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About this site
If you are under 13 and surfing the Web, the law says that you and your parents are in charge of what personal information websites can know about you. Some examples of personal information are your full name, home address, email address, phone number, age, or gender.
You do not have to give girlshealth.gov any personal information.
You do not have to sign-up to use our site — it’s open to everyone.
You can give us personal information if you want to.
The only way we can see your personal information is if you do something — like type your email address in our contact/question form. We don’t collect information without you knowing. For example, some sites use hidden tools to watch what websites you go to. Then, they use that information to send you spam, or to make ads show up on your computer. We don’t do that.
Here are the places on our website where you might give us personal information:
- Contact/Question form. If you use our Contact/Question form, you need to give us your email address so we can answer you. You may give us your name, but that is not required. After we answer you, we delete your name and email address because we don’t need them anymore.
- Our Speak Up section. In our Speak Up section, you can give your first name and/or the state you live in with your comment, but you don’t have to. We will review your comment to make sure that it doesn’t show any other personal information (like the city you live in, the school you attend, or your phone number) before anyone else can see it.
- Target Heart Rate Calculator. You can enter your name in the Target Heart Rate Calculator on our Getting a Good Workout page. If you do, we don’t save it. It is just used to make the calculator’s results more personal for you.
- Create a journal. You might want to put your name on your journal cover using the Create a Journal tool. If you do, we don’t save it. It is just used to make your journal more personal for you.
- Website survey. We have a pop-up survey about girlshealth.gov that you may see. If you choose to take the survey, you are not asked to give any personal information.
We get some non-personal information from your computer when you visit our website. We do not use this to identify you. Your computer gives this information to every website you visit.
The information we get is:
- The way you came to our website (for example, did you get on the Internet at school or through AOL?).
- The date and time you came to the website.
- The pages you read.
- The address of the website that linked you to us.
- The way you searched on the website.
We get this information from everyone who visits our site. We add it all up, and use it to find out things like how many people come to girlshealth.gov, and what parts of it are the most popular. This helps us make girlshealth.gov better!
Third parties (other companies or websites)
Girlshealth.gov does not share any information about you with anyone else. If you sign up for the parents’ newsletter, the information you provide to KidsHealth.org is not shared with us.
How girlshealth.gov uses third-party websites and applications
Third-Party Websites and Applications (TPWA) are web-based technologies that are not exclusively operated or controlled by The Office on Women’s Health (OWH), such as non-.gov hosted applications and those embedded on an OWH Web page that could cause personally identifiable information (PII) to become available or accessible to OWH, regardless of whether OWH solicits or collects it.
As part of the Open Government Directive, OWH 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 OWH protects your private information.
Third-party websites and applications
Who is girlshealth.gov?
- You can write to us at:
Office on Women's Health
Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, SW Room 712E
Washington, DC 20201
- You can call us at 202-690-7650.
- You can use our comment/question form.
For more information about us, read About This Site.
Be sure to talk to your parents if you have any questions. You can learn lots more in our Safety on the Internet section.
= This article, publication, website, or organization is from the U.S. government.
Content last updated January 18, 2011