Effective date: January 1, 2019
THOM CHILD & FAMILY SERVICES (“us”, “we”, or “our”) operates the http://thomchild.org website (hereinafter referred to as the “Service”).
This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal data when you use our Service and the choices you have associated with that data.
Notice of Privacy Practices for Children and Parents Receiving Services through the Early Intervention Program
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
Once your child is enrolled in a Thom Early Intervention Program, the program must follow specific procedures to protect the privacy and confidentiality of information concerning you and your child. These procedures are required under laws and regulations from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the United States Department of Education, which require that Early Intervention Programs protect the information concerning you and your child in accordance with standards established under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).* Because the privacy and confidentiality of this information is already protected under the standards provided in FERPA, the information is not subject to the privacy and confidentiality requirements under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).^
You have received a separate notice explaining in further detail the rights that you and your child have throughout your involvement in the Thom Early Intervention program. That notice provides more information about the Early Intervention Program’s obligation to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of information about you and your child and your rights to access and correct that information.
If you have questions or complaints about this notice or the program’s privacy practices, please contact the Thom Early Intervention Program’s Privacy Officer at 508-655-5222, extension 130.
* Massachusetts Department of Public Health Early Intervention Services Operational Standards; Individuals With Disabilities Education Act of 1988, 20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq., and implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 300 and Part 303; Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, 20 U.S.C. § 1232g, and implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 99.
^ Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, P.L. 104-191, and implementing regulations at
45 C.F.R. Parts 160 and 164.
Information Collection And Use
We collect several different types of information for various purposes to provide and improve our Service to you.
Types of Data Collected
While using our Service, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you (“Personal Data”). Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to:
- Email address
- First name and last name
- Phone number
- Address, State, Province, ZIP/Postal code, City
- Cookies and Usage Data
We may also collect information on how the Service is accessed and used (“Usage Data”). This Usage Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol address (e.g. IP address), browser type, browser version, the pages of our Service that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.
Tracking & Cookies Data
Cookies are files with small amount of data which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a website and stored on your device. Tracking technologies also used are beacons, tags, and scripts to collect and track information and to improve and analyze our Service.
You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Service.
Examples of Cookies we use:
- Session Cookies.We use Session Cookies to operate our Service.
- Preference Cookies.We use Preference Cookies to remember your preferences and various settings.
- Security Cookies.We use Security Cookies for security purposes.
Use of Data
Thom Child & Family Services uses the collected data for various purposes:
- To provide and maintain the Service
- To notify you about changes to our Service
- To allow you to participate in interactive features of our Service when you choose to do so
- To provide customer care and support
- To provide analysis or valuable information so that we can improve the Service
- To monitor the usage of the Service
- To detect, prevent and address technical issues
Transfer Of Data
Your information, including Personal Data, may be transferred to — and maintained on — computers located outside of your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ than those from your jurisdiction.
If you are located outside United States and choose to provide information to us, please note that we transfer the data, including Personal Data, to United States and process it there.
Disclosure Of Data
Thom Child & Family Services may disclose your Personal Data in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:
- To comply with a legal obligation
- To protect and defend the rights or property of Thom Child & Family Services
- To prevent or investigate possible wrongdoing in connection with the Service
- To protect the personal safety of users of the Service or the public
- To protect against legal liability
Security Of Data
The security of your data is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Data, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
We may employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate our Service (“Service Providers”), to provide the Service on our behalf, to perform Service-related services or to assist us in analyzing how our Service is used.
These third parties have access to your Personal Data only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose.
We may use third-party Service Providers to monitor and analyze the use of our Service.
- Google Analytics
Google Analytics is a web analytics service offered by Google that tracks and reports website traffic. Google uses the data collected to track and monitor the use of our Service. This data is shared with other Google services. Google may use the collected data to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network.
For more information on the privacy practices of Google, please visit the Google Privacy & Terms web page: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en
Links To Other Sites
We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites or services.
- By phone number: 508-655-5222, extension 130