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 site.
- The date, time, and duration of the user's visit to smokefree.gov, and the pages visited.
- 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 such information.
- 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 the information.
Types of Third-Party Websites and Applications
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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.
NCI uses Twitter to send short messages (up to 140 characters) or "Tweets" to share information about 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 Twitter.com website.
On the SmokefreeTXT Facebook page, NCI staff posts news and other items of interest to users. If you have a Facebook account or "Like" the SmokefreeTXT 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.
To be notified when Smokefree.gov adds new videos, users with YouTube accounts can subscribe to the Smokefree.gov 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.
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 BG 9609
9609 Medical Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892-9760