Privacy Policy

Last Updated: May 24, 2018

This policy describes how Medicare Rights Center collects and uses data about you through this website.

Key Terms

n this policy, we use certain defined terms, such as “Personal Data,” “Data Subject,” “Usage” and “Cookie.” We capitalize these terms in this policy so that you can more easily identify when we are using them. We define each of those terms below.

Cookies 

Cookies are small piece of data stored in the User’s device that are used to track a User’s activity.

Data Processor

A Data Processor is a natural person, company, legal person, public administration or any other body, association or organization authorized by the Medicare Rights Center to process Personal Data.

Data Subject 

A Data Subject is a legal or natural person to whom the Personal Data refers. 

Medicare Rights Center

Medicare Rights Center, Inc. is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs and public policy initiatives. It is the organization that make decisions regarding the purposes, and the methods of processing of Personal Data and the means used, including the security measures concerning the operation and use of this Site. In some contexts, Medicare Rights Center’s role is referred to as a “data controller.”

Personal Data 

Personal Data is any information regarding a natural person, a legal person, an institution or an association, which is, or can be, identified, even indirectly, by reference to any other information, including a personal identification number.

Usage Data 

Usage Data is a kind of Personal Data that is collected automatically from this Site (or third-party services employed in this Site), which can include: the IP addresses or domain names of the computers utilized by the Users who use this Site, the URI addresses (Uniform Resource Identifier), the time of the request, the method utilized to submit the request to the server, the size of the file received in response, the numerical code indicating the status of the server’s answer (successful outcome, error, etc.), the country of origin, the features of the browser and the operating system utilized by the User, the various time details per visit (e.g., the time spent on each page within the Site) and the details about the path followed within the Site with special reference to the sequence of pages visited, and other parameters about the device operating system and/or the User’s IT environment.

Site 

The Site is the website www.medicarerights.org.

User 

The User is you, the individual using this Site. In most situations, the User and Data Subject are the same, but if you are submitting Personal Data about another Data Subject, then the two are different.

Personal Data Collection and Use

Types of Personal Data Collected – Generally 

Through this Site, Medicare Rights Center collects a variety of types of Personal Data, either by itself or through third parties. Some of this information is collected automatically, and some of it is collected when submitted by you, the User. In general, the types of information collected include: Usage Data, email address, ZIP/Postal code, first name, last name and profession.

Complete details on each type of Personal Data collected are provided below in dedicated sections of this privacy policy or by specific explanation texts displayed prior to the Data collection.  

You have some options available to restrict the types of information collected through the Site.  Web browser plugins and settings can restrict the use of Cookies, for example, or can prevent the Site from collecting certain types of information about your system or browsing activity. Of course, you can also limit the information you provide through the Site, such as by refusing to provide your name or other personal details. Medicare Rights Center and its third party partners use the information it collects to enable the Site to operate properly and to provide information and services to you, so limiting the information you provide may make the Site not work properly, or prevent Medicare Rights Center from providing you with some services and information.  

If you provide the Site with Personal Data about third parties, you, the User, are responsible for ensuring that you have the right to provide this information and to allow it to be used by the Medicare Rights Center and its third party partners.

Mode and Place of Processing the Data

Medicare Rights Center Processing and Security

The Medicare Rights Center processes Personal Data using computers and/or IT-enabled tools. We have in place organizational and technical controls intended to limit access to Personal Data held by us to those who have a legitimate reason to access it for the purposes for which it was collected. For example,  Personal Data may be accessible by those involved with the operation of the Site (such as for business administration, marketing, content generation, legal compliance and system administration) or by Data Processers appointed by the Medicare Rights Center (such as third-party technical service providers, mail carriers, hosting providers, IT companies and communications agencies).

The Medicare Rights Center tries to protect the security of Personal Data and takes measures to protect Personal Data against unauthorized access, disclosure, modification, or unauthorized destruction. No database or system is perfectly secure, however, so we cannot guarantee the security of Personal Data.

Information Collected by Third Parties

Some of the Personal Data collected through the Site is collected by third parties. Some of these third parties act as Data Processors at our request, some provide content that we either embed in the Site or that we link to through the site, and some provide advertising networks and other services in which the Site participates.

Examples of third party Data Processors that operate at the Medicare Rights Center’s request are third party hosting providers, Site developers and IT service providers. For those third parties, the Medicare Rights Center seeks to require them to comply with our privacy policies and practices, but we are not ultimately responsible for their practices. For a list of third party Data Processors authorized by the Medicare Rights Center to access and use Personal Data that we collect, feel free to contact us at the address below.

Examples of third parties that provide content or that we link to through the Site are services such as YouTube (for videos), the United States government (for government publications and information) and others. When you click on links or buttons to take you to external content, or when you interact with this kind of content on the Site, the providers of that content may place their own Cookies on your computer, access existing Cookies that were set when you previously visited other websites, or otherwise gather information about you as you access their content.  Each of these organizations has its own privacy policy and practices, which you can learn about through their own websites.

The Site may include advertisements provided for display by third parties that operate advertising networks. The providers of these networks use Cookies and other technologies to track your activities online, including your use of the Site. A number of third parties are involved in operating these networks, including ad servers, ad agencies, ad technology vendors and research firms. Each of these third parties has its own privacy policy and practices, and we are not responsible for the privacy practices of these ad networks and other parties. As a general matter, you can check the website of the advertising network operator for information on its privacy practices and others who may access the information it collects. Some online advertising can be managed by browser plugins and settings, but doing so may deprive us of revenues we need to keep operating the Site and providing our services.

Place of Processing 

The Medicare Rights Center processes Personal Data in the locations where its servers and IT systems are stored and in its third party Data Processor’s locations. The Medicare Rights Center’s servers and IT systems are in the United States, but the IT systems for third party Data Processors and other vendors may be outside the United States. For more information, please contact us at the address below. 

Retention Time

The Medicare Rights Center keeps Personal Data for the time necessary to provide the service requested by the User, or stated by the purposes outlined in this document. Personal Data used for fundraising, marketing, and outreach purposes is held indefinitely. Personal Data related to financial transactions is held for a number of years. You can always request that we remove Personal Data that you provided from our systems. Please note that this request will not apply to third party content providers or advertising network providers, or to information that we are required to retain under applicable law, or related to financial transactions that we need to use to maintain our records.    

How We Use Personal Data We Collect

The Medicare Rights Center uses the Personal Data it collects to allow it to provide its services, as well as for the following general purposes:

  • Generating Site Analytics
  • Contacting the Data Subject
  • Managing contacts and sending messages
  • Administering promotions and contests
  • Creating and managing user accounts
  • Delivering targeted advertising, coupons, newsletters, and promotions
  • Emailing users about their account or purchase order
  • Monitoring and analyzing usage and trends to improve Site experience
  • Notifying users of updates to the Site
  • Offering new products, services, and/or recommendations to users
  • Processing payments and refunds
  • Requesting feedback and contact from users about their use of the Site
  • Resolving disputes and troubleshooting problems
  • Soliciting donations and other support for the Medicare Rights Center and its mission
  • Providing updates to users about changes to Medicare and about Medicare policy initiatives

On occasion, we will share Personal Data with our partners when we support joint petitions with those partners. We will clearly notify you in these circumstances.  

We may also use the Personal Data for legal purposes, in Court or in the stages leading to possible legal action arising from improper use of this Site or the related services. We may also be required to disclose Personal Data by law enforcement, intelligence or legal authorities.

Remarketing

We use a remarketing service provided through Google that allows us to have advertisements sent to you on other sites after you visit this Site. Through this service, Google will send you ads from the Medicare Rights Center on other websites that use the Google AdWords advertising system. Google uses Cookies to track keep track of the fact that you visited this Site and to send you advertisements on other sites. You can opt out of Google’s use of cookies by visiting Google’s Ad Settings. Alternatively, you can opt out of a third-party vendor’s use of cookies by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative opt-out page.

The Rights of Data Subjects

Data Subjects have the right, at any time, to know whether their Personal Data has been stored and can consult with us to:

  • Learn about the contents and origin of Personal Data about them that we collect
  • Verify its accuracy or to ask for it to be supplemented, cancelled, updated or corrected
  • Block any data held in violation of the law

Requests should be sent to the Data Controller at the contact information set out below.

Do Not Track

This Site does not support “Do Not Track” requests. To determine whether any of the third-party services it uses honor the “Do Not Track” requests, please read their privacy policies.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

The Medicare Rights Center reserves the right to make changes to this privacy policy at any time by giving notice to User on this page. We strongly recommended you check this page often, referring to the date of the last modification listed at the bottom. If you object to any of the changes to the privacy policy, you must cease using this Site and you can request that we remove the Personal Data about you. Unless stated otherwise, the then-current privacy policy applies to all Personal Data we have about users, including information collected before the then-current version was put into place.

Contact Us

If you would like more information about the Medicate Rights Center’s collection, storage or use of Personal Data, feel free to contact us using the contact information below.

Medicare Rights Center
266 West 37th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10018
info@medicarerights.org