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We also respect clarity of speech and have made an effort to clearly and simply explain to you how and why we and other third-parties use information collected about you when you visit this website.
In short: information identifying individual MNT visitors and account holders will not be disclosed by MNT staff to anyone unless specifically authorized by that individual.
Your email address and personal details are never passed on, or sold, to third-parties. These details are used only to supply MNT services requested by you and for our own statistical analysis.
For example, our email-a-friend service uses your name and email address, as well as the email address and name of the person you wish to forward an MNT news article to. We do not store this information, nor do we associate it with your MNT account, should you have one.
Please read the rest of the document to familiarize yourself with where and how we collect and use your data, as well as how our advertisers and other service providers deal with your personal data.
Please be aware that by continuing to use MNT, you consent to our usage of the methods described here.
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Here is a list of the cookies that we place, how long they are active for and why we use them:
MNT account "remember me"
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Please see the sections below for further specific information on how our advertisers and other third-party partners collect and use information about you and your visit to MNT.
We use Google and other third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit MNT. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number), about your visits to MNT and other websites. In addition, they may collect information about how you interact with content on these sites.
They do this in order to provide advertisements on MNT and other websites about goods and services that may be of interest to you.
To learn more about behavioral advertising practices by third-party advertisers or to opt out of this type of advertising, you can visit www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp and https://www.google.com/settings/ads
You may also read our own advertising policy here.
We use Google Analytics to gather anonymous data about our readers and how they use MNT. The information collected cannot be used by us to identify an individual reader.
We use this information to aid our understanding of how our readers interact with MNT, as well as to help us to understand trends for things such as:
As you can understand, this information is very useful and helps us to decide when we roll out new services and importantly, how we make sure that MNT is readable on the widest possible range of computers, tablets, mobile phones and other devices.
(At the time of writing, our reports showed that we had nearly 5,000 different types of devices accessing MNT per month.)
Regardless of how useful this information it in allowing us to provide a better service to you, our reader, you may opt out of providing this information to Google Analytics here.
We use Quantcast Corporation's "Quantcast Measurement" service to measure website traffic and demographic data. MNT is a “Quantified” website, which means that when you visit MNT, Quantcast's servers automatically record and collect "log data" sent by your browser.
This "log data" includes your computer’s IP address and the referring HTTP location (how you arrived on the page you are reading).Quantcast also may place or read cookies when you visit MNT, although your name, address, email address or telephone number are not tracked.
Quantcast’s reporting is publicly viewable and you may see the results of Quantcast’s measurements of MNT's traffic at any time by clicking here.
This service allows us to analyze, compare and optimize our Twitter-based advertising campaigns when they are active.
You may read more about Twitter's policies for this service here.
We provide an open forum for discussion and debate of articles published on MNT, as well as other topics created by MNT readers. This forum can be found at: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/opinions.
Contributors to MNT Opinions (known below as "Opinions Service"), may include medical health professionals, patients, patient family members and other interested members of the public. However, information provided by the Opinions Service is designed to complement, not replace, the relationship between a patient and his/her own physician and readers should be aware that opinions found using the Opinions Service should not be regarded as advice given by medical practitioners, or professionals.
When you create a new opinion thread, or submit an opinion using the Opinions Service, the following data will be provided to MNT:
In addition, MNT account holders may also have the following additional information associated with their post:
Once submitted, comments are not directly editable, however, readers wishing to have previously submitted comments edited, or removed from the Opinions Service may do so by sending a message to MNT through our contact form.
Please note that MNT has no control over how content from the Opinions Service appears on search engines and other internet content discovery services. Upon request, MNT is able to remove previously posted content from the Opinions Service. MNT does not have the ability to remove any previously indexed content from search engines and internet content discovery services. Readers wishing to remove content external to MNT should contact the appropriate service provider.
Readers wishing to alert MNT of potentially objectionable content on the Opinions Service may click on the "Alert a moderator" link, which can be found at the foot of each individual comment.
Regarding advertising material which appears on the Opinions Service, please refer to the "Third Party Advertising" section above.