Privacy policy

Your privacy and the privacy of the deceased is very important to us. As part of the normal operation of our site, we collect and disclose information about you and the deceased. This privacy statement describes the information we collect about you and the deceased and what happens to that information. As described below, your personally identifiable information is used only by the Chicago Area Autopsy Service.

In our online request for postmortem examination page, we require you to provide us with your full name and contact information as well as information about the deceased. In the course of using our web site, we automatically track certain information about you. This information includes the URL that you just came from (whether this URL is on our site or not), which URL you go to next (whether this URL is on our site or not), what browser you are using, and your IP address. Most sites automatically collect this information.

In addition, we use cookies on certain pages of our site. Cookies are stored on your hard drive, not on our site. You are always free to decline our cookies if your browser permits, although in that case you may be required to re-enter certain information more frequently during a visit to your site.

If you send personal correspondence or medical records of the deceased to us, we may collect such information into a file specific to you.

We use the information you provide to us to generate medical information to include in the autopsy report of the deceased.

Once you have provided us with your information and the medical information regarding the deceased, we will contact you to inform you of our preliminary autopsy findings. We will not contact any physicians or hospitals that treated the deceased without your prior approval, nor will we contact any other third party individuals regarding the results of the autopsy without your prior consent.

We have never sold, shared, or rented any personally identifiable information about you or about the deceased to any third party. The Chicago Area Autopsy Service cooperates with all law enforcement inquires and responds to all legally valid and binding subpoenas for information. Therefore, local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies can requires your name, street address, city, state, zip code, telephone number, and e-mail address. Unfortunately, due to the existing regulatory environment, we cannot ensure that all of your private communications and other personally identifiable information or information regarding the deceased will never be disclosed in ways not otherwise described in this Privacy Statement. By way of example (without limiting the foregoing), we may be legally forced to disclose information to the government or to third parties under certain circumstances, or third parties may unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications. Furthermore, we may disclose any information about you or about the deceased to law enforcement or other government officials which we, by our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate. Therefore, although we use industry-standard practices to protect your privacy and the privacy of the deceased, we do not promise, nor guarantee, and therefore you should not expect, that your personally identifiable information or those of the deceased, or private communications will remain forever private.

The Chicago Area Autopsy Service uses industry-standard efforts to safeguard the confidentially of your personally identifiable information, and those of the deceased, such as firewalls and secure Socket Layers. However, “perfect security” does not exist on the Internet.

Questions regarding this statement should be directed to the Chicago Area Autopsy Service via its web site or its main office telephone number.