Privacy Policy

OrthopaedicWebLinks (OWL) is committed to protecting your privacy. The following statement outlines our privacy policy.

We do not require visitors to provide any information to use the website or search functionality, or to access all of the publicly available community features on our site.

Information You Give Us

Personally Identifiable Information

If you choose to sign up for an OWL membership to gain additional functionality, we will ask you to provide your email address and other optional information such as location, occupation, interests, and institution. We will NOT disclose, sell or exchange your personally identifiable information to or with anyone, without your specific permission, except when we believe disclosure is absolutely necessary to: (1) comply with the law or legal process; (2) protect or defend the rights or property of OWL or others; (3) enforce this Agreement; or (4) respond to claims that the contents of any communications violate the rights of others.

Email Addresses

Members of OWL can readily email any of the other members who have chosen to be accessible via online contact form. However, members do not have direct access to the email addresses of other members, and each member can turn off this functionality at any time if he/she so chooses.

Automatic Information

Aggregated User Information That Does Not Identify Any User Individually

We perform statistical analysis of the collective characteristics and behavior of our members and visitors, to measure overall demographics and interests regarding specific areas of the OWL domain and to analyze how and where to use our resources. We also use the aggregate data collected to inform our sponsors and/or content partners as to the number of people who have seen and “clicked” on their advertisement and/or content. In addition, we may compile and disclose aggregate information about its users for promotional or other purposes. For example, we might want to disclose that a certain percentage of our users are located within a particular geographic area.

Cookies and Clickstreams

We use cookies for session tracking, and user preferences for registered users on our site. We may also use cookies to help us determine how long users view particular content, which particular content (e.g., advertising) users view, which content or sites users link to, and which OWL services members and visitors use.

We may at times use a few third party ad networks to serve ads on our site, such as Google Adsense. The cookies received with banner ads served by these networks are used to collect and build anonymous behavioral profiles by these companies to deliver targeted ads and tracking referrals, and we do not have access to this information.

If there is anything else we can do to protect your privacy, please contact us at


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