Independent Lifestyles Privacy Policy

Independent Lifestyles encourages data privacy in all areas of practice and will implement measures to ensure that data privacy is upheld according to MN Government Data Practices Act, section 13.46 and all other applicable MN laws and rules in handling all data related to the services provided. Independent Lifestyles will also follow guidelines for data privacy as set forth in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 to the extent Independent Lifestyles performs a function or activity involving the use of protected health information as defined under the Code of Federal Regulations, title 45, section 164.501, including, but not limited to, providing health care services; health care claims processing or administration; data analysis, processing, or administration; utilization review; quality assurance; billing; benefit management; practice management; repricing; or as otherwise provided by Code of Federal Regulations, title 45, section 160.103. Independent Lifestyles will comply with HIPAA and its implementing regulations, Code of Federal Regulations, title 45, parts 160-164, and all applicable requirements. The Executive Director/Cara Ruff will exercise the responsibility and duties of the “responsible authority” for all program data, as defined in the Minnesota Data Practices, MN Statutes, chapter 13. Data privacy will hold to the standard of “minimum necessary” which entails limiting protected health information to the minimum necessary to accomplish the intended purpose of the use, disclosure, or request.

This privacy policy determines how we treat the personal information that we collect and receive from you in connection with your use of the SMS service which we make available to you through a third party service provider and may be used over the course of services being provided.  Consumers will consent to receiving SMS text messages by initiating conversational messaging with the staff assigned.

Independent Lifestyles website does not collect any personal data from you.

When you contact us, you may consent to your name and email address being used so we can respond to your enquiry.  Contact details are not saved and any emails that have already been sent cannot be recalled.

Our website may link to external sites that are not operated by us.  Please be aware that we have no control over the content and policies of those sites and cannot accept responsibility or liability for their respective privacy practices.