Privacy and Disclaimer Policy


The NIH Clinical Center uses certain information from visitors to its website to improve the online services we provide. Only the following information is collected from visitors to the website: The name of the domain from which you access our site; the date and time you access our site; the type of browser and operating system used to access our site; the pages visited; and, if you linked to our website from another website, the address of that site.

Copyright Status

Most of the information at this site is in the public domain. Unless stated otherwise, documents and files on NIH web servers can be freely downloaded and reproduced. The NIH sponsors most documents on this server; however, you may encounter documents sponsored along with private companies and other organizations. Other parties may retain all rights to publish or reproduce these documents or to allow others to do so. Some documents available from this server may be protected under the U. S. and foreign copyright laws. Permission to reproduce these documents may be required. Content may not be sold. When linking to our audio and video products, users may not decompile the content to create new content.

Linking Policy

NIH Clinical Center allows outside groups to link to any page or file on this website under the following conditions:

  • The Clinical Center, a federal agency under Health and Human Services, cannot endorse nor appear to endorse any commercial services, commodities, or products. Links should not be displayed in any manner that would imply such an endorsement.
  • All external links from commercial sites to our web pages should be clearly identified as such.

The following statement can be used when citing your source to describe our site:

  • The Clinical Center located the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., is the nation's largest hospital entirely dedicated to clinical research.

Disclaimer of Endorsement

NIH does not endorse or recommend any commercial products, processes, or services. The views and opinions of authors expressed on NIH websites do not necessarily state or reflect those of the U.S. Government, and they may not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

External Links

Some NIH sites may provide links to other Internet sites only for the convenience of World Wide Web users. NIH is not responsible for the availability or content of these external sites, nor does NIH endorse, warrant or guarantee the products, services or information described or offered at these other Internet sites.

Disclaimer of Liability

For documents available from this server, the U.S. Government does not warrant or assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed.

Digital Media Disclaimer

As a federal agency, NIH cannot endorse or promote commercial or individual interests or services. In some cases, where the information serves the public good and is consistent with our mission, we may include an outside link to an external resource; however these need to be examined on a case-by-case basis.

We retain the discretion to determine which comments violate our comment policy. We also reserve the right to remove comments. The views expressed within posted comments do not necessarily reflect those of the NIH Clinical Center or the federal government.

Please do not post personal medical or contact information to us or in response to our posts. Digital Media / Social Media platforms are public and what is posted can be viewed by other users. For information on current research studies, go online to the Search the Studies site, or call the Office of Patient Recruitment at 1-800-411-1222 (TTY 1-866-411-1010) weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (EST). For urgent matters, please contact your local emergency department.

We are engaged on these sites but may not always be able to respond immediately. If you have a specific question, we encourage you to send us a direct e-mail.

We ask that postings and comments on our social media sites:

  • Do not include you or your loved one's personal medical information or other private information, such as full names, phone numbers, and birth dates. Your privacy is important to us.
  • Stay focused. All viewpoints are welcome, but comments should remain relevant to the Clinical Center’s postings featured on this website.
  • Be respectful. Personal attacks, profanity, and aggressive behavior are prohibited. Instigating arguments in a disrespectful way is also prohibited.
  • Tell the truth. Spreading misleading or false information is prohibited.
  • Do not include spam. Repeated posting of identical or very similar content in a counter-productive manner is prohibited — this includes posts aggressively promoting services or products.

For questions or additional information related to the Clinical Center's Digital Media, email

Intrusion Detection

This site is 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, we employ 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.

Healthcare via Electronic and Acoustic Records (HEAR) Privacy Notice

The NIH Clinical Center is committed to protecting your privacy. We value the trust and confidence you place in us.

For the Healthcare via Electronic and Acoustic Records app, it is possible that resulting models do share results and may be shared via the HEAR platform in the future. You will have no direct benefit from this research study.

Although every reasonable effort has been made to protect privacy, confidentiality during internet communication procedures cannot be guaranteed and it is possible that additional information beyond that collected for research purposes may be captured and used by others not associated with this study.

While using the app, information about you, including personal health information and approximate location, will be collected, and transmitted to the researchers and may also be shared with people outside of the research study.

NIHCC "Take Me There" Privacy Notice

The NIH Clinical Center is committed to protecting your privacy. We value the trust and confidence you place in us.

The Clinical Center Take Me There is a government application. The agency’s Privacy Policy applies and is located at Our application does not collect any personally identifiable information about you unless you choose to provide it to us. We do, however, collect some data about your navigation routes to help us better understand how the public uses the app and how to make it more helpful. We collect information from visitors who use, search and navigate to certain areas in Building 10. NIH never collects information for commercial marketing or any purpose unrelated to the NIH mission and goals.

Information Collected through Your Device

When you download, access, or use the App, the App may (depending on your device or App permission settings) have access to certain information from your device, such as:

  • Location: The App may collect precise or approximate location of your device, which can be determined by your Bluetooth connection or cell towers. We may use location data in order to locate the nearest medical center to you, verify your location or sending emergency assistance under certain circumstances.
  • Device Information: The App may collect information about your mobile device and Internet connection, including the model of device used and its operating system, and the version of our mobile app used. We may use this information to understand how our App performs when you use it.
  • Device ID: The App may use your device identifier (including your device’s advertising identifier) to provide you a better experience. We use your device ID to recognize your mobile device.

NIH "Clinical Center Treasure Tour" Privacy Notice

The NIH Clinical Center is committed to protecting your privacy. We value the trust and confidence you place in us.

The Clinical Center Treasure Tour is a government application. The agency’s Privacy Policy applies and is located at Our application does not collect any personal information from users. The application uses Unity’s Player Preferences to store information about game play such as the player's avatar, which Clinical Center locations have been visited, which game achievements were earned, etc. Our application does not access your web history, your contacts or call history, your camera or microphone, or your stored files and media unrelated to game play. The application does not contain any ads, in-app purchases or social network integration.

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This page last updated on 11/16/2023

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