We at Growing Smiles recognize your right to confidentiality and are committed to protecting your privacy. Growing Smiles operates under the following set of strict privacy principles:
The only information Growing Smiles obtains about individual visitors to its Site is that supplied voluntarily by visitors. In cases when Growing Smiles may need personal information to provide visitors with customized content or to inform them about new features or services, visitors are explicitly asked for that information. Personally identifiable information provided by visitors (name, email or home address, etc.) will not be disclosed to anyone unless visitors indicate that Growing Smiles may do so.
Only statistical information about our visitors as a group (usage habits, demographics) may be shared with any partner of Growing Smiles. Personally identifiable information will not be shared at any time without the visitor’s permission. Growing Smiles employs strict security measures to safeguard on-line transactions; personal information is stored in a secured database.
The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for this Site.
An IP address is a number automatically assigned to your computer whenever you access the Internet. All computer identification on the Internet is conducted with IP addresses, which allow computers and servers to recognize and communicate with each other. Growing Smiles collects IP addresses in order to conduct system administration, report aggregate information and to conduct site analysis. If a visitor requests pages from Growing Smiles, the Growing Smiles servers enter the visitor’s IP address into a log. To maintain visitor anonymity, Growing Smiles does not associate IP addresses with records containing personal information. However, Growing Smiles will use IP addresses to identify any visitors who refuse to comply with Growing Smiles’s rules or terms of service, to identify visitors who threaten our service, Site, customers or others, to enforce our legal rights or when required to do so by law enforcement authorities.
To gain access to certain portions of our Site a user may be required to provide contact information such as name email address, ZIP code, sex, age or income level. This information is only collected with your permission and on a voluntary basis. The customer’s contact information is used to contact the visitor when necessary. Users may choose (opt-in) to receive future mailings; see the choice/opt-in section below. Demographic and profile data are also collected at our Site. We use this data to tailor the visitor’s experience at our Site, showing the visitor content that reflects his or her stated preferences.
In order to provide visitors with greater value, Growing Smiles may provide links to various third-party sites. However, even if a third-party affiliation exists between Growing Smiles and that destination site, Growing Smiles exercises no authority over linked sites, each of which maintains independent privacy and data collection policies and procedures. Growing Smiles does not disclose personally identifiable information to those operating these linked sites. Growing Smiles assumes no responsibility or liability for these independent methods or actions and is not responsible for the independent policies or procedures of destination sites. Similarly, Growing Smiles cannot take responsibility for the privacy initiatives or the content of such sites. These destination links are provided only for your convenience, and as such you access them at your own risk. You should read the privacy policies of each site you visit to determine what information that site may be collecting about you. However, Growing Smiles wishes to ensure the integrity of the Growing Smiles Site and its destination links, so any comments pertaining to the Growing Smiles Site or any sites accessed through Growing Smiles links are greatly appreciated. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and please reference the site address and page that you found the link on.
Surveys and Questionnaires
Our online surveys and questionnaires may ask visitors for contact and demographic information. If you agree to participate in any surveys, you will be asked to review and accept certain additional terms and conditions relating to use of the information you furnish. These Terms and Conditions are in addition to the Privacy Policies set forth herein, including sharing such personally identifiable information with market research firms with which we have a business relationship. Additionally, the customer’s contact information is used to contact the visitor when necessary.
E-Commerce and E-Health Care Transactions
Some Growing Smiles Site features may use applications to collect data to facilitate an e-commerce or e-healthcare transaction. We will ask your explicit permission to transfer this data to the third-party to facilitate this transaction.
Growing Smiles may store this information to verify the transaction for customer service and accounting reasons and may use this information to help personalize your experience on the Growing Smiles Site. Growing Smiles may also share this information with other third parties on an aggregate basis, but it does not indicate the identity of individual users.
See the External Links section above for additional disclaimers regarding third-party sites.
Email Communications, Newsletters and Related Services
With your permission, Growing Smiles may send you informational emails or surveys. In addition, the Site provides you with the opportunity to receive certain other communications from third parties or us. To stop receiving communications, see the Removal of Information section below.
Please be aware that Internet and email communications are not confidential. It is possible that information transmitted via email may be read or obtained by other parties.
Growing Smiles may provide its partners and entities with which it has a business relationship, general traffic, site usage and length of stay information. This sort of information is shared only on an aggregate basis and does not personally identify you. For instance, Growing Smiles may tell one of its advertisers that X number of men visited a certain area of the Site, but Growing Smiles will not disclose anything that could be used to identify those individuals.
As we continue to develop our business, Growing Smiles or substantially all of its assets may be acquired. In such a transaction, customer information will of course be one of the transferred business assets.
Growing Smiles may provide its users with chat rooms, forums, message boards and/or news groups. Please remember that any information disclosed in these areas becomes public information, and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information.
The Growing Smiles Site has proper administrative, physical, electronic and managerial security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. Growing Smiles employs strict security measures to safeguard on-line transactions; personal information is stored in a secured database.
Growing Smiles is a covered entity under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. Growing Smiles complies with the applicable provisions of HIPAA.
Children under the age of 16 may design some sections of this Site specifically for use. Contact information such as their name and email address and demographic information such as their ZIP code or age may be requested in those sections. In such cases, children will be notified that they should obtain permission from their parents before providing such information.
Growing Smiles does not disclose personally identifiable information about users under 16, whether or not an approval is obtained. Information about users under the age of 16 may be shared with third parties on an aggregate basis. Parents and those permitting minors to use the Growing Smiles Site should be aware that any information voluntarily given by children in chat sessions, email exchanges, BBSs, forums, etc., may be used by third parties to generate unsolicited mail or other contact with children.
Choice/Opt-in/Removal of Information
Our Site gives users the opportunity to opt-in to receive communications from us and our partners at the point where we request information about the visitor.
This Site also gives users the following options for removing their information from our database in order to stop receiving communications or our service.
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