Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting the Human Microbiome Project (HMP) web site. This site does not collect personal information about users. We do, however, store information automatically collected by common web metrics programs such as WebTrends™, or if you choose to voluntarily provide information to us (see below).

Information Automatically Collected and Stored

When you browse through any Web site, certain information can be collected. We automatically collect and store the following information about your visit:

  • The IP address you use to access the Internet (not used to cross-reference geographical location)
  • The date and time of your visit.
  • The length of your visit.
  • The pages you visited or materials you downloaded.
  • The address of the Web site you came from when you arrived at our site.

We use this information for statistical purposes and to help make our site more useful to visitors. Unless it is specifically stated otherwise, no additional personal information will be collected.

Personally Provided Information

You do not have to give us personal information to visit our Web site. If you choose to provide additional information about yourself through an e-mail message, form, conference or software registration form, etc., we will maintain the information only to respond to your question or to fulfill the stated purpose of the communication.


The HMP does not disclose, give, sell or transfer any information about its visitors, unless required for law enforcement or by statute.

P3P Compliance

The HMP sites complies with P3P (Platform for Privacy Preferences Project) protocols. Our machine-readable P3P policy can be viewed at p3p.xml. Further questions about our privacy policies should be sent to the HMP at:

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