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The JAMA & Archives Journals Web site is guided by the Principles Governing AMA Publications Web Sites (Winker MA, Flanagin A, Chi-Lum B, et al. Guidelines for medical and health information sites on the Internet: principles governing AMA Web sites. JAMA.2000;283:1600-1606.) These guidelines were first published March 22/29, 2000. This privacy policy was updated and posted March 3, 2003.

E-mail addresses and other personal information. The JAMA & Archives Journals Web site is committed to preserving site visitors' privacy of personal information.

When subscribing or registering to use the site, you can opt out of receiving notification regarding JAMA & Archives Journals goods and services at any time. Whether or not you choose to opt out, your e-mail address will not be shared with any third party, unless you specifically opt in for your e-mail address to be provided in this way by checking the appropriate box.

You can sign up to receive E-mail Alerts of Tables of Contents or other journal information. All E-mail alerts contain an "unsubscribe" option in case you want to discontinue the alert(s).

If you choose to receive e-mail alerts when an article is cited by another journal ("Alert me when…" other journals cite a particular article, also known as the Cite Track function) and that journal is not part of the JAMA & Archives group of journals, your e-mail address will be sent to the participating journals. Please see those journals' privacy policies to determine how your e-mail may be used by those journals.

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E-mail messages. E-mail messages sent to or from a Web site may not be secure. Confidential information should not be sent by e-mail. Site visitors sending e-mail accept the risk that a third party may intercept e-mail messages.

Credit card privacy. All credit card transactions are conducted over a secure socket layer connection. Credit card information is not re-used in any manner. Only authorized personnel with specific identification and passwords can access credit card information solely for the purpose of performing adjustments or refunds at the customer's request.

Limitation of Liability. Neither the AMA, which owns JAMA & Archives Journals, nor any of its subsidiaries or affiliate entities, agents, employees, or subcontractors shall be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential, punitive, or exemplary damages, including lost profits (even if we are advised of the possibility) arising in any way from the information contained in this Web site or any information transmitted via this web site. The AMA is not liable for any damages or losses that may be caused to any equipment and other software due to any viruses, defects or malfunctions in connection with access or use of this Web site.

Contact us. We welcome your feedback. If you have questions or comments about our privacy policies, please contact us at jama-comments@ama-assn.org.

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