Privacy Policy

Global Autoimmune Institute (“us”, “we”, or “our”) operates (the “Site”).

This Privacy Policy discloses our privacy practices for the Site and applies solely to information collected by the Site. By visiting the Site, you consent to the information practices described in this Privacy Policy. It will notify you of the following, as applicable:

1. What personally identifiable information, if any, is collected from you through the website, how it is used, and with whom it may be shared.

2. What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data.

3. The security procedures in place to protect the misuse of your information. 

4. How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information.

Information Collection, Use, and Sharing

By accessing and using our Site, you affirm that you are at least 13 years of age or older. We do not collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13 years old. If we discover that personally identifiable information of children under the age of 13 has inadvertently been collected on the Site without parental consent, we will take the appropriate steps to delete the information.

While using our Site, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable or other information. We are the sole owners of the information collected on the Site. We only have access to and collect information that you voluntarily give us via email or other direct contact from you.

We may use your information to respond to you regarding the reason you contacted us, improve user experience on our Site, process donations, send newsletters and other communications relating to our organization and its activities, or publish content you submitted to us. We will not sell or rent this information to anyone.

Unless you ask us not to, we may contact you via email in the future to tell you about updates to our website including changes to this Privacy Policy.

User Submissions Release Agreement

By submitting content to this website, you affirm that you are 18 years of age or older, and agree to irrevocably grant Global Autoimmune Institute and its assigns, licensees, and successors the worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right to use, reproduce, display, modify, publish, edit, translate, distribute, perform, and create derivative works from any information submitted, in all forms and media, including composite or modified representations of images, videos, and written and verbal materials for any purpose on any and all media. You waive the right to inspect or approve versions of your submitted materials.

You release Global Autoimmune Institute and its assigns, licensees, and successors from any claims that may arise regarding the use of your submitted materials, including any claims of defamation, invasion of privacy, or infringement of moral rights, rights of publicity, or copyright. Global Autoimmune Institute is permitted, although not obligated, to include your name as a credit in connection with the use of any submitted materials.

Choice, Control and Access

You may opt out of any future contacts from us at any time. You can do the following by contacting us via the email address or phone number provided on our website:

+  See what data we have about you, if any.

+  Change/correct any data we have about you.

+  Have us delete any data we have about you.

+  Express any concern you have about our use of your data.


Cookies are files with small amounts of data, which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a website and stored on your computer’s hard drive. Like many sites, we use “cookies” to collect information. 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 Site.


We take precautions to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline.

Where we collect sensitive data, such as credit card data, that information is encrypted and transmitted to us in a secure way. You can verify this by looking for a lock icon in the address bar and looking for “https” at the beginning of the address of the web page.

While we use encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, we also protect your information offline. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, monitoring and collecting donations and sending out IRS required correspondence) are granted access to personally identifiable information. All computers and servers in which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment.


We are committed to protecting the security of your payment information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. We will always engage a reputable and secure third-party service, such as PayPal, in order to process your donations. Those services use encryption technology and other security measures to ensure the safety of your information. Your payment information will be used solely for the purpose of processing the transaction and will not be sold or rented to any third parties.


This website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites. Any reference in this website to any person, or organization, or activities, products, or services, or any linkages from this website to the website of another party, do not constitute or imply endorsement by Global Autoimmune Institute. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements on any other site that collects personally identifiable information.


If you feel that we are not abiding by this privacy policy, you should contact us immediately via email:

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Who we are

Our website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Who we share your data with

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

Additional information

How we protect your data

What data breach procedures we have in place

What third parties we receive data from

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

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