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Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

The American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Privacy Policy applies to the Growing Pains Web Site and governs data collection and usage. By using the Growing Pains Web Site, you consent to the data practices described in this Privacy Policy.

Collection of your Personal Information

ACPA collects personally identifiable information through the Growing Pains Web Site, such as your e-mail address, name, home or work address or telephone number. ACPA also collects anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you, such as your ZIP code, age, gender, preferences, interests and favorites.

There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by ACPA through the Growing Pains Web Site. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring Web site addresses. This information is used by ACPA for the operation of the Growing Pains Web Site, to maintain quality of the Growing Pains Web Site, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the Growing Pains Web Site.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through the Growing Pains Web Site public message boards, this information may be collected and used by others. Note: ACPA does not read any of your private online communications.

ACPA encourages you to review the privacy statements of web sites you choose to link to from the Growing Pains Web Site so that you can understand how those other web sites collect, use and share your information. ACPA is not responsible for the privacy statements or policies or other content on web sites outside of the Growing Pains Web Site and ACPA family of Web Sites.

Use of your Personal Information

ACPA collects and uses your personal information to operate the Growing Pains Web Site and deliver the services you have requested. ACPA also uses your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from ACPA and its affiliates. ACPA may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

ACPA does not sell, rent or lease the information collected from the Growing Pains Web Site to third parties. ACPA 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 not transferred to the third party. In addition, ACPA may share data with trusted partners to help us 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 ACPA, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

ACPA does not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, without your explicit consent.

ACPA keeps track of the web sites and pages our users visit within the Growing Pains Web Site, in order to determine what subject areas are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within ACPA to Growing Pain Web Site users whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.

ACPA will disclose your personal information, without notice, only 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 ACPA; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of ACPA; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of the Growing Pains Web Site, or the public.

Use of Cookies

The Growing Pains Web Site use "cookies" 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 Growing Pains Web Site pages, or register with the Growing Pains Web Site or utilize its services, a cookie helps ACPA 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 the Growing Pains Web Site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the Growing Pains Web Site 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 Growing Pains Web Site  or other linked web sites you visit.

Security of your Personal Information

ACPA secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. ACPA secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other web sites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

Retention of Information Collected

The information collected by ACPA through the Growing Pains Web Site will be retained for as long as the users account is kept active. After the account has surpassed 90 days of inactivity, we reserve the right to delete the account and any information associated with it.  Information concerning any records retention and disposition schedules may be obtained through the contact information listed below.

Disclaimer

The information provided in this Privacy Policy should not be construed as giving legal or other advice, or warranting as fail proof, the security of information provided through the Growing Pains Web Site.

Changes to this Statement

ACPA will occasionally update this Privacy Policy to reflect internal and user feedback. ACPA encourages you to periodically review this Privacy Policy to be informed of how ACPA is protecting your information.

Contact Information

ACPA welcomes your comments regarding this Privacy Policy. If you believe that ACPA has not adhered to this Privacy Policy, please contact ACPA at privacy@growingpains.org   We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.

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