Who we are:

Our website address is: https://www.collaborativehealthpsychology.com. Our business name is Collaborative Health Psychology. I’m a Clinical Health Psychologist based out of Boston and Concord, Massachusetts. As such, my focus is the primary physical location of my business. I do not directly make nor intend to make health-related suggestions over this website and prefer to have private health-related discussions in-person in order to provide more secure privacy for individuals due to HIPAA privacy rules. This website is simply a place to advertise my business in order to help others that may need our services. 

Health-related emergencies disclaimer:

People that are experiencing emergencies here in the United States should call 911 or visit their closest emergency room for help. For people in foreign countries, they should also contact their local emergency departments as well.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it:

We collect some general information – pretty much what every well-coded and maintained website does throughout the Internet. This information includes some statistical information through Google Analytics in order to help improve user experience and aid efforts for purposes of increasing our search engine visibility. For example, this data includes a general time on website, time on web pages, search terms that were used to find us, etc. It does not collect private information such as names, addresses, etc. unless you manually send us this information through your own volition (ie. you send us information through our contact form.) 

The EU General Data Policy Regulation (GDPR):

We do not believe the GDPR is fully applicable in our situation as the law does not apply to businesses that serve directly within the United States. But in general, a privacy policy is becoming increasingly common amongst websites as a general practice especially when dealing with foreign entities and countries. The vast majority of websites that contain them are merely trying to avoid legal consequences (such as heavy fines in the EU) for not having the privacy notices in place.

The result of the GDPR ruling often involves one more script that often slows down the user-experience. The GDPR in summary basically says, “if you view our website, we may collect some data.” Often this data includes general location data, how long a person stays on a website, which web browser they are using, which operating system, how they found a website, etc. It’s mostly used for insights into how a website is performing in order to improve a user’s experience in the future and also some general marketing insight.

All this aside, the vast majority of the people being served these pop-up cookie notices blindly click “okay” without really giving these notices a second thought. The vast majority of websites have done this and will continue to do this since the inception of the Internet. While the intentions of this law are commendable, this EU law has been poorly executed simply because most people are ignoring these mandatory (for the EU) warnings.

Comments:

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media:

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms:

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Cookies:

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites:

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

How long we retain your data:

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data:

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data:

Visitor comments may be checked through automated spam detection services. Some viewing tracking data (mostly used to improve our website performance) is provided to Google Analytics, Google Search Console, and Bing.

All data gets transmitted through our website host and Cloud Delivery Networks (CDNs.)

Additional questions and/or concerns:

We ask that you do not send any information you deem sensitive or private over any website forms or email.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach out through our contact page and I will try to forward any technical questions you may have to my website technical support team as they are better equipped to answer website-related questions.

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