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Privacy Statement
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation ("Foundation") and its supported organization, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, collectively referred to herein as “Children’s”, are committed to providing visitors with an Internet experience that respects and protects their personal privacy.

We have created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy, to explain why we collect particular information and describe how we will protect your personal information within our website. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for the website located at In order to fully understand your rights we encourage you to read this Privacy Statement as well as our Terms of Use.

Your Privacy Rights as to Health Information
The Foundation’s website is linked to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh’s website, Children's is committed to keeping your child or teen's health information private and confidential. Our Notice of Privacy Practices describes how we may use and/or disclose your child's health information and also identifies the patient rights under the federal privacy regulations (HIPAA).

You may view or print the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh’s Notice of Privacy Practices or pick up a copy of the brochure at any registration desk at the hospital.

What Information We Collect and How We Use That Information
When you use our site, we collect anonymous information. Anonymous information is information about how a visitor uses our site (such as places visited and searches performed).

Anonymous information also includes the domain names and/or IP addresses (the number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the Internet) of browsers that visit our site, time of day the site was visited, and other non-personally identifiable information.

Anonymous information is information that is not tied to any individual, but helps to characterizeChildren's visitors to improve our services.

We use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server, to administer our Web site, analyze trends, track visitors' movement, gather broad demographic information for aggregate use in order for us to improve the site, and deliver customized, personalized content. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

Personal Information Collected
Our site uses a registration form for visitors to request information, be placed on a mailing list or make a charitable gift. The registration form requires visitors to give us contact information that may include name, e-mail address, format preference (HTML vs. Text), address, interests, and other similar information. We also collect financial information (such as an account or credit card number) in the online donation form. This information is used to fulfill visitor requests and process donations.

The visitor's contact information also is used to get in touch with the visitor when necessary. For example, we might have a question about the processing of a donation. If a visitor requests, we may use the contact information to send the visitor additional information about Children's. We do not request or store sensitive information from our visitors, such as credit card or social security numbers.

Visitors may opt-out of receiving future mailings (see the choice/opt-out section below). The personally identifiable information we collect is not used for any purposes other than processing of donations and dissemination of information. Additionally, it is not disclosed to anyone other than Children's and its partners, contractors and agents, unless we are required to comply with a court order or other legal process, or we must do so to protect our rights or property.

Please note that Children's will not intentionally share the contents of any email or form submitted through this site with any third party. However, due to the nature of electronic communications, we cannot and do not provide assurances that the contents will not become known or accessible to third parties.


Children's Privacy
We are committed to protecting the privacy of children. The website is intended for adults and young people age 13 and over. It is not intended for or designed to attract persons under the age of 13. We do not permit registration by, nor do we collect personally identifiable information from, any person we actually know to be under the age of 13.

Use of "Cookies"
Our Site may use cookies to enhance your experience while using our website. Cookies are pieces of information that some websites transfer to the computer that is browsing that website and are used for record-keeping purposes at many websites. Use of cookies makes web-surfing easier by performing certain functions such as saving your passwords and your personal preferences regarding your use of the website. Many consider the use of cookies to be an industry standard.

Your browser is likely set to accept cookies. However, if you would prefer not to receive cookies, you can alter the configuration of your browser to refuse cookies. If you choose to have your browser refuse cookies, it is
possible that some areas of our website will not function properly when you view them.

All information provided to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation is transmitted using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption. SSL is a coding system that lets your browser automatically encrypt, or scramble, data before you send it to us. We also protect account information by placing it on a secure portion of our website that is only accessible by certain qualified employees of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation.

Unfortunately, however, no data transmission over the Internet is 100% secure. While we strive to protect your information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of such information.

You are responsible for taking all reasonable steps to ensure that no unauthorized person shall have access to your CHPF passwords and accounts. It is your sole responsibility to (1) control the dissemination and use of activation codes and passwords; (2) authorize, monitor, and control access to and use of your CHPF account and password; (3) promptly inform us of any need to deactivate a password.

You grant to CHPF and to all other persons or entities involved in the operation of the website the right to transmit, monitor, retrieve, store, and use your information in connection with the operation of the website. CHPF cannot and does not assume any responsibility or liability for any information you submit, including your or third parties' use or misuse of information transmitted or received using CHPF tools and services.

Our site provides visitors the opportunity to opt-out (or opt-in) of receiving communications from us at the point at which we request information about the visitor. A visitor who does not wish to receive future communications should email us at

A visitor who wishes to modify or correct information previously provided should email us at

If a visitor elects to use our referral service for informing a friend about our website, we ask them for the friend's name and e-mail address. Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation will automatically send the friend a onetime e-mail inviting them to visit our website. Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation stores this information for the sole purpose of sending this one-time e-mail.

Other Web Sites
Our Privacy Statement applies only to your use of our website. Our website contains links to other sites, including sites that may indicate a special relationship with us. Please note that when you click on one of these links, you are entering another website for which Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation has no responsibility. We do not disclose personally identifiable information to those operating these linked sites. You should read the privacy policies of each site you visit to determine what information that site may be collecting about you.

Contacting the Website
If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, the practices of this website, or your dealings with this website, you may contact:

Web Services Manager
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation
One Children's Hospital Drive
Central Plant, Floor 3
4401 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224-1342
Please reference this Privacy Statement in your subject line.

Updates and Changes to the Privacy Statement
We reserve the right, at any time to add to, change, update or modify this Privacy Statement, solely by posting such change, update or modification on the site with no advanced notice. Any such change, update or modification will be effectively immediately upon posting.

You agree to review the Privacy Statement each time you visit our website so that you are aware of any modifications made to the Privacy Statement. By accessing or using the website, you agree to be bound by all of the terms and conditions of the Privacy Statement, the Terms of Use and the Disclaimer Statement as posted on our website at the time of your access or use.

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