Note: This policy relates specifically to our website. For HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices, please visit this page.


The websites and services provided through the website (the “Site”) are provided by Sheppard Pratt and its affiliates (“We,” “Us” or “Our”). You (“You” or “Your”) have a limited right to access and use the Site for Your noncommercial, personal use and information only.

What Information Do We Collect? 

Information that You provide to Us. For example, You provide information when you:  

  • Fill out forms on the Site
  • Provide information to open an account
  • Communicate with us by phone, email or chat
  • Respond to surveys

Some areas of the Site are available without opening an account. Other areas of the Site cannot be accessed without registering, which requires you to provide personal information to us. This personal information may include your: 

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • e-mail address
  • Information pertaining to Your health
  • Information related to Your employment or affiliation with Us 
  • Other demographic information, such as 
  • Your ZIP code
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Preferences, interests and favorites.

Information about Your visit to the Site. For example, we may collect: 

  • Information about the network You use to access the Internet, such as the domain and the host information.
  • Information about computer or mobile device that you are using, including the IP address, browser, and operating system. 
  • Information about which pages on our Site you visit. 

We use “cookies,” which are small text files stored on Your computer/device (and maintained by Your browser), and often include a randomized unique identifier so that the Site can ‘recognize’ this cookie again. We primarily use cookies that are considered ‘mandatory’ or ‘technically necessary’ to provide the Site and its core functionality to You (e.g., cookies that store Your log-in information or remember other settings, so You don’t have to re-enter them each time You return to the Site), and Google Analytics for audience measurement purposes (as described below). Please note that We do not use, or engage other operational service providers or entities to use on Our behalf retargeting cookies (e.g., cookies that track You on our Site and across other websites in order to serve You a targeted advertisement) or other cookies that may track Your experience on the Site in order to build user profiles. Should Our use of cookies change in the future, We will update this Privacy Policy and attempt to notify You appropriately before such use (including obtaining Your consent, as applicable).

Google Analytics Notice. We also use Google Analytics, which uses cookies, to obtain high-level “audience measurement” data such as the referral web domain, type of operating system/browser used, date and time of visit, and other information relating to activities on the Site to understand its usage better, analyze trends, and optimize the Site experience. To help ensure such data within Google Analytics cannot be linked back to an identifiable user, the last octet of all IP Addresses collected have been anonymized, ‘Sharing With Google,’ ‘Remarketing and Advertising,’ and ‘Demographics and Interests’ features have been disabled, and retention of analytics has been set to 14 months. For more information on Google Analytics, including how to opt-out please click here.

We do not use cookies to retrieve information from Your computer or device for purposes that are unrelated to the Site or Your interaction with the Site. You may stop or restrict cookies on Your computer or purge them from Your browser by adjusting Your web browser preferences and You should consult the operating instructions that apply to Your browser for instructions should You wish to do so and in general to determine how best to configure Your browser settings to meet Your requirements. Note that if You “turn off,” purge, or disable cookies, although You may still use the Site, You may not be able to use all of the features, functions, or services available on the Site.

How We Use Information

We use the information You provide and We collect to:

  • Operate the Site
  • Provide the services You request.
  • Administer the Site and diagnose problems with Our server and networks;
  • Verify Your identity;
  • Provide You with information about the Site;
  • Assist You and help Us perform responsibilities described in the Terms of Use;
  • Measure the number of visitors to the Site and how the Site is used in order to make the Site as useful as possible to Our visitors;
  • Deliver customized content and advertising to You;
  • Provide authorities or relevant individuals with information related to the Site as required by law; and
  • Fulfill any other purpose for which You provide information.
How Can We Share Information?

We do not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, without Your express consent.

We expect that all collection, use and disclosure of Your information will occur in the United States and will be governed by United States law; however, some information may travel over the Internet outside of the United States. Even if some information does travel outside the United States, You agree that the laws of the United States will apply.

Any Other Sharing of Information?

We will not sell or rent Your information to anyone, but We may share Your basic demographic information (such as your name, IP address, and physical or email address) with others, such as Our subsidiaries, contractors, trusted partners and affiliates as necessary to operate Our business, and as permitted by law. 

  • If We share data with trusted partners to help Us perform statistical analysis, send You email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries, such third parties are prohibited from using Your personal information except to provide these services to Us, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of Your information. 
  • We do not share Your personal information with third parties for their direct marketing purposes.
What About Aggregated Data?

We may aggregate (combine) data about visitors to the Site in a non-identifiable manner and use it for Our business purposes unrelated to Your use of the Site. 

  • For example, We may aggregate data for product development and improvement activities and disclose such aggregated data to third parties. 
  • No personally identifiable information is available or used in this process. 
  • We may use information You provide to promote the products or services of strategic partners, but will not directly provide Your personally identifiable information to these strategic partners for promotional purposes.
What About Governmental and Legal Disclosures?

Except as described above, We do not disclose the identities of visitors or users of the Site unless legally required to do so, or unless We believe, in good faith, that sharing is necessary:

  • to protect Your safety or the safety of others, 
  • to protect Our rights, 
  • to investigate fraud, or 
  • to respond to a government request. 

We will respond to any subpoena received from a government agency (i.e., the Securities and Exchange Commission or law enforcement agencies) without prior notice to You. Unless prohibited by law or by a valid court order, We will attempt to notify You of any subpoena received from any other party (i.e., for civil litigation) which requires Us to disclose Your identity, and will wait ten (10) days, or a lesser amount of time as required by the deadline in the subpoena, before providing the information requested by the subpoena.

What About Do Not Track? 

Websites and web applications can track Your movements on the Internet to better tailor suggestions for You based on Your interests. We may track your movement through the Site and across third party websites to provide targeted content, and therefore We do not respond to Do Not Track (DNT) signals. However, some people do not want their browsing behavior to be tracked. Your web browser allows You to set the DNT signal on Your browser so that third parties (particularly advertisers) know You do not want to be tracked. We also suggest that You read the privacy policies of third party websites to see if those websites track Your browsing. Information gathered using tracking technology will be used and disclosed as described in this Privacy Policy, and the privacy policies of the applicable privacy policies.

What About Compliance with COPPA?

The Site is not directed at children under the age of 13. We comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) and do not knowingly permit registration or submission of personally identifiable information by anyone under 13 years of age. This age requirement is posted each time We request personally identifiable information. If You believe information of a child under 13 has been submitted, please advise Us in writing and We will delete it. 

What About International Privacy Laws? 

If you are visiting our websites from outside the United States, please be aware that you are sending information (including personal data) to the United States, where our servers are located. That information may then be transferred within the United States or back out of the United States to other countries. All data collected by through the Site will be stored exclusively in secure hosting facilities provided by Us or Our service providers. We have data processing agreements in place with Our service providers consistent with applicable privacy and data security laws.

Sheppard Pratt and its affiliates are located in, and provide services in, the United States, and are governed by United States law. For visitors from the European Union, countries outside of the EU (such as the United States) may not necessarily have data protection laws as comprehensive or protective as those in your country of residence. The United States has not been issued an adequacy decision finding the data privacy laws to provide an adequate level of protection, and no other basis for transfer exists. Therefore, the collection and transfer of data will occur on one of the following bases, depending on the type of transfer and the surrounding factual situation:

  • The transfer is necessary for performance of a contract between you and a Sheppard Pratt entity. This will apply when, for example, you are buying a product or signing up for information.
  • The transfer is necessary for the conclusion or performance of a contract between Sheppard Pratt and another person or entity, that is in your interest. This will apply when, for example, you request a product or further information from a third party through our Site. 
  • The transfer is necessary for the establishment, exercise, or defense of legal claims. This would apply if there developed a dispute between you and a Sheppard Pratt entity. 
  • You explicitly consent to the transfer, having been informed of the possible risks of the transfer. This paragraph explains the possible risks: while We exercise great care to protect personal data, it is possible that We may be required to produce personal data to U.S. legal authorities upon presentation of a subpoena, court order, search warrant, or other legal process. We will evaluate the legal process and resist such legal demands on your behalf unless it is clearly valid based on the legal opinion of Our attorneys. The data protection laws in the United States may also provide for other uses of data, including uses for marketing that differ from the use for which the data was originally collected ("secondary uses"); however, except where otherwise compelled by law, Our collection, storage, and use of your personal data will at all times continue to be governed by this Privacy Policy.
What About Marketing Use?

You agree that We can store information that You provide to us on a form and use it to assist You in making an appointment, providing other services, or for future marketing purposes. 

How Secure is the Site? 

The Site has security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of information under Our control. However, no security is perfect, and no security system can prevent all security breaches. You transmit information to Us at Your own risk. Unless portions of the Site contain specific terms with respect to HIPAA compliance and use involving Protected Health Information, You acknowledge that the Site is not HIPAA compliant and You should not store or transmit Protected Health Information on the Site. You acknowledge and agree that the Site is not intended to provide any medical advice. We are not Your business associate under HIPAA as a result of Your use of the Site. 

Can You Change this Policy?

We may update the Privacy Policy to reflect company and customer feedback. We encourage You to periodically review the Privacy Policy to remain informed of how We use and protect Your information. Our use of information gathered or obtained is subject to the Privacy Policy in effect at the time of such use.

How Can You Contact Us?

We welcome Your comments regarding this Privacy Policy. If You believe that We have not adhered to this Privacy Policy, please contact Us at:

Sheppard Pratt 

6501 N. Charles Street

Baltimore, MD 21204

Attn: Chief Compliance Officer

We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly respond to Your inquiry, and if necessary determine and remedy any problem.

What If My Information is Wrong? 

You may write to us at the contact address above if you believe information you have submitted to us through the Site is incorrect. We may not be able to correct that information, because, for example, we did not save the information in question, or because we do not yet have a process to update the information.

Can I Get a Copy of My Information?

You may write to use at the contact address above to request a copy of the information you have submitted or We have collected about you through the Site. If we are able to collect and provide the information, we will do so. In some cases, we may not be able to collect and provide the information, because of the way the data is used and stored.