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PHRplus.org Privacy Notice

PHRplus is committed to maintaining the highest standards of professional integrity. We know that you care how information about you is used and shared, and we appreciate your trust that we will do so carefully and sensibly. This notice describes our privacy policy. By visiting PHRplus.org, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Notice.

What information do we gather about non-registered visitors?

We are able through the web-based software to determine, in most instances, which domain has visited; i.e., we can determine that you came from, for example, yahoo.com, but we cannot identify you and therefore cannot seek your evaluation or other input of our web materials. The software records how many visitors have looked at the web pages, which domains contacted the PHRplus website, which search engines (e.g., Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc.) referred the visitor, and which PDF or web pages were viewed. But it does not tell us who looked at which documents; thus, visitor anonymity is preserved.

What information do we gather from registered visitors?

The information you provide to us helps us focus our materials to better meet your needs. By registering, you provide basic demographic information that permits us to determine who our registered visitors are and what their needs are. By telling us where you work, your title, and your special interest areas, we can make inferences about PHRplus and other project reports that might be of interest to you and your colleagues. When you look at the PDF file of a publication, a web-based utility notes this. We then are able to contact you and ask whether the document was useful to you. When you order a report in print or on CD from us, we will add this to your "profile"; we will share this profile with you upon request so that you can see which publications or materials have been requested or evaluated by you.

What about cookies?

The PHRplus Project is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. USAID does not permit permanent cookies to be placed by websites that it funds, because placing cookies can be construed as an invasion of privacy. (A cookie is an alphanumeric identifier that enables a website’s host computer to track your activities while you are visiting that particular site. You can set your computer’s browser to accept cookies, decline them, or prompt you to decide on a case-by-case basis whether to accept the temporary placement or not [NOTE: in MS Explorer, this is done by going to Tools>Internet Options>Advanced]). However, it does permit “temporary cookies,” which are created when a visitor registers, and which are lost the moment that registered visitor departs from the website. This “temporary cookie” allows us to gather basic data about the pages and PDF files at which the visitor looked. Temporary cookies are harmless and do not interfere with the functioning of the visitor's computer. Their one disadvantage is that a visitor must register each time s/he visits in order to enable our software to log his/her searches.

How do we share the information we receive?

We share information with USAID and PHRplus staff. Knowing which files and pages you visited enables us to ask you specifically about reports and collect opinions and experiences you might be willing to share. We will contact you by Email to get this feedback. Our reports about website usage are submitted to USAID along with recommendations for future action. For example, USAID might ask us how many people have looked at publications on a certain subject area, in a certain language, and in a format. At no time do we offer information about who specifically said what. This information remains confidential. However, should a visitor make a particularly important observation, we will either pass the observation on anonymously, or ask the specific visitor for permission to use their name or organization as the source of the remark. We also plan to make records of each visitor's "account information" (a list of reports looked at by and other materials mailed to that person) available to that visitor. We are keen to do this as it means you can review what we have and volunteer additional information, clarifications, and evaluations that could be extremely beneficial to our work. We are working on making a simple sheet of data available to you. This will be completed by late 2003, at which time we will alert our users about it and provide instructions on how to access this information.

How do I register?

To register, simply click on the Registration option at the upper right corner of the main page and complete at least the seven required fields. Providing your title and address permits us to include you in our database for annual mailings of key printed and electronic materials. Please also note the following:

  • The password recognizes only letters and numbers - diacritic marks, such as * - % # -, are not recognized so please avoid them.
  • To use the Project Document Search function, you must register. Registered visitors must re-register on subsequent visits by clicking on the Log-in link at the top right of the screen and filling in their Log-in name and Password (these are the last two fields on the Registration page).
  • Remember your password! If you lose or forget it, click on "Forgot your password?" on the Log-in page.

What benefits are there to registering?

You may decline to register and freely explore the site. Registered and logged-in visitors have access to the Project Document Search function, which facilitates retrieval of all project reports and materials, including those of both predecessor projects, PHR (1995-2000) and HFS (1988-1995).

As always, we welcome your input in shaping and guiding our efforts.

Sincerely,
Zuheir Al-Faqih
PHRplus Communications Group Coordinator
4800 Montgomery Lane, Suite 600 ~ Bethesda, MD 20817 USA
Tel 301-913-0500 ext 376, Fax 301-913-0562



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