Doctor's Guide to the Internet's Policy on Privacy

Doctor's Guide ensures that confidentiality of data relating to individual patients and visitors to a medical/health Web site, including their identity, is respected by this Web site. The Web site owners undertake to honour or exceed the legal requirements of medical/health information privacy that apply in the country and state where the Web site and mirror sites are located.

Specifically:

  • Doctor's Guide to the Internet will not provide or release names or e-mail addresses of members to any third party without the member's explicit permission.
  • Doctor's Guide, does not and will not use cookies or any other technology to track or report on member activity when they are not on Doctor's Guide, nor pass member data to other Web sites.
  • Doctor's Guide directs editorial and other content to readers who are most likely to be interested in information about specific subject matter, as stated by the user.
  • Doctor's Guide measures site activity. Cookie technology helps Doctor's Guide determine which features and services are important to which audiences so that we may know where to invest our ongoing development and creative efforts.
  • Doctor's Guide advises members of new articles and features. DG E-mail Updates feature updates on interests selected by the reader. Feedback requests are e-mails soliciting feedback on how to improve our services. Other e-mails are sent occasionally to advise readers of new services or enhancements to existing services. Some Doctor's Guide content may be sponsored by outside parties, including pharmaceutical companies.
  • Doctor's Guide or its agent may write or call in the process of performing market research about our service. In the process of conducting any research, whether for our own purposes or for third parties, the identity of respondents will be fully safeguarded and answers of specific respondents will not be revealed under any circumstances.

At the user's request, Doctor's Guide may provide communications and services between a third party and the Doctor's Guide user. For example, physicians may wish to request drug samples from a manufacturer. This would require that the member release their name and address to the manufacturer. In all such instances the information to be released to the third party will be explicitly noted to the member.