Website Privacy Policy

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Website Privacy Policy

Your Consent

Please take a few minutes to review this policy before using this site.  By using this site, you are consenting to the collection, use, and disclosure of your personal information as set forth in this policy.  If you do not agree to be bound by this policy, you may not access or use this site.

This policy is part of the Terms of Use that govern your use of this site.

Cookies and IP Addresses

We collect information about visitors to our site using “cookies.”  A cookie is a small text file that is created when someone uses a browser to visit a web site.  Cookies are stored on the computer’s browser directory or program data subfolder.  This site uses cookies to help visitors navigate the site more successfully, improve your browsing experience and to provide information about visitors’ behavior that help us improve the site and our marketing programs.  A cookie may identify the computer that is being used to visit the site, but not who the visitor is.  If you do not want to have cookies placed on your computer, you can set your web browser to not accept them, or you can delete them manually.

Our web server also automatically collects the IP (for “Internet Protocol”) address of each computer that accesses our site.  An IP address is a series of numerals that is assigned to each computer that accesses the internet.  An IP address is not personal information because it identifies only the computer, not the person who is using it.  We use IP addresses in aggregate form to help us understand how our site is being used and how we can better serve visitors.

Third Party Cookies

In addition to the cookies we deliver to your computer through this site, certain third parties may deliver cookies to you for a variety of reasons.  For example, we use Google Analytics, a web analytics tool that helps us understand how visitor engage with our site.

Other third parties may deliver cookies to your computer for the purpose of tracking your online behaviors over time and across non-affiliated web sites and/or delivering targeted advertisements either on this site or on other web sites.

You have choices about the collection of information by third parties on our site.  For example, if you don’t want information about your visit to this site sent to Google Analytics, you may download an opt-out browser add-on at https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.  Please note that the add-on does not prevent information from being sent to Northfield Hospital & Clinics.

To opt out of having interest-based information collected by third parties during your visits to this site, go to aboutads.info/choices (http://www.aboutads.info/choices/).  This industry-developed web site contains mechanisms for choosing whether each listed entity may collect and use data for online behavioral advertising purposes.  It may be that some third parties that collect interest-based information on this site do not participate in the industry-developed opt-out web site, in which case the best way to avoid third-party tracking of your online behaviors may be through your browser settings and deletion of cookies.

Surveys

We occasionally survey visitors to our site.  The information from these surveys is used in aggregated, de-identified form to help us understand the needs of our visitors so that we can improve our site.  The information may be shared with third parties with whom we have a business relationship.  We generally do not ask for information in surveys that would personally identify you; if we do request contact information for follow-up, you may decline to provide it.  If survey respondents provide personal information (such as an email address) in a survey, it is shared only with those people who need to see it to respond to the question or request, or with third parties who perform data management services for our site.  Those third parties have agreed to keep all data from surveys confidential.

Links to Other Web Sites

Our site contains links to other web sites that are not managed or controlled by us.  These links are provided for your convenience only.  We do not review, endorse or take responsibility for the content of these other web sites.  If you choose to access such sites, you are subject to the privacy policies of those sites. 

Information We Collect

We do not collect information that personally identifies you unless you choose to provide it to us (for example, web pages that allow you to register for a class, complete an online job application or send an e-mail message).  The personal information you submit is shared only with those people in our organization who need this information to respond to your question or request, and as otherwise permitted by law to allow us to operate our business or to comply with applicable laws. 

We collect information that does not personally identify you for various purposes (for example, web site usage, traffic patterns, visitor experience, site performance and related statistics based on our tracking record of your visits to our web site.)

Retention of Data

We will retain your information for as long as needed to provide you services, products and information you request or as permitted by applicable law. 

Security

We use reasonable security measures to protect the confidentiality of information under our control and appropriately limit access to it.  Northfield Hospital & Clinics, however, cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk.   Electronic transmissions via the internet are not necessarily secure from interception, and so we cannot absolutely guarantee the security or confidentiality of such transmissions.

A Note About Children’s Privacy

You must be at least 13 years old to have our permission to use this site.  We do not knowingly collect personal information from users under 13 years of age.  If you are under the age of 13, you can use this service only in conjunction with your parent’s or guardian’s permission.

Changes to this Policy

We may change or supplement our web privacy practices from time to time and we will post revised versions on this site.  Changes apply to the information collected from the date we post the revision, as well as to information we already hold.  We encourage you to frequently read this page so you are aware of any changes that may have been made since your last visit to the web site.

Governing Law

This policy is governed by the laws of the State of Minnesota, United States of America without regard to its conflicts of laws provisions.

Northfield Hospital & Clinics is a U.S. municipal entity.  The servers that support this site are located in the United States.  While it is in our possession, your information will generally be stored in Northfield Hospital & Clinics databases or databases maintained by our third party service providers on servers and data storage devices located in the United States.  U.S. data protection laws may not provide as much protection as the data protection laws in force in some other countries.  However, we will process your information in accordance with this policy no matter where our data is stored.  If you are located in a country outside the United States, by using this site you consent to the transfer of your information to the United States.