Asbestos.com Privacy Policy

Updated: June 15, 2016

Asbestos.com (hereinafter “we” or “us”) recognizes your expectation of privacy and security and we greatly respect your privacy concerns. This Privacy Policy describes how we gather information, what we do with the information that we collect and what steps we take to safeguard your privacy and protect your personal information while on our site www.asbestos.com. Asbestos.com strives to comply with all requirements for medical/health information privacy in the United States but does not purport to comply or warrant compliance with the standards of any other country, organization or treaty.

Asbestos.com has received TRUSTe’s Privacy Seal signifying that this privacy statement and our practices have been reviewed for compliance with the TRUSTe program viewable on the validation page available by clicking the TRUSTe seal. The TRUSTe program covers only information that is collected through this Web site, www.asbestos.com.

If you have an unresolved privacy or data use concern that we have not addressed satisfactorily, please contact TRUSTe here.

We have organized this Privacy Policy as a series of answers to questions that we have found to be of most interest to visitors. If you do not see the answer to any question you may have about what information we collect, how we collect information and what we do with the information we collect, please contact us at webmaster@asbestos.com.

Visitors who submit contact information on our free information packets, monthly newsletter sign up, or who contact Asbestos.com by e-mail, telephone or other means, and who offer any personal information, including an e-mail address, name, diagnosis, address, and phone number can trust their information will be held in confidence. The telephone number displayed on the website connects visitors directly with Asbestos.com, and not any third party call center, sponsor or law firm. We use your information to send you free information packets, treatment options, assist you on enrollment for clinical trials, send you a free wristband, connect you with a patient advocate who may be able to assist you in better understanding your condition and to send you a monthly newsletter if you choose to sign up to receive it. You may opt-out from receiving our monthly newsletter at any time by following the unsubscribe link located at the bottom of each newsletter or by contact us at privacy@asbestos.com

Health on the Net Foundation (HONcode)

Asbestos.com adheres to the Health on the Net Foundation HONcode principles for medical and health websites. This certification attests that the site complies with the HONcode principles of author transparency, organization, funding, privacy policy, being up to date, honesty about any advertising and a clear delineation between advertising and editorial content. If you have any questions about HONcode principles or requirements, or to verify whether a website conforms to HONcode principles, visit the HONcode website.

What Does This Privacy Policy Cover?

This privacy policy covers www.asbestos.com. This Privacy Policy covers what we do with any personal information that you may submit or authorize us to obtain, as well as any other information that we may gather when you access our website. Please note that our policies and procedures apply only to websites owned and/or operated by us and not to websites maintained by other companies or to any website to which we may link.

What is Personal Information?

Personal information is any information that you provide to us that identifies you, personally, or that can be logically associated with you. This information may include your name, email and physical address and your telephone number. Depending upon the product or service you request, you may also be asked to provide additional information such as whether you have been diagnosed with a particular asbestos related illness.

Why Do You Need To Collect My Personal Information?

We use the personal information you supply to us to provide to you the service(s) or product(s) that you request. We may also use your personal and other information to enhance your experience on our website(s) by displaying content based on your preferences. We may “depersonalizeā€ your personal information to enable us to use that information, aggregated with the information of others, for research, analysis and modeling purposes.

With Whom Do You Share My Information?

We do not sell, share, rent or trade your personal information with third parties other than as disclosed within this privacy policy.

If you submit a request for a product or service, we will not share or sell the personal and other information you supply with any direct marketing or information collecting company. Your information will never be provided to a third party company, such as a charitable, legal or medical facility, unless you specifically authorize a representative of Asbestos.com to do so on your behalf.

  • We may provide your personal information to companies that provide services to help us with our business activities such as an email service provider to deliver our monthly newsletter. This company is authorized to use your personal information only as necessary to provide these services to us.
  • We may also disclose your personal information as required by law, such as to comply with a subpoena, or similar legal process, applicable regulations, governmental and quasi-governmental requests, judicial proceedings, court orders and to enforce our Legal Notices or other agreements.
  • When we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, protect your safety or the safety of others, investigate fraud, or respond to a government request.
  • If Asbestos.com is involved in a merger, acquisition, or sale of all or a portion of its assets, you will be notified via email and/or a prominent notice on our website of any change in ownership or uses of your personal information, as well as any choices you may have regarding your personal information.

Tracking Technologies

As is true of most web sites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information may include Internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and/or click path data. We do link this automatically collected data to other information we collect about you.

We partner with a third party to manage our advertising on other sites. Our third party partner may use technologies such as cookies to gather information about your activities on this site and other sites in order to provide you advertising based upon your browsing activities and interests. If you wish to not have this information used for the purpose of serving you interest-based ads, you may opt-out by clicking here. Please note this does not opt you out of being served ads. You will continue to receive generic ads.

  • What Are Cookies? “Cookies” are small files that are placed automatically on your computer system when you visit a website. Cookies enable a website to recognize you as a return visitor and, by keeping track of your website activity, help us identify which pages to serve to you while reducing the time it takes for those pages to load. Cookies enable us to personalize and enrich your experience and are not tied in any way to your personal information. If you do not wish to accept cookies or if you wish to remove cookies that remain in your browser following the close of your browser session, you may adjust the settings on your web browser to prevent cookies from being placed on your hard drive. If you choose this option, note that some of the functionality of our website may become unavailable. Please review your web browser “Help” file to learn the proper way to modify your cookie settings. The use of cookies by third parties is not covered by our privacy policy. We do not have access or control over these cookies.
  • Other Technologies such as: cookies, beacons, tags and scripts are used by Asbestos.com and our partners such as Microsoft & Yahoo, affiliates, or analytics. These technologies are used in analyzing trends, administering the site, tracking users’ movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. We may receive reports based on the use of these technologies by these companies on an individual as well as aggregated basis.
  • Local Storage Objects: We use Local Storage Objects (LSOs) such as Flash to store fonts locally in the browser, this is to help make our website faster for the user. Third parties with whom we partner to provide certain features on our site or to display advertising based upon your Web browsing activity use LSOs such as HTML 5 to collect and store information. Various browsers may offer their own management tools for removing HTML5 LSOs. To manage Flash LSOs please click here.

How Do You Safeguard The Information You Collect?

The security of your personal information is a very high priority for us and we take a number of steps to safeguard it. Some of the measures we take are:

  • Limiting access to personal information to those employees who are critical to the delivery of products and services to you.
  • Implementing appropriate physical, electronic and managerial procedures to guard against unauthorized access or use.
  • Requiring appropriate consents and protections from our business partners before we share personal information with them.

Asbestos.com and its affiliates use commercially reasonable physical and technical security measures to protect all personal information in our possession. Sensitive information is encrypted using secure sockets layer encryption (SSL) from the time of your submission and while it is stored by us. We cannot, however, guarantee or warrant the absolute security of any system or that any information we hold will not be accessed, disclosed, altered or destroyed.

Security measures are in place to protect against theft, loss or misuse of information sent through the website, and Asbestos.com strives to maintain the integrity of these security measures. In the event, however, of a system compromise, Asbestos.com will take all reasonable steps to protect the integrity of its databases. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

How Long Do You Retain My Personal Information?

We will retain your information for as long as needed to provide you with services and as necessary to comply with our legal obligations. Non-personal information may be retained indefinitely. Under certain circumstances, Federal and/or state law may require us to retain your personal information for different periods of time. Accordingly, we may not be able to delete or otherwise remove your personal information from our systems.

What Choices Do I Have?

You can always elect not to provide personal information to us, although if you do not complete and submit the information we ask for we may not be able to provide you with the most complete responses or you may not be able to access all the available features.

Testimonials

If you submit a testimonial to us, we will ask for your permission to post your testimonial prior to any public use. We will post your name as given to us in your testimonial. Please be aware that any personally identifiable information you submit as a testimonial to be posted can be read, collected, or used by the general public, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. We are not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to include in any testimonial you choose to submit. If at any time you decide to remove your testimonial, please contact us via e-mail at wpacheco@asbestos.com or postal mail.

Blog

Our Web site offers publicly accessible blogs or community forums. You should be aware that any information you provide in these areas may be read, collected, and used by others who access them. To request removal of your personal information from our blog or community forum, contact us at webmaster@asbestos.com. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why.

Social Media (Features) and Widgets

Our website includes Social Media Features, such as the Facebook Like button and Widgets, such as the Share this button or interactive mini-programs that run on our site. These Features may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on our site, and may set a cookie to enable the Feature to function properly. Social Media Features and Widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our Site. Your interactions with these Features are governed by the privacy policy of the company providing it.

Links to Other Sites

This website contains links to other websites that are not owned or controlled by Asbestos.com. Please be aware that we, Asbestos.com, are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites.

We encourage you to be aware when you leave our website and to read the privacy policies of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information.

This privacy policy applies to only information collected by this website.

A Special Note about Children’s Privacy

You must be at least 18 years old to use this website. We encourage parents and guardians to spend time with their children online and to be fully familiar with the websites visited by their children. We recognize the particular importance of protecting privacy where children are involved. We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information online from children under the age of 13. If a child under the age of 13 has provided us with personally identifiable information online, we ask that a parent or guardian contact us or call (855) 404-4592. Visit the Federal Trade Commission website for more information about the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

If you are between the ages of 13 and 18, please be sure to read this Privacy Policy with your parent and obtain his or her permission before you submit or post any Personal Information, and before you use any features of this website.

Contacting You

By filling out and submitting information on our website, you give us or one of our affiliates or business associates permission to contact you. We consider this permission not to be specific to mesothelioma services or resources, but also to other applicable products and services we may market and advertise in the future.

Removing/Accessing Your Information

We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. If you wish to request that we no longer use your information to provide you services or updates on additional products, contact us. Additionally, we will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal or regulatory obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.

If your personally identifiable information changes or if you no longer desire our service, you may update or amend your information with us or ask to have it removed from our database lists or production directory. Simply contact us by email or traditional mail. We will respond to your request to access within 10 calendar days.

Contacting Us

If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions about our Privacy Policy or anything else about Asbestos.com, you may contact us in several ways. You can:

Send a letter to:
Asbestos.com
189 S. Orange Ave, Suite 1620
Orlando, FL 32801

Call: (855) 404-4592.

Send an email to:
privacy@asbestos.com

Any information sent to us through email is not encrypted by us.

Notice to California Residents:

Residents of the State of California may request a list of all third parties to which this website has disclosed certain information during the preceding year for those third parties’ direct marketing purposes. If you are a California resident and want such a list, please contact us at privacy@asbestos.com.

For all requests, you must put the statement “California Shine the Light Privacy Request” in the body of your request, as well as your name, street address, city, state, and zip code. Please note that we are not responsible for requests that are not labeled or sent properly, or that do not have complete information.

Notice to Vermont Residents

We will not share any personal information about you with other businesses to the extent prohibited by applicable Vermont law or to the extent your prior consent to share is required by applicable Vermont law. For purposes of compliance with the Vermont Consumer Protection Act, if you are a resident of the State of Vermont and would like to opt-out from the disclosure of your personal information to any third-party for marketing purposes, please contact us at privacy@asbestos.com.

Notice to Users Outside of the United States

This Privacy Policy is intended to cover collection of information on our websites from residents of the United States. If you are visiting our websites from outside the United States, please be aware that your information may be transferred to, stored and processed in the United States where our servers are located and our central database is operated. The data protection and other laws of the United States and other countries might not be as comprehensive as those in your country. By using our services, you understand that your information may be transferred to our facilities and those third parties with whom we share it as described in this Privacy Policy.

Changes to Privacy Policy

Asbestos.com updates or modifies this Privacy Policy from time to time. If we make material changes to this Privacy Policy or to how Asbestos.com will use your personal information, we will post those changes here and notify you of such change by email (sent to the e-mail address specified in your account) or by means of a notice on this Site prior to the change becoming effective. We reserve the right to make changes in this policy at any time. Please check the policy each time you use our website to ensure that you are aware of any changes in our privacy practices. Our Privacy Policy will indicate the date when it was updated. Your continued use of our website will signify your acceptance of the changes to our Privacy Policy. If you do not agree with the changes to how your information will be used, please do not continue to use our website. By using this website, you signify your consent to the Asbestos.com Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not read or use Asbestos.com.

From time to time, we may add new websites that may or may not be listed in this Privacy Policy. Please note that this policy applies only to the information collected through this website and not to websites maintained by other companies or organizations to which we link. In addition, this policy applies only to information collected by Asbestos.com online or offline.

PLEASE PRINT AND RETAIN A COPY OF THIS PRIVACY POLICY FOR YOUR RECORDS.

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