Zika Care Connect (ZCC) is committed to maintaining your privacy and protecting your personal information when you visit the ZCC website. With respect to the collection, use, and disclosure of personally identifiable information (PII), ZCC complies with all applicable federal laws.

Our privacy policy is clear:

  • ZCC does not collect any personally identifiable information (PII) when you visit the website unless you choose to provide that information to us.
  • Non-PII information related to your visit to our website 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 the ZCC website. We will maintain any information you provide in accordance with applicable federal laws. ZCC 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 ZikaCareConnect.org or ZCC content

When browsing any website, certain information about your visit can be collected. When browsing, reading pages or downloading information from the ZCC website directly or via Application Programming Interfaces(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:

  • The Internet domain (for example, “xcompany.com” if a private Internet access account is used, or “yourschool.edu” 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)
  • Operating System and information about the web browser used when accessing the site
  • The visit date and time
  • The specific pages visited
  • The amount of data (measured in number of bytes) transmitted from ZikaCareConnect.org to your computer

Email Subscriptions

Some of the features of ZCC may include email subscriptions. Email subscription services are offered by ZCC as a convenience to users who choose to receive information via these channels.

To manage ZCC 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 (such as, addresses and phone numbers), logs of emails we send, and automatically generated email data used to improve our email communication. Email subscriber service providers may collect and provide non-identifying information about the number of messages sent, clicks, and open rates.

The email subscriber information is secured and only available to ZCC managers, members of the ZCC’s communication and web teams, and other designated staff who require this information to perform their duties. If, at any time, you wish to stop receiving our messages, simply contact us to unsubscribe.

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 with the information or services you requested. To serve you better, we may analyze multiple sources of data you have provided (for example, to look up whether you previously contacted the ZCC about the same topic so that we do not send you a duplicate response).

We may use data you provide and automatically generated data for statistical analysis to assess and report, 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 (for example, a follow-up message to subscribers interested in a specific topic based on information they have provided or automatically generated data). This information will not be stored.

Sharing of This Information

Non-identifiable information you choose to share with ZCC (directly and via third-party sites) may be treated as public information. We may, for example, publish compilations of messages or comments collected through ZikaCareConnect.org and provide them to national leaders, members of the press, or other people outside of the federal government. However, we exercise discretion to limit such disclosures to protect your privacy (for example, we generally do not publish last names of commenters).

ZCC uses a third-party analytics provider to collect and summarize this information in conjunction with cookies. The third-party analytics provider does not receive personally identifiable information through these cookies and is prohibited from combining, matching or cross-referencing ZikaCareConnect.org information with any other information.

Within ZCC, we restrict access to personally identifiable information to only those employees and contractors who require access to this information to perform their official duties and exercise controls to limit what data they can view based on the specific needs of their position. If you choose to share information with us, we may in some cases share that information (or automatically generated information) with other government agencies in response to lawful law enforcement requests or to protect ZikaCareConnect.org from security threats.

We do not use or share your information for commercial purposes and, except as described above, we do not exchange or otherwise disclose this information.

Data Retention

Submitting personal information (name, address, telephone number, email address, etc.) is voluntary and is not required to access information on our website. However, if you choose to provide ZCC with personally identifiable information — for example by leaving a comment or sending email — we may use that information to respond to your message and/or help us get you the information or services you requested.

We retain the information only for as long as necessary to respond to your question or request.

Links to External Sites

ZikaCareConnect.org 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 ZikaCareConnect.org 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.

ZCC Pages on Third-Party Websites

Your activity on third-party sites is governed by the third-party website’s security and privacy policies. Please contact the third-party site’s administrators if you have any questions or need further information.

ZCC Content Embedded in Third-Party Sites

In some instances, ZCC’s content may be embedded on third-party websites as a way to increase public awareness of ZCC activities. The integration of these products is intended to provide a seamless user experience and to enhance users’ ability to access public information provided by ZCC. The embedded ZikaCareConnect.org content automatically generates ZCC server logs, web metrics and may set a ZCC cookie. Additionally, all other cookies, web metrics and server logs etc. are governed by the third-party website’s security and privacy policy.


Reasonable precautions are taken to protect ZCC’s digital platforms, including information automatically collected by or voluntarily submitted to the ZCC website or an official ZCC page on a third-party site. For example, we restrict access to personally identifiable information to employees, contractors, and vendors who require access to this information in order to perform their official duties, and exercise controls to limit what data they can view based on the specific needs of their position. Access to official ZCC accounts on third-party sites is limited to the individuals who administer those accounts.

Also, commonly used practices and technical controls are used to protect the information in our possession or control, along with ZikaCareConnect.org itself. We periodically review our processes and systems to verify compliance with industry best practices and to ensure the highest level of security.

Updates to This Privacy Policy

We will revise or update this policy from time to time. If we make significant changes to how we handle personal information, we will post changes to the policy on our site and change the date at the bottom. We will provide additional notice in advance (e.g., a disclaimer on our website or an email to subscribers) if material changes are being made.