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PRIVACY

Web Site User Privacy Rights

Private Physicians Medical Associates (PPMA) is strongly committed to protecting the privacy of its online users: patients, families, donors, the media, and others. We do not collect personally identifiable information about individuals, except when it is knowingly provided by such individuals. We do not share voluntarily provided, personally identifiable information for any purpose other than its intended use. PPMA believes that privacy on the internet is important, and we encourage you to read our Privacy Policy carefully, so that you will clearly understand our commitment and our method of collecting and using information. A link to our Privacy Policy can be found at the bottom of each page of our web site. We continuously try to improve the security of our information systems. While we have many security measures to protect electronically transmitted information and frequently review and try to improve the security of our site, we can’t guarantee that a third party won’t gain access to information provided to this Web site. This privacy statement, updated September 2012, describes the information we collect and how we use it.

Information Collection and Use

Web log file data

We collect some basic web log file data about site visitors. This information includes domain names, web site traffic patterns and server usage statistics. This information is used for site management and administration and to improve the content and overall performance of our site.

Subscription to newsletter or press releases

If you subscribe to a newsletter, publication or press release published by PPMA and distributed via email, we will keep your email address in a private distribution list. Messages sent electronically do not reveal recipients’ email addresses or any other personal information. PPMA will only send messages to individuals who have opted to subscribe and who have provided their email address to us directly. We do not use this email address list for any other purpose, and we only add individuals at their request. At any time, you may opt out by using the unsubscribe link provided on our web site and in the publication email, which will remove your information from the distribution list for that publication.

Cookies and how we use them

Like most sites, PPMA makes use of browser “cookies.” Cookies are small text files placed on your computer’s hard disk by our server. They allow us to quickly check your status as a subscriber and facilitate access to your preferences. PPMA will never use cookies to retrieve information from a computer that is unrelated to our site or services.

Third-Party Service Providers

PPMA may engage reputable third-party vendors to help us manage our web sites and allow us to better service our patients and visitors. We never shares with third parties any personally identifiable information you provide when requesting information except as required by law.

Links to other sites

This site may link to other sites we think may be of interest to our visitors. Their purpose is to provide visitors with convenient access to other sites that might interest them. A link to another site does not imply an endorsement of the site’s content or services. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of sites not owned by PPMA We encourage you to be aware of that when you leave our site and to read privacy statements at any sites that collect personally identifiable data.

E-mail communication

PPMA does not collect your email address unless you voluntarily submit it to us or choose to communicate with us via email. We do not sell or rent any email addresses. We try to respond to email messages requiring a response within five business days. If you email PPMA your message and email address will be forwarded to the appropriate department or program within the hospital. Please do not email patient health information, as that information is confidential and should only be discussed with your physician.

How we use the information

PPMA uses the information you provide to fulfill your online request, facilitate customer service and inform you of our programs and events.

We do not rent or sell visitors’ personal information to third parties, such as marketers.

We do not share any personally identifiable information we may collect in surveys, although we may share aggregated survey results with analysts, as described above. The aggregate data cannot be used to identify individuals and participation in the survey is voluntary.

It is possible that we could be forced to disclose personally identifiable user information in response to a search warrant, subpoena, or court order; that can happen to any organization keeping records. Disclosures may also be appropriate to protect our legal rights and the security or integrity of our Web site, or to avoid liability. Those kinds of disclosures are highly unlikely, but possible.

Links to other sites

This site may have links to other sites we think may be of interest to our visitors. Their purpose is to provide visitors with convenient access to other sites that might interest them. A link to another site does not imply an endorsement of the site’s content or services.

We are not responsible for the privacy practices of sites not owned by PPMA. We encourage you to be aware of that when you leave our site and to read privacy statements at any sites that collect personally identifiable data.

Policy changes

PPMA necessarily reserves the right to change this policy from time to time, without advance notice. We will promptly post any changes to our privacy policy on all sites owned by PPMA.

Deletion and removal of information

Non-identifiable information in our aggregate database will not be deleted. Like all responsible website site publishers, we maintain backup files as a protection against natural disasters, equipment failures, or other disruptions. Backup files protect you and us because they lower the risk of losing valuable data. Removing a record from our main files does not remove that record from any backup systems. It may take up to six months before all information in a backup record is completely erased through the normal recycling of backup files. In the meantime, as long as backup records exist, they receive the same privacy and security protections as our other records.

Questions or comments?

Questions about Private Physicians Medical Associates (PPMA) or our privacy policy, may be directed to:

Private Physicians Medical Associates
520 Superior Avenue, Suite 285
Newport Beach, CA 92660
949-566-8179