Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to CariCord (“CARICORD”). We’ve developed a Privacy Policy that covers how we collect, use, disclose, and store your information. You may be asked to provide information anytime you are in contact with CARICORD. This information may be personal information, which is data in a form that can be used to identify or contact a single person. We may also collect non-personal information, which is data in a form that does not allow for direct association with a specific individual. Please read the following policy to understand how your information will be treated. We may from time to time amend this Privacy Policy. We post the effective date of our Privacy Policy on our website. If we make material changes to this policy we will post the revised policy and the revised effective date on this website. Please check back here periodically or contact us at the address listed at the end of this policy.

This policy will let you know:

  1. What personally identifiable information is collected from you?
  2. What are cookies and how are they used?
  3. How is your information used?
  4. Who is collecting your information?
  5. With whom may your information be shared?
  6. How is your personal, financial and health-related information treated and what security precautions are in place to protect you against the loss, misuse, or alteration of my information?
  7. How do we edit, update, correct and/or delete information about you?
  8. How do web-based communications differ if you are located outside of the United States?
  9. What else should you know about your online privacy?

What Personally identifiable information is collected from you?

CARICORD collects personal information in several ways. In general, you can visit our websites or speak with a CARICORD representative without telling us who you are or revealing any information about yourself. If you choose to provide your personal information to us, you explicitly agree to our collection and use of such information as described in this Privacy Policy.

If you choose to enroll in newborn stem cell banking, CARICORD asks for certain personal information, including but not limited to your name, address, e-mail, zip code, credit card number, phone number, and government-issued identification number as well as certain health-related information such as the expected due date, your health care plan, delivery hospital, and doctor or midwife.

In addition, we may ask you for personal information at other times, including, but not limited to, when you answer a survey, when you enter a sweepstakes, contest or promotion sponsored by CARICORD, and when you report a problem with one of our sites or services. If you contact CARICORD, we may keep a record of that correspondence.

When you refer a friend or family member, CARICORD may collect the information you provide about that person such as name, mailing address, email address, and phone number.

CARICORD also collects information that does not personally identify you. This may include your domain name and IP address, but not the email address. This information (“Site Usage Information”) is aggregated to measure certain traffic patterns on our websites, such as the number of visits, average time spent on the website, pages viewed, and so on. If we do combine non-personal information with personal information, the combined information will be treated as personal information as long as it remains combined.

What are cookies and how are they used?

CARICORD’s website, online services, email messages, and advertisements may use cookies and other technologies such as pixel tags and web beacons (collectively “Cookies”). These technologies help us better understand user behavior, tell us which parts of our website people have visited, and facilitate and measure the effectiveness of advertisements and web searches. A Cookie is a small amount of data that is sent to your browser from a Web server and stored on your computer’s hard drive.

We treat information collected by Cookies as non-personal information. However, to the extent that non-personal information is combined with personal information, we treat the combined information as personal information for the purposes of this Privacy Policy.

We permit a limited number of authorized third parties, such as our advertising or analytics partners, to place Cookies through the Site to provide us with better insights into the use of the Site or user demographics or to provide relevant advertising to you. These third parties may collect information, including non-personal information, about a consumer’s online activities over time and across different websites when he or she uses our website.

We do not use technology that responds to a “do-not-track” signal from your web browser.

How is your information used?

The use of your information is subject to the Privacy Policy in effect at the time of use.

We may use your personal information internally for our general business purposes, such as providing the services you request, responding to your inquiries, and offering you our own, our affiliates’ or third-party products and services that we think you may find of interest. We also use personal information to help us develop, deliver and improve our products, services, content, and advertising.

We may use your personal information to provide notices to you and to keep you updated on CARICORD’s latest announcements. From time to time, we may use your personal information to send important notices, such as communications about your account. Because this information is important to your interaction with CARICORD, you may not opt out of receiving these communications. We may also use personal information for internal purposes such as auditing, data analysis, and research to improve CARICORD’s products, services, and customer communications.

If you enter into a sweepstake, contest or similar promotion, we may use the information you provide to administer that program.

If you sign up for our gift registry, we may use and/or display your full name, state and expected due date to personalize your information on our gift registry site and/or in an email that we may send on your behalf announcing your CARICORD gift registry.

If you sign up to receive alerts to track your newborn stem cell collection kit, we will use the email address and/or mobile cell phone number you select/provide when signing up to track your kit for the sole purpose of providing you with tracking information about your collection kit. We may collect, use, transfer and disclose non-personal information for any purpose.

Who is collecting your information?

When you are on a CARICORD website or are speaking to a CARICORD representative and are asked for personal information, you are sharing that information with CARICORD alone, unless it is specifically stated otherwise. If data is being collected by any company other than CARICORD, you will be notified prior to the time of the data collection through our Privacy Policy or otherwise. If you do not want your data to be collected by any company other than CARICORD, you can choose to not use that particular service.

Please be aware that CARICORD advertisers or websites that have links on or to our site may collect personally identifiable information about you when you visit their websites and/or purchase or use their products or services. The information practices of those third parties are not covered by this privacy policy.

With whom may your information be shared?

CARICORD and its affiliates may share your personal information with each other and use it in ways that are consistent with this Privacy Policy.

Healthcare providers: If you provide your healthcare provider’s information to us we may disclose personally identifiable information you have provided us to that provider. Service providers: We may disclose personally identifiable information about you to companies who provide services to CARICORD, such as information processing, extending credit, delivering products to you, managing and enhancing customer data, providing marketing assistance, providing customer service, processing orders, fulfilling orders and requests, and conducting customer research. Your personal information will not be shared with third parties for their marketing purposes.

Others: We may disclose personally identifiable information about you if you request or authorize it. In addition, it may be necessary under law, legal process, litigation, and/or requests from public and governmental authorities, for CARICORD to disclose your personal information. We may also disclose information about you if we determine that for purposes of national security, law enforcement, or other issues of public importance, disclosure is necessary or appropriate.

We may also disclose information about you if we determine that disclosure is reasonably necessary to enforce our terms and conditions or protect our operations or users. Additionally, in the event of a reorganization, merger, or sale we may transfer any and all personal information we collect to the relevant third party. CARICORD may share non-personal information with third parties for any purpose.

How is your personal, financial and health-related information treated and what security precautions are in place to protect you against the loss, misuse, or alteration of my information?

CARICORD takes precautions – including administrative, technical, and physical measures — to safeguard your personal information against loss, theft, and misuse, as well as against unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction.

There are several places on the CARICORD site where you can transmit credit card information in order to complete a purchase transaction or for verification purposes. Anytime we ask for a credit card number we transmit that number in an encrypted format, for instance, using SSL (secure socket layer) encryption.

How do we edit, update, correct and/or delete information about you?

If you prefer not to receive information from us please let us know by calling us at 1.844.227.4267, or by sending us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please be sure to include your email address, mailing address, full name, and specifically what information you do not want to receive. If you no longer wish to receive email communications from us simply click unsubscribe and we will add you to our “do not contact” list. If you no longer wish to receive any newsletter to which you previously subscribed through this website, or any other communication from CARICORD, please follow the “opt out” link in the relevant communication, or send us an email to the above email address.

Please note that any requests to remove or update your personal information may take up to ten days for your email request and 6-8 weeks to process your postal mail request and you may continue to receive communications during this time.

How do web-based communications differ if you are located outside of the United States?

We control and operate this website from our offices in the United States. Any information you provide to CARICORD through this website is stored and processed on CARICORD servers in the United States or on those of our third party service providers. We do not represent that materials on this website are appropriate or available for use in other locations. Persons who choose to access this website from outside the United States do so on their own initiative, and are responsible for compliance with local laws, rules and regulations, if and to the extent applicable.

What else should you know about your online privacy?

Please keep in mind that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information online – for example on message boards, through e-mail, or in chat areas – that information can be collected and used by others. In short, if you post personal information online that is accessible to the public, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return.

This website is not intended to collect or maintain personally identifiable information from persons under 17 years old. IF YOU ARE UNDER 17 YEARS OF AGE, PLEASE DO NOT USE OR ACCESS THIS WEBSITE. If CARICORD learns that personally identifiable information has been collected from a person under 17 years old without verifiable parental consent, then CARICORD will take the appropriate steps to delete this information.

Effective Date: January 1, 2015