Privacy Policy

At North Shore Medical Center (NSMC), we are committed to protecting the privacy and security of the users of our site. We understand that health is a very personal, private subject, and we are committed to protecting the privacy and security of visitors to our site. This Privacy Policy will tell you what information we collect, how it is used, and what your choices are. Please read this policy carefully.

1. What personal information does NSMC collect?

Most of the NSMC site does not require visitors to provide any personal information. One place where personal information is necessary is in the Classes and Groups section, where people can register and pay for classes, lectures, conferences, etc. online. The information required to complete the transaction is noted on the form. The Classes and Groups registration area is a Secure area.


When providing personal information via e-mail to the hospital, please remember that e-mail messages can be viewed by other Internet users while in transit.

If you have individualized information to communicate, please use the appropriate secure on-line form or contact the necessary party using traditional means such as phone or mail.

Only authorized NSMC staff who need the information you provide to perform a specific task have access to your information. All NSMC hospital staff are required to attend training on Privacy and Confidentiality.

2. How is the collected information used?

NSMC currently discloses personal information you provide on the Web only to process credit card information or as required by law, and has no current plans to make other disclosures of such information. We will notify you through this on-line policy if there are any changes.

Requested information on voluntary forms is used to provide the services that you request, such as registration for classes, mailing of publications, and so forth.

3. Does NSMC use "cookies" to collect user information?

"Cookies" are small computer files that a web site can transfer to your computer. Examples of information we collect include how often someone visits our site and their activities while on our site. We use this information in the aggregate to understand how our visitors as a group use different resources. These reports do not contain any personally identifiable information.

Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can set your browser to refuse them or to alert you when they are being sent. You CAN access the information on the NSMC web site without having cookies enabled in your browser.

4. Are there advertisements on NSMC web site?

NSMC does not accept advertisements on its Web Site.

5. How does NSMC handle privacy internally?

NSMC wants your personal information to remain as secure as possible. Accordingly, we prevent unauthorized access by a secure firewall and use of security infrastructure to protect the integrity and privacy of the personal information you provide to us. As an additional security measure, your personal information is also encrypted during transmission by Secure Socket Layer 128-bit encryption software. (Encryption is a common method used to transmit sensitive data across the Internet. Encryption temporarily makes the text unreadable during the time it is being transmitted over the Internet.)

Please note, that for encryption to work, your browser must be a newer version which supports this type of encryption.

6. Which web pages and web sites does this policy apply to?

This Privacy Policy applies only to the NSMC Web site. The NSMC site does contain links to other sites. Please be aware that this policy does not apply to sites that NSMC only links to. We encourage you to read the Privacy Policies on any other sites before providing them with personal information.

7. Your Consent

By using the NSMC Web site, you agree to acceptance of this Privacy Policy. We may occasionally need to make changes to our Privacy Policy, to reflect changes in our site and address new issues. Changes will be posted here, so please refer to this policy regularly.


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