Information Collected About You
Newsletters & Emails to You
At registration and at various times as you use the ASHI Web Sites, you will be given the option of providing us with Personal Information in order to receive recurring informational/promotional newsletters from ASHI and/or directly from third parties.
When you sign up for our email newsletters or at any time, you can choose to opt out of receiving additional promotional newsletters from ASHI or our contributors by following the directions included at the bottom of the newsletter.
Community, Blogs and Other Public Forums
ASHI features several community areas and other public forums where users with similar interests or health conditions can share information and support one another or where users can post questions, comments or prayer intentions. Our communities are open to the public and should not be considered private.
Any information (including Personal Information) you share in any online community area including a chat room, blog page, area for posting comments, or online discussion is by design open to the public and is not private. You should think carefully before posting any Personal Information in any public forum. What you post can be seen, disclosed to or collected by third parties and may be used by others in ways we cannot control or predict, including to contact you for unauthorized purposes. As with any public forum on any site, the information you post may also show up in third-party search engines.
If you mistakenly post Personal Information in our Community areas and would like it removed, you can send us an email to request that we remove it. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your Personal Information.
Emails You Send to ASHI
Even if you do not register with or provide any Personal Information to ASHI, we collect Non-Personal Information about your use of the ASHI Web Sites. “Non-Personal Information” means information that we cannot use to identify or contact you. We may also acquire Non-Personal Information about our users from external sources. While you may use some of the functionality of ASHI without registration, many of the specific tools and services on the ASHI Web Sites require that you register with ASHI.
Cookies and Web Beacons
Non-Personal Information Collected by Third Parties Not Acting on ASHI’s Behalf
What Choices Do I Have?
Updating/Removing Your Personal Information
If you have registered and desire to delete any your Personal Information you have provided to us from our systems please contact us using the contact information listed below. Upon your request, we will delete your Personal Information from our active databases and where feasible from our back-up media. You should be aware that it is not technologically possible to remove each and every record of the information you have provided to the ASHI Web Sites from our servers.
Most browser software can be set to reject Cookies. Most browsers offer instructions on how to reset the browser to reject Cookies in the “Help” section of the toolbar. If you reject our Cookies, certain of the functions and conveniences of the ASHI Web Sites may not work properly but you do not have to accept our Cookies in order to productively use the ASHI Web Sites.
How Information Collected About You Is Used
Information collected by ASHI about you is used by ASHI to:
- administer your account,
- provide you with access to particular tools and services,
- respond to your inquiries you send to us and to send you administrative communications about the ASHI Web Sites or services,
- obtain your feedback about the ASHI Web Sites or our offerings,
- statistically analyze user behavior and activity including how frequently areas of the site are visited and how many emails are received and opened,
- provide you with more relevant content or advertising both on the ASHI Web Sites or on other web sites that you visit after you leave the ASHI Web Sites; and
- conduct research and measurement activities, including those described below.
ASHI may combine Personal and Non-Personal Information collected by ASHI about you, and may combine this information with information from external sources. During registration or at any time, you have the option of choosing whether or not you wish to receive emails pertaining to your health interests, including news, announcements, reminders and opportunities.
Research and Measurement Activities
Information that ASHI collects about you may be combined by ASHI with other information available to ASHI through third parties for research and measurement purposes, including measuring the effectiveness of content, advertising or programs. This information from other sources may include age, gender, demographic, geographic, personal interests, product purchase activity or other information. We may report aggregate information, which is not able to be identified back to an individual user of the ASHI Web Sites, to our current or prospective advertisers and other business partners. We do not sell or share any Personal Information with any third parties, except contractors performing services on our behalf who agree not to use this information received from us for any purpose other than performing services on our behalf.
With Whom Do We Share Your Information?
Disclosures to ASHI Operations and Maintenance Contractor
Disclosures to Third Party Web Sites
How Do We Secure and Retain Your Information?
We take reasonable security measures to protect the security of your Personal Information. Despite ASHI’s efforts to protect your Personal Information, there is always some risk that an unauthorized third party may find a way around our security systems or that transmissions of your information over the Internet may be intercepted.
The security of your Personal Information is important to us. When you enter Personal Information (including personal health information in various tools on our website), we encrypt the transmission of that information or use SSL connections (Secure Socket Layer) technology.
We will retain your Personal Information as long as your account is active or needed to provide you services. At any time you can remove your Personal Information or instruct us to remove it, but you should be aware that it is not technologically possible to remove each and every record of the information you have provided to ASHI from our servers. ASHI tools that collect and store Personal Information allow you to correct, update or review information you have submitted by going back to the specific tool, logging-in and making the desired changes. We will also retain your Personal Information as necessary to comply with legal obligations, resolve disputes and enforce our agreements.
We are committed to protecting the privacy of children. The ASHI Web Sites are not designed or intended to attract children under the age of 13. The ASHI Web Sites do not collect Personal Information from any person we actually know is under the age of 13.
Contacting ASHI About Your Personal Information or Privacy
You can also contact ASHI’s Privacy Office at:
Last revised: May 8, 2013