The ESRD Network Coordinating Center (NCC) provides centralized coordination and support for the Medicare ESRD Network Program.

ESRD NCC Internet Privacy Policy

The privacy of our visitors is important to the NCC. We understand that visitors need to be in control of their personal information. This Privacy Policy applies solely to information collected at the ESRD NCC Web site.

You do not have to give us personal information to visit our sites. If you choose not to provide personal information, you can still visit the ESRDNCC.org Web site.

We offer links to other Web sites. Please note: When you click on links to other Web sites, we encourage you to read their privacy policies. Their standards may differ from ours.

As our privacy policies change in significant ways, we will make every effort to notify you of the changes. Minor changes to the policy may occur that will not affect our use of individually identifiable information. When the privacy policies change in a way that significantly affects the way we handle personal information, we will not use the information we have previously gathered without obtaining consent from the appropriate individual. We will post privacy policy changes on our Web sites in a timely manner.

ESRD NCC's Web sites are designed and intended for use by adults, and are not intended for, nor designed to be used by persons under the age of 18. Minors under the age of 18 may register for our Web sites that collect or present personal health care information only with the prior written consent of their parent or legal guardian, and then only under the direct supervision of that parent or guardian. The parent or guardian is responsible for providing supervision to ensure the minor's authentication information is kept secure and the credibility of the health record is maintained. We do not collect personally identifiable information from any person we know is a child under the age of 13.

A cookie is a small piece of information that is sent to your browser -- along with a Web page -- when you access a Web site. There are two kinds of cookies. A session cookie is a line of text that is stored temporarily in your computer's memory. Because a session cookie is never written to a drive, it is destroyed as soon as you close your browser. A persistent cookie is a more permanent line of text that gets saved by your browser to a file on your hard drive.

You do not need to have cookies enabled to visit ESRDNCC.org.

Visitors to each of our Web sites can access the Web site's home page, and browse areas of the site, without disclosing any personally identifiable information. We do track information provided to us by your browser, including the Web site you came from (known as the "referring URL"), the type of browser you use, the time and date of access, and other information that does not personally identify you.

We may collect personally identifiable information (name, e-mail address, physical address, and other unique identifiers) only if specifically and knowingly provided by you.

Personally identifying information collected will be used only in connection with ESRDNCC.org, or for such purposes as are described at the point of collection.

Information collected is used for statistical purposes. ESRD NCC performs analyses of user behavior in order to measure user interest in the various areas of our sites.

ESRD NCC uses list servers to send out information and notices to subscribed users of our sites.

ESRD NCC will protect the personal information that you share with us. ESRD NCC does not disclose, give, sell, or transfer any personal information to third parties. If we share demographic information with third parties, we will give them aggregate information only.

While ESRD NCC will make every attempt to protect the personal information that you share with us, electronic mail is not secure against interception. If your communication is very sensitive, you may want to send it by postal mail instead.

Never send personal information regarding any medical condition, history or diagnosis in an e-mail message to us. Never send any personally identifiable or otherwise sensitive information in an e-mail message. Never disclose your password or any other security token in an e-mail message. ESRD NCC will never ask you for your password.

Problem Resolution

If problems arise, visitors may contact ESRD NCC's Internet Privacy Officer via e-mail at ncc@ncc.esrd.net, via telephone at (516) 326-7767 ext 403, or via ground mail at 1979 Marcus Avenue, Lake Success, NY 11042, attention Internet Privacy Officer. If you have concerns regarding personal health information privacy, or if you have questions pertaining to ESRD NCC's privacy practices, contact ncc@ncc.esrd.net.

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