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Privacy Policy for the HCG True Diet Program


Christine Paoletti, MD, FACOG dr_christine_paoletti_profile
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Your privacy and the security of your personal information are very important to us. We want you to be as comfortable as possible visiting our Website and using our product. We are dedicated to protecting the privacy of those who visit our Website. This Privacy Policy governs the United States websites operated by us (collectively, our “Website”) and explains how we collect your personal information on our Website, how we protect such information, and the choices you have concerning the use of such information. Please read this Privacy Policy carefully. Except as HCGTrueDiet.com (collectively, “we”, “us”, or “our”) disclose in this Privacy Policy, we will not sell, share, license, trade, or rent your personal information to others.

We may amend this Privacy Policy from time to time. We will post any changes to this Privacy Policy here so that you will always know what information we gather, how we might use that information, and whether we will disclose that information to anyone. Please refer back to this Privacy Policy on a regular basis. By using our Website or any of our products, offerings, features, tools or resources that we provide on our Website, including our products or offerings, you agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy.

Please remember that this Privacy Policy applies only to information collected by our Website. We are not responsible for the privacy of any information you reveal or post in any public forum (e.g., community board, message board or chat room) or through any “Public Profile” feature available on our Website, or for the privacy practices of websites that are operated or owned by third parties.

If you have questions regarding this Privacy Policy, you should first contact our Privacy Coordinator contact us. The questions below are frequently asked questions from members of our website or from other non-members, otherwise known as “you”.

WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT ON OUR WEBSITE OR THROUGH OUR ONLINE PRODUCTS ABOUT YOU? We collect two types of information: personally identifiable information and non-personally identifiable information.

Personally Identifiable Information Personally identifiable information is information that identifies you or can be used to identify or contact you (“Personally Identifiable Information”). Such Personally Identifiable Information may include your name, address, email address, telephone number, birth date (primarily for eligibility purposes) and billing and credit card information. We may request Personally Identifiable Information from you when you register on our Website. We will collect Personally Identifiable Information from you only if you voluntarily submit such information to us. Unless you give us permission to do so, we will not sell, share, license, trade or rent your Personally Identifiable Information other than as specified in this Privacy Policy.

You do not have to provide us with any Personally Identifiable Information to visit our Website. However, if you choose to withhold requested information, you may not be able to visit all sections of our Website, such as posting messages on our blog.

Non-Personally Identifiable Information When you become a registered user of our Website, or in connection with online advertisements we may make available on our Website from time to time, we also may collect information that by itself cannot be used to identify or contact you, such as demographic information (like age, profession or gender) and health information (like current weight) (“Non-Personally Identifiable Information”). Non-Personally Identifiable Information may also include user IP addresses, browser types, domain names, and other anonymous statistical data involving the use of our Website. Non-Personally Identifiable Information is used to help us understand who uses our Website and to improve and market our Website in general and our Online Products in particular.

Information from Other Sources We may also supplement the information we collect with information from other sources to assist us in evaluating and improving our Website, to determine your preferences so that we can tailor our Website needs, and/or to study cosmetic surgery, anti-aging, behavioral and fitness questions in general.

WHERE AND WHEN IS INFORMATION COLLECTED ON OUR WEBSITE OR THROUGH OUR ONLINE PRODUCTS (INCLUDING THROUGH THE USE OF COOKIES AND ACTION TAGS)? We may collect information (including information that is Personally Identifiable Information) from you in different manners and at different places and times on our Website, such as when you register to be a member of our Website. We also may collect information from you in connection with, or through, other services we may make available on our Website from time to time. The following is a description of the areas and/or manners in which we primarily collect information about you.

Contact information. In order to contact physicians or to access certain areas on our Website, such as our blog, you must first go through steps to complete a contact form. During these steps, you may be required to provide us with information (including Personally Identifiable Information) such as name, zip code and email address. This information is used to help us understand who uses our Website, to improve our Website and our Online Products, to contact users about requested Online Products and/or for subscription billing purposes.

Cookies and Action Tags. We also collect Non-Personally Identifiable Information passively using “cookies” and “action tags.”

“Cookies” are small text files that are placed on your computer in order to identify (i) your Web browser (ii) the activities of your computer on our Website and (iii) your activity in connection with our advertisements and other marketing and promotional efforts. Cookies may be used to:

personalize your experience on our Website (e.g., to dynamically generate content on WebPages specifically designed for you),
assist you in using our Online Products (e.g., to save you time by not having to reenter your name upon each visit to our Website), and
allow us to statistically monitor how you are using our Website for purposes of improving our online offerings.

We also may use cookies to conduct marketing and promotional efforts, tailor certain advertisements to your browser that we think may be of interest to you, or to determine the popularity of certain content.

In addition to cookies that we place on your computer, cookies may also be placed on your computer by third parties that we use to display or serve advertisements or to collect Non-Personally Identifiable Information in order to provide advertising-related services. In the course of serving advertisements, our third-party advertiser may place or recognize a unique “cookie” on your browser. We will select various third party ad servers. None of their cookies collect Personally Identifiable Information on our Website, and we do not share Personally Identifiable Information with them without your permission.

You do not have to accept cookies to use our Website; however, you may not be able to use certain products, offerings, features, or resources of our Website if you do not accept cookies. Although most browsers are initially set to accept cookies, you may reset your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie or to reject cookies generally. Most browsers offer instructions on how to do so in the “Help” section of the toolbar.

“Action tags,” also known as web beacons or GIF tags, are a web technology used to help track anonymous website usage information, such as how many times a specific page has been viewed. Action tags are invisible to you, and any portion of our Website, including advertisements, or e-mail sent on our behalf, may contain cookies that are associated with action tags that are located on our Website. Unlike cookies, action tags are not placed on your computer.

By using cookies and action tags together, we are able to gain valuable information to improve our Website and measure the effectiveness of our advertising and marketing campaigns. We do not disclose any of your Personally Identifiable Information to our advertising partners through the use of cookies or action tags.

Finally, please note that advertisers and other third parties may also use their own cookies or action tags when you click on their advertisement or link to their website or service, on or from our Website. This Privacy Policy does not govern the use by such third-party websites or providers of third-party advertising.

Referral Programs. Through third party referral program operators and others, we offer referral programs whereby referral websites can be rewarded through the referral of subscribers or other purchasers to our Website. To track the such rewards and to determine the effectiveness of the referral programs, these users may be tracked using technologies that do not include Personally Identifiable Information (such as cookies and/or action tags). Our program operators and the referral websites themselves can only access non-Personally Identifiable Information such as data relating to the number of impressions served, the number of transactions completed, and their resulting earnings. They cannot access our customers’ personal data.

If you choose to apply to be a referral website, we use the data you provide strictly for conducting business with you. We have entered into certain agreements with third party program operators for the purpose of administering our referral programs. Should you become a referral website of ours through one of our third party operators or advertisers, any information you provide to them is subject to their privacy policies.

Public Message Board and Community Board. We feature public Blogs or similar activities where you and other users of our Website can communicate with one another. In addition, we offer the Blog feature of our Website to permit you to share information about yourself (including, if you elect, Personally Identifiable Information) with others. THIS PRIVACY POLICY DOES NOT PROTECT YOU WHEN YOU USE OUR BLOG OR PROVIDE INFORMATION (INCLUDING PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION) ABOUT YOURSELF THROUGH THE PUBLIC ACCESSIBLE FEATURE AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE. You should be aware that any information shared in a Blog is public information and may be seen or collected by third parties that do not adhere to our Privacy Policy. You should think carefully before disclosing any information in any public forum, or through our Blog, on our Website.

Log Files. We also collect Non-Personally Identifiable Information through our Internet log files, which record data such as user IP addresses, browser types, domain names, and other anonymous statistical data involving the use of our Website. This information may be used to analyze trends, to administer the Website, to monitor our Website’s use, and to gather general demographic information. We may link this information to Personally Identifiable Information for these and other purposes such as personalizing your experience on our Website and evaluating our Online Products in general.

Email or Refer a Friend. Through our referral tools for informing a friend about our Website we will automatically send your friend a one-time email containing the information you request to be sent. If you elect to use these referral tools, we will collect from you certain Personally Identifiable Information about your friend which you have provided, such as your friend’s name and email address.

DO WE COLLECT INFORMATION FROM CHILDREN UNDER 13 YEARS OF AGE? We are committed to protecting the privacy of children. Our Website and Online Products are not designed for or directed to children under the age of 13. We do not collect Personally Identifiable Information from any person we actually know is under the age of 13. We urge all parents or guardians to participate in their children’s exploration of the Internet, and to teach their children about protecting their personal information while online.

WHAT DO WE DO WITH THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT? In general, we use the information collected on our Website to help us understand who uses our Website and how it is used, to personalize your experience, to assist you in using our Online services, to improve our Website, and for subscription billing purposes, if applicable.

If you become a registered user of our Website, we may use your information to send you a welcoming email that may confirm your user name and password. If you “opt-in” we will send you electronic newsletters, contact you about future products, services, information and news that may be of interest to you, and provide you with targeted feedback. If you no longer desire to receive these communications, we will provide you with an option to change your preferences. In addition, if you identify yourself to us by sending us an email with questions or comments, we may use your information (including Personally Identifiable Information) to respond to your questions or comments, and we may file your questions or comments for future reference. We may also use the information collected to send you important service announcements and updates regarding our Website and / or, if you are a subscriber, about your billing account status. You will not be able to unsubscribe from these service announcements and updates as they contain important information relevant to your use of our Website.

We may also use the information gathered on our Website to perform statistical analysis of user behavior, to analyze and evaluate issues relating to cosmetic surgery and aesthetics, or to evaluate and improve our Online Services. We may link some of this information to Personally Identifiable Information for internal purposes only or to assist you in your personal weight loss efforts.

WHEN DO WE DISCLOSE INFORMATION TO THIRD PARTIES? Except as set forth in this Privacy Policy or as specifically agreed to by you, we will not disclose any information we gather from you on our Website.

 

Laws and Legal Rights. We may also disclose your information (including Personally Identifiable Information) if we believe in good faith that we are required to do so in order to comply with an applicable statute, regulation, rule or law, a subpoena, a search warrant, a court or regulatory order, or other valid legal process. We may disclose Personally Identifiable Information in special circumstances when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be violating our Terms & Conditions or our Subscription Agreement, or to protect the safety and/or security of our users, our Website or the general public.

Third Parties Generally. We may provide to third parties information about you that does not allow you to be identified or contacted, including where such information is combined with similar information of other users of our Website. For example, we might inform third parties regarding the number of unique users who visit our Website, the demographic breakdown of the registered users of our Website, or the activities that visitors to our Website engage in while on our Website. The third parties to which we may provide this information may include potential or actual advertisers, providers of advertising services (including website tracking services), commercial partners, sponsors, licensees, researchers and other similar parties.

Outside Contractors. We may employ independent contractors, vendors and suppliers (collectively, “Outside Contractors”) to provide specific services and products related to our Website or Online Products, such as hosting and maintaining our website, providing credit card processing and fraud screening, and developing applications for our Website and e-mail services. These Outside Contractors may sometimes have limited access to information collected on our Website, including your Personally Identifiable Information, in the course of providing products or services to us. Access to your Personally Identifiable Information by these contractors is limited to the information reasonably necessary in order for the Outside Contractors to perform their limited function for us. We also require that these contractors (i) protect the privacy of your Personally Identifiable Information consistent with this Privacy Policy, and (ii) not use or disclose your Personally Identifiable Information for any purpose other than providing us with products or services for which we contracted.

Sale of Business. We reserve the right to transfer information to a third party in the event of a sale, merger or other transfer of all or substantially all of the assets of HCGTrueDiet , provided that the third party agrees to adhere to the terms of this Privacy Policy. We will notify users of any such transfer through notice on our site and through email.

DOES THIS PRIVACY POLICY APPLY WHEN I LINK TO OTHER WEBSITES? Our Website contains links to other websites not owned or operated by us , (for example, if you “click” on an advertisement, you will likely be taken off our Website), including links to websites affiliated with HCGTrueDiet.com. We will attempt to make it obvious to you when you leave our Website and enter these websites by opening a new browser or otherwise notifying you that you are leaving our Website. However, please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such websites. We encourage you to be aware when our Website links to other websites and to read the privacy policies or statements of each and every website. This Privacy Policy applies solely to information collected by our Website.

IS THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT SECURE? We want your information (including Personally Identifiable Information) to remain as secure as possible. We strive to provide secure transmission of your information from your computer to our servers through industry-standard techniques. To help ensure the integrity and privacy of the Personally Identifiable Information you provide to us via the Internet, we use special encryption technology in transmitting such Personally Identifiable Information over the Internet to our servers. We secure the Personally Identifiable Information you provide on servers located in controlled, secure environments, protected from unauthorized access, use, or alteration. Only employees who need access to your information to perform a specific task or function are granted access to such information. In addition, all HCGTrueDiet employees must abide by this Privacy Policy and are kept up-to-date on security practices. Any employee who violates this Privacy Policy is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination.

Notwithstanding the above commitments to protect your information (including Personally Identifiable Information) from loss, misuse or alteration by third parties, you should be aware that there is always some risk involved in transmitting information over the Internet. There is also some risk that others could find a way to thwart our security systems. As a result, while we strive to protect your information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security and privacy of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk.

WHAT CHOICES DO I HAVE REGARDING THE COLLECTION, DISCLOSURE AND DISTRIBUTION OF PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION? Except as otherwise described in this Privacy Policy, we will only use Personally Identifiable Information for the purposes described above or as otherwise disclosed at the time we request such information from you. You must “opt-in” and give us permission to use your Personally Identifiable Information for any other purpose. If you no longer wish to receive communications from us, you may notify us by writing to support@HCGTrueDiet.com. You may change your preference and “opt-out” of receiving other communications by changing that option in the HCGTrueDiet feature of our Website.

Users of our Website are notified when Personally Identifiable Information is being collected by third parties on our Website. We do this so you can make an informed choice as to whether you should disclose information to a third party.

In addition, as noted above, you may “opt-out” of certain data tracking practices by our advertising partners. For more information about the data tracking practices of various third-party advertising companies, including their privacy practices and “opt-out” procedures, please contact us at support@HCGTrueDiet.com.

CAN I UPDATE OR CORRECT MY PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION? You can always contact us in order to (1) update or correct your Personally Identifiable Information, (2) change your preferences with respect to communications and other information you receive from us, or (3) delete the Personally Identifiable Information maintained about you on our systems, by contacting us at the email address set out below. Such updates, corrections, changes and deletions will not have an effect on other information that we maintain, or information that we have provided to third -parties in accordance with this Privacy Policy prior to such update, correction, change or deletion.

You should be aware that it is not technologically possible to remove each and every record of the information you have provided to us from our systems. The need to back-up our systems to protect information from inadvertent loss means that a copy of your Personally Identifiable Information may exist in a non-erasable form that will be difficult or impossible for us to locate. We promise that promptly after receiving your request, all Personally Identifiable Information stored in databases we actively use and other readily searchable media will be updated, corrected, changed or deleted, as appropriate, as soon as reasonably practicable.

HOW WILL I KNOW IF THERE ARE ANY CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY? If we decide to change this Privacy Policy, we will post those changes on our Website so you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under circumstances, if any, we disclose it. If at any point we decide to use Personally Identifiable Information in a manner significantly different from that stated in this Privacy Policy, or otherwise disclosed to you, at the time it was collected, we will notify you by email or otherwise, and you will have a choice as to whether or not we use your Personally Identifiable Information in the new manner. We may also make non-significant changes to our Privacy Policy that generally will not affect our use of your Personally Identifiable Information. If you do not agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy, you should not use our Website.

WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE ANY PRIVACY QUESTIONS? If you have any questions about our Privacy Policy or feel that we are not abiding by the terms of our posted Privacy Policy, please contact our Privacy Coordinator in any of the following ways:

BY USING OUR WEBSITE, YOU SIGNIFY YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THIS PRIVACY POLICY. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY, YOU SHOULD NOT USE OUR WEBSITE. YOUR CONTINUED USE OF OUR WEBSITE FOLLOWING THE POSTING OF CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY WILL MEAN THAT YOU ACCEPT THOSE CHANGES.

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