GENERAL INTRODUCTORY INFORMATION
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 will not sell your personal information to third parties for their use without your consent.
Information Collected About You
When you use the Services, we collect information as follows:
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.
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
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 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.
WHO HAS ACCESS TO THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT?
Veritooth Subsidiaries and Corporate Affiliates
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 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.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject Box Titled “VERITOOTH – OPT OUT/UNSUBSCRIBE”
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