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NHLBI PGA Symposium Website Privacy Statement

This webpage is provided by the current webmaster. Thank you for visiting the PGA Symposium Web site and reviewing our privacy policy.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services , of which NHLBI is a part, does not disclose, give, sell, or transfer any personal information about visitors to its Web sites, unless required for law enforcement or by statute.

The Programs for Genomic Applications member institutions follow the commonly held privacy policies of each member institution, and of the NHLBI. The NHLBI's PGA institutions are committed to protecting your privacy. We try not to collect any personal information about you when you visit our Web site (other than the standard information automatically collected and stored in the Web server's logs) unless you choose to provide it to us.

Detailed information regarding server logs, and voluntary submission of personal information, "cookies", security, and intrusion detection systems is provided below.

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the Web site, read pages, or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and store only the following information about your visit:
  • Your computer's Internet Protocol (IP) address. (An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you go on the Web.)
  • The domain from which you access the Internet (for example, aol.com, if you are connecting from an America Online account, or WFU.edu if you are connecting from Wake Forest University's domain).
  • The Internet address of the Web site, if any, from which you came to our site (for example, www.nih.gov if you come to our Web site by clicking on a link on the National Institutes of Health Web site).
  • The date and time you arrived at our site and how long you spent visiting the site.
  • The name and version of your computer's operating system and browser: for example, Windows 95/Netscape Navigator 4.5. (This information is supplied automatically by your computer.)
  • The pages you visit.
We use this information to help us make the site more useful to visitors -- to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our visitors use. Unless it is specifically stated otherwise, no additional information will be collected about you.

If You Send Us Personal Information

If you choose to provide us with personal information, either by E-mail or by filling out a form and submitting it to us through the Web site, this information will not be released, disclosed, sold, or transferred to any outside source unless required for law enforcement or by statute; or as part of the service you have actively consented to seek.

If You Send Us E-mail

If you send us E-mail, we will collect and store your E-mail address and the content of the E-mail, including any personal information you chose to include, and will use it only to respond to your request quickly and accurately. However, E-mail is not necessarily secure against interception. If you are worried because your communication is very sensitive, you can send it by postal mail instead.

If You Fill Out Online Forms

Certain areas like the "Registration" and "Abstracts" may include forms where you actively enter your personal information. We use this personal information to provide you services or to provide you with the latest educational and/or research information. Specifically:
  • When you order, we need to know your name, E-mail address, mailing address, credit card number, and credit card expiration date. This allows us to process and fill your order and to notify you of your order status.
  • When you sign up for services like "Registration" we need an E-mail address, which we use to send the information you requested. We also collect information about your interests in order to send information that more accurately meets your needs. You have to provide this additional information to receive the service.
  • We may also use the information we collect to occasionally notify you about important changes to the Web site, new PGA services, and information we think you may find valuable.
  • Your E-mail address may be placed on a contact list used exclusively for the dissemination of information by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's PGA Researchers. This contact list will not be released to any outside organizations.

Some pages on this Web site may employ cookies, although we try not to use any navigation that works exclusively through cookie use. A cookie is a small file that a Web site transfers to your computer's hard disk to allow the server to "remember" specific information about your session while you are connected. Requests to send cookies are not designed to collect information about you, but only about your "browser session." The cookies make it easier for you to use the dynamic features of our Web site. The cookies and the information about your session are automatically destroyed shortly after you close your browser. The information is not permanently stored on your computer. We do not collect personal information about you except as described above.


PGA Research employees use encryption technology to keep your personal information safe. All your information -- including your name, and address is encrypted for security. To ensure that your information is even more secure, once we receive your credit card information, it is processed; confirmed to have been charged; then all record of the number are typically expunged from our systems so no credit card number remains on file. Credit card transactions are handled by a third-party financial institution, which receives the credit card number and other personal identifying information only to verify the credit card numbers and process transactions. We do not imply recommendation by our choice of third party financial institutions.

Links to Other Sites

Our Web sites have links to other organizations. Once you follow a link to any other site, you are subject to its privacy policy. We do not imply recommendation by our choice of third party website links.

Your Consent

By using our Web sites, you consent to the collection and use of this information by PGA institutions and government departments as described in this document. If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it.

Intrusion Detection

For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, we employ software programs to monitor traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. In the event of authorized law enforcement investigations, and pursuant to any required legal process, information from these sources may be used to help identify an individual.


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