Last Updated: March 2013

This Privacy Policy, as amended from time to time (the “Privacy Policy”), governs the collection and use of your personal information by Epidemic Answers. By using http://www.epidemicanswers.org, you consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with the terms of this Privacy Policy.  This Privacy Policy is governed by the laws of the State of Connecticutirrespective of your location.

Users:

This website is intended for adults.  If you are between the ages of 13 and 18, please ask your parent or legal guardian for permission before you enter this site.  We do not knowingly collect Personal Information from children under the age of 13.

NOTICE TO CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 13 AND THEIR PARENTS OR GUARDIANS:

If you are under the age of 13, YOU MUST NOT USE THIS WEBSITE.  Please do not send US your personal information, including your email addresses, name, And/or contact information.  If you want to contact US, you may only do so through your parent or legal guardian.

Type of Information Collected:

When you visit this site, we may collect certain non-personal information such as your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, operating system, browser type, and Internet service provider.  This type of information does not identify you personally.  For us to collect personal information such as your name, mailing address, email address, zip code or information regarding a health condition (“Personal Information”) you have to provide it to us via email or the “Contact Us” link.

We use a third-party credit card processing company for donations,and other third-party companies to monitor site trafficwhich may in some instances store your information.  Because we use a third-party credit card processing company, we do not store information such as credit card numbers or bank account information.

Cookies

Cookies may be used whether you send us your Personal Information or not.  “Cookies” are small text files transferred by a web server to your hard drive and thereafter stored on your computer.  The types of information a cookie collects includes the date and time you visited, your browsing history, graphics viewed or documents downloaded, and links that you accessed from our website. In some instances, our third party service providers, such as PayPal, may use cookies on our site.  We cannot control or access cookies used by third party service providers.  This Privacy Policy covers only cookies used by us, and not any cookies used by third parties.

You have the ability to either accept or decline the use of cookies on your computer.  Typically, you can configure your browser to not accept cookies.  However, declining the use of cookies may limit your access to certain features of our website.  For example, you may have difficulty logging in or using certain features.

Third Parties

We use third-party service providers to process donations you make and our website may contain links to other sites.  If you click on these links, you leave our site. We are not responsible for the content or the security of your Personal Information when using the third party services providers or when using the other sites.  These providers and sites may have their own privacy policies governing the storage and retention of your Personal Information.  They may collect information such as your IP address, browser specification, or operating system.  This Privacy Policy does not govern Personal Information provided to, stored on, or used by these third party providers and sites.  We strongly recommend that when you enter a third party site, you review the third party’s privacy policy as it relates to safeguarding your Personal Information.

We also use a third-party service provider, Infusionsoft, to help us create our e-newsletters and other marketing materials.  This service provider allows us to build and manage our email lists.  We provide certain Personal Information, such as name and email address, to Infusionsoft to create our listserv and email marketing materials.  We provide this information only as such disclosure is reasonably necessary to provide you with Epidemic Answers’ newsletters and other informational material.  Your Personal Information will be stored in accordance with Infusionsoft’s privacy policy, and we strongly encourage you to review this policy carefully.  If you do not wish to have us share your Personal Information with Infusionsoft, you must follow the instructions described in the “Your Choice” section of this Privacy Policy.

How Your Information is Used

We may use your Personal Information to:

  • Contact you regarding news or events that may be of interest.
  • Provide you with newsletters or informational material.
  • Monitor user activity, such as keyword searches, to more effectively manage traffic on our site.
  • Assist you with technical difficulties.
  • Promote success stories related to Epidemic Answers’s mission.
  • Combine such information with other information gathered from other sources.

Epidemic Answers does not sell your Personal Information to any third party and will only disclose your Personal Information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Protecting Your Personal Information

We recognize that protecting your privacy is important to you.  For this reason, we are committed to protecting your Personal Information in a variety of ways.  We do not directly process any payments and do not store your credit card information.  We keep information in a database managed by Infusionsoft in accordance with their privacy policy.  By visiting our web site and providing us with data, you acknowledge and agree that we may use the data collected in the course of our relationship for the purposes identified in this Privacy Policy.

We have taken certain security protections in safeguarding your Personal Information.  However, no method is 100% safe.  While we strive to use a commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Information, we cannot guarantee its security.  Therefore, we assume no liability regarding the theft, loss, alteration or misuse of personal or other information, including without limitation such information that we have provided to third parties, or with regards to the failure of a third party to abide by the privacy policy or agreement between us and a third party.

You may participate in our blog or utilize our discussion group feature via hyperlinks.  You can also post messages on Epidemic Answers social media accounts.  Our blog, discussion group and social media accounts are hosted by third party vendors and are governed by the privacy policies and terms of use of such third parties.  We strongly discourage you from posting any information on these features that you do not want others to see.

Your Choice

If you provide us with your Personal Information, we may send you certain notifications, newsletters or brochures.  In order to opt-out of receiving our newsletters, you should click on the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of our newsletters.

We may also send you any legally required notifications and certain notifications, including but not limited to, service related notices or notices regarding a change to any of our policies. You can opt out of receiving these and any future communications from us, including newsletters, by emailing us at [email protected]

Disclosures

On rare occasions, we may be required to disclose your Personal Information due to legal or regulatory requirements.  In such instances, we reserve the right to disclose your Personal Information as required in order to comply with our legal obligations, including but not limited to complying with court orders, warrants, subpoenas, service of process requirements, or discovery requests.

We may also disclose information about our users to law enforcement officers or others, in the good faith belief that such disclosure is reasonably necessary to: enforce our Terms of Use; respond to claims that any posting or other content violates the rights of third-parties; or protect the rights, property, or personal safety of Epidemic Answers, our users or the general public.

Notification of Changes:

We reserve the right to change this Privacy Policy from time to time, and at our sole discretion.  We may send you a notice regarding material changes to this Privacy Policy or our site. You should make note of the “last updated date” at the beginning of this Privacy Policy.  With this information, you should be able to identify if the Privacy Policy has been updated recently.

Disputes:

Any disputes regarding your privacy are subject to this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use, including but not limited to any provisions related to indemnification, limitations on damages, and choice of law.