THYROSCOPE features several community areas 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 healthcare experts. 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, Health Community, Ask Our Expert posting 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 by using the Contact Us link on every page of the THYROSCOPE Web Sites. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your Personal Information.
Even if you do not register with or provide any Personal Information to THYROSCOPE, we collect Non-Personal Information about your use of the THYROSCOPE Web Sites. “Non-Personal Information” means information that does not specifically identify an individual person. We may also acquire Non-Personal Information about our users from external sources. While you may use some of the functionality of THYROSCOPE without registration, many of the specific tools and services on the THYROSCOPE Web Sites require that you register with THYROSCOPE.
As is true of most websites, we gather certain information through your use of our Sites. This information may include Internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, the files viewed on our site (e.g., HTML pages, graphics, etc.), operating system, date/time stamp, and/or clickstream data.
“Cookies” are small data files that are stored on the hard drive of the computer you use to view a web site. Every computer that accesses the THYROSCOPE Web Sites is assigned a different Cookie by THYROSCOPE. “Web Beacons” are graphic image files imbedded in a web page typically used to monitor activity on a web page and send back to its home server (which can belong to the host site, a network advertiser or some other third party) information from your browser, such as the IP address, the URL of the page on which the Web Beacon is located, the type of browser that is accessing the site and the ID number of any Cookies on your computer previously placed by that server.
If you have registered and desire to delete any of 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 THYROSCOPE Web Sites from our servers. Emails that THYROSCOPE sends with opportunities from THYROSCOPE or with offers or informational materials from THYROSCOPE on behalf of our sponsors will contain an opportunity to unsubscribe from getting additional emails of that type in the future from THYROSCOPE unless you re-subscribe.
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 THYROSCOPE Web Sites may not work properly but you do not have to accept our Cookies in order to productively use the THYROSCOPE Web Sites.
Information collected by THYROSCOPE about you is used by THYROSCOPE to:
THYROSCOPE may combine Personal and Non-Personal Information collected by THYROSCOPE about you, and may combine this information with information from external sources.
Information that THYROSCOPE collects about you may be combined by THYROSCOPE with other information available to THYROSCOPE 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 THYROSCOPE 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 that contractors performing services on our behalf may be provided access to Personal Information when performing these services. These contractors agree not to use this information for any purpose other than performing services on our behalf.
We take reasonable security measures to protect the security of your Personal Information. Despite THYROSCOPE 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 THYROSCOPE from our servers. THYROSCOPE 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 THYROSCOPE Web Sites are not designed or intended to attract children under the age of 13. The THYROSCOPE Web Sites do not collect Personal Information from any person we actually know is under the age of 13. A parent or guardian, however, may use THYROSCOPE to establish a personal health record and a THYROSCOPE home page for a minor. The parent or guardian is solely responsible for providing supervision of the minor's use of THYROSCOPE. The parent or guardian assumes full responsibility for ensuring that the registration information is kept secure and that the information submitted is accurate. The parent or guardian also assumes full responsibility for the interpretation and use of any information or suggestions provided through THYROSCOPE for the minor.