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Privacy of Website Users

All websites that elicit personal information from visitors must have a privacy statement about what information you collect from your customers and how that information will be used. You may use the sample statement below as a template; however, you may need to customize your statement to include data relevant to your business. Please refer to the FERPA Guidelines for student privacy information and the HIPAA Guidelines for patient privacy information.

All privacy statements must

  • Be easy to find, read and understand.
  • Inform the customer what information is collected, how it is used, and whether it is shared with others. If information is to be shared with others, the customer's consent must be obtained.
  • Provide a contact for customers to change, update or inquire about their information.
  • Tell customers how they will be notified of changes to the privacy policy.
  • Include a statement about data security.

Sample University Privacy Statement

For each visitor to this Web page, our Web server automatically recognizes each visitor's domain. We collect information volunteered by visitors to this website, such as survey information and/or site registrations. The information we collect is not shared with commercial or other non-profit organizations.

Sample Medical Privacy Statement with Disclaimer

Disclaimer
This site is designed for educational purposes only and is not engaged in rendering medical advice. The information provided here should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or a disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, you should consult your health care provider.

Privacy Statement
We are committed to respecting your privacy. We've structured our site so that, in general, you can visit without identifying yourself or revealing any personal information. Once you choose to provide us personally identifiable information (any information by which you can be identified), you can be assured that it will only be used to support your relationship with us.

Links to Other Sites
We cannot ensure the protection of any personal information that you provide to a third-party site that links to or from this site, as these third-party sites are owned and operated independently. These third-party sites may have their own privacy and data collection practices that are beyond our control. Any personal information that you provide to these third-party sites will be regulated by their privacy policy, if any. We can assume no responsibility or liability whatsoever for the practices, actions or policies of these third-party sites, and cannot be responsible for the content or privacy practices of such sites.

Site administrators should stay abreast of changes to privacy requirements that may arise as HIPAA and FERPA regulations are developed and implemented. Site administrators should also be aware of the implications that the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) may have on privacy statement requirements. For more information, please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COPPA

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