Privacy Policy

PRIVACY POLICY

 

            Collected Information.  American Adoptions, Inc. (“American Adoptions,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) collect information from you when you access our website(s) located at www.americanadoptions.com and its affiliated pages, information, and content (the “Website”), create an account, or submit a request for additional information, or contact us using the online form.  When registering on our Website, completing the online form, or ordering a service after registration, you may be asked to enter your name, e-mail address, mailing address, phone number, credit card or other payment information.  You may visit our general Website without entering this information. 

 

In many cases, the information we collect using cookies and other tools is used in non-identifiable ways, without any reference to personal information. For example, we may use information we collect about Website users to optimize our Website and understand its traffic and usage patterns. In other cases, we associate the information we collect using cookies and related technologies with personal information, and in that case, this Privacy Policy governs how we use that information.

 

            Online Privacy Policy Only.  This Privacy Policy applies only to information collected through our Website and not to information collected offline or via email, mail, fax, telephone, or in any other way, except as specified above.

 

            American Adoptions Forum.  Please note that any personal information you reveal or post on our public forums is not protected by this Privacy Policy and may be collected, shared and used by us, by other users, and by third parties, for purposes including contacting you.  Information you give out or post on our public forums you disclose at your own risk.

 

            Cookies.  A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns.  We use cookies to help us identify and track visitors, their usage of the Website, and their Website access preferences.  Website visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using the Website, with the drawback that certain features of the Website may not function properly without the aid of cookies. 

 

            Action Tags.  Our Website may use a common web technology called “action tags” (also called single pixel gifs or web beacons) to anonymously track usage and other web activity information. Action tags (including third-party tags) may be used to provide data to third parties for tracking purposes. However, our Website does not use action tags to collect or transfer Personal Information.

            IP Addresses.  Our server logs may also record the Internet Protocol (“IP”) addresses of the devices you use to interact with the Website.  An IP address is a unique identifier that devices use to identify and communicate with each other on the Internet. Additionally, your IP address may be used to help identify you, to track activity within our Website, and to gather broad demographic information.

            Limited Disclosure of Information.  We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties information that may directly identify you as an individual (“Personal Information”). This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our Website, conducting our business, or servicing you (“Business Partners”), so long as those parties agree to protect Personal Information on terms not less restrictive than the terms of this Privacy Policy. We may also release Personal Information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law; to defend ourselves in litigation or a regulatory action; to effect a merger, acquisition, or otherwise to support the sale or transfer of business assets; to enforce our Website policies; or to protect our or others’ rights, property, or safety.  However, non-personally identifiable visitor information (such as IP addresses and aggregated information) may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

            Use of Information.  Any of the Personal Information may be used in the following ways:

1.            Register new users of our Website;

2.            Facilitate and process orders for services offered by American Adoptions;

3.            Operate and improve our Website;

4.            Provide clients with offers for services, including offers based on variables such as stated and anticipated client interests, personal characteristics, or location;

5.            Evaluate eligibility of clients for certain services;

6.            Evaluate the types of offers or services that may be of interest to clients;

7.            Provide customer support, including to our Business Partners;

8.            Communicate and provide additional information that may be of interest to you about American Adoptions and our Business Partners, such as American Adoptions news, special offers, announcements, and marketing materials;

9.            Send you reminders, technical notices, updates, security alerts, support and administrative messages service bulletins, or marketing messages;

10.        Provide advertisements to you through the Website, email messages, text messages, or other methods of communication;

11.        Administer surveys, contests, or other promotional activities or events sponsored by us or our Business Partners; and

12.        Manage our everyday business needs such as Website administration, forum management, fulfillment, analytics, fraud prevention, enforcement of our corporate reporting obligations, Terms of Use, or to comply with applicable local, state, federal, and international laws.

We may use non-personally identifiable visitor information without restriction.

            Protection of Information.  We implement a variety of security measures to reasonably safeguard Personal Information when you submit Personal Information to American Adoptions; however, we do not guarantee or warrant that the security measures cannot be breached.  All supplied sensitive/credit information is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (“SSL”) technology and then encrypted into our database or our payment gateway provider’s database, only to be accessible by those authorized with special access rights to such systems, who are required to keep the information confidential.  When the collected Personal Information is no longer required for its stated purpose, it will be destroyed, erased or made anonymous, unless American Adoptions is required by state law, United States law or other applicable law to retain the information.


            Ads and Third-Party Links.  We may include or offer third-party products or services on our Website. These third parties have separate and independent privacy policies. We have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of any linked third-party websites.  Ads appearing on our Website may be delivered to users by third parties, who may set cookies.  This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies and information collected by American Adoptions and does not cover the use of cookies and information collected by any third parties.

            Notice to Residents of Countries Outside the United States of America. American Adoptions is headquartered in the state of Kansas in the United States of America.  Any information we collect may be accessed by us or transferred to us in the United States or to our affiliates, Business Partners, or service providers elsewhere in the world.  By utilizing the Website, you consent to this transfer.  We will protect the privacy and security of Personal Information according to our Privacy Policy, regardless of where it is processed or stored.

            Review, Correction, or Deletion of Information.  If you want to review the Personal Information that you have provided to American Adoptions online, or if you want American Adoptions to correct or delete such Personal Information that is stored in American Adoptions’ database, please submit your request in writing to:

 

American Adoptions

National Offices

9101 West 110th Street

Suite 200

Overland Park, KS 66210

 

Or

 

adoptions@americanadoptions.com

 

Subject to our ability to verify your request and your identity, American Adoptions will allow you to review the Personal Information that you have provided to American Adoptions online and which American Adoptions currently has in its database.  Provided that American Adoptions is not required to maintain the Personal Information by applicable laws, regulations, or contractual obligations, American Adoptions will correct (if you notify American Adoptions that the information is erroneous and provide American Adoptions with corrected or updated information) or delete the Personal Information within thirty (30) days of receipt of your request for correction or deletion.  Additionally, users can modify and update their account information by accessing the Website, clicking on the “My Account” link and utilizing their username and password to access their account.


            Terms and Conditions.  Each time you use this Website or the services, you agree to the Privacy Policy and all of the Terms of Use then in effect.  Please visit our Terms of Use at http://www.americanadoptions.com/about_us/terms.

            Changes to Our Privacy Policy.  American Adoptions may change its Privacy Policy from time to time and in American Adoptions’ sole discretion.  We encourage visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to our Privacy Policy.  If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page and, if the changes are significant, we may provide a more prominent notice or email you regarding the changes. Any changes to our Privacy Policy will be effective upon the revised Privacy Policy being publically available for viewing at the Website; the date the Privacy Policy was last revised is posted at the end of this Privacy Policy.

 

            Enforcement; Contacting Us. American Adoptions uses a self-assessment approach to assure compliance with this Privacy Policy and periodically verifies that the policy is accurate, comprehensive for the information intended to be covered, prominently displayed, completely implemented, accessible, and in conformance with applicable laws.  If you have any questions, concerns, or comments about the Terms of Use, the Privacy Policy, or the practices of this Website, you can contact us at: adoptions@americanadoptions.com.

 

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Last Revised February 10, 2012 





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