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Privacy Policy
Midwest Bariatric Solutions understands that the privacy of personal information is important to our users. We urge you to read this Privacy Policy carefully.

We collect personally identifiable information that you provide to us when you register with Midwest Bariatric Solutions. We use the information that you provide to respond to your questions, provide specific services and inform you of significant changes to this Privacy Policy. Except as otherwise set forth in this Privacy Policy or as specifically agreed to by you, Midwest Bariatric Solutions will not disclose any personally identifiable information it gathers from you on our website. We will only release such personally identifiable information to third parties: (1) to comply with valid legal requirements, such as a law, regulations, search warrant, subpoena or court order; or (2) in special cases, such as a physical threat to you or others. In the event we are legally compelled to disclose such personally identifiable information to a third party, we will attempt to notify you unless doing so would violate the law or court order. In addition, we may disclose personally identifiable information as described below.

At registration and at various times as you use the Midwest Bariatric Solutions Web site, you will be given the option of receiving recurring informational e-mail from Midwest Bariatric Solutions and/or directly from third parties. These e-mails will be general in nature and will not disclose your unique characteristics. At the time you sign up for our informational e-mail or at any time thereafter, you have the choice to opt-out of receiving additional informational e-mails from Midwest Bariatric Solutions.

In some cases, when you click on a link or an advertisement in an informational e-mail, your browser may be momentarily directed to the website of a third party which, acting on behalf of Midwest Bariatric Solutions, notes your response to the e-mail before re-directing your browser to its proper destination.

As a public service to our users, Midwest Bariatric Solutions features on-line message boards where users with similar interests or medical conditions can share information and support one another.

Any information you reveal in a message board or online discussion is open to the public and is not a private, secure service. You should carefully consider the ramifications of this before disclosing any personally identifiable or personal health information in any public forum. What you have written may be seen, disclosed to or collected by third parties and may be used by others in ways we are unable to control or predict, including to contact you for unauthorized purposes.

After you have registered as a member of the Midwest Bariatric Solutions online community, you can choose to use certain Midwest Bariatric Solutions interactive content, tools and services. These interactive content, tools and services may ask you to voluntarily provide other types of information about yourself including personal health information. Some tools, like the Body Mass Index, or BMI, calculator, do not retain your information. You are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the information you provide. Providing inaccurate information will affect the information you receive.

In certain situations, information collection may be facilitated by momentarily directing your browser to the website of a third party acting on behalf of Midwest Bariatric Solutions before re-directing your browser to its proper destination; this redirection process will not be apparent to you. We do not control these third parties' use of Cookies or Web Beacons, or how they manage the personal information they gather. Cookies are small data files stored on the hard drive of the computer you use to view a website and are placed by that website or by a third party, such as an advertiser, with a presence on that website. Cookies are accessible only by the party or site that placed the Cookies. Cookies can contain personally identifiable information. Web beacons are graphic image files that provide a presence on the web page and send information from a user's browser back to its home server. They can also be used to place a Cookie on a user's browser.

Midwest Bariatric Solutions may utilize the services of operations and maintenance contractors in the operation and maintenance of this website. Midwest Bariatric Solutions operations and maintenance contractors sometimes have limited access to your personal information in the course of providing products or services to Midwest Bariatric Solutions. These contractors include vendors and suppliers that provide us with technology, services, and/or content to provide efficient operation and maintenance of our website. Unless you have opted-out of receiving e-mails from Midwest Bariatric Solutions, these contractors also may have access to your e-mail address to send newsletters or special promotions to you on our behalf or to send e-mails to you for purposes such as conducting market research on our behalf. Access to your personal information is limited to the information reasonably necessary for the contractor to perform its limited function for Midwest Bariatric Solutions.

Certain content and services offered to you through our website are served on websites hosted and operated by companies other than Midwest Bariatric Solutions. These are referred to as third party contractor websites. Midwest Bariatric Solutions does not disclose your personal information to third party contractor websites without your consent, but you should be aware that any information you disclose once you access these other websites is not subject to our privacy policy. Midwest Bariatric Solutions does not endorse and is not responsible for the privacy practices of these third party contractor websites. You should review the privacy policy posted on these other websites to understand how that third party contractor collects and uses your personal information. Midwest Bariatric Solutions makes every effort to make it obvious to you when you leave our website and enter a third party contractor website, 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 the phrase such as "Powered by" or "in association with" followed by the name of a company other than Midwest Bariatric Solutions, then you are on a website hosted by a company other than Midwest Bariatric Solutions.

In addition to third party contractor websites that you may access as described above, for your convenience there are links to websites operated by companies other than Midwest Bariatric Solutions. These are referred to as third party link websites. These links may be referenced in content or placed beside the names or logos of sponsors. Midwest Bariatric Solutions does not disclose your personal information to these third party link websites without obtaining your consent. Midwest Bariatric Solutions does not endorse and is not responsible for the privacy practices of these sites. If you choose to link to one of these third party websites, you should review their privacy policy posted on those websites to understand how such third party website collects and uses your personal information.

Despite Midwest Bariatric Solutions 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 will be intercepted. 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 Midwest Bariatric Solutions from our servers.