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Privacy Policy

The MyLastDip program is not a commercial site. Instead, it is a federally-funded project developed by researchers in the Oregon Research Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to behavioral research in the public interest. Each study participant is assigned a unique identification number in order to protect confidentiality. All research project staff have signed an agreement to protect participant privacy and confidentiality. All information collected from MyLastDip participants is used only to further scientific knowledge about tobacco cessation. Any findings will be presented in summary form without revealing the personal identity of any individual participants. Findings will be reported to our sponsor, the National Cancer Institute, and to the scientific community, through articles in professional journals and in conference presentations.

We collect information to determine whether the user satisfies eligibility requirements, about how users heard of the site, and various questions to help us better understand the tobacco history and attitudes of participants. We use industry-standard SSL (secure sockets layer) encryption to protect all data collected during screening and assessments. We also collect the type of information that is normally collected by many websites, such as IP address, browser type, the date, time of day, and duration of each visit as well as which pages are viewed. The MyLastDip program occasionally sends e-mails to its participants to encourage progress and participation in online assessments. We do not share, sell, rent, or trade personally identifying information with any third parties for any promotional purposes. In the unlikely event that we receive a subpoena or court order to share information about a participant with law enforcement officials.

Blog or Web forum. Some study participants may be able to use a blog or Web forum in a MyLastDip program. Any personally identifiable information that a participant posts in a message in a blog or Web forum that may be available through using the program can be read, collected, or used by other participants. The MyLastDip programs are not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to share on the blog or Web forum. Avoid posting any information on how others may contact you. Participants using the blog or Web forum should also note that the research staff has an ethical responsibility to notify appropriate public safety authorities if a participant posts a comment threatening to harm themselves or others.

Cookies. To keep track of your place as you move through the program, the program will use cookies or small text files stored on your computer. These cookies only last for the period of time you are logged onto the program. If you have changed the settings of your browser so that it rejects cookies, you will not be able to use the program.

What if this privacy policy changes? We do not expect to make any significant changes to this privacy policy. However, we reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time. If such changes occur, we will notify users on the study's log-in page. We assure all participants that at no time will we ever relax our confidentiality procedures, nor will we ever use any of their personal information for any commercial purpose.

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding our privacy policy, please call us at 1-800-494-1051 or send us an e-mail at mylastdip@ori.org.


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