The Chickasaw Health Information Center (CHIC) provides this Web site as a public service. We do not collect any personally identifiable information about you when you visit our Web sites unless you choose to provide that information to us. We do collect some data about your visit to our Web site to help us better understand how the public uses the site and how to make it more helpful. CHIC never collects information for commercial marketing or any purpose unrelated to CHIC’s functions.
Type of Information Collected
When you visit any Web site, certain information about your visit can be collected. CHIC automatically collects and temporarily stores the following type of information about your visit:
- Internet address and domain from which you visited the CHIC Web site
- Information about the operating system and browser used
- Date and time of the visit
- Pages visited
- Internet address of the Web site that connected you to the CHIC Web site Words searched
This information is used to measure the number of visitors to the various sections of our site and improve organization, coverage, system performance or problem areas. This information is not used for associating search terms or patterns of site navigation with individual users. When search features offer suggested terms, these suggestions are based on aggregated data only. CHIC periodically deletes its Web logs. On occasion, CHIC may provide aggregated information to third party entities it contracts with for the purposes of research analysis. Aggregated data cannot be linked back to an individual user.
When you visit any Web site, it may place a small text file, known as a "cookie" on your computer. The cookie allows the Web site to "remember" specific information about your visit while you are connected or when you return to that site. The Office of Management and Budget Memo M-10-22, Guidance for Online Use of Web Measurement and Customization Technologies, (PDF*, 1.03MB), 6/25/10, allows Federal agencies to use session and persistent cookies, defined below.
The cookie makes it easier for you to use the dynamic features of Web pages. Cookies from CHIC Web pages only collect information about your browser's visit to the site; they do not collect personal information about you. While visiting certain CHIC sites, you may occasionally encounter a Web page that automatically employs cookies.
CHIC Web sites may use either single session (temporary) or multi-session (persistent) cookies. Session cookies last only as long as your Web browser is open. Once you close your browser, the cookie disappears. Persistent cookies are stored on your computer for longer periods.
Session Cookies: We use session cookies for technical purposes such as to enable better navigation through our site. The OMB Memo 10-22 Guidance defines our use of session cookies as "Usage Tier 1 -- Single Session." This tier encompasses any use of single session Web measurement and customization technologies.
Persistent Cookies: CHIC uses persistent cookies to enhance the Web experience for our users.
Persistent cookies remain on your computer between visits to CHIC until they expire. The OMB Memo
10-22 Guidance defines our use of persistent cookies as "Usage Tier 2 -- Multi-session without Personally Identifiable Information." This tier encompasses any use of multi-session Web measurement and customization technologies when no personally identifiable information is collected.
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 at any time from your Web browser. If you opt out of cookies, you will still have access to all information and resources at CHIC, but may be unable to use cookie-dependent features. Follow these instructions for disabling or opting out of cookies in the most popular
browsers, http://www.usa.gov/optout_instructions.shtml. Please note that by disabling cookies from your Web browser, you will disable cookies from all sources, not just those from CHIC.
Personally Identifiable Information
If you choose to send us personal information by email, or by filling out a form on our Web site, we use that information to respond to your message and to help us provide you with information or material that you request. If provided, personally identifiable information is maintained in a database that is regularly purged. Third party contractors may have access to this information in order to provide a response to your question or comment. These contractors are held to strict policies to safeguard the information and provide the same level of privacy protection as guaranteed by CHIC. On occasion, we may conduct a study concerning the types of questions sent to us. These studies help us to improve our Web sites in order to make them more responsive to the needs of our users. We do not give, share, sell, or transfer any personal information to a third party unless required by law.
Links to Other Sites
For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, we use software programs to monitor traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. Causing damage to federal computer systems is a violation of U.S. law and is subject to criminal prosecution in federal court. In the event of authorized law enforcement investigations, and pursuant to any required legal process, information from CHIC Web logs may be used to help identify an individual.
Third-Party Web Sites and Applications
We use these technologies to communicate and interact with you. Examples include social media Web sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Your activity on these non-government sites is governed by the security and privacy policies of those sites. When you use them, you are often sharing information with the general public, other users, and/or the group operating that site or application. We recommend you review the privacy policies of these sites before using them to ensure you understand how these third-party sites and applications might use your information. You may be able to adjust the privacy settings on your account.
The list below includes the applications we use and their purposes. For any sites or applications that collect personally identifiable information, this list also includes details on the information they collect and how CHIC protects your private information.
CHIC uses Google Analytics. Please refer to the following policies on Google's website for more information:
iTunes App Store
CHIC uses iTunes to make iPhone, iPod and iPad apps available for download through the Apple's App
If you have an iTunes account and download a CHIC app, you have the option to rate or review the app. If you review a CHIC app, your personally identifiable information will be visible to other iTunes visitors, including CHIC staff. The amount of visible personal information will depend on your account settings. To avoid displaying your personally identifiable information, you should not create an iTunes account, download apps, or post ratings.