We do collect some data about your visit to our website to help us better understand how the public uses the site and how to make it more helpful. We collect information from visitors who read, browse and/or download information from our website. NHGRI never collects information for commercial marketing or any purpose unrelated to the NHGRI mission and goals.
Types of Information Collected
When you browse through any website, certain information about your visit can be automatically collected. We automatically collect and store the following non-personally identifiable information about your visit:
- Your domain or IP Address (a name or number that is automatically assigned to your computer's network when surfing the Web).
- The date and time of your visit.
- Your browser and operating system version, including whether it is a mobile device.
- The pages you visited.
- The referring address of the website you came from when you arrived at our site.
We use this information to measure the number of visitors to our site, to help make our site more useful to visitors, and to answer questions submitted to us.
Protecting Personal Information
You do not have to give us personal information to visit the NISC website. If you choose to provide us with additional information about yourself through an e-mail message, form, survey, etc., we maintain the information only as long as needed to respond to your question or to fulfill the stated purpose of the communication.
NHGRI does not disclose, give, sell or transfer any personal information about our visitors, unless required for law enforcement or by statute.
The NISC website complies with P3P (Platform for Privacy Preferences Project) protocols. Our machine-readable P3P policy can be viewed at http://nisc.nih.gov/p3p.xml. Questions about NISC privacy policies should be sent to the NISC webmaster at nisc [a] mail [dot] nih [dot] gov .
NISC's website is maintained by the U.S. Government. It is protected by various provisions of Title 18, U.S. Code. Violations of Title 18 is subject to criminal prosecution in Federal court.
For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, we employ software programs to monitor traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. In the event of authorized law enforcement investigations, and pursuant to any required legal process, information from these sources may be used to help identify an individual.
Data Safeguarding and Privacy
All uses of Web measurement and customization technologies will comply with existing policies with respect to privacy and data safeguarding standards. Information Systems (IT) systems owned and operated by NIH are assessed using Privacy Impact Assessments posted for public view on the Department of Health and Human Services website. Groups of records that contain information about an individual and are designed to be retrieved by the name or other personal identifier linked to the individual are covered by the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (5 U.S.C. Section 552a). For these records, NIH Systems of Record Notices are published in the Federal Register and posted on the NIH Senior Official for Privacy website.
Data Retention and Access Limits
NISC will retain data collected using the following technologies long enough to achieve the specified objective for which they were collected. The data generated from these activities falls under the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) General Records Schedule (GRS) 20-item IC "Electronic Records," and will be handled per the requirements of that schedule (http://www.archives.gov/records-mgmt/grs/grs20.html).