The National Cancer Institute (NCI) respects the privacy of users of its Web sites.
collection practices. NCI does not disclose, give, sell, or transfer any personal
information about visitors unless required to do so by law. NCI automatically collects
a limited amount of information about the use of Web sites for statistical purposes,
that is, to measure the numbers of visitors. This information may be helpful when
considering changes that improve our web sites for future visitors. NCI Web sites
have links to many other Web sites. NCI cannot guarantee the privacy or security
of information users provide to linked external Web sites. Please take the time
to review this document.
We collect information for the following purpose(s):
- Completing or supporting a program activity
- Web site and system administration
- Research, analysis, and reporting
Who has access to the information we collect?
- Smokefree reserves the right to share de-identified information about website usage with research partners.
- Smokefree will not share users’ personally identifiable information without user consent.
Types of Information Collected:
- Federal government Web sites are generally prohibited from using persistent cookies
and this site does not employ them.
- The Internet domain from which a user has accessed the Internet.
- The Internet protocol (IP) address of the computer that was used to access the Internet.
- The name and version of the user's computer operating system and Internet browser.
- If a user comes from another Web site, the Internet address of the "referring" Web
- The date, time, and duration of the user's visit to women.smokefree.gov, and the
- When inquiries are received by e-mail, the questions and the e-mail address of the
sender are stored electronically to allow time for a response to be researched,
written, and sent. Unless otherwise required by law, NCI will not identify anyone
who sends questions or comments to its Web site. NCI does not collect information
that will allow users to be identified personally unless they choose to provide
- If children send questions or comments to NCI web sites and include their name and/or
home mailing address as part of their message, the information will be used only
to respond to them personally. Providing this type of information is optional, and
NCI suggests that children obtain their parents' permission before providing any
information online, to NCI Web sites or any other Web sites.
Your Visit to NCI on Third-Party Websites
Third-party websites and applications are web-based technologies that are not exclusively
operated or controlled by NCI. These include applications hosted on other non-government
sites and those embedded on an NCI web page.
As part of the Open Government Directive, NCI uses a variety of new technologies
and social media tools to communicate and interact with our audiences. Use of some
of these applications could result in personally identifiable information (PII)
becoming available or accessible to NCI, regardless of whether NCI solicits or collects
it. The table below lists the websites and applications we use. If any of these
sites or applications collects PII, we describe what is collected and how NCI protects
Types of Third-Party Websites and Applications
Third-Party Website and Application
How It Works
Smokefree.gov has a Twitter feed@SmokefreeTeen
NCI uses Twitter to send short messages (up to 140 characters) or "Tweets" to share
information about women.smokefree.gov with our audiences and respond to comments
and inquiries sent via Twitter. Although users may read the @SmokefreeTeen Twitter
feed without subscribing to them, users who want to subscribe to (or follow) the
@SmokefreeTeen twitter feed must create a Twitter account at www.twitter.com.
To create an account, you must provide some personal information, such as name,
user name, password, and email address. You have the option to provide additional
personal information including a short biography, location, or a picture. Most information
you provide for a Twitter account is available to the public, but you can modify
how much of your information is visible by changing your privacy settings at the
NCI staff members monitor the number of subscribers and respond to comments and
queries via Twitter, but the staff never uses the personal information of their
Twitter followers. NCI does not collect, maintain, disclose, or share any information
about people who follow @SmokefreeTeen on Twitter (see
On the Smokefree Teen Facebook page, NCI staff posts news and other items of interest
to users. If you have a Facebook account or "Like" the Smokefree Teen Facebook page,
you can post comments or click on the "like" option for individual entries. If you
comment or click on the "like" button, personally identifying information will be
visible to NCI staff and other Facebook site visitors. The amount of visible personal
information will depend on your own Facebook privacy settings. You can avoid displaying
any personally identifiable information by not creating an account, not posting
comments, and not clicking on the "like" options in Facebook.
NCI staff does not collect, use, or disclose any information about visitors who
comment or "like" the NCI Facebook sites. Facebook collects and reports on non-personally
identifiable information about activities on Facebook pages. This information is
password-protected and only available to NCI managers, members of the NCI communications
and web teams, and other designated staff who require this information to perform
their duties (see Facebook Privacy
Videos on the Smokefree Teen YouTube Channel introduce you to many different aspects
of the Smokefree Teen campaign and research that NCI supports and connects you to
our research-based information resources (see
To be notified when Smokefree Teen adds new videos, users with YouTube accounts
can subscribe to the Smokefree Teen channel. NCI staff members monitor the number
of subscribers and may respond to comments and queries on YouTube, but NCI does
not collect, maintain, disclose, or share any information about people who follow
NCI on YouTube.
Images and videos on the Smokefree Teen Instagram Channel introduce you to many
different aspects of the Smokefree Teen campaign and research that NCI supports
and connects you to our research-based information resources (see
To be notified when Smokefree adds new images or videos, user with an Instagram
account can subscribe to the Smokefree Teen channel. NCI staff members monitor the
number of subscribers and many respond to comments and queries on Instagram, but
NCI does not collect, maintain, disclose, or share any information about people
who follow Smokefree Teen on Instagram.
Dispute Resolution Mechanism:
If you believe that our Web site has collected incorrect information or if you would
like to dispute any information, please contact us:
Tobacco Control Research Branch
National Cancer Institute
6130 Executive Boulevard
Executive Plaza North
Rockville, Maryland 20852