Privacy policy

We believe you should always know what data we collect from you and how we use it, and that you should have meaningful control over both. We want to empower you to make the best decisions about the information that you share with us.

That’s the basic purpose of this Privacy Policy.

You should read this policy in full, but here are a few key things we hope you take away from it:
Healthward is public and posts are immediately viewable and searchable by anyone around the world. We give you non-public ways to communicate on Healthward too, through Direct Messages.
You can choose to share additional information with us like your email address, phone number, address book contacts, and a public profile.
We give you control through your settings to limit the data we collect from you and how we use it, and to control things like account security, and address book contacts you’ve uploaded to Healthward.
In addition to the information you share with us, we use your posts, content you’ve read, voted, or share, and other information to determine what topics you’re interested in, your age, the languages you speak, and other signals to show you more relevant content. We give you transparency into that information, and you can modify or correct it at any time.
If you have questions about this policy, how we collect or process your personal data, or anything else related to our privacy practices, we want to hear from you. You can contact us at any time.

Information You Share With Us

We require certain information to provide our services to you. For example, you must have an account to upload or share content on Healthward. When you choose to share the information below with us, we collect and use it to operate our services.

Public Information

Most activity on Healthward is public, including your profile information, your posts and certain information about your posts like the date, and time. You also may choose to publish your location in your Healthward profile. The lists you create, your friends, and posts you vote for are also public. If you like, share, reply, or otherwise publicly engage with an ad on our services, that advertiser might thereby learn information about you associated with the ad with which you engaged such as characteristics of the audience the ad was intended to reach. Information posted about you by other people who use our services may also be public. 

You are responsible for your posts and other information you provide through our services, and you should think carefully about what you make public, especially if it is sensitive information. If you update your public information on Healthward, such as by deleting a post or deactivating your account, we will reflect your updated content on health-ward.com

By publicly posting content when you post, you are directing us to disclose that information as broadly as possible, including through our APIs, and directing those accessing the information through our APIs to do the same. 

Basic Account Information

You don’t have to create an account to use some of our service features, such as viewing posts and viewing public Healthward profiles. If you do choose to create an account, you must provide us with some personal data so that we can provide our services to you. On Healthward this includes a display name (for example, “ Adam Eve”), a username (for example, adeve), a password, and an email address. Your display name and username are always public. You can also create and manage multiple Healthward accounts, for example to express different parts of your identity.

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Contact Information

We use your contact information, such as your email address, to authenticate your account and keep it – and our services – secure, and to help prevent spam, fraud, and abuse. We also use contact information to enable certain account features (for example, for login verification), and to send you information about our services, and to personalize our services, including ads. Healthward also uses your contact information to market to you as your country’s laws allow, and to help others find your account if your settings permit, including through third-party services and client applications. You can use your settings for email and mobile notifications to control notifications you receive from Healthward. You can also unsubscribe from a notification by following the instructions contained within the notification.

If you email us, we will keep the content of your message, your email address, and your contact information to respond to your request.

Direct Messages and Non-Public Communications

We provide certain features that let you communicate more privately or control who sees your content. For example, you can use Direct Messages to have non-public conversations on Healthward. When you communicate with others by sending or receiving Direct Messages, we will store and process your communications and information related to them. This includes link scanning for malicious content, link shortening to http://t.co URLs, detection of spam, abuse and prohibited images, and use of reported issues. We also use information about whom you have communicated with and when (but not the content of those communications) to better understand the use of our services, to protect the safety and integrity of our platform, and to show more relevant content. We share the content of your Direct Messages with the people you’ve sent them to; we do not use them to serve you ads. Note that if you interact in a way that would ordinarily be public with Healthward content shared with you via Direct Message, for instance by voting a post, those interactions will be public. When you use features like Direct Messages to communicate, remember that recipients have their own copy of your communications on Healthward – even if you delete your copy of those messages from your account – which they may duplicate, store, or re-share.

Payment Information

You may provide us with payment information, including your credit or debit card number, card expiration date, CVV code, and billing address, in order to purchase advertising or other offerings provided as part of our services.

Additional Information We Receive About You

We receive certain information when you use our services or other websites or mobile applications that include our content, and from third parties including advertisers. Like the information you share with us, we use the data below to operate our services.

Location Information

We require information about your signup and current location, which we get from signals such as your IP address or device settings, to securely and reliably set up and maintain your account and to provide our services to you.

Subject to your settings, we may collect, use, and store additional information about your location – such as your current precise position or places where you’ve previously used Healthward – to operate or personalize our services.

Links

In order to operate our services, we keep track of how you interact with links across our services. This includes links in emails we send you and links in posts that appear on other websites or mobile applications.

If you click on an external link or ad on our services, that advertiser or website operator might figure out that you came from Healthward, along with other information associated with the ad you clicked such as characteristics of the audience it was intended to reach. They may also collect other personal data from you, such as cookie identifiers or your IP address.

Cookies

A cookie is a small piece of data that is stored on your computer or mobile device. Like many websites, we use cookies and similar technologies to collect additional website usage data and to operate our services. Cookies are not required for many parts of our services such as searching and looking at public profiles. Although most web browsers automatically accept cookies, many browsers’ settings can be set to decline cookies or alert you when a website is attempting to place a cookie on your computer. However, some of our services may not function properly if you disable cookies. When your browser or device allows it, we use both session cookies and persistent cookies to better understand how you interact with our services, to monitor aggregate usage patterns, and to personalize and otherwise operate our services such as by providing account security, personalizing the content we show you including ads, and remembering your language preferences.

Log Data

We receive information when you view content on or otherwise interact with our services, which we refer to as “Log Data,” even if you have not created an account. For example, when you visit our websites, sign into our services, interact with our email notifications, use your account to authenticate to a third-party service, or visit a third-party service that includes Healthward content, we may receive information about you. This Log Data includes information such as your IP address, browser type, operating system, the referring web page, pages visited, location, your mobile carrier, device information (including device and application IDs), search terms (including those not submitted as queries), and cookie information. We also receive Log Data when you click on, view, or interact with links on our services, including when you install another application through Healthward. We use Log Data to operate our services and ensure their secure, reliable, and robust performance. For example, we use Log Data to protect the security of accounts and to determine what content is popular on our services.

Advertisers and Other Ad Partners

Advertising revenue allows us to support and improve our services. We use the information described in this Privacy Policy to help make our advertising more relevant to you, to measure its effectiveness, and to help recognize your devices to serve you ads on and off of Healthward. Our ad partners and affiliates share information with us such as browser cookie IDs, mobile device IDs, hashed email addresses, demographic or interest data, and content viewed or actions taken on a website or app. Some of our ad partners, particularly our advertisers, also enable us to collect similar information directly from their website or app by integrating our advertising technology. Information shared by ad partners and affiliates or collected by Healthward from the websites and apps of ad partners and affiliates may be combined with the other information you share with Healthward and that Healthward receives about you.

Developers

If you access our APIs or developer portal, we process your personal data to help provide our services. You can update your data by contacting us directly as described in this Privacy Policy.

Other Third Parties and Affiliates

We may receive information about you from third parties who are not our ad partners, such as others on Healthward, partners who help us evaluate the safety and quality of content on our platform, our corporate affiliates, and other services you link to your Healthward account.

You may choose to connect your Healthward account to accounts on another service, and that other service may send us information about your account on that service. We use the information we receive to provide you features like cross-posting or cross-service authentication, and to operate our services.

Additional Information or Assistance

Thoughts or questions about this Privacy Policy? Please let us know by contacting us here

Changes to This Privacy Policy

We may revise this Privacy Policy from time to time. If we make a change to this policy that, in our sole discretion, is material, we will notify you within health-ward.com

By continuing to access or use the Services after those changes become effective, you agree to be bound by the revised Privacy Policy.