Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy 2017-08-20T21:51:50+00:00

HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com understands how important the privacy of personal information is to our users. We understand that your privacy matters and we respect your privacy choices. This summary of our privacy policy is intended to give you an overview of:

  • What information we collect about you
  • What choices you have about your information
  • How we use your information
  • How and with whom we may share the information we have about you
  • How we protect your information
  • How to contact us with questions or concerns

We urge you to take the time to read our entire Privacy Policy for complete detail about our privacy practices and your information.

Information Collected About You

We may collect “Personal Information” about you – such as your name, email address, any existing health conditions and area of interests – in the following ways:

  • When you use contact form on our web site;
  • When you sign-up for newsletters or other communications from our web site;
  • When you use our “Email a Friend” service;
  • When you participate in an online survey;

We may collect “Non-Personal Information” – information that cannot be used by us to identify you – via Cookies, Web Beacons and from external sources, even if you have not registered with or provided any Personal Information to HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com.

What Choices Do I Have?

If you do not want your Personal Information used by HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com as provided in this Privacy Policy, you should not fill up any forms that collects Personal Information while using this site. You may correct, update or review Personal Information you have submitted through registration or forms by signing in and updating your registration information. If you have registered and no longer want HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com to use your Personal Information, you should delete your information as described in this Policy or unsubscribe for the newsletter service.

Most browser software can be set to reject Cookies, and you can opt out of Cookies for several companies that serve ads on behalf of HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com on the HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com Web Site.

How Information Collected About You Is Used

We may use information we collect about you to:

  • Administer your account;
  • Respond to your inquiries and send you administrative communications;
  • Obtain your feedback on our sites and our offerings;
  • Provide you and people with similar demographic characteristics and interests with more relevant content and advertisements;
  • Send you personalized emails or secure electronic messages pertaining to your health interests, including news, announcements, reminders and opportunities from HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com; or
  • Send you relevant offers and informational materials on behalf of our sponsors pertaining to your health interests.
  • We may combine Personal and Non-Personal Information collected by HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com about you, and may combine this information with information from external sources.

With Whom Do We Share Your Information?

HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com will not disclose any Personal Information about you unless specifically agreed to by you or:

  • To comply with legal requirements, such as a law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena, or court order;
  • In response to lawful requests by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements;
  • To our vendors and suppliers in the course of their provision of products or services to HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com;
  • In the event of a corporate change in control resulting from, for example, a merger, a sale of assets, or bankruptcy;
  • When we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, protect your safety or the safety of others, investigate fraud, or respond to a government request; or
  • In special cases, such as in response to a physical threat to you or others.
  • HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com does not make your Personal Information available to third parties for their marketing purposes without your consent.

How Do We Secure and Retain Your Information?

We have put in place technical, physical, and administrative safeguards to protect the Personal Information that we collect.

Contact HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com

Please send us an email using the Contact Us link at the bottom of every page of our site if you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or the Personal Information we maintain about you.

HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com Privacy Policy

HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com understands how important the privacy of personal information is to our users. This Privacy Policy will tell you what information we collect about you and about your use of HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com and its services. It will explain the choices you have about how your personal information is used and how we protect that information. We urge you to read this Privacy Policy carefully.

This Privacy Policy applies to HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com including the mobile optimized versions of the site.

HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com may share information among its subsidiaries or web sites that it owns or controls, but information collected under this Privacy Policy is always protected under the terms of this Privacy Policy.

Information Collected About You

Personal Information

If you choose to register or update an existing member profile with HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com or access certain functionality on the HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com Web Sites, you may be required to submit Personal Information. “Personal Information” means information that we can use to identify or contact you, such as your name, address, telephone number or email address. Some of our interactive tools and services may request you to submit health information, which would also be considered Personal Information. You are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the Personal Information that you submit to HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com. Inaccurate information will affect your experience when using the HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com Web Sites and tools and our ability to contact you as described in this Privacy Policy.

Registration

Access to some HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com services may be limited to users who have registered. Some of our tools do not retain your Personal Information, while others store your Personal Information in accordance with this Privacy Policy. HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com will not make any use of your personal information beyond the permitted uses in this Privacy Policy unless you provide such additional consent in connection with the specific tool at the time you submit Personal Information in order to use the tool.

Newsletters & Emails to You

At registration and at various times as you use the HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com Web Site, you will be given the option of providing us with Personal Information in order to receive recurring informational/promotional newsletters – such as a newsletter relating to a specific health condition – via email from HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com. In the HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com chat feature that is available in many pages, you may need to sign in using Facebook account. Any details provided during the linking of your Facebook account to HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com is not available to HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com.

When you sign up for our email newsletters on the HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com Web Site or at any time, you can choose to opt out of receiving additional promotional newsletters from HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com or our Sponsors.

You can unsubscribe from a newsletter by: Following the directions included at the bottom of the newsletter and using the “Unsubscribe” link found in the emails.

Email a Friend

If you use our Email a Friend service to tell a friend about a feature on the HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com Web Site 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. HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com 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.

If you believe that one of your contacts has provided us with your personal information and you would like to request that it be removed from our database, please use the Contact Us link provided at the bottom of every page of the HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com website.

Market Research

From time to time, HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com may conduct online research surveys through email invitations, pop-up surveys and online focus groups. When participating in a survey, we may ask you to enter Personal Information. The Personal Information you submit in a survey may be used by HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com for research and measurement purposes, as described below, including to measure the effectiveness of content, advertising or programs. When our market research surveys collect Personal Information we will not knowingly accept participants who are under the age of 13.

Community, Health Communities, Blogs and Other Public Forums

HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com 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. 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 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 HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com Web Site. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your Personal Information.

Emails You Send to HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com

This Privacy Policy does not apply to information, content, business information, ideas, concepts or inventions that you send to HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com by email. If you want to keep content or business information, ideas, concepts or inventions private or proprietary, do not send them in an email to HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com.

Non-Personal Information

Even if you do not register with or provide any Personal Information to HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com, we collect Non-Personal Information about your use of the HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com Web Sites. “Non-Personal Information” means information that does not specifically identify an individual person. We may also acquire Non-Personal Information about our users from external sources. While you may use some of the functionality of HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com without registration, some of the specific tools and services on the HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com Web Site may require that you register with HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com.

Cookies and Web Beacons

As is true of most websites, we gather certain information through your use of our Sites. This information may include Internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, the files viewed on our site (e.g., HTML pages, graphics, etc.), operating system, date/time stamp, and/or clickstream data.

“Cookies” are small data files that are stored on the hard drive of the computer you use to view a web site. Every computer that accesses the HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com Web Site is assigned a different Cookie by HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com. “Web Beacons” are graphic image files imbedded in a web page typically used to monitor activity on a web page and send back to its home server (which can belong to the host site, a network advertiser or some other third party) information from your browser, such as the IP address, the URL of the page on which the Web Beacon is located, the type of browser that is accessing the site and the ID number of any Cookies on your computer previously placed by that server.

Third parties under contract with HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com may use Cookies or Web Beacons to collect Non-Personal Information about your usage of the HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com Web Site, including which health topics you have viewed. These third party advertising service providers may use this information to help HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com deliver advertising on the HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com Web Sites as well as on other sites on the Internet based on your browsing activity on our sites. HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com may further tailor the advertising on HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com and these third party sites based on additional Non-Personal Information to the extent known by HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com or these third parties. Two of the third parties that HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com works with are Google and Facebook. In addition to using the Non-Personal Information it collects performing services for HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com, Google may also use such information as described in its privacy policy. To see how Google may use information collected through our use of the Google services on the HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com Web Sites visit www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners. While Facebook does not provide any personal information to HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com, Facebook may use information that it has about you and that it collects performing services for HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com (which may be associated with personal information that Facebook has about you) as described in its privacy policy available at www.facebook.com/about/privacy.

Non-Personal Information Collected by Third Parties Not Acting on HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com’s Behalf

Sponsors or advertisers on the HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com Web Site may use their own Cookies, Web Beacons or other online tracking technologies in the banner advertisements and sponsored links and on the pages on the HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com Web Site that consist solely of advertisements or other content from our advertisers. This advertiser content may also be served in emails, special promotions or newsletters we send you. Their advertisements may be displayed on the HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com Web Site or on other sites that you visit after you visit the HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com Web Site. Some advertisers use companies other than HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com to serve their ads and to monitor users’ responses to ads, and these ad servers may also collect Non-Personal Information through the use of Cookies or Web Beacons on the HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com Web Sites.

While we generally permit the use of these third party cookies on the assumption that they comply with our Advertising Policy and we assist our advertisers with the placement of cookies or beacons on HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com’s Pages, we do not control how third parties use Cookies or Web Beacons or how they manage the Non-Personal Information they gather through the use of these technologies on the HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com Web Site and we may be unable to verify compliance with our Advertising Policy. To see how Google may use information collected through your use of Google’s search services on the HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com Web Site visit http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners.

What Choices Do I Have?

Updating/Removing Your Personal Information

If you do not want your Personal Information used by HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com as provided in this Privacy Policy, you should not register as a member or for any specific tool or application or fill out any form that collects Personal Information. You can correct, update or review Personal Information you have previously submitted by going back to the specific tool or application, logging-in and making the desired change. You can also update any Personal Information you have submitted by contacting us using the contact us page.

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 us page. 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 HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com Web Sites from our servers.

If you decide that you would prefer not to receive personalized email or secure electronic messages from us, you may “Opt-out” of the newsletter service by following the unsubscribe instructions included in each promotional email. Emails that HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com sends with opportunities from HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com or with offers or informational materials from HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com on behalf of our sponsors will contain an opportunity to unsubscribe from getting additional emails of that type in the future from HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com unless you re-subscribe.

Cookies

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 functions and conveniences of the HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com Web Site may not work properly but you do not have to accept our Cookies in order to productively use the HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com Web Site.

As described above in the section “Non-Personal Information” we work with third party ad networks to display advertising on our Sites and on other sites on the Internet. 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.
How Information Collected About You Is Used

Information collected by HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com about you is used by HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com to:

  • Administer your account;
  • Respond to your inquiries and send you administrative communications;
  • Obtain your feedback on our sites and our offerings;
  • Provide you and people with similar demographic characteristics and interests with more relevant content and advertisements;
  • Send you personalized emails or secure electronic messages pertaining to your health interests, including news, announcements, reminders and opportunities from HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com; (The newsletter service requires an “opt-in” authorization from you.) or
  • Send you relevant offers and informational materials on behalf of our sponsors pertaining to your health interests.
  • We may combine Personal and Non-Personal Information collected by HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com about you, and may combine this information with information from external sources.

We also use Cookies in order to enable us to conduct surveys for our own use and on behalf of our advertisers. These Cookies are used to determine whether you have seen certain content or advertising so that we may request your opinions. We may also use Cookies to authenticate respondents or to help you pick up where you left off in a survey. If you have Cookies disabled you may not be able to participate in some surveys.

How Do We Secure and Retain Your Information?

We take reasonable security measures to protect the security of your Personal Information. Despite HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com’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.

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 HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com from our servers. HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com tools/forms 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.

Children

We are committed to protecting the privacy of children. The HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com Web Sites are not designed or intended to attract children under the age of 13. The HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com 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 our services on behalf of a minor. The parent or guardian is solely responsible for providing supervision of the minor’s use of HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com web site. 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 HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com web site.

Contacting HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com About Your Personal Information or Privacy

Please send us an email by using the Contact Us link at the bottom of every page of our site if you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or the Personal Information we maintain about you.

Changes to This Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to change or modify this Privacy Policy or any of our tools or services at any time and any changes will be effective upon being posted unless we advise otherwise. If we make any material changes to this policy we will notify you by email (sent to the email address specified when you register) and/or by means of a notice on this website prior to the change becoming effective. We encourage you to periodically review this website for the latest information on our privacy practices. If you do not accept the terms of this Privacy Policy, we ask that you do not register with us and that you do not use the HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com Web Site. Please exit the HealthEncyclopediaOnline.com Web Site immediately if you do not agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy.

Last updated on 26 Feb 2017.