Disclaimer and Privacy Notice

What Information Does Alternatives Collect Through Its Website?

When you visit the Alternatives’ website, you may provide us with personal information you knowingly choose to disclose and/or general website user data that is collected on an aggregate basis from those who browse our website.  Personal information means any information that may be used to identify an individual, including, but not limited to, a first and last name, email address, a home, postal or other physical address, other contact information, title, birth date, gender, occupation, industry, personal interests, medical conditions or other information when needed to provide a service you requested. As used in this Privacy Statement, personal information does not include information protected under HIPAA or applicable state laws, which is protected as described in the section “Health and Medical Information” below.

During your visit to Alternatives’ website, remember that the medical and health information presented here is intended to be general in nature, and should not be viewed as a substitute for professional advice. Please consult with a health care professional for all matters relating to personal medical and health care issues.

Health and Medical Information

Certain health and medical information about you is protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) and applicable state law. This information may be provided by you online or offline, or may be collected by us from other methods such as through a health care provider. Alternatives’ protects covered health and medical information as required by HIPAA and applicable state law. Similarly, Alternatives’ may use covered health and medical information as permitted by HIPAA and applicable state law.

To read more about Alternatives’ privacy practices regarding health and medical information under HIPAA, please click here. In the event of any conflict between Alternatives’ HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices and this Website Privacy Statement, the terms of our HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices shall control.

How Does Alternatives Handle Personal Information I Choose to Provide?

We may request that you supply us with personal information, including your email address, telephone number and other details, for such purposes as correspondence or even making a referral.  If you choose to correspond with us through email, we may retain the content of your email messages, along with our responses. We will provide the same protections for email communications that we employ in the maintenance of information received by mail and telephone. We use personal information for the  purposes of administering our business activities, and providing service and support to our current and prospective customers. Occasionally, we may also use the information we collect to notify you about important changes to our website, new services, and other offerings for which you may have an interest. The lists used to send you information are developed and managed under our traditional standards designed to safeguard the security and privacy of all personal information provided by our users. You may at any time to notify us of your desire to opt out of receiving this information.

How Does Alternatives Protect My Information?

We utilize encryption/security software to safeguard the confidentiality of personal information we collect from unauthorized access or disclosure and accidental loss, alteration or destruction. Periodically, our operations and business practices are reviewed for compliance with organization policies and procedures governing the security, confidentiality and quality of our information. Our organization values, ethical standards, policies and practices are committed to the protection of user information. Our business practices limit employee access to confidential information, as well as the use and disclosure of such information to authorized persons, processes and transactions.

How Does Alternatives Secure the Transmission of Information?

When you send personal information to Alternatives through our website, a secure server software, which we have licensed, encrypts the information you input before it is sent to us. In other words, the information is scrambled when it is sent, and decoded once it reaches our website. We ask that you do not send confidential information such as Social Security, credit card, or other account numbers to us through an unsecured email.  You may request access to your personally identifiable information that we collect online and maintain in our database by emailing us using the contact form provided to you within the site structure of our website.

Does Alternatives Utilize General Website-User Information?

Similar to other websites, our site may utilize a standard technology called “cookies” and web server logs to collect information about how our website is used. Information gathered through cookies and web server logs may include the date and time of visits, pages viewed, time spent at our website, and the sites visited just before and just after ours. This information is collected on an aggregate basis. None of this information is associated with you as an individual. “Cookies” are defined as a feature of web browser software that allows web servers to recognize the computer used to access a website. Cookies are data stored by a user’s browser on the user’s hard drive. Cookies can remember what information a user accesses on one web page to simplify subsequent interactions with that website by the same user or to use the information to streamline the user’s transactions on related web pages. A cookie can’t read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites.

How Does Alternatives Use Information Collected From Cookies?

We use website browser software tools such as cookies and web server logs to gather information about our website users’ browsing activities, in order to constantly improve our website and better serve our users. This information assists us to design and arrange our web pages in the most user-friendly manner and to continually improve our website to better meet the needs of our users and prospective users. Cookies help us collect important business and technical statistics. The information in the cookies lets us trace the paths followed by users to our website as they move from one page to another. Web server logs allow us to count how many people visit our website and evaluate our website’s visitor capacity. We do not use these technologies to capture your individual email address or any personally identifying information about you.

If you prefer not to receive cookies while browsing our website, you can set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies and refuse the cookie when your browser alerts you to its presence. You can also refuse all cookies by turning them off in your browser, although you may not be able to take full advantage of Alternatives’ website if you do so. You do not need to have cookies turned on to use/navigate through many parts of our website, except access to certain of Alternatives’ web pages require a login and password.

Does Alternatives Disclose Information to Outside Parties?

We may provide aggregate information about our customers, website traffic patterns and related website information to our affiliates or reputable third parties, but this information will not include personally identifying data, except as otherwise provided in this privacy policy.  We also may disclose information when legally compelled to do so, when we believe that the law requires it, to enforce our Terms of Use, or in urgent circumstances, or to protect personal safety, the public or our websites.

Children and Privacy

Our websites do not target and are not intended to attract children under the age of 13. Alternatives does notknowingly solicit personal information from children under the age of 13 or send them requests for personalinformation.

Permission to Use Materials

The right to download, store or share the materials appearing our website is granted for the user’s personal use only.  Any reproduction, transmission, or editing of the materials on our website, by any means without our expressed written permission, is strictly prohibited. Users wishing to obtain permission to reprint or reproduce materials appearing on this site may contact us directly through the contact feature on the site.