This is how we handle the information we learn from you when you visit The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center website (www.mdanderson.org). The information we receive depends on what you do during your visit.
Our web server collects and stores the following general information about you:
- The name of the domain from which you access the Internet (for example, aol.com, if you are connecting from an America Online account);
- The date and time you access our service;
- The pages you visit;
- The Internet address of the Web site from which you linked directly to us;
- The name and release number of web browser software you are using.
This information is collected automatically and is not linked to your personal identity. It is used in an aggregate way to help us improve our Web site and make it more useful to you. This information may be shared with a third-party web analytics company.
However, if you do not wish to receive cookies, or want to be notified of when they are placed, your internet browser may permit you to do so. In many internet browsers, you can change the browser settings to warn you before accepting cookies or to block cookies. If you block cookies, you may not be able to use certain Web site features or functions, or this Web site may not operate in an optimal mode.
Online Forms & Email Communication
We do not obtain personal information (e.g. name, address, e-mail address, etc.) about you when you visit the MD Anderson website unless you choose voluntarily to provide such information to us. If you identify yourself by sending an e-mail, by using a form like "Contact Us," or by registering to receive information from us, there are a few things you should know:
- Various people at MD Anderson Cancer Center 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.
- Our patient message boards collect and store the following information about you:
- First Name, Last Name & Email Address
- Posted Messages
- The date and time you access the board
Patient communications on the message boards are not private and can be seen by a community of cancer discussion participants. Message boards offer a chance for patients to share concerns and ideas they have about cancer and its impact on their lives. Under no circumstances will we ever disclose (to a third party) personal information about individual medical conditions or interests, except when we believe in good faith that the law requires it.
With few exceptions, you are entitled on your request to be informed about the information MD Anderson Cancer Center collects about you. Under Sections 552.021 and 552.023 of the Texas Government Code, you are entitled to receive and review the information. Under Section 559.004 of the Texas Government Code, you are entitled to have MD Anderson Cancer Center correct information about you that is held by us and that is incorrect, in accordance with the procedures set forth in The University of Texas System Business Procedures Memorandum 32.
The information that MD Anderson Cancer Center collects will be retained and maintained as required by Texas records retention laws (Section 441.180 et seq. of the Texas Government Code) and rules. Different types of information are kept for different periods of time.