TYPES OF INFORMATION COLLECTED
When you visit the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) website (niaaa.nih.gov), the following information is stored:
- Domain from which you access the Internet
- IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to a computer when surfing the web )
- Operating system and information about the type of browser used when visiting the site
- Date and time of your visit
- Pages you visited
- Address of the website that connected you to the NIAAA.NIH.gov website (such as google.com or bing.com)
We use this information to measure the number of visitors to our site and its various sections and to help make our site more useful to visitors. Unless it is specifically stated otherwise, no additional information will be collected about you.
When inquiries are e-mailed to us, we store the question and the e-mail address information so that we can respond electronically. 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 chose to provide such information to us.
How NIAAA Collects Information
The NIAAA website uses Google Analytics measurement software to collect the information in the bulleted list in the Types of Information Collected section above. Google Analytics collects information automatically and continuously. No personally identifiable information is collected. NIAAA staff analyzes and reports on the aggregated data from Google Analytics. The reports are available only to NIAAA managers, members of the communications and web teams, and other designated staff who require this information to perform their duties.
NIAAA also occasionally conducts online customer satisfaction survey to collect opinions and feedback from the site visitors. No personally identifiable information is collected. Information gathered from the survey is completely anonymous and is used to improve our site. Participation in the customer satisfaction survey is completely voluntary, and failure to respond will not affect your ability to access information on niaaa.nih.gov. The survey reports are only available to NIAAA managers, members of the communications and web teams, and other designated staff who require this information to perform their duties.
NIAAA retains the data from Google Analytics and survey results as long as needed to support the mission of the NIAAA website.
Session cookies are used for technical purposes, such as enabling better navigation through the site, facilitating the use of user accounts, and generating aggregated statistics about how the website is used. There are two types of session cookies:
- Single-session cookies last only as long as a web browser is open. Once the browser is closed, the data files on your computer are deleted. Information collected from per-session cookies will not be disclosed to third parties. For these technical purposes, per-session cookies are enabled by default. Under the framework of OMB M-10-22, this qualifies as a Tier 1 use.
- Multi-session cookies last beyond a single session of browsing a website; this allows a website to recognize a computer or user for defined amount of time.
The OMB Memo 10-22 Guidance defines our use of persistent cookies as "Usage Tier 2—Multi-session without Personally Identifiable Information (PII).” The policy says, "This tier encompasses any use of multi-session web measurement and customization technologies when no PII is collected."
NIAAA generally does not access or store the raw information collected through these cookies. We do view aggregate statistical analyses prepared by our third-party analytics provider, but these analyses do not include any personally identifiable information. We do not sell, rent, exchange, or otherwise disclose this information to persons or organizations outside the NIH.
How to Opt Out or Disable Cookies: If you do not wish to have session or persistent cookies placed on your computer, you can disable them using your web browser. If you opt out of cookies, you will still have access to all information and resources at niaaa.nih.gov. Instructions for disabling or opting out of cookies in the most popular browsers are located at http://www.usa.gov/optout_instructions.shtml. Please note that by following the instructions to opt-out of cookies, you may be disabling cookies from all sources, not just those from http://www.niaaa.nih.gov. You can also delete cookies stored in your browser at any time.
THIRD-PARTY WEBSITES AND APPLICATIONS
Third-Party websites and Applications are web-based technologies that are not exclusively operated or controlled by NIAAA, such as non-.gov hosted applications and those embedded on an NIAAA web page that could cause personally identifiable information (PII) to become available or accessible to NIAAA, regardless of whether NIAAA solicits or collects it.
Alcohol and Your Brain, Meta App Lab Virtual Reality (VR) Application: NIAAA does not collect any personal information from use of the Alcohol and Your Brain VR application for Oculus headsets, While NIAAA analyzes aggregate user data to inform content strategy, it does not collect, maintain, disclose or share any information about individuals who use this application. NIAAA does not share any information with third parties who support this application, nor do we receive any information about you from those third parties. Meta is the owner of App Lab for Oculus, and you can learn more about how the Meta VR Products (Oculus devices) and Meta VR Services handles your privacy and data here: https://www.meta.com/legal/quest/privacy-policy/ Note: In accordance with Meta’s recommendations regarding Oculus headsets, this application is for use by people ages 13 or older.
Questions about NIH privacy policies should be sent to the NIAAA Privacy Act Officer through the NIAAA Web Master.
Last reviewed May 2021