June 15, 2017
- Information Verity gathers
We collect and use certain information on our website. This information includes your IP address, information about your browser (i.e., whether you are using Chrome, Internet Explorer, etc.), and information about your Internet Service Provider (i.e., Comcast, AT&T). An IP address (Internet Protocol Address) is a unique number that is used to represent every single computer in a network. All computers on the Internet have a unique IP address. None of the foregoing information will be used by us in any way, or in connection with any other information, to identify you personally.
We may collect information about you through various on-line forms that you may voluntarily complete. Completion of these forms is entirely optional. If you supply any personally identifiable information to us on these forms (e.g. name/address/e-mail address), we will not use this information to contact you unless you have specifically stated that we may do so.
- How the information is used
We use the statistical information gathered about you and all of our users for internal statistical purposes only, e.g., to track where users go on the website. This information is not linked to specifically identifiable individuals. This type of information will be used to aid us in adding information to our website that will be useful for site users and that will improve the performance of our website. Any personally identifiable information which you voluntarily and knowingly submit to us will be used, with your permission, to send you health information and health updates, both general information and information focused on specific health matters, such as, for example, high blood pressure. Your personally identifiable information may also be used to send you timely appointment reminders for specific health-related tests, such as pap smears. Submission by you of any personally identifiable health information is completely voluntary.
III. With whom information is shared
We are the sole owner and user of all information collected on the website. We do not sell, give, or disclose the information (statistical or personal) gathered on the website to any third party except as described below.
We may disclose personal information to persons or entities performing audit, legal, operational, or other services for us. We will use information which does not identify the individual for these activities whenever possible. Personal information disclosed to vendors or contractors for our operational purposes may not be re-disclosed to others by such a vendor or contractor.
We may disclose personal information when required to do so by a subpoena, court order, or search warrant. We may disclose personal information as we deem it appropriate to protect the safety of an individual or for an investigation related to public safety or to report an activity that appears to be in violation of law. We also may disclose personal information to protect the security and reliability of the our website services and to take precautions against liability
- Security measures
We take reasonable precautions to protect your personally identifiable information. When users submit personally identifiable information, it is protected both on-line and off-line. All user electronic information is protected behind a firewall, and the data input on our website is also encrypted. We also protect user information off-line. Only employees who need the information to perform a task are granted access to personally identifiable information. Our employees must use password-protected screen-savers when they leave their desk. When they return, they must re-enter their password to re-gain access to your information. Furthermore, all employees are trained on Verity’s privacy and security practices. Finally, the servers we use to store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment behind locked doors, and only authorized individuals have access to the servers.
VII. Notification of Changes
VIII. Links to Third Party Sites
This notice is provided on behalf of Verity Health System (www.verity.org).