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Alliance Health Privacy Policy

Last Updated: 11/14/13

What the Alliance Health Networks Privacy Policy Covers:

  1. Introduction / About Alliance Health Networks ("Alliance Health")
  2. About your participation
  3. Information Alliance Health collects
  4. How Alliance Health uses your information
  5. Blog / Forum
  6. Social Media Widgets
  7. Your obligation as a user
  8. Your rights as a user
  9. Our advertising partners and our relationships to other companies
  10. Security
  11. Effective Date / Changes to this Privacy Policy
  12. Children
  13. Your California Privacy Rights - Notice of Compliance to California Residents
  14. California Shine the Light Law (SB27) Compliance Statement
  15. How to contact us

1. Introduction / About Alliance Health Networks ("Alliance Health")

We own and operate an online social health network platform with multiple, condition-specific sites and mobile applications which we call "sites" and/or "communities."

Our mission is to empower consumers and help enable a more consumer-centric healthcare industry. We use the power of social networks to help consumers more actively navigate and manage their care. Our condition-specific websites connect patients and caregivers, unlocking new opportunities to foster engagement, peer support and knowledge-sharing.

Key to our mission is that consumers feel comfortable that we respect your privacy and as a result we make it a priority to build your trust and confidence. In an effort to provide this level of trust around confidential information and privacy on the web we take the following approach to earning your trust.

2. About your participation

In an effort to further our mission to empower consumers and help enable a more consumer-centric healthcare industry, you may provide us specific information, including Personally Identifiable Information (defined below). This information is provided on your own volition as you do not have to join an Alliance Health community or register for offers in order to browse and read the content in the public portions of our sites. We always treat acquiring this information as a privilege and will maintain your personally identifiable information as highly confidential and will not share it with anyone without your consent.

When you register to join an Alliance Health community and/or registering for offers available through our advertising partners you consent to sharing information about yourself, Personally Identifiable Information, so that we can make our services and the services of our partners available to you.

When you join an Alliance Health community, you may set up your personal profile, form relationships with other members, send messages, perform searches and queries, and transmit information through various channels. The profile you create on site will be publicly accessible unless otherwise indicated. You may change your privacy settings by visiting your community profile page.

By clicking the "Accept" button during registration or by using our sites, you explicitly accept or "opt-in", without limitation or qualification, to the collection, use and transfer of Personally Identifiable Information provided by you in the manner described in this Privacy Policy; as well as in our Terms of Use.

Please read this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use carefully as they both effect your rights and liabilities under governing laws.

You may make a copy of this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use for your personal use. Use your browser's "Print" button to print a copy of this Privacy Policy and/or Terms of Use.

If you disagree with the way we collect and process Personally Identifiable Information on this site or offer pages, we recommend that you do not use them.

3. Information Alliance Health collects

Personally Identifiable Information

Personally Identifiable Information Is information you voluntarily provide and that is collected when you register for community membership or advertising offers presented to you by our Partners. Personally Identifiable Information is information that can be used to identify you, or any other individual to whom the information may relate personally. We do not collect Personally Identifiable Information unless you choose to provide it to us. Some examples of Personally Identifiable Information that we collect may include:

Other information

As is true with most websites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information may include:

Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet Service Provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and clickstream data: Click-through URL: Pixel tags:

Demographic information

Based on our collection of your geographic location such as a submitted zip code or your IP address, we may extrapolate demographic characteristics about you. This data is not unique to you but refers to selected population characteristics, based on your geo-location and may include, age, preferences, gender, race or ethnicity, occupation, career history, interests and favorites.

Behavioral Information

Behavioral information, individual and aggregate, is about individuals' online activity over a period of time to determine potential future behaviors or interests. We use behavioral information in aggregate to improve your web experience including presenting content and offers that may be most relevant you based on previous online actions.

This information can include information regarding how visitors use our sites, the areas of the sites that are visited, what services are accessed, and information about your computer hardware and software, geolocation, browser, operating system type, domain names, access times, and referring Web site addresses.

Some of this information is necessary for analyzing the use of resources, troubleshooting problems, preventing fraud, and improving our services.

Cookie information

A cookie is a small text file stored by a web site on your computer to track information. It is important to know that there are many types of cookies. We may link cookie information to Personally Identifiable Information. Following each cookie type are links for information on how to manage your privacy for that type of cookie.

Browser Cookies (HTTP Cookies) and IP address information

  • We use browser cookies for application functions, login purposes and to deliver content on our Web site that is specific to your interests, and we may use information from cookies for advertising, and other marketing and content serving purposes.
  • The cookie does not track any personal information about you, provide us with any way to contact you, or extract any information from your computer.
  • We hope you will want the better service that cookies provide, but you may set your browser to refuse cookies.
  • However, by doing so, you will not be able to successfully use this service.
  • A third party cookie may be placed on your computer. Some of our business partners (e.g., advertisers) use cookies on our site. We have no access to or control over these cookies. This privacy statement covers the use of cookies by this site only and does not cover the use of cookies contained in an advertisement on this site; which would be subject to the Privacy Policy of that respective business partner or advertiser.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278835
http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95647
http://www.mozilla.org/projects/security/pki/psm/help_21/using_priv_help.html
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=safari/3.0/en/9277.html
http://help.aol.com/help/microsites/microsite.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&externalId=15100
http://help.aol.com/help/microsites/microsite.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&externalId=223606

We encourage you to proactively manage the information companies collect about you in cookies through available online tools. One such tool can be found at the following website http://www.aboutads.info/choices/.

Other types of Cookies and IMPORTANT NOTICE

Violation of Alliance Health Networks' Privacy Policy and/or Terms of Use for this site may result in a user being temporarily or permanently banned from the site and ALLIANCE HEALTH's entire network. To prevent a banned user from being able to re-access the site by merely deleting browser cookies and creating a new login, Alliance Health may use other types of cookies to store information that would identify a banned user. Use of such cookies would constitute Alliance Health's sole use of said technology for the exclusive purpose of identifying banned users and denying site access, and said technology is not used in any other instance for tracking, profiling, or storing of user data. Cookie management tools provided by your browser will not remove these types of cookies. To learn how to manage your privacy and storage settings for these types of cookies, click the links following each type of cookie below:

Local Shared Objects, also known as Flash cookies
Flash cookies are different from browser cookies because of the amount of, type of, and how data is stored. Like normal cookies, Flash cookies are represented as small files on your computer. One method of managing Flash cookies is to adjust your preferences in the Macromedia Website Privacy Setting Panel.
http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager.html#117118
http://www.aboutcookies.org

Internet Explorer userData Storage Cookies
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ie/cc197062(v=vs.85).aspx

HTML5 Session / Local / Global Storage Cookies and HTML5 Database Storage via SQLite Cookies
https://developer.mozilla.org/en/DOM/Storage
http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=2365853
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6623
http://machacks.tv/2009/01/27/flushapp-flash-cookie-removal-tool-for-os-x/

4. How Alliance Health uses your information

In our mission to empower consumers and help enable a more consumer-centric healthcare industry, we utilize the information collected to give you more choice and tailor information to your interests. Some of the services we provide based on the information you have given us are described below:

  1. To allow you to create an account
  2. To create a profile for you based on information that you have provided to us
  3. To contact you about site updates, informational and service-related communications, including important security updates
  4. Display relevant content we think you might be interested in based on your onsite activities and selected preferences
  5. To provide you additional communications, information, and promotions such as newsletters
  6. To generate internal reports about the use of our site
  7. To enable you to provide feedback, to contact us, and for us to respond to you
  8. To conduct surveys, questionnaires, promotions and contests, and to provide the results of such activities such as success stories and contest winners
  9. To inform you of other offers, services, or websites available from Alliance or third parties including our advertising partners
  10. To tailor advertising to you both on our site and other sites on the web based on cookie information collected on our site

Submission of your Personally Identifiable Information and accessing our sites provides you with a wealth of information including discussions, ratings and reviews, and blog postings. In most cases, this information is retained and used, for instance, so you can return to view prior messages you have sent or easily see your friend list. When you update your community membership information, a backup copy of the prior version is kept for a reasonable period of time to enable revision to the prior version of that information should the need arise.

Furthermore, we provide you with a variety of options for you to take control of your health by providing you with promotions and offers through our partnerships. When you "opt-in" to one of our partner advertising offers and you provide your Personally Identifiable Information to receive an advertising offer within or hosted on our site we are committed to providing the information you submitted to our advertising partners.

When you make such request, you provide consent for us to disclose (share, sell, rent or trade) your Personally Identifiable Information, such as your name, address, phone or address, to said third party who may then use your Personally Identifiable Information to contact you; and provide you the information, materials, products or services you requested.

In such specific cases, you may also specifically grant Alliance Health and said third party permission to contact you by telephone, mail and/or email, including phone calls that may use computer assisted technology and/or pre-recorded messages.

Occasionally we may utilize this information ourselves in an aggregate basis to understand your preferences or disclose this same information in aggregate with our sponsors and advertising partners to provide better service to you.

We respect your privacy in the utmost and commit never to pursue the following activities:

In certain circumstances we may share Personally Identifiable Information for the following purposes:

5. Blog / Forum

Our Web site offers publicly accessible blogs or community forums. You should be aware that any information you provide in these areas may be read, collected, and used by others who access them. To request removal of your personal information from our blog or community forum, contact us at community@alliancehealth.com. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why.

6. Social Media Widgets

Our Web site includes Social Media Features, such as the Facebook Like button [and Widgets, such as the Pinterest this button or interactive mini-programs that run on our site]. These Features may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on our site, and may set a cookie to enable the Feature to function properly. Social Media Features and Widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our Site. Your interactions with these Features are governed by the privacy policy of the company providing it.

7. Your obligations as a user

In accordance with our mission to empower consumers and help enable a more consumer-centric healthcare industry we rely on you to contribute to the user-generated platform. As you interact within the community site, you may post User Content. You do this at your own risk. Although we allow you to set privacy options that limit access by other site visitors to your profile, please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. We cannot control the actions of other Users with whom you may (1.) choose to share your pages, and (2.) directly provide Personally Identifiable Information and personal information to. Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that User Content you post on the site will not be viewed by unauthorized persons. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the site. You understand and acknowledge that, even after removal, copies of User Content may remain viewable in cached and archived pages or if other Users have copied or stored your User Content.

Personally Identifiable Information, personal information, and other information you post in public areas of the site becomes User Content and can, in some instances, be edited but not everything posted can be. We ask that you provide references for any medical information posted which isn't your own personal experience (something you have personally undergone). User Content you post will be accessed, used, and stored by others around the world, including countries that might not have legislation that guarantees adequate protection with respect to your country of residence. By providing User Content for inclusion in our database, you acknowledge that you consent to your User Content being used as described herein. While Alliance Health takes measures to safeguard your Personally Identifiable Information from unauthorized access or inappropriate use by third parties, Alliance Health does not control these third parties and we are not responsible for their use of User Content you post or otherwise make available in public areas of the Alliance Health sites. Accordingly, you should ensure that you do not post Personally Identifiable Information or sensitive personal information in a public area of any Alliance Health site or alternatively use tools that we provide like anonymous Connect posting or offer privacy solutions featured in the user profile.

If you choose to use our invitation service to tell a friend about our site, we will ask you for information relevant to the invitation process, such as your friend's email address. We will automatically send your friend a one-time email or instant message inviting him or her to visit the site. We do not store this email communication or your any information you provide about your friend.

8. Your rights as a user

You control which (if any) of the details of your membership profile can be viewed by other members of the community.

Updating Personally Identifiable Information

If at any time your Personally Identifiable Information changes, or if you no longer desire our service, you may correct, update, amend, or delete/remove it by logging in and editing your profile's information in the "About Me" tab. This ensures the complete removal of the Personally Identifiable Information within our community web sites as well as removal from our email database. If at any time you wish to withdraw your consent to having your Personally Identifiable Information used or disclosed to third parties please contact us and we will remove you immediately. Please contact us at the information below.

Data Retention

We will retain your Personally Identifiable Information as long as your account is active, or as needed to provide you services, or until you opt-out. However, we may retain certain data you provided as we deem necessary to prevent fraud or future abuse, or for legitimate business purposes, such as analysis of aggregated, non-personally identifiable data, account recovery, or if required by law. Alliance Health disclaims any liability in relation to the deletion or retention of information. Alliance Health does not control when search engines update their cache, which may contain certain information that has since been removed from Alliance Health's publicly viewable database.

Choice / Opt-Out

You may choose to stop receiving Alliance Health newsletters or marketing emails by following the unsubscribe instructions included in these emails or you can contact us at community@alliancehealth.com. You may also opt-out of the community by following the instruction in the Updating Personally Identifiable Information section above.

Alliance Health Response Timeframe

We will respond to your request to access within 30 business days.

9. Our advertising partners and our relationships to other companies

In our effort to empower consumers and help enable a more consumer-centric healthcare industry, we are committed to providing a free and independent service. As a result our site may contain information, links to other sites and advertisements of healthcare services and partners that may help you make educated healthcare choices. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or content of such websites but encourage you to evaluate their specific commitment to you.

Certain products and services marketed through the site are made available by the trusted partner companies of Alliance Health with which we have a strategic alliance. To obtain these products and services you may be required to visit another company's website or a site they share with the site. When ordering, registering for, or purchasing products or services from these partners, you will be entering into an agreement with that partner, and not with Alliance Health. In these cases, this privacy policy does not apply; instead, the privacy policy of the partner providing the goods or services will apply.

We urge you to read and understand our partners' policies before entering into agreements with them. We are committed to partnering with companies that share our privacy concerns. Alliance Health, however, cannot control the way these partners collect or use information.

If you have questions about our partners' privacy policies or the privacy policies of these other sites, we encourage you to contact them directly.

All Alliance Health offers are subject to participation by the advertising partner, product availability, and any applicable state or federal laws that govern such offers. Any offers shown are reasonable facsimiles, and participating advertising partners reserve the right to withdraw offer, substitute another product, or modify offers at their sole discretion.

10. Security

We use secure technology, privacy protection controls, and restrictions on employee access in order to safeguard your Personally Identifiable Information.

Each and every one of our employees servicing our sites are obligated to abide by the Privacy Policy. Only authorized employees servicing our sites are permitted to have access to your Personally Identifiable Information, and such access is limited by need.

Since the internet is not a 100% secure environment, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to Alliance Health. There is no guarantee that the information may not be accessed, copied, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards.

Any improper collection or misuse by unauthorized third parties of Personally Identifiable Information, or other information provided on the site is a violation of the terms of use and should be reported to community@alliancehealth.com.

11. Changes to this Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to modify this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use at any time, so please review them frequently.

If we make material changes to either our Privacy Policy or our Terms of Use, we will notify you here, or by email, or by means of a notice on our home page prior to the change becoming effective..

Although this Privacy Policy is not a contract and does not create any legal rights, it does serve as an expression of our commitment to protecting Personally Identifiable Information.

The most current version of this Privacy Policy, which supersedes all previous versions, can be reviewed by clicking on the Privacy Policy at the bottom of each page of this site.

Your use of the site and any services provided by Alliance Health after any changes to this Privacy Policy are implemented constitutes your acknowledgement and acceptance of any such changes.
This Privacy Policy came into effect on the date shown as the Last Updated date at the beginning of this document.

12. Children

We do not knowingly collect Personally Identifiable Information for children 12 and under. We do not associate cookie data with Personally Identifiable Information about children. If we become aware that a child has circumvented this policy we immediately terminate the related account and delete all information/date associated with the account.

13. Your California Privacy Rights - Notice of Compliance to California Residents

California law requires that we provide you with a summary of your privacy rights under the California Online Privacy Protection Act ("California Act") and the California Business and Professions Code. As required by the California Act, this Privacy Policy identifies the categories of Personally Identifiable Information that we collect through this Site about individual consumers who use or visit this Site and the categories of third-party persons or entities with whom such personally identifiable information may be shared.

Depending on the visitor's activity at this Site, certain "Personally Identifiable Information" (as that term is defined in the California Act) may be collected, in addition to information set forth in other sections of this document. For purposes of the California Act, the term "Personally Identifiable Information" means individually identifiable information about an individual consumer collected online by us from an individual and maintained by us in an accessible form, and may include any of the following:

See section above entitled "Updating Personally Identifiable Information" for a description of the process that we maintain for an individual consumer who uses or visits this Site to review and request changes to any of his or her Personally Identifiable Information that is collected through this Site.

See section above entitled "Effective Date / Changes to this Privacy Policy" for a description of the process by which we notify consumers who use or visit this Site of material changes to our Privacy Policy. The effective date of this privacy policy is also included in the section below entitled "Effective Date; Updates to Privacy Policy."

14. California Shine the Light Law (SB27) Compliance Statement

Under California S.B. 27 ("Shine the Light" Law), California residents have the right under certain circumstances to receive, once a year, information about third-parties with whom we have shared information about you or your family for their marketing purposes during the previous calendar year, and a description of the categories of personal information shared. To make such a request, please send an email to compliance@alliancehealth.com and please include the phrase "California Privacy Request" in the subject line, the domain name of the website you are inquiring about, along with your name, address and email address. We will respond to you within thirty days of receiving such a request.

15. How to contact us

We welcome your input and feedback about our sites and the services that we provide to you. If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Policy or related Terms of Use, you may contact us via: