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Privacy Policy

ACDH is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you a safe, functional online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to the ACDH website and online presence and governs data collection and usage by and for the website. By using the ACDH website and social media platforms, you consent to the data practices described below.

Collection of Your Personal Information
ACDH collects personally identifiable information, such as your e-mail address, name, home or work address or telephone number.

There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically captured by Google Analytics. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring website addresses. This information is used by ACDH for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the ACDH website.

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

Use of Your Personal Information
ACDH collects and uses your personal information to operate the ACDH website and deliver the services you have requested. ACDH may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered. If you do not want ACDH to contact you in this way please advise us by email.

ACDH does not sell, rent or lease its user lists to third parties.

ACDH keeps track of the websites and pages our users visit within ACDH, in order to determine what ACDH services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content within ACDH to users whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.

The ACDH website will disclose your personal information, without notice, only 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 ACDH or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of ACDH; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of ACDH, or the public.

Use of Cookies
The ACDH website uses "cookies" to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize ACDH pages, or register with ACDH site or services, a cookie helps ACDH to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. When you return to the same ACDH website, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the ACDH features that you customized.

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 ACDH services or websites you visit.

Security of Your Personal Information
ACDH secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. ACDH secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other websites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

Social Media
The ACDH uses social media to reach online audiences and participate in conversations related to Albertans receiving safe, high quality dental hygiene care from a continually advancing dental hygiene profession.

The ACDH currently uses Facebook. Our Facebook account is managed by ACDH communications staff on weekdays during regular office hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.). We may monitor or respond from time to time outside of regular office hours.

We post content we think is relevant to our mandate for public safety and of interest to our followers, including information about our office, issues related to dental hygiene practice, information about upcoming events, and links to resources and publications issued by our office and others.

When we provide links to external sites, they are provided solely for the convenience and interest of the user. The ACDH is not responsible for the accuracy of the information contained on these sites, nor does it endorse the sites or their content.

Those who choose to engage in a conversation with the ACDH via social media should be aware that they do so within the public domain. To protect your privacy and that of others, the ACDH recommends that you not include personal information or identifying health information in your posts.

Facebook accounts are hosted by a third party service provider and are not on ACDH servers. You should read Facebook’s terms and privacy policy before engaging in its use.

Changes to this Statement
ACDH will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect feedback from ACDH and our users. ACDH encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how ACDH is protecting your information.

Contact Information
ACDH welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that the ACDH has not adhered to this Statement, please contact the ACDH Privacy Officer. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.