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How NIDCR Uses Third-Party Websites and Applications

​Third-Party websites and applications are web-based technologies that are not exclusively operated or controlled by NIDCR, such as non-Government-hosted applications and those embedded on an NIDCR web page that could cause personally identifiable information (PII) to become available or accessible to NIDCR, regardless of whether NIDCR solicits or collects it.

As part of the Open Government Directive, uses a variety of new technologies and social media options to communicate and interact with citizens. These sites and applications include popular social networking and media sites such as, Twitter, and YouTube.  Outlined below are the applications NIDCR uses and their purposes.  If any applications collect PII, we describe how NIDCR protects your information.

Third-Party Websites and Applications

AddThis: NIDCR uses the AddThis service to allow visitors to bookmark and share content on a variety of social media sites. Visitors who use the AddThis service to share content do not need to register or provide any personal information. The AddThis service providers collect non-personal data, including the aggregate and summary statistics on browsers and usage patterns. AddThis also uses non-personal data to manage the service efficiently and diagnose server problems. Although AddThis offers some analytics and usage data to NIDCR, these reports do not include any personally identifiable information. The reports are password protected and only available to members of the NIDCR Communications and Web Teams, and other designated staff requiring this information to perform their duties.  Read the AddThis Privacy policy.External Web Site Policy  

Twitter: NIDCR uses Twitter to send short messages (up to 140 characters) -- or tweets -- to share information about NIDCR with visitors and respond to comments and inquiries sent via Twitter to NIDCR. While visitors may read the NIDCR Twitter feeds without subscribing to them, visitors who want to subscribe to (or follow) NIDCR Twitter feeds must create a Twitter account at To create an account, you must provide some personal information, such as name, user name, password and email address. Visitors have the option to provide additional personal information including a short biography, location or a picture. Most information you provide for a Twitter account is available to the public, but you can modify how much of your information is visible by changing your privacy settings at the Web site. NIDCR staff members monitor the number of subscribers and respond to comments and queries via Twitter, but the staff never takes possession of the personal information belonging to Twitter followers. NIDCR does not collect, maintain, disclose or share any information about people who follow NIDCR on Twitter. Read the Twitter privacy policy.External Web Site Policy 
Widgets: offers a variety of widgets that deliver small versions of selected NIDCR site content to other online locations outside of the site where the content originated. Widgets are portable pieces of code. Visitors can install the widgets on any PC or Mac web page without requiring additional coding or configuration. widgets deliver information and links to any site or application where the widgets are installed.  These widgets do not collect any type of personally identifying information from visitors who install them.  Read the privacy policy.External Web Site Policy 
Note: This is the privacy policy for the website (widget creator program), not the widgets themselves.

YouTube: posts videos on YouTube to make them available to the public.  You do not need to register with either YouTube or Google (YouTube owner) to watch NIDCR videos. When visitors watch videos, YouTube may record non-personally identifiable information about its site usage, such as channels used, videos watched, and data transfer details to improve its services. If you log on to the YouTube site before watching NIDCR videos, YouTube may associate information about your site use with your YouTube account. If you log on to YouTube and comment on an NIDCR video, any personal information you included when registering for your account will be visible to visitors who click on the comment. If you do not log in before watching NIDCR videos posted on YouTube, you cannot comment on NIDCR videos and your site use will not be associated with you or a YouTube account. Read the YouTube privacy policyExternal Web Site Policy 

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  NIDCR Web Privacy Policy

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This page last updated: April 01, 2014