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Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI) Privacy Policy

The World Health Organization (WHO) administers HINARI and provides User-IDs and password to eligible participating institutions. For this purpose WHO collects personally identifiable information provided through the HINARI registration form (link HINARI registration form Website). WHO also includes information about your visit in collective or aggregated data (e.g. user statistics) that does not identify the user individually, but the participating institutions. WHO is very concerned about privacy and guards your data carefully.
  • We do not disclose, rent or sell any personally identifiable information collected at this site to other organizations or companies.
  • We monitor how you use our site, including search terms you enter, pages visited and documents viewed. If you are a registered user, this information is stored with your registration information. It is unique number identifiable.
  • This data is gathered in an aggregate manner (not personally) for quality control and improvement of our site. Your domain name is authenticated and replaced by an allocated IP-address using safe-Web technology. It is then forwarded in this format to the publisher when you visit its Website to access journals or other services. The privacy policy of the publisher applies when you visit its Website.
  • Our website contains links to other sites that can be accessed without authentication. WHO is not responsible for the privacy practices of other such sites. We encourage users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every site that collects personally identifiable information. This statement applies solely to information collected by our site.
  • Authentication and tracking logs will be used to produce usage statistics. This information does not contain any personally identifiable information. WHO reserves the right to have logs and databases analyzed by external service providers, in which case every effort will be made to protect the security, integrity and privacy of the data.
  • We communicate with you via e-mail when you send us the registration form that we can respond to your inquiry. Your e-mail address is kept in a file for easy reference, but not disclosed or sold to third parties.
  • We collect information that you volunteer to us on surveys. From time to time WHO may send you information related to the service provided through HINARI. Additionally, internal practices help protect your privacy by limiting staff access to and use of data provided to us.
  • At any time you may request to review, correct or update your registered information by writing to HINARI@who.int. We may contact you regarding a website problem or other service-related issues.


    While we attempt to provide links only to third-party Web sites that we believe comply with our standards, WHO cannot take responsibility for information found on third party Web sites outside its control. We therefore cannot be responsible for, and accept no liability for, any information or opinion contained in any third-party Web site. While we also attempt to have a complete and correct Web site, WHO does not make any warranties to that effect and shall not be liable for any damages incurred as a result of its use.

    We will notify you about significant changes to our privacy policy by placing a notice on our site.

    Services provided by the publishers are subject to a separate license contract (link to license contract) between the user and the partnering HINARI publishers.

    Contacting HINARI staff

    If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this web site, you can contact:

    Mr. Charles Chang - Webmaster  (charles@healthinternetwork.org)