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?
- Information collected by our Web site is used by our organization only.
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
AddThis allows you to bookmark and share our content on a variety of social media
sites. You do not need to register or provide any personal information. The AddThis
service providers collect non-personal data, including aggregate and summary statistics
on browsers and usage patterns.
AddThis also uses non-personal data to manage the service efficiently and diagnose
server problems. Although AddThis offers some analytics and usage data to NCI, these
reports do not include any personally identifiable information. The reports are
password protected and only available to NCI managers, members of the NCI communications
and web teams, and other designated staff requiring this information to perform
their duties (see AddThis Privacy
Smokefree.gov has a Twitter feed@SmokefreeGov
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 @SmokefreeGov Twitter
feed without subscribing to them, users who want to subscribe to (or follow) the
@SmokefreeGov 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 @SmokefreeGov on Twitter (see
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