Of the information we learn about you from your visit
we store only the following: the domain name from which you
access the Internet (such as "aol.com"), the date
and time you access our site, terms entered into our search
engine, and the Internet address of the web site from which
you direct-linked to our site. This information is used to
measure the number of visitors to the various sections of
our site and to help us make our site more useful to visitors.
We do not attempt to associate this information with individual
users. Unless it is specifically stated otherwise, no additional
information will be collected about you.
When inquiries are E-mailed to us, we store the question
and the E-mail address information so that we can respond
electronically. Unless otherwise required by statute, we do
not identify publicly who sends questions or comments to our
web site. We will not obtain information that will allow us
to personally identify you when you visit our site, unless
you chose to provide such information to us.
E-mail sent to NIH may be seen by a number of people who
are responsible for answering questions. If the information
specialist who answers the mail does not know the answer to
your question, your query may be forwarded to another NIH
employee more experienced in that area. On occasion, we may
conduct a study concerning the types of questions sent to
us. These studies involve coding the queries to see if there
are recurring problems that users are having in finding information.
The knowledge gained by these studies is used to improve our
Web site in order to make it more responsive to the needs
of our users. We do not forward your mail outside of NIH nor
do we collect your name and e-mail address for any purpose
other than to respond to your query. Nevertheless; you should
be aware that e-mail is not necessarily secure against interception.
If your communication contains sensitive or personal information,
you may want to send it by postal mail. This statement applies
to the central NIH home page. Other organizations at NIH may
process their mail differently. Please check their sites for
additional privacy information.
While visiting sites within the NIH.GOV domain, you may occasionally
encounter a Web page that employs ńcookiesî. A cookie is a
small file that a Web site transfers to your computer's hard
disk allowing our server to "remember" specific information
about your session while you are connected.
Requests to send cookies from NIH Web pages are not designed
to collect information about you, but only about your browser
"session." The cookie makes it easier for you to use the dynamic
features of these Web pages. The cookie and the information
about your session will be destroyed automatically shortly
after you close your browser--it is not permanently stored
on your computer. Unless an NIH web page specifically notifies
you otherwise, we will not collect and maintain personal information
To protect your privacy, be sure to close your browser completely
after you have finished conducting business with a Web site
use of information gathered from your computer by cookies,
you can set your browser to prompt you before it accepts a
cookie. Most Internet browsers have settings that let you
identify and/or reject cookies.
Questions about NIH privacy policies should be sent to the