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Terms of Service Agreements

A federal-compatible Terms of Service (TOS) agreement is required for official government use of new media tools. Use the lists below to determine whether a TOS has been signed for a given tool.

At HHS, these TOS agreements are signed by the Web Communications Division on behalf of the entire department, and apply to free tools only. If you are paying money for a product, the TOS issues should be negotiated during the procurement process. All new media technologies are still subject to the standards and policies that govern web communications.  A signed TOS does not indicate that a tool meets these requirements and additional considerations may be necessary.

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Tools with Signed Terms of Service

This list includes Third Party Websites and Applications (TPWAs) for which HHS has signed a federal-compatible TOS agreement, or for which the standard TOS have been cleared for use.  The list below also indicates if a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) is necessary for a given tool.

Follow the links to enroll under the HHS Terms of Service through, and to complete the Privacy Impact Assessment if required.

ToolFunctionTPWA PIA required
Apple iOS*iphone, iPad, app developmentno
Bing*search engineno
Blackberry App WorldBlackberry app developmebntno
Blip.tvvideo hosting/sharingyes*gov contests/challenges platformyes
Coolirisview photos & video in 3Dyes
Dipityshow multimedia in timelinesyes
Disqusuniversal commenting & social discussionyes
Facebook social networkyes
Flickrphoto sharingyes
FourSquarelocation based softwareno
GitHubcollaborative software devyes
Google+social networking platformyes
Google Analyticswebsite analytics toolno
Google Android MarketAndroid platform app developmentno
Google Moderatorsocial commenting and discussionyes
HootSuitesocial media dashboardno
IdeaScaleusers submit, vote, and comment on ideasyes
IntenseDebatesocial commenting   yes
LinkedInprofessional networkingyes
Measured Voice*social media productivity toolno
Meetup Everywheresocial networking platformyes
My.comMetrics*tracking and benchmarking of blogsno
MySpacesocial Networkyes
OpenCalaisautomates metadata generationno
Pinterestphoto sharingyes
Scribd.comdocument sharing  yes
SlideSharePowerPoint & word doc sharing, webinarsyes
Socialtext internatl social networkingyes
Socrataformerly named blist; data displayno
SourceForgeopen source software development & sharingno
Storify social media curationyes
Survey Analyticssurvey softwareno
Survey Monkeysurvey toolyes
TubeMongulupload video once to and get analystics for top videosno
Twitter*micro bloggingyes
UserVoiceusers submit, vote and comment on ideasyes
Ustream.tvvideo broadcasting platformyes
YouTubeviedeo hosting/sharingyes

* The HHS Office of General Council (OGC) has determined that these tools are acceptable for use without an HHS TOS agreement.

Tools with Pending Terms of Service

This list includes Third Party Websites and Applications (TPWA) for which HHS has not yet signed a federal-compatible TOS agreement. They are not yet available for use by HHS.

ToolFunctionHHS Status
4Q Survey.comsatisfaction measurement toolat ASPA
Bloggerbloggingat ASPA
Class Markeronline tests and quizzesn/a
Dialogue Appcrowdsourcing and ideationat ASPA
drop.iodocument sharing & collaborating tool+
FeedBurnerRSS feedat ASPA
FriendFeedallows sharing across social networks+
Google Visualization interactive charts and data toolsn/a
Huluvideo streamingat ASPA
Janrainlogin help+
Mendeleysocial networking platformn/a
Posterousmicrobloggingat ASPA
SocialOomphsocial media productivity tooln/a
SocialTwist/TAF4Freebookmarking & sharing toolat ASPA
STCI/VenCorpschallenges, contests, and prizes toolat ASPA
StumbleUponcontent discoveryn/a
Vimeo not available ‡
Xtranormalanimated video hostingn/a

+ These tools have been removed from GSA's list of negotiated tools and therefore are no longer available.

Vimeo, primarily a service dedicated to creative filmmakers and artists, has discouraged government accounts as they do not fit into the goals of the company. They indicated the White House account as a unique case and encouraged other governmental agencies to look for video services that more cater to their needs. At this time, vimeo and HHS are not pursuing a TOS agreement.

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