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By using this Site, you signify your agreement to this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to all of these policies, do not use this Site.

Virtua may revise and update these Policies at any time. Your continued usage of the VirtuaBaby.org will mean that you accept those changes.

VirtuaBaby.org understands how important the privacy of personal information is to our users. This Privacy Policy will tell you what information we collect about you and about your use of VirtuaBaby.org and its services. It will explain the choices you have about how your personal information is used and how we protect that information. We urge you to read this Privacy Policy carefully.

Summary of Privacy Policy

  1. You are personally responsible for protecting your login information to protect your privacy.
  2. The personally identifiable information we collect about you is used to provide you with personalized baby development information and other personalized services send you e-mail reminders about events in your calendar and pregnancy check list. It will also be used to send notifications about VirtuaBaby.org and hospital updates.
  3. VirtuaBaby will not disclose any Personally Identifiable or Personal Health Information it gathers from you on our Web Site.We may only release Personally Identifiable or Personal Health Information to third parties: (1) to comply with valid legal requirements such as a law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena or court order; or (2) in special cases, such as in response to a physical threat to you or others, to protect property or defend or assert legal rights.
  4. If you choose to register with VirtuaBaby.org for certain interactive tools or other services, we require you to submit Personally Identifiable Information. Depending on the tool or service you have selected, we may also collect Personal Health Information. You are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the Personally Identifiable Information and Personal Health Information you submit to VirtuaBaby.org. Inaccurate information will affect the information you receive when using our Site and tools and our ability to contact you as described in this Privacy Policy.
  5. Even if you do not register with VirtuaBaby.org, we collect Non-Personal Information about your use of our Web site through cookies or Web beacons.
  6. Virtua goes to every extent to protect your personal information: password protection, firewalls, SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) 128-bit encryption, limited employee access to Personally Identifiable Information, system back-ups, auditing records, secure messaging, etc..
  7. We will notify you via e-mail or posting on the home page of any update to this Privacy Policy.

Personally Identifiable Information We Collect About You

We collect Personally Identifiable Information, like your name, e-mail address, physician information, number of children, and age, you provide to us when you register as a member of VirtuaBaby and/or when you update your member profile. We use the Personally Identifiable Information that you provide to respond to your questions, provide you the specific services you select, send you e-mails about Web Site maintenance and updates, and inform you of significant changes to this Privacy Policy.

  • Newsletters & E-mails to You: At registration and at various times as you use VirtuaBaby.org, you will be given the option of receiving recurring informational/promotional newsletters via e-mail from Virtua OB and/or directly from third parties. These e-mails will not contain Personal Health Information. When you sign up for our e-mail newsletters or at any time, you can choose to opt-in to receiving additional promotional e-mails from Virtua or our Sponsors. You can unsubscribe from the newsletters by simply clicking on the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of any e-mail newsletter. An e-mail to our automated unsubscribe service will be created on your computer. Click the “send” button. You will then be unsubscribed from that newsletter within two to three business days. You may also unsubscribe or change any of your e-mail preferences by clicking on the applicable links in your e-mail newsletter or by changing your profile settings by clicking on any of the view/manage links at the bottom of your Virtua OB Newsletter. If you experience difficulties with our automated unsubscribe service, please e-mail VirtuaBaby@virtua.org.
  • E-mails You Send to Virtua OB: This Privacy Policy does not apply to content, business information, ideas, concepts or inventions that you send to VirtuaBaby by e-mail. If you want to keep content or business information, ideas, concepts or inventions private or proprietary, do not send them in an e-mail to Virtua OB. We try to answer every e-mail within 48 business hours, but are not always able to do so. Urgent or Emergent medical situations should be handled through your physician or 911.
  • E-mail a Friend: If you choose to use our E-mail a Friend service to tell a friend about our Site or newsletter, we will ask you for your name, your e-mail address and your friend’s e-mail address. We will automatically send your friend a one-time e-mail inviting him or her to visit the Site using your name and e-mail address as the from e-mail address. Virtua OB does not use your name, your e-mail address or your friend’s e-mail information and the information you provide using this service for any other purpose. We will only use the information you provide to send the e-mail you request.
  • Message Boards and other Public Forums: As a service to our users, Virtua OB may feature message boards, chat rooms and other public forums where users with similar interests or medical conditions can share information and support one another or where users can post questions for others to answer. We may also offer online discussions moderated by medical or healthcare experts. Any information shared (including Personally Identifiable and Personal Health Information) that you reveal in a chat room, message board, posting or online discussion is by design open to the public and is not a private, secure service. You should think carefully before disclosing any Personally Identifiable or Personal Health Information in any public forum. What you have written may be seen, disclosed to or collected by third parties and may be used by others in ways we are unable to control or predict, including to contact you for unauthorized purposes. As with any public forum on any Site, this information may also appear in third-party search engines like Google, Yahoo, MSN etc.
  • Web Site Registration and Interactive Tools on VirtuaBaby: After you have registered as a member of VirtuaBaby, you may choose to use certain interactive content, tools and services that may ask you to voluntarily provide other types of information about yourself including Personal Health Information in accordance with the authorization you provide at the time you use the tool.
  • Market Research: From time to time the Virtua marketing department, or its operations contractors acting on its behalf, conducts online research surveys in order to gather feedback about our Site, our sponsors and opinions on important healthcare issues, through e-mail invitations, pop-up surveys and online focus groups. When participating in a survey, we may ask you to submit Personally Identifiable Information. This Personally Identifiable Information is used for research purposes, and is not used for sales solicitations. When a survey is sponsored by a third party, Aggregate Information of the survey results is reported to the sponsor. Personally Identifiable Information collected through market research will be used only by Virtua marketing and its service providers and contractors and will not be given or sold to a third party without your consent or as otherwise permitted by this Privacy Policy. For market research surveys, we will not knowingly accept survey responses from or conduct interviews with any person under the age of 18. Some surveys may provide remuneration to participants such as a small cash fee for your time or an entry into a sweepstakes for a larger prize. Each survey will disclose whether or not it is a paid survey. In addition to collecting survey responses from our members, Cookies may be used to authenticate respondents or to help you pick up where you left off in a survey. If you have Cookies disabled you may not be able to participate in some studies. Cookies may be used to connect survey data with Virtua OB Site usage characteristics. You will be notified when we would like to use Cookies in this way and your consent will be requested for these Cookies.
  • Children’s privacy: We are committed to protecting the privacy of children. You should be aware that this Site is not intended or designed to attract children under the age of 13. We do not collect personally identifiable information from any person we actually know is a child under the age of 13.

Disclosure of Your Information

Except as described in this Privacy Policy or as specifically agreed to by you, VirtuaBaby will not disclose any Personally Identifiable or Personal Health Information it gathers from you on our Web Site. We may only release Personally Identifiable or Personal Health Information to third parties: (1) to comply with valid legal requirements such as a law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena or court order; or (2) in special cases, such as in response to a physical threat to you or others, to protect property or defend or assert legal rights. In the event that we are legally compelled to disclose your Personally Identifiable or Personal Health Information to a third party, we will attempt to notify you unless doing so would violate the law or court order. In addition, we may disclose Personal Information as described below.

  • Disclosure to VirtuaBaby Operations and Maintenance Contractors: VirtuaBaby operations and maintenance contractors sometimes have limited access to your Personally Identifiable Information in the course of providing products or services to Virtua. These contractors include vendors and suppliers that provide us with technology, services, and/or content for the operation and maintenance of our Web site. Unless you have Opted-out of receiving e-mails and newsletters from VirtuaBaby, these contractors also may have access to your e-mail address to send newsletters or special promotions to you on our behalf or to send e-mails to you for purposes such as conducting market research on our behalf. Access to your Personally Identifiable Information by these contractors is limited to the information reasonably necessary for the contractor to perform its limited function for VirtuaBaby. We also contractually require that our operations and maintenance contractors 1) protect the privacy of your Personally Identifiable Information consistent with this Privacy Policy, and 2) not use or disclose your Personally Identifiable Information for any purpose other than providing us with products and services as required by law.
  • Disclosure to Third Party Contractor Web Sites: Certain content and services offered to you through our Web Site are served on Web sites hosted and operated by a company other than Virtua (“Third Party Contractor Web Sites”). VirtuaBaby does not disclose your Personally Identifiable Information to these Third Party Contractor Web sites without your consent, but you should be aware that any information you disclose once you access these other Web sites is not subject to this Privacy Policy. VirtuaBaby does not endorse and is not responsible for the privacy practices of these Third Party Contractor Web sites. You should review the privacy policy posted on the other Web site to understand how that Third Party Contractor Web site collects and uses your Personally Identifiable Information. Virtua makes an effort to make it obvious to you when you leave our Web site and enter a Third Party Contractor Web site, either by requiring you to click on a link or by notifying you on the Site before you visit the third party Site. In addition, if you see a phrase such as “Powered by” or “in association with” followed by the name of a company other than Virtua, then you are on a Web site hosted by a company other than Virtua.
  • Disclosure to Linked Sites: In addition to the Third Party Contractor Web sites that you may access as described above, for your convenience there are links to Third Party Web sites operated by companies that are not affiliated with the VirtuaBaby.org and that do not have contracts to provide content or services through the VirtuaBaby Web site. These links may be found in advertisements, referenced within content, or placed beside the names or logos of sponsors. VirtuaBaby does not disclose your Personal Information to these Third Party Web sites without obtaining your consent. Virtua OB does not endorse and is not responsible for the privacy practices of these Sites. If you choose to link to one of these Third Party Web Sites, you should review the privacy policy posted on this other Web site to understand how that Third Party Web Site collects and uses your Personally Identifiable Information.

Using Our Site and Tools

While you may use some of the functionality of VirtuaBaby.org without registration, many of the specific tools and services on VirtuaBaby. org require registration. If you use our Web site without registering, the only information we collect will be Non-Personal Information through the use of Cookies or Web Beacnos. If you choose to register with VirtuaBaby.org for certain interactive tools or other services, we require you to submit Personally Identifiiable Information. Depending on the tool or service you have selected, we may also collect Personal Health Information. You are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the Personally Identifiable Information and Personal Health Information you submit to VirtuaBaby.org. Inaccurate information will affect the information you receive when using our Site and tools and our ability to contact you as described in this Privacy Policy. For example, your e-mail address should be kept current because that it is how we communicate with you.

VirtuaBaby content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you’ve read on VirtuaBaby. If you think you are experiencing a medical emergency, call your  doctor or 911 immediately.

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