If you are under 13 and visit websites, the law says that you and your parents are in charge of what personal information the websites can know about you. Some examples of personal information are your full name, home address, email address, phone number, age, and gender. Keep reading to learn more about how we use your information and protect your privacy.
- How we see your personal information
- Non-personal information we see
- Do we share your information?
- How we use third-party websites and applications
- More information about staying safe on the Internet
How we see your personal information top
You do not have to give girlshealth.gov any personal information, also known as personally identifiable information (PII).
You do not have to sign up to use our site — it’s open to everyone.
You can give us personal information if you want to.
The only way we can see your personal information is if you do something, such as type your email address in our Question/Comment form. We don’t collect information without you knowing. For example, some sites use hidden tools to track what websites you go to. Then, they use that information to send you spam or to make ads show up on your computer. We don’t do that.
Here are the places on our website where you might give us personal information:
- Question/Comment form. If you use our Question/Comment form, you need to give us your email address so we can answer you. You may give us your name, but that is not required.
- Speak Up section. In our Speak Up section, you can give your first name, the state where you live, or both, but you don’t have to. We will review your comment to make sure that it doesn’t show any other personal information (like the city where you live, the school you attend, or your phone number) before anyone else can see it.
- Target Heart Rate Calculator. You can enter your name in the Target Heart Rate Calculator on our Getting a good workout page. If you do, we don’t save it. It is just used to make the calculator’s results more personal for you.
- Website survey. We have a pop-up survey about girlshealth.gov that might appear on your screen. If you choose to take the survey, you are not asked to give any personal information.
Non-personal information we see top
We get some non-personal information from your computer when you visit our website. Your computer automatically gives this information to every website you visit. We do not use this information to identify you.
The information we see is:
- The domain you used to get on the Internet (such as verizon.com if you used a Verizon account)
- The date and time you came to the website
- The pages you visited
- The address of the website that linked you to us
We get this information from everyone who visits our site. We add it all up and use it to find out things such as how many people come to girlshealth.gov. This helps us make girlshealth.gov better! We use a tool called Google Analytics to get some information. All this information is available only to staff members who need it to do their jobs. Once they’re done with it, we delete it.
Girlshealth.gov uses small computer files called cookies to help us collect some information, such as how our site is used. Our cookies never collect personal information about you. If you don’t want these cookies on your computer, you can block them and still get all the content and tools on our website. Learn how to block cookies. (Please note that if you follow instructions to opt out of cookies, you will block cookies from all sources, not just those from girlshealth.gov. This might affect how some websites work on your computer.)
Do we share your information? top
Some websites share your information with third parties, such as other companies or websites. Girlshealth.gov does not share any information about you with anyone else (except when required by federal law or law enforcement).
How we use third-party websites and applications top
Third-party websites are websites that girlshealth.gov doesn’t run or control. We have accounts on some third-party websites, such as Facebook and Twitter, so we can connect with people interested in girls’ health.
Here is some information about third-party websites we use:
- You can write to us at:
Office on Women’s Health
Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 712E
Washington, DC 20201
2. You can call us at 800-994-9662.
3. You can use our Question/Comment Form.
For more information about us, read About this site.
More information about staying safe on the Internet top
Whenever you are online, be sure to protect your privacy and take other steps to stay safe. Work together with your parents or guardians to learn more about Internet safety.
Here are some links to more information to help you protect yourself:
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Content last reviewed July 24, 2013
Page last updated October 31, 2013