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Privacy Policy

The information you share, including that which might otherwise be Protected Health Information, is by design open to the public and is not a private, secure service. You should think carefully before disclosing any personal 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 or otherwise be used for unauthorized or unlawful purposes. As with any public forum on any site, this information may also appear in third-party search engines like Google, MSN, Yahoo, etc.

If and to the extent that you submit any personal data (such as your name and email address) to us through this website, including by email to the management team, we confirm that we will only use any such personal data for the purposes for which you have provided such data.

What information do we collect?

We collect, store and use information about your computer and about your visits to and use of this website (including your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views, and website navigation); information that you provide to us for the purpose of registering with us and for the purpose of subscribing to our website services, email notifications and/or newsletters (including name, email, company name, job role and communication preferences); and any other information that you choose to send to us.

Cookies

We use "cookies" on this site. A cookie is a piece of data stored on a site visitor's hard drive to help us improve your access to our site and identify repeat visitors to our site. For instance, cookies can enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our site. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information on our site.

This website utilizes industry standard analytics packages which gathers limited information on visitors to our website automatically, and stores this anonymous information in server log files. This information may include IP addresses, browser type, basic IP information, referring pages, operating system used and date/time stamps. This information does not identify individual users; it is used only for site administration, as well as for analysis of website usage and trends.

We use both session ID cookies and persistent cookies. A session cookie expires when your browser is closed, and a persistent cookie may stay on your hard drive for an extended period. Session cookies make it easier for you to navigate our site; persistent cookies can perform such activities as storing your password for forums or blogs so you do not have to sign in every time you visit those areas, and/or may be used to enable us to track and target the interests of our users so as to enhance the overall experience of using our site.

We use “Google Analytics” to collect information about use of this site. Google Analytics collects information such as how often users visit this site, what pages they visit when they do so, and what other sites they used prior to coming to this site. We use the information we get from Google Analytics only to improve this site. Google Analytics collects only the IP address assigned to you on the date you visit this site, rather than your name or other identifying information. We do not combine the information collected through the use of Google Analytics with personally identifiable information. Although Google Analytics plants a permanent cookie on your web browser to identify you as a unique user the next time you visit this site, the cookie cannot be used by anyone but Google.

Personal information such as your name, email address, billing information, etc, is not collected or tracked by Google Analytics.

Google has created a browser add-on to allow you to opt out of participating with Google Analytics data collection. This add-on may be found at Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

To view a more detailed description of Google Analytics privacy and security information please visit Google Analytics Overview. Google's privacy policy is available at: https://policies.google.com/privacy

We use “Facebook Analytics” to collect information about use of this site. Facebook Analytics collects information such as how often users visit this site, what pages they visit when they do so, and what other sites they used prior to coming to this site. We use the information we get from Facebook Analytics only to improve this site. Facebook Analytics collects only the IP address assigned to you on the date you visit this site, rather than your name or other identifying information. We do not combine the information collected through the use of Facebook Analytics with personally identifiable information. Although Facebook Analytics plants a permanent cookie on your web browser to identify you as a unique user the next time you visit this site, the cookie cannot be used by anyone but Facebook.

Facebook Data Use Policy can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/

We use “Quantcast Measure” to collect information about use of this site. Quantcast Measure collects information such as how often users visit this site, what pages they visit when they do so, and what other sites they used prior to coming to this site. We use the information we get from Quantcast Measure only to improve this site. Quantcast Measure collects only the IP address assigned to you on the date you visit this site, rather than your name or other identifying information. We do not combine the information collected through the use of Quantcast Measure with personally identifiable information. Although Quantcast Measure plants a permanent cookie on your web browser to identify you as a unique user the next time you visit this site, the cookie cannot be used by anyone but Quantcast.

Quantcast Privacy Policy can be found at: https://www.quantcast.com/privacy. To opt out of participating with Quantcast Measure data collection, please visit https://www.quantcast.com/opt-out/

External Links

This website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.

Surveys & Contests

From time-to-time our site may requests information via surveys or contests. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and you may choose whether or not to participate and therefore disclose this information. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and email address), and demographic information. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of this site.

Contact us

If you have any further questions or comments regarding the Keratoconus Group website or this Privacy Policy, you may contact us at [email protected]

Community-specific Privacy

Our Facebook community is a closed group, and only members will see what you post. For more information on Facebook group privacy, visit https://www.facebook.com/help/220336891328465.

The Reddit r/Keratoconus community is a public subreddit and shared contents are visible by other people and can be indexed by search engines. For more information on Reddit privacy policy, visit https://www.redditinc.com/policies/privacy-policy.

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