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Information Collected
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Use of the Information
The information collected on website use patterns is used to improve our website and make it more useful for visitors. Any identifying individual information (such as name or email address) provided by website users will be used only as requested by the visitor. We do use cookies as described below.

Information Sharing
AARC will not sell, share, or release any information about website users. However, we may disclose information when legally compelled to do so.

Normal Web Site Usage
During a normal visit to our site, no personally identifiable information about you is collected.

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LungHealthOnline Members Area
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Reviewed: May 23, 2021
Revised: September 06, 2021


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