Privacy Statement and Community Guidelines

Miami Cancer Institute CancerConnect is an online forum that is designed to make it easy for cancer patients and their families, friends and caregivers to support one another. The website is built on the CancerConnect software platform developed by OMNI Health Media. A number of other respected cancer centers throughout the United States have also developed CancerConnect sites for their patients.

Privacy Statement

At CancerConnect we want you, our members, to feel safe and secure while you discuss your issues. So, this statement allows us to be completely transparent about how any information that we collect from you will be used either by CancerConnect, Miami Cancer Institute or by other parties. We reserve the right to modify this policy at any time, and without prior notice.  If we do so, we’ll put an update notice at the end of this statement.

 

Passwords

We ask you to register when you join Miami Cancer Institute CancerConnect so that you can manage your own personal information. We also want to be able to customize an experience that is valuable to you. Please keep your password secret. If you decide to share it with others, it is your responsibility to make sure that they use it appropriately. If you lose your password, contact us and we will help you to reset it.

Cookies

Cookies are required to participate in the Miami Cancer Institute CancerConnect Community. A cookie is a small data file, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier that is sent to your browser from a website's computers and stored on your computer's hard drive. CancerConnect uses two types of cookies: Session Cookies, and Persistent Cookies. Session Cookies are temporary cookies that remain in the cookie file of your browser until you leave the website. Session cookies do not store any personally identifying information, only a unique visitor ID number that is used to customize the CancerConnect functionality for you. Persistent Cookies remain in the cookie file of your browser for much longer, even after you leave the Miami Cancer Institute CancerConnect website. Persistent cookies do not store any personally identifying information, only preferences that should persist from visit to visit, like "Remember Me".

How will my data be used?

Your data will be used to facilitate participation in your community. You will receive email notifications about news and discussions taking place and can opt out of these notifications at any time. Your data will also be aggregated and made available to other members as well as CancerConnect administrators as part of the Community dialogue. CancerConnect will never rent, sell or share information that personally identifies you for marketing purposes.

CancerConnect and Miami Cancer Institute cannot guarantee the identity of any other members with whom you may interact in the course of using the site or who may have access to information you have posted. Additionally, we cannot guarantee the authenticity of any data that members may provide about themselves. CancerConnect takes commercially reasonable technical precautions to help keep your experience secure.  Here are some of the ways we protect your information:

- Our servers are backed up each day.

- We have an automated system for 24/7/365 scanning to keep the site free from spam.

- The passwords on our servers are changed frequently to guard against unwanted intruders.

What safeguards does CancerConnect have in place to secure data?

We follow the best practices in security (as per HIPAA Security Compliance). We use a respected, secure hosting provider for the site. We also use Linux RedHat security systems on our production servers. These are state-of-the-art and are upgraded on a regular basis. Our systems have been developed to prevent the most common security vulnerabilities. For secure browsing, we use 128-bit SSL encryption using Verisign certificates. Finally, when we do any testing and development work to the site, we strip out all personal identification.

Guidelines

We want you to have a great experience in the Miami Cancer Institute CancerConnect Community. So, there are just a few rules we’d like you to follow so that everyone is comfortable. If you ever feel uncomfortable on CancerConnect we’d like to hear from you. Please email the specific incidence to:  concerns@cancerconnect.com.

  1. Be respectful of others. Be polite.
  2. Be respectful of the Community. If you see abuse, report it.
  3. Don’t curse.
  4. Do not give medical advice.  It is not appropriate to provide medical advice, however, you may share your own personal experience.
  5. Content on CancerConnect does not replace the advice of your physician. If you are experiencing side effects or other adverse events or problems with your medicines please report them to your physician or to the FDA at this link or call 1-800-332-1088.
  6. Do not promote your product.
  7. Do not flood the Community with similar posts.
  8. Facilitators’ decisions are final. If you have concerns, please let us know. If you want to debate an issue, do so in private.  Because it is impossible for us to read each post, we reserve the right to delete any message at any time for any reason at all.
  9. Those who do not follow the Community guidelines will be blocked from participation.

These rules are subject to change at any time. Views expressed are those of the individuals posting them and not necessarily of Miami Cancer Institute or CancerConnect. All messages are viewable by the general public.  This Community is not meant as a substitute for the advice of a doctor, therapist, or other trained professional.  If you have a specific medical question, you should contact your physician directly. CancerConnect and the Miami Cancer Institute make no warranties or representations, as to the accuracy or completeness, timeliness or usefulness of any opinion expressed on this website. CancerConnect and the Miami Cancer Institute reserves the right to update or change information contained in this website at any time.  The use of this website does not create a physician-patient relationship and does not obligate CancerConnect or the Miami Cancer Institute to follow up or contact users of this website.

Questions

If you have questions or comments about our privacy policy, please contact us at:

information@cancerconnect.com

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