SMS Privacy Policy -Text Alsana® Information for Users

SMS Privacy Policy

Last updated: July 22, 2021

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY.

Alsana®  is committed to protecting your privacy. This Privacy Policy (the “Policy”) governs how we treat the Personal Information that we collect and receive from you in connection with your use of the SMS Service (“Service”), which we make available to you through a HIPAA compliant third-party service provider. This Policy is incorporated into the Terms of Service.

By using the Service, you agree to the terms of this Policy. Alsana reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify or change this Policy at any time with or without prior notice to you. The date of the last update will be posted at the top of this Policy for your convenience. This Policy, and any changes, are effective as soon as posted. Your continued use of the Service following the posting of any changes to the Policy constitutes your full acceptance of those changes.

“Personal Information” is information that individually identifies you, such as your mobile phone number or user/screen name, as well as any Personal Information that you choose to include in messages you send through the Service.

Text communication will be through the vendor-provided Short Message Service (SMS) or Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) provided by our third-party service provider.

Alsana staff are committed to communicating with you while protecting your privacy and personal information. Text communication comes with risks and limitations that you should be aware of:

  • Clinical discussions, counseling or crisis-related support will not be provided by Alsana staff through text messages.
  • Text messages are not an appropriate substitute for in-person or telephone communication, clinical examinations or care in an Emergency Department.
  • Personal information that you send via text messaging could be at risk if a device is compromised. It is your responsibility to protect your accounts and devices from inappropriate access and/or loss. Alsana’s messages are sent from company-issued or secured devices to protect your information.
  • There is no guarantee that Alsana will receive or be able to respond to texts in a timely manner, therefore text messaging should not be relied upon in urgent or emergent situations.
  • If you send a text message to Alsana staff expecting a reply and do not hear back within 3 business days, it is your responsibility to follow up with that person regarding your care and/or continued needs.
  • Text messaging is not a secure, private or confidential mode of communication. Text messages may be stored in backup servers by telecommunications service providers, even if manually deleted from a device.

 

What Personal Information is Collected About You

Through the use of the Service, Alsana will receive the following information from our third-party service provider: your mobile phone number when you send a text message to us, the text of messages that you send to other users of the Service, any user or screen name that you select in connection with the Service, as well as any comments or feedback regarding the Service that you send to us.

 

How Alsana Uses Personal Information About You

We use Personal Information to (a) provide you with the Service, (b) process and respond to inquiries, (c) improve the Service, (d) if necessary, contact you with important announcements or messages, (e) conduct research, and (f) provide anonymous reporting for internal and external clients and partners.

Each message that you send through the Service (either to us or to other users of the Service) is stored on our servers. We retain these messages on our servers. Alsana utilizes servers and services owned by third parties.

Disclosure of Your Information

We will not rent or sell your Personal Information to other companies or individuals, unless we have your consent. We may use or disclose such information in any of the following limited circumstances:

 

  • We have your consent.
  • We need to enforce our Terms of Service.
  • We provide such information to trusted businesses or persons for the sole purpose of processing Personal Information on our behalf. When this is done, it is subject to agreements that oblige those parties to process such information only on our instructions and in compliance with this Policy and appropriate confidentiality and security measures.  If the third party fails to comply with our terms, Alsana is not accountable in any way for any liability or reimbursement.
  • We provide such information to third parties who have entered into non-disclosure agreements with us.
  • We provide such information to a company controlled by, or under common control with, Alsana for any purpose permitted by this Policy.
  • We respond to subpoenas, court orders, or legal processes, or establish or exercise our legal rights, or the legal rights of others, or defend against legal claims.
  • We believe it is necessary to share Personal Information to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, violations of Alsana’s Terms of Service, or as otherwise required by law.
  • We transfer Personal Information about you if Alsana is, or its assets are, acquired by or merged with another company.

 

We may share aggregated information with others without further notice. An example of this would be the number of people who used the Service in a given month or the total number of texts sent in a given week.

 

Text, SMS/MMS Messaging Conduct

Text communication is permitted for communication of a professional client-provider nature, including but not limited to administrative purposes (e.g. scheduling appointments, reminders), client continuity of care. Text communication is not permitted for clinical discussions, counseling or crisis-related support.

 

Security

Alsana takes precautions to ensure the security of your Personal Information, including ensuring that our third-party service providers protect the security of your Personal Information. However, we cannot guarantee that hackers or unauthorized personnel will not gain access to your Personal Information despite our efforts. You should note that in using the Service, your information will travel through third-party infrastructures which are not under our control (such as a third-party SMS delivery platform or your carrier network).

Alsana takes precautions to authenticate the recipient of texts or SMS/MMS.

We cannot protect, nor does this Policy apply to, any information that you transmit to other users. You should never transmit personal or identifying information to other users.

 

Opting In

A mobile user might opt-in by entering a phone number online.

 

Opting Out

Alsana’s third-party service provider gives you the ability to opt-out of the Service for any reason. You can opt-out by texting “STOP”.

We reserve the right to send you certain communications relating to the Service, such as announcements and administrative messages, without offering you the opportunity to opt-out of receiving them.

By opting in to Alsana’s third-party service, you are consenting and agreeing to engage in text, SMS/MMS communication as indicated in this legal agreement.

 

Children

The Service is not intended for children under 13, and Alsana does not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 13.

Children aged 13 or older should not submit any Personal Information without the permission of their parents or guardians. By using the Service, you are representing that you are at least 18, or that you are at least 13 years old and have your parents’ permission to use the service.

 

Intended Audience

Alsana requires that users of this service be limited to US residents only.

Questions or Concerns?

If you have any additional questions regarding this Policy, please feel free to contact us any time by texting “HELP”.

 

SMS TERMS OF SERVICE

Use of the Alsana text message-based services (the “Service”) is subject to the following Terms of Service. These terms constitute a legal agreement (the “Agreement”). Please read them carefully.

 

  • Alsana will allow several different opportunities, such as entering a phone number online, to opt-in to SMS services.  By opting into Alsana’s third-party service, you are consenting and agreeing to engage in text, SMS/MMS communication as indicated in this legal agreement.

 

  • You can cancel the Service at any time. Just text “STOP”. After you send the SMS message “STOP” to us, we will send you an SMS message to confirm that you have been unsubscribed. After this, you will no longer receive SMS messages from us. If you want to join again, just sign up as you did the first time, and we will start sending SMS messages to you again.

 

  •  If at any time you forget what keywords are supported, just text “HELP”. After you send the SMS message “HELP” to us, we will respond with instructions on how to use our Service.

 

  •  As always, message and data rates may apply for any messages sent to you from us and to us from you, and Alsana is not liable for the cost of any such messages. You will receive recurring messages. If you have any questions about your text plan or data plan, it is best to contact your wireless provider.

 

  • You understand that anyone with access to your mobile phone may be able to view the messages you receive when using the Service, and you agree that Alsana will not be liable to you if this occurs.

 

  • You understand that you are not required to consent to the Service to receive any other services from Alsana.

 

  • By agreeing to these Terms of Service and providing us with your mobile phone number when you opt into the Service, you authorize Alsana to contact you by text message at your mobile phone number using an automatic telephone dialing system or device, or any other computer-assisted technology as applicable. 

 

  • If you have any questions regarding privacy, please read our Privacy Policy.

 

 

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