Kintalk's Privacy Statement

Privacy Statement

At Kintalk we want you, our members, to feel safe and secure while you discuss your issues. So, this statement allows us to be completely transparent about how any information that we collect from you will be used either by Kintalk.org or by other parties. We reserve the right to modify this policy at any time, and without prior notice.  If we do so, we’ll put an update notice at the end of this statement.

Surveys

From time-to-time when you visit Kintalk.org, we will ask you to complete a short survey. You are free to respond or not. Your participation in these surveys is not required, and your refusal to do so will not impact your experience on the site. We use this information to help inform you and others on the site of how you are dealing with issues surrounding your cancer, or the disease of a loved one. From time-to-time we may make the survey results, in aggregate, available to third parties. Your individual information will never be revealed.

Passwords

We ask you to register when you join Kintalk.org so that you can manage your own personal information. We also want to be able to customize an experience that is valuable to you. Please keep your password secret. If you decide to share it with others, it is your responsibility to make sure that they use it appropriately. If you lose your password, contact us and we will help you to reset it.

Cookies

Cookies are required to participate in the Kintalk.org Community. A cookie is a small data file, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier that is sent to your browser from a website's computers and stored on your computer's hard drive. Kintalk.org uses two types of cookies: Session Cookies, and Persistent Cookies. Session Cookies are temporary cookies that remain in the cookie file of your browser until you leave the website. Session cookies do not store any personally identifying information, only a unique visitor ID number that is used to customize the Kintalk.org functionality for you. Persistent Cookies remain in the cookie file of your browser for much longer, even after you leave the Kintalk.org website. Persistent cookies do not store any personally identifying information, only preferences that should persist from visit to visit, like "Remember Me".

How will my data be used?

Your data will be used to facilitate participation in your community. You will receive email notifications about news and discussions taking place in your chosen community. Your data will also be aggregated and made available to other members as well as Kintalk.org administrators as part of the Community dialogue. In addition to serving the individual needs of our members, Kintalk.org may make your information, as part of an aggregated set of data, available to third parties. For example, we may show that 200 breast cancer patients in the community are between the ages of 25 – 40. Your individual data will never be made available. Kintalk.org will never rent, sell or share information that personally identifies you for marketing purposes. However we may provide commercial interests with anonymized data (which may or may not be aggregated) for research and commercial purposes.

Kintalk.org cannot guarantee the identity of any other members with whom you may interact in the course of using the site or who may have access to information you have posted. Additionally, we cannot guarantee the authenticity of any data that members may provide about themselves. Kintalk.org takes commercially reasonable technical precautions to help keep your experience secure.  Here are some of the ways we protect your information:

- Our servers are backed up each day.

- We have an automated system for 24/7/365 scanning to keep the site free from spam.

- The passwords on our servers are changed frequently to guard against unwanted intruders.

What safeguards does Kintalk have in place to secure data?

We follow the best practices in security (as per HIPAA Security Compliance). We use a respected, secure hosting provider for the site. We also use Linux RedHat security systems on our production servers. These are state-of-the-art and are upgraded on a regular basis. Our systems have been developed to prevent the most common security vulnerabilities. For secure browsing, we use 128-bit SSL encryption using Verisign certificates. Finally, when we do any testing and development work to the site, we strip out all personal identification.

Questions

If you have questions or comments about our privacy policy, please contact us at: info@kintalk.org