How This Site Uses Third-Party Web Sites and Applications
Third-party Web sites and applications are Web-based technologies that are not exclusively operated or controlled by NCCIH, such as non-Government-hosted applications and those embedded on an NCCIH Web page that could cause personally identifiable information to become available or accessible to NCCIH, regardless of whether NCCIH solicits or collects it.
As part of the Open Government Directive, nccih.nih.gov uses a variety of new technologies and social media options to communicate and interact with citizens. These sites and applications include popular social networking and media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Below, we outline the applications NCCIH uses, and their purposes. If any applications collect your private information, we describe how NCCIH protects your information.
Data Safeguarding and Privacy
Data Retention and Access Limits
NIH will retain collected data long enough to achieve the specified objective for which they were collected. The data generated from these activities falls under the National Archives and Records Administration General Records Schedule 20—item IC Electronic Records, and will be handled per the requirements of that schedule.
Third-Party Web Sites and Applications
Facebook: NCCIH has one Facebook page. NCCIH staff post news and other items of interest to citizens. If you have a Facebook account and “like” NCCIH’s 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 NIH staff and other Facebook site visitors. The amount of visible personal information will depend on your own Facebook privacy settings. You can completely avoid displaying any personally identifiable information by not creating an account, not posting comments, and not clicking on the “like” options on the NCCIH Facebook page. NCCIH staff does not collect, use, or disclose any information about visitors who comment or “like” the NCCIH Facebook page.
GovDelivery Subscription Management: NCCIH uses GovDelivery to send e-newsletters, alerts, and other information to subscribers. To subscribe to this service, users must provide an e-mail address and indicate their subscription preferences, including the topics they want to receive. Subscribers may also answer an optional question about how they describe themselves using broad categories; NCCIH uses this information to better understand its subscribers.
Pinterest: NCCIH uses Pinterest to share graphics and content from NCCIH websites. To subscribe to Pinterest, you may provide your name, email address, and gender. If you link your Facebook or Twitter account to Pinterest, Pinterest may obtain additional information from those accounts (e.g., your friends or contacts).
NCCIH may collect, save, and post transcripts from its monthly Twitter Chats. The archived transcript will include messages posted by chat participants and participants’ Twitter account username and profile image. You may request to have this information removed from the transcript by e-mailing NCCIHTwitter@mail.nih.gov. Any personally identifying information collected during these conversations will not be used or sold by NCCIH in any way, except for sharing information.
Note: NCCIH may “follow” or “Like” non-government organizations through the above 3rd-party sites. This does not indicate endorsement of that organization or of its views or site content.
Related Link: How NCCIH Collects and Uses Information