Privacy Policy for My-TED App and Website

Welcome to the My-TED Privacy Policy

Last Modified January 6, 2020

At My-TED, we take your privacy and the security of your information very seriously.   

This Privacy Policy (“Policy”) applies to any services offered by the My-TED smartphone application, the International Thyroid Eye Disease Society, and Columbia University (collectively, the “Services”) to you (“Individual,” “you” or “Users”). This Policy covers The Company owned and operated sites, including My-TED smartphone application (“Site” or “Sites”), services supplied by us, including through use any application supplied by us (collectively “App” or “Apps”).  The Sites, services supplied by us, and the Apps are referred to collectively “Service” or “Services”.  This Policy is incorporated into, and is part of, our Terms of Use available at [insert link] which govern your access to the Services.  Unless otherwise defined herein, capitalized terms shall have the meaning assigned to such terms in the [Terms of Use]. 

If you have any questions regarding this Policy please contact us at my.thyroideyedisease@gmail.com. 

The Policy describes the types of information we gather from you when you interact with the Services, and how we use, transfer, and secure such information.  By using any of the Services, you agree to be bound by this Policy.  This Policy does not govern information we receive from third parties.  If you do not agree to the terms of this Policy, please do not use any of our Services.  Each time you use our Services, the current version of this Policy will apply.  Accordingly, when you use any of our Services, you should check the date of this Policy (which appears at the top) and review any changes since you last reviewed the Policy.

  1. Types of Information We Collect

The Company may collect two types of information from users of our Services: “Personal Information” which is information that can be used to identify you (such as name or e-mail address, etc.) and “Aggregate Information” which is information that cannot be used to identify you (such as device type, or time of access to the Platform.)

1.1.            Personal Information Collected

1.1.1.      The Company collects Personal Information you voluntarily provide to us when you use our Services, including our Platform and App.  For example, you may provide us with your email address, first name and last name, or other Personal Information, or Personal Information. 

1.2.            We do not control your use of our Services to share information with others.  If you chose to share information publicly through our Services, please understand that we cannot control the actions of third parties who could collect this information.

1.3.            Collection of Personal Information by Third Parties:

1.3.1.     Some links on our Services may redirect you to third party resources, including websites and services that the Company does not operate.  The privacy practices of these websites and services will be governed by their own policies.    We make no representation or warranty as to the privacy policies of any third parties, including the providers of third party applications.  If you are submitting information to any such third party through our Services, you should review and understand that party’s applicable policies, including their privacy policy, before providing your information to the third party. 

1.3.2.      For example, it is possible that your payment information, if applicable and collected, such as credit card or debit card information, and may be collected and stored by third party payment vendors, should you be offered the ability to provide such a payment method to a third party through your use of the Services. 

1.4.            Aggregate Information Collected

1.4.1.      Aggregate Information is information that does not identify you.  Aggregate Information may be collected when you use our Services independent of any information you voluntarily enter.  The Company may collect, use, store, and transfer Aggregate Information without restriction, including for monetary value, and for research purposes, or made available to researchers as permitted by applicable law.  Additionally Personal Information may be rendered Aggregate Information by removing those aspects that allow it to be used to identify you. 

1.4.2.      For example, when you use our Services, some information may be automatically collected.  Such information could include your computer’s Internet Protocol (“IP”) address (a number that provides an address for your computer), operating system, type and language, device identifier numbers, the site from which you linked to us (“referring page”), the name of the website you choose to visit immediately after ours (called the “exit page”), information about other websites you have recently visited, browser (software used to browse the internet) type and language, your site activity, and the time and date of your use.  Although we do our best to honor the privacy preferences of our visitors, we are not able to respond to Do Not Track signals from your browser at this time. 

1.4.3.      We may also use cookies, pixels, beacons, or other web tracking technologies to track the amount of time spent on our Sites or social media and whether or not certain content, such as a video was viewed. We may work with a third party to collect and process this information for us, based on our instructions and in compliance with this Policy.

1.4.4.      Our mobile applications may automatically collect certain Aggregate Information related to your use of the mobile application.  Such aggregate information may include the date and time of your visit, the phone network associated with your mobile device, your mobile device’s operating system or platform, the type of mobile device you use, your mobile device’s unique device ID and the features of our mobile application you accessed. 

1.4.5.      You can stop all collection of information by any of our mobile applications by uninstalling the mobile application.  You may use the standard uninstall processes as may be available as part of your mobile device or via the mobile application marketplace or network. 

1.5.            Use of Cookies” 

1.5.1.      Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that we transfer to your computer’s hard drive through your web browser to help us identify you when you come to our Site.  You have choices with respect to cookies.  By modifying your browser preferences, you have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set, or to reject all cookies.  If you choose to reject all cookies you may be unable to use those aspects of our Sites that require registration in order to participate.  You can learn more about cookies and how they work at www.allaboutcookies.org.  You can always disable cookies through your browser settings. Doing so, however, may disable certain features on our Sites.  You can opt-out from third party cookies that are used for advertising purposes on the NAI website at http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp.

1.6.            Analytics

1.6.1.We may use third parties, such as Google Analytics or other analytics providers, to analyze traffic to a Site. Google Analytics does not create individual profiles for visitors and only collects aggregate data.  To disable Google Analytics, please download the browser add-on for the deactivation of Google Analytics provided by Google at http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.  To learn more about privacy and Google Analytics, please consult the Google Analytics overview provided by Google at http://www.google.com/intl/en/analytics/privacyoverview.html.  You may find additional information about Google Analytics at http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/. You have the option to opt out of Google’s use of cookies by changing your settings through Google Ad Settings via the Google advertising opt-out page at http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/ads/.

  1. Sharing of Personal Information with Third Parties

2.1.            We may transfer Personal Information to third parties for the purpose of providing the Services.  We may disclose Personal Information to our appropriate affiliates, including third party service providers, to provide you with the Services.  For example, we may transfer your Personal Information to third party service providers to assist us in providing the Services to you. These third party service providers are not authorized to retain, share, store or use the Personal Information for any purposes other than to provide the services they have been hired to provide.  We do not sell, trade or otherwise share Personal Information with third parties for the marketing purposes of the third party.

2.2.            We may also elect to transfer your Personal Information to third parties under special circumstances to: (i) to comply with a legal requirement, judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on the Company or its affiliates, (ii) to investigate a possible crime, such as fraud or identity theft; (iii) in connection with the sale, purchase, merger, reorganization, liquidation or dissolution of the Company; (iv) when we believe it is necessary to protect the rights, property, or safety of the Company or other persons, or (v) as otherwise required or permitted by law, including any contractual obligations of the Company.

  1. Corrections/Information Removal/Opt-Out

3.1.            You can request that any Personal Information stored by the Company be deleted at any time by contacting us at my.thyroideyedisease@gmail.com. We may require you to provide certain information to verify that it is you making the request.

  1. Children and Privacy

4.1.            We do not knowingly collect Personal Information from children in connection with the features of our Services, and our Services are not to be used by those under the age of 13. If we become aware that an individual under the age of 13 has provided personally identifiable information through our Services, we will immediately remove the individual’s personally identifiable information from our files. 

  1. How Do We Protect Your Information?

5.1.            We take the security of your Personal Information very seriously.  We use reasonable administrative, physical, and technical safeguards to secure the Personal Information you share with us. Despite these safeguards and our additional efforts to secure your information, we cannot promise or guarantee that hackers, cybercriminals, or other unauthorized third-parties will not be able to defeat our security, and improperly collect, access, steal, or modify your Personal Information. 

5.2.            The security of your use of any The Company mobile application relies on your protection of your mobile device.  You may not share your instance of the mobile application with anyone.  If you believe that an unauthorized access to your instance of the mobile application has occurred please report it immediately at my.thyroideyedisease@gmail.com.  You must promptly notify us if you become aware that any information provided by or submitted to the mobile application is lost, stolen, or used without permission.

5.3.            The security of the user profile you create to interact with the Services, if any, relies on your protection of your login credentials.  You are responsible for maintaining the security of your login credentials, including your password and for any and all activities that occur under your account. You may not share your password with anyone.  We will never ask you to send your password or other sensitive information to us in an email, though we may ask you to enter this type of information on the Company website, or mobile application interface. 

5.4.            Any email or other communication purporting to be from us requesting your password or asking you to provide sensitive account information via email, should be treated as unauthorized and suspicious and should be reported to us immediately by emailing my.thyroideyedisease@gmail.com.  If you believe someone else has obtained access to your password, please change it immediately and report it immediately by emailing my.thyroideyedisease@gmail.com

  1. Will The Company Change This Privacy Policy?

6.1.            Each time you use our Services, the current version of the Policy will apply. When you use any of our Services, you should check the date of this Policy (which appears at the top of the Policy) and review any changes since the last version.  This Policy is accessible within our app at <insert location within app, for example Legal -> Privacy Policy> and available at <insert privacy policy URL>. Our business changes frequently and this Policy is subject to change from time to time. Unless stated otherwise, our current Policy applies to all information that we have about you. We will not materially change our policies and practices to make them less protective of your privacy without the consent of affected customers.

  1. How Do I Contact The Company?

7.1.            To contact us with your questions or comments regarding this Policy or the information collection and dissemination practices of this website, please email us at my.thyroideyedisease@gmail.com

  1. Governing Law

8.1.            This Policy is governed by the laws of the State of New York, U.S.A. without giving effect to any principles of conflict of law.