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At McLean Hospital we understand that health is a very personal, private subject. We therefore are committed to protecting the privacy and security of all visitors to our web site. This Privacy Policy will tell you what information we collect, how it is used and what your choices are. Please read this policy carefully.

What personal information does McLean collect?

You may use the McLean site without providing any personal information.

Sometimes we do need information to provide services that you request.

When providing personal information via email to the hospital, please remember that email messages can be viewed by other Internet users while in transit.

If you have individualized information to communicate, please use the appropriate secure on-line form or contact the necessary party using traditional means, such as phone or mail.

You may be asked to provide personal information, such as demographic information, if you choose to complete any of the on-line forms used for event registration, special events and promotions, online donations and to provide feedback. The information required to complete the transaction is noted on the form. Additional questions may be included to help us improve the services we offer, but only if you wish to provide this information.

Only authorized McLean staff that need the information you provide to perform a specific task have access to your information. All McLean hospital staff is required to attend training on privacy and confidentiality.

In what ways is the collected information used?

McLean currently discloses personal information you provide on the Web only to process credit card information or as required by law, and has no current plans to make other disclosures of such information. We will notify you through this on-line policy if there are any changes.

Requested information on voluntary forms is used to provide the services you request, such as registration for classes, mailing of publications, etc. McLean may occasionally provide statistics to third parties related to the number of visitors who use the site. These statistics do not provide personally identifiable information.

Does McLean use "cookies" to collect user information?

"Cookies" are small computer files that a web site can transfer to your computer. Examples of information we collect include how often someone visits our site and their activities while on our site. We use this information in the aggregate to understand how our visitors as a group use different resources. These reports do not contain any personally identifiable information.

Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can set your browser to refuse them or to alert you when they are being sent.

You can access the information on the McLean web site without having cookies enabled in your browser.

Are there advertisements on the McLean web site?

No, McLean does not accept advertisements on its web site.

How does McLean handle privacy internally?

McLean wants your personal information to remain as secure as possible. Accordingly, we use all reasonable efforts to prevent unauthorized access by a secure firewall and use of security infrastructure to protect the integrity and privacy of the personal information you provide to us. As an additional security measure, your personal information is encrypted during transmission with an industry-standard (high-grade encryption: 256-bit encryption with 128-bit minimum, using RSA, DSA, and ECC encryption algorithms) Verisign Secure Site Pro SSL Certificate on domain secure.mcleanhospital.org which expires on 29-June-2017. The Secure Socket Layer (SSL) connection is indicated by the "https" prefix in the uniform resource locator (URL) address. Confirmation of the details of our SSL certificate varies by the browser and version used to view this website.

Which web pages and web sites does this policy apply to?

This privacy policy applies only to the McLean web site. The McLean site does contain links to other sites. Please be aware that this policy does not apply to sites that McLean links to. We encourage you to read the privacy policies on any other sites before providing personal information.

Your Consent

By using the McLean web site, you agree to acceptance of this privacy policy. We may occasionally need to make changes to the policy to reflect changes in our site and address new issues. Changes will be posted here, so please refer to this policy regularly.

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