Your Privacy at DinnerTime
At DinnerTime, we take your privacy personally.
Your personal information belongs to you. Period.
Not DinnerTime. Not a third party. Not an employer. Not anyone, but you.
Why We Collect Personal Nutritional Information
Our mission is to encourage and enable people to eat healthy, delicious meals together at home, more often. Our sophisticated meal planning technology works to eliminate the stress and strain of deciding “what’s for dinner,” so the whole process is simpler, easier and more affordable for you. More Personalized. More Savings. More Smiles.™ The more you share with us about your preferences (budget, schedule, nutritional goals, dietary choices, tastes and more), the better your DinnerTime experience will be. That’s what we’re all about — creating a lifestyle solution that really fits you and your life. And we want to help you “do” dinner better than any other meal planning solution.
DinnerTime as a Wellness Benefit
If you are using DinnerTime as part of any wellness benefit program, we want to ensure that you are informed about what is shared and what is not. Many employers and health plans are choosing to actively encourage their employees and/or members to use DinnerTime, recognizing that families who plan ahead and shop ahead will be happier and healthier, with less stress. In order for you to be eligible for wellness rewards through your benefit program, we measure your usage of the DinnerTime system. HOWEVER, usage does NOT mean personal information. It means your overall engagement: Did you log in? Did you create a meal plan? A shopping list? Did you rate recipes? Share recipes with a friend? And so forth. Each of these activities earns points. We will report your points to you so that you can see how you and your family are doing. The more active you are, the more points you earn. Your points may be shared with your employer for the purpose of measuring engagement and eligibility for rewards; however, we will not share your individual dietary preferences or your nutritional settings or other such personal information with your employer. Any reporting on goals and nutritional trends that we provide to employers is shared in aggregate, anonymously, to help employers understand trends in overall company health and wellbeing. To better assist you and your family in your personal wellness journey, and to enable research on the impact of DinnerTime usage on various health risks and wellbeing, we may provide certain identifiable information to your health plan and other authorized recipients. These authorized recipients could include your medical provider, your health coach, or others engaged in personally assisting you and your family. This shared information could include your name, email address, goals, dietary choices, activity levels, and other such data. If your medical provider, health coach, health plan or similar organization referred you to DinnerTime (“Wellness Sponsor”), we may provide information to your Wellness Sponsor and may receive information from them useful for analytical purposes to support you, your family and the larger community of members. However, DinnerTime will only share personally identifiable information with a third party with whom we have a contractual relationship assuring the same level of privacy care that we provide to you. At no time will we share your information with any third party seeking to use your information to market products or services to you other than those provided by the party sponsoring your membership in DinnerTime. Your privacy is always of utmost importance so all data sharing of any kind is only intended to benefit you and your family, and to better understand how to help families like yours. Through the DinnerTime community, we are all part of a movement to eat better, while saving money and reducing stress. Bringing families back to the dinner table more often, healthier and happier. Empowering individuals to sustain positive nutritional choices, increase energy, and feel better for a lifetime. And building relationships through the sharing of food and community.
How We Earn Revenue
The primary revenue that supports DinnerTime comes from employers who pay for the service and provide it as a “free” Wellness Benefit to their employees in order to help their most valued resource — their people — balance the demands of work and life, all while saving serious money and eating healthier. Employers recognize that DinnerTime can play a pivotal role in building a culture of good health, both within their company and within the families of employees. Studies show that employers who invest in the wellbeing of their employees significantly outperform their competitors, as measured by:
- Stock appreciation
- Return on capital
- Revenue growth
- Customer satisfaction
- Employee attraction and retention
- Multiple other key performance metrics
Likewise, health plans are increasingly recognizing that using DinnerTime actively has a measurable impact on the health and wellbeing of their members, right away and over the long term. With chronic health conditions driven by nutritional choices, such as heart disease, diabetes, metabolic disorder, many cancers, as well as other health conditions, representing more than 50% of all healthcare costs, it’s no wonder that DinnerTime is becoming a foundational part of progressive health plans! Whether provided through one’s employer or through the health plan, encouraging members to eat healthier more often is simply good business. DinnerTime also earns revenue from fitness clubs, doctors’ offices, health coaches/nutritionists and other organizations that want to provide DinnerTime membership as part of their health recommendations and services. In addition, we earn revenue through retailers and food suppliers who offer healthier products and services consistent with the meal recommendations requested by our users. Through DinnerTime, these businesses can get highly targeted promotions, offers and products in front of our members seeking to improve their nutrition—content that’s relevant to specific dietary goals, tastes, etc. And they can encourage and reward DinnerTime members for making more meals made-at-home rather than resorting to take-out and fast food. DinnerTime focuses on providing relevant suggestions and offers which actually benefit our users.
- We DON’T want you to feel bombarded by advertisements.
- We DO want to match people with the products and services they really want.
- We NEVER share your personal information with businesses that want to share product offers with you.
It’s our goal to attract high-value offers — in a clutter-free way — that are tailored to your needs and preferences. So while DinnerTime only suggests meals, recipes and products that actually fit your personal preferences (and are good for you!), how those preferences are defined is personalized and under your control. The more you use DinnerTime, the better we can filter out brands, products and offers that are less useful to you, and deliver more of the ones you really want.
How Our Business Model Empowers Consumers
While no two families are alike, DinnerTime gives voice to millions of consumers who can tell the food industry what they really want and need just by using our meal planning and shopping service. If all of those voices are asking for healthier, delicious meal solutions, retailers and food suppliers will respond to demand. The more people who actively use DinnerTime, the more influence we can have on the food industry!
Shedding Light on the Fine Print
We aren’t hiding the usual fine print under the mashed potatoes. Below are all of the standard legal disclosures that you can review in greater detail so you can be absolutely comfortable with how we are using the information you share with us.
What We Collect
In order to understand your needs and to provide you with a better, more personal service, we may collect the following information:
- Your contact information including email address
- Your IP address
- Your home and/or work address
- Your state and/or zip code
- Your family’s preferences, goals and interests
- Your preferred grocery stores
- Your engagement activity (login, creation of a meal profile, rating a recipe, etc.)
We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, we have put in place physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online. If at any time DinnerTime has a reasonable belief that user information has been accessed by unauthorized parties, we will contact any users who may have been impacted within 48 hours. We will notify users of the nature of information that may have been accessed and the approximate time of the breach. Note that DinnerTime does not store credit card or other financial information about users.
Though DinnerTime is not a HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) regulated entity, we maintain security and privacy procedures consistent with the rigorous policies required under HIPAA for regulated health care providers and insurers. Personal health related information is never shared with any third party unless you have explicitly requested DinnerTime to do so with a specific third party whom you trust (e.g. your doctor, nutrition coach, Wellness provider, etc.). As discussed earlier on this page, aggregated, non-personally-identifiable information and usage patterns or trends may be disclosed to third parties for analytical purposes.
A cookie is a small file that a Web application places on your computer’s hard drive. Cookies help DinnerTime respond to you on a personalized basis. The Web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences. We also use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyze data about Web page traffic and improve DinnerTime for our users. Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us. You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. However, this may prevent you from taking full advantage of the DinnerTime website.
Links to Other Websites
The DinnerTime website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information that you provide while visiting such sites, and those sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement on the website in question.
Controlling Your Personal Information
We will not sell, distribute, lease or otherwise disclose your personal information to third parties unless we have your explicit permission or are required by law to do so. If you would like to terminate your DinnerTime account and remove all personally identifying information from DinnerTime systems, you can send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will remove all personally identifying information from all DinnerTime production systems within five business days. We may use your personal information to provide you with promotional information about third parties that we think you may find relevant and useful. However, we will not disclose your personal information to any such third parties. In certain instances, you may wish to share with other DinnerTime users your opinions, likes and dislikes, recommendations, and other comments. DinnerTime will enable such sharing subject to your explicit indication that you wish to share and subject to certain rules of conduct intended to ensure a useful and pleasant experience for all DinnerTime participants. You are responsible for any such information you choose to share with others.
You may request details of personal information that we hold about you. If you would like a copy of the information held on you, please write to email@example.com. If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please email us as soon as possible at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.
General Data Protection Regulation
DinnerTime’s policies and procedures, including the Privacy Statement, are intended to conform with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation.
DinnerTime may modify this policy from time to time by updating this page. We will also do our best to alert you to any changes via email or through the log in process. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective as of January 1, 2013 and has been updated as of July 10, 2018.
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