Effective Date: October 23, 2020
Your Role, Responsibilities, and Risks
- You need to be an informed user of the Applications. Please read our Terms and Conditions of Use and all our policies in full so you know how our service works and how you will interact with the Applications.
- Understand how we collect data and how it is used. For example, we may offer programs that collect data for special reasons, such as research, scientific studies, and statistics, in which case you may be interested in participating with consent.
- Be aware that use of the Applications cannot replace, nor is it intended to serve as, a medical treatment provider-patient relationship or an attorney-client relationship. You should always consult with a medical professional for diagnosis and treatment for specific health problems. If you need legal assistance, you should seek the services of a competent legal professional.
What You Should Expect
- We will strive to maintain your privacy, confidentiality, and security at all times.
- We will not intentionally use any of your medical treatment choices information without your permission.
- We will make you aware when you leave MyDirectives for another website, either by telling you in writing or by another technical mechanism.
- Further details about how we use your personal information and medical treatment choices information are set out in our Terms and Conditions of Use.
Our Security Measures
We use physical, technical and administrative measures to protect the integrity and privacy of the personal information and medical treatment choices information you provide to us. When you enter sensitive information (such as your health/medical information) in response to our questions, we encrypt the transmission of that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). Although we make every reasonable effort to protect personal information and medical treatment choices information from loss, misuse, or alteration by third parties, you should be aware that there is always some risk involved in transmitting information via the Internet, and that hackers or thieves do find ways to thwart security systems. Please also be aware that we may use third-party cloud service providers like ClearDATA that provide hosting, data storage and other services pursuant to standard terms and conditions that are generally non-negotiable. These service providers inform us that they apply security measures they consider adequate for the protection of information within their system. If you have reason to believe that your interaction with the Applications is no longer secure, please notify us immediately by contacting us at info@MyDirectives.com.
ADVault Collects and Retains Data
ADVault collects information on its users in different sections of the Applications. ADVault is interested in user information for the purposes of operating the Applications more efficiently, providing users with more efficient and reliable functionality, and to answer your questions and concerns.
ADVault will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. Please contact us if you wish to cancel your account or request that we no longer use your information to provide you services. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, to resolve disputes, and to enforce our agreements. More information on ADVault is available in the About Us section of the Applications, and at the websites www.advaultinc.com and www.idecide.org.
How We Collect Information
As you set up your profile in the My Account section the Applications, you will be asked for your name, address, telephone number, email address, birth date, social security number or other identification number, depending on where you live, and other personal information. We refer to this type of information as “personal information” because it can be used to identify or contact you.
We also collect information about Application use that has nothing to do with you as an individual, only as an anonymous user of the Applications. We call this information “other information” or “aggregate information” and use it for purposes such as improving the usability, quality, and functionality of the Applications. We and our third-party service providers may collect other information or aggregate information in a variety of ways, including:
Through your device: Certain information is collected automatically through your device, such as your operating system name and version, device manufacturer and model, device identifier, language, the name and version of the software application you are using. We use this information for purposes such as ensuring that the Applications function properly and understanding usage of the Applications.
Through server log files: As is true of most websites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information includes Internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and clickstream data. We may combine this automatically collected log information with other information we collect about you. We do this to improve services we offer you, and to improve marketing, analytics, or site functionality.
Tracking technologies: Technologies such as cookies, beacons, tags and scripts are used by MyDirectives and our analytics service providers. These technologies are used in analyzing trends, administering the site, tracking users’ movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. We may receive reports based on the use of these technologies by these companies on an individual as well as aggregated basis.
Physical Location: We may collect the physical location of your device, for example, using satellite, cell phone tower or WiFi signals. We may use your device’s physical location to, among other things, provide you with extra security features. We may also aggregate this information to display usage trends. We may also share de-identified information about your device’s physical location for any purpose not prohibited by applicable law. In some instances, you may be permitted to allow or deny such uses of your device’s location, but if you choose to deny such uses, we may not be able to provide you with extra security features.
From you: We may collect demographic information such as your location, as well as other information, such as your preferred means of communication, when you voluntarily provide such information to us. Unless combined with personal information, this information does not personally identify you or any other user of the Applications.
By aggregating information: Aggregated personal information, aggregated protected health information and/or aggregated additional information does not personally identify you or any other user of the Applications. For example, we may aggregate personal information to calculate the percentage of our users who have a particular telephone area code or postal code, and we may aggregate protected health information and/or other information to calculate the percentage of our users with particular medical conditions or medical treatment goals, preferences and priorities.
We also collect third-party personal information for the My Circle feature. This allows a user to designate a healthcare agent and add personal contacts so that they can be contacted in regards to any choices made. Please note that, by using such functionality, you are agreeing that you have the right to provide to us that third-party personal information.
Where Information Is Collected
We collect information about you at several places throughout the Applications. Most information is collected in the following instances:
Registration and My Account
In order to have access to many of the services and the content available on the Applications, you are required to complete a registration form that requests certain personal information. You will also have the opportunity to document and store contact information for friends, family, and medical treatment providers.
We may use your My Account information to send you an email or a text message to confirm your identity and your registration with MyDirectives, to respond to questions from you, or to notify you if there is a problem. With your permission, we may also send emails from time to time or newsletters we think may be of interest to you. You may unsubscribe from newsletters by following the directions in the newsletters.
If you choose to create a digital advance care plan, then the Applications will provide you the opportunity to enter information about your medical treatment choices, allergies and medications; designate a healthcare agent and alternates; express your wishes regarding organ donation, autopsies, and post-death services; and express your thoughts to your friends, family and medical care providers. The Applications use this information to automatically populate ADVault’s proprietary Universal Advance Digital Directive (uADD)™.
How We Use Your Personal Information
To provide new and better services, we monitor user traffic patterns and try to analyze what our users like and do not like about our current offerings so we can design better services for you. We may also use certain information for testing purposes, site development and planning, and during the normal course of maintaining the Applications. Finally, we use demographic information to attach metadata “tags” to your advance care planning documents so that healthcare providers can locate and retrieve them if they are needed. When you use the Applications, you automatically allow us to collect this information related to these uses. In these cases, researchers, business analysts, system designers, and others may have access to the data we collect.
- As stated elsewhere, we may share aggregate statistical information on our users, sales, traffic patterns, and website usage with our business affiliates. There is nothing in this information that could be used to identify or contact you.
- We may require vendors to provide specific services, such as data analysis, data storage, email processing, or customer service. We ask vendors to adhere to our confidentiality standards and do not permit a vendor to use our customer information for any other purpose. These companies are authorized to use your personal information only as necessary to provide these services to us.
- We may share your registration data with your public or private health insurance provider or your healthcare providers solely to inform them that you are registered with MyDirectives. We do not use or disclose any medical treatment choices information you provide on our site to an unrelated third party without your express permission.
- In certain limited circumstances, we may be legally compelled to release your personal information in response to a court order, subpoena, search warrant, law, or regulation. If we are compelled to disclose personal information or medical treatment choices information to a third party under such circumstances, we will notify you unless doing so would violate the law or court order. We also reserve the right to cooperate with law enforcement authorities in investigating and prosecuting users that violate our rules or engage in behavior that is harmful to other users or illegal. We may also release your personal information when we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, protect your safety or the safety of others, investigate fraud, or respond to a government request.
- If ADVault is involved in a merger, acquisition, or sale of all or a portion of its assets, we may disclose some of your personal information in the course of the transaction. You will be notified via email and/or a prominent notice on our website of any change in ownership or uses of your personal information, as well as any choices you may have regarding your personal information.
ADVault works with several types of third-party vendors that provide products and services that we integrate into the Applications. We also intend to work with public and private health insurance plans, self-funded corporate insurance plans, United States federal and state authorities, as well as foreign governments, hospitals, hospice and palliative care providers, and a host of other medical treatment providers, to ensure the broadest possible adoption of, and access to, the MyDirectives system. We request that third-party vendors, commercial partners, and users of the Applications supply us with information on their security procedures, and we evaluate them periodically to ensure that they are using data only as previously agreed.
We may allow third-party vendors or commercial partners to buy aggregate data collected on our site, but that data cannot be used to identify you.
You can contact ADVault at any time if you do not wish to use the Applications or store your personal information or medical treatment choices information any longer. Upon receiving your request we will try to remove or delete all personal information and/or medical treatment choices information stored in the active databases that we use for research and daily business activities. If you choose to de-register, ADVault may be required to inform your public and/or private health insurance plan provider(s) of your decision.
Change/Update/Delete Personal Information and Medical Treatment Choices
You may change, update, or delete your personal information at any time by returning to the My Account section of the Applications. If you have selected to create a digital advance care plan, you can change your medical treatment choices recorded on our system at any time by returning to the My Decisions section of MyDirectives (or the Healthcare Agent and Organ & Tissue Donation sections of MyDirectives MOBILE, as appropriate) and changing your answers to the questions asked as part of your medical treatment choices “conversation” with the system. If you have previously uploaded a digitized paper advance care planning document, you can delete the document by returning to your My Dashboard page, clicking on the document you wish to delete, then clicking Delete in the Actions column next to that document.
With your consent, we may post your testimonial along with your name. If you want your testimonial removed, please contact us.
Our website offers a publicly accessible blog. You should be aware that any information you provide in this area may be read, collected, and used by others who access it. To request removal of your personal information from our blog, please contact us at info@MyDirectives.com. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why.