Privacy Policy

The SEER Training Modules Website is operated by the SEER Program of the National Cancer Institute. We respect the privacy of our visitors. The following privacy policy establishes how SEER will use information gathered from your visit to our site.

If You Visit the SEER Training Modules Website

We collect and store access information for statistical purposes. The information collected includes standard server log information, such as your computer's domain name or IP address, the date and time you access our site, the pages you viewed, the type of browser and operating system you used to access our site, and the external Website from which you followed a link to our site, if applicable. Our Website logs do not contain information that can be used to personally identify an individual visitor, and we make no attempt to link them with such information.

Use of Analytic Tools to collect information

When you browse through any website, certain information about your visit can be collected. SEER Training Modules uses analytics tools to collect information automatically and continuously. We use this information to measure the number of visitors to our websites and its various sections and to distinguish between new and returning visitors to help make our site more useful to visitors. No personally identifiable information (PII) is collected via this tool.

The SEER Training Modules staff conducts analyses and reports on the aggregated data from these analytics tools. The reports are only available to SEER Training Modules website managers, members of their communications and web teams, and other designated staff who require this information to perform their duties. SEER Training Modules retains the data from analytics tools only as long as required by law or needed to support the mission of the SEER Training Modules website.

How SEER Training Modules uses cookies

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memo M-10-22, Guidance for Online Use of Web Measurement and Customization Technologies (PDF) allows Federal agencies to use session and persistent cookies.

When you visit any website, its server may generate a piece of text known as a "cookie" to place on your computer. The cookie allows the server to "remember" specific information about your visit while you are connected. The cookie makes it easier for you to use the dynamic features of web pages. Requests to send cookies from SEER Training Modules’ web pages are designed to collect information about your browser session only; they do not collect personal information about you.

There are two types of cookies, single session (temporary) and multi-session (persistent). Session cookies last only as long as your web browser is open. Once you close your browser, the cookie disappears. Persistent cookies are stored on your computer for longer periods.

How are temporary "Session Cookies” used?

We use session cookies for technical purposes such as improving navigation through our site. These cookies let our server know that you are continuing a visit to our site. The "session" cookie is not permanently stored on your computer. The cookie and the information about your visit are automatically destroyed shortly after you close your browser to end the session.

The OMB Memo 10-22 Guidance defines our use of session cookies as “Usage Tier 1-Single Session.” The policy says, “This tier encompasses any use of single session web measurement and customization technologies.”

How are "Persistent Cookies" used?

The OMB Memo M-10-22, Guidance for Online Use of Web Measurement and Customization Technologies (PDF) allows Federal agencies to use persistent cookies in addition to temporary session cookies.

We use persistent cookies to help us recognize new and returning visitors to the SEER Training Modules website. Persistent cookies remain on your computer between visits to the SEER Training Modules website until they expire. We do not use this technology to identify you or any other individual site visitor. SEER Training Modules uses persistent cookies to enable analytics tools to measure how new and returning visitors use the SEER Training Modules website over time.

The OMB Memo 10-22 Guidance defines our use of persistent cookies as “Usage Tier 2 - Multi-session without Personally Identifiable Information (PII).” The policy says, “This tier encompasses any use of multi-session web measurement and customization technologies when no PII is collected.”

How to opt out or disable cookies

If you do not wish to have session or persistent cookies placed on your computer, you can disable them using your web browser. If you opt out of cookies, you will still have access to all information and resources the SEER Training Modules website provides.

Instructions for disabling or opting out of cookies in the most popular browsers are located at Please note that by following the instructions to opt out of cookies, you will disable cookies from all sources, not just those from SEER Training Modules’ website.

How is personal information protected?

You do not have to give us personal information to visit the SEER Training Modules website. If you choose to provide us with additional information about yourself through an e-mail message, form, survey, etc., we maintain the information only as long as needed to respond to your question or to fulfill the stated purpose of the communication.

If You Send Us E-mail

By sending us an e-mail message, you may be sending personal information (e.g., your name, address, and e-mail address). We store the message and the e-mail address information so that we can respond electronically. Unless otherwise required by statute, we do not identify anyone who sends questions or comments to our website. We will not obtain any information that will allow us to personally identify you when you visit our site, unless you chose to provide such information to us. Please note, however, that e-mail messages are sent over the Internet as free text and are not secure from interception by unauthorized third parties.