Patient Deals Privacy Policy

This privacy policy describes how we handle your personal information. Patient Deals has established this privacy policy to explain to you how your information is protected, collected and used. We collect, use, and share personal information to help the Patient Deals website ("Patient Deals") work and to keep it safe (details below). We may update this policy at any time, with updates taking effect when you next post or after 30 days, whichever is sooner.

Protecting your privacy

  • We don't run banner ads, pop ups, pop unders, or any other kind of commercial ads.
  • We don't share your information with third parties for marketing purposes.
  • We don't engage in cross-marketing or link-referral programs with other sites.
  • We don't employ tracking devices for marketing purposes ("cookies", "web beacons," single-pixel gifs).
  • We don't send you unsolicited communications for marketing purposes.
  • We offer email forms to reduce 3rd party harvesting and spam.
  • Forums use basic webserver authentication. Close your browser to log out.
  • Patient Deals does not knowingly collect any information from persons under the age of 18. If Patient Deals learns that a posting is by a person under the age of 18, Patient Deals will remove that post.
  • Patient Deals, or people who post on patientdeals.org, may provide links to third party websites, which may have different privacy practices. We are not responsible for, nor have any control over, the privacy policies of those third party websites, and encourage all users to read the privacy policies of each and every website visited.

Collection

Information posted on Patient Deals is obviously publicly available. Our computers are currently located in the United States. Patient Deals will hold and transmit your information in a safe, confidential, and secure environment. Therefore, if you choose to provide us with personal information, you are consenting to the transfer and storage of that information on our computers.

Data we collect

  • We sometimes collect your email address, for purposes such as sending self-publishing and confirmation emails, providing subscription email services, registering for forums, etc.
  • For Featured Ad postings, we collect contact information, such as name(s), phone/fax number(s), and address for billing purposes.
  • Patient Deals does not store credit card information. Credit card transactions are transmitted to a financial gateway, and we endeavor to protect the security of your payment information during transmission by using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology.
  • We may collect personal information if you provide it in feedback or comments, post it in our ads or interactive forums, or if you contact us directly. Please do not post any personal information on the Patient Deals forums or classifieds that you expect to keep private.
  • Our web logs collect standard web log entries for each page served, including your IP address, page URL, and timestamp. Web logs help us to diagnose problems with our server, to administer the Patient Deals website, and to otherwise provide our service to you.

Data we store

  • All classified and forum postings are subject to be stored in our database, even after "deletion," and may be archived elsewhere.
  • Our web logs and other records are stored indefinitely.
  • Although we make good faith efforts to store the information in a secure operating environment that is not available to the public, we cannot guarantee complete security.

Archiving and display of Patient Deals postings by search engines and other sites

Search engines and other sites not affiliated with patientdeals.org - including but not limited to sites such as archive.org, google.com, and groups.yahoo.com - archive or otherwise make available the Patient Deals postings.

Circumstances in which Patient Deals may release information

  • Patient Deals may disclose information about its users if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such disclosure is reasonably necessary to respond to subpoenas, court orders, or other legal process.
  • Patient Deals may also disclose information about its 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 Patient Deals, its users or the general public.

International Users

By visiting our web site and providing us with data, you acknowledge and agree that due to the international dimension of Patient Deals, we may use the data collected in the course of our relationship for the purposes identified in this policy or in our other communications with you, including the transmission of information outside your resident jurisdiction. In addition, please understand that such data may be stored on servers located in the United States. By providing us with your data, you consent to the transfer of such data.

Disclosure

We don't sell or rent users' personal information to third parties for their marketing purposes. We may disclose personal information to respond to legal requirements, enforce our policies, respond to claims that a posting or other content violates other's rights, or protect anyone's rights, property, or safety. We may also share personal information with:

  • corporate affiliates who help detect and prevent potentially illegal acts and provide joint services
  • service providers who help with our business operations

Using Information from Patient Deals

You may use personal information gathered from Patient Deals only to follow up with another user about a specific posting, not to send spam or collect personal information from someone who hasn't agreed to that.

Security

We use many tools to protect your personal information against unauthorized access and disclosure, but as you probably know, nothing's perfect, so we make no guarantees.

Feedback

We welcome your feedback on this document in our feedback forum.