Heart Disease Online - HDO - is committed to safeguarding your privacy online. Please read this description of our policy to understand how your personal information submitted to HDO will be treated. This policy may change periodically so please check back frequently.
This policy will let you know:
- What personal information is requested from you
- How this information may be used
- Who is collecting the information;
- With whom your information may be shared
- The kind of security precautions that are in place to protect the loss, misuse, or alteration of your information
- What else you should know about your online privacy.
Heart Disease Online collects information in several ways from different sections of our website and ezines. During registration for different services, HDO requests your name, email address, gender, zip code, occupation, industry and some of your personal interests. This is to help you get better and more relevant information so that you can maximize your experience on HDO and its services. HDO also collects IP addresses from some of our feedback forms for system administration and to report aggregate information to our advertisers.
HOW DOES HDO USE MY INFORMATION ?
Our primary goal in collecting personal information is to provide you, the user, with a way to get the most out of our extensive website and services related to heart disease. This includes interactive communications, online shopping and many other types of services, most of which are completely free to you.
In order to provide most services free of charge, the HDO website and ezines display advertisements. By knowing a little about you, we are able to deliver more relevant advertisements and content, and hence better service, to you.
Please be aware that advertisers on HDO or web sites that have links on our site may collect personally identifiable information about you. The information practices of those web sites linked to Heart Disease Online are NOT covered by this privacy statement.
WITH WHOM DOES HDO SHARE MY INFORMATION ?
As a general rule, HDO will not disclose any of your personally identifiable information except under most unusual circumstances, such as when we believe in good faith that the law requires it, or in special cases when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) HDO's rights or property, other HDO users, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities. HDO however discloses aggregated user statistics (for example, 70% of our users live in the United States) in order to describe our services to prospective partners, advertisers, and other third parties, and for other lawful purposes.
WHAT ARE MY CHOICES REGARDING COLLECTION AND USE OF MY INFORMATION ?
Providing your personal information is entirely optional, and is required only for certain sections of the HDO site like newsletters and support groups. If you'd rather not give us your details, you can still browse through the rest of the site without any restrictions.
HDO may, from time to time, send you email regarding our new products and services or improvements and additions to our website that might be of interest and usefulness to you. In addition, ONLY if you have indicated that you are interested, we may occasionally send you direct mail about products and services that may be of interest to you.
HDO does not sell or rent user information to anyone. Any user statistics that we may provide to prospective advertisers or partners are provided in the aggregate only and do not include any personally identifiable information about any individual user.
SECURITY OF FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Please note that there are several places on HDO where you can transmit credit card information in order to complete a purchase transaction. We use the services of high-quality firms that ensure privacy of all such data transmitted. Any time we ask for a credit card number these firms ensure that credit card number is transmitted in an encrypted format. They use industry-standard, SSL (secure socket layer) encryption.
Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, HDO cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us or from our online products or services, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems.
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT MY PRIVACY ?
Please keep in mind that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information online - for example on message boards, through email, or in chat areas - that information can be collected and used by others. In short, if you post personal information online that is accessible to the public, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return.
Ultimately, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your online personal information. Please be careful and responsible whenever you're online.
Questions regarding this statement should be directed to privacypolicy @ heartmine.com. If you do not receive acknowledgement or if your inquiry has not been satisfactorily addressed, contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org