The Brain & Spine Institute of North Houston (from time to time referred to herein as the “Institute”) is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy (the “Statement”) applies to The Brain & Spine Institute of North Houston Web Site (the “Web Site”) and governs data collection and usage. By using the Web Site, you consent to the data practices described in this Statement.
Collection of Your Personal Information
The Brain & Spine Institute of North Houston collects personally identifiable information, such as your e-mail address, name, home or work address or telephone number. The Institute 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 the Institute. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring Web site addresses. This information is used by The Institute for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the Web Site.
Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through The Brain & Spine Institute of North Houston public message boards, this information may be collected and used by others. Note: The Brain and Spine Institute of North Houston does not read any of your private online communications.
The Brain & Spine Institute of North Houston encourages you to review the privacy statements of web sites you choose to link to from the Institute so that you can understand how those web sites collect, use and share your information. The Brain & Spine Institute of North Houston is not responsible for the privacy statements or any other content on web sites or links outside of the Web Site.
Use of Your Personal Information
The Brain & Spine Institute of North Houston collects and uses your personal information to operate the Web Site and deliver the services you have requested. The Brain & Spine Institute of North Houston also may use your personally identifiable information to inform you of other services available from the Institute or its affiliates. The Brain & Spine Institute of North Houston may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.
The Institute does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties. The Institute may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external colleagues regarding 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, the Institute 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 the Institute, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.
The Brain & Spine Institute of North Houston does not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, without your explicit consent. The Brain & Spine Institute of North Houston keeps track of the web sites and pages our customers visit within the Web Site, in order to determine what Institute services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within the Web Site to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.
The Institute 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 the Institute or the Web Site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of the Institute; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of the Institute, or the public.
The Brain & Spine Institute of North Houston Web site may 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 the Web Site pages, or register with the Institute site or services, a cookie helps the Institute 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 Web Site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the 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 Web Site.
Security of Your Personal Information
The Brain & Spine Institute of North Houston secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. The Institute 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.
Changes to this Statement
The Brain & Spine Institute of North Houston will occasionally update this Statement to reflect company and customer feedback. The Brain & Spine Institute of North Houston encourages you to periodically review this Statement.
The Brain & Spine Institute of North Houston welcomes your comments regarding this Statement. If you believe that The Brain & Spine Institute of North Houston has not adhered to this Statement, please contact The Brain & Spine Institute of North Houston at (281) 880-0700. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.