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Privacy Policy

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Grateful Nation have created this Privacy Policy to explain why we collect particular information and how we will protect your personal privacy within our Web site. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for the Web site located at the URL www.bidmcgiving.org.

In order to fully understand your rights we encourage you to read this Privacy Policy. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center reserves the right at any time and without notice to change this Privacy Policy simply by posting such changes on our Site. Any such change will be effective immediately upon posting.

Because we want to demonstrate our commitment to your privacy, this Privacy Policy describes;
1. What Information We Collect and How We Use That Information;
2. Internet Protocol Address;
3. Use of "Cookies";
4. Security;
5. Other Web Sites; and
6.Contacting the Web Site.

Questions regarding this statement should be directed to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center by sending an email to gratefulnation@bidmc.harvard.edu. Please reference this Privacy Policy in your subject line.

What Information We Collect and How We Use That Information:

Our registration forms require users to give us contact information that may include name, email address, format preference (HTML vs. Text), address, interests, and similar information.  Information that you provide will never be shared with or sold to outside organizations.  We do not request or store sensitive information from our visitors, such as credit card or social security numbers.  When registering, you will have the opportunity to receive future emails from BIDMC and Grateful Nation.  You can always update your profile to choose not to receive these emails.  The Grateful Nation website is not intended to receive medical information directed to a physician and will not be used to display any hospital medical information.  Please contact your physician directly to send or request any medical information.

Internet Protocol Address:
We collect an IP address from all visitors to our Site. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the Internet. We use IP addresses to help diagnose problems with our server, administer our Site, analyze trends, track users' movement, gather broad demographic information for aggregate use in order for us to improve the site, and deliver customized, personalized content. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

Use of "Cookies":
Our Site may use cookies to enhance your experience while using our Site. Cookies are pieces of information that some Web sites transfer to the computer that is browsing that Web site and are used for record-keeping purposes at many Web sites. Use of cookies makes Web-surfing easier by performing certain functions such as saving your passwords, your personal preferences regarding your use of the particular Web site and to make sure you don't see the same ad repeatedly. Many consider the use of cookies to be an industry standard.

Your browser is probably set to accept cookies. However, if you would prefer not to receive cookies, you can alter the configuration of your browser to refuse cookies. If you choose to have your browser refuse cookies, it is possible that some areas of our Site will not function properly when you view them.

All information provided to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is transmitted using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption. SSL is a proven coding system that lets your browser automatically encrypt, or scramble, data before you send it to us. We also protect account information by placing it on a secure portion of our Site that is only accessible by certain qualified employees of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Unfortunately, however, no data transmission over the Internet is 100% secure. While we strive to protect your information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of such information.

Other Web Sites:
Our Site contains links to other Web sites. Please note that when you click on one of these links, you are entering another Web site for which Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has no responsibility. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on all such sites as their policies may be different than ours.

Contacting the Web Site:
If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this Site, or your dealings with this Site, you can contact:

Grateful Nation
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215

You can also send an email to: gratefulnation@bidmc.harvard.edu