Last Updated 5/16/2011
At the OMFS Care Center, we are committed to protecting your privacy and to developing technology that gives you the most powerful and secure online experience. You can travel through most of our site without giving us any information about yourself. But sometimes we do need information to provide services that you request, and this statement of privacy explains data collection and use in those situations. This privacy statement explains data collection and use practices of www.omfscarecenter.org; it does not apply to other online or offline sites, products or services. Please read the complete www.omfscarecenter.org privacy statement.
If users have questions or concerns regarding this statement, they should contact the Office Manager at (559) 459-4101.
Information Collection and Use
The OMFS Care Center is the sole owner of the information collected on www.omfscarecenter.org. The OMFS Care Center collects information from our users at different points on our Web site.
Any personally identifiable information that is requested and voluntarily provided by the user is used solely for its primary purpose only. For example, our Online Registration Forms will collect information that a prospective patient fills in and submits to our appointment schedulers. That information will not be saved or used for any other purpose on the website.
We do however collect aggregate data for statistical purposes, but it is not tied to any personally identifiable information that the user may have provided.
A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's computer tied to information about the user. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information while on our site. We use both session ID cookies and persistent cookies. For the session ID cookie, once users close the browser, the cookie simply terminates. A persistent cookie is a small text file stored on the user's hard drive for an extended period of time. Persistent cookies can be removed by following Internet browser help file directions.
If users reject the cookie, they may still access our site. The only drawback to this is that the user will be limited in some areas of our site. Rejection of the cookie may also affect the aggregate statistical data that is logged on the web server for administrative purposes. Persistent cookies enable us to track the interests of our users as a whole to enhance the experience on our site.
Third Party Advertising
No data contained in the cookies is shared with any third party advertiser or affiliate.
Like most standard Web site servers we use log files. This includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, and number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses, etc. are not linked to personally identifiable information. We use a tracking utility called AWStats that uses log files to analyze user movement.
Clear Gifs (Web Beacons/Web Bugs)
Clear Gifs are not used on www.omfscarecenter.org except for graphical layout. Clear gifs are tiny graphics that may hold a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of Web users. The main difference between the two is that clear gifs are invisible on the page and are much smaller, about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. The clear gifs used on www.omfscarecenter.org are not used in this manner and are not tied to users' personally identifiable information.
Communications from the Site
We only contact users in response to messages they send to us.
Legal Disclaimer Though we make every effort to preserve user privacy, we may need to disclose personal information when required by law wherein we have a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with a current judicial proceeding, a court order or legal process served on our Web site.
We DO NOT Share Personal Information with Third Parties.
This Web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that the OMFS Care Center is not responsible for the 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 each and every Web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this Web site.
Surveys & Contests
Users' personally identifiable information is not shared with third parties.
This Web site takes every precaution to protect our users' information. When users submit sensitive information via the Web site, their information is protected both online and off-line. While we protect sensitive information online, we also do everything in our power to protect user-information off-line. All of our users' information, not just the sensitive information mentioned above, is restricted in our offices. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, the website's administrator) are granted access to personally identifiable information.
Furthermore, ALL employees are kept up-to-date on our security and privacy practices. Annually, as well as any time new policies are added, our employees are notified and/or reminded about the importance we place on privacy, and what they can do to ensure our users' information is protected. Finally, the servers that store personally identifiable information are in a secure environment, in a locked facility.
If users have any questions about the security at our Web site, users can call us at (559) 459-4101.
Notification of Changes
If, however, we are going to use users' personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection we will notify users via email. Users will have a choice as to whether or not we use their information in this different manner. However, if users have opted out of all communication with the site then they will not be contacted, nor will their personal information be used in this new manner. In addition, if we make any material changes in our privacy practices that do not affect user information already stored in our database, we will post a prominent notice on our Web site notifying users of the change.