This website is maintained by the Global Health and Education Projects, Inc. (GHEP), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization based in Riverdale, Maryland, USA. GHEP provides this Website Privacy and User Policy (the “Policy”) to explain how your personal information and any public comments collected on this site may be used by GHEP. We reserve the right to modify, change, alter, replace, or amend this Policy at any time and without prior notice. Please check back frequently in order to see any changes. Your use of the site constitutes your acceptance of the Policy, as it may be amended from time to time, and you agree to be legally bound by these terms.
In general, we do not require individuals to provide any personal information, beyond name and email addresses, to access the content of this website. Under certain circumstances, we may tell you how to contact us and ask you to provide us with some details about yourself, such as name, address, phone number or e-mail address. Any information individuals provide to us through this site is voluntary.
1. Disclosure of Personal Data Collected
Identify, document and highlight health and education disparities in vulnerable communities where we work through rigorous and objective research and analyses and disseminating findings through various publications, conferences, and other emerging venues;
Except as otherwise provided in this Policy, we do not disclose, give, sell, or transfer any personal information provided by individuals to us through this site. We reserve the right, to the extent permitted by law, to disclose personally identifiable information about you to third parties as follows:
a. With your consent;
b. As we believe necessary to: (i) comply with law (including court and government orders, and civil subpoenas); or (ii) protect the rights, property, or safety of our employees (including its officers, directors, employees, volunteers and agents), our users, or others;
c. We may disclose personal information even without a subpoena, warrant, or other court order, to the extent we feel is necessary to inform and cooperate with law enforcement agencies or other appropriate authorities. For example, we may disclose information if you partake (or we reasonably suspect that you are partaking) in any illegal or potentially illegal activity; or
d. In aggregated form, i.e., information about multiple users collectively without identifying any individual user, such as the total number of visitors to a particular section in a given week. 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.
2. Use and Disclosure of Public Comments
You may decide to provide personal identifying information during any public comment periods. Any comments you provide to us, including, but not limited to any documents or other materials and any identifying information submitted with your comments are collected voluntarily and may be disclosed by GHEP on this website, elsewhere on the Internet, in any other public forum, or in other of our materials. By providing public comments you are consenting to their disclosure, use and consideration by us.
3. Information Disclaimer
The information provided on the agency’s website are only intended to be general information to the public.It is not intended to take the place of any federal or state laws or regulations. It is not our intention to provide specific medical advice to users of our website, instead we provide users with information to help them better understand how to make informed health decisions. We urge users of our website to consult with a qualified health care professional for diagnosis, treatment, and answers to their personal medical questions.
4. Third Party Websites
This website may include links to other web resources. This Policy does not apply to those other third party sites and we are not responsible for the content of websites to which it links. You should review the privacy and user policies of such third party sites upon visiting.
5. Cookies, etc.
We use so-called cookies or other instruments to analyze the usage of our website. Cookies are small files which are stored on your hard drive and which provide us with specific information. This information above all includes the IP address, your browser type, the URL click stream (the chronological order of our web pages you visited), the date and the time of your visit to our website as well as the cookie number.
6. Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. The IP address will be truncated before transmission.
On our behalf, Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to website activity and internet activity in connection with the use of the website. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.
7. Social Plugins
Facebook Social Plugins
GHEP link uses so-called social plugins (“plugins”) of the social networking site facebook.com provided by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”). The plugins can be identified by one of Facebook’s logos (white “f” on blue tile or a “thumps-up”-sign) or by the additional text “Facebook Social Plugin”. The list of Facebook Social Plugins and their appearance can be accessed via: http://developers.facebook.com/plugins.
If a user visits one of the websites using such a plugin, the user’s browser directly connects to Facebook’s servers. The plugin and its content are made available directly on Facebook’s servers and included in the website by the user’s browser. For this reason, the provider of the website cannot influence which data Facebook connects via the plugin and thus informs the user according to his own knowledge.
Due to the integration of the plugin Facebook collects the information that a user is visiting the corresponding website. If the user is logged in on Facebook at the moment he or she visits the website, Facebook may be able to connect the visit on the website to the user’s Facebook account. If the user interacts with the plugin – for example if he or she presses the like button or comments on something – the user’s browser transmits this information to Facebook. Facebook stores this information. If a user is not a member of Facebook, Facebook may collect and store the user’s IP-address. Facebook states that it only collects anonymized IP-addresses in Germany.
The reason for and scope of the data acquisition and information about the way in which the data is processed and used by Facebook, as well as the user’s rights in this respect and settings options for protecting the users privacy can be found under: http://www.facebook.com/policy.php.
If the user is a member of Facebook and does not wish Facebook to collect personal data via this homepage and to link this with his data stored on Facebook, the user needs to log off from Facebook before going to this homepage.
The user may also block Facebook’s plugins using add-ons for the user’s browser, for example the “Facebook Blocker”.
GHEP link uses so-called social plugins (“plugins”) of the social network linkedin.com LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“LinkedIn”). The plugins are marked using the LinkedIn-logo or the test “Share”.
If a user visits one of the websites using such a plugin, the user’s browser directly connects to LinkedIn’s servers. For this reason, the provider of the website cannot influence which data Facebook connects via the plugin and thus informs the user according to his own knowledge.
Due to the integration of the plugin LinkedIn gathers the user’s IP-address. If the user is logged in on LinkedIn, he can link articles or a website of this homepage to his LinkedIn-profile. In this case, Twitter can connect the visit on the website to the user’s LinkedIn account
The reason for and scope of the data acquisition and information about the way in which the data is processed and used by Google, as well as the user’s rights in this respect and settings options for protecting the users privacy can be found in LinkedIn’s privacy statement under: http://www.linkedin.com/static?key=privacy_policy&trk=hb_ft_priv
GHEP link uses the twitter-button. The button is provided by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. (“Twitter”) The buttons are marked using the text “Twitter” or “Follow” and a stylized blue bird. The button enables the user to share an article or a website of this homepage on Twitter or to follow the provider on Twitter.
If a user visits one of the websites using such a button, the user’s browser directly connects to Twitter’s servers. The Twitter-button and its content are loaded directly from Twitter’s servers and included in the website by the user’s browser. For this reason, the provider of the website cannot influence which data Twitter connects via the button and thus informs the user according to his own knowledge. According to the provider’s knowledge, Twitter collects the user IP-address and the website’s URL when the button is loaded from Twitter’s servers. However, this data is only be used for loading and displaying the Twitter-button. Further information can be found in Twitter’s privacy statement under: https://twitter.com/privacy.
Last updated: March 28, 2018.