NON-PERSONAL INFORMATION WE COLLECT FROM YOU
Even if you do not register with HMT, we reserve the right to collect Non-Personal Information (Cookies and Advertising Trackers) when you use our web site. Such information is collected for all users but does not personally identify you by name.
b. Advertising Trackers
We also may use Advertising Trackers (such as Web Beacons, single-pixel/one-by-one/1 x 1 GIFs, clear GIFs, clear pixels, or web bugs) to collect Non-Personal Information about your use of our Web site, the Web sites of selected sponsors and advertisers, and your use of special promotions or newsletters. The information collected by Advertising Trackers can be used in any one or more of the following ways: (1) to allow us to determine accurately how many people are using HMT as well as selected sponsors' and advertisers' sites, (2) to determine how many people open our emails, and (3) to determine the purposes for which these actions are being taken. Our Advertising Trackers are not used to track your activity outside of the HMT domain or those of our sponsors'. We will never link Non-Personal Information from Advertising Trackers to Personally Identifiable Information without your permission and do not use Web Beacons to collect or store personal health information about you.
c. Computer and Connection
We also reserve the right to determine what type of computer and web browser you are using, what web site referred you, and what your connection speed is. This information is collected purely to enhance your experience on our web site.
PERSONAL INFORMATION WE COLLECT FROM YOU
a. Emails You Send to HMT
b. Public Forums
HMT features public forums (also known as message boards) in which users with similar interests or medical conditions can share knowledge or ask questions of one another. Any information that you share in these forums, including personal information about your particular health questions and concerns, can be accessed by anyone visiting our site; the public forum does NOT constitute a private, secure venue for discussion. Before disclosing any personal information about you or your health conditions in our public forum, think carefully about the public accessibility of such information. What you have posted may be seen or collected by third parties and may be used by others in various manners that 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, including but not limited to Google, Yahoo, MSN, Ask.com, and AOL.
c. Newsletters and Emails to You
When you register and/or at various times as you access HMT, you will be given the option of receiving either one-time or recurring newsletters or emails from HMT and/or directly from third parties, such as hospitals, medical facilities, and other medical tourism companies with which we are affiliated. In order to receive these newsletters or emails from HMT, we will request and record your contact information, including such information as your name, email address, mailing address, and other personal information. You can unsubscribe from any of our recurring newsletters or emails by simply clicking on the "unsubscribe" link at the bottom of any email. In some cases, if you click a link or an advertisement on our site or in an email, your browser may momentarily direct to the website of a third party which, acting on behalf of HMT, counts your response to the email or newsletter before redirecting your browser to the desired destination; most of the time, this redirection process will not be apparent to you. When you use any of the email links on HMT, HMT will email the article or other content you select to the email address you designate, identifying your email address as the sender. Furthermore, while HMT will use the email address you provide to send the particular email you request, we will not subscribe that email address to any recurring email or newsletter from us.
d. Composite Data
HOW WE USE YOUR INFORMATION
HMT may use other information about you (1) to provide you with the products and services you request, (2) to communicate with you in general, (3) to respond to your questions and comments, (4) to measure interest in and improve our products, services, and web site, (5) to notify you about special offers and products or services that may be of interest to you, (6) to otherwise customize your experience with HMT, (7) to enforce our Terms and Conditions; and (8) as otherwise described to you at the point of collection.
HMT also may share your information:
c. Legal Compulsion: In response to legal proceedings, such as subpoenas, court orders, or search warrants; to establish or exercise our legal rights; to defend against legal claims; or as otherwise required by law. In such cases we reserve the right to raise or waive any legal objection or right available to us.
d. Investigations: When it is appropriate to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal or suspected illegal activities; to defend or assert the rights, property, or safety of our organization, our customers, or others; and in connection with our Terms and Conditions. Should we be legally compelled to disclose your personal information to a third party, we will attempt to notify you about such an action unless doing so would violate the law or court order.
e. Corporate Transactions: In connection with a corporate transaction--such as a merger, divestiture, or asset sale--or in the unlikely event of bankruptcy.
HOW YOU CAN ACCESS YOUR INFORMATION
You can access your personal information by logging into our website using the username and password you provided. You also can add or update information on this page. As discussed above, you can choose not to provide us with any information, although it may be helpful to make travel arrangements or to take advantage of certain features on our website. For instance, when you register as a member on HMT, you will be given the option of receiving email messages from HMT about special offers. As a registered HMT member, you can modify your choice at any time. Even if you registered as an HMT member, you will still be given the opportunity to unsubscribe from commercial messages in any such email we send. Please note that we reserve the right to send you other communications, including service announcements, administrative messages, and surveys relating either to your HMT account, without offering you the opportunity to opt out of receiving them.
If you have a complaint or problem, please contact us using our contact us form. We make every attempt to respond to emails within 48 hours, but we are not always able to do so. If you would like to remove your personal information entirely from our database, please email us accordingly. To verify your identity before removing your information, we require you to send a signed statement including your name, email address, mailing address, and birth year to the address or fax number we provide to you after you make such a request. After we receive your letter, we will make every attempt to remove your personal information within one (1) week after which you will no longer be actively associated with our website. Nonetheless, it may be impossible for us to remove every instance of information associated with you from all of our records, including log files and history digests, though the information exists for our internal purposes only and will not be shared with other parties. We will notify you after we remove your personal information.
If you chose to have us share your information with a third party Medical Service Provider or Medical Tourism Company, you will have to contact them directly in order to remove your information from their databases. We do not maintain control over the databases of the organizations with which we partner, and thus we cannot reasonably control the removal of your personal information from the databases of those organizations.
HOW WE PROTECT YOUR INFORMATION
In order to access your information, we require you to use a unique username and password, and we strongly encourage you to use a separate avatar or nickname when using our public forums to post questions. We will never ask you for credit card information or any other financial data, though the third parties with which we partner may require such information from you.
There is always a risk that an unauthorized third party may gain access to your information by bypassing our security measures or by intercepting the transmission of your information over the Internet. For example, a spyware program that you may have inadvertently installed on your computer may be logging your keystrokes and sending the information to an unauthorized third party.
HMT does not cater to children under the age of 13, and we are deeply committed to protecting the privacy of children. Should a child whom we know to be under the age of 13 send personal information to us, we will use that information only to respond directly to that child to inform him or her that we must have parental consent before receiving his or her personal information. Neither HMT nor any of its affiliates nor services are designed or intended to attract children under the age of 13. Should a person under the age of 13 require medical tourism information, we encourage that child's parent or legal guardian to establish an account for the minor, and it becomes that parent's responsibility to monitor the use of such an account. The parent or guardian is also responsible for maintaining the accuracy of any information so submitted. Furthermore, any information that HMT or any of our affiliates provides is directed at the parent or guardian, whom we hold responsible for interpreting and using that information. We take no responsibility for a child who knowingly falsifies his or her information in order to obtain information from us or from any of our partner websites.
HOW YOU CAN CONTACT US