Privacy Statement

Web Privacy Policy

The Office of Alcohol & Other Drug Services (AODS) is committed to protecting your privacy. This Privacy Policy applies to the AODS website and governs data collection and usage. By using the AODS website, you consent to the data practices described in this Policy.

The AODS website intends to provide general information about AODS, its services, and practice locations. AODS intends to keep the information on the website as current as possible, but does not guarantee its accuracy, timeliness, and completeness, and any other warranty, express or implied.

The AODS website is not intended to provide medical advice or medical treatment. Please consult with a health care provider for treatment or to answer your questions.

Collection of Information

AODS website collects information about your computer hardware and software such as: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times, and referring website addresses. AODS uses this information for the operation of the website, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the AODS website.

Use of Personal Information

AODS website collects and uses some personal information to operate the AODS website. For example, if you submit an inquiry through a web form on a contact-us page, you may be asked to include your name and/or email address so that we can reach you to resolve your comment.

AODS website does not sell, rent, or lease visitor information to third parties. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to the AODS website, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

AODS website will only disclose your personal information without notice if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on AODS website; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of AODS website; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of AODS website, or the public.

Use of Cookies

Cookies are small files that are stored on your computer (unless you block them). We use cookies to understand and save your preferences for future visits and compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future. We may contract with third-party service providers to assist us in better understanding our site visitors. These service providers are not permitted to use the information collected on our behalf except to help us conduct and improve our business.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the AODS website.

Cookies may be set by an organization other than Harvard.edu. These “third-party cookies” may, for example, originate from websites such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus or other services for which AODS has implemented “plug-ins.” Since the cookie policies of these sites change over time, you should determine their policies by visiting the privacy policy pages of these sites directly.

Security of Personal Information

AODS website secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. AODS website secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure.

Links to external third-party websites

The AODS website may provide links to some external, non-AODS websites for your convenience. AODS is not responsible for the accuracy, availability, or content of any non-AODS sites, nor does AODS endorse them.

AODS encourages you to review the privacy statements of websites you choose to link to from the AODS website so that you can understand how those websites collect, use, and share your information. AODS is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on websites outside of the AODS website.

Changes to this Statement

We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time. If we change the Policy, we will post the modified text on this page.

Contacting this web site

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, contact the Harvard University Health Services Webmaster at webmaster@huhs.harvard.edu.

Effective date

The effective date of this policy is April 21, 2014.