The National Cancer Institute (NCI) respects the privacy of visitors to the http://biospecimens.cancer.gov/brd website.
Why is information collected? We may collect a limited amount of information on usage of the website for statistical purposes, in order to measure the number of visitors to the various sections of our site, what types of information people find useful, and to help us make our site more useful to visitors.
What information is collected? The information collected includes standard server log information, such as the domain name or IP address from which you access the Internet, the date and time you access our site, the pages you viewed, the type of browser and operating system you used to access our site, and, if you linked to our site from another website, that website's address. We collect this information on an aggregate basis only. To improve search engine performance, we log the user searches. Our website logs are not personally identifiable, and we make no attempt to link them with the individuals who actually browse the site. For example, we track which pages are most popular among visitors as a whole, but pages viewed are not identified with individual users. With email inquiries and suggestions, we store the inquiry and the email address information so that we can respond electronically.
For those users who curate the content on biospecimen science, we record the entries to categorize the papers, studies, and SOPs. For quality control, the user for each of those entries has their login matched to the entry. Again, no PII or PHI information is entered as part of the curation process.
What information is not collected? Unless otherwise required by statute, we do not identify publicly who sends questions or comments to our website. We will not obtain information that will allow us to personally identify you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information to us.