Third-Party Web Sites and Applications including Social Media Sites
Third-Party websites and Applications (TPWA) are Web-based technologies that are not exclusively operated or controlled by NIH, such as non-.gov hosted applications and those embedded on an NIH Web pages that could cause personally identifiable information (PII) to become available or accessible to NIH, regardless of whether NIH solicits or collects it.
As part of the Open Government Directive, NIH.gov uses a variety of new technologies and social media options to communicate and interact with citizens. These sites and applications include popular social networking and media sites, open source software communities and more. The following list includes the websites and applications we use and their purposes. For any sites or applications that collect PII, this list also includes details on information collected and how NIH protects your private information.
Third-Party websites and Applications
: NIH uses bit.ly to shorten long URLs for use in e-mail messages, Twitter feeds and on Facebook pages. Bit.ly collects and provides data on how often e-mail recipients, Facebook and Twitter-
Facebook: NIH.gov has three Facebook pages:
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Research Matters Weekly
- News in Health
Many other NIH Institutes and Centers (IC) sponsor their own Facebook pages. The privacy policies for the other ICs' Facebook pages are located on the individual IC websites.
GovDelivery Subscription Management
: NIH uses GovDelivery to send e-newsletters, alerts and other messages to visitors who subscribe to them. To subscribe to an NIH product, you must provide an e-mail address and indicate your subscription preferences, including the items you want to receive. The e-mail subscriber lists are password protected by GovDelivery. Only the NIH managers who send newsletters, alerts or memos via GovDelivery and staff members who monitor the results of e-mail initiatives have access to the subscriber lists. GovDelivery never allows access to the subscriber lists to anyone outside of NIH or for any purpose. GovDelivery collects and provides
: NIH.gov posts videos on YouTube to make them available to all NIH.gov visitors. You do not need to register with either YouTube or Google (YouTube owner) to watch NIH.gov videos. When visitors watch videos, YouTube may record non-personally identifiable information about its site usage, such as channels used, videos