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      Medfinds Privacy Policy
Effective Date: 04/10/2007

Table of Contents
About the Medfinds Privacy Policy
Information Medfinds Gathers and Tracks
Medfinds Gathers User Information In The Following Processes
            Optional  Voluntary Information
            Usage  Tracking Information
            Cookies
Use of Information
Sharing of the Information
Security
Opt Out Policy
Access to Personally Identifiable Information
Consent to Medfinds Privacy Policy
 
About the Medfinds Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy applies to the Medfinds Web site, which  is owned and operated by Medigrative, Inc.    Any reference to “Medfinds” or “Medfinds.com” refers to any part of the  Web sites owned or controlled by Medigrative, Inc.         

The Medfinds Site contains link to partners and other  third-party sites.  Once you enter  another Web site not owned or controlled by Medigrative, Inc. this Privacy  Policy will no longer protect you.   This  includes Web sites that you navigate to via links or advertisements on the Medfinds  Web site. You should always read the privacy statements of any Web site you are  visiting for the first time.       

While most of the information on the Medfinds Web site does  not require registration to be accessed, many of the features we offer require  a membership account.  If you use the  Medfinds website without registering for a membership, we will only collect  non-personal information that cannot be tracked to you as an individual,  through the use of cookies.  We collect  non-personal information through the use of cookies to calculate Web site  traffic and other statistical analyses.   If you do choose to register for a membership on the Medfinds Web site,  you will be required to submit personally identifiable information.

Information Medfinds Gathers and Tracks

Information that users provide through optional, voluntary  submissions. These are voluntary submissions to create a membership account, to  receive our electronic newsletters, to participate in our message boards or  forums, to email a friend, and from participation in polls and surveys.

Information Medfinds gathers through aggregated tracking  information derived mainly through using analytics tools. This information  allows us to better tailor our content to readers' needs and to help our advertisers  and sponsors better understand the demographics of our audience. Because  Medfinds derives its revenue mainly from sponsorships and advertising,  providing such aggregated demographic data is essential to keeping our service  free to users. Under no circumstances does Medfinds divulge any information  about an individual user to a third party.       

Medfinds Gathers User Information In The Following Processes

Registration       

In order to use this Web site, you must complete the  registration process, including the creation of a user name (a valid email  address) and password.  During  registration you are required to] give contact information, such as name,  address, phone number and email address. We use this information to contact you  about the services on our site in which you have expressed interest, and to  allow patient users on our site to contact you for services you advertise.         

You have the option to provide demographic information, such  as gender, to us; we encourage you to submit this information so we can provide  you a more personalized experience on our site. 
Medigrative, Inc. is the sole owner of the information  collected on Medfinds.com.  Medigrative,  Inc. collects personally identifiable information from our users at several  different points on our Web site, outlined in detail below.           

Optional Voluntary Information       

We offer the following services, which require some type of  voluntary submission of personal information by users:       

Membership accounts.   We offer a variety of membership services to the public, to health care  professionals and to professional organizations and schools. Memberships may be  terminated at any time by request of the member or at the discretion of  Medfinds administration.  Medfinds gathers  information from these parties that is voluntarily submitted and may include  personally identifiable information.   Personally identifiable information is never shared by Medfinds with  third parties without prior user consent. No personal health information will  be requested or stored at any time on the Medfinds site.  All transactions and interactions between  patients or recipients of medical care and health care professionals listed on  the Medfinds site takes place outside the jurisdiction of this Privacy Policy  and all other protection offered by the policies set forth by Medfinds.       

Member Forums policy.   Users of the site's Message Boards and Forums must register separately  for these services (both are free of charge) in order to post messages,  although they needn't register to visit the site. During registration the user  is required to supply a username, password, and email address. If you use the  Member Forum, Event Calendar or blogs on this Web site, you should be aware  that any personally identifiable information you submit there can be read,  collected, or used by other users of these forums, and could be used to send  you unsolicited messages.  We are not  responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in  these forums.       

Polling policy.  We  may offer interactive polls to users so they can easily share their opinions  with other users and see what our audience thinks about important issues.  Opinions or other responses to polls are aggregated and are not identifiable to  any particular user. Medfinds may use a system to "tag" users after  they have voted, so they can vote only once on a particular question. This tag  is not correlated with information about individual users.       

Surveys.  Medfinds may  occasionally conduct user surveys to better target our content to our audience.  We sometimes share the aggregated demographic information in these surveys with  our sponsors, advertisers and partners. We never share any of this information  about specific individuals with any third party.       

Children policy.  We  do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under  the age of 13.       

Usage Tracking Information       

Medfinds tracks user traffic patterns throughout all of our  sites. However, we do not correlate this information with data about individual  users.   Medfinds does break down overall  usage statistics according to a user's domain name, browser type, and MIME type  by reading this information from the browser string (information contained in  every user's browser).       

As is true of most Web sites, we gather certain information  automatically and store it in log files.   This information includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser  type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system,  date/time stamp, and clickstream data.         

We use this information, which does not identify individual  users, to analyze trends, to administer the site, and to track users’ movements  around the site.  We do not link this  automatically-collected data to personally identifiable information.       

We use a third-party tracking service called Urchin that uses  cookies and / or log files to track non-personally identifiable information  about visitors to our site in the aggregate such as internet protocol (IP)  addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages,  operating system, date/time stamp, and clickstream data to analyze trends and  to administer the site.       

Medfinds sometimes tracks and catalogs the search terms that  users enter in our Search function, but this tracking is never associated with  individual users. We use tracking information to determine which areas of our  sites users like and don't like based on traffic to those areas. We do not  track what individual users read, but rather how well each page performs  overall. This helps us continue to build a better service for you.       

Cookies       

A cookie is a small text file that is stored on a user's  computer for record-keeping purposes. We do use cookies on this site. We do not  link the information we store in cookies to any personally identifiable  information you submit while on our site.          

We use both session ID cookies and / or persistent  cookies.  We use session cookies to make  it easier for you to navigate our site. A session ID cookie expires when you  close you browser. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive for an extended  period of time. You can remove persistent cookies by following directions  provided in your Internet browser's 'help' file.       

We may place cookies in the browser files of your computer.  The cookie itself does not contain Personal Information although it will enable  us to relate your use of this site to information that you have specifically  and knowingly provided. But the only personal information a cookie can contain  is information you supply yourself. A cookie can't read data off your hard disk  or read cookie files created by other sites.   Medfinds uses cookies to track user traffic patterns (as described  above). Our advertising system delivers a one-time cookie to better track ad  impressions and click rates.       

You can refuse cookies by turning them off in your browser.  If you've set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies, you will  receive the warning message with each cookie. You do not need to have cookies  turned on to use this site. However, you do need cookies to participate  actively in message boards, forums, polling and surveys.       

Some of our business partners (e.g., advertisers) use  cookies on our site.  We have no access  to or control over these cookies.        

This privacy statement covers the use of cookies by  Medfinds.com only and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.       

Use of Information       

Medfinds uses any information voluntarily given by our users  to enhance their experience in our network of sites, whether to provide  interactive or personalized elements on the sites or to better prepare future  content based on the interests of our users.           

As stated above, we use information such as name and email  address that users voluntarily provide in order to manage accounts, and to  enable users to participate in message boards and forums.  Personally-identifiable information collected during the registration process,  or submitted voluntarily at any point by a user, is used to provide detailed  search results for queries of our database. Medfinds operates two separate  databases, a provider database and a school database, which contain and return  submitted personally-identifiable information as search results.  No personal health information is ever  requested by Medfinds.com, and sensitive information such as credit card  numbers are not stored on Medfinds servers.       

We use tracking information services provided by Urchin to  determine which areas of our sites users like and don't like based on traffic  to those areas. We do not track what individual users read, but rather how well  each page performs overall. This helps us continue to build a better service  for you. We track search terms entered in Search function as one of many  measures of what interests our users. But we don't track which terms a  particular user enters.       

Medfinds creates aggregate reports on user demographics and  traffic patterns for advertisers, sponsors and partners. This allows our  advertisers to advertise more effectively, and allows our users to receive  advertisements that are pertinent to their needs. Because we don't track the  usage patterns of individual users, an advertiser or sponsor will never know  that a specific user clicked their ad. We will not disclose any information  about any individual user except to comply with applicable law or valid legal  process or to protect the personal safety of our users or the public. We  reserve the right to disclose your personally identifiable information as  required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our  rights and/or comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process  served on our Web site.       

Sharing of the Information       

Medfinds uses aggregate reports on user demographics and  traffic patterns to tailor our content to suit your needs and help our  advertisers better understand our audience's demographics. This is essential to  keeping our service free. We will not share information about individual users  with any third party, except to comply with applicable law or valid legal  process or to protect the personal safety of our users or the public.       

We use a third-party credit card processing company, PayPal  Inc., to provide payment gateway services on our site.  When you sign up for a paid account on  Medfinds.com, we will share credit card information, such as name and card  number, as necessary for the third party to provide that service.         

These third parties are prohibited from using your  personally identifiable information for any other purpose.       

Security       

The security of your personal information is important to  us.  When you enter sensitive information  (such as credit card number) on our registration forms, we encrypt that  information using secure socket layer technology (SSL).  Medfinds operates secure data networks  protected by industry standard firewall and password protection systems. Our  security and privacy policies are periodically reviewed and enhanced as  necessary and only authorized individuals have access to the information  provided by our customers. We follow generally accepted industry standards to  protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and  once we receive it.  No method of  transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100%  secure, however.  Therefore, while we  strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal  information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.       

If you have any questions about security on our Web site,  you can send email us at info@medfinds.com.        

Opt Out Policy       

We give users options to control which communications they  do and do not receive from Medfinds, including promotional communications and  surveys.    If you no longer wish to receive our promotional  communications, you may opt-out of receiving them by following the instructions  included in each communication or by emailing us at info@medfinds.com.       

Opting to cancel your membership account with Medfinds.  You may request to cancel your membership  account for any reason and at any time by contacting us at info@medfinds.com or  by calling Customer Help at (415) 240-4685.      

Opting not to register to receive our electronic  communications.  You may request to have  your email address removed from our mailing list for communications and other  promotions by contacting us at info@medfinds.com or by calling Customer Help at  (415) 240-4685.       

Access to Personally-Identifiable Information       

If your personally identifiable information changes, or if  you no longer desire our service, you may request to update information that is  not manageable through your account administration area, or to cancel and  remove your account entirely, by contacting us at info@medfinds.com or by  calling Customer Help at (415) 240-4685.       

Consent to Medfinds Privacy Policy       

By using this site, you consent to the collection and use of  this information by Medfinds.     If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post  those changes to this privacy statement, the home page, and other places we  deem appropriate so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we  use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.          

We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any  time, so please review it frequently.  If  we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by email, or  by means of a notice on our home page.       


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