Privacy Policy

The Lower Hudson Valley Perinatal Network is committed to safeguarding your privacy online. Please read the following statement to understand how your personal information will be treated as you make full use of the LHVPN web site. The LHVPN web site is owned and operated by the Lower Hudson Valley Perinatal Network.

Gathering of Information - Voluntary Submission

LHVPN does not collect personally identifying information about any individual LHVPN web site user except when knowingly provided by such individual. For example, we may ask you for information when you register to receive notifications of web features or to receive a newsletter or subscription. You always have the option not to provide the information we request. If you choose not to provide the information we request, you can still visit most of the LHVPN web site, but you may be unable to access certain options and services.

Cookies

A cookie is a data file that certain Web sites write to your computer's hard drive when you visit such sites. A cookie file can contain information, such as a user identification code, that the site uses to track the pages you have visited. LHVPN uses cookies solely to track user traffic patterns throughout the LHVPN Web site. We use this data on an anonymous basis and we do not correlate this information with personal data of any user.

Most Web site browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually change your browser settings to display a warning before accepting a cookie, or to refuse all cookies. However, if you choose to disable the receipt of cookies from our Web site, you may not be able to use certain features of the site.

Browser Level Information

LHVPN web servers automatically collect information about a site user's IP address, browser type and referrer by reading this information from the user's browser (information provided by every user's browser). This information is collected in a database and used--in an aggregated, anonymous manner--in our internal analysis of traffic patterns within our Web site. This information is automatically logged by most Web sites.

Use of Information

Our primary goal in collecting user information is to enhance your experience on our web site. We achieve this goal by, among other things, providing interactive communications such as our electronic newsletters to the e-mail address that you provide to us, and developing future editorial content based on your interests. To develop content targeted to your interests, we use aggregated user information to determine which areas of our Web site users prefer based upon traffic to those areas. We do not track what individual users read, but instead how well each page or content area performs overall.

LHVPN may disclose information about our users when we believe, in good faith, that the disclosure is required by law.

When you are on an area of LHVPN and are asked for personal information, you are sharing that information with LHVPN as well as business partners and vendors providing hosting and other services for LHVPN. If you do not want your information to be shared, you can choose not to allow the transfer of your information by not using that particular service. These parties, as well as advertisers who contract directly with a third-party service to serve their advertisements, may set their own cookies. In addition, any personally identifiable information provided by our users as part of an advertiser promotion online may be provided directly to advertisers.

Please be aware that LHVPN sponsors, advertisers or web sites that have links on our site may collect personally identifiable information about you. This privacy statement does not cover the information practices of those parties and web sites linked to LHVPN. LHVPN users should also be aware that, when you voluntarily disclose personal information in chat areas or bulletin boards, that information may be collected by others and may result in unsolicited messages from others.

This statement may change from time to time, so please check back periodically.

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