Our pledge regarding medical information:

The privacy of your dental personal health information is important to us.  We understand that your information is confidential and we are committed to protecting it.  We create a record of the care and services you receive in our office.  We need this record to provide quality care and to comply with certain legal requirements.

Our legal duty is to:

Keep your dental and personal health information private, and to give you this notice describing our legal duties, privacy practices, and your rights regarding your health information.

We Have the Right to:

Change our privacy practices and the new terms of notice at any time. This is provided the changes are permitted by law, are reflected in our updated notice of privacy practices, and are effective for all dental information that we keep, including information previously created or received before the changes.

Notice of Change to Privacy Practices:

Before we make an important change in our privacy practices, we will change this notice and make the new notice available upon request.

Website Use Information

Similar to other commercial websites, our website utilizes a standard technology called “cookies” (see explanation below) and web server log files to collect information about how our website is used. Information gathered through cookies and Web server logs may include the date and time of visits, the pages viewed, time spent at our website, and the websites visited just before and just after our own.

What Are Cookies?

A cookie is a very small text document, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier. When you visit a website, that site’s computer asks your computer for permission to store this file in a part of your hard drive specifically designated for cookies. Each website can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser’s preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) your browser only permits a website to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other sites. Browsers are usually set to accept cookies. However, if you would prefer not to receive cookies, you may alter the configuration of your browser to refuse cookies. If you choose to have your browser refuse cookies, it is possible that some areas of our site will not function as effectively when viewed by the users. A cookie cannot retrieve any other data from your hard drive or pass on computer viruses.

How Do We Use Information We Collect from Cookies?

As you visit and browse our website, the site uses cookies to differentiate you from other users. In some cases, we also use cookies to prevent you from having to log in more than is necessary for security. Cookies, in conjunction with our Web server’s log files, allow us to calculate the aggregate number of people visiting our website and which parts of the site are most popular. This helps us gather feedback to constantly improve our website and better serve our clients. Cookies do not allow us to gather any personal information about you and we do not intentionally store any personal information that your browser provided to us in your cookies.

IP Addresses

IP addresses are used by your computer every time you are connected to the Internet. Your IP address is a number that is used by computers on the network to identify your computer. IP addresses are automatically collected by our web server as part of demographic and profile data known as traffic data so that data (such as the web pages you request) can be sent to you.

Security Measures

The security and confidentiality of your information are extremely important to us. We have technical, administrative, and physical security measures in place to protect your personal information from unauthorized access and improper use. These measures include encryption of data using the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) system as well as secured messaging service when we send you personal information electronically. We also review our security procedures periodically to consider new technology and updated methods. But despite our reasonable efforts, no security measure is perfect or impenetrable.

If you have further questions, please contact our office and ask for our HIPPA representative.

Niles Orthodontics