This website, found at https://www.howardluksmd.com (“Website”) is governed by the following privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”).

We respect the right to privacy of all visitors to our website. The purpose of this Privacy Policy is to inform you what personally identifiable information we may collect and how it may be used. This statement only applies to this Website.

What data we collect and why we collect it

We may use the information we collect from you when you visit our website, sign up for our newsletter, respond to a survey or marketing communication, or use other website features. Some reasons for data collection:

  • To improve our website in order to better serve you.
  • To allow us to better service you in responding to your customer service requests or correspondence (live chat, email or phone inquiries), or to process any transactions you request.
  • To ensure the security of our site for all visitors. All web servers store IP addresses, which is necessary for security reasons. This data is not shared with 3rd parties, nor does it identify you personally. Security logs are purged on a regular basis.
  • If you choose, we may send periodic emails regarding your order or other products and services, if you opt into our email list (and you can unsubscribe anytime by clicking “unsubscribe” in the email body, or by contacting us with your request.

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies may last up to a year, unless you clear your browser cache

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

If you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Cookies are a normal part of browsing the web. You can take steps to manage your privacy and cookie settings via your web browser. Keep in mind that some website functionality depends on cookies to work.

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How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

We may keep contact form entries for up to six months; analytics records for a year; and purchase records for up to ten years.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time. Website administrators can also see and edit that information. Users or visitors may use our contact form to request data removal (details below).

Google Analytics

This website, and Google use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookies) or other third-party identifiers together to compile data regarding user interactions with ad impressions and other ad service functions as they relate to our website. IP addresses are anonymized, and no personally identifiable data is sent to these services. This data is only used in aggregate form to learn how users engage with the website.

Opting out of Google services:  Users can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Settings page.  Alternatively, you can opt out by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative Opt Out page , or by using the Google Analytics Opt Out Browser add on.

Advertising / Display Ads

Cookies may be used for advertising purposes across the following platforms such as Google Adwords/Adsense, or Facebook/Instagram.

The Website uses Mediavine to manage third-party advertising on the Website. Mediavine serves content and advertisements when you visit the Website, which may use cookies. Mediavine may collect IP addresses and location to serve personalized ads.  If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices to opt-in or opt-out of this data collection, please visit http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp.

How we protect visitor information

We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information.

  • Every page on our site is secured with an SSL certificate (https) for secure form submissions.
  • We run daily security scans and implement security checks to prevent intrusion.
  • Your personal information is contained behind secured networks and is only accessible by a limited number of persons who have special access rights to our systems, and are required to keep the information confidential.
  • The personal information that you submit is shared only with those people in our organization who need this information to respond to your question or request. We do not save personal information to use for other purposes, nor do we provide it to any other organization, except in the rare case of authorized law enforcement investigations or other valid legal processes.

Opt-out Requests

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can use our contact form to request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Opting out of Google services:  Users can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Settings page.  Alternatively, you can opt out by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative Opt Out page , or by using the Google Analytics Opt Out Browser add on.

Online Policy Only

This online privacy policy applies only to information collected through our website – and not to information collected offline.

Changes to Our Privacy Policy

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page.


Last updated: May 1, 2019