The Vasectomy Clinic exists to serve our patients and the public good. Our website is a tool we maintain for the purpose of furthering communication with and disseminating information to our patients and to the public. Confidentiality is of utmost importance in our work. We acknowledge, understand, and respect every individual’s right to privacy and security. We endeavor to protect the privacy of information provided by our patients, as well as other users of our website. This document addresses concerns that a user of our website might have. There is a separate document entitled NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES, which is posted on our website and relates to our use and disclosure of personal health information.
A visitor can access and browse our entire website at any time without providing any personal information. We do not collect information that would personally identify you unless you choose to provide it.
If you submit your personal information to us through our website, it will be maintained and protected as described in the Notice of Privacy Practices posted on our website. Please review that document carefully. We will use your contact information only for personal communication with you about your care or your request. The Vasectomy Clinic will not share your personally identifiable information with any person or organization outside of The Vasectomy Clinic unless properly authorized by you, or as required by law, or as necessary to process insurance or credit card transactions that you have authorized.
Our website contains forms through which users may request information or supply information or feedback to us. In some cases, name, telephone numbers, email addresses or return addresses are required by the form so that we can supply the requested information, and in other cases correct names and addresses are required to process properly authorized insurance or credit card transactions.
Our website allows you to submit your personal information in two ways:
1. Web Contact Form sends us email
In this case, your submitted information is sent to The Vasectomy Clinic via standard email. Email is not encrypted and could be vulnerable to discovery during transit in the internet. In addition, email messages received, replied to, and stored on our email server or on our computers potentially could be stolen or otherwise compromised. Also, be aware that copies of email you send to us or to anyone could be discovered and read by others on your own computer, devices, or in transit or storage by your own email service or Internet Service Provider (ISP). While many people are comfortable with the risks associated with sending information in email messages, we strongly recommend that you DO NOT SUBMIT SENSITIVE INFORMATION such as personal identification numbers or credit card numbers, using our web Contact Form.
2. Secure File Upload Portal
In this case, the files you choose to upload from your computer get encrypted before transiting the internet and remain encrypted until we receive them from a secure server. Therefore, in the case of interception in transit in the internet, your information would be protected by secure encryption from being read or disseminated by others. We strongly recommend that you submit sensitive personal information only using our Secure File Upload Portal, which is encrypted for your protection.
EMAIL WE SEND YOU AND “PHISHING”
When we communicate with you by email, it will come from our address at drsnip.com. As a user of email, you should be aware that scams, called “phishing”, may occur in which an unauthorized source could pretend to be us, by sending you email that looks like it is from The Vasectomy Clinic and requesting your personal information, in which case you should not respond. We will never request your password, user name, credit card information or other personal information through email.
USER NAME AND PASSWORD
In the event you access any Service requiring a User Name and Password, you are solely responsible for keeping such User Name and Password strictly confidential.
The Vasectomy Clinic collects through our website non-personal information such as website usage, traffic patterns, site performance and related statistics based on our tracking of all visits to our website.
The web server that hosts our website automatically collects the IP (which stands for Internet Protocol) addresses of the computers and devices that access our website.
An IP address is a number that is assigned to your computer when you access the Internet. It is not strictly personally identifiable information, because many different individuals can access the Internet via the same computer. We may use this information in aggregate form to understand how our site is being used and how we can better serve our visitors.
Please note that although such information is not personally identifiable, we can determine from an IP address a visitor’s Internet Service Provider and the geographic location of his or her point of connectivity.
We can collect information about visitors to our website using “cookies”, which are alphanumeric identifiers that are transferred from our website to your computer’s hard drive through your web browser. Cookies are never associated with specific personal identities. First party cookies are created and directly served by the company hosting our website. Third party cookies come from providers of services accessed through our website, like Google calendar, and Sharefile upload portal.
Additionally, there are two types of cookies used on this website, “persistent” and “session”:
• We use persistent cookies to recognize a repeat visitor and enable our website to offer the visitor a set of services or information requested in a previous visit.
• We use session cookies to track a visitor’s path through our site during a visit, to help us understand how people use our site.
You can delete our cookies at any time, and you can decline new cookies. The “help” section, located on the toolbar of most browsers, will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether. Since cookies allow you to take full advantage of some of our website’s best features, your experience will be best if you accept our cookies.
SECURITY OF YOUR INFORMATION
The Vasectomy Clinic maintains security policies and procedures designed to safeguard personally identifiable and confidential information provided by you through our website. While we must all realize that absolute security is never possible for any information once recorded in written or electronic form, we are committed to implementing and monitoring our security program to mitigate those risks. We use reasonable care to protect your information while in use and in storage as long as it remains in our possession. We maintain back up to enable retrieval of important information should it be necessary. We follow procedures to irrevocably destroy personally identifiable information which we have collected or stored in written or electronic form, when it is no longer needed.
The Vasectomy Clinic periodically reviews and modifies, where appropriate, its security policies and procedures in order to remain responsive to potential risks.
DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY
Materials, services and other information are provided on our website “as is” by The Vasectomy Clinic for informational purposes only. The Vasectomy Clinic makes no express or implied warranties, including, but not limited to, any warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or use, title or non-infringement.
Any use of this website does not establish a doctor–patient relationship, and nothing in it should be interpreted as medical advice rendered to any particular user. Nor should any statement be construed to be relied upon as generally accepted medical advice or medically advisable practice or guideline.
Please note that, by its very nature, a website cannot be absolutely protected against intentional or malicious intrusion attempts or alteration. Therefore The Vasectomy Clinic makes no guarantee as to the security or integrity of the content presented or stored on this website.
Furthermore, any transmission made over the internet by any organization or any individual runs some risk of interception. The Vasectomy Clinic does not control the devices or computers or the internet over which you may choose to send confidential personal information and cannot, therefore, prevent interceptions or compromises of your information while in transit to The Vasectomy Clinic. Therefore beyond the use of reasonable care to safeguard your information, The Vasectomy Clinic makes no guarantee as to the security, integrity or confidentiality of any information transmitted to or from this website.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
You assume the sole risk of transmitting your information as it relates to the use of this website, and for any data corruptions, intentional interceptions, intrusions or unauthorized access to information, or of any delays, interruptions to, or failures preventing the use of this website.
In no event shall The Vasectomy Clinic be liable for any direct, indirect, special, consequential or monetary damages, including fees, and penalties in connection with your use of materials posted on this site or connectivity to or from this site to any other site.
BY USING THIS WEBSITE, YOU ACCEPT THESE TERMS.
Last updated: 5/9/2015
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