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The Hearing Loss Association of America® (HLAA) has created this Privacy Policy to explain why we collect particular information and how we will protect your personal privacy within our website and the Walk4Hearing® website. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for this website.

In order to fully understand your rights we encourage you to read this Privacy Policy as well as our Terms of Use. The Hearing Loss Association of America reserves the right at any time and without notice to change this Privacy Policy simply by posting such changes on our Site. Any such change will be effective immediately upon posting.

Because we want to demonstrate our commitment to your privacy, this Privacy Policy notifies you of:
  1. What personally identifiable information of yours is collected through the Site;
  2. Who collects such information;
  3. How such information is used;
  4. With whom your information may be shared;
  5. What choices you have regarding collection, use and distribution of your information;
  6. What kind of security procedures are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information under our control;
  7. and, How you can correct any inaccuracies in your information.
Questions regarding this statement should be directed to The Hearing Loss Association of America by sending an email to webteam@hearingloss.org. Please reference this Privacy Policy in your subject line.

What information do we collect and how do we use it?
Through the HLAA and Walk4Hearing website, we collect information about the domain name (.com, .net, .edu, .gov) of a visitor's server (i.e., the name of the Internet service provider's computer that funnels traffic to the Internet) but use it only for measurement purposes. These measurements provide website statistics, such as the number of visitors, “hits” and top pages transmitted. Knowing how the site is used helps us develop plans for improvement of the site. The data we collect are totals of those visiting from a domain and not information on individual visitors. We do not request or store sensitive information from our visitors, such as credit card or social security numbers.

Our registration forms require users to give us contact information that may include name, email address, format preference (HTML vs. Text), address, interests, and similar information. We do not automatically collect email addresses or other personal information unless you provide it on a form, survey, or email message. The information we collect is used in the following ways:

The Hearing Loss Association of America does not sell, trade, or rent personal information about its website visitors, members, or donors.

Email addresses provided to us through registration on our site or when making a donation are used to distribute advocacy alerts, electronic newsletters, announcements, or other communications that HLAA distributes on behalf of HLAA Chapters, state organizations and alliance groups.

When you register as a Team Captain or walker, we need to know your name, email address and mailing address. When you make a donation online, we need to know your name, email address, mailing address, credit card number and the expiration date. This allows us to process, fulfill, and acknowledge your donation. Secure server software encrypts all information you input before it is sent to us.

You may receive email communications from HLAA, which you can opt-out of by clicking on the "unsubscribe" link available at the bottom of each message. You may also receive periodic mailings via the U.S. mail. If you do not wish to receive such mailings, please provide your full name, mailing address, and a sentence requesting deletion of your postal information from our files, and email it to inquiry@hearingloss.org or write to us at:

Hearing Loss Association of America
7910 Woodmont Ave, Suite 1200
Bethesda MD 20814

Internet Protocol Address:
We collect an IP address from all visitors to our Site. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the Internet. We use IP addresses to help diagnose problems with our server, administer our Site, analyze trends, track users' movement, gather broad demographic information for aggregate use in order for us to improve the site, and deliver customized, personalized content. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

Use of "Cookies":
Our Site may use cookies to enhance your experience while using our Site. Cookies are pieces of information that some websites transfer to the computer that is browsing that website and are used for record-keeping purposes at many websites. Use of cookies makes Web-surfing easier by performing certain functions such as saving your passwords, your personal preferences regarding your use of the particular website and to make sure you don't see the same ad repeatedly. Many consider the use of cookies to be an industry standard.

Your browser is probably set to accept cookies. However, if you would prefer not to receive cookies, you can alter the configuration of your browser to refuse cookies. If you choose to have your browser refuse cookies, it is possible that some areas of our Site will not function properly when you view them.

Security:
All information provided to Hearing Loss Association of America is transmitted using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption. SSL is a proven coding system that lets your browser automatically encrypt, or scramble, data before you send it to us. We also protect account information by placing it on a secure portion of our Site that is only accessible by certain qualified employees of Hearing Loss Association of America. Unfortunately, however, no data transmission over the Internet is 100% secure. While we strive to protect your information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of such information.
  • If a user elects to use our referral service for informing a friend about our Site, we ask them for the friend's name and email address. The Hearing Loss Association of America will automatically send the friend a one-time email inviting them to visit the Site. The Hearing Loss Association of America stores this information for the sole purpose of sending this one-time email.
  • Our Site contains links to other websites. Please note that when you click on one of these links, you are entering another website for which The Hearing Loss Association of America has no responsibility. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on all such sites as their policies may be different than ours.
  • If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this Site, or your dealings with this Site, you can contact: The Hearing Loss Association of America at webteam@hearingloss.org.
The Hearing Loss Association of America and Walk4Hearing website is committed to protecting the privacy of its visitors. Information gathered through The Hearing Loss Association of America and Walk4Hearing website is used to monitor our sites’ effectiveness and to respond to your questions and requests.

By using the Hearing Loss Association of America and Walk4Hearing website, you consent to the collection and use of the information described above.