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BreastReconstruction.org is committed to the privacy and dignity of our community. We take your privacy seriously and are dedicated to handling any personal information you provide with the utmost care and respect.

This Privacy Policy is designed to answer questions you may have regarding our privacy policy and principles. Please read the following to learn more about our privacy policy. You can also click here to view important information on privacy in cyberspace from the United States Federal Trade Commission.

What type of information does the Privacy Policy cover?
As used in this Privacy Policy, “BreastReconstruction.org” includes BreastReconstruction.org, BRO Development, LLC and all of its subsidiary and affiliated corporate entities and companies. This policy does not apply to the practices of companies that BreastReconstruction.org does not own or control or to people that BreastReconstruction.org does not employ or manage. BreastReconstruction.org is referred to in this Privacy Policy as “we,” “us,” “our” and “ourselves.”

Unless otherwise stated, this Privacy Policy applies only to personally identifiable information collected on the BreastReconstruction.org website and/or through the BreastReconstruction.org e-mail system. It does not apply to any other information collected by BreastReconstruction.org by any other means.

This Privacy Policy applies to personally identifiable information collected on and after the date that this Privacy Policy is posted. However, for any BreastReconstruction.org users who registered on our website prior to this date, we will apply this Privacy Policy to personally identifiable information associated with that account only if the user accepts the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy.

The term “personally identifiable information” means information that identifies a particular individual or enables a party to contact an individual, and includes the individual’s name, postal address, e-mail address and telephone number. Personally identifiable information is sometimes referred to in this Privacy Policy as “personal information.”

The terms of this Privacy Policy are subject to all applicable laws and regulations.

How do we collect the personally identifiable information of our users?
BreastReconstruction.org may collect certain personal identifiable information through a variety of means and sources about users who visit, sign up/register for or otherwise use the BreastReconstruction.org website. We collect such information in the following manners:

Information You Provide to Us
Much of the personally identifiable information we receive comes directly from users who are interested in signing up for the website services (e.g., user discussion groups/forums) or who are interested in obtaining information or products from us. We collect personal information when you register on, complete a profile on or contact us through our website or when you e-mail us. We may also collect other types of information (non-identifiable information), such as gender, age, personal interests and medical or health-related information that we may associate with personally identifiable information.

Information Collected Through Technology
We may collect information through technology to make our website more useful to you and to track user web activity and interests. Our website may use “cookies,” which are pieces of information a website sends to your computer while you are viewing the website, for a variety of purposes. For example, when you return to our website after logging in, cookies may provide information to the site so that the site will remember who you are. We may also use information collected through web beacons, which are small pieces of data that are embedded in images on the pages of websites, to analyze the traffic patterns on our website, such as the frequency with which our users visit various parts or pages of our website. We may also use these technical methods in HTML e-mails that we send to our users to determine whether our users have opened those e-mails and/or clicked on links in those e-mails.

You may engage in certain transactions without registering and logging on to our website. We refer to all of these transactions that you engage in without registering and logging on to our website as “Non-Registered Transactions.” When you engage in Non-Registered Transactions, we may gather personally identifiable information, such as your computer’s IP address.

We may manage and place advertisements on our website on behalf of third parties referred to herein as "network advertisers." We may also use cookies and other technology to collect information when you click on or move your cursor over one of these banner advertisements.

Please note that once you have clicked on any such advertisement and have left our website, our Privacy Policy no longer applies and you must read the privacy policy of the advertiser to see how your personal information will be handled on its website. Advertisers or other third party companies will not have access to our cookies or other information-gathering technology.

Information That We Collect from Others
We may supplement personally identifiable information that we have collected directly from our users with other information that we obtain from third parties. If and when we associate any information that we obtained from third parties with personally identifiable information that we have collected under this Privacy Policy, we will treat the acquired information exactly like the information that we collected ourselves.

How is personally identifiable information used?
We will never rent, sell, disseminate or share personal information about you with non-affiliated companies or third parties, except when we have your permission or under the circumstances set forth in detail below.

Personally identifiable information collected may be shared within and used by BreastReconstruction.org, BRO Development, LLC and its affiliated companies and subsidiaries for several purposes. For example, BreastReconstruction.org may use your personal information to send you promotional materials about goods and services, including special offers and promotions, either offered by BreastReconstruction.org or offered by third parties (sent by BreastReconstruction.org on behalf of these third parties). These promotional materials may be sent to you by postal mail, e-mail or other means. We may also use your personal information for “Operational Uses,” such as to complete transactions requested by you (for example, your purchase of or subscription to a product or service offered on our website) or to send you administrative communications. Finally, BreastReconstruction.org may take your personally identifiable information that is associated with other information about you (i.e. demographic information including age, sex, etc.) and make it non-personally identifiable (“non-identifiable”) by removing all personally identifiable characteristics, such as your name and e-mail address.

At times, BreastReconstruction.org may hire companies to help deliver products or services that you request from BreastReconstruction.org. Examples of these companies may include packaging, printing, mailing or delivery companies. In these instances, there may be a need to share your information with these companies to fulfill your requests. Unless stated otherwise, these companies are allowed to gather, receive and use your information only for the purposes described in this paragraph or as required by law.

BreastReconstruction.org may contract with a third party to help manage and optimize our Internet business and communications. Website tracking services help websites to measure the effectiveness of advertising and how visitors use a website through the use of web beacons and cookies provided by such company. The type of information we may collect includes, but is not limited to, the pages visited and links clicked by users. By supplementing our records, this information would help us to learn things such as what pages are most useful and attractive to our visitors and which of our tools and information most interest our visitors. Although the third party company would log the information coming from our website on our behalf, we would control how that data may and may not be used.

From time to time, we may purchase a business or sell one or more of our businesses and personally identifiable information may be transferred as a part of the purchase or sale. In the event that we sell a business, we will include provisions in the selling contract requiring the purchaser to treat your personally identifiable information in the same manner required by this Privacy Policy (including any amendments to this Privacy Policy).

BreastReconstruction.org will disclose personal information when it believes in good faith that such disclosures (a) are required by law, such as to comply with a court order or subpoena, or (b) will help to enforce our Terms of Use; protect your safety or security, including the safety and security of property that belongs to you; and/or protect the safety and security of our website, BRO Development, LLC and/or third parties, including the safety and security of property that belongs to BRO Development, LLC or third parties.

What choices do you have about the collection and use of your personally identifiable information?
With regard to personal information that you have provided under this Privacy Policy, there are various opt-out choices available to you (where applicable). There are several methods by which you can exercise your opt-out choices (where applicable): (a) during the sign up/registration process on our website (e.g., user discussion groups/forums) and thereafter you may be able to opt-in to receive e-mails and opt-out at any time by following the opt-out directions on the website or in the e-mail; and (b) by contacting us directly as described below.

Please keep in mind that any opt-out choices you make will not apply in situations where (a) you either have made, simultaneously make or later make a specific request for information from BreastReconstruction.org, (b) BreastReconstruction.org uses your personal information for “Operational Uses” (as described above), (c) you either have engaged, simultaneously engage or later engage in Non-Registered Transactions as described above, or (d) BreastReconstruction.org collects your personally identifiable information under any of the provisions above.

If you do not exercise your opt-out choices upon sign up/registration or initial log-in at our website, it may take up to ninety (90) days for your opt-out choices to be fully effective. Our systems may require time to update, and promotional mailings, by e-mail or otherwise, using personal information shared before your opt-out may already be in process. Thus, you might continue to receive promotional materials from BreastReconstruction.org based upon the personal information you have provided under this Privacy Policy for up to ninety (90) days.

What kinds of security measures do we take to safeguard your personally identifiable information?
The security and confidentiality of your information is of utmost importance to us. We have implemented technical, administrative and physical security measures to protect user information from unauthorized access and improper use. For example, we limit access to personal information about you to employees who we believe reasonably need to come into contact with that information to provide products or services to you or in order to do their jobs. From time to time, we review our security procedures in order to consider appropriate new technology and methods. Please be aware though that, despite our best efforts, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable.

How can you ask questions or send comments to us about this Privacy Policy?
If you have any questions or wish to send us comments about this Privacy Policy, you can e-mail us directly at beth@breastreconstruction.org. You can also write to us at the following address:

BreastReconstruction.org
Attn: Privacy Policy Officer
833 Northern Boulevard, Suite 160
Great Neck, NY 11021

How will you know if we amend this Privacy Policy?
We may amend this Privacy Policy at any time. If we make any material changes to this Privacy Policy, we will notify you by sending you an e-mail at the last e-mail address that you provided us, and/or by prominently posting notice of the changes on the website covered by this Privacy Policy. Please note that, at all times, you are responsible for updating your personal information to provide us with your current e-mail address. In the event that the last e-mail address that you have provided us is not valid, or for any other reason is not capable of delivering to you the notice described above, our dispatch of the e-mail containing such notice will nonetheless constitute effective notice of the changes described in the notice. In any event, changes to this Privacy Policy may affect our use of personal information that you provided us prior to our notification to you of the changes. If you do not wish to permit changes in our use of your information, you must notify us prior to the effective date of the changes that you wish to deactivate your account with us.

Information for California Residents
California residents have the right to request in writing from businesses with whom they have an established business relationship (1) a list of the categories of personal information, such as name, address, e-mail address and the type of services provided to that customer, that a business has disclosed to third parties (including affiliates that are separate legal entities) during the immediately preceding calendar year for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes, and (2) the names and addresses of all such third parties. Though we do not share information with third parties for their direct marketing purposes unless you first affirmatively agree to such disclosure, you can request information by writing to us at:

BreastReconstruction.org
Attn: _____________________
_________________________
_________________________
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We will respond to such written requests within thirty (30) days following receipt at the mailing address above. We reserve the right not to respond to requests submitted other than to the address specified above or as otherwise exempted by law. Please note that we are required to respond to each customer only once per calendar year.

Special Note to International Users
This website is hosted in the United States and is intended for and directed to users in the United States. If you are a user accessing the website from the European Union, Asia, or any other region with laws or regulations governing personal data collection, use and/or disclosure, that differ from United States laws or regulations, please be advised that through your continued use of this website, which is governed by U.S. law and regulation, this Privacy Notice, and our Terms of Use, you are transferring your personal information to the United States and you consent to that transfer.