About Us

Privacy Statement

Reviewed September 22, 2007

Of the information we learn about you from your visit to http://www.niams.nih.gov , we store only the following:

  • the Internet protocol (IP) address of the computer you used to access the Internet
  • the date and time of your visit
  • the pages you visit while you are on our site
  • the address of the web site you came from when you came to visit (the "referring" site).

This information is used to measure the number of visitors to the various sections of our site and to help us make our site more useful to visitors. Unless it is specifically stated otherwise, no additional information will be collected about you.

If you place an order or request information be sent to you by mail or by e-mail, we will keep a record of your contact information so that we can fulfill your order. We do not share any of your contact information with anyone else. (We are allowed to store your contact information when you write to us under System of Record # 09-25-0106 , last published in the Federal Register on September 26, 2002, [Volume 67, Number 187] Page 60758.)

Unless otherwise required by statute, we do not identify publicly who sends questions or comments to our Web site.

About "Cookies"

While visiting pages within the www.niams.nih.gov domain, you will encounter Web pages that employ cookies. A cookie is a small file that a Web site transfers to your computer's hard disk allowing our server to "remember" specific information about your session.

We employ the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) survey on this Web site to evaluate and improve our site. We use persistent cookies to 1) see what pages users visit throughout the site and 2) randomly select users to invite to take the survey. If you are also visiting other NIH Web sites, the cookies help us ensure that you are not repeatedly asked to complete surveys on NIH Web sites. The cookie will expire on your hard disk after 30 days, unless you return to an NIH site that uses the ACSI survey. These cookies cannot be used to track your Web activity after you leave our site.

If you are concerned about the potential use of information gathered from your computer by cookies, you can set your browser to prompt you before it accepts a cookie. Most Internet browsers have settings that let you identify and/or reject cookies. If you do not accept the cookies from this site, we will not be able to track your progress through the site, and you will not be invited to take the survey.

Questions about NIAMS privacy policies should be sent to NIAMSWEB-L@mail.nih.gov

Information about Privacy Laws

The Privacy Act of 1974 http://www.usdoj.gov/foia/privstat.htm
The Freedom of Information Act http://www.usdoj.gov/04foia/foiastat.htm
Federal Citizen Information Center http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/call/foia.htm