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Your right to privacy while using the Internet is very important to Clayton Sleep Institute and to us via our web site, www.SleepUpdates.org. (“SleepUpdates”). SleepUpdates is committed to helping you maintain control over your personal data while fostering the growth of a more interactive, engaging, and personalized experience. We respect your right to control how much information you provide about yourself. The following Privacy Policy (“Policy”) describes how we collect, protect and use information we receive from visitors to our web site (“Site”). This Privacy Policy applies to information collected through this Site only, and not to information collected offline or to information collected by other sites that may have linked to our Site. This Policy is effective as of May 1, 2008.

1. Collection of your Personal Information

SleepUpdates collects personally identifiable information, such as your e-mail address, name, home or work address or telephone number. SleepUpdates also collects anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you, such as your ZIP code, age, gender, preferences, interests and favorites.

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

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through SleepUpdates public message boards, this information may be collected and used by others.

SleepUpdates encourages you to review the privacy statements of Web sites you choose to link to from SleepUpdates so that you can understand how those Web sites collect, use and share your information. SleepUpdates is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on Web sites outside of the SleepUpdates and Clayton Sleep Institute family of Web sites.

2. Payment of Conference Fees

For the payment of conference fees for Midwest Updates In Sleep Medicine or for other conferences sponsored by SleepUpdates and listed on this site, SleepUpdates redirects the transaction to PayPal for secured processing, where you will have the option to pay by credit card or your PayPal account. SleepUpdates has no access to the data collected by PayPal to complete the transaction. All personal information pertaining to the PayPal transactions is secured by PayPal. Please review the PayPal Privacy Policy for additional information.

3. Hotel Reservations and Fees

In the case where SleepUpdates hosts a conference that includes an accommodation package with a hotel, SleepUpdates redirects you to the hotel web site, where all reservations, fees and payments are within the control of the user and the hotel and hotel web site owner. SleepUpdates has no access to the data collected by the hotel to complete the transaction. All personal information pertaining to the transaction with the hotel is secured by the hotel. Please review the hotel privacy policy and terms of use for additional information.

4. Use of your Personal Information

SleepUpdates collects and uses your personal information to operate the SleepUpdates Web site and deliver the services you have requested. SleepUpdates also uses your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from SleepUpdates and its affiliates. SleepUpdates may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

SleepUpdates does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties. SleepUpdates may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (e-mail, name, address, telephone number) is not transferred to the third party. In addition, SleepUpdates may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to SleepUpdates, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

SleepUpdates does not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, without your explicit consent.

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

SleepUpdates Web sites 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 SleepUpdates or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of SleepUpdates; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of SleepUpdates, or the public.

5. Use of Cookies

The SleepUpdates Web site 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 SleepUpdates pages, or register with SleepUpdates site or services, a cookie helps SleepUpdates to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same SleepUpdates Web site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the SleepUpdates 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 SleepUpdates services or Web sites you visit.

6. Security of your Personal Information

SleepUpdates secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. SleepUpdates secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure.

7. Changes to this Statement

SleepUpdates will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect company and customer feedback. SleepUpdates encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how SleepUpdates is protecting your information.

8. Contact Information

SleepUpdates welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that SleepUpdates has not adhered to this Statement, please contact SleepUpdates at info@claytonsleep.com. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.