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Informed Health are Consumer ® Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy discloses the information gathering and dissemination practices for the website currently located at www.informedhealthcareconsumer.com as well as all services related to this website (collectively, the “Site”).

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Acceptance of Privacy Policy

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By using this Site, you signify your acceptance of this Privacy Policy.  If you do not agree or are not comfortable with any of the statements described in this   Privacy Policy, your only remedy is to discontinue use of this Site. Informed Healthcare Consumer, LLC reserves the right to modify this Privacy Policy at any time.  If we materially change how we use your personal information, then we will notify you through a prominent notice on the Site.  Your continued use of any portion of this Site following notification or posting of such changes shall constitute your acceptance of the Privacy Policy, as modified. If you have questions or concerns about our specific policies, please contact us at info@informedhealthcareconsumer.com.  

Information Collection, Disclosure and Use

When you use this Site, you are not required to register or provide any personal information. The information we  gather on the Site falls into the following two categories:  (i) tracking information; and (ii) personal information that you provide when you interact with the Site by e-mailing us or requesting to be added to e-lists.  We  use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our Site. This information also is used to allow us to determine statistical usage of the Site. The referring URL (the web page you left before coming to the  www.informedhealthcareconsumer.com web page) if any, is logged when you view a page. This allows us to determine which areas of the Site are more popular than others, evaluate the paths taken to reach each page, and allows us to assess the effectiveness of the areas we include in the Site.  All such information is gathered globally rather than individually, and no information is linked to any identifying information about you.  This information is used only by Informed Healthcare Consumer, LLC and is never made available to any outside individuals or entities.  We do not rent or sell any information provided by you to www.informedhealthconsumer.com

(i) Tracking Information

In order to improve our Site, we may collect information such as the number of visitors that use the Site, their browser type, the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our Site, and pages visited on the Site.  None of this information identifies you personally.
 
We collect non-personally identifiable information about your use of the services offered on our Site through the use of cookies. A cookie is a small data file that your browser allows us to place on your hard drive so we can associate you with the device you are using.  We may assign cookies to devices that accesses the services to: (i) track usage across the Site and services; (ii) help us dynamically generate advertising and content to users of the services; and (iii) assess which Site pages and services you access. Associating a cookie with your registration data allows us to provide more customized content and user interaction, including advertisements, and enhance personalization and functionality of the services. As discussed below, when you download and install the mobile version of Informed Healthcare Consumer, LLC onto your mobile device, we may assign a random number to your installation, and that random number is used in a manner similar to our use of cookies. 
  
In order to improve our Site, we may collect information such as the number of visitors that use the Site, their browser type, the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our Site, and pages visited on the Site.  None of this information identifies you personally.
 
We collect non-personally identifiable information about your use of the services offered on our Site through the use of cookies. A cookie is a small data file that your browser allows us to place on your hard drive so we can associate you with the device you are using.  We may assign cookies to devices that accesses the services to: (i) track usage across the Site and services; (ii) help us dynamically generate advertising and content to users of the services; and (iii) assess which Site pages and services you access. Associating a cookie with your registration data allows us to provide more customized content and user interaction, including advertisements, and enhance personalization and functionality of the services. As discussed below, when you download and install the mobile version of Informed Healthcare Consumer, LLC onto your mobile device, we may assign a random number to your installation, and that random number is used in a manner similar to our use of cookies. 
  
Most browser software can be set to reject all cookies. If your browser is set to reject cookies, websites that are cookie-enabled will not recognize you when you return to the website, and some website functionality may be lost.  The “Help” function on most Internet browsers contains information about your options for managing cookies including information on how to notify you before accepting cookies or how to disable cookies completely.

(ii) Personally Provided Information

No personal information, collected by Informed Healthcare Consumer, LLC from visitors to our Site, when viewing pages, entering form data, or viewing online information is used for any purpose other than to facilitate online  transactions. We do not collect or harvest the e-mail addresses of individuals who email us directly. You may provide us with personal information if you send us an e-mail or request to be added to an e-list to receive certain types of information.  We use that information to respond to your queries.  In some instances, we may use third party companies to help us provide services to you (e.g., e-mail delivery services for future e-newsletters).  In instances where we share your information with third parties, we require that those companies agree to deliver  only the contracted service(s) specified.  We reserve the right to share your personal information as required by  law or take action regarding any suspected illegal activities, any violation of our Terms of Use, or in connection with any safety or security concerns.  

Security

We employ commercially reasonable measures to safeguard your personal information from loss, misuse and alteration.  We have security measures in place to maintain data security, help prevent unauthorized access and correctly use information we collect.  While we cannot guarantee that loss, misuse or data alteration will not occur, we make commercially reasonable efforts to prevent such occurrences.

External Links

This Site may contain links to other websites that are not owned or controlled by Informed Healthcare Consumer, LLC.  Informed Healthcare Consumer, LLC is not responsible for the privacy practices, actions or content of such other websites.  We encourage you to be aware when you leave the Site and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information.  This Privacy Policy applies only to information collected by this Site.

Children’s Privacy

This Site, its products and services are designed and intended for use by adults, and are not intended for, nor designed to be used by children under the age of 18.   Informed Healthcare Consumer, LLC does not knowingly collect personal information from any individual whom we know is under the age of 18.  If a child whom we know to be under 18 years of age makes personally identifiable information known to us, then we will use that information only to respond directly to the child to inform him that we must have the written consent of his parent or guardian for any further interaction.

International Privacy

Our site is hosted by servers located in the United States.  We may have Site visitors from countries around the world.  If you are located outside the United States, your information will be transferred to the United States.  By submitting your personal information, you consent to its transfer, storage and use in accordance with this Privacy  Policy. 

Questions or Concerns About Our Privacy Policy

If you have questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy or its implementation, please contact us at info@informedhealthcareconsumer.com or Informed Healthcare Consumer, LLC, 15 Middle Street, #410, Portland, ME  04101.

The Privacy Policy was last revised on January 2, 2024.