Last updated: July 17, 2015
The term "personal information" is used to describe information that can be readily used to identify a specific living person. Examples of personal information that could potentially be collected within a Meda website include an individual’s name, an individual’s street address or an individual’s email address. Information that relates to an individual, but could not be used to identify a specific individual, is not considered “personal information”. For example, the state of residence alone would not be considered personal information, but if this were to be combined with an individual’s street address, this would be considered “personal information” as it could be used to identify a specific individual.
Meda collects personal information to improve your experience as a user of Meda’s websites. Collected personal information enables Meda to provide topics of interest that are more relevant to you as a user. In addition, information collected via Meda websites can provide mechanisms to assist with the improvement of Meda products and services as well as help better design features and better identify resources that users would like to see Meda offer.
Meda collects personal information online through websites and other sponsored resources. At times, we will work with other companies that collect personal information at our request. When Meda works with a third party company, the work is regulated by an agreement that, among other things, requires the third party company to properly protect the personal information it collects for us.
There are an assortment of tools that Meda may employ to collect personal information, including, but not limited to:
Direct Collection. This is collecting personal information from you by requesting that you complete an online form or participate in an interactive survey or display. Contact details, such as your name, street address, email address, telephone number, birth date, etc. are often collected directly. So is health status, so that Meda can provide you with information that is more likely to be relevant.
Meda may use Google Analytics, a third party provider of analytics tools or a similar third party service to analyze information about visits to our website. For information about opting out of Google Analytics, please visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
Some Internet browsers offer what often is referred to as "do not track" mechanisms for browser users to automatically signal privacy preferences to websites that they visit. Internet browsers have only begun to include these features relatively recently. Our website(s) do not currently respond to do-not-track-signals. We may revisit the issue in the future. In the meantime, however, you can exercise other choices available, including limiting the placement of browser cookies on your device using your browser's cookie control features and other choices described in this Policy.
Web pixels. These are tiny graphics similar to cookies. Web pixels collect information that cannot be used to identify you personally such as the addresses of websites you view, the website that you viewed immediately prior to visiting our website, or the address of the website where the link used to reach our website was accessed. In addition, web pixels can be used to monitor whether email communications have been opened.
In general, Meda websites are not directed at children and most of the online services offered by Meda are designed for adults, age 18 or older.
Where available, you may update personal information by modifying information that was previously entered into either a Web form or data fields located within a Meda website. If you wish to access personal information collected by Meda, you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org for purposes of ensuring accuracy or completeness of personal information. Please be aware that you may not always be able to access the information that has been collected. For instance, your ability to access and correct personal information will be limited where we believe it would interfere with our ability to fulfill legal or ethical obligations or to address legal claims. Access and correction of personal information will not be allowed if it would result in disclosure of a third party's personal information, or lead to a breach of contract or disclosure of trade secrets or other protected business information.
Meda strives to protect personal information as it is transmitted from your computer to our websites. Due to the open nature of the Internet, Meda cannot guarantee that our interactions with you, or your interactions with Meda, will be free from unauthorized access by third parties. Meda protects our servers and data with a firewall and endeavors to protect personal information within our possession, custody, or control from unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration or destruction. Employees and business partners with access to your personal information must have a business–related "need to know" in order to perform their job functions for Meda. However, Meda also depends upon you to help secure information by protecting your own copies of passwords and related access codes for our websites.
You will have some choices about whether and/or when to share personal information with Meda. In cases where you are affirmatively requested to provide information, such as to complete a form, a survey, or application on a Meda website, you may decline to do so. Please understand, however, that in some cases certain information is required to complete an application, form, or survey, and if you decline to provide the information requested, you may not be able to use certain functionalities of our websites.
In addition, you may be given additional choices in the context of particular preferences tools or functions that are made available through Meda’s websites or opportunities to opt-out of future email or other communications using the opt-out choices offered within those communications.