Privacy Policy

Avinger, Inc. (“Avinger”) knows that you care about how your personal information is used and shared, and takes your privacy seriously. Please read the following to learn more about our Privacy Policy. By visiting Avinger’s website at http://www.Avinger.com (“Avinger”), or using any of our on-line services or products, you acknowledge that you accept the practices and policies outlined in this Privacy Policy.

What Does This Policy Cover?

This Privacy Policy covers Avinger’s treatment of personally identifiable information (“Personal Information”) that Avinger gathers when you are accessing Avinger.com and when you use our on-line services. This policy does not apply to the practices of companies or individuals that Avinger does not own or control, or to individuals Avinger does not employ or manage.

What Personal Information Does Avinger Display or Collect?

The information we gather from users enables us to personalize and improve our services, and to allow our users to set up a user account and profile that can be used to interact with other users through Avinger. In connection with Avinger, we may request and display some personal information to other users and visitors of Avinger (for example, we may display end user information to Treatment Providers), which allows users to identify each other. We collect the following types of information from our users.

Personal Information You Provide to Us:

We receive and store any information you enter on Avinger or provide to us in any other way. The types of Personal Information collected includes all information you may enter on Avinger, including your phone number, name, email address, organization, title, zip code, and information about your use of the services on Avinger. You may choose not to provide us with certain information, but then you may not be able to take advantage of many of our special features. The Personal Information you provide is used for such purposes as responding to your requests for certain information, products and services.

Personal Information Collected Automatically:

We receive and store certain types of information whenever you interact with Avinger or obtain services from us. Avinger automatically receives and records information on our server logs from your browser including your IP address, Avinger cookie information, and the page you requested. We also record the details of your transactions on Avinger.

Generally, our service automatically collects usage information, such as the numbers and frequency of visitors to our site and its components, similar to TV ratings that indicate how many people watched a particular show. Avinger only uses this data in aggregate form, that is, as a statistical measure, and not in a manner that would identify you personally. This type of aggregate data enables us to figure out how often users use parts of Avinger or services so that we can make Avinger appealing to as many users as possible, and improve those services. As part of this use of information, we may provide aggregate information to our partners about how our users, collectively, use our site. We share this type of statistical data so that our partners also understand how often people use their services and Avinger, so that they, too, may provide you with an optimal online experience. Again, Avinger never discloses aggregate information to a partner in a manner that would identify you personally.

Email Communication:

We often receive a confirmation when you open an e-mail from Avinger if your computer supports this type of program. Avinger uses this confirmation to help us make e-mails more interesting and helpful. We also compare our user list to lists received from other companies, in an effort to avoid sending unnecessary messages to our users.

What About Cookies?

Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that we transfer to your computer’s hard drive through your browser to enable our systems to recognize your browser and tell us how and when pages in our site are visited and by how many people. Avinger cookies do not collect Personal Information, and we do not combine the general information collected through cookies with other Personal Information to tell us who you are or what your screen name or email address is.

Most browsers have an option for turning off the cookie feature, which will prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, as well as (depending on the sophistication of your browser software) allowing you to decide on acceptance of each new cookie in a variety of ways. We strongly recommend that you leave the cookies activated, however, because cookies enable you to take advantage of some of Avinger’s most attractive features.

Ads appearing on Avinger may be delivered to users by our advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Avinger and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Will Avinger Share Any of the Personal Information It Receives?

Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that we transfer to your computer’s hard drive through your browser to enable our systems to recognize your browser and tell us how and when pages in our site are visited and by how many people. Avinger cookies do not collect Personal Information, and we do not combine the general information collected through cookies with other Personal Information to tell us who you are or what your screen name or email address is.

Affiliated Business We Do Not Control:

We anticipate that we may become affiliated with a variety of businesses and work closely with them. In certain situations, these businesses may operate stores at Avinger or sell items to you through Avinger. In other situations, Avinger may provide services, or sell products jointly with affiliated businesses. You can easily recognize when an affiliated business is associated with your transaction, and we will share user information that is related to such transactions with that affiliated business. Agents: We employ other companies and people to perform tasks on our behalf and need to share your information with them to provide products or services to you. Examples include sending email, analyzing data, and providing user services. Unless we tell you differently, Avinger’s agents do not have any right to use Personal Information we share with them beyond what is necessary to assist us. You hereby consent to our sharing of Personal Information for the above purposes.

Promotional Offers:

We may send offers to certain users on behalf of other businesses. However, when we do so, we do not give the other business your name and address. If you do not wish to receive these offers, please send us an email to unsubscribe at info@avinger.com.

Business Transfers:

In some cases, we may choose to buy or sell assets. In these types of transactions, user information is typically one of the business assets that is transferred. Moreover, if Avinger, or substantially all of its assets were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Avinger goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer may continue to use your Personal Information as set forth in this policy.

Protection of Avinger and Others:

We may release Personal Information, when we believe in good faith that release is necessary to comply with the law; enforce or apply our Terms of Service and other agreements; or protect the rights, property, or safety of Avinger, our employees, our users, or others. With Your Consent: Except as set forth above, you will be notified when your Personal Information may be shared with third parties, and will be given the option to prevent the sharing of this information.

Is Personal Information About Me Secure?

Avinger endeavors to protect user information to ensure that user information is kept private, however, Avinger cannot guarantee the security of information. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise the security of user information at any time. For additional information about the security measures Avinger uses in connection with Avinger, please contact us at info@avinger.com. Avinger contains links to other sites. Avinger is not responsible for the privacy policies and/or practices on other sites. When linking to another site a user should read the privacy policy stated on that site.

Please be aware that whenever you voluntarily post information to public areas on Avinger or any other public forums, such information can be accessed by the public.

What Personal Information Can I Access?

Avinger allows you to access the information we may have collected about you for the purpose of viewing, and in certain situations, updating that information. If you wish to review the information Avinger may have collected in connection with you, please email us at info@avinger.com.

What Other Choices Do I Have?

As stated previously, you can always opt not to disclose information, even though it may be needed to take advantage of certain Avinger features. You are able to add or update certain information on pages, such as those listed in the “What Personal Information Can I Access” section above. When you update information, however, we often maintain a copy of the unrevised information in our records.

Changes to This Privacy Policy

Avinger may make changes to this Privacy Policy from time to time for any reason. Use of information we collect now is subject to the Privacy Policy in effect at the time such information is used or collected. If we make substantial changes in the way we use Personal Information, we will notify you via e-mail or by posting an announcement on Avinger. Each user is bound by any changes to the Privacy Policy when he or she uses Avinger after such changes have been first posted.

Social Media Policy and Community Standards for Posting

In addition to the Terms of Use for each social media site, please follow these guidelines when you post to Avinger’s hosted media forums.
While we respect and encourage open dialogue, we may choose to delete comments on our social media pages that contain:

• Obscene, profane, threatening, abusive, defamatory, disparaging, discriminatory, harassing or discourteous language
• False or misleading disease information
• Medical advice
• Personal health information or personal identifying material, including adverse event information.
• False or misleading information, or promotion of off-label use or inappropriate use of our company’s products
• Promotion of illegal activity
• Information that infringes upon copyright or intellectual property rights
• Off-topic information
• Spam

Avinger may choose to block users who post inappropriate comments. By tagging Avinger in your posts or posting comments or other content on our corporate social media pages, you grant Avinger and anyone viewing our pages irrevocable permission to copy, distribute, display or perform your work publicly and free of charge. The content posted on Avinger social media pages is for information only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. You must always seek the advice of your doctor/physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.Avinger is not responsible for the accuracy of the opinions, information, advice or comments on our social media pages not specifically posted by the company.