Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago (PHIMC) is committed to maintaining your privacy and protecting your personal information when you visit PHIMC websites. With respect to the collection, use, and disclosure of personally identifiable information (PII), PHIMC complies with all applicable federal laws.

Our privacy policy is clear:

  1. PHIMC does not collect any personally identifiable information (PII) when you visit any of PHIMC’s digital medial channels unless you choose to provide that information to us.
  2. Any PII that you choose to provide is fully protected.
  3. Non-PII information related to your visit to our websites may be automatically collected and temporarily stored.

Here is how we handle information about your visit to our website:

Information You Give Us

You do not have to provide any personal information to visit any of the PHIMC websites. If you choose to provide us with additional information about yourself, as in an e-mail message, questionnaire, form, online survey, or other tool, submitted through our website, we only use that information to respond to your message. We will maintain any information you provide in accordance with applicable federal laws. PHIMC will not disclose, give, sell, or transfer any personal information about visitors to our websites, unless required by law enforcement or by statute.

Visits to or PHIMC content

When browsing any website, certain information about your visit can be collected. When browsing, reading pages or downloading information from the PHIMC website directly or via APIs on other websites, specific information is gathered and stored automatically. This information does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and temporarily store only the following information about your visit:

  1. The Internet domain (for example, “” if a private Internet access account is used, or “” if connecting from a university’s domain) and IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when surfing the Web);
  2. Operating System and information about the Web browser used when accessing the site;
  3. The visit date and time;
  4. The specific pages visited; and
  5. The amount of data (measured in number of bytes) transmitted from to your computer

Email and Newsletter Subscriptions

Email and newsletter subscription services are offered by PHIMC as a convenience to users who choose to receive information via these channels.

In order to manage PHIMC email subscription lists, we retain the names and email addresses of our email subscribers, as well as other information they may have shared with us (e.g., addresses and phone numbers), logs of emails we send, and automatically generated email data used to improve our email communications. Email subscriber service providers may collect and provide non-identifying information about the number of messages sent, clicks and open rates.

How Information is used

If you choose to provide us with information, we may use that information to contact you, respond to your message, or provide you the information or services you requested. In order to serve you better, we may analyze multiple sources of data you have provided (for example, to look up whether you previously contacted the PHIMC about the same topic so that we do not send you a duplicative response). We may also use messages or comments collected through sites, apps, or official social media pages for our own purposes.

We may use data you provide and automatically generated data for statistical analysis to assess, for example, what information is of interest to users, technical design specifications, and system performance. This allows us to make general improvements to our site as well as to offer tailored content to email subscribers (e.g., a follow-up message to subscribers interested in a specific topic based on information they have provided or automatically generated data).


By accessing this web site, you are agreeing to be bound by these web site Terms and Conditions of Use and all applicable laws and regulations. By accessing this web site, you also agree that you are responsible for compliance with any applicable local laws. If you do not agree with any of these terms, you are prohibited from using or accessing this site. The materials contained in this web site are protected by applicable copyright and trade mark law.

Use License

Permission is granted to download materials on Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago’s web site for personal, non-commercial transitory viewing only. This is the grant of a license, not a transfer of title, and under this license you may not:

  • Modify or copy the materials; use the materials for any commercial purpose, or for any public display (commercial or non-commercial);
  • Attempt to decompile or reverse engineer any software contained on Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago’s web site;
  • Remove any copyright or other proprietary notations from the materials; or
  • Transfer the materials to another person or “mirror” the materials on any other server.

This license shall automatically terminate if you violate any of these restrictions and may be terminated by Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago at any time.


In no event shall Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago or its Partners be liable for any damages (including, without limitation, damages for loss of data or profit, or due to business interruption) arising out of the use or inability to use the materials on Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago’s Internet site.

Revisions and Errata

The materials appearing on Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago’s web site could include technical, typographical, or photographic errors. Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago does not warrant that any of the materials on its web site are accurate, complete, or current. Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago may make changes to the materials contained on its web site at any time without notice. Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago does not, however, make any commitment to update the materials.

Links to External Sites pages may link to websites created and maintained by other public and/or private organizations and individuals. When you follow a link to an external site, you are leaving and are subject to the external site‘s privacy and security policies. We do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of information contained on an external site. We also do not endorse the site’s sponsor, any views they express, or any products or services they offer.

Site Terms of Use Modifications

Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago may revise these terms of use for its web site at any time without notice. By using this web site you are agreeing to be bound by the then current version of these Terms and Conditions of Use.

Governing Law

Any claim relating to Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago’s web site shall be governed by the laws of the State of Illinois without regard to its conflict of law provisions.

General Terms and Conditions applicable to Use of a Web Site.