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Your privacy is important to At, we understand the premium you place on the protection of your privacy on the Internet, and we want you to feel as comfortable as possible visiting our Web site and using its services. This Privacy Policy will tell you what information we collect, how we protect it and what choices you have about how that information is used. We urge you to read our Privacy Policy so that you will understand both our commitment to you and your privacy, and how you can help us to honor that commitment.

The following Articles make up our Privacy Policy for the Web Site (the "Site"). We hope that reading them gives you a clear idea of how we manage information regarding you.

Please remember that any information (including personal and medical information) that you reveal in a public forum on or accessible through our Site (such as a bulletin board, mail list, chat room/event) is not subject to this Privacy Policy, and will be seen by third parties not related to and may be used by them to contact you or for unauthorized purposes. Also, if you link to a third party site from this Site, any information you reveal on that site is not subject to this Privacy Policy. You should consult the privacy policies of each site you visit. We cannot control, and are not responsible for, the disclosure or use of any information revealed in either manner.

ARTICLE 1. Personal Information We Collect

We collect information about you in the following ways:

Voluntarily Provided Information. When you registered as a user of the Site, you or your authorized agent voluntarily provided information about you and the Group/Practice on whose behalf you registered. If you completed the registration on behalf of the Group/Practice and its personnel, you represented to us that you were authorized by the Group/Practice and its personnel to give us consent to use the information included on the enrollment forms. We will continue to use that information in accordance with the Enrollment Forms, the Terms and Conditions of Use and this Privacy Policy, unless you, the Group/Practice or the affected individual notifies us to the contrary.

We also collect other information that you voluntarily provide to use, e.g., through responses to surveys, questionnaires, and the like.

IP Address. We store the Internet Protocol (IP) address of your computer when you visit our Site. This information is only used to create broad demographic summaries of where our users come from, e.g., we know what percentage of users come from Europe or Africa. Our use of the IP addresses, however, does not identify the actual users of the Site.

Cookies. We may also collect information about you and your use of our Site through the use of Cookies. "Cookies" are small computer files we transfer to your computer's hard drive that allows us to know how often someone visits our Site and the activities they conduct while on our Site. This information helps us dynamically generate advertising and content on web pages specifically designed for you and also allows us to statistically monitor how many people are using our Site and for what purpose. Sponsors, advertisers or third parties may also use Cookies when you select their advertisement, content or service; we cannot control their use of Cookies or how they use the information they gather. If you do not want information collected through Cookies, there is a simple procedure in most browsers that allows you to deny or accept the Cookie feature. However, Cookies may be necessary to provide you with certain features (for example, customized delivery of information) available on the Site.

ARTICLE 2. Disclosure of Your Information to Third Parties

Except as set forth in this Article, we will not disclose to unaffiliated companies any information we gather from you which could be used to identify or contact you ("Personal Information"). Any Personal Information provided to entities affiliated with will be treated in accordance with the terms of this Privacy Policy, unless you are otherwise notified. In the following limited circumstances, we will/may release Personal Information to third parties: (1) to comply with applicable legal requirements such as a law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena, discovery request, or court order; (2) in special cases, such as a physical threat to you or others. We also provide Personal Information to our vendors and suppliers (collectively, "Vendors") when it is necessary for them to provide us with products and services related to the better operation and maintenance of our Site. We will attempt to require that each of these Vendors not further use or disclose your Personal Information for any purpose other than providing us or you with products and services. Of course, we cannot guarantee their compliance with these restrictions.

We may provide information about you that does not allow you to be identified or contacted ("Aggregate Information") to third parties.

ARTICLE 3. How We Handle Your Personal Information Internally

Security. We want your Personal Information to remain as secure as reasonably possible. That is why we have a two-tier system that combines technical safeguards and employee access restrictions. On the technical side, we use Secure Socket Layer ("SSL") encryption technology to protect the integrity and privacy of the Personal Information you provide to us via the Internet. As an additional security measure, your Personal Information is kept on a secure server where your password is encrypted and stored on a database. To take advantage of these technical safeguards, you must meet the minimum browser requirements for this Site: Netscape Navigator 4.05 or higher or Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 with Service Pack 2. On the employee side, only authorized employees are permitted to access your Personal Information.

Use. We may use your registration information and other voluntarily submitted information, including Personal Information, in the following ways:

  • To enable us to process and verify subscriptions;
  • To enable us to verify user credentials in order to maintain reasonable security;
  • To provide our editors with information that is useful in developing new features and services for our users;
  • To allow us to potentially vary advertising based on user preference, usage preferences, and demographics;
  • To enable us to develop and improve the features, content, and services available through the Site;
  • To contact you regarding new Site features, topic-based news alerts, products and product and service buying opportunities.

Internally, we use Aggregate Information in a number of ways to improve the Site and its content and services.

ARTICLE 4. Your Privacy Choices

When you receive an email notification from us, you will be given the option of receiving recurring informational/promotional emails from and/or third parties. You may opt out of receiving these emails in the manner specified in the email or on this Site or by changing your preferences in your member profile as specified in Article 5.

ARTICLE 5. Updating Your Personal Information and Contacting Us

You can always contact us in order to (a) delete your Personal Information from our systems, (b) update the Personal Information that you have provided to us, and (c) change your preferences with respect to informational/promotional contacts, by emailing us at

We may change this Privacy Policy at any time by posting revisions to our Site. Your use of the Site constitutes acceptance of the provisions of this Privacy Policy and your continued usage after such changes are posted constitutes acceptance of each revised Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy or any revised policy, please exit the Site immediately.

Revised May 7, 2003.

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