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- Privacy Statement -

Privacy & Confidentiality
We at the Journey of Hearts website recognize our obligation to protect the privacy and confidentiality of visitors to our site. In particular we recognize the potentially vulnerable state that visitors may be in when they reach this site. We are committed to protecting our visitors privacy and confidentiality.

  • Privacy refers to the right of the individual site visitor to choose whether to allow personal information to be collected, by the host site or by third parties, and to know what type of information is collected and how that information is used
  • Confidentiality is the right of an individual to not have personally identifiable medical or other information disclosed to others without that individual's express informed consent.
  • Confidentiality of data relating to visitors to the Journey of Hearts site, including their identity and other potential personal information, is respected by this website.

    We will honor or exceed the legal requirements of medical and health information privacy that apply in the United States and in the state of California where the website is created and hosted.We operate this site within the United States of America. Materials on the site may not be appropriate or available for use in other countries or locations. Persons who choose to access this site from other locations do so on their own initiative, and are responsible for compliance with local laws, if and to the extent local laws are applicable.

    Personal Information
    Due to the sensitive nature of the topics on this website and the emotional state that visitors may be in when reaching this site, we will not collect names, e-mail addresses, or any other personal information unless voluntarily provided by the visitor.

    If you identify yourself to us by sending an e-mail with questions or comments, we may use your personal information to respond to your questions or comments. We may file your comments for future reference, use for a later time, or we may discard the information after we have reviewed it. (see E-mails sent to the Journey of Hearts, or Message Forum) Information from e-mails or message boards will not be exchanged or sold, under any circumstances.

    Personal Information & Public Forums
    However, be advised personal information posted on a message board is considered being posted in a public arena, viewable by anyone and therefore could potentially be collected and used by third parties.

    Although we strive to protect our users' privacy, we cannot guarantee the security of information you post in these forums. You disclose such information at your own risk. To ensure more privacy you may want to consider establishing an anonymous email account for postings with Hotmail, Netscape, Talk21 (U.K.), Yahoo or a host of other e-mail providers.

    Non-Personal Identification Information And The Use Of Cookie Technology
    We do collect non-personal identification information through the use of "cookie" technology and/or IP address tracking. Non-personal identification information includes standard server log information, such as the domain name or IP address from which you access the Internet, the date and time you access our site, the type of browser and operating system you used to access our site, and, the website you came from if following a like to our site. The standard server log also automatically gathers information about the areas visited on our sites and about the links select from within our site. Our website logs are not personally identifiable, and do not link the the logs with visitors to the site.

    This collected data on usage of the website will be aggregated for statistical purposes, to analyze the number of visitors to the various sections of our site, to understand how our users as a group use the services and resources provided on the Journey of Hearts site and the Transformations on the Journey Message Forum. Utilizing the collected data allows us to determine which are the favorite areas of our visitors and which areas need improvement to help us make these site more useful to visitors. This aggregate statistical information may also be used in Internet research projects and papers.

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    Please be advised that these other sites and services may have their own privacy policies and customer service policies, or no policy (policies) at all. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of any third party sites or services before providing any of them with any personal information.

    Nothing is more private than someone's medical or psychiatric records.
    And, therefore, if we are to make freedom fully meaningful in the Information Age,
    when most of our stuff is on some computer somewhere, 
    we have to protect the privacy of individual health records.

    Former President Bill Clinton, Dec. 20, 2000

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