Privacy Policy (1-3)

Gift of Life is committed to preserving your privacy. This privacy policy and agreement ("Privacy Policy") covers how we collect, use, and treat personal information that you may provide through our website located at www.giftoflife.org (the "Website" or the "Site"). The terms “you” and “your” refer to any visitor to our Website, including (i) casual visitors to our Site ("Site Visitors"), (ii) our financial supporters and potential supporters ("FinancialSupporters"), (iii) medical professionals who use our Site ("Medical Professionals"), (iv) donors ("Donors"), and (v) patients and other potential transplant recipients ("Patients"). The terms "Gift of Life", “we” and “us” refer to Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation.

1. Your Consent

Please read this Privacy Policy carefully; once you consent to this Policy's terms, it creates legal obligations on you and on Gift of Life.  We ask you to consent to the terms of this Privacy Policy in different ways, depending on your relationship to the Site.  The procedures for consenting to this Policy are (a) less formal if you are a Site Visitor or Patient seeking information, (b) more formal if you are a Financial Supporter, contributing through our Site, and (c) the most formal for Donors and Medical Professionals, using our Site for potential donation and matching activities.

1.1.  Consent by Site Visitors and Prospective Patients.  By accessing and using our Website as a Site Visitor or prospective Patient, you are acknowledging that you have read and understood this Privacy Policy and agree to be legally bound by it.  If you do not agree with the terms of this Privacy Policy, please refrain from using our Site.

1.2.  Consent by Financial Supporters.  As a Financial Supporter, you may submit contact information, and other information (including your comments), to us via the Website, and you may also choose to make a financial contribution to us through the Site.  You may also use the Website to send various e-greetings.  When you submit information to us to identify yourself as a potential Financial Supporter, to make a financial contribution, or to send e-greetings via our Site, you will be prompted to click an "I Accept" button linked to this Policy.  Clicking "I accept" confirms your agreement to be bound by this Privacy Policy.

1.3.  Consent by Donors and Medical Professionals.  If you register as a Medical Professional for access privileges to our MatchQuestTM software and database, or if you register as a potential Donor, you will similarly be prompted to click an "I Accept" button linked to this Policy during the registration process.  Clicking "I accept" confirms your agreement to be bound by this Privacy Policy.  

2. Scope of Policy

This Privacy Policy applies (i) to anonymous information you provide to us while using our Site or while participating in our services, and (ii) to personally identifiable information you provide to us as part of the process of registering online as a Financial Supporter, Medical Professional, or Donor.  Please note that Donors sign an offline Consent for Registry Participation, that governs the collection and use of information for determining a transplant match and for contacting the Donor in the event of a potential match (a "Registry Consent").  This Privacy Policy does not govern information collected under and governed by the Registry Consent, and the Registry consent governs all such information.

3. The Information We Collect, and Our Uses Of This Information

We will not share personally identifiable information you provide via the Website with any third party, other than as expressly disclosed in this policy. By "personally identifiable information" we mean information that identifies you, such as your name, mailing address, or email address.  We collect information from you at different points on our Website, and use this information as follows:

3.1  Registration Information.In order to participate as a Financial Supporter, Donor, or Medical Professional through our Site, we require that you complete a registration form.  This form asks for contact information, which includes such items as (i) name; (ii) mailing address; (iii) telephone; and (iv) email address.  If you are a prospective Donor, we also ask for (v) certain health-related information, such a smoking history.  We ask you for this information generally to register your interest in our work, and to establish and maintain a relationship with you.  In addition, we ask for this information from our Medical Professionals in order to determine their eligibility to access our MatchQuestTMsoftware and database information.  Finally, we ask for health information from our prospective Donors in order to assess their eligibility for participation in our Donor programs. 

3.2  Processing Requests and Transactions.  When you make a request of us via our Website, we will use any personally identifiable information that you provide in connection with that request for the purposes of processing that request.  For example, Financial Supporters are able to send e-greetings via our Site.  When you request an e-greeting, we use personally identifiable information you provide in connection with that request solely for purposes of transmitting the e-greeting.  In each instance where you make a request under our Website, we use the information you provide to us solely for the purpose of fulfilling your request. 

3.3  Information concerning Third Parties.  If you are a prospective Donor, during our registration process we may ask for certain personally identifiable information concerning one or more of your relatives or close acquaintances (your "Additional Contacts").  We use this information in order to have further contact information for you on file, and in order to assist us in evaluating your eligibility for our Donor programs.  We may verify certain information with your Additional Contacts, and discuss with them your interest in our Donor programs.  By giving us contact information for these individuals, you are assuring us that they are willing to participate in this process, and that you are willing to allow them to participate.  

3.4  Informational Notices and Bulletins.  Periodically, we may choose to send news, bulletins, educational materials, marketing materials, or other information to you, and will use personally identifiable information to send such communications. If we choose to undertake such communications, you will have the ability to opt out of receiving these communications as provided in Section 5.

3.5  Information Exchanges with Other Users.  The Website may allow users (i) to provide and receive a range of information on topics related to transplants and other matters, and (ii) to engage in other activity that may include, at the option of the user, an exchange of personally identifiable information. In these instances, we use personally identifiable information you provide to us in connection with any such exchanges strictly for the purposes for which you submit the information.  If you share personally identifiable information -- via our Website or related discussions -- with persons other than Gift of Life staff or healthcare entities involved in the donation process, you should treat the exchange as you would any other exchange with a third party, and use appropriate discretion and caution.

3.6  Anonymous, Aggregate Information.  “Aggregate Information” is information that does not identify you, and may include statistical information that may range from statistical information and analyses concerning use of our Donor services, the number of successful matches coordinated through our Site or services, transplant-related information, and the pages on our Site that users visit most frequently. We use Aggregate Information to analyze the effectiveness of our services and our Site, to improve our services and our Website, and for other similar purposes.  In addition, from time to time, we may undertake or commission statistical and other summary analyses of (i) the general behavior and characteristics of users participating in our services, (ii) the effect of our programs on, and the behavior of our Donors, Financial Supporters, Medical Professionals, and Site Visitors, and (iii) the general characteristics of visitors at our Site and participants in our services.  We may share these analyses and Aggregate Information with third parties.  Rest assured, though, that Aggregate Information provided to third parties will not allow anyone to identify you, or determine anything personal about you.  We may collect Aggregate Information through features of the software that supports our services, through cookies, and through other means described below.

3.7  IP Addresses.Gift of Life may automatically receive and record information in our server logs from your browser, including your IP address (the Internet address of your PC), your computer's name, the type and version of your web browser, referrer addresses and other generally-accepted log information. We may also record page views (hit counts) and other general statistical and tracking information, which will be aggregated with that of other users in order to understand how our Website is being used. None of this data contains personally identifiable information.

3.8  Cookies.  A cookie is a small amount of data, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier, which is sent to your browser from a website's computers and stored on your computer's hard drive. Cookies can be used to provide you with a tailored user experience and to make it easier for you to use a website upon a future visit. We may include cookies on our Website and use them to recognize you when you return to our Website.  You may set your browser so that it does not accept cookies.  Cookies must be enabled on your web browser, however, if you wish to access certain personalized features of our Services.

3.9  Computer Configuration.In order to determine whether your computer is supported by our system, we may collect certain anonymous information. This information includes, but may not be limited to, your operating system and browser, as well as the presence of any software that our Website may require to operate with your computer, or other third party software on your computer. This information is kept strictly confidential and is not shared with third parties, except as provided for in this Privacy Policy.

3.10  Extent of Information Collected.  We do not collect any more personally identifiable information than reasonably necessary to provide our services, operate the Site, and respond to your requests.

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