Web Privacy Policy 

Hebrew SeniorLife is committed to protecting your privacy. The following information explains our policy regarding any personal information you may choose to provide when visiting this web site.

You can visit the web site without disclosing any information about yourself. Hebrew SeniorLife collects personally identifying information only when you register and voluntarily submit personalized information at our site. Hebrew SeniorLife, Institute for Aging Research and its housing sites will not sell, rent or share information with any other organization. We may share the information with a Hebrew SeniorLife housing site or other affiliate if we feel we can help you meet your needs.  If at any time you do not wish to receive additional information from us, please contact us.

IP Addresses
Hebrew SeniorLife collects IP addresses for system administration and internal tracking. When you visit our site, our servers log the IP addresses only. We do not link IP addresses to anything personally identifiable.

Hebrew SeniorLife does not use cookies to retrieve information from your computer and we do not use information transferred through cookies for any HSL promotional or marketing purposes, nor is that information shared with any third parties. Hebrewseniorlife.org does not use cookies to identify specific individuals, except in such cases as individualized news on the home page with the permission of the individual.

By using this site, you consent to be governed by this Privacy Policy. We reserve the right, at our discretion, and within the bounds of applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, statutes, rules and ordinances to change, modify, add, or remove portions of this Privacy Policy at any time. Please review this Privacy Policy from time to time to ensure your familiarity with its terms, as your continued use of hebrewseniorlife.org following changes to these terms means you accept those changes.

Web Site User Privacy Rights
Hebrew SeniorLife is strongly committed to protecting the privacy of its online users: patients, families, donors, the media, and others. We do not collect personally identifiable information about individuals, except when it is knowingly provided by such individuals. We do not share voluntarily provided identifiable information for any purpose other than its intended use.

Hebrew SeniorLife believes that privacy on the Web is important, and we encourage you to read our privacy policy carefully, so that you will clearly understand our commitment and our method of collecting and using information. A link to our privacy policy can be found at the bottom of each page of our Web site.

Information Collection and Use

Web log file data
We collect some basic Web log file data about site visitors. This information includes domain names, Web site traffic patterns and server usage statistics. This information is used for site management and administration and to improve the content and overall performance of our site.

Data Security
Hebrew SeniorLife makes every reasonable effort to ensure that all of the transactions that occur on our Web site are secure. We store personally identifiable data with Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption to protect information you may submit on our site. SSL is the industry standard protocol. All off-line information is securely stored and is accessible only by authorized HSL staff.

Online Forms
Hebrew SeniorLife provides intake forms on our Web site that may request confidential health information. These online forms are located on our secure site. We adhere to the requirements outlined by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) legislation, which ensures security and privacy of an individual's medical records. For your convenience, a printable version of the form is also available, if preferred.

Subscription to Newsletter or Press Releases
If you subscribe to a newsletter, publication or press release published by Hebrew SeniorLife and distributed via e-mail, we will keep your e-mail address in a private distribution list. Messages sent electronically do not reveal recipients' e-mail addresses or any other personal information. Hebrew SeniorLife will only send messages to individuals who have opted to subscribe and who have provided their e-mail address to us directly. We do not use this e-mail address list for any other purpose, and we only add individuals at their request. At any time, you may opt out by using the unsubscribe link provided on our Web site and in the publication e-mail, which will remove your information from the distribution list for that publication. 

Donations and Fundraising Events
When you donate to Hebrew SeniorLife or register for a fundraising event, we ask you to voluntarily provide your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and credit card number so we can process your donation or event registration, send you a receipt or confirmation and communicate with you if necessary. If you'd like, you can provide that information another way (by phone or regular mail).

Third-Party Service Providers
Hebrew SeniorLife may engage reputable third-party vendors to help us manage our Web sites and allow us to better service our patients and visitors. The organization never shares with third parties any personally identifiable information you provide when requesting information or making a donation online, except as required by law.

Links to Other Sites
This site has links to other sites we think may be of interest to our visitors. Their purpose is to provide visitors with convenient access to other sites that might interest them. A link to another site does not imply an endorsement of the site's content or services.

We are not responsible for the privacy practices of sites not owned by Hebrew SeniorLife or our housing sites. We encourage you to be aware of that when you leave our site and to read privacy statements at any sites that collect personally identifiable data.

E-mail Communication
Hebrew SeniorLife does not collect your e-mail address unless you voluntarily submit it to us or choose to communicate with us via e-mail. We do not sell or rent any e-mail addresses. We try to respond to e-mail messages requiring a response within five business days. If you e-mail HSL, your message and e-mail address will be forwarded to the appropriate department or program within the system. Please do not e-mail patient health information, as that information is confidential and should only be discussed with a physician.

How We Use the Information
Hebrew SeniorLife uses the information you provide to fulfill your online request, facilitate customer service, and inform you of our programs and events.

We do not rent, sell or otherwise provide visitors' personal information to third parties, such as marketers.
We inform the companies that help Hebrew SeniorLife with donations made by credit card that they may not share or use personally identifiable information for any other purpose.

We do not share any third-party or personally identifiable information you provide with gifts in honor or memory of a loved one.
We do not share any personally identifiable information we may collect in surveys, although we may share aggregated survey results with analysts, as described above. The aggregate data cannot be used to identify individuals, and participation in the survey is voluntary.
It is possible that we could be forced to disclose personally identifiable user information in response to a search warrant, subpoena, or court order; that can happen to any organization keeping records.
Disclosures may also be appropriate to protect our legal rights and the security or integrity of our Web site, or to avoid liability. Those kinds of disclosures are highly unlikely, but possible.

Policy Changes
We will promptly post any changes to our privacy policy on all sites owned by Hebrew SeniorLife.

Deletion and Removal of Information
Non-identifiable information in our aggregate databases will not be deleted. Like all responsible Web site publishers, Hebrew SeniorLife maintains backup files as a protection against natural disasters, equipment failures, or other disruptions. Backup files protect you and us because they lower the risk of losing valuable data. Removing a record from our main files does not remove that record from any backup systems. It may take up to six months before all the information in a backup record is completely erased through the normal recycling of backup files. In the meantime, as long as backup records exist, they receive the same privacy and security protections as our other records.

Questions or Comments?

Questions about Hebrew SeniorLife, our Institute for Aging Research, our housing sites, or our privacy policy, may be directed to:

Hebrew SeniorLife
Corporate Communications
1200 Centre Street
Boston, MA 02131
(617) 363-8000

Modified: April 25, 2006