Information That We Collect
Dr. Michael Polcino, M.D. is committed to protecting the privacy of the personal information you provide to us via this website so that we can make sure it remains as secure as possible. Accordingly, we use reasonable efforts to prevent unauthorized access. We use a secure firewall and a security infrastructure that protects the integrity and privacy of personal information submitted to us via this website. As an additional security measure, your personal information is also encrypted during transmission using appropriate technology including Transport Layer Security. This is an industry standard. (Encryption is a common method used to protect transmission of sensitive data across the Internet.)
Although we work hard to protect your personal information, Dr. Michael Polcino, M.D. cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us through online applications, and you do so at your own risk. Depending on the nature of the inquiry, your communication could be discarded or archived. If you wish, you can contact us instead by telephone at the numbers provided throughout our Websites.
Newsletter/Press Release Subscription
If you wish to subscribe to our newsletters and publications, we collect and store first and last names, email address, and information about how you engage with our content. We may also ask for additional information to send you content that is relevant to your interests. This information is used for distribution purposes. If you would like to unsubscribe from our email newsletters, please use the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of every e-mail communication or click the “unsubscribe” or “manage your email preferences” link in the email you have received.
Cookies, Tracking and Internet-based Advertising
This website works with third-party products or services (“Service Providers”). These include Google, Facebook, and other Service Providers who help us track and analyze visitor activity on the website, measure the effectiveness of our advertising efforts, and support the optimization of our digital marketing campaigns. The website uses “cookies,” tracking pixels and related technologies. These can be set by Dr. Michael Polcino, M.D. or by our Service Providers. Cookies are small data files that online services can store on, and retrieve from, a user’s computer or mobile device through the user’s web browser. The information is stored and retrievable either for the duration of a website visit (known as “session cookies”), or until some later point in time set by the website setting the cookie (known as “persistent cookies”).
Examples of information we and our Service Providers collect include how often someone visits this website and what they do while on the website. We and our Service Providers use this information in the aggregate to understand how our visitors as a group use different resources and to help us improve our website. We and our Service Providers also collect information about the activity of individual website users. This information may be used to direct related Dr. Michael Polcino, M.D. advertisements and/or informational content to website users when they visit other websites.
Most internet browsers accept cookies by default, but you can modify your browser preferences to block or restrict cookies if you do not want your web browsing activity tracked. There are a variety of tools publicly available to manage cookies and similar technologies that collect information related to your use of the website. Learn more from (i) the FTC or (ii) the Digital Advertising Alliance opt-out page, which allows users to opt out from receiving interest-based advertising.
We are not responsible for the effectiveness or compliance of third party opt-out mechanisms or programs. Please note that if you delete your cookies or upgrade your browser after having opted out, you will need to opt out again. Further, if you use multiple browsers or devices you will need to opt out on each browser or device. You can access the information on this website without enabling cookies in your browser, but disabling cookies may result in a diminished ability to take advantage of the services and related informational content on the website. We use web analytics and tag management services and tools provided by Google and other third parties to collect certain information relating to your use of this website.
Dr. Michael Polcino, M.D. deploys the Facebook Pixel on this website. The Facebook Pixel may enable Facebook to match website visitors with their Facebook User Accounts.
Our Service Providers may acquire additional information about your activity on our website, including pages you visit, access times, visit duration, how you arrived at our website and your IP address. An IP address is a number that identifies a device connected to the Internet. For most devices, the IP address changes on at least a weekly basis. Our Service Providers may also acquire device identifiers and specific information about the browser you use. In some cases, this information may be unique to you.
How We Use This Information
Dr. Michael Polcino, M.D. uses the information you provide to fulfill online requests and respond to customer service inquiries, or in other ways as required by law.
In some cases, third parties contracted by Mass General may have access to your information to perform a specific task, for example, to send you an e-newsletter.
Third-Party Vendors/ Content Providers
Dr. Michael Polcino, M.D. shares information with third parties, including as required by law or in order to provide the services requested. Mass General engages reputable third-party vendors to help us manage this website, provide content and information, and interact better with our patients and visitors.
Please do not provide personal information via email to the office unless it is through a secure channel (these will be marked, as secure online forms, for example). Remember that email messages, unless encrypted while in transit, can be viewed by other Internet users. If you have personal information to communicate, please use the appropriate secure online form or contact the necessary party using traditional means such as phone or mail. If you receive an email that looks like it is from Dr. Michael Polcino, M.D. and asks for your personal information, do not respond. This may be a scam or “Phishing” email intended to steal your information. Dr. Michael Polcino, M.D. will never request your password, user name, credit card information or other personal information through email.
Links to External Websites
Changes to This Policy
Last Revised March 15, 2021