Like most website operators, AthritisExplained.com collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. AthritisExplained.com’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how AthritisExplained.com’s visitors use its website. From time to time, AthritisExplained.com may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
AthritisExplained.com also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on AthritisExplained.com blogs/sites. AthritisExplained.com only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that commenter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog/site where the comment was left.
Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to AthritisExplained.com’s websites choose to interact with AthritisExplained.com in ways that require AthritisExplained.com to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that AthritisExplained.com gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up at AthritisExplained.com to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with AthritisExplained.com are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, AthritisExplained.com collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with AthritisExplained.com. AthritisExplained.com does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
AthritisExplained.com may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. AthritisExplained.com may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, AthritisExplained.com does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
AthritisExplained.com discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on AthritisExplained.com’s behalf or to provide services available at AthritisExplained.com’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using AthritisExplained.com’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. AthritisExplained.com will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, AthritisExplained.com discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when AthritisExplained.com believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of AthritisExplained.com, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an AthritisExplained.com website and have supplied your email address, AthritisExplained.com may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with AthritisExplained.com and our products. If you send us a request (for example via email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. AthritisExplained.com takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
This website uses Google Adsense, a Web-advertising-service of Google Inc., United States ( “Google”). Google Adsense uses “cookies” (text files) that are stored on your computer and allows an analysis of the use of the Website by you. Google Adsense also uses so-called “web beacons” (small invisible images) to gather information. Through the use of Web beacons simple actions such as the visitor traffic to the website can be recorded and collected. The information generated by the cookie and / or Web Beacon information about your use of this site (), including your IP address will be transferred to a Google server in the U.S. and stored there. Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the site in order to show, compiling reports on website activity and ads for website operators and providing other use of this website and internet related services. Even Google is able to transmit this information to third parties unless required by law or if third parties process this data on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. Storing cookies on your hard drive and the display of Web Beacons you can avoid by choosing to accept in your browser settings, “cookies” (in MS Internet Explorer under “Tools> Internet Options> Privacy> Settings”, in Firefox under Tools> Settings> Privacy> Cookies), we would point out however that in this case you can not use all the features of this website. By using this site you agree to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner described, and agree to the aforementioned purpose.
A Special Note About Google Advertising
Any advertisements served by Google, Inc., and affiliated companies may be controlled using cookies. These cookies allow Google to display ads based on your visits to this site and other sites that use Google advertising services. Learn how to opt out of Google’s cookie usage. As mentioned above, any tracking done by Google through cookies and other mechanisms is subject to Google’s own privacy policies.
Our website uses social plugins (“plugins”) provided by the social network facebook.com, operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”). The plugins are identifiable by a Facebook logo (white letter f on blue background or a thumb up icon) or the notice “Facebook Social Plugin”. For a full list of all social Plugins please see: .
When you visit a page of our website that contains a social plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection to Facebook servers. Facebook directly transfers the plugin content to your browser which embeds the latter into the website, enabling Facebook to receive information about your having accessed the respective page of our website. Thus we have no influence on the data gathered by the plugin and inform you according to our state of knowledge:
The embedded plugins provide Facebook with the information that you have accessed the corresponding page of our website. If you are logged into Facebook, your visit can be assigned to your Facebook account. If you interact with the plugins, for example by clicking “Like”, or entering a comment, the corresponding information is transmitted from your browser directly to Facebook and stored by it. Even if you are not logged into Facebook, there is possibility that the plugins transmits your IP-address to Facebook.
If you are a Facebook member and do not want Facebook to connect the data concerning your visit to our website with your member data already stored by Facebook, please log off Facebook before entering our website.
Functions from Twitter services are integrated into our webpages. These functions are offered by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. By using Twitter and the function “Retweet”, the webpages that you visit will be linked with your Twitter account and made public to other users. Information is also transmitted to Twitter in this way.
We would like to point out that we, as providers of the website, do not receive information about the contents of the transmitted data or their use by Twitter. For more information, please see Twitter’s privacy statement.
You can change your privacy protection settings for Twitter in your account settings at http://twitter.com/account/settings.
If AthritisExplained.com, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that AthritisExplained.com goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of AthritisExplained.com may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.