Privacy policy

MyBigLife.com understands how important the privacy of personal information is to our users. We understand that your privacy matters and we respect your privacy choices. This summary of our privacy policy is intended to give you an overview of:

  • What information we collect about you
  • What choices you have about your information
  • How we use your information
  • How and with whom we may share the information we have about you
  • How we protect your information
  • How to contact us with questions or concerns

We urge you to take the time to read our entire Privacy Policy for complete details about our privacy practices and your information.

This Privacy Policy applies to Web sites owned and operated by MyBigLife that are intended for use by consumers (non-professionals) for non-commercial personal, family or household purposes.

References to "MyBigLife" include any company that MyBigLife controls (for example, a subsidiary that MyBigLife owns). MyBigLife may share information among its subsidiaries or web sites that it owns or controls, but information collected under this Privacy Policy is always protected under the terms of this Privacy Policy.

Information Collected About You

We may collect “Personal Information” about you – such as your name, address, telephone number, email address or health information – in the following ways:

  • When you register for or update an existing profile on our web site
  • When you use certain interactive tools and services (e.g., the Weight-Loss Surgery Cost Calculator);
  • When you sign-up for newsletters or other communications from MyBigLife;
  • When you participate in an online survey; or
  • When you provide personal information in a community area or other public forum.

We may collect “Non-Personal Information” – information that cannot be used to identify you – via Cookies, Web Beacons, MyBigLife mobile device applications and from external sources, even if you have not registered with or provided any Personal Information to MyBigLife.

Personal information

Some of our interactive tools and services may request you to submit health information, which would also be considered Personal Information. You are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the Personal Information that you submit to MyBigLife. Inaccurate information will affect your experience when using the MyBigLife Web Sites and tools and our ability to contact you as described in this Privacy Policy.

Registration

Access to some MyBigLife interactive tools and services may be limited to users who have registered. Some of our tools (such as certain quizzes or calculators) do not retain your Personal Information, while others store your Personal Information in accordance with this Privacy Policy. You may also be asked to provide authorization for uses of personal information in addition to what is in this Privacy Policy when you use certain tools, such as providing personal information to a sponsor of the tool. MyBigLife will not make any use of your personal information in addition to this Privacy Policy unless you provide such additional consent in connection with the specific tool at the time you submit Personal Information in order to use the tool. MyBigLife does not use any information that you submit in connection with that tool to deliver any advertisements to you on or off of the MyBigLife Web Site.

Newsletters & Emails to You

At registration and at various times as you use the MyBigLife Web Site, you will be given the option of providing us with Personal Information in order to receive recurring informational/promotional newsletters – such as a newsletter relating to a specific health condition – via email from MyBigLife and/or directly from third parties. From time to time MyBigLife makes subscriptions to our newsletters available on third party websites. If you sign up for one of our newsletters on a third party site the site will provide us with your Personal Information such as your email address and we may use that information as described in this Privacy Policy as though you had provided it directly to MyBigLife. When you sign up for our email newsletters on the MyBigLife Web Site or at any time, you can choose to opt out of receiving additional promotional newsletters from MyBigLife or our Sponsors.

You can unsubscribe from a newsletter by:

  • Following the directions included at the bottom of the newsletter.
  • Logging in to the MyBigLife Web Sites and unchecking the newsletters you no longer wish to receive under the “My Profile” section.

Market Research

From time to time, MyBigLife may conduct online research surveys through email invitations, pop-up surveys and online focus groups. When participating in a survey, we may ask you to enter Personal Information. The Personal Information you submit in a survey may be used by MyBigLife for research and measurement purposes, as described below, including to measure the effectiveness of content, advertising or programs. When our market research surveys collect Personal Information we will not knowingly accept participants who are under the age of 13. Market research surveys conducted by or on behalf of MyBigLife will contain a link to this Privacy Policy.

Community, Blogs and Other Public Forums

MyBigLife features several community areas and other public forums where users with similar interests or medical conditions can share information and support one another or where users can post questions for experts to answer. We also offer online discussions moderated by healthcare experts. Our communities are open to the public and should not be considered private.

Any information (including Personal Information) you share in any online community area including a forum, the MyBigLife Learning Center, or online discussion is by design open to the public and is not private. You should think carefully before posting any Personal Information in any public forum. What you post can be seen, disclosed to or collected by third parties and may be used by others in ways we cannot control or predict, including to contact you for unauthorized purposes. As with any public forum on any site, the information you post may also show up in third-party search engines.

If you mistakenly post Personal Information in our Community areas and would like it removed, you can send us an email to request that we remove it by using the Contact Us link on every page of the MyBigLife Web Site. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your Personal Information.

Emails You Send to MyBigLife

This Privacy Policy does not apply to information, content, business information, ideas, concepts or inventions that you send to MyBigLife by email. If you want to keep content or business information, ideas, concepts or inventions private or proprietary, do not send them in an email to MyBigLife.

Non-Personal Information

Even if you do not register with or provide any Personal Information to MyBigLife, we collect Non-Personal Information about your use of the MyBigLife Web Sites. “Non-Personal Information” means information that we cannot use to identify or contact you. We may also acquire Non-Personal Information about our users from external sources. While you may use some of the functionality of MyBigLife without registration, many of the specific tools and services on the MyBigLife Web Sites require that you register with MyBigLife.

Cookies and Web Beacons

We collect Non-Personal Information about your use of the MyBigLife Web Sites and your use of other web sites through the use of cookies and web beacons. “Cookies” are small data files that are stored on the hard drive of the computer you use to view a web site. Every computer that accesses the MyBigLife Web Sites is assigned a different cookie by MyBigLife. “Web beacons” are graphic image files embedded in a web page typically used to monitor activity on a web page and send back to its home server (which can belong to the host site, a network advertiser or some other third party) information from your browser, such as the IP address, the URL of the page on which the beacon is located, the type of browser that is accessing the site and the ID number of any cookies on your computer previously placed by that server.

Third parties under contract with MyBigLife may use Cookies or Web Beacons to collect Non-Personal Information about your usage of the MyBigLife Web Site, including which health topics you have viewed. These third party advertising service providers may use this information, on our behalf, to help MyBigLife deliver advertising on the MyBigLife Web Site as well as on other sites on the Internet based on your browsing activity on our sites. MyBigLife may further tailor the advertising on MyBigLife and these third party sites based on additional Non-Personal Information to the extent known by MyBigLife or these third parties.

Non-Personal Information Collected by Third Parties Not Acting on MyBigLife’s Behalf

We work with third parties to display advertising that reflects the interests and preferences of our user community. Sponsors or advertisers on the MyBigLife Web Site may use their own cookies, web beacons or other online tracking technologies in the banner advertisements served on the MyBigLife Web Site and in emails, special promotions or newsletters we send you. Their advertisements may be displayed on the MyBigLife Web Site or on other sites that you visit after you visit the MyBigLife Web Site. Some advertisers use companies other than MyBigLife to serve their ads and to monitor users' responses to ads, and these companies ("Ad Servers") may also collect Non-Personal Information through the use of cookies or web beacons on the MyBigLife Web Sites.

We do not control how third parties use cookies or web beacons or how they manage the Non-Personal Information they gather through the use of these technologies on the MyBigLife Web Site. However, our Advertising Policy prohibits sponsors, advertisers and Ad Servers who collect cookie or web beacon information through the MyBigLife Web Site from collecting any Personal Information from the MyBigLife Web Site without your consent. Our Advertising Policy also prohibits advertisers from linking any Non-Personal Information collected by them on the MyBigLife Web Site to Personal Information they or others collect in other ways or from other sites except as may be described in connection with a particular program. To see how Google may use information collected through your use of Google's search services on the MyBigLife Web Sites visit http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners.

What choices do I have?

If you do not want your Personal Information used by MyBigLife as provided in this Privacy Policy, you should not register as a member or for any specific tool or application that collects Personal Information. You may correct, update or review Personal Information you have submitted through registration, tools and applications by signing in and updating your registration information. If you have registered and no longer want MyBigLife to use your Personal Information, you should delete your information as described in this Policy.

Most browser software can be set to reject Cookies, and you can opt out of Cookies for several Ad Servers by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative gateway opt-out site.

Cookies

Most browser software can be set to reject cookies. Most browsers offer instructions on how to reset the browser to reject cookies in the "Help" section of the toolbar. If you reject our cookies, certain functions and conveniences of the MyBigLife Web Site may not work properly, but you do not have to accept our cookies in order to productively use the Site. It is important to note that in order to use the opt-out services described below, such as the Network Advertising Initiative, you must not reject all cookies because these opt-out procedures work by placing cookies on your browser that enable these opt-out procedures to function. The “opt-out cookies” are placed, for example, in order to help prevent the placement of cookies used for the targeting of advertising.

Certain Ad Servers allow you to prevent them from collecting data through the use of cookies. In order to do so, you must opt-out of such data collection with each individual site. Currently, you can opt out of cookies for several Ad Servers by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative gateway opt-out site or TRUSTe’s Preference Manager at http://preferences.truste.com/. This website will also allow you to review the Ad Server's privacy policies. You can find additional information and resources about how to opt out of advertising and related cookies by visiting the World Privacy Forum's Site.

We work with third-party ad networks to display advertising on our Site. Our ad network vendors use technologies to collect non-personally identifiable information about your activities on our web sites to provide you cookie-based targeted advertising based upon your browsing activity and your interests.

Updating/Removing Your Personal Information

If you have registered and desire to delete any of your Personal Information you have provided to us from our systems, please contact us using the contact information listed below. Upon your request, we will delete your Personal Information from our active databases and where feasible from our back-up media. You should be aware that it is not technologically possible to remove each and every record of the information you have provided to the MyBigLife Web Site from our servers.

Emails that MyBigLife sends with opportunities from MyBigLife or with offers or informational materials from MyBigLife on behalf of our sponsors will contain an opportunity to unsubscribe from additional emails of that type in the future from MyBigLife unless you resubscribe.

How Information Collected About You Is Used

We may use information we collect about you to:

  • Administer your account
  • Provide you with access to particular tools and services
  • Respond to your inquiries and send you administrative communications
  • Obtain your feedback on our sites and our offerings
  • Statistically analyze user behavior and activity
  • Provide you with more relevant content or advertising both on the MyBigLife Web Sites or on other web sites that you visit after you leave the MyBigLife Web Sites
  • Conduct research and measurement activities
  • Send you personalized emails or secure electronic messages pertaining to your health interests, including news, announcements, reminders and opportunities from MyBigLife
  • Send you relevant offers and informational materials on behalf of our sponsors pertaining to your health interests

We may combine Personal and Non-Personal Information collected by MyBigLife about you, and may combine this information with information from external sources. Third parties may also use Non-Personal Information in order to display advertising that reflects the interests and preferences of our user community.

We also use Cookies in order to enable us to conduct surveys for our own use and on behalf of our advertisers. These Cookies are used to determine whether you have seen certain content or advertising so that we may request your opinions. We may also use Cookies to authenticate respondents or to help you pick up where you left off in a survey. If you have Cookies disabled you may not be able to participate in some surveys.

Research and Measurement Activities

Information that MyBigLife collects about you may be combined by MyBigLife with other information available to MyBigLife through third parties for research and measurement purposes, including measuring the effectiveness of content, advertising or programs. This information from other sources may include age, gender, demographic, geographic, personal interests, product purchase activity or other information. We may report aggregate information, which is not able to be identified back to an individual user of the MyBigLife Web Sites, to our current or prospective advertisers and other business partners. We do not sell or share any Personal Information with any third parties, except contractors performing services on our behalf who agree not to use this information received from us for any purpose other than performing services on our behalf.

With Whom Do We Share Your Information?

MyBigLife will not disclose any Personal Information about you unless specifically agreed to by you or:

  • To comply with legal requirements, such as a law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena, or court order
  • To our vendors and suppliers in the course of their provision of products or services to MyBigLife
  • In the event of a corporate change in control resulting from, for example, a merger, a sale of assets, or bankruptcy
  • In special cases, such as in response to a physical threat to you or others

MyBigLife does not make your Personal Information available to third parties for their marketing purposes.

Except as described in this Privacy Policy or as specifically agreed to by you, MyBigLife will not disclose any Personal Information it gathers from you through the MyBigLife Web Sites. We may only release Personal Information to third parties: (1) to comply with legal requirements such as a law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena or court order; or (2) in special cases, such as in response to a physical threat to you or others, to protect property or defend or assert legal rights. In addition, we may disclose Personal Information as described below. We may share Non-Personal Information that we have about you, including about your browsing activity on MyBigLife, with third party advertising service providers who may use this information, on our behalf, to help MyBigLife deliver advertising on the MyBigLife Web Sites as well as on other sites on the Internet.

In the event of a corporate change in control resulting from, for example, a sale to, or merger with, another entity, or in the event of a sale of assets or a bankruptcy, MyBigLife reserves the right to transfer your Personal Information to the new party in control or the party acquiring assets. In the event of such a change, your Personal Information will continue to be treated in accordance with this Privacy Policy unless any changes to the Privacy Policy are made in accordance with the section below that discusses “Changes to This Privacy Policy.”

Disclosures to MyBigLife Contractors

MyBigLife contractors sometimes have limited access to your Personal and Non-Personal Information in the course of providing products or services to MyBigLife. These contractors include vendors and suppliers that provide us with technology, services, data analysis, research, advertising and marketing assistance and/or content in connection with our operation and maintenance of the MyBigLife Web Sites. We contractually require that our contractors: 1) protect the privacy of your Personal and Non-Personal Information consistent with this Privacy Policy and 2) not use or disclose your Personal or Non-Personal Information for any purpose other than providing the limited service or function for MyBigLife.

Disclosures to Third Party Web Sites

Certain content, services and advertisements offered to you through the MyBigLife Web Sites are served on, or contain links to, web sites hosted and operated by a company other than MyBigLife ("Third Party Web Sites"). MyBigLife does not disclose your Personal Information to these Third Party Web Sites without your consent, but you should be aware that any information you disclose to the other web sites once you access these other web sites is not subject to this Privacy Policy. MyBigLife does not endorse and is not responsible for the privacy practices of these Third Party Web Sites. You should review the privacy policy posted on the other web site to understand how that Third Party Web Site collects and uses your Personal Information. MyBigLife makes an effort to make it obvious to you when you leave our website and enter a Third Party Web Site, either by requiring you to click on a link or by notifying you on the site before you visit the third party site. In addition, if you see a phrase such as "Powered by" or "in association with" followed by the name of a company other than MyBigLife, then you are on a web site hosted by a company other than MyBigLife.

How Do We Secure and Retain Your Information?

We have put in place technical, physical, and administrative safeguards to protect the Personal Information that we collect.

We take reasonable security measures to protect the security of your Personal Information. Despite MyBigLife's efforts to protect your Personal Information, there is always some risk that an unauthorized third party may find a way around our security systems or that transmissions of your information over the Internet may be intercepted.

The security of your Personal Information is important to us. When you enter Personal Information (including personal health information in various tools on our website), we encrypt the transmission of that information or use SSL connections (Secure Socket Layer) technology.

We will retain your Personal Information as long as your account is active or needed to provide you services. At any time you can remove your Personal Information or instruct us to remove it, but you should be aware that it is not technologically possible to remove each and every record of the information you have provided to MyBigLife from our servers. MyBigLife tools that collect and store Personal Information allow you to correct, update or review information you have submitted by going back to the specific tool, logging-in and making the desired changes. We will also retain your Personal Information as necessary to comply with legal obligations, resolve disputes and enforce our agreements.

Children

We are committed to protecting the privacy of children. The MyBigLife Web Sites are not designed or intended to attract children under the age of 13. The MyBigLife Web Sites do not collect Personal Information from any person we actually know is under the age of 13.

Contact MyBigLife

Please send us an email using the Contact Us link at the bottom of every page of our site if you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or the Personal Information we maintain about you.

You can also contact MyBigLife at:
BIGSHOT Inbound
1627 Main St, Third Floor
Kansas City, MO 64108

Changes to This Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to change or modify this Privacy Policy or any of our tools or services at any time and any changes will be effective upon being posted unless we advise otherwise. If we make any material changes to this policy we will notify you by email (sent to the email address specified when you register) and/or by means of a notice on this website prior to the change becoming effective. We encourage you to periodically review this website for the latest information on our privacy practices. If you do not accept the terms of this Privacy Policy, we ask that you do not register with us and that you do not use the MyBigLife Web Sites. Please exit the MyBigLife Web Sites immediately if you do not agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy.

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