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The Seattle Heart Failure Model Web Site is hosted by the University of Washington Computer & Communications. Two URLs (seattleheartfailuremodel.org and depts.washington.edu/shfm) are used by the Seattle Heart Failure Model Web Site. The privacy policy applies to both URLs.

Section 1: Introduction

Your privacy is important to us. We have created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy. The following document discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for the Seattle Heart Failure Model Web Site. Only under unusual circumstances will information be revealed in violation of the policy. Release of confidential information would take place to comply with any legal process, protect or defend the University of Washington or other individuals or organizations involved with this project (including protecting the property of said parties), or to enforce University of Washington policies. Be aware that UW is an agency of the state of Washington and as such has obligations to maintain public records under RCW 42.17.250 et seq, which potentially requires us to provide Web site records if requested by anyone through the proper legal process. Disclosure might also occur by a break-in to the site’s computers, either physical or electronic, and/or a UW employee, UW student, or other contractual partner who violates UW privacy rules.

Section 2: Explanation of Information Collected

This Web site does not collect any personal or demographic information from its users. The Seattle Heart Failure Model is implemented as a program that runs within your web browser. It does not communicate with any other computers, nor does it access your computer's data. No patient information is communicated to the University of Washington or Drs. David Linker and Wayne Levy.

Section 3: System Logs

We also keep a minimum set of system logs that allow us to tune and protect the service and determine general usage patterns. We do not keep such information any longer than necessary to meet these objectives. The system log information we collect or request may include these items, such as "name of domain from which you access the Internet," "date and time of your visit to our site," "the Internet address of the Web site you linked from," "browser type”, and others. For this Web site, we will use the Webalizer tool provided by the University of Washington Computer and Communications to generate site statistics. More information about Webablizer can be found at http://www.washington.edu/computing/web/publishing/webalizer.html.

Section 4: Internet Protocol (IP) Addresses

An Internet Protocol (IP) address does not identify you personally, but rather identifies the location you are computing from. We do not track or collect the IP addresses of those who use our Web site.

Section 5: Cookies

This Web site does not use cookies to track your Internet usage, nor are they used in any other way at this site.

Section 6: Links

This Web site may contain links to other sites. Please be aware that Seattle Heart Failure Model Web Site is not responsible for the privacy practices of other such sites. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this Web site.

Section 7: Information Voluntarily Disclosed

We use information provided by you to contact other individuals only for the purpose for which the address was solicited. For example, if you request we forward information about this site or our technology to another party, we will only use the contact information for that purpose. Return e-mail addresses and third party addresses sent to us for the purpose of forwarding site information are never sold to other sites or businesses.

Section 8: Legal Restrictions

This policy shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Washington. If any provision of this agreement shall be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from the other provisions and shall not affect the validity of the other provisions.

Section 9: Security

This Web site takes every reasonable precaution to protect our users’ information. When users submit sensitive information via the Web site, that information is protected both online and offline.This Web site is hosted on servers maintained by the University of Washington computer personnel. Information received by this Web site is treated with the same security procedures as other UW information on these servers, including restricting server equipment and file access to appropriate personnel.

Section 10: Information Management and How to Contact Us

Should you have any questions or concerns about this privacy policy, please e-mail UW Center for Commercialization (C4C) license@u.washington.edu

Section 11: Notification of Changes with the Privacy Policy

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on Seattle Heart Failure Model Web Site so our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. Please periodically check this privacy statement for changes. If at any point we decide to use personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, we will notify users by way of e-mail (if we have their e-mail address).

This privacy statement supersedes all prior Seattle Heart Failure Model Web Site privacy statements and is effective March 9, 2006.
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