Privacy Policy Statement

 

     Thank you for visiting the www.drkaren.com website and reviewing our Privacy Policy Statement. Karen E. Engebretsen, PsyD, LLC is a privately held corporation. Both Karen E. Engebretsen, PsyD, LLC and www.drkaren.com are owned by Dr. Karen E. Engebretsen-Stopczynski.  Dr. Karen E. Engebretsen-Stopczynski and Karen E. Engebretsen, PsyD, LLC do not have affiliations with any other agencies.

     All individual agency websites in the State of Florida are required to contain a Privacy Policy Statement that describes what information is being obtained online, how that information will be used, and what steps are being taken to ensure the security of customer data. Your rights to privacy are of utmost importance to us in building trust and confidence when seeking information and conducting business through the Internet.

     A seperate Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Notice of Psychologists’ Policies and Practices to Protect the Privacy of Your Health Information will be provided when you commence treatment. THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW PSYCHOLOGICAL AND MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. See FORMS section under NOTICE OF PRIVACY AND HIPAA COMPLIANCE for more details.

 

Limits of Use and Online Customer Service

     The content contained within this site is the expressed opinion of the Administrators and is in no way meant as a substitution or replacement for psychological advice, treatment and/or diagnosis. The Administrator expresses facts and information based upon peer-reviewed research findings and professional clinical experience which has been gleaned from years of clinical practice. Additionally, resources listed, quoted, and individual (guest) articles, etc. and their authors, or links to other websites, do not necessarily support all or any of the theoretical views held by Dr. Karen E. Engebretsen-Stopczynski and Karen E. Engebretsen, LLC. All information, including but not limited to, articles or other text, images, graphics or links are provided for informational purposes only and are not responsible for any personal information or records contained within other website Terms and Use Policies.

     Due to the sensitive nature of the topics on www.drkaren.com, all comments and submissions are subject to moderation and/or editing. Any comments posted on this website have been done so with PERMISSION by the submitters of information. Unless otherwise noted, all identifying information has been changed to protect the identity of the submitter. Therefore, Karen E. Engebretsen, PsyD, LLC,  Dr. Karen E. Engebretsen-Stopczynski, and www.drkaren.com are not liable for any defamatory, offensive, or illegal conduct by you or any other user.

    While Karen E. Engebretsen, PsyD, LLC,  Dr. Karen E. Engebretsen-Stopczynski, and www.drkaren.com take all reasonable steps to ensure the privacy of the users and subscribers of this site, she reserves the right to disclose, according to the Mandatory Reporting Laws in the State of Florida, any personally identifiable information as it violates this law and/or there is clear evidence of harm to self or others.

     The Administrators of this site reserve the right to ban and block anyone from this page for any reason determined by said Administrator. Abuse in any form will not be tolerated and an Administrator has the authority to ban/block without consult with other Administrators and does not require majority opinion. Furthermore, no explanation is required. We hope this site is informative and helpful to all who visit but given said nature, we know abusers may follow victims here. If you know your abuser has done so, a private message can be sent to the Administrators and said abuser will be removed. The privacy settings of each individual member is the responsibility of said member and My Emotional Vampire is not liable for the indiscretion of a member who shares /posts without adjusting their privacy settings to protect him/herself properly.

 

Collection and Use of Information

This website does not use “cookies” to gather information during your visit. However, the web server that hosts the www.drkaren.com does gather certain information about the visit automatically in a standard log file. This information never identifies you personally and consists of only the following items:

  1. The Internet domain (for example, "xcompany.com" if you use a private Internet access account, or "yourschool.edu" if you connect from a university's domain) from which you access the website;
  2. The IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which you access the website; and
  3. The date and time of your access.

     We use this information to gather statistics about the amount of use the site receives. Again, we do not automatically record information about you as an individual. This information is not shared, sold, or otherwise disseminated by Karen E. Engebretsen, PsyD, LLC,  Dr. Karen E. Engebretsen-Stopczynski, and www.drkaren.com.

     Although Karen E. Engebretsen, PsyD, LLC,  Dr. Karen E. Engebretsen-Stopczynski, and www.drkaren.com  does not currently use cookies, future releases may necessitate their use along with other session enhancement methods. These will be thoroughly evaluated in order to determine their benefit to both the visitor/patient and the service provider before being implemented. This privacy statement will also be updated to describe exactly what information is being collected and how to disable or refuse cookies.

 

Information You Provide

     Application forms downloaded online will be treated in the same manner as an application form obtained directly from Karen E. Engebretsen, PsyD, LLC practice guidelines. They will remain private unless this agency is required to divulge certain information in response to a warrant, subpoena, or other court order.

      In order to provide our services and products, we may collect or receive information from our viewers, which may also be known as "clients," "patients," or "customers."  This information may include location data, IP address, context, gender, age, other demographic information, device data such as mobile identifiers, carrier network information, the mobile website or mobile app used. We may also collect information about how consumers cross reference and request psychological services following the purchase of books and/or other media provided on this website. The requests we receive may consist of personally identifiable information (PII), non-personally identifiable information (NPII) or both. While we may receive personal information, we will not attempt to identify the individual consumer with the information they are associated with.

 

 Use of PayPal:

     To use the PayPal Services, you must provide your name, address, phone number, and email address. In order to make payments through the PayPal Services, you must provide credit card, debit card or bank account information. We also ask you to choose two different security questions to answer (such as your city of birth or your pet's name). This required information is necessary for us to process transactions, issue a new password if you forget or lose your existing password, protect you against credit card fraud and current account fraud, and contact you should the need arise in administering your account or the PayPal Services.

     When you access PayPal using a mobile device (e.g. a smartphone), we may additionally collect and store device sign-on data (including device ID) and geo-location data in order to provide our services.

     If you use certain functionalities provided by us (such as the PayPal POS Functionality available in your mobile app) we may ask you to upload a picture of you in order to provide these specific services. The type and amount of information provided is determined solely by our publisher and that which is necessary to provide our services and products.

 

Third Party Disclosure

     Third party organizations (such as PayPal) may provide certain services available on behalf of Karen E. Engebretsen, PsyD, LLC, and Dr. Karen E. Engebretsen-Stopczynski. Personal information collected through this website may be provided to third party service providers to help the state deliver benefits and services.

 

Information Collected from Children

     By statute, all State agencies must comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Policy Protection Act of 1998 (“COPPA”), requiring parental consent before collecting any personal information from any individual under the age of 13. The text of COPPA is available at https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/rules/rulemaking-regulatory-reform.

 

Systems and Network Security

     Karen E. Engebretsen, PsyD, LLC, Dr. Karen E. Engebretsen-Stopczynski and www.drkaren.com, have taken several steps to safeguard the integrity of its computer systems and networks. These steps include, but are not limited to individual authentication, the security of transmitted data, security monitoring, auditing, and encryption of your information.

 

Other External Links Disclaimer

     Karen E. Engebretsen, PsyD, LLC, Dr. Karen E. Engebretsen-Stopczynski and www.drkaren.com contain links to various other websites operated by other government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private businesses. When you link to another site, you are no longer on www.drkaren.com and therefore this Privacy Statement will not apply to other sites. When you link to another website, you are subject to the privacy policy of that new site. Links to websites outside of www.drkaren.com are offered solely for your convenience. Thus, Karen E. Engebretsen, PsyD, LLC, Dr. Karen E. Engebretsen-Stopczynski and www.drkaren.com is not responsible for and has no control over the policies or content of any third-party sites.

     Neither Karen E. Engebretsen, PsyD, LLC, Dr. Karen E. Engebretsen-Stopczynski and www.drkaren.com nor any agency, officer, employee, or contractor of the www.drkaren.com warrants the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of any information published by this system, nor endorses any content, viewpoints, products, or services linked from this system, and shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of such information. Portions of such information may be inaccurate or outdated. Any person or entity that relies on any information obtained from this system does so at his or her own risk.

 

Notifications to the Public

     In the event of a security breach of personal information and after relevant law enforcement agencies have determined that notifications to the public will not impede a criminal investigation or threaten state and/or national security, the responsible State Agency, Board, and/or Commission will notify its clients/recipients in the most expeditious manner possible (i.e., first class mail and/or email) that is in compliance with federal and state laws.

 

Privacy Policy Statement Is Subject To Change

     This policy may be updated or revised from time to time, so please check back with Karen E. Engebretsen, PsyD, LLC, Dr. Karen E. Engebretsen-Stopczynski and www.drkaren.com periodically in order to receive advance notice of any substantive changes to the manner in which the information you disclose on this website may be collected, used, or disseminated.

 

Contact Information

To offer comments about the information presented in this Privacy Policy, contact Karen E. Engebretsen, PsyD, LLC, and Dr. Karen E. Engebretsen-Stopczynski Webmaster:

Karen E. Engebretsen, PsyD, LLC

C/O Dr. Karen E. Engebretsen-Stopczynski

  1. O. Box 450158

Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33345

Phone: 954-779-2855

Email: drkaren@drkaren.com

 

By Email

By Telephone

By Fax

By Mail

 

If you choose to provide us with personal information by e-mail, we use that information to respond to your message and to help us get you the information you have requested. We only share the information you provide with another agency if your inquiry relates to that agency, or as otherwise required by law. Moreover, we do not create an individual profile with the information you provide or give it to any private organizations. Karen E. Engebretsen, PsyD, LLC, Dr. Karen E. Engebretsen-Stopczynski and www.drkaren.com do not collect information for commercial marketing. Any comments collected are themselves subject to the protections of the privacy policy.

Note: This Privacy Policy Statement is subject to change.

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Last updated: 01 March, 2015

Page last updated: 31 March 2015