Your privacy is important to us. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association ("BCBSA") maintains high standards for the protection of your privacy at our web sites. Here is what you can expect when you visit BlueAdvocacy.org:

Other than to fulfill a request from you, we won't sell, rent or share any personally-identifiable information you provide without your consent.

No personally-identifiable information collected at this site will ever be used to affect your health insurance coverage by or premiums paid to a Blue Cross and Blue Shield Company.

PLEASE REMEMBER that this policy covers only the data collection and use practices for BlueAdvocacy.org, an official Web site of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. BCBSA's privacy policies may differ at other of its websites or in its off-line data collection and reporting practices. Questions regarding the privacy policy of your independent, local Blue Cross and Blue Shield company should be directed to that company.

The Information We Collect

Our Web servers automatically capture your domain name, the IP address of the web page from which you enter our site, the pages you visit on our site and the amount of time you spend here. We do not collect any information that can reveal your personal identity unless you voluntarily provide it when you register to use interactive features of the site, including the Activist Central area, or to receive information from us or our member Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies ("Blue Plans"). The information we collect is not part of any designated record set. Personally identifiable information voluntarily provided by you may be retained indefinitely for the purposes described in this Privacy Notice.

Use of the Information this Site Gathers/Tracks

When you use http://www.blueadvocacy.org to write your elected official, we will collect your name, address, ZIP code and telephone number for the purpose of identifying your congressional district and confirming that you are a constituent to the recipient of your letter to Congress. Many congressional offices have enough staff resources to respond only to constituents, and this will help identify you as such.

If you choose to write a letter to your elected representative and then affirmatively check a box that says "remember me," a "cookie" will be used to store your user ID and password on your local machine in order to save you time. If you wish to prevent this cookie from being set to your hard drive, do not check the "remember me" box. If you decide to join our list, we will collect your email address, name, and mailing address and send you updates on initiatives by email or U.S. mail. We will do our best to respect both your time and attention. If you choose to share your story with us, we will not disclose your personal information without your explicit permission and consent, except to the congressional offices to which you have addressed your correspondence and to BCBSA and its plans. Your information also will be available to our Web site vendor for the purpose of assisting us with administering and operating this web site. We realize that you may be concerned about providing demographic information. For this reason, the Web site vendor for BlueAdvocacy.org takes precautions to protect the data you provide. The data is housed on secure servers which are physically guarded 24-hours a day in a restricted access building. The data is backed-up as part of a nightly security routine to prevent loss, misuse or alteration.

You may cancel your subscription and opt out of future communications at any time by sending a message to BCBSA_list@capwiz.mailmanager.net with the word 'unsubscribe' in the subject line. You may also return to this site at any time to correct or update your information.

Children

Under 13: We do not knowingly collect information from children under 13 years of age. You must be at least 13 years old in order to use BlueAdvocacy.org. If you are under 13 years of age, please do not send any information about yourself, including your name, address or e-mail address. If we discover that we have collected any personally-identifying information from a child under the age of 13, we will remove that information from our database as soon as possible.

Links to Other Sites

BlueAdvocacy.org contains links to other sites that may not follow the same privacy policies as this site. These sites may use cookies, collect data, and use the data in ways that Blue AdvocacySM would not. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or any information or materials on these other sites. Please visit these sites if you wish to review their privacy policies.

Changes to This Policy

We reserve the right to change this policy. If we make any changes to this policy, we'll let you know the effective date of the changes and you can contact our Webmaster if you'd like to know more about what's new. If you have any questions or comments or receive any unwanted e-mail from this site, please contact our Webmaster via e-mail at blueadvocacy@blueadvocacy.org.

Acceptance of Privacy Policy Terms

Any changes to this policy will be posted to this page as soon as reasonably possible, so please check this page periodically. Use of this Web site constitutes consent to the privacy policy then in effect.