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Confidentiality of data relating to individual patients and visitors, including their identity, is respected by this Web site.

Dentalresource.org  understands how important the privacy of personal information is to its visitors.. This Privacy Policy will tell you what information we collect about you and about your use of Dentalresource.org. It will explain the choices you have about how your personal information is used and how we protect that information. We urge you to read this Privacy Policy carefully.

OUR ACCREDITATION AND PRIVACY SEALS

To provide you confidence that we adhere to accepted healthcare industry privacy standards and comply with our own privacy practices, we participate in the following external, independent verification program:

Health on The Net Foundation: Dentalresource.org complies with the principles of the HON Code of Conduct established by the Health on the Net Foundation. To verify our compliance, click on the HON logo at the bottom of this page.

 ABOUT THIS PRIVACY POLICY AND USING OUR SITE AND TOOLS

This Privacy Policy applies to the Dentalresource.org  website. The Dentalresource.org  website contains links to other sites. Once you enter another website (whether through an advertisement, service, or content link), be aware that Dentalresource.org  is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage you to look for and review the privacy statements of each and every web website that you visit through a link or advertisement on Dentalresource.org..

While you may use some of the functionality of Dentalresource.org  without registration, many of the specific tools and services on our website require registration. If you use our website without registering, the only information we collect will be Non-Personal Information through the use of Cookies. If you choose to register with our website for certain Interactive Tools or other services, we require you to submit Personally Identifiable Information.  Depending on the tool or service you have selected, we may also collect Personal Health Information.. You are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the Personally Identifiable Information and Personal Health Information you submit to Dentalresource.org. . Inaccurate information will affect the information you receive when using our site and tools and our ability to contact you as contemplated in this Privacy Policy. For example, your email address should be kept current because that it is how we communicate with you.

 NON-PERSONAL INFORMATION WE COLLECT ABOUT YOU

Even if you do not register with Dentalresource.org, we collect Non-Personal Information about your use of our website, special promotions and newsletters.

A. Cookies

We collect Non-Personal Information about your use of our website and your use of the websites of selected sponsors and advertisers through the use of  Cookies. Every computer is assigned a different Cookie by Dentalresource.org. . The information collected by Cookies helps us dynamically generate advertising and content on web pages or in newsletters, allows us to statistically monitor how many people are using our website and selected sponsors' and advertisers' sites, how many people open our emails, and for what purposes these actions are being taken. We may use Cookie information to target certain advertisements to your browser or to determine the popularity of certain content or advertisements. Cookies are also used to facilitate a user's log-in, as navigation aides and as session timers, but not to retain Personal Health Information about you. Cookies used by Dentalresource.org are also used to restrict underage use of the tools.

Your browser software can be set to reject all 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 our website may not work properly but you do not have to accept our Cookies in order to productively use our site. We do not link Non-Personal Information from Cookies to Personally Identifiable Information without your permission and do not use Cookies to collect or store Personal Health Information about you.

 PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION WE COLLECT ABOUT YOU

We use the Personally Identifiable Information that you provide to respond to your questions, provide you the specific services you select, send you emails about website maintenance and updates, and inform you of significant changes to this Privacy Policy.

A. Newsletters & Emails to You

At various times as you use Dentalresource.org, you will be given the option of receiving recurring informational/promotional newsletters via email from Dentalresource.org and/or directly from third parties. These emails will be of a general nature and will not disclose your unique health characteristics. At the time you sign up for our email newsletters or any time thereafter, you can choose to Opt-out of receiving additional promotional emails from Dentalresource.org..

In order to subscribe to such newsletters via email, we need your contact information, such as name and email address. You can unsubscribe from the newsletters by simply clicking on the "unsubscribe" link at the bottom of any email newsletter. An email to our automated unsubscribe service will be created on your computer. Click the "send" button. You will then be unsubscribed from that newsletter within two to three business days.

When you use Dentalresource.org's "Tell a Friend", Dentalresource.org emails the article or other content you designate to your friend's email address and lists your email address as the sender. Dentalresource.org uses the friend's email address only for the purpose of sending your friend the email you requested. While we store both email addresses, we do not use them for any other purpose unless disclosed to you at the time you send the email.

B. Emails You Send to Dentalresource.org

This Privacy Policy does not protect you when you send content, business information, ideas, concepts or inventions to Dentalresource.org by email. If you want to keep content or business information, ideas, concepts or inventions private or proprietary, do not send them in an email to Dentalresource.org. We try to answer every email within 48 business hours, but are not always able to do so.

C. Message Boards and other Public Forums

As a service to our users, Dentalresource.org features message boards, chat rooms and other public forums where users with similar interests or medical conditions can share information and support one another or where users can post questions for experts to answer. We also offer online discussions moderated by dental experts.

Any information shared (including Personally Identifiable and Personal Health Information) that you reveal in a chat room, message board, or online discussion  is by design open to the public and is not a private, secure service. You should think carefully before disclosing any Personally Identifiable or Personal Health Information in any public forum. What you have written may be seen, disclosed to or collected by third parties and may be used by others in ways we are unable to control or predict, including to contact you for unauthorized purposes.

D. Children

We are committed to protecting the privacy of children. Neither Dentalresource.org  nor any of its services are designed or intended to attract 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. 

E. Market Research

From time to time the Dentalresource.org  market research department, or its operations contractors acting on its behalf, conducts online research surveys in order to gather feedback about our site, our sponsors and opinions on important healthcare issues, through email invitations, pop-up surveys and online focus groups.

When participating in a survey, we may ask you to submit Personally Identifiable Information. This Personally Identifiable Information is used for research purposes, and is not used for sales solicitations. When a survey is sponsored by a third party, Aggregate Information of the survey results is reported to the sponsor. Personally Identifiable Information collected through market research will only be used by Dentalresource.org and its operations contractors and will not be given or sold to a third party without your consent. While this site is not intended for anyone under the age of 13, for market research surveys we will not knowingly accept survey responses from or conduct interviews with any person under the age of 18. Some surveys may provide remuneration to participants such a small cash fee for your time or an entry into a sweepstakes for a larger prize. Each survey will disclose whether or not there it is a paid survey.

In addition to collecting survey responses from our members, Cookies may be used to authenticate respondents or to help you pick up where you left off in a survey. If you have Cookies disabled you may not be able to participate in some studies. Cookies may be used to connect survey data with Dentalresource.org  site usage characteristics. You will be notified when we would like to use Cookies in this way and your consent will be requested for these Cookies.

Information Collected by Third Parties Not Acting on Dentalresource.org's Behalf

Sponsors or advertisers on Dentalresource.org  may use their own Cookies or Web Beacons in the banner advertisements served on Dentalresource.org and in emails, special promotions or newsletters we send you. Some advertisers use companies other than Dentalresource.org  serve their ads and to monitor users' responses to ads, and these companies ("Ad Servers") may also collect Non-Personal Information through the use of Cookies or Web Beacons on our website. In certain situations, information collection may be facilitated by momentarily directing your browser to the website of an Ad Server or other third party acting on behalf of the sponsor, partner, or advertiser before re-directing your browser to its proper destination (e.g., back to Dentalresource.org to show the ad, or to the advertiser's website); this re-direction process will not be apparent to you.

We do not control these third parties' use of Cookies or Web Beacons, or how they manage the Non-Personal Information they gather through them. However, we do require sponsors, advertisers and Ad Servers who collect Cookie or Web Beacon information through our website to agree that they will not collect any Personally Identifiable Information from our website without your consent. They have promised us they will not link any Non-Personal Information collected by them through Cookies or Web Beacons in advertising banners on our website to Personally Identifiable Information they or others collect except as may be described in connection with a particular program. Certain Ad Servers allow you to prevent them from collecting data through the use of Cookies. In order to do so, you must Opt-out of such data collection with each individual site. Currently, you can Opt-out of Cookies for several Ad Servers by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative gateway Opt-out site. This website will also allow you to review the Ad Server's privacy policies.

DISCLOSURE OF YOUR INFORMATION

Except as set forth in this Privacy Policy or as specifically agreed to by you, Dentalresource.org will not disclose any Personally Identifiable or Personal Health Information it gathers from you on our website. We will only release Personally Identifiable or Personal Health Information to third parties: (1) to comply with valid legal requirements such as a law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena or court order; or (2) in special cases, such as a physical threat to you or others. In the event that we are legally compelled to disclose your Personally Identifiable or Personal Health Information to a third party, we will attempt to notify you unless doing so would violate the law or court order. In addition, we may disclose Personal Information as described below.

A. Disclosure to Dentalresource.org Operations and Maintenance Contractors

Dentalresource.org  operations and maintenance contractors sometimes have limited access to your Personally Identifiable Information in the course of providing products or services to Dentalresource.org. These contractors include vendors and suppliers that provide us with technology, services, and/or content related to better operation and maintenance of our website. Unless you have Opted-out of receiving emails and newsletters from Dentalresource.org, these contractors also may have access to your email address to send newsletters or special promotions to you on our behalf or to send emails to you for purposes such as conducting market research on our behalf. Access to your Personally Identifiable Information by these contractors is limited to the information reasonably necessary for the contractor to perform its limited function for Dentalresource.org. We also contractually require that our operations and maintenance contractors 1) protect the privacy of your Personally Identifiable Information consistent with this Privacy Policy, and 2) not use or disclose your Personally Identifiable Information for any purpose other than providing us with products and services.

B. Disclosure to Third Party Contractor Websites

Certain content and services offered to you through our website are served on websites hosted and operated by a company other than Dentalresource.org ("Third Party Contractor Websites"). Dentalresource.org does not disclose your Personally Identifiable Information to these Third Party Contractor Websites without your consent, but you should be aware that any information you disclose once you access these other websites is not subject to this Privacy Policy. Dentalresource.org does not endorse and is not responsible for the privacy practices of these Third Party Contractor Websites. You should review the privacy policy posted on the other website to understand how that Third Party Contractor Website collects and uses your Personally Identifiable Information. Dentalresource.org makes an effort to make it obvious to you when you leave our website and enter a Third Party Contractor Website, either by requiring you to click on a link or by notifying you on the site before you visit the third part site. In addition, if you see a phrase such as "Powered by" or "in association with" followed by the name of a company other than Dentalresource.org, then you are on a website hosted by a company other than Dentalresource.org.

Dentalresource.org also provides links to sites provided by Third Party Contractor Websites that have business arrangements with Dentalresource.org to pay commissions based on sales of products or services generated through Dentalresource.org.

C. Disclosure to Linked Sites

In addition to the Third Party Contractor Websites that you may access as described above, for your convenience there are links to websites operated by companies other than Dentalresource.org ("Third Party Websites") that are not contractors who provide content or services through our website. These links may be found in advertisements, referenced within content, or placed beside the names or logos of sponsors. Dentalresource.org does not disclose your Personal Information to these Third Party Websites without obtaining your consent. Dentalresource.org does not endorse and is not responsible for the privacy practices of these sites. If you choose to link to one of these Third Party Websites, you should review the privacy policy posted on this other website to understand how that Third Party Website collects and uses your Personally Identifiable Information.

D. Disclosure of Aggregate Information

Dentalresource.org may provide Aggregate Information to third parties. For example, we might inform third parties regarding the number of users of our website and the activities they conduct while on our site. We might also inform a dental company (that may or may not be an advertiser on our site) that "40% of our users live in California" or that "25% of our users have tried alternative medicine." Depending on the circumstances, we may or may not charge third parties for this Aggregate Information. We require parties with whom we share Aggregate Information to agree that they will not attempt to make this information personally identifiable, such as by combining it with other databases.

UPDATING YOUR INFORMATION AND CONTACTING DENTALRESOURCE.ORG 

A. Removing your Personal Information

If you have a complaint or problem, please email us at  danielravel@dentalresource.org . Our customer service department will forward your complaint to the appropriate internal Dentalresource.org  department for a response or resolution. We try to answer every email within 48 business hours, but may not always able to do so. 

If you do not receive adequate resolution of a privacy related problem, you may write to Dentalresource.org's Privacy Help Desk at:

Dentalresource.org
Attn: Office of Privacy
PO Box 74432
Fort Bragg, NC 28307

B. Limitations on Removing or Changing Information

Upon your request, we will delete your Personally Identifiable or Personal Health 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 Dentalresource.org  from our servers.

CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY

Personally Identifiable Information - We will inform you if a material change to the Privacy Policy is made that involves the use of your Personally Identifiable Information. Your continued use of the Dentalresource.org  website will indicate acceptance of the changes. You may of course choose to Opt-out of continuing to use the website. Please exit the site immediately if you do not agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy or any revised policy.

Personal Health Information - We will inform you if a material change in the Privacy Policy is made that involves the use of your Personal Health Information, and your express Opt-in authorization will be requested. If you choose to not accept the new privacy policy, then the current privacy policy conditions will remain in effect, so long as Dentalresource.org continues to make the functionality available. Dentalresource.org  reserves the right to discontinue or limit functionality in all its products..

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