We do not collect any personally identifiable information about you when you visit Dental Fear Central unless you choose to provide that information to us. We do collect some data about your visit to our website and forum via Google Analytics to help us better understand how the public uses the site and how to make it more helpful. We never collect information for commercial marketing or any purpose unrelated to Dental Fear Central’s functions.
We will only use any information you provide for the purpose you gave it to Dental Fear Central. If you wish to unsubscribe from the Dental Fear Central forum or from our newsletter, please let us us know by using our contact form which can be found here.
We will not give or sell your personal information to anyone, unless we are required to by law or there is an issue of safety.
We believe your right to confidentiality is very important. This means that only in extremely unusual circumstances would it be necessary for us to contact police or other agencies about any message we have received.
Legal requirements related to confidentiality
Under UK law, Dental Fear Central cannot legally provide confidentiality under the following circumstances:
1. A message sent to or through Dental Fear Central (including discussion forum posts) containing specific information about a terrorist suspect or terrorist activity that will take place or has taken place in the world. This information must immediately be disclosed to the police;
2. Dental Fear Central is forced through legal action to disclose specific confidential information; this can include legal action taken through the Data Protection Act and during criminal investigations.
Our choice to break confidentiality
Under the Data Protection Act we can choose to break confidentiality if we feel that doing so would be in the public interest or that not doing so would hinder a criminal investigation. Under extreme circumstances, we may choose to break confidentiality, for example:
If we believe a user of Dental Fear Central is in immediate and great danger, or a user of a Dental Fear Central is about to place another person in immediate and great danger
The user has provided enough personal information for us to believe there is an opportunity to intervene.
We wouldn’t even think of trying to intervene if the circumstances were not extreme.
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