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Privacy Policy


This website,, is provided as a public service by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Protecting your privacy is very important to us. We do not collect any personally identifiable information (PII) about you during your visit unless you choose to provide it to us. However, our website links to other NIH sites, federal agency sites, university/research institution sites and occasionally to private organizations. Once you leave, you are subject to the privacy policy for the site(s) you are visiting.

We do collect some data about your visit to our website to help us better understand how the public uses the site and how to make it more helpful. We collect information from visitors who read, browse and/or download information from our website. NHGRI never collects information for commercial marketing or any purpose unrelated to the NHGRI mission and goals.

Types of Information Collected

When you browse through any website, certain information about your visit can be automatically collected. We automatically collect and store the following non-personally identifiable information about your visit:

We use this information to measure the number of visitors to our site, to help make our site more useful to visitors, and to answer questions submitted to us.


We do not use cookies on our website.

Protecting Personal Information

You do not have to give us personal information to visit the NISC website. If you choose to provide us with additional information about yourself through an e-mail message, form, survey, etc., we maintain the information only as long as needed to respond to your question or to fulfill the stated purpose of the communication.

For further information about NIH privacy policy, please contact the NIH Senior Official for Privacy at privacy [a] mail [dot] nih [dot] gov , call (301) 451-3426, or visit


NHGRI does not disclose, give, sell or transfer any personal information about our visitors, unless required for law enforcement or by statute.

P3P Compliance

The NISC website complies with P3P (Platform for Privacy Preferences Project) protocols. Our machine-readable P3P policy can be viewed at Questions about NISC privacy policies should be sent to the NISC webmaster at nisc [a] mail [dot] nih [dot] gov .

Site Security

NISC's website is maintained by the U.S. Government. It is protected by various provisions of Title 18, U.S. Code. Violations of Title 18 is subject to criminal prosecution in Federal court.

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.

Data Safeguarding and Privacy

All uses of Web measurement and customization technologies will comply with existing policies with respect to privacy and data safeguarding standards. Information Systems (IT) systems owned and operated by NIH are assessed using Privacy Impact Assessments posted for public view on the Department of Health and Human Services website. Groups of records that contain information about an individual and are designed to be retrieved by the name or other personal identifier linked to the individual are covered by the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (5 U.S.C. Section 552a). For these records, NIH Systems of Record Notices are published in the Federal Register and posted on the NIH Senior Official for Privacy website.

Data Retention and Access Limits

NISC will retain data collected using the following technologies long enough to achieve the specified objective for which they were collected. The data generated from these activities falls under the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) General Records Schedule (GRS) 20-item IC "Electronic Records," and will be handled per the requirements of that schedule (