Privacy Policy

This privacy policy applies to the Veritooth web site. Our contact information is:

support@veritooth.com

GENERAL INTRODUCTORY INFORMATION

Veritooth understands how important the privacy of personal information is to our users. This Privacy Policy will tell you what information we collect about you and about your use of Veritooth and its services. It will explain the choices you have about how your personal information is used and how we protect that information. We urge you to read this Privacy Policy carefully.

This Privacy Policy applies to websites owned and operated by Veritooth that are intended for use by consumers (non-professionals) for non-commercial personal, family or household purposes and including the mobile optimized versions of these sites and our Mobile Device Applications or “Apps” (we refer to these sites and Apps collectively as the “Veritooth Sites”). We refer to the Veritooth Sites and Apps, along with the information and services made available to you through the Veritooth Sites and Apps, as the “Services.” By using the Veritooth Sites and Apps you consent to the data practices described in this Privacy Policy.

Except where noted, statements in this Privacy Policy with respect to the Veritooth Sites also apply to the Apps. If you do not want us to collect, use or disclose information about you and your use of the Services as described in this Privacy Policy, then you should not use the Services. By using the Services, you must agree to the Veritooth Terms of Use, which is the contract between us and users of the Services. By accepting the Veritooth Terms of Use, you confirm that you have read and understand this Privacy Policy and the Veritooth Cookie Policy and you acknowledge that we will store, use and otherwise process your information in the United States where we are located.

References to “Veritooth,” “we” or “us” mean Veritooth LLC, including any company that Veritooth LLC controls. Veritooth may share information among its subsidiaries or websites that it owns or controls, but information collected under this Privacy Policy is always protected under the terms of this Privacy Policy. Except as otherwise noted in this Privacy Policy, Veritooth LLC is the data controller responsible for the processing of your personal information as described in this Privacy Policy.

PURPOSES FOR COLLECTING INFORMATION

Collecting information provides not only benefits to us as we figure out new services and develop best practices for the site but also specific benefits to our website visitors and by providing this information, our staff or authorized third-parties as outlined in our Terms of Service can contact you regarding your post or otherwise follow-up if necessary. The following are reasons that we may collect and maintain your data:

  • Verifying submissions and reports as such circumstances or need may arise – Veritooth does not verify the accuracy of any post or reviewing doctor. Please see our Terms of Service for more information;
  • To provide, improve and create new Services;
  • Providing advertising information for products and services that may be of interest to you;
  • Sending you emails that may pertain to your rights (such as information regarding a subpoena for your identifying author information) or to provide you information about news, tips, resources, etc.;
  • Website and system administration;
  • Research and development;
  • Preserving social history as governed by existing US law or policy (archiving information in the public interest);
  • Users filing a report, submission or rebuttal may opt-in if they would be willing to be contacted by the media, a consumer advocate, other medical professional, or lawyer to help further their cause or to help with an investigation against a business or an individual;
  • To provide you and people with similar demographic characteristics and interests with more relevant content including advertising both on and off the Veritooth Sites and Apps;
  • To offer lead generation services;
  • To detect and defend against fraud and other threats to the Services and our users;
  • To identify issues with the Services;
  • To conduct research and measurement activities, including those described below; and
  • To administer your account

In addition, Veritooth may use personal information about you for other purposes that are disclosed to you at the time we collect the information and/or with your consent.

Veritooth may combine your personal information and other information collected about your use of the Services, and also supplement with information from external sources for the purposes described in this Privacy Policy. For example, information that Veritooth collects about you may be combined by Veritooth with other information available to Veritooth through third parties for research and measurement purposes, including measuring the effectiveness of content, advertising or programs. This information from other sources may include age, gender, demographic, geographic, personal interests, product purchase activity or other information. We may report aggregate information, which is not able to be identified back to an individual user of the Veritooth Sites, to our current or prospective advertisers and other business partners.

Veritooth will not sell your personal information to third parties for their use without your consent.

Information Collected About You

Some of our Services do not retain your personal information, while others store your personal information in accordance with this Privacy Policy. Even if you do not register with or provide any personal information to Veritooth, we collect information about your use of the Veritooth Sites and Apps and the Services. We may also acquire information about our users from external sources. If you believe that one of your contacts has provided us with your personal information and you would like to request that it be removed from our database, please use the Contact Us link provided at the bottom of every page of the Veritooth Sites.

When you use the Services, we collect information as follows:

Registration

While you may use most of the Services without registering, certain Services do require that you register with Veritooth for them to function properly. If you choose to register or update an existing account with Veritooth or access certain Services, you may be required to provide certain personal information, such as your name, address, telephone number, gender, email address and date of birth, and a username and password to access your Veritooth account. You are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the personal information that you submit to Veritooth.

Email Newsletters

At registration and at various times as you use the Veritooth Sites, you will be given the option of providing us with personal information in order to receive informational/promotional newsletters – such as a newsletter– via email from Veritooth and/or directly from third parties. From time to time Veritooth may offer users of third party websites to the opportunity to subscribe to our newsletters through those websites. If you elect to subscribe to one of our newsletters on a third party website, the operator of that website will provide us with the personal information you have provided in connection with the subscription request, which we may use in accordance with this Privacy Policy as though you had provided it directly to Veritooth. In Veritooth Message Boards, if you turn on the email notification for posts you have created or participated in, you’ll receive an email when there has been any activity on those posts. If you later decide you no longer want to receive email updates, you can turn it off by navigating to the Email Alerts section in your Message Board settings.

Market Research

From time to time, Veritooth may conduct online research surveys on behalf of itself and third parties through email invitations, pop-up surveys and online focus groups. When participating in a survey, we may require you to provide your location, age and if there’s a sweepstakes associated with the market research survey, your name and contact information for purposes of sweepstakes administration. The information you submit in a survey may be used by Veritooth for research and measurement purposes, as described below, including to measure the effectiveness of content, advertising or programs. The personal information you provide in connection with a sweepstakes entry will be used for the sole purpose of administering the sweepstakes and as required by applicable law. We will not knowingly invite individuals who are under the age of 13 to participate in market research surveys. Market research surveys conducted by or on behalf of Veritooth will contain a link to this Privacy Policy.

Veritooth Message Boards and Other Public Forums

Veritooth features message board areas and other public forums where users with similar interests including with respect to certain medical conditions can share information and support one another or where users can post questions for experts to answer. Our message boards are open to the public and should not be considered private.

Any information (including personal information) you share in any online message board or other forum is by design open to the public and is not private. You should think carefully before posting any personal information in any public forum. What you post can be seen, disclosed to or collected by third parties and may be used by others in ways we cannot control or predict, including to contact you for unauthorized purposes. As with any public forum on any site, the information you post may also show up in third-party search engines.

If you mistakenly post personal information in our message board areas and would like it removed, you can send us an email to request that we remove it by using the Contact Us link on every page of the Veritooth Sites. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information.

Emails You Send to Veritooth

This Privacy Policy does not apply to information, content, business information, ideas, concepts or inventions that you send to Veritooth by email. If you want to keep content or business information, ideas, concepts or inventions private or proprietary, do not send them in an email to Veritooth.

Services and Device Information

When you access and use the Services, Veritooth automatically collects and stores in its server logs information from your browser or mobile device such as your IP address or unique device identifier, browser information (including referring URL), your preferences and settings, cookies and information about the content you have viewed and actions taken (e.g., search queries, ad engagement, clicks and the associated dates and times). Veritooth may also collect device-specific information when you install and use an App including your device model, operating system information, advertising ID (which is a unique, user-resettable identification number for advertising associated with a mobile device) and App version and usage information. When enabled by you, we collect precise location information provided by your mobile device, which you may disable through the device settings.

Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies

We and our partners use cookies to collect information about your use of the Services. “Cookies” are small data files assigned to your browser when you visit a Veritooth Site which enable recognition of your browser and collect and store information about your use of the Services, as described above. In addition to cookies, we and our partners use other tracking technologies that collect information about your use of the Services, including mobile identifiers and “web beacons” which are small graphic files (sometimes called “clear GIFs” or “web pixels”) embedded in a web page or email typically used to monitor activity and send relevant information back to a home server (which can belong to the host site, a network advertiser or some other third party).

Our advertising service partners may use cookies and other tracking technologies to collect information about your use of the Veritooth Sites, including content you have viewed. These third parties may use this information to help Veritooth deliver advertising on the Veritooth Sites and on other third party websites based on your browsing activity on the Veritooth Sites. Veritooth may further tailor the advertising on the Veritooth Sites and these other third party websites based on additional information to the extent known by Veritooth or these third parties. Two of the third parties that Veritooth works with are Google and Facebook. In addition to using the information it collects performing services for Veritooth, Google may also use such information as described in its privacy policy. To see how Google may use information collected through our use of the Google services on the Veritooth Sites visit https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners. While Facebook does not provide any personal information to Veritooth, Facebook may use information that it has about you and that it collects performing services for Veritooth (which may be associated with personal information that Facebook has about you) as described in its privacy policy available at https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy.

We also work with third party ad networks to display advertising on our Veritooth Sites and on third party websites. Our ad network vendors use technologies to collect information about your activities on the Veritooth Sites and in our flagship Veritooth App to provide you cookie-based targeted advertising on our Veritooth Sites and on third party websites based upon your browsing activity and your interests.

For more information about our how cookies and other tracking technologies are used in connection with the Services, please read our Cookie Policy.

When you download and install one of our Apps onto your mobile device we assign a random number to your App installation. This number cannot be used to identify you personally, and we cannot identify you personally unless you choose to become a registered user of the App. We use this random number in a manner similar to our use of cookies as described in this Privacy Policy and in our Cookie Policy. Unlike cookies, the random number is assigned to your installation of the App itself and not a browser, because the App does not work through your browser. Therefore the random number cannot be removed through settings. If you do not want us to use the random number for the purposes for which we use cookies, please do not use the Apps. Our use of cookies and other tracking technologies on our mobile optimized sites and our Veritooth App are similar to our use on our desktop sites. Your choices to reject cookies, use the Network Advertising Initiative and the opt-out mechanism described below in the section “Your Choices and Rights”.

WHO HAS ACCESS TO THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT?

Veritooth Subsidiaries and Corporate Affiliates

We may share your information with our subsidiaries, affiliates and companies acquired by or merged with us and our affiliates. In the event of a corporate change in control resulting from, for example, a sale to, or merger with, another entity, or in the event of a sale of assets or a bankruptcy, Veritooth reserves the right to transfer your personal information to the new party in control or the party acquiring assets. In the event of such a change, your personal information will continue to be treated in accordance with this Privacy Policy unless any changes to the Privacy Policy are made in accordance with the section below that discusses “Changes to This Privacy Policy.”

Companies and Contractors that Work with Veritooth

Veritooth works with third party companies and contractors that help us provide the Services and to otherwise assist in the operation of the Veritooth Sites and Apps, including those that provide services relating to technology, data analysis, research, email management and deployment, sweepstakes and contest administration, advertising and marketing and/or content. Veritooth contractors sometimes have limited access to your information in the course of providing products or services to Veritooth. We contractually require that our contractors not use or disclose your information for any purpose other than providing the limited service or function for Veritooth.

Third Party Advertisers and Third Party Websites

We may share information that we have about you, such as a cookie ID or IP address, with third party advertising service providers who may use this information, on our behalf, to help Veritooth deliver advertising on the Veritooth Sites as well as on third party websites, as further described in our Cookie Policy.

Certain content, services and advertisements offered to you through the Veritooth Sites are served on, or contain links to, websites hosted and operated by a company other than Veritooth (“Third Party Websites”). Veritooth does not share your personal information with these Third Party Websites without your consent, but you should be aware that any information you disclose to these Third Party Websites once you access these Third Party Websites is not subject to this Privacy Policy. Veritooth does not endorse and is not responsible for the privacy practices of these Third Party Websites. You should review the privacy policy posted on the Third Party Website to understand how that Third Party Website collects and uses your information. Veritooth makes an effort to make it obvious to you when you leave a Veritooth Site and enter a Third Party Website, either by requiring you to click on a link or by notifying you on the Veritooth Site before you visit the third party site. In addition, if you see a phrase such as “Powered by” or “in association with” followed by the name of a company other than Veritooth, then you are on a website hosted by a company other than Veritooth. When you use a co-branded service (a service operated with a partner of Veritooth, such as Veritooth Lab Testing), or register or otherwise provide information on a co-branded site, where applicable, we may pass the collected information back to that partner, which may include third party service providers whose services are embedded into and/or appear within the Services.

We may also include social widgets on the Veritooth Sites which enable you to interact with the associated social media services, e.g., to share an article. These widgets may collect browsing data which may be received by the third party that provided the widget, and are controlled by these third parties. You may be able to manage your privacy preferences directly with the applicable social network platform.

Compliance with Law, Regulation, and Law Enforcement Requests

To cooperate with government and law enforcement officials and private parties to enforce and comply with law, we may release personal information to third parties: (1) to comply with legal requirements such as a law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena or court order; (2) 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; or (3) in special cases, such as in response to a physical threat to you or others, to protect property or defend or assert legal rights. In addition, we may disclose personal information as described below..

If you believe that our website has collected incorrect information or if you would like to dispute any information, please contact us using the address at the top of this page.

COLLECTION OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

Veritooth may collect personally identifiable information, including but not limited to, your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address. If you purchase Veritooth’s products and services, we may in connection with those products and services, create a publicly visible profile that includes your name/company name and photographs. In addition, we may collect billing and credit card information. This information is used to complete the purchase transaction. Veritooth may also collect anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you, such as your age and gender. We may gather additional personal or non-personal information in the future or as published on our website by a third-party.

Information about your computer/device hardware and software may be automatically collected by Veritooth. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring website addresses. This information is used for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the Veritooth website.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through Veritooth’s public message boards, this information may be collected and used by others and we cannot control that data.

Veritooth encourages you to review the privacy statements of websites you choose to link to from Veritooth so that you can understand how those websites collect, use and share your information. Veritooth is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on websites outside of the Veritooth website. Clicking on any third-party link is done at your own risk.

USE OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

Veritooth collects and uses your personal information to provide, maintain, protect and improve upon its products, services, and the operation of its website. This includes, but is not limited to, keeping records of your communication with Veritooth and using your e-mail address to inform you about upcoming changes or improvements to our services.

Veritooth may also use your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from Veritooth and its affiliates. Veritooth may also contact you via e-mail or other through other modes of communication with surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

Veritooth may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (e-mail, name, address, telephone number) is transferred to the third party. Veritooth may share data with trusted partners to help perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to Veritooth, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

Veritooth may keep track of the websites and pages our users visit within Veritooth, in order to determine what Veritooth services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within Veritooth to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.

Veritooth will disclose your personal information, without notice, as outlined herein or as described in our Terms of Service. Outside of that, Veritooth will disclose your personal information if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on Veritooth or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of Veritooth; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of Veritooth, or the public.

USE OF COOKIES

The Veritooth website may use “cookies” and other technologies to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize Veritooth pages, or register with Veritooth site or services, a cookie helps Veritooth to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same Veritooth website, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the Veritooth features that you customized.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the Veritooth services or websites you visit.

SECURITY OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

Veritooth makes efforts to secure your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other websites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol.

Despite Veritooth’s efforts to protect your personal information, there is always some risk that an unauthorized third party may find a way around our security systems or that transmissions of your information over the Internet may be intercepted.

We will retain your personal information as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you Services. At any time you can remove your personal information or instruct us to remove it, but you should be aware that it is not technologically possible to remove each and every record of the information you have provided to Veritooth from our servers. See “Your Choices and Rights” below for more information on how you can update or remove your personal information. We will also retain your personal information as necessary to comply with legal obligations, resolve disputes and enforce our agreements.

CHILDREN UNDER THIRTEEN

Veritooth does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen (13). Veritooth’s Terms of Service require that all users be fourteen (14) years of age or older. If you are under the age of thirteen, you must ask your parent or guardian for permission to use this website.

APPLICATION

Our Privacy Policy applies to all of the services offered by Veritooth but excludes services that have a separate privacy policy without an incorporation of this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy does not apply to services offered by other companies or individuals including products or sites that may be displayed to you in on Veritooth or other sites linked from our services. Our Privacy Policy does not cover the information or other companies and organizations who advertise our services, and who may use cookies or other technologies to serve and offer relevant advertising.

TRANSFERRING PERSONAL DATA FROM THE EU TO THE US

Veritooth is operated in the United States. Information that we collect is, to the best of our knowledge, controlled and processed in the United States. Veritooth does not actively target citizens of the countries applicable to GDPR though people may have used Veritooth to complain about perceived wrongdoings of people, and/or in connection with businesses, located in one or more the GDPR countries. Veritooth, through display on Veritooth, permanently archives this data as a matter of public interest, free expression, historical research and the exercise of and defense of any potential legal claims.

Veritooth is engaging in geo-blocking efforts due to GDPR and we no longer allow citizens of countries that are applicable to GDPR to use our website. If any citizen of a country that is bound by GDPR is using this site, they are doing so without our consent and assume the risks, including accepting our data collection practices by doing so without any liability to Veritooth. In other words, we aren’t going to be liable because you choose to break the rules.

The United States has not sought nor received a finding of “adequacy” from the European Union under Article 45 of the GDPR. Any data that we are collecting and/or processing we deem to be done with your consent; to perform a contract with you; or to fulfill a compelling legitimate interest of Veritooth and/or to the public that we do not believe outweigh your rights and freedoms. Veritooth tries to apply suitable safeguards to protect the privacy and security of your personal data and to use it only consistent with your relationship with Veritooth through the use of the Veritooth website, it’s mission, and the practices as described in the Terms of Service and this Privacy Policy.

Based upon the foregoing, and while we take reasonable measures under US law to protect the data, Veritooth’s position is that it not subject to GDPR.

DATA STORAGE AND RETENTION

Your personal data, and data provided by you about others, is stored by Veritooth on its servers and/or on the servers of third-party vendors that Veritooth engages, located in the United States. Veritooth retains the data permanently (although there is a possibility that some data maybe lost due to technological transitions or other accidental errors). This is due to Veritooth’s need to preserve historical evidence in the event of litigation, to provide historical data where relevant, including the consumer facing information, to provide information that is of legitimate interest to the public just as court records are and to promote free expression. If you do not consent to this permanent storage of such information, do not use Veritooth.

OPT-OUT & UNSUBSCRIBE

We respect your privacy and give you an opportunity to opt-out of receiving announcements of certain information. Typically such opt-out options are present on the communications sent to you by email themselves. Alternatively, users may opt-out of receiving any or all marketing communications from Veritooth by contacting us here:

Web page: www.Veritooth.com

Email: support@veritooth.com with the Subject Box Titled “VERITOOTH – OPT OUT/UNSUBSCRIBE”

CHANGES TO THIS POLICY

We reserve the right to change or modify this Privacy Policy and any of our Services at any time and any changes will be effective upon being posted unless we advise otherwise. If we make any material changes to this Privacy Policy we will notify you by means of a notice on the Veritooth Sites and/or by email to our registered users (sent to the email address specified when you register) prior to the change becoming effective. By continuing to use the Services after changes are made to this Privacy Policy, you agree to such changes. We encourage you to periodically review this Privacy Policy for the latest information on our privacy practices. If you do not accept the terms of this Privacy Policy, we ask that you do not register with us and that you do not use the Veritooth Sites. Please exit the Veritooth Sites immediately if you do not agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Veritooth welcomes your questions or comments regarding this Privacy Policy. If you believe that Veritooth has not adhered to this Privacy Policy, please contact Veritooth at:

Veritooth, LLC

Email: support@veritooth.com