University Of Maryland
CESAR: Center for Substance Abuse Research

Privacy Policy

Public Records - Privacy and Data Security

Thank you for visiting the University of Maryland Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR) website. We take data security and the privacy of your personal information very seriously. Maryland law mandates that State agencies shall not create personal records unless the need for the information is clearly established and that personal records shall be relevant to the purposes, for which they are collected, be accurate and current, and not be obtained by fraudulent means. State officials who request personal data from citizens must notify the citizens regarding the purposes for which the information is collected; consequences to the citizen for refusing to provide the personal information; the citizen's right to inspect and correct personal records; whether the information is generally available for public inspection; and whether the information is made available to other entities. The State of Maryland is committed to providing you with websites over which you may securely and confidently transact business with the State. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

CESAR is committed to maintaining your confidence and trust, and accordingly maintains the following privacy policy to protect personal information provided online.

Basic Confidentiality Policy

It is CESAR policy that personal information, such as your name, postal and email address or telephone number, is private and confidential. Accordingly, the personal information you provide is stored in a secure location, is accessible only by designated staff, and is used only for the purposes for which you provide the information. If you indicate on our sites that you would like to receive information about CESAR programs and services, your personal information will be added to appropriate CESAR mailing lists.

No Release of Information to Third Parties

Personal information will not be released to third parties except to further the purpose for which you provide the information, or if release is required by law or is pertinent to judicial or governmental investigations or proceedings. There are no other circumstances under which we will provide or sell personal information to third parties.

No Computer Tracking of Identifiable Information

Our web server is not set up to track, collect or distribute personal information about its visitors. It does recognize the home server of visitors (e.g. AOL, Hotmail) but not email addresses. This information is used only for internal purposes by CESAR technical support staff. No personal information is collected. In addition, our web sever tracks information about the visits to our websites. For example, we compile statistics that show the daily number of visitors to our sites, the daily requests we receive for particular files on our website, and what countries those requests come from. These aggregated statistics are used internally to better provide services to the public and may also be provided to others, but again, the statistics contain no personal information and cannot be used to gather such information.