Security and privacy policy

The Texas Lyme Disease Association pledges to protect your privacy when you visit our website. Information we collect from you is used to make our site more responsive to your needs, provide you with our services, respond to your questions, process your donations, and, in special cases, collect useful statistics to further our understanding of the problem of tick-borne diseases in Texas.

Information collection

We collect two types of information on our website:
1. Web server traffic information. This information is used to determine the number of people who visit our site, which pages are most useful to them, and which other websites guide them to our site. This information is aggregate data numbers only not information identifying individual users. We use this information to improve our site and our services.

2. Personal information provided by you. We collect email addresses and other personal information only when you purposely provide it. If you fill out a form or survey, request information or make a donation, we may collect your name, address, city, state, zip code, telephone number, and email address, as well as payment information necessary to process your donation. In the case of a survey, we will separate your identifying information from your responses to the questions about your illness to keep those responses anonymous. In these cases, our interest is in collecting useful numerical data, not individual's personal details.

Use of personal information

The Texas Lyme Disease Association collects information on our website. We do not sell, trade or rent our website visitors personal information to other organizations or companies for either charitable or commercial use. If you willingly provide us your personal information, the Texas Lyme Disease Association may use it in the following ways:

Email Information Requests and Questions.
When we respond to your email requests or questions, we may collect your email address and send you Texas Lyme Disease Association email bulletins or news. If you do not wish to receive these emails from us, you can follow the unsubscribe instructions in the message to have your name removed from our list.

Event Registration.
Texas Lyme Disease Association provides online registration for our major events, such as the annual fundraising gala and our Give Lyme the Boot walks. We may collect your email address and send you email bulletins or news. If you do not wish to receive these emails from us, you can follow the unsubscribe instructions in the message to have your name removed from our list.

Survey Information.
If the Texas Lyme Disease Association posts a patient survey, we will collect information about your illness, such as: where you contracted Lyme disease, how long you were ill before receiving a diagnosis, how far you must travel for treatment, and other data we will use in our efforts to understand the extent of tick-borne diseases in Texas and to work towards improving the medical response to these diseases. Any personal information collected in the survey will be separated from the other information to ensure the anonymity of your response. Your answers, minus the personal information, will be tallied to be used as statistical data before any data is shared.

Your consent

By using the Texas Lyme Disease Association website, you consent to the collection and use of the information described above. Any changes to this policy will be posted prior to their implementation.

Your choice

We respect your privacy and recognize that you may wish to limit the ways in which we contact you. Simply complete our Contact Form with the following information:
• To remove your name from the Texas Lyme Disease Association postal mailing list, please provide your full name, mailing address and a sentence requesting to be removed from this list.
• To review or correct your personal information with the Texas Lyme Disease Association, please provide your full name and address on record for identification purposes, as well as the new information you wish to substitute or any other correction.

Security
We take every precaution to protect your personal information. At the Texas Lyme Disease Association, your personal information is kept confidential and stored in a secure environment. Access to your information is restricted only to board members and authorized volunteers with a legitimate and specific purpose. For example, our treasurer needs access to information to process online donations. If you have any questions about the security at our website, contact our webmaster by using our Contact Form.

Cookies
A cookie is a piece of data sent to your Web browser and stored on your hard drive. Cookies help us improve our website by tracking and targeting the interests of our users as they visit different sections of our site. Cookies do not contain any personal information. We use IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the site, track visitors movements and gather broad information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personal information.

If you have further questions about TXLDAs privacy policy, please visit our Contact Form.