What information do we collect?
When you visit Gout Choices you provide us with two types of information: personal information you knowingly choose to disclose that is collected by us and Web Site use information collected by us as you interact with our Web Site. We collect information from you when you sign up for our mailing list on our site or fill out any of our forms including the symptom tracking and product evaluation forms. When appropriate, you may be asked to enter your name and/or email address. You can, however, visit our site anonymously.
What do we use your information for?
- To personalize your experience and help us better respond to your individual needs. - To improve our web site based on the information and feedback we receive from you. - To improve our customer service, in turn, your customer service requests and support needs. - To better understand gout symptoms and treatments. - To send periodic emails, updates, news and other related communications. - To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other site feature.
How do we protect your information?
We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information.
Children Under Age 13
Gout Choices does not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register. If you are under 13, please do not send any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, or email address. No one under age 13 is allowed to provide any personal information to or on Gout Choices. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at email@example.com.
Children Between the Ages of 13 and 18
We strongly recommend that minors over the age of 13 ask their parents for permission before sending any information about themselves to anyone over the Internet.
Use of Information Obtained by Gout Choices
When you register with Gout Choices, you create your own profile and privacy settings. Your profile information, as well as your name and email, are displayed to people in the networks specified in your privacy settings to enable you to connect with people on Gout Choices. We may occasionally use your name and email address to send you notifications regarding new services offered by Gout Choices that we think you may find valuable.
Profile information is used by Gout Choices primarily to be presented back to and edited by you when you access the service and to be presented to others permitted to view that information by your privacy settings. In some cases where your privacy settings permit it (e.g., posting to your wall), other Gout Choices users may be able to supplement your profile.
Profile information you submit to Gout Choices will be available to users of Gout Choices who you allow to access the information through your privacy settings. Your username will be available in search results across the Gout Choices network and those limited pieces of information may be made available to third party search engines. This is primarily so your friends can find you and send a friend request. People who see your name in searches, however, will not be able to access your profile information unless they have a relationship to you that allows such access based on your privacy settings.
Gout Choices will send you only service-related announcements from time to time through the general operation of the service. For instance, if a friend sends you a new message or poke, or someone posts on your wall, you may receive an email alerting you to that fact.
Generally, you may not opt-out of these communications, which are not promotional in nature. If you do not wish to receive them, you have the option to deactivate your account. Gout Choices may use information in your profile without identifying you as an individual to third parties. We do this for various purposes. For example, we may aggregate how many people in a network like a particular band or novel treatment and then personalize advertisements and promotions so that we can help pay for and provide you the Gout Choice Site. We believe this benefits you. You can know more about the world around you and, where there are advertisements, they're more likely to be interesting to you. As another example, if you put a favorite movie in your profile, we might serve you an advertisement highlighting a screening of a similar movie in your town. But we don't provide the movie company with information identifying you as an individual.
We may use information about you that we collect from other sources, including but not limited to newspapers and Internet sources such as blogs, instant messaging services and other users of Gout Choices, to supplement your profile. Where such information is used, we generally allow you to specify, in your privacy settings, that you do not want this to be done or to take other actions that limit the connection of this information to your profile.
Sharing Your Information with Third Parties
Gout Choices is about sharing information with others — friends and people in your networks — while providing you with controls that restrict other third parties from accessing your information. We allow you to choose the information you provide to friends and networks through Gout Choices. Our network architecture and your privacy settings allow you to make informed choices about who has access to your information. We do not provide contact information to third party marketers without your permission. We share your information with third parties only in limited circumstances where we believe such sharing is 1) reasonably necessary to offer a service, 2) legally required or, 3) permitted by you.
We may provide information to service providers to help us bring you the services we offer. Specifically, we may use third parties to facilitate our business, such as to host the service at a co-location facility for servers, to send out email updates about Gout Choices, to remove repetitive information from our user lists, to process payments for products or services, or to provide search results or links (including sponsored links). In connection with these offerings and business operations, our service providers may have access to your personal information for use for a limited time in connection with these business activities. Where we utilize third parties for the processing of any personal information, we implement reasonable contractual and technical protections limiting the use of that information to the Gout Choices-specified purposes.
We may be required to disclose user information pursuant to lawful requests, such as subpoenas or court orders, or in compliance with applicable laws. We do not reveal information until we have a good faith belief that an information request by law enforcement or private litigants meets applicable legal standards. Additionally, we may share account or other information when we believe it is necessary to comply with law, to protect our interests or property, to prevent fraud or other illegal activity perpetrated through the Gout Choices service or using the Gout Choices name, or to prevent imminent bodily harm. This may include sharing information with other companies, lawyers, agents or government agencies.
We let you choose to share information with researchers, marketers or electronic commerce providers through sponsored groups or other on-site offers.
We may offer stores or provide services jointly with other companies on Gout Choices. We will use reasonable efforts to help you be aware that another company is involved in a store or service provided on Gout Choices, and we may share customer information with that company in connection with your use of that store or service.
Third Party Advertising
Changing or Removing Information
Access and control over most personal information on Gout Choices is readily available through the profile editing tools. Gout Choice users may modify or remove any of their profile information at any time by logging into their account. Information will be updated immediately. Individuals who wish to deactivate their Gout Choices account may do so on the My Account page. Removed information may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time but will not be generally available to members of Gout Choices.
Where you make use of the communication features of the service to share information with other individuals on Gout Choices, however, (e.g., posting on someone else's Wall) you generally cannot remove such communications.
If we decide to change our privacy, we will post an update on this page.