The Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program (SEER) complies with requirements for privacy and security established by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute. This page outlines our privacy and security policy as they apply to our site. If you have questions about SEER's policies, please e-mail them to seerapi@imsweb.com.

Your visit to the SEER API web site

Your visit to the SEER API web site is private and secure. When you visit the SEER API web site, we do not collect any personally identifiable information (PII) about you, unless you choose to provide it to us. We do, however, collect some data about your visit to our web site to help us better understand public use of the site and to make it more useful to visitors. This document describes the information that is automatically collected and stored.

How is personal information protected?

You do not have to give us personal information to visit the SEER API web site. If you choose to provide us with additional information about yourself through an e-mail message or form, we maintain the information only as long as needed to respond to your question or to fulfill the stated purpose of the communication.

Using the SEER API Web Service requires a user account. We collect personal information from you to establish and verify the validity of new user accounts. Any information you provide for this account is collected and stored on a secure server and held to strict policies to safeguard the information and ensure privacy protection. Your password is encrypted and cannot be disclosed or viewed by anyone.


SEER does not disclose, give, sell, or transfer any personal information about our visitors, unless required for law enforcement or by statute.

Web site security

The SEER API web site is maintained by the US Government. It is protected by various provisions of Title 18, US Code. Violations of Title 18 are subject to criminal prosecution in federal court. 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 authorized law enforcement investigations, and pursuant to any required legal process, information from these sources may be used to help identify an individual.

Use of Analytic Tools to collect information

When you browse through any web site, certain information about your visit can be collected. SEER uses analytics tools to collect information automatically and continuously. We use this information to measure the number of visitors to our web sites and its various sections and to distinguish between new and returning visitors to help make our site more useful to visitors. No personally identifiable information (PII) is collected via this tool.

The SEER staff conducts analyses and reports on the aggregated data from these analytics tools. The reports are only available to SEER API web site managers, members of their communications and web teams, and other designated staff who require this information to perform their duties. SEER retains the data from analytics tools only as long as required by law or needed to support the mission of the SEER web site.

How SEER uses cookies

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memo M-10-22, Guidance for Online Use of Web Measurement and Customization Technologies allows Federal agencies to use session and persistent cookies.

We do not currently employ session or persistent cookies on the SEER API web site.

Copyright Status

Documents on this site are sponsored by the NCI along with private companies and organizations. Accordingly, the appropriate parties may retain all rights to publish or reproduce these documents, or allow others to do so. All documents available from this site may be protected under the US and Foreign Copyright Laws. Permission to reproduce may be required.

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