Web Privacy Policy

The Department of Health Promotion & Education (HPE) is committed to protecting your privacy. This Privacy Policy applies to the HPE website and governs data collection and usage. By using the HPE website, you consent to the data practices described in this Policy.

The HPE website intends to provide general information about HPE, its services, and practice locations. HPE intends to keep the information on the website as current as possible, but does not guarantee its accuracy, timeliness, and completeness, and any other warranty, express or implied.

The HPE website is not intended to provide medical advice or medical treatment. Please consult with a health care provider for treatment or to answer your questions.

Collection of Information

HPE website collects information about your computer hardware and software such as: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times, and referring website addresses. HPE uses this information for the operation of the website, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the HPE website.

Use of Personal Information

HPE website collects and uses some personal information to operate the HPE website. For example, if you submit an inquiry through a web form on a contact-us page, you may be asked to include your name and/or email address so that we can reach you to resolve your comment.

HPE website does not sell, rent, or lease visitor information to third parties. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to the HPE website, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

HPE website will only disclose your personal information without notice if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on HPE website; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of HPE website; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of HPE website, or the public.

Use of Cookies

Cookies are small files that are stored on your computer (unless you block them). We use cookies to understand and save your preferences for future visits and compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future. We may contract with third-party service providers to assist us in better understanding our site visitors. These service providers are not permitted to use the information collected on our behalf except to help us conduct and improve our business.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the HPE website.

Cookies may be set by an organization other than Harvard.edu. These “third-party cookies” may, for example, originate from websites such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus or other services for which HPE has implemented “plug-ins.” Since the cookie policies of these sites change over time, you should determine their policies by visiting the privacy policy pages of these sites directly.

Security of Personal Information

HPE website secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. HPE website secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure.

Links to external third-party websites

The HPE website may provide links to some external, non-HPE websites for your convenience. HPE is not responsible for the accuracy, availability, or content of any non-HPE sites, nor does HPE endorse them.

HPE encourages you to review the privacy statements of websites you choose to link to from the HPE website so that you can understand how those websites collect, use, and share your information. HPE is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on websites outside of the HPE website.

Changes to this Statement

We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time. If we change the Policy, we will post the modified text on this page.

Contacting this web site

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, contact the Harvard University Health Services Webmaster at webmaster@huhs.harvard.edu.

Effective date

The effective date of this policy is April 21, 2014