Your Visit to the Fogarty Website
Protecting your privacy is very important to us. We do not collect any personally identifiable information (PII) about you during your visit to the Fogarty International Center 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. Fogarty never collects information for commercial marketing or any purpose unrelated to the Fogarty mission and goals.
When visitors send email messages containing personal information to the general Fogarty email box FICinfo@mail.nih.gov, Fogarty staff responds to the requests. Only designated staff members requiring access to the emails to respond may view or answer them.
Types of Information Collected
When you browse through any website, certain information about your visit can be collected. We automatically collect and temporarily store the following type of 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 used when visiting the site
- Date and time of your visit
- Pages you visited
- Address of the website that connected you to the Fogarty Web site (such as google.com or bing.com)
We use this information to measure the number of visitors to our site and its various sections and to help make our site more useful to visitors.
How Fogarty Collects Information
FIC.NIH.gov uses Google Analytics measurement software to collect the information in the bulleted list in the Types of Information Collected section above. Google Analytics collects information automatically and continuously. No personally identifiable information is collected. The Fogarty staff conducts analyses and reports on the aggregated data from Google Analytics. The reports are only available to FIC.NIH.gov managers, members of the FIC.NIH.gov Communications and Web Teams, and other designated staff who require this information to perform their duties.
Fogarty also uses online surveys to collect opinions and feedback from a random sample of visitors. FIC.NIH.gov uses the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) survey methodology, licensed by CFI Group, to obtain feedback and data on visitors' satisfaction with the FIC.NIH.gov website. This survey does not collect personally identifiable information. Although the survey invitation pops up for a random sample of visitors, it is optional. If you decline the survey, you will still have access to the identical information and resources at the FIC.NIH.gov site as those who do not take the survey. The survey reports are available only to FIC.NIH.gov managers, members of the FIC.NIH.gov Communications and Web Teams, and other designated staff who require this information to perform their duties.
Fogarty retains the data from Google Analytics and customer satisfaction survey results as long as needed to support the mission of the FIC.NIH.gov website.
The Office of Management and Budget Memo M-10-22, Guidance for Online Use of Web Measurement and Customization Technologies [PDF 103K] 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 Web pages. Cookies from Fogarty Web pages 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.
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 says, "This tier encompasses any use of single session web measurement and customization technologies."
We use persistent cookies to enable Google Analytics to differentiate between new and returning FIC.NIH.gov visitors. Persistent cookies remain on your computer between visits to FIC.NIH.gov until they expire. We also use persistent cookies to block repeated invitations to take the customer satisfaction survey. The persistent cookies that block repeated survey invitations expire in 90 days. The OMB Memo 10-22 Guidance defines our use of persistent cookies as "Usage Tier 2 - Multi-session without Personally Identifiable Information (PII)." The policy says, "This tier encompasses any use of multi-session Web measurement and customization technologies when no PII is collected."
How to Opt Out 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 FIC.NIH.gov. Find instructions for disabling or opting out of cookies in the most popular browsers. Please note that by following the instructions to opt-out of cookies, you will disable cookies from all sources, not just those from FIC.NIH.gov.
How Personal Information Is Protected
You do not have to give us personal information to visit the Fogarty 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 personally identifiable information, that is, information that is personal in nature and which may be used to identify you, through an e-mail message, request for information, paper or electronic form, questionnaire, customer satisfaction survey, epidemiology research study, etc., 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).
If Fogarty operates a record system designed to retrieve information about you in order to accomplish its mission, a Privacy Act Notification Statement should be prominently and conspicuously displayed on the public-facing website or form which asks you to provide personally identifiable information. The notice must address the following 5 criteria:
- Fogarty legal authorization to collect information about you
- Purpose of the information collection
- Routine uses for disclosure of information outside of Fogarty
- Whether the request made of you is voluntary or mandatory under law
- Effects of non-disclosure if you choose to not provide the requested information
Fogarty International Center is a part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). For further information about privacy on all NIH websites, see the NIH Web Privacy Notice.
Fogarty does not disclose, give, sell or transfer any personal information about our visitors, unless required for law enforcement or by statute.
Your Visit to Fogarty on Third-Party Sites
Third-party websites and applications are Web-based technologies that are not exclusively operated or controlled by Fogarty, and are hosted on other non-government sites.
As part of the Open Government Directive, Fogarty uses a variety of new technologies and social media tools to communicate and interact with our audiences. Use of some of these applications could cause personally identifiable information (PII) to become available or accessible to Fogarty, regardless of whether Fogarty solicits or collects it. Below find information about the websites Fogarty uses. If any of these sites or applications collect PII, we describe what is collected and how Fogarty protects the information.
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