Guidelines about your privacy
CureFacts understands how important the privacy of personal information is to our users. We understand that your privacy matters and we respect your privacy choices. This Privacy Statement is intended to answer questions about our privacy practices, whether you are using our Website to learn more generally about systematic reviews or to mine the information we present to meet your health needs or those of someone important to you.
The following is intended to help you understand:
- What information we collect about you
- What choices you have about your information
- How we use your information
- How and with whom we may share your information
- How we protect your information
- Links to other third party services
- Our children's policy
- Future changes to the Statement
- How to contact us with questions or concerns
Our site may contain links to third party websites that are not owned or controlled by CureFacts. This Privacy Statement only applies to information collected by us, and does not apply to any information collected by any third party. Accordingly, we recommend that you read the applicable third party privacy policies and terms for more information.
In this Privacy Statement, “Personal Information" means information associated with or used to identify or contact a specific person. Personal Information includes: (1) contact data (such as e-mail address, telephone number and employer); (2) demographic data (such as gender, date of birth and zip code); and (3) certain Usage Data (defined below).
Certain subsets of Personal Information, such as information about health or medical status, are characterized under many laws as sensitive (“Sensitive Personal Information”) and may be subject to stricter regulation and consent requirements than other information. Before providing it to us, we urge you to carefully consider whether to disclose your Sensitive Personal Information. If you do provide Sensitive Personal Information to us, you consent to its use and disclosure for the purposes and in the manner described in this Privacy Statement.
“Usage Data” is information about an individual’s activity on or through the Services that, by itself, does not identify the individual, such as browser type, operating system and webpages visited. We do not consider Usage Data as Personal Information because Usage Data by itself usually does not identify an individual. If different types of Usage Data and Personal Information are linked together and, once linked, identify an individual person, Usage Data in such limited scenarios may be considered Personal Information.
We may collect information about the location of the mobile device or tablet used to access our Website (“Location Data”). Location Data includes: (i) the location of the mobile device or tablet derived from GPS or WiFi use; (ii) the IP address of the mobile device or tablet or internet service used to access the Website; and (iii) other information made available by a user or others that indicates the current or prior location of the user, such as geotag information in photographs.
We may also automatically collect information about use of the Services through data collection tools, such as web beacons and cookies.
A "web beacon" is a piece of code that enables us to monitor user activity and website traffic. A "cookie" is a randomly-generated unique numeric code stored in the user’s web browser settings or computer’s hard drive. A cookie typically contains the name of the domain (internet location) from which the cookie originated, the “lifetime” of the cookie (i.e., when it expires), as well as the randomly generated unique numeric code.
We use the information collected through data collection tools to monitor usage patterns, store information about user preferences and to improve the Services.
You can use our Website without disclosing your personal data. You are not required to provide Personal Information as a condition of using our Website, except as may be necessary to provide you with information, products or services at your request. If you request information or services from our Website, we may require certain information necessary to fulfill your request (e.g., your name, contact information, and other identifying information).
Please do not submit any personal information if you do not want it to be collected. We collect Personal Information only when you provide it to us, through registration, completion of forms or e-mails, as part of inquiries and similar situations in which you have chosen to provide it to us.
CureFacts aims to provide you with choices regarding the Personal Information you provide to us. This section describes mechanisms that we offer you to control certain uses and disclosures of your information:
(i) Opting In. When you access any interactive Service, you will be asked to affirmatively choose ("opt in") to provide the requested information. You may always choose not to provide the requested information but then you may not be able to use the Service as intended.
(ii) Correct/Update Personal Information. You may correct or update the Personal Information you previously provided to CureFacts, by completing the form located at https://www.curefacts.com/profile.
(iii) Receive Marketing Communications. When you register for the Services, you may request to receive email containing information about CureFacts that we think you might find useful, including announcements of new services and products, and newsletters on particular health topics. If you decide, at any time, that you no longer wish to receive these emails you may unsubscribe from our email list by completing the form located at https://www.curefacts.com/profile.
(iv) Accept and Reject Cookies. Your browser software can be set to reject all cookies, but if you reject our cookies, certain of the functions and conveniences of the Services may not work properly. To learn more about cookies, please check your browser’s help or similar feature or visit allaboutcookies.org.
How we respond to browser “Do Not Track” signals. Some web browsers incorporate a "do-not-track" (DNT) or similar feature that signals to websites with which the browser communicates that a visitor does not want to have his/her online activity tracked. If a digital service that responds to a particular DNT signal receives the DNT signal, the browser can block that digital service from collecting certain Personal Information about the browser’s user. Not all browsers offer a DNT option and DNT signals are not yet uniform. For this reason, CureFacts along with many other digital service operators do not currently respond to DNT signals. For more information about DNT signals, visit allaboutdnt.com.
We may use information we collect about you to:
- administer your account
- register you and provide you access to the Website or Services
- respond to inquiries or requests that you direct to us
- fulfill your requests for Services
- send communications and administrative emails about the Website or Services
- personalize and better tailor the features, performance and support of the Website and Services for your use
- send you promotional/marketing information, newsletters, offers or other information regarding opportunities and functionality that we think would be of particular interest to you;
- improve the quality of the Website and the Services
- analyze, benchmark and conduct research on user data and user interactions with the Website and Services
Our Website provides you with the opportunity to opt-in to receiving different types of communications from us at the point where we request registration information. You may modify this choice at any time by selecting "Edit Profile" from the top user menu. We reserve the right to use your contact information at any time to advise you of any updates that may materially affect your rights or status on our Website.
- The specific information we collect is not shared with other organizations and we will never release your Personal Information to an external organization without your prior consent.
- We may disclose your Personal Information if we reasonably believe we are required to do so by operation of law, which may include, but is not limited to a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on CureFacts.
We take reasonable security measures to protect the security of your Personal Information:
- When you enter Personal Information, we use SSL connections (Secure Socket Layer) technology. SSL is the leading security protocol on the Internet, it ensures that information being transferred over the network is private through a process called encryption. Once encrypted the information is an unintelligible code until it is decoded upon arrival at the authorized destination.
- We 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. CureFacts’ tools that collect and store Personal Information allow you to correct, update or review information you have submitted by logging-in and making the desired changes.
Please be advised that even if you delete information from your profile, we may retain your Personal Information as required by law and Personal Information may remain within our databases, access logs, and other records. Furthermore, please understand that it is not technologically possible to remove each and every record of the information you have provided to CureFacts from our servers.
We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
The Services are not intended for use by children. If you are under the age of majority in your place of residence, you may use the Services only with the consent of or under the supervision of your parent or legal guardian. Consistent with the requirements of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), if we learn that a child under age 13 has provided Personal Information to or through the Services without first receiving his or her parent’s verified consent, we will use that information only to respond directly to that child (or his or her parent or legal guardian) to inform the child that he or she cannot use the Services and subsequently we will dispose of such Personal Information in accordance with this Privacy Statement.
We reserve the right to change or modify this Privacy Statement or any of our tools or services at any time and any changes will be effective upon being posted unless we advise otherwise. If we make any material changes to this statement we will notify you by email (sent to the email address specified when you register) and/or by means of a notice on this Website prior to the change becoming effective. We encourage you to bookmark this webpage and to review this Privacy Statement regularly for the latest information on our privacy practices.
In the event we go through a business transition such as a merger, acquisition by another company, sale of all or a portion of our assets or as part of a bankruptcy proceeding, your Personal Information may be among the assets transferred. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur and are permitted by this Privacy Statement.
If you do not accept the terms of this Privacy Statement, we ask that you do not register with us, that you do not use the Website and that you exit the Website immediately.