Privacy Policy

General

When a user browses the Measure Authoring Tool Web Site, information about their visit can be collected. The Measure Authoring Tool Web Site automatically collects and temporarily stores the following information about a user's visit:

  • the name of the domain a user uses to access the Internet (for example, aol.com, if they are using an American Online account, or stanford.edu, if they are connecting from Stanford University's domain);
  • the date and time of a user's visit;
  • the pages a user visited; and
  • the address of the website a user came from when they came to visit the Measure Authoring Tool Web Site website.

The Measure Authoring Tool Web Site uses internal and third party information analytics tools, such as Google Analytics, to collect and aggregate this information to create reports and analyses, which are used to help the Measure Authoring Tool Web Site make its websites more useful to visitors. These information sets and reports are only available to web managers and other designated staff who require this information to perform their duties. The Measure Authoring Tool Web Site retains the information from these tools as long as needed to support the Measure Authoring Tool Web Site' mission. Again, there is no PII included in this information.

Users to the Measure Authoring Tool Web Site do not have to provide personal information to visit the Measure Authoring Tool Web Site. If a user chooses to provide the Measure Authoring Tool Web Site with additional information about them through an e-mail message, form, survey, etc., the Measure Authoring Tool Web Site will only retain the information as long as needed to respond to the user's question or to fulfill the stated purpose of the communication.

However, note that all communications addressed to the Measure Authoring Tool Web Site are maintained, as required by law, for historical purposes. All of these communications are archived on a monthly basis. All communications addressed to the Measure Authoring Tool Web Site are protected by the Privacy Act which restricts our use of them, yet permits certain disclosures.

If the Measure Authoring Tool Web Site does store users' personal information in a record system designed to retrieve information about users by personal identifier (name, personal email address, home mailing address, personal or mobile phone number, etc.), so that the Measure Authoring Tool Web Site may contact users, the Measure Authoring Tool Web Site will safeguard the information provided to us in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (5 U.S.C. Section 552a).

If the Measure Authoring Tool Web Site operates a record system designed to retrieve information about users in order to accomplish its mission, a Privacy Act Notification Statement should be prominently and conspicuously displayed on the public-facing website or form which asks users to provide personally identifiable information. The notice must address the following 5 criteria:

  • The Measure Authoring Tool Web Site legal authorization to collect information about users
  • Purpose of the information collection
  • Routine uses for disclosure of information outside of the Measure Authoring Tool Web Site
  • Whether the request made of users is voluntary or mandatory under law
  • Effects of non-disclosure if users choose to not provide the requested information

While the Measure Authoring Tool Web Site will make every attempt to protect the personal information that users share with the Measure Authoring Tool Web Site, electronic mail is not secure against interception. If a communication is sensitive in nature, a user is advised to send it by postal mail instead.

The Office of Management and Budget Memo M-10-23 allows Federal agencies to use third-party websites and applications. There may be third-party websites, applications and/or services embedded on the Measure Authoring Tool Web Site to improve their functionality. Examples include YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc. the Measure Authoring Tool Web Site's integration of these products is intended to provide a seamless user experience and to improve our programs and serve the public (for example, improving our education and outreach materials and activities) but does not constitute endorsement of these products. The Measure Authoring Tool Web Site does not share information provided through third-party websites and does not collect personally identifiable information from third-party websites. Where applicable, privacy policies particular to these applications are provided.

The Measure Authoring Tool Web Site does not disclose, give, sell or transfer any personal information about visitors to the Measure Authoring Tool Web Site websites, unless required for law enforcement or by statute.

The Measure Authoring Tool Web Site websites are maintained by the U.S. Government. It is protected by various provisions of Title 18, U.S. Code. Violations of Title 18 are subject to criminal prosecution in federal court. For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, the Measure Authoring Tool Web Site employs software programs to monitor traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. In the event of authorized law enforcement investigations, and pursuant to any required legal process, information from these sources may be used to help identify an individual.

Authenticated Users

Use of the Measure Authoring Tool provided through the Measure Authoring Tool Web Site requires that a user registers for an account. In addition to information noted in the general section of this privacy policy, the following additional information is collected for authenticated account holders:

  • User credentials
  • Transactions conducted within the Measure Authoring Tool

Preference for Privacy Policy

About Us

This is a privacy policy for the Measure Authoring Tool Web Site. Our homepage on the Web is located at http://www.emeasuretool.cms.gov. The full text of our privacy policy is available on the Web at http://www.emeasuretool.cms.gov/web/guest/privacy-policy

We invite you to contact us if you have questions about this policy. You may contact us by mail at the following address:
Measure Authoring Tool Web Site
1776 West Lakes Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50266
You may contact us by e-mail at support@emeasuretool.org. You may call us at 1-800-673-0655.

Dispute Resolution and Privacy Seals

We have the following privacy seals and/or dispute resolution mechanisms. If you think we have not followed our privacy policy in some way, they can help you resolve your concern.

  • Disputes or Corrections:

    Any disputes or corrections will be addressed through the Measure Authoring Tool Web Site Help Desk.

Additional Information

This policy is valid until 1 Jan, 2014 at 12:00:00 CST.

Information Collection

P3P policies declare the information they collect in groups (also referred to as "statements"). This policy contains 5 information groups. The information practices of each group will be explained separately.

Group "WebSite Browsing"

We collect the following information:

  • Navigation and click-stream information

This information will be used for the following purposes:

  • Completion and support of the current activity.
  • Web site and system administration.
  • Research and development.
  • One-time tailoring.

This information will be used by ourselves and our agents.
The information in this group has been marked as non-identifiable. This means that there is no reasonable way for the site to identify the individual person this information was collected from.

The following explanation is provided for why this information is collected:
This information is collected in order to fulfill requested content and for purposes of general site administration.

Group "Anonymous Analytics"

We collect the following information:

  • HTTP cookies

This information will be used for the following purposes:

  • Anonymous user analysis.
  • Anonymous user profiling and decision-making.

This information will be used by ourselves and our agents.
The information in this group has been marked as non-identifiable. This means that there is no reasonable way for the site to identify the individual person this information was collected from.

The following explanation is provided for why this information is collected:
This information is collected to support analytics of usage patterns in the web site.

Group "Measure Authoring Tool User"

We collect the following information:

  • Unique identifiers
  • State management mechanisms
  • User's interaction with a page or resource

This information will be used for the following purposes:

  • Completion and support of the current activity.
  • Web site and system administration.
  • Research and development.
  • One-time tailoring.
  • User analysis.
  • User profiling and decision-making.

This information will be used by ourselves and our agents.
The following explanation is provided for why this information is collected:
This information is collected to support use of the Measure Authoring Tool by authenticated users

Group "Contact Us"

We collect the following information:

  • Online contact information

This information will be used for the following purposes:

  • Completion and support of the current activity.

This information will be used by ourselves and our agents.
The following explanation is provided for why this information is collected:
This information is collected in order to respond to a request or comment submitted to the Measure Authoring Tool Help Desk.

Group "Session Management"

We collect the following information:

  • HTTP cookies

This information will be used for the following purposes:

  • Completion and support of the current activity.

This information will be used by ourselves and our agents.
The following explanation is provided for why this information is collected:
This information is collected in order to fulfill requested content.

Cookies

The Office of Management and Budget Memo M-10-22, Guidance for Online Use of Web Measurement and Customization Technologies allows Federal agencies to use session and persistent cookies. When visiting the Measure Authoring Tool Web Site, a small text file called a "cookie" may be placed on a user's computer. This allows Measure Authoring Tool Web Site to collect non-PII (personally identifiable information) information while the user is navigating through the website. The Measure Authoring Tool Web Site uses two types of cookies on its websites:

  • Session cookies are temporary text files that expire when a user leaves the Measure Authoring Tool Web Site. When cookies expire, they are automatically deleted from a user's computer.
  • Persistent cookies are multi-session cookies that are stored on a user's computer and expire 2 years after a user's last visit to the Measure Authoring Tool Web Site. After no more than 2 years, they are automatically deleted from a user's computer. The Measure Authoring Tool Web Site uses persistent cookies to collect non-PII information about users who frequently visit our websites, and to test variations of our site design and content to optimize our web pages. In the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memo 10-22 Guidance, our use of persistent cookies is defined as "Usage Tier 2 - Multi-session without Personally Identifiable Information (PII)," which "encompasses any use of multi-session Web measurement and customization technologies when no PII is collected."

If a user does not want cookies placed on their computer, they can set their browser to block them. Blocking these cookies from their computer will not affect a user's access to content on the Measure Authoring Tool Web Site.

Session cookies are required for the proper operation of the Measure Authoring Tool. However, the session cookie does not contain PII and expires when a user leaves the Measure Authoring Tool Web Site.

Instructions to opt out are available on http://www.usa.gov/optout-instructions.shtml. Please note that by following the instructions to opt-out of cookies, you will disable cookies from all web sources, not just those from the Measure Authoring Tool Web Site.

Our site makes use of cookies. Cookies are used for the following purposes:

  • Completing the user's current activity
  • Pseudononymous analysis
  • Pseudonym-based decision-making

Third-Party Web Sites and Applications

Third-Party Web sites and Applications (TPWA) are Web-based technologies that are not exclusively operated or controlled by Measure Authoring Tool. They may be hosted on a non-government Web site or embedded on a Measure Authoring Tool Web page. TPWA technologies may make personally identifiable information (PII) available to the Measure Authoring Tool, regardless of whether we request or collect it. In addition, other official Government Web sites we link to or cooperate with may use a third-party to handle some aspect of an information collection (for example: contest nomination process). As a result, our stated privacy policy/notice may not apply.

We use these technologies to communicate and interact with you. Your activity on these non-government sites is governed by the security and privacy policies of those sites. When you use them, you are often sharing information with the general public, other users, and/or the group operating that site or application. We recommend you review the privacy policies of these sites before using them to ensure you understand how these third-party sites and applications might use your information. You may be able to adjust the privacy settings on your account.

The list below includes the applications we use and their purposes. For any sites or applications that collect PII, this list also includes details on the information they collect and how Measure Authoring Tool protects your private information.

GitHub

GitHub is used to host publicly accessible repositories of the development and production code for the Measure Authoring Tool. This GitHub site is not hosted by the Measure Authoring Tool and thus the privacy policies of the Measure Authoring Tool do NOT apply. The privacy policy for GitHub may be found at http://help.github.com/privacy-policy/.

A GitHub account is not required to view or download code from the repositories. A GitHub account is required contribute code to the Measure Authoring Tool as outlined on the Open Source Community Page at https://www.emeasuretool.cms.gov/web/guest/open-source-community.

Profiles of registered GitHub users may become available through that users interaction with the Measure Authoring Tool GitHub site, such as submitting code. A basic profile consists of a username and email address. A user may create an expanded that may also include a name, website URL, company name, location, professional biography, and profile picture. Code contributors may voluntarily include PII, such as the contributor's name for attribution, in the comments of submitted code.

In the normal course of business, the Measure Authoring Tool does not collect or share PII available from GitHub. In the event user interactions indicate evidence of criminal activity, a threat to the government, or a threat to the public, PII may be shared with appropriate GitHub officials, agency officials, or law enforcement organizations. This information may include username, email address, name, website URL, company name, location, professional biography, and profile picture.

The Measure Authoring tool will not employ GitHub in such a manner to create a system of records. This includes the use of forums and surveys. All questions and comments regarding the Measure Authoring Tool GitHub page should be directed to the MAT Help Desk at support@emeasuretool.org.