSTed Ads™ program from TRUSTe. At the bottom of every page of the HealthandMedicineFoundation.org Web Sites you will see an Ad Choices logo, (which looks like this: Ad Choices Logo). By clicking on that logo you will be presented with a window (the “TRUSTe Window”) that will identify all of the companies that HealthandMedicineFoundation.org uses to direct tailored advertisements to you, both on the HealthandMedicineFoundation.org Web Sites as well as on third-party sites. If you would like to stop this tailored advertising from HealthandMedicineFoundation.org, you can manage these advertisements through the choices in that window. By clicking the + symbol next to the name of a vendor in that window you will get information about how and where that vendor assists us with the delivery of advertisements. The HealthandMedicineFoundation.org Web Sites do not respond to web browser “do not track” signals. The TRUSTed Ads Program is not available on our Mobile Device Apps. Please see the Section entitled “Mobile Device Applications (“Apps”) and Mobile Optimized Sites.”
How Information Collected About You Is Used
Information collected by HealthandMedicineFoundation.org about you is used by HealthandMedicineFoundation.org to:
administer your account,
provide you with access to particular tools and services,
respond to your inquiries you send to us and to send you administrative communications about the HealthandMedicineFoundation.org Web Sites or services,
obtain your feedback about the HealthandMedicineFoundation.org Web Sites or our offerings,
statistically analyze user behavior and activity including how frequently areas of the site are visited and how many emails are received and opened,
provide you and people with similar demographic characteristics and interests with more relevant content or advertising both on the HealthandMedicineFoundation.org Web Sites or on other web sites that you visit after you leave the HealthandMedicineFoundation.org Web Sites; and
conduct research and measurement activities, including those described below.
Send you personalized emails or secure electronic messages pertaining to your health interests, including news, announcements, reminders and opportunities from HealthandMedicineFoundation.org; or
Send you relevant offers and informational materials on behalf of our sponsors pertaining to your health interests.
HealthandMedicineFoundation.org may combine Personal and Non-Personal Information collected by HealthandMedicineFoundation.org about you, and may combine this information with information from external sources.
In addition to the emails described above that are made available to all registered HealthandMedicineFoundation.org visitors, users of the HealthandMedicineFoundation.org Health Manager tool can receive personalized emails or secure electronic messages based on Personal Information entered into the tool. The HealthandMedicineFoundation.org Health Manager email service requires an “opt-in” authorization from you.
Research and Measurement Activities
Information that HealthandMedicineFoundation.org collects about you may be combined by HealthandMedicineFoundation.org with other information available to HealthandMedicineFoundation.org through third parties for research and measurement purposes, including measuring the effectiveness of content, advertising or programs. This information from other sources may include age, gender, demographic, geographic, personal interests, product purchase activity or other information. We may report aggregate information, which is not able to be identified back to an individual user of the HealthandMedicineFoundation.org Web Sites, to our current or prospective advertisers and other business partners. We do not sell or share any Personal Information with any third parties, except contractors performing services on our behalf who agree not to use this information received from us for any purpose other than performing services on our behalf.
With Whom Do We Share Your Information?
Disclosures to HealthandMedicineFoundation.org Contractors
Disclosures to Third Party Web Sites
How Do We Secure and Retain Your Information?
We take reasonable security measures to protect the security of your Personal Information. Despite HealthandMedicineFoundation.org’s efforts to protect your Personal Information, there is always some risk that an unauthorized third party may find a way around our security systems or that transmissions of your information over the Internet may be intercepted.
The security of your Personal Information is important to us. When you enter Personal Information (including personal health information in various tools on our website), we encrypt the transmission of that information or use SSL connections (Secure Socket Layer) technology.
We will retain your Personal Information as long as your account is active or needed to provide you services. At any time you can remove your Personal Information or instruct us to remove it, but you should be aware that it is not technologically possible to remove each and every record of the information you have provided to HealthandMedicineFoundation.org from our servers. HealthandMedicineFoundation.org tools that collect and store Personal Information allow you to correct, update or review information you have submitted by going back to the specific tool, logging-in and making the desired changes. We will also retain your Personal Information as necessary to comply with legal obligations, resolve disputes and enforce our agreements.
We are committed to protecting the privacy of children. The HealthandMedicineFoundation.org Web Sites are not designed or intended to attract children under the age of 13. The HealthandMedicineFoundation.org Web Sites do not collect Personal Information from any person we actually know is under the age of 13. A parent or guardian, however, may use HealthandMedicineFoundation.org Health Manager to establish a personal health record and a HealthandMedicineFoundation.org Health Manager home page for a minor. The parent or guardian is solely responsible for providing supervision of the minor’s use of HealthandMedicineFoundation.org Health Manager. The parent or guardian assumes full responsibility for ensuring that the registration information is kept secure and that the information submitted is accurate. The parent or guardian also assumes full responsibility for the interpretation and use of any information or suggestions provided through HealthandMedicineFoundation.org Health Manager for the minor.
Contacting HealthandMedicineFoundation.org About Your Personal Information or Privacy