Introduction

Foot & Ankle Specialists (referred to as the “Company”, “We”, or “Us”) highly value your privacy and are dedicated to safeguarding it in accordance with this policy. This document outlines the kinds of information we may collect from you or that you provide when you interact with our website (referred to as our “Website”) and our protocols for gathering, utilizing, maintaining, securing, and disclosing that information. This policy pertains to data collected:

  • Directly through this Website
  • Via email, text, phone, and other electronic communications exchanged between you and this Website
  • Through mobile and desktop applications downloaded from this Website, which offer specialized interaction outside of web browsing
  • When you engage with our advertisements and applications on third-party platforms and services, provided those applications or ads include links to this policy

This policy does not apply to data collected:

  • Offline or through any other means, including on any other website operated by the Company or any third party (including affiliates and subsidiaries)
  • By any third party (including affiliates and subsidiaries), including through any application or content (including advertising) that may link to or be accessible from this Website

Please carefully review this policy to comprehend our protocols and practices regarding your information and how we intend to handle it. Should you disagree with our policies and practices, you are free to abstain from using our Website. By accessing or using this Website, you implicitly agree to abide by this privacy policy. Note that this policy may undergo periodic changes. Any alterations take effect immediately upon posting and apply to all subsequent use of the Website. Your continued usage of this Website after such modifications constitutes acceptance of the revised terms, thus it is advisable to periodically review this policy for updates.

Children Under the Age of 13

Our Website is not designed for individuals under the age of 13. No one under this age bracket should provide any personal information through our Website. We do not knowingly collect personal data from children under 13. If you are under 13, please refrain from using or submitting any information on this Website. If we become aware of inadvertently collecting personal data from a child under 13 without parental consent, we will promptly delete such information. If you suspect we may have inadvertently collected data from or about a child under 13, please contact us using the information provided on our Website.

Information We Gather About You and How It’s Obtained

We accumulate various forms of information from and about users of our Website, including:

  • Personal Information: Data that could potentially identify you, such as your name, postal address, email address, and telephone number.
  • Non-Identifying Information: Details about you that do not individually distinguish you.
  • Internet Connection and Device Information: Data concerning your internet connection, the devices you utilize to access our Website, and usage patterns.

This information is collected through the following means:

  • Directly from You: When you willingly provide it to us.
  • Automatically: As you navigate through our Website. This may include details of your usage, IP addresses, and data gathered via cookies, web beacons, and similar tracking technologies.
  • From Third Parties: Such as our business associates.

Information You Supply to Us

The data we gather on or via our Website may comprise:

  • Form Submissions: Information entered into forms on our Website, including during registration, subscription, posting content, or requesting additional services. We may also seek information during participation in contests or promotions sponsored by us, or when you report issues with our Website.
  • Correspondence Records: Including copies of emails if you contact us.
  • Survey Responses: Your answers to surveys we may conduct for research purposes.
  • Transaction Details: Records of transactions conducted through our Website, including order fulfillment. You may need to provide financial and personal details before completing an order.
  • Search Queries: Information regarding your searches on our Website.

Additionally, you may furnish information intended for publication or display (referred to as “posted”) in public areas of the Website or transmitted to other users or third parties (collectively known as “User Contributions”). Your User Contributions are published and transmitted at your own risk. While we may restrict access to certain pages, please be aware that no security measures are completely foolproof. Moreover, we cannot regulate the actions of other Website users with whom you choose to share your User Contributions. Hence, we cannot guarantee that your User Contributions will remain unseen by unauthorized individuals.

Collection of Information via Automatic Data Collection Technologies

As you engage with our Website, we employ automatic data collection technologies to gather specific details about your devices, browsing behaviors, and patterns, including:

  • Visit Details: Information regarding your interactions with our Website, encompassing traffic data, location data, logs, communication data, and the resources accessed and utilized on the Website.
  • Device and Internet Connection Information: Data concerning your computer, internet connection, IP address, operating system, and browser type.

Furthermore, these technologies allow us to gather information about your online activities across various websites and online services (behavioral tracking). The information collected automatically may include personal details, or we may combine it with personal information obtained from other sources or provided by you. This process aids us in enhancing our Website and providing a more personalized service, enabling us to:

  • Estimate the size of our audience and analyze usage patterns.
  • Retain information about your preferences to tailor our Website accordingly to your individual interests.
  • Expedite your searches.
  • Identify you upon your return to our Website.

The technologies utilized for this automatic data collection may encompass:

  • Cookies (or Browser Cookies): Small files placed on your computer’s hard drive. You can choose to refuse browser cookies by adjusting your browser settings, although doing so may limit access to certain parts of our Website.
  • Flash Cookies: Local stored objects utilized by certain features of our Website to gather and store information about your preferences and navigation.
  • Web Beacons: Small electronic files embedded within pages of our Website and our emails, facilitating functions such as user count and website statistics.
  • Javascript: Utilized to store data about activities and transactions via third-party services.
  • Trackable Telephone Numbers: Tracking phone calls made to specific phone numbers on our site.
  • Offline Website Data: Including local and remote storage of activities.
  • Geo-Targeting Information: Data about your location at the time of site usage.

While we do not automatically collect personal information, we may link this data to personal information obtained from other sources or provided by you.

Third-Party Utilization of Cookies and Tracking Technologies

Certain content and applications, including advertisements, featured on our Website are provided by third parties, which may include advertisers, ad networks and servers, content providers, and application providers. These third parties may utilize cookies alone or in conjunction with web beacons or other tracking technologies to collect information about your usage of our website. The data they collect may be associated with your personal information or may include personal information about your online activities across various websites and online services over time. This information might be utilized to furnish you with interest-based (behavioral) advertising or other targeted content.

We do not regulate these third parties’ employment of tracking technologies or how they employ them. Should you have any queries regarding an advertisement or other targeted content, you are encouraged to directly contact the responsible provider.

Utilization of Your Information

We leverage the information collected about you, or provided by you, including any personal information, for various purposes:

  • To present our Website and its content to you.
  • To furnish you with information, products, or services that you request from us.
  • To fulfill any other purpose for which you provided the information.
  • To provide notices regarding your account/subscription, including expiration and renewal notices.
  • To enforce our rights and fulfill our obligations arising from any contracts between you and us, including billing and collection purposes.
  • To notify you about changes to our Website or any products or services offered through it.
  • To enable your participation in interactive features on our Website.
  • For any other purpose disclosed at the time when you provided the information.
  • For any other purpose with your consent.

Moreover, we may use your information to contact you about goods and services, both our own and those of third parties, that may be of interest to you. Additionally, we may utilize the information collected from you to enable us to display advertisements to our advertisers’ target audiences. Although we do not disclose your personal information for these purposes without your consent, if you click on or interact with an advertisement, the advertiser may assume that you meet its target criteria.

Disclosure of Your Information

We may disclose aggregated user information, as well as information that does not identify any individual, without any restrictions. Additionally, we may disclose personal information that we collect or you provide in the following circumstances:

  • To our subsidiaries, affiliates, contractors, service providers, and other third parties employed to support our business, subject to contractual obligations to maintain confidentiality and utilize the information only for disclosed purposes.
  • In the event of a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution, or other sale or transfer of some or all of the Company’s assets, personal information held by the Company about our Website users may be among the assets transferred.
  • To third parties for marketing their products or services, with whom we have contracted to maintain confidentiality and utilize the information only for disclosed purposes.
  • To comply with any court order, law, or legal process, or to respond to any government or regulatory request.
  • To enforce or apply our terms of use or terms of sale and other agreements, including for billing and collection purposes.
  • If we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to protect the rights, property, or safety of the Company, our customers, or others, including exchanging information with other companies and organizations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.

Your Privacy Rights in Florida

Recently, on June 6, 2023, Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida signed into law SB 262, which delineates specific rights for Florida consumers concerning the handling of their personal data by businesses. Portions of SB 262 will take effect in 2023.

This communication aims to elucidate the entities and individuals subject to the prohibitions and obligations outlined in SB 262. Just like the bill itself, this alert is divided into three sections: the Florida Digital Bill of Rights, safeguarding children in online environments, and the proscription of government-directed content moderation on social media platforms.

Protection of Collected Data

We pledge to never utilize, nor allow any third party to employ, statistical analytics tools to track or gather any Personally Identifiable Information (PII) from visitors to our website. Google will refrain from associating your IP address with any other data it holds, and neither we nor Google will attempt to link an IP address with the identity of a computer user. Any data gathered from our site will not be linked to Personally Identifiable Information from any source unless explicitly provided by you through a form on our website.

Instructions for Opting Out of Google Analytics

Details Regarding Remarketing

Our website utilizes Google remarketing to advertise online through text or image ads on the Google Display Network. Remarketing enables us to target individuals who have previously visited our site and display relevant ads to them when they browse other sites within the Google Display Network.

For websites employing remarketing, a third-party DoubleClick cookie is employed to facilitate remarketing for products such as AdWords on the Google Display Network. When a visitor lands on our website, a small, anonymous browser cookie is deposited via a few lines of code. This cookie records the site visit without storing any sensitive information, such as the visitor’s name or address. The cookie remains enabled for a predetermined period, after which it expires.

Explanation of the Google Display Network

Restrictions on Remarketing

Our website is committed to:

  • Never running remarketing ads that collect Personally Identifiable Information (PII).
  • Never creating a remarketing list or ad text that targets users in ways outlined as “prohibited” by Google.

Opting Out of Remarketing

Visitors have the option to opt out of Google’s use of cookies by visiting the Ads Preferences Manager. Additionally, they can opt out of a third-party vendor’s use of cookies by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative opt-out page.

Changes to Our Privacy Policy

We adhere to a policy of promptly posting any alterations made to our privacy policy on this page. In the event of material changes in how we handle our users’ personal information, we will provide notification through a notice on the homepage of our website. It is your responsibility to ensure we have an active and deliverable email address for you and to periodically review our website and this privacy policy for any updates.

Contact Information

For inquiries or comments regarding this privacy policy and our privacy practices, please reach out to us via the contact information available on our website.