Web Site User Privacy Rights
Chicago Dentist is strongly committed to protecting the privacy of its online users: patients, families, donors, the media, and others. We do not collect personally identifiable information about individuals, except when it is knowingly provided by such individuals. We do not share voluntarily provided, personally identifiable information for any purpose other than its intended use.
Information Collection and Use
Web log file data
We collect some basic Web log file data about site visitors. This information includes domain names, Web site traffic patterns and server usage statistics. This information is used for site management and administration and to improve the content and overall performance of our site.
Chicago Dentist makes every reasonable effort to ensure that all of the transactions that occur on our Web site are secure. We store personally identifiable data with Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption to protect information you may submit on our site. SSL is the industry standard protocol. All off-line information is securely stored and is accessible only by our authorized staff.
“Cookies” and how we use them
Cookies are packets of information that a Web site transfers to a user’s computer for record-keeping purposes. They are a means of keeping track of users’ preferences for content and alerting them to new content areas. Most browsers allow you to turn off cookies if you do not want them tracking your preferences.
The Chicago Dentist Web site does not set or access cookies on your computer. No cookies are used to track an identifiable user’s movement through this Web site. They are used only to enhance the usability of the site. You can still use this site if you turn the cookies off.
Third-Party Service Providers
Chicago Dentist may engage reputable third-party vendors to help us manage our Web sites and allow us to better service our patients and visitors. We never share with third parties any personally identifiable information you provide when requesting information except as required by law.
Links to other sites
This site has links to other sites we think may be of interest to our visitors. Their purpose is to provide visitors with convenient access to other sites that might interest them. A link to another site does not imply an endorsement of the site’s content or services.
We are not responsible for the privacy practices of sites not owned by Chicago Dentist. We encourage you to be aware of that when you leave our site and to read privacy statements at any sites that collect personally identifiable data.
Chicago Dentist does not collect your e-mail address unless you voluntarily submit it to us or choose to communicate with us via e-mail. We do not sell or rent any e-mail addresses.
How we use the information
Chicago Dentist uses the information you provide to fulfill your online request, facilitate customer service and inform you of our programs and events.
We do not rent, sell or otherwise provide visitors’ personal information to third parties, such as marketers.
We inform the companies that help the Chicago Dentist with donations made by credit card that they may not share or use personally identifiable information for any other purpose.
We do not share any third-party or personally identifiable information you provide with gifts in honor or memory of a loved one.
We do not share any personally identifiable information we may collect in surveys, although we may share aggregated survey results with analysts, as described above. The aggregate data cannot be used to identify individuals and participation in the survey is voluntary.
It is possible that we could be forced to disclose personally identifiable user information in response to a search warrant, subpoena, or court order; that can happen to any organization keeping records. Disclosures may also be appropriate to protect our legal rights and the security or integrity of our Web site, or to avoid liability. Those kinds of disclosures are highly unlikely, but possible.
Deletion and removal of information
Non-identifiable information in our aggregate database will not be deleted. Like all responsible Web site publishers, Chicago Dentist maintains backup files as a protection against natural disasters, equipment failures, or other disruptions. Backup files protect you and us because they lower the risk of losing valuable data. Removing a record from our main files does not remove that record from any backup systems. It may take up to six months before all the information in a backup record is completely erased through the normal recycling of backup files. In the meantime, as long as backup records exist, they receive the same privacy and security protections as our other records.