Protecting your privacy is very important to us. We do not collect any personally identifiable information (PII) about you during your visit to the CIT website, unless you choose to provide it to us. We do, however, 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. CIT never collects information for commercial marketing or any purpose unrelated to the CIT mission and goals.
When visitors send email messages or send information via the “Contact Us” page containing personal information, CIT staff responds to the messages and files them. Only designated staff members requiring access to the emails to respond may view or answer them.
Types of Information the CIT Website Collects
When you browse through any website, certain information about your visit can be collected. We automatically collect and temporarily store the following information about your visit:
- Domain from which you access the Internet
- IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to a computer when surfing the web)
- Operating system and information about the browser you used when visiting the site
- Date and time of your visit
- Pages you visited or items downloaded
- Address of the website that connected you to a CIT website (such as google.com or bing.com)
- Demographic and interest data
We use this information to measure the number of visitors to our website and to help make our site more useful to visitors. This information cannot be used to identify you as an individual.
How the CIT Website Collects Information
The cit.nih.gov site uses Google Analytics to collect the information in the bulleted list in the “Types of Information the CIT Website Collects” section above. Google Analytics collects information automatically and continuously; no PII is collected. The CIT staff conducts analyses and reports on the aggregated data from Google Analytics. The reports are only available to cit.nih.gov managers, members of the cit.nih.gov communications and web teams and other designated staff who require this information to perform their duties.
Additionally, cit.nih.gov participates in the Digital Analytics Program (DAP), in which Google Analytics data is collected from websites across the U.S. Government. For more information on DAP, please visit the DigitalGov website.
CIT retains the data from Google Analytics and its Content Management System (CMS) as long as needed to support the mission of the cit.nih.gov website.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memo M-10-22, Guidance for Online Use of Web Measurement and Customization Technologies allows Federal agencies to use session and persistent cookies.
When you visit any website, its server may generate a piece of text known as a "cookie" to place on your computer. The cookie allows the server to "remember" specific information about your visit while you are connected.
The cookie makes it easier for you to use the dynamic features of webpages. Cookies from CIT webpages only collect information about your browser’s visit to the site; they do not collect personal information about you.
There are two types of cookies, single session (temporary) and multi-session (persistent). Session cookies last only as long as your web browser is open. Once you close your browser, the cookie disappears. Persistent cookies are stored on your computer for longer periods.
Session Cookies: We use session cookies for technical purposes such as to enable better navigation through our site. These cookies let our server know that you are continuing a visit to our site. The OMB Memo 10-22 Guidance defines our use of session cookies as “Usage Tier 1—Single Session.” The policy states: “This tier encompasses any use of single session web measurement and customization technologies.”
How to Opt Out of or Disable Cookies
If you do not wish to have session or persistent cookies placed on your computer, you can disable them using your web browser. If you opt out of cookies, you will still have access to all information and resources at cit.nih.gov. Instructions for disabling or opting out of cookies in the most popular browsers are located at USA.gov's Opt-Out Instructions. Please note that by following the instructions to opt-out of cookies, you will disable cookies from all sources, not just those from cit.nih.gov.
How Personally Identifiable Information is Protected
You do not have to give us personal information to visit the CIT websites. However, if you choose to receive alerts or e-newsletters, we collect your email address to complete the subscription process.
If you choose to provide us with PII, we will maintain the information you provide only as long as needed to respond to your question or to fulfill the stated purpose of the communication. If we store your personal information in a record system designed to retrieve information about you by personal identifier (name, personal email address, home mailing address, personal or mobile phone number, etc.), so that we may contact you, we will safeguard the information you provide to us in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (5 U.S.C. Section 552a).
Third-Party Websites and Applications, including Social Media Sites
As part of the OMB Memo M-10-06, Open Government Directive, CIT uses a variety of new technologies and social media options to communicate and interact with citizens. These sites and applications include popular social networking and media sites, open-source software communities and more. Third-party websites and applications (TPWAs) are web-based technologies that are not exclusively operated or controlled by NIH or CIT such as applications not hosted on a .gov domain or those that are embedded on CIT webpages. Users of TPWAs often share information with the general public, user community and/or the third-party operating the website. These actors may use this information in a variety of ways. TPWAs could cause PII to become available or accessible to CIT and the public, regardless of whether the information is explicitly solicited or collected by CIT.
For any CIT TPWA that collects PII, the list below also includes details on the information CIT collects and how we will protect your private information.
CIT conducts and publishes a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) for each use of a third-party website as they may have a different functionality or practice. To learn more, visit the published PIAs at http://www.hhs.gov/pia/#Third-Party.
For more information on the uses of social and new media for which the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has negotiated a federally-friendly Terms of Service Agreement, visit DigitalGov at Negotiated Terms of Service Agreements.
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