Here is how we handle information about your visit to our website:
Information Collected and Stored Automatically
If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the website, read pages, or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and store only the following information about your visit:
- The Internet domain (for example, "xcompany.com" if you use a private Internet access account, or "yourschool.edu" if you connect from a university's domain) and IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which you access our website;
- The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
- The date and time you access our site;
- The pages you visit; and
- If you linked to the Institute website from another website, the address of that website.
We use this information to help us make our site more useful to visitors -- to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our visitors use. We do not track or record information about individuals and their visits.
If You Send Us Personal Information
If you choose to provide us with personal information -- as in an e-mail to the Doctor, Webstaff or someone else, or by filling out a form with your personal information and submitting it to us through our website -- we use that information to respond to your message and to help us get you the information you have requested. We treat emails the same way we treat letters sent to the Institute. We are required to maintain many documents for historical purposes, but we do not collect personal information for any purpose other than to respond to you. We only share the information you give us with another government agency if your inquiry is required by law. Moreover, we do not create individual profiles with the information you provide or to give it to any private organizations. The Institute does not collect information for commercial marketing.
Links to Other Sites
We at the Institute are especially concerned about protecting children's privacy. We hope parents and teachers are involved in children's Internet explorations. It is particularly important for parents to guide their children when children are on line. The Institute discourages children (under 18) to send email messages to the Institute. We ask children to never give their full name, email address, especially home mailing address, as part of their message to anyone online. If you wish to do so anyway, only use first name or nickname and never send home address. We may, if you wish, respond personally to them, but only for information or referral. It is important for parents and children with Transsexuality to learn more and gain understanding. Providing any information to Institute is entirely optional. We specifically ask children to get their parents' permission before providing any information on line -- at our site or any other site -- and hope parents will always be involved in those decisions. Most importantly, when children do provide information through the Institute website, it is only used to enable us to respond to the writer, and not to create profiles of children.
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