Welcome to the Obesity Medicine Association® website. OMA believes in your right to know what information is collected during your visit to this website and how that information is used and safeguarded.
Information Automatically Gathered about all Visitors
We collect aggregate and user-specific information on which pages consumers access or visit. This information is used to generate reports that help us assess the value of/interest in the various websites we provide. We use the information collected to improve the content of our web pages. We can build a better site if we know which pages our users are visiting, how often they visit and how long they stay on a page.
If your use of a component of the site requires you to register, a cookie will be used to automatically identify you as a registered user when you are using our site. These cookies are known as “persistent cookies” and continue on your computer after the initial session in which they are created. This cookie allows us to maintain information containing the products (like photo reprints) or services (such as placing a classified advertisement or signing up for home delivery) you are purchasing while you are online. To limit unauthorized access, this cookie, also called a session cookie, expires whenever you exit a browser session. Like many other commercial sites, our sites may utilize an electronic file called a “web beacon” to count users who have visited a page or to recognize users by accessing certain cookies. Our site and/or our partner websites use web beacons for auditing purposes and to collect information from the websites of certain partners. Information recorded through these web beacons is used to report anonymous individual and/or aggregate information about our users from our partners. Aggregate information may include demographic and usage information. No personally identifiable information about you is shared with partners. To opt-out of a third party’s use of web beacons please click here.
About Third-party Advertising
OMA is not responsible for any opinions or statements on the OMA News page. OMA disclaims all warranties with regard to the information posted, whether posted by OMA or any third party. This disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. OMA has no liability for damages and/or injuries including, but not limited to, special, indirect or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever arising out of the use or performance of any posted information. Defamatory, abusive, profane, offensive, illegal or unauthorized copyrighted material is not permitted. Persons posting any information represent and warrant that the material is either original in all respects or that permission to reproduce the materials has been granted by the copyright owner. OMA reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines. Discussion of future prices and/or prices paid for services or supplies may be in violation of federal and state antitrust laws. Such discussions are strictly prohibited and OMA is not responsible for any such discussions. We may use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. If so, a list of these ad-serving companies will be available here. These companies may use information (generally, not including your name, address, e-mail address or telephone number) about your visits to this website and to other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. These companies may employ cookies and clear GIFs to measure advertising effectiveness. Any information that these third parties collect via cookies and clear GIFs is generally not personally identifiable, unless, for example, you provide personally identifiable information to them through an ad or e-mail message. We encourage you to read these businesses’ privacy policies if you should have any concerns about how they will care for your personal information. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, see the Network Advertising Initiative’s consumer education web page. Google is an ad network partner that displays ads on our website. To improve your ad experience on our website and elsewhere on the Internet, we may send non-personal information to Google based on your browser’s activities, such as type of pages viewed and categories of interests, so that the advertising you see is relevant to you. Google also may use information regarding its own users to select which ads to display.
Information Gathered by Voluntary Submission
To make use of certain features on our website (such as the Members-only section), visitors need to register and to provide certain information as part of the registration or participation process. We may ask, for example, for your name, e-mail address, and zip code. The information you supply will help us offer you more personalized features, tailor our site to your interests and make them more useful to you. Supplying such information is entirely voluntary. If you do not supply the information we need, though, we may be unable to provide you with services and content we make available to other visitors to our sites. Of course, even if you want to remain completely anonymous, you are still free to take advantage of the wealth of content that is otherwise available, without registration on our site.
Children under the Age of 13
If you are under the age of 13, do not send us any information about yourself such as your name, address or e-mail address. You may send us personally identifiable information only if your parents have verified to us their consent to the collection of the information. Because we strive to protect the privacy of all users of our site, including children, we endeavor to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. Our site:
– Includes our contact information.
– Explains the types of personal information we collect, and how we use it.
– Explains our practices in terms of sharing personal information with third parties.
– Allows parents to consent to the collection and use of their children’s personal information, without consenting to disclosure to third parties.
– Does not condition a child’s participation in an activity on the child’s providing more personal information than is reasonably necessary for the activity.
– Allows parents to review their child’s information, have it deleted, or refuse to permit any further collection, by contacting us.
We make a special effort to encourage children under the age of 13 to consult with their parents before furnishing any personal data. Nonetheless, we also believe that parents should supervise their children’s online activities and consider using parental control tools available from online services and software manufacturers that help provide a child-friendly online environment. These tools can also prevent children from disclosing their name, address and other personal information online without parental permission.
E-mails from OMA
Upon registering with our website, you may begin receiving communications from us. In addition, if you have signed up for any of our automated account services, we will send you transactional e-mails regarding the status of your account, including confirmations, notices of expiration and renewal and other related electronic correspondence. If you have signed up for any of our e-mail communications, you may stop receiving them if you follow the “unsubscribe” instructions located near the bottom of each newsletter. We may send you an e-mail inviting you to participate in subscriber or website user surveys. Such surveys greatly help us improve our services and the value of our web site. Any information you give us in those surveys will not be shared with any third parties except in aggregate form.
What We Do with the Information We Gather about You
We may perform statistical, marketing and demographic analyses of our delivery subscribers and their subscription patterns. In addition, we may generally inform our advertisers about our subscriber base. When we present information to our advertisers—to help them understand our audience and confirm the value of advertising on our website— it is usually in the form of aggregated statistics on traffic to various pages within our sites. We will not share individual user information with third parties unless the user has specifically approved the release of that information. In some cases, though, we may provide information to legal officials as described in the following section, “Compliance with Legal Process.” In some cases, we contract with third parties to provide services on our behalf, including credit card and bill processing, shipping, e-mail distribution, list processing and analytics or promotions management. We provide these third parties with only the information necessary for them to perform their specific services. These service providers are restricted from using this information in any way other than to provide services to us, and they may not share this information with anyone else nor may they resell this data.
Compliance with Legal Process
We may disclose personal information, if we or one of our affiliated companies is required by law to disclose personal information or if we believe in good faith that such action is necessary to comply with a law or some legal process to protect or defend our rights and property, to protect against misuse or unauthorized use of our website or to protect the personal safety or property of our users or the public.
A Final Note