Here is how we handle information about your visit to our website:
If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the website, do searches, read pages, or download information, we will automatically gather and store certain information about your visit. This information does not identify you personally. No information about users/visitors will be sold, shared, or utilized in any commercial way. We automatically collect and store only the following information about your visit:
- The Internet domain (for example, “company.com” if you use a private Internet access account, or “yourschool.edu” if you connect from a university’s domain) and IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which you access our website;
- The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
- The date and time you access our site;
- The searches you make;
- The pages you visit; and
- If you linked to this site from another website, the address of that website.
We use this information to help us make our site more useful to visitors — to learn about the number of visitors to our site, what part of the site they are interested in, how long they use the site, and the types of technology our visitors use. WE DO NOT TRACK OR RECORD INFORMATION ABOUT THE IDENTITY OF INDIVIDUALS AND THEIR VISITS.
Sometimes we write a small file on the user’s computer called a “session cookie.” Session cookies automatically expire when users leave a website; session cookies retain information only during the session or for the purpose of completing a particular online transaction, without any capacity to track users over time and across different websites. Other than a session cookie, and the six items described above, we do not obtain any information from the user or the user’s computer. We do not use “persistent cookies” and fully comply with the HHS IRM Policy for Usage of Persistent Cookies, HHS-IRM-2000-0009; this policy prohibits the use of persistent cookies and permits the use of session cookies.
If you send us e-mail, send a message via our “Contact Us form”, or self disclose information in a form on our website, your identity and the contents of your message are covered by the Privacy Act. Be assured that:
- The information will not be shared with anyone outside of GAH staff and licensed volunteers. Your e-mail address will not be provided to any third party or used for any electronic mailing lists.
- We do share the e-mail information you provide to any other organizations.
- The e-mail material, including your e-mail address and/or name will in no way be correlated or linked to the material that is automatically collected as described above.
- We do not collect information for commercial marketing.
The only exceptions to item 4 above would be pursuant to a bona fide Court Order.
The use we will make of your information is to:
- Consider your suggestions.
- Possibly respond directly to you for clarification.
- Process your request for assistance if you make one.
- Try to answer any questions you ask.