Your Privacy Rights - Banfield Privacy Policy

Updated February 26, 2014
 
Privacy Statement Home and Summary
 
Medical Management International, Inc., doing business as Banfield Pet Hospital® (hereafter referred to as "we", "us", "our" or "Banfield") respects your privacy and is committed to protecting it through our compliance with this privacy statement.

What does this statement apply to?

This privacy statement summary describes the types of information we may collect from you or that you may provide when you visit the website www.banfield.com, or any website, mobile application, or other service that displays a link to this privacy statement.  This privacy statement summary does not apply to Banfield websites, mobile applications and other services and products that do not display or include a link to this privacy statement or that have their own privacy statement.  This privacy statement summary applies to your personal information, which is any information or combination of information that could reasonably be used to identify you.

How do we use your information?

We may use your information for a variety of purposes including: to provide products or services that you request; to administer promotions (sweepstakes, contests and offers); to communicate with you; to deliver advertising; to improve our websites, products and services; and for other legitimate business purposes.

How do we share and disclose your information?

We may share or disclose your information:

  • With our subsidiaries, affiliates, and business partners.
  • With vendors or agents. For example, we may share your information with companies we have hired to provide services on our behalf. When we share information with these other companies to provide services for us, they are not allowed to use it for any other purpose and must keep it confidential unless you otherwise consent.
  • Where your information may be transferred along with other business assets.  For example: to a buyer or other successor in the event of a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution or other sale or transfer of some or all of Banfield's assets, whether as a going concern or as part of bankruptcy, liquidation or similar proceeding, in which personal information held by Banfield about our Site users is among the assets transferred.
  • To fulfill the purpose for which you provide it.
  • For any other purpose disclosed by us when you provide the information.
  • With your consent.
  • To comply with the law or respond to legal process or lawful requests, including from law enforcement and government agencies.
  • To conduct investigations of consumer complaints or possible illegal activity, to protect the integrity of Banfield’s websites, to fulfill your requests or to cooperate in any legal investigation.
  • To protect the rights or property of the Banfield, Banfield's affiliates, agents or our customers, including enforcing the terms governing your use of our websites and services; for example, billing and collections purposes.
  • To act on a good faith belief that access or disclosure is necessary to protect the safety of Banfield’s associates, customers or the public; for example, exchanging information with other companies and organizations for the purpose of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.

 
Please note that our websites may include links to third-party websites whose privacy practices may differ from those of Banfield. If you submit personal information to any of those websites, your information is governed by the privacy policies on those websites. We encourage you to review the privacy policy of any website you visit. 

What information do we collect?

We may collect personal and general information that you provide to us, including personal contact details and information related to your purchases, employment or demographics.
 
We may collect information from other sources, including contact lists and demographic information from third-party sources. This information may be combined with other information that we collect.
 
We also automatically collect certain types of information, such as your Internet Protocol (IP) address, your device’s operating system, browser type, websites visited before or after you visit one of our Banfield websites, pages viewed and activities on our Banfield websites, as well as your interaction with advertisements.
 
Third-party service and advertising partners also may collect information.
 
Learn more about our information collection practices at How do we use tracking technologies, such as cookies, web beacons and other technologies? 

Contact Us

Our Mailing Address is:
Banfield Privacy Team
PO Box 13998
Portland, OR 97213
E-mail: Privacy@Banfield.com
 

What does this privacy statement apply to?

Medical Management International, Inc., doing business as Banfield Pet Hospital® (hereafter referred to as "we", "us", "our" or "Banfield") respects your privacy and is committed to protecting it through our compliance with this privacy statement ("Privacy Statement").
 
This Privacy Statement describes the types of information we may collect from you or that you may provide when you visit the website www.banfield.com, or any website, mobile application, or other service that displays a link to this Privacy Statement (hereinafter referred to as a "Site" or the "Sites").  This Privacy Statement does not apply to Banfield websites, mobile applications and other services and products that do not display or include a link to this Privacy Statement or that have their own privacy statement.  This Privacy Statement applies to your "personal information," which is any information or combination of information that could reasonably be used to identify you.

Please read this Privacy Statement carefully to understand our policies and practices regarding your information and how we will treat it. If you do not agree with our policies and practices, your choice is not to use our Site. By accessing or using this Site, you agree to this Privacy Statement. This Privacy Statement may change from time to time. Your continued use of this Site after we make changes is deemed to be acceptance of those changes, so please check the Privacy Statement periodically for updates.

We hope that you enjoy our Sites and will come back often to visit!  

What information do we collect and how do we collect it?

 
We may collect various information that you provide to us, including personal contact details, and information related to your purchases, employment or demographic.  The information that we collect from you, may include:

  • Personal contact details includes information such as names, addresses, telephone number, or e-mail addresses such as when you provide them to us during online registration; some of our Sites allow you to establish a user name and password to set up an account.
  • Purchase-related information includes data regarding purchases you make on our Sites, including payment card information and shipping details.
  • Employment-related information includes your indicated job preferences, work history and information provided on applications submitted to us online.
  • Demographic information includes data such as age, gender, hobby or activity information, taste or other preference information, and the like.
  • Comments, photos, or other information that you post on public areas of each Site, through blogs, message boards, or social networking opportunities; for further information please see section called What about blogs, message boards and social networking opportunities or other interactive forum.

 
When Banfield clients sign up My Banfield online client account using a My Banfield ID, in order to provide the My Banfield online client account features, such as access to vaccination records, information is collected directly from your Banfield Hospital.  In addition, we may collect information from other sources, including contact lists, and demographic information from third parties and other sources. This data may be combined with other information that we collect.   
 
We also collect certain types of information automatically:

  • Your Internet Protocol (IP) address or device identifier, your device’s operating system, browser type, websites visited before or after you visit our website, pages viewed and activities at our website, as well as your interaction with advertisements.
  • Third-party service and advertising partners may also collect information automatically.
  • Find out more about our collection practices at section called How do we use tracking technologies like "cookies", web beacons and other technologies.

How do we use your information?

We may use your information for a variety of purposes including: to provide products or services that you request; to administer promotions (sweepstakes, contests and offers); to communicate with you; to deliver advertising; to improve our websites, products and services; and for other legitimate business purposes.

  • Providing the features, products and services you request: We may use the information we collect about you to fulfill your requests for, and enable your use of, our features, products and services, including features such as a My Banfield online client account.
  • Registration, contests and promotions: We may use your information to enter you in contests, to notify you of results and to register you for certain features, products and services.
  • To communicate with you and provide you with information: We may use your information to communicate with you, to respond to your questions or comments, to provide you with updates and news and to alert you when job vacancies that fit your profile arise (in the event that you submit your resume). We also may use your information to provide you with personalized content, information, and to send you brochures, coupons, samples, offers and other information on our products or our family of companies. We ask visitors providing e-mail addresses to indicate if they would like further information or updates from us or our website and only those who request it will receive follow-up communications from us. We may also ask if you would like to receive information about other products available from members of our family of companies. 

We also offer visitors an “opt-out” option at any time they wish to cease receiving e-mails, or other information from us.  For more information, see Choices About How We Use and Disclose Your Information.
 

How do we share and disclose your information?

We may share or disclose your information:

  • With our subsidiaries, affiliates, and business partners.
  • With vendors or agents. For example, we may share your information with companies we have hired to provide services on our behalf. When we share information with these other companies to provide services for us, they are not allowed to use it for any other purpose and must keep it confidential unless you otherwise consent.
  • Where your information may be transferred along with other business assets.  For example: to a buyer or other successor in the event of a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution or other sale or transfer of some or all of Banfield's assets, whether as a going concern or as part of bankruptcy, liquidation or similar proceeding, in which personal information held by Banfield about our Site users is among the assets transferred.
  • To fulfill the purpose for which you provide it.
  • For any other purpose disclosed by us when you provide the information.
  • With your consent.

We may also share or disclose personal information, including the content of your communications:

  1. To comply with the law or respond to legal process or lawful requests, including from law enforcement and government agencies.
  2. To conduct investigations of consumer complaints or possible illegal activity, to protect the integrity of Banfield’s websites, to fulfill your requests or to cooperate in any legal investigation.
  3. To protect the rights or property of the Banfield, Banfield's affiliates, agents or our customers, including enforcing the terms governing your use of our websites and services; for example, billing and collections purposes.
  4. To act on a good faith belief that access or disclosure is necessary to protect the safety of Banfield’s associates, customers or the public; for example, exchanging information with other companies and organizations for the purpose of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.

 
Please note that our websites may include links to third-party websites with privacy practices that differ from those of Banfield. If you submit personal information to any third-party website, your information is governed by the privacy policy on it. We encourage you to review the privacy policy of any website that you visit.

What about children's privacy?

We at Banfield believe it essential that parents are involved in their children's online experiences. Our Sites are primarily designed and intended for adults, except for "Kids" tab of www.futurevet.com, which is subject to an additional Privacy Policy Regarding Children.  In accordance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), Banfield does not knowingly collect or store personal information about children under age 13. We may ask visitors to enter a birth date to restrict those who are underage from accessing certain Sites, areas, or features.  If you become aware that a child under 13 has registered for a My Banfield online client account, our email newsletters, or otherwise provided us with their personal information, please report the use to Privacy@Banfield.com. If we learn we are dealing with a child under age 13, we may ask for the e-mail address of a parent and make an effort to contact them to determine if the child has permission to provide information to us. If we become aware of a user under the age of 13 providing information on our Site without parental permission, we will terminate that account and purge our databases of all personal information provided by that user.  For visitors to www.futurevet.net only, please see our Privacy Policy Regarding Children.
 

How do we use tracking technologies like "cookies", web beacons and other tracking technologies?

As you navigate through and interact with each Site, we may use automatic data collection technologies to collect certain information about your equipment, browsing actions and patterns, including:

  • Details of your visits to each Site, including traffic data, location data, logs and other communication data and the resources that you access and use on the Site.
  • Information about your computer and internet connection, including your IP address, operating system and browser type.

We or our service providers or business partners use technologies like cookies and web beacons to offer certain functions at our Site, to understand our visitors, and to offer ads at non-affiliated third-party websites, sometimes using information collected through technology at one of our affiliates' websites and sometimes through third-party networks. Service providers or publishers may display ads for our products at unaffiliated third-party websites based on your online activities. We support self-regulatory programs for this practice, called interest-based advertising or online behavioral advertising, and ask our business partners to do the same. Find out more at What are our policies regarding online interest-based advertising?  Please note that third parties where you might see our ads have their own privacy statements and use technologies which we do not control. We encourage you to read those policies carefully.

The information we collect automatically is statistical data and does not include personal information (as defined above), but we may maintain it or associate it with personal information we collect in other ways or receive from third parties. It helps us to improve each Site and to deliver a better and more personalized service, including by enabling us to:

  • Estimate our audience size and usage patterns.
  • Store information about your preferences, allowing us to customize our Site according to your individual interests.
  •  Speed up your searches.
  •  Recognize you when you return to our Site.
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What are cookies and how do we use them?

“Cookies” (browser cookies) are data files that a website sends to your computer while you are viewing the Site. These data files include information that allows a Banfield Site to remember important information that will make your use of the website more efficient and useful to you. Our websites use cookies for a variety of purposes.
 
Visitors to our Sites use different web browsers and different computers. To make your visits as easy as possible with the technology you use, we automatically keep track of information like the type of browser (e.g., Internet Explorer, Safari, or Firefox) and operating system (e.g., Windows, Mac-OS X) used by a visitor, IP address, domain name of the visitor’s Internet service provider, websites visited before and after, pages viewed and activities at our Site, and advertisements seen or clicked on. We also track the total number of visitors to our Sites in an aggregate form to allow us to update and improve them. Personal contact information is not extracted in this process. This information tells us if more visitors prefer certain features or areas to others, which helps us keep our Sites fresh and interesting to the majority of our visitors.
 
Cookie technology helps us deliver content tailored to a visitor’s interests, and allows us to make ordering products, entering and participating in sweepstakes and contests, and offering other functions at our Site easier for our visitors. Sites that offer online shopping use cookies to remember and process the items in your shopping cart. Where permitted, we may associate personal information with a cookie file in such instances (i.e. when you click "remember me" with regards to your username and password).
 
Please note that we may allow third parties to advertise on our Sites. Some of these third parties may place cookies on your computer for purposes of advertising. Banfield does not control the cookies of third parties. To opt-out of third party cookies that may be placed from third party advertisements on Banfield Sites please click here.

What are web beacons and how do we use them?

Some of our pages of our Sites and our e-mails may contain electronic images called “web beacons” (sometimes known as one pixel GIFs, clear GIFs or pixel tags). Web beacons allow us to count visitors who have viewed our webpages, helping to indicate the popularity of the page content. In e-mail messages, promotional materials and newsletters, web beacons allow us to count how many subscribers have read them, and verifying the address provided, system and server integrity. Web beacons allow us to develop statistical information about the activities and features that most interest our consumers for the purpose of providing more personalized content.

Choices About How We Use and Disclose Your Information.

What if you don't want cookies (browser or flash)?  If you don’t want cookies, you can set your computer to warn you each time a cookie is being sent or refuse all or some cookies (except Flash cookies) through your browser (e.g., Internet Explorer or Safari). Check your browser “help” menu to learn the correct way to change or update your cookies. To find out more about how to manage or delete Flash cookies, visit Adobe's website. Please note that if you do not accept cookies, some features or activities may not be available to you.
What if you don't want Promotional Offers from the Company?  If you do not wish to have your e-mail address used by the Company to promote our own or third parties' products or services, by sending us an e-mail stating your request to Privacy@Banfield.com or by writing to Attn: Banfield Promotional E-mail Opt-Out, PO Box 13998, Portland, OR 97213. If we have sent you a promotional e-mail, you may send us a return e-mail asking to be omitted from future e-mail distributions. This opt out does not apply to information provided to the Company as a result of a product purchase, warranty registration, product service experience or other transactions.
 How can you opt-out of receiving interest-based ads from us? In providing interest-based ads, we follow the Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising of the Digital Advertising Alliance ("DAA").  More information about these principles can be found here. [LINK TO: http://www.aboutads.info/obaprinciples ].  For more information about use of interest-based ads on our Sites and for an option to opt-out, please see our Ad Choices policy.

·         How can you opt-out of receiving interest-based ads from third parties?  We do not control third parties' collection or use of your information to serve interest-based advertising. You can generally opt-out of receiving interest-based ads from third party advertisers who are members of the Network Advertising Initiative ("NAI") or who follow the DAA Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising by visiting the opt-out pages on the NAI website and DAA website.

What else do you need to know?

Where is your information stored and processed?

 
Personal information collected on Banfield's Sites and services may be stored and processed in the United States or any other country where Banfield or its affiliates, subsidiaries or service providers maintain facilities.
 
The servers and databases in which information may be stored may be located outside the country from which you accessed this Site and in a country that does not have the same privacy laws as your country of residence. The personal information you provide us may be transmitted abroad, but we will collect, process and use personal information only in accordance with this Privacy Statement. Employment-related queries may also be transferred to Banfield, or its affiliate family of companies. By visiting this Site and submitting information, you consent to such collection, processing, transfer and/or storage of your personal information.
 

What about blogs, message boards, social networking opportunities, or other interactive forums?

 
We may offer blogs, message or bulletin boards, social networking opportunities, or interactive areas where visitors may post comments or information for our visitors' enjoyment. If there are blogs, bulletin or message boards, social networking opportunities, or other interactive areas where personal information may be posted at this Site, be sure to check out posted rules before entering, as you will be bound by them as well as our Terms and Conditions generally, located at Banfield.com/Terms-and-Conditions. Rules for participation in interactive features may establish age and other restrictions on participation. Anything you post online is public information, and Banfield is not responsible for anything you voluntarily post online. Users should exercise caution when disclosing personal information online.
 

How do we safeguard your information?

 
We have implemented administrative, physical and technical safeguards designed to protect your information. If online shopping is permitted at the Site, we use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to communicate with your browser software when you order from us online and thereby provide us with payment card or related information. SSL is the industry standard security protocol, which makes it very difficult for anyone else to intercept your credit card / transaction and order information that you send us when you submit your online order. Otherwise, the transmission of information to and from us is not encrypted or secure.
 
We have instituted safeguards to check that our internal procedures meet our high policy standards. We also use our best efforts to be sure that third parties who are hired to develop and maintain this Site and to fulfill your orders and requests, agree to protect all personal information they must access in order to serve our Site and our visitors, and honor your preferences about contacts you receive.
 
No security measures can be 100% secure, however, and so we recommend that you take additional measures to protect yourself and your information, including by installing up to date anti-virus software, closing browsers after use, keeping confidential your log-in credentials and passwords, and making sure that you regularly update software and apps you have downloaded to ensure you have enabled the latest security features on your devices.
 

Changes to this Privacy Statement

 
We may update this Privacy Statement from time to time, so please visit this page periodically and review this statement for changes. We will notify you of material changes to this Privacy Statement by posting a notice on our home page for a reasonable period of time and changing the "Updated" date above. Your continued use of our Sites following the posting of changes will mean that you accept the changed terms.
 

What should you do if you have questions, wish to access, update or delete information, or wish to opt-out of receiving future communications?

 
If you would like us to access, update, change, or delete information we have about you in our marketing database (subject to any applicable legal exceptions), would like to opt-out of receiving further communications from us, or have questions about our Privacy Statement, please click here. 
 

How can you contact us?

 
Banfield Privacy Team
PO Box 13998
Portland, OR 97213
E-mail: Privacy@Banfield.com
 

What are your California Privacy Rights?

 
California law permits residents of California to opt-out of Banfield’s disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. You may choose to opt-out of the sharing of your personal information with third parties for marketing purposes at any time by submitting a request in writing to PO Box 13998, Portland, OR 97213 or by e-mailing us at Privacy@Banfield.com. Please note that this opt-out does not prohibit disclosure made for non-marketing purposes. California law also permits residents of California to request and obtain from us once per year, free of charge, a list of the third parties (if any) to whom we have disclosed personal information for their direct marketing purposes in the prior calendar year, as well as the type of personal information disclosed to those parties. If you are a California resident and would like to request this information, please submit your request in an e-mail to Privacy@Banfield.com or by writing to PO Box 13998, Portland, OR 97213. Requests via telephone or facsimile will not be accepted. The e-mail subject line or mailing envelope and the content of your request must include the phrase “Your California Privacy Rights,” and include your name, e-mail address (if you wish to receive a response via e-mail) or street address, city, state, zip code (if you wish to receive a response via postal mail).
  

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