This website is federally-funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) / Administration for Children and Families (ACF) / Office of Family Assistance (OFA)
When you visit our website, we collect no personally identifiable information (PII) about you other than information automatically collected and stored unless you choose to provide that information to us.
- Any personal information you choose to provide is protected by security practices.
- Non-personal information (such as IP address of the visitor that accessed the website)may be automatically collected and temporarily stored.
- Peer TA does not disclose, give, sell, or transfer any personal information about our visitors unless required for law enforcement or by Federal law.
Privacy Act Information
The Privacy Act of 1974 requires U.S. Government agencies to:
- limit the collection of personal information about U.S. citizens and legal residents to information that is necessary to carry out an agency function and to collect Social Security numbers only when legally authorized;
For more detailed information on Peer TA privacy, see these topics below:
- Personal information voluntarily given to Peer TA
- Visiting an official PeerTA page on third-party websites
- Information automatically collected and stored
- Demographic and Interest Data
- Website Security
You may also want to read information about the Privacy Act at HHS.
Personal Information Voluntarily Submitted to Peer TA
You do not have to give us personal information to visit our website. If you choose to provide Peer TA with personal information -- for example by completing a “Contact Us” form, leaving a comment, sending email, creating an account, or completing a survey -- we may use that information to respond to your message and/or help us provide you the information or services you requested. Submitting personal information (name, address, telephone number, email address, etc.) is voluntary and is not required to access information on our website. We do not share personally identifiable information
We retain the information only for as long as necessary to respond to your question or request, in most cases no longer than three months or as long as your account is active on the website. Information submitted electronically is maintained and destroyed as required by the Federal Records Act and records schedules of the National Archives and Records Administration. It may be subject to disclosure in certain cases (for example, if required by a Freedom of Information Act request, court order, or Congressional access request, or if authorized by a Privacy Act System of Records Notice). It is subject to the Privacy Act if maintained in a Privacy Act system.
For more information, see:
Visiting an Official Peer TA Page on Third-Party Websites
We maintain accounts on third-party websites, such as social media sites, as tools to better interact with the public. The security and privacy policies of third-party websites apply to your activity on those sites. Users of third-party websites often share information with the general public, user community, and/or the third-party operating the website. You should review the privacy policies of all websites before using them and ensure that you understand how your information may be used. You should also adjust privacy settings on your account on any third-party website to match your preferences.
Peer TA Accounts
Common third-party websites in use include:
Information Automatically Collected and Stored
When you browse through any website, certain personal information about you can be collected. We automatically collect and temporarily store the following information about your visit:
- The name of the domain you use to access the Internet (for example, aol.com, if you are using an American Online account, or stanford.edu, if you are connecting from Stanford University's domain);
- The date and time of your visit;
- The pages you visited;
- Type of browser used; and
- The address of the website you came from when you visited.
We use this information for statistical purposes and to help us make our site more useful to visitors. Unless it is specifically stated otherwise, no additional information will be collected about you. Peer TA will record your email address in the event that you send a message by email.
Your email address will be temporarily stored and will only be used for the purpose for which you have provided it. Your email address will not be added to any mailing lists without your consent by way of a specific request in writing.
Peer TA does not disclose, give, sell or transfer any personal information about our visitors, unless required for law enforcement by statute.
Demographic and Interest Data
On some portions of our website, we have enabled Universal Analytics (UA) to provide aggregate demographic and interest data of our visitors. This information cannot be used to identify you as an individual. While these tools are used by some websites to serve advertisements, Peer TA only uses them to measure demographic data. Peer TA has no control over advertisements served on other websites.
Other Web Measurement and Customization Tools
We use the specified software and features below:
- Feedback Survey: Peer TA uses a survey tool to collect feedback from Peer TA website visitors in an ongoing effort to improve web content. The tool is implemented on Peer TA websites as on-page surveys. Peer TA uses survey results to measure visitor satisfaction with our websites. This survey tool does not require users to submit personally identifiable information. The survey reports are available only to Peer TA managers and other designated staff who require this information to perform their duties.
Websites can automatically place small text files, known as “cookies,” on their visitors’ computers. So long as they do not expire or get deleted, cookies identify the unique browser used by the visitor. On each subsequent visit to the website, the visitor’s browser will retrieve the cookie, allowing us to aggregate the number of return visitors. Peer TA uses “cookies” to test and optimize our website design and content. We use two types of cookies on our websites:
You can take actions to block cookies by opting out. Blocking session cookies from your computer will not affect your access to the content and tools on our website. Blocking multi-session or persistent cookies may affect the personalization of the information on those sites.
The Peer TA website is maintained by the U.S. Government and is protected by Federal laws. You can be arrested and prosecuted for violating these laws.
For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, we use software programs to monitor traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise cause damage. In the event of law enforcement investigations and as part of any required legal process, information from these sources may be used to help identify an individual.