University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)

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Privacy Statement

The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) respects the privacy of every individual who visits our website, responds to on-line surveys, or contacts us via electronic mail or telephone. Committed to protecting the privacy of its users, the information gathered by UPCI is used solely to monitor its effectiveness in providing relevant and credible health information, in answering consumers' questions, and in improving the site.

UPCI collects data about how our site is searched to enable us to understand and respond to the needs of our users. This data does not contain personally identifiable information. We do collect information about the domain name of the server from which you are visiting. It is aggregated and used to determine the number of visitors to our site each day, and sources of traffic. However, you can, in general, visit our website without identifying yourself or disclosing any personal information.

If you choose to respond to on-line surveys and provide any personal information, this information will be stored in secure databases so that we are better able to understand your needs and provide you with more focused service. Email addresses you provide are used to respond to comments submitted through our feedback and survey forms, when indicated.

Various people at UPCI may see the material you submit. We may enter the information you send into our electronic database, to share with our physicians, other health care professionals, researchers, or our Internet services staff. In other limited circumstances, including requests from legal authorities, we may be required by law to disclose information you submit.

You should note that electronic mail and other Internet communications channels are not necessarily secure against interception. While we take precautions, such as encrypting communications where appropriate, if your communication is very sensitive, or includes information like your diagnosis or medical history, you might want to send it by postal mail instead.

At no point does UPCI now, or will it ever sell, trade or rent personal information about its users to any outside individual or organization. The UPCI website is not affiliated with any advertisers.

The UPCI website also contains links to other sites. UPCI is not responsible for the privacy practices, timeliness, or accuracy of the content of such websites.

By using our website, you give your consent to the collection and use of the information discussed above by UPCI. Changes in this policy will be posted on this page so that you may always be aware of what information is being collected, how it is being used, and under what circumstances it is being disclosed.

The UPCI website was developed and is maintained by the Benedum Oncology Informatics Center at UPCI. Should you have questions about this privacy policy, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this website, you can contact us at upciwebmaster@upmc.edu.